Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Headless Woman

No it's not that good old Aussie expression "Running around like a headless chicken". It is a headless woman lol.

Here is Betsy's progress. I spent days and days working behind the saying that starts - "May spotless ......" It is all worked in 739 in alternate half cross stitch. I always have aaahhh moments when I do this if I am not concentrating as I find I can easily slip into having each row going the same row. It is really easy to do when working among the words. This will stand out more later when I have to work 3052 (I think) around it. It is either needle weaving or further adventures in alternating cross stitch.

Pity she doesn't have a head yet. Oh well, it will come in the progress of time as they say. I love her dress though. Very pretty, sort of green/gold tones. It reminds me of a piece of Thai silk.
On Friday, I celebrated another Birthday. My they are flying past now. I had a lovely day. My eldest son who is married came up by train and spent the day with me. It was lovely as I don't get to spend "one-on-one" time very often. My DIL drove up when she finished work and then they joined my DH and I in going out to dinner. My youngest couldn't come as of all nights to pick he had to perform in a concert at his school. He is in a Brazilian Drum Band. My middle son lives in Sydney and had to work on Saturday morning. He was going to come up to see me on Sunday with his girlfriend, but because of a lot of bush fires that we had, he came up on Saturday as he had to go and fight one of the fires.
My DH started his fire fighting effort on Friday night when he received a phone call to say that they had to go out at 8.30p.m. He spent all night out in the bush and didn't get home till 4a.m. Didn't see much of him over the weekend. He was either fighting fires, patrolling fires or sleeping. All these fires were started by lightening. We had extremely high temperatures and dry storms. Bad combination for bush fires. Thankfully everybody is safe and no property was damaged.
I received some lovely things for my birthday. I should have taken some photos of them. I have this "thing" for Pandora Bracelets. My DH and younger Son bought me 2 silver and gold charms. A Christmas tree and a Tea Pot (I am always saying to my youngest son "Put the kettle on". My Dad and Sister bought me altogether 5 of the Murano glass beads in pinks and blues. My bracelet looks lovely. I have 2 of them. This one I am slowly converting to silver and gold charms. Would love a gold charm (wouldn't we all lol). But...... have you seen the price of those suckers.
My other Sons and DIL bought me a beautiful cushion for my bed. They bought me one last year for Christmas. I dropped a few hints that it looked lonely on the bed lol. Some lovely Body Shop goodies and I received a dvd from my middle son on a Classic English Comedy that I used to watch. His girlfriend was very naughty and bought me a lovely watch.
To all of my friends in the States. I hope that you and your family have a lovely Thanksgiving. It is always lovely to spend time with your family.


Margaret said...

Oh my! What a lovely sampler! The headless woman is actually quite nice as well. lol! This is going to be another masterpiece. Glad you had a great birthday!

The Scarlett House said...

I second what Margaret said. Even if you never stitch another sampler, you have two of the most beautiful ones I've ever seen.
Happy belated birthday. It sounds like you had a lovely day.

Brigitte said...

Happy belated birthday! The gifts you received from your family seem to have been the perfect ones.
Your Betsy looks terrific. Such a delicate sampler.

Cari said...

Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderful day with your family!

I concur with Margaret and Tanya - she is just lovely - I look forward to seeing more of your progress

Siobhan said...

Fabulous progress on your sampler! It indeed will be a masterpiece.

Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you were spoiled, and that is deservably so! I love those Pandora bracelets--lucky you. :)

Aussie Stitcher said...

Happy belated birthday. I am so glad that you son recovered from his drink being spiked, such a senseless act. Betsy is looking wonderful.

Anonymous said...


Headless she might be, but she sure knows how to dress! :)

I am sorry I missed your birthday. Happy Belated Birthday, Sandra - the gifts you received sound very thoughtful! :)