Sunday, January 25, 2015

Not So Reckless After All

Well, after throwing caution to the wind and declaring all sorts of new things as a New Year's resolution, everything since then, at least stitching-wise, has been a little short of reckless.  Isn't that how it always goes?  I gave myself permission to go a little crazy. I even made a few purchases, namely the silks for Mary Bate.....

...and the linen for His Eye Is on the Sparrow.   But as the holidays faded away and time got back to the usual limits, it was just plain easier to stick with what was already underway, namely Hannah Pepper. 

Since this picture was taken, I've turned  the bottom right corner completely and have been progressing sedately along the bottom border  She'll be a beauty when she's done,  but at this rate Miss Hannah isn't going to see a finish any time soon.  But that's OK.  Next weekend is Super Bowl Sunday and maybe then I'll take a walk on the wild side.

A big reason for the lack of time - other than work and life in general - is that I've been traveling since my last post.  My sweet mom turned 86 last week, so my family gathered in Dallas for a Texas-sized birthday bash.  I think Mom might still be pooped from it, but she looked pretty happy on the big day. 

Best of all, the visit meant a girls weekend with my sisters.  Here we all are - from left to right is our niece Gracie, then Teresa, Jane, Judy and myself.

You can bet there was non-stop chatter and very little sleep all weekend long!  While the big get-together was in its planning stages, we all though it would be great fun to bring along a little hand made gifty for each other.  We are a pretty clever family after all, and Mom is always an inspiration.  So let me showcase the goods. 

I quickly rounded up some little PS fruits I'd stitched a long time ago, then sent them off to the ever resourceful Faye to see what she could do with them for the girls.  Since we're all big tea lovers, she didn't disappoint.

Teresa is a knitting goddess, whipping up beautiful little lacy shawlettes for all.  Mine was knitted with 3 Irish Girls custom "Gulf of Mexico".

Judy is big into beaded bracelets and rosaries.   I feel like a little bit of Judy's style has rubbed off on me every time I look at my wrist now. 

And Jane, never one to be out-done by her older sisters, showed up with lovely hand coiled baskets for each.  Mine is now safely ensconced on my stitching table, perfect for holding embroidery scissors and other needful things.

I had a wonderful visit with all my family, but it was still good to be back home.  I think I was missed, at least by Ruby.  What a sweetie she is!

So I'm hoping this finds everyone safe, warm and ready for another week.  As always, thanks so much for taking a few moments to stop by!


marly said...

What a wonderful birthday celebration. It would be nice to have so many sisters. And talented!! Terrific handmades by all. Hannah is a big girl.

Barb said...

Hannah is so pretty! I love the colors. It looks like a wonderful family time. Hope your Mom found it very special! Many wonderful handmade things!

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

What a wonderful creative family. Beautiful gifts. Irene xxx

CATHI said...

Great progress with Hannah Pepper!


Mouse said...

what a lovely birthday reunion and how cool are every ones gifts to each other ... makes them more special being made doesn't it :)
love that the dog missed you the most
love mouse xxxxx

Margaret said...

Happy belated birthday to your mom! Wow! What fun that you and your sisters made each other things. And the items that got made! Wow! Love everything! So cool that you and your sisters are so talented and creative!

llknbillburg said...

Looks like it was a great party!! What fun that all of your sisters are crafty and each of you does something different. Seeing and sharing each others work must be wonderful!! Laura

Ellen said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday celebration for your mother.

You're making great progress on Hannah. Looks like you're about 2/3s done.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Mary, what a fun post! I love all your gifties. What a great picture of you all too. That's definitely one to print off and frame. Glad you had a great time. I bet your mom will be talking about it for a very long time. Have a good week!

Melissa said...

Look at those Ruby eyes. It's like she's saying "why did you abandon me for days on end?" Sweet.

How nice you all got together for your mom's birthday. Your sisters are all so talented and your talents show in so many different ways! I want to learn to do that beading that Judy does!

As to your stitching - v pretty!

Joy said...

That sampler is wonderful...hope you get some stitching time in while watching the Super Bowl. How, sisters, family time!

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