Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Would You Believe It Is Nearly Finished

Take a look at her now he he he. Isn't she beautiful. Hopefully she will be finished by the end of the week. All that I have to do is finish the black background on the right hand side.

I have really been enjoying working on these two Rhode Island Samplers. You never it is quite possible that they might be joined by a few more samplers from Rhode Island, but these 2 of the jewels amongst my small collection. I have a few more graphs in my collection, but they are more the Newport RI ones. I would love to get my hands on some more of the Mary Balch School e.g. the other Betsy Davis and/or Mary's Mother, Sarah Rogers. What a collection that would be. Oh well, it doesn't look possible, so I can only dream aaahhhh.

Have you ever had 2 samplers kitted up in your work basket that are both jumping up and down telling me to "pick me" no "pick me".
I have that problem at the moment. I don't know which one to do. One minute is Hestera and the next it is Grazing Sheep. I really don't know which one will be my next piece. What do you think?

I had a lovely Christmas. We all went down to my Father's house and we had such a lovely time down there. It was lovely to spend time with my eldest sons as I don't see them that often now. Santa was also good and brought me some lovely presents which I really love.
I will probably be murder for publishing their photos but you can see that my 2 eldest sons must have had a lovely lunch. I think this was before the pudding though lol. This is what you would call Brotherly love. Quite different from when they were younger as they were always fighting. Boys.

This is my youngest son. He played Santa and gave out every bodies presents. He is still down at my Father's house. The chocolates ended up coming home with us though lol. I don't think we would be popular if we ate them though.

My goodness this year has really flown by. Sampler wise, I think I have completed 3 which is lovely. I always seem to pick big, complicated samplers that occupy my time, but I really enjoy working on them and I love it when they are finished.
I just want to wish everybody a Happy New Year. I hope that you all have a lovely time and remember that there is always another beautiful sampler awaiting around the corner. Happy New Year.


valerie said...

Your Betsy Manchester is coming along beautifully! You're almost done! I love the picture of your boys napping...too funny!

Anonymous said...

Haha! You forget to mention that Matt and Adam were fighting as they were falling asleep :P

The sampler looks amazing!


Cari said...

What handsome sons you have - ha, I would love to hear what your two eldest have to say about their pic on your blog - love it! Your youngest looks so cute in his santa hat.

You have such wonderful progress on this piece and it is just lovely! They are both on my list for '10.

I just love starting a new project, both of your choices are great - can't wait to see which one you choose.

Have a wonderful New Year's!

Margaret said...

Oh my!! I think Betsy is more stunning than anything! I can't wait to see the final finish -- what a masterpiece! Your boys are all so cute! I love the pictures! Glad you had a good Christmas. As for Hester versus Grazing Sheep, well, I'm not sure which I would pick to go first either! I love them both!

Kathy A. said...

Well, those are handsome fellas. Take after their mother do they?
I cannot believe Betsy Manchester is so close to a finish. WOW!
As to your next piece, I pick Hester - like the colors.

Nancy said...

Betsy Manchester is stunning! Amazing that you are almost finished. Both of your new choices are lovely. That is a hard decision to choose which will be next!

I wish you a very Happy New Year too! Isn't it fun to plan what we will stitch for a brand new year?

cathymk said...

Betsy looks fabulous! She's so close to a finish!

Glenna said...

Betsy is amazingly gorgeous! So close! I'd choose the Grazing Sheep, but that's just me.

Your sons are such cuties!

Merry Christmas and a most happy New Year--I'm going to enjoy watching you stitch whatever you choose!

Deb said...

Oh Sandra, Betsy is beautiful - just jaw dropping beautiful. I knew it would be great, but I'm really in awe of how wonderful it looks. I think that I definitely need to put one of these on my list to try to start this year.

It's so great to see pictures of your boys. I had to smile at it - the two of them sleeping like that!

And about your two projects - I don't know which one you should start. I guess it would be the one that's calling you the most.

Have a wonderful New Years and drop me a line when you have a chance.

Melissa said...

Oh wow! She IS bee-au-tiful! Stunning, as a matter of fact. I can't really decide which of the two for you to start either. Just close your eyes and say eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

Love that photo of your two eldest boys. Yes they will get you for it, if not today, one day! lol.

Vonna said...

Oh my, your sampler is breath-taking...utterly gorgeous!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Wonderful work on Betsy! You plough through these samplers, Sandra, like they're butter! That picture of your son's is priceless. You have to keep that for a showing when each of them gets married!!! :P
Talk to you soon,
Hugs, Deb

Karoline said...

Betsy is looking gorgeous, great progress

Suzanne said...

Betsy is beautiful, but all that filling in with black, how do you do it? It would drive me mad!

I can see your dilemma with the two samplers. I would probably choose the sheep to do first.

I am glad to hear that you had a good Christmas. I love the photo of your sons.

I hope you have a great new year!

Siobhan said...

Besty is coming along so nicely--you're nearly finished! :) I'm glad you had such a good Christmas--the pics are great. Best wishing for a wonderful 2010!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, beautiful Betsy. I would choose the grazing sheep next but the other one is neat too. I am sure you will have time to do them both this next year.

Have a wonderful new year.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Betsy is just stunning. Can't wait to see her finished. Your samplers are really extraordinary and I'm slready curious to see which of the two you will pick. And oh yes, I know the feeling when you want to start more than one project at the same time. Don't we all? LOL.
Your sons' pictures are great.
I wish you and your family a Happy New Year and a lot of stitching time to you!

Ruby said...

I found you blog looking for information on a needleroll of all things. Love looking at you samplers. I wish to do one. I found a kit at Michael's marked waaay down. Now to just get started!!! I think I will follow just to stay inspired. :)

Anonymous said...

My goodness, Sandra - your progress is absolutely amazing. You ought to be so proud of yourself. Thanks for sharing pictures of your sons! :)

Georgie said...

I love your BM! Fantastic job....I bet it looks gorgeous IRL. My favourite photo is the one of your boys napping! What a classic ROFL