Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Another Betsy Update

Well, as you can see Betsy D now has black background in all the right places except on the right hand side. I am now working on the Queen Stitch flowers down this portion of her. I am wondering if she will be finished in 2-3 weeks. I can't believe how this one has flown along. I know that when I did the American Sampler, it took me 12 months to go, but I was working at the time, which would have stretch it out a bit.

I am really looking forward to finishing this one and starting her Sister, although I'm toying with the idea of finishing Beatrix which I really must do. I already have the frame for Bea and it is sitting besides my Son's desk. If I don't get it hung on the wall, I will end up having to buy another one because of broken glass lol.


Here is Betsy from the top. She is everything that I expected and more. I just love working on her.

I have been very busy in the garden over the last week and weekend. Although it wasn't such a good idea for me physically. By Monday I couldn't walk very well. But it is amazing what a heat bag will do. My garden is looking quite pretty at the moment. I have forget-me-nots all over the place and violets out. Now if I could get somebody to cut the lawn for me (ha ha) it would look lovely.

The fire season has started early out here and they are really worried about bush fires this year. We had some lovely warm weather over the weekend and by Sunday, it was a Total Fire Ban sort of day. My DH and one of my DS were "On Standby" up at the Fire Shed. So they were no use to me. The youngest DS had a lot of school projects to be done so it was just me, Sally the dog and my iPod in the garden.

I got my copy of Dan Brown's new book yesterday. I think I was the 4th person to get it. I gave it to my DH to read, but my youngest has pinched it from him. Oh well, he doesn't take very long to get through books. He usually costs me a small fortune trying to keep books up for him.

Usually when school holidays are coming up, I will buy him a couple of books and I think before the holiday has started them, he has finished them. That is how he has fallen under the spell of Dan Brown. I am trying to get him into the classics, but for some reason, I am not having a lot of luck. Ah well, he told me the other day that the holidays will be here again in 3 weeks. I don't know, he always seems to be on holidays.

15 comments:

Valerie said...

Your progress is amazing! Betsey is gorgeous...I am very jealous! Good luck finishing her up...I am sure that it won't be much longer!

Suzanne said...

Beautiful progress as always. I can't believe how much balck background there is. You must have gone through a lot of black thread already.

We had a lovely lunch at my aunt's place on Sunday and my DH, my uncle and cousin took the girls for a lovely long walk, while I relaxed. I must say it was nice to have an hour of peace and quiet.

I am looking forward to reading Dan Brown's new book. I am hoping to pick it up this weekend with the gift voucher I received for my birthday.

Melissa said...

This is just an amazing piece of work. I double clicked on it to look at the details - wow!

Glad you are enjoying your garden. Too bad the fire ban season has already started!

Brigitte said...

Wonderful progress on Betsy. It won't take too long before you finish her.

Nic said...

Your sampler looks great!

As for books - I recommend www.bookmooch.com - get new to you books and declutter the old ones :O)

Vonna said...

Utterly gorgeous :)
You are inspiring me to get Betsy, she's gorgeous and your work is stunning!

Nancy said...

The more you stitch on her the more beautiful Betsy becomes! A lovely sampler!

Cari said...

She is just beautiful - I am amazed at how much you have completed in just a short amount of time!

I work full-time and am a part-time student. I only get about 1.5 hours of stitching a day - I always wish for more, but I love every second of what I am able to do.

Both Betsy's are finally in my possession and for now, they will go in my 'really want to do' pile.

Deb said...

Ha Sandra! What teenage boy likes to read classics? Not the one living in my house, that's for sure.

Betsy is looking stunning! You've made so much progress that it's amazing. She is going to be drop dead gorgeous when finished. So you really think that you'll be finished in 2-3 weeks? I bet you will - you make so much progress between blog posts!!

Margaret said...

Oh my! Betsy is just breathtaking! I love how she is looking! You'll be done in a couple of weeks for sure. :D As for your youngest, let me say that it's great that he's such a reader. Reader of anything! My son doesn't like to read -- I so wish he did. It's so hard since both my husband and I love to read. It breaks my heart. So be happy that yours devours any books at all. It's wonderful! And hey, Dan Brown is pretty cool, you have to admit. Hmmmm. I wonder if my son would be interested in his books.....

rebecca said...

Betsy is amazing. It looks so close to the original if you didn't know you were stitiching it one would wonder, and I have seen the original in person.
I can't wait to show this to a friend of mine that has this as a UFO in her stash.
I found that I had the chart that I bought years ago off ebay and need to get it up to the top of my to do list. You are inspiring me. Keep the great updates coming. Keep stitching your almost there.

Karoline said...

Betsy is looking gorgeous, great progress

Aussie Stitcher said...

Betsy is looking wonderful, great progress. Our 14yo has only started reading books for pleasure in the last 12 months or so. We too are having problems keeping him in books. Thank goodness for a great local library. He seems to like reading series and doesn't he become miffed if he can't read the books in order LOL!!

Siobhan said...

Wonderful progress! Betsey is a stunner.

I'll be interested to know what you all think of Dan Brown's latest. I'm reading it now and just not finding it interesting.

beth said...

Betsy is so beautiful. You have inspired me to put her on my (already too long)list! Did you use the Scarlett Letter's kit or make your own? Your linen choice looks lovely.
I have just found your blog and it is truly inspiring. Goodness, you are a fast stitcher.