Sunday, August 24, 2014

Begins with S

Another long Sunday afternoon and we're fast arriving at the end of summer. How has yours been? I have several words to describe mine, bu they all seem to begin with the letter S - what's up with that? Anyway, let me fire them off - here goes: Sauna. Steamy. Soggy. Storming. Slippery Sidewalks (oops, that's two!) Swampy........

Or how about Short and Surprising? Maybe that's a better place to start. Surprising, because at the beginning of summer, I really had no intention of getting Miss Sarah Tuel back in action, much less wrapped up and done before the end of the year. and yet here's how she's looking headed into September.


After swearing up and down that I wasn't going to do all the over one stitching the original seemed to indicate, I had to eat at least some of my words. After adapting my way through the townsfolk without incident, it quickly became apparent there would be no fudging whatsoever If I wanted to get that scrolly little alphabet in place. So I put on my big girl panties, tightened up those scroll rods to the snapping point, loaded my needle with the darkest floss shade in the kit and plunged in.


The directions and charting in this kit, while lengthy, are less than stellar. There's been quite a bit of make-do along the way. Note the funky stamens and leaves below.
 

Anyway, I'm pleased with how Miss Sarah is coming along and hope to have further progress to share next post.


One of the best parts of my summer was to spend time with my sisters and mother as she packed up to begin her new life in Texas. Another highlight was attending my nephew Scott's wedding with them then. Before the ceremony and at the reception , I had the chance to get some quick pictures of them, so please indulge me while I give them a shout out . I love you girls!

 
 
This is my sister Judy and her daughter Annika, all grown up and starting college this week....
 
 
Here is my sister Jane, with her girls Josie and Abby. No doubt they'll be starting college in a blink of an eye.
 
 
This is Teresa, with her best boy, grandson Will. Notice their coordinating colors?
 
 
And this is the grandmother of the groom, my mother. Ladies, you rock!

No doubt, the next time I post at least some of you will be getting a first hint of fall. Not so much down here for quite some time still, but in the meantime go to the beach every chance I get and keep pushing away on the surprising Miss Sarah. Have a good week!




 
 
 

7 comments:

llknbillburg said...

Wonderful progress on you WIP!! It will be finished in not time. How lovely that you were able to get together with all the ladies in your family! As we carry on with our day to day lives such occasions can become rare. Laura

Barb said...

Great photos of your family at the wedding. It looks like you were all having a wonderful time! Your WIP is just beautiful. How brave you are with all that over 1!

Margaret said...

I love seeing the pics of your family at the wedding. It's always so nice to be able to put a face to a family. Love your Sarah Tuel!!! OMG! She is gorgeous! Who is the designer or reproductionist??? You are really going on her too! Fantastic!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Mary, just look at you go on that sampler! Lovely family photos too.

Melissa said...

You're doing such a great job on Sarah!

Nice photos of the family at the happy event!

Carol said...

What a lovely bunch of ladies in your family, Mary :) And your sampler is looking just wonderful!

woolwoman said...

love that Sarah Tuel - I have seen it before but don't remember anything about it. It is a beauty, glad you brought her out of hiding. Yes summer is wearing on me too. Last week was the hottest of the year up here in NE FL - just miserable. This week not as bad and I even feel a hint of fall in the air. Enjoy your holiday weekend - Mel