Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fledging the Nest

Moving well into March already - can you believe it?  I'm fully aware that so many just north of our state line are thinking spring will never come.  But it's been here in Florida for awhile now and is already beginning to warm toward summer.  This spring I've had a much greater sense of the time passing.  So many important things are about to fledge very soon, not just the babies nesting with their mamas in our oak trees this spring. Funny, I even seem to have picked up that feeling as the birds in my latest stitching project have taken wing.


You'll remember from my previous post this is "Birds in the Bower", an old Goode Huswife design I'd stitched several years ago for my sister.    I'm loving the chance to return to it again.


There has been a lot of color changing along the way, but that's the price paid for such a chorus.


One more lower branch of songbirds to add in and then it's on to the verse and the bottom scallops.  As ever, Hannah Pepper is mostly a background noise, like a drone from a bag pipe.  More about her later, but for now I'm focusing on things that are about to fly.

Which brings me of course to my own fledgling, Halley.  This is  her just before she began her school days.....


...and one as she has her degree in sight at the end of the month. 


 The girl has always sported a hat with a true sense of style!  But she's also been single-minded about her goals and where they'll take her, in spite of some formidable obstacles at times. I couldn't be prouder of you Halley!  You've become the woman this mama raised you to be, and now you're ready to spread your wings. 

Molly will of course always keep an eye on your shoes.

.   
Thanks for checking in!

13 comments:

marly said...

I love that photo. She has beautiful skin and style. Congratulations to you for guiding and to her for achieving a future with goals.

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Your birds are great! I look forward to continuing, I wonder how many of them will be:-)

StitchinByTheLake said...

Beautiful birds! blessings, marlene

Barb said...

You must be so proud of Halley. She is s lovely young lady. I do all those colorful birds!

P.J. said...

A mother's pride...congratulations! Love the hats. Soooo many colorful birds, I can here there song just looking at your stitching. Enjoy your spring; could you send some up Maine's way. We are ready. ;)

Margaret said...

How lovely to see your daughter -- her personality shines through the picture! Love sweet Molly's pic too! Your stitching is wonderful -- love this piece! Congratulations to your DD!

carol fun said...

Beautiful birds! And congratulations to Halley!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

The birds are looking great! Congrats to Halley!

Melissa said...

I love your Birds in the Bower! I am enjoying seeing it stitched up.

Congrats to Halley and the proud, preening mama! ;-)

Molly is looking really cute there. Is she a border collie?

Anne said...

The Birds in the Bower is just beautiful with your colour changes. Spring has sprung here too and it's so nice to hear all the chirping of the little birds. Congrats to your daughter! She is lovely. What a lovely doggie! She is so cute!

susanssnippets said...

Congratulations to Hailey! I also love the different birds in your stitching. Thank you for sharing with us!

Lois said...

I do believe I remember you stitching Birds in the Bower first time round Mary. Love how this one is turning out 2nd time around. Congratulations to Halley and may she have every success as she spreads her wings to fly.

Carol said...

Great progress, Mary, on this beautiful piece--it must be a fun one to stitch! And how proud you must be of your daughter--I wish her all the best in life. She looks like a very special young woman--gotta love those hats :)