Jan 28, 2013

Marvelous Monday Update 1/27/13

Woo Hoo!  Another marvelous Monday, isn't it? 

Not much happened last week, except... it was my birthday!!  My parents took me out to eat, the BF got me my favorite perfume, and I received lots of awesome birthday emails/ecards from friends around the world.


I participated in two birthday exchanges this year.  Look at all the flossy goodness!

From the i-love-cross-stitch group:

From the i-love-cross-stitching group:

I even received cards from Menards and the Literacy Council (where I teach ESL students), and my new employer.  Menards sent me a coupon for a 15-piece craft knife set.


My friend Faith sent me a huge hank of Victorian Sampler floss along with a card.  She is so sweet!


Once a month, my employer has a day where we celebrate the birthdays for the month.  On that day, everyone except for the birthday people brings in food and it ends up being a large potluck.  We celebrated the January birthdays last Friday.  There was soooo much food... and it was so good!

STITCHY STUFF
Did you hear it?  The cheers of accomplishment... The happy dancing?  I finished Part III of Sampler aux Bouquets!  The entire piece is now finished.  Yay!!

 
To see photos of this journey, click HERE.
 
Sampler aux Bouquets I, II, and III
Designer: Jardrin Prive
Fabric: 32ct White Evenweave
Fibers: DMC
It ended up being 29" long and about 10" tall.  Since it's finished, I'll set out on my journey to find the perfect frame.  Wish me luck!

Until next time,

55 comments:

Chris said...

Happy Birthday!!! It sounds like a wonderful one. You received some very pretty floss!
Congratulations on a beautiful finish. This is such a gorgeous design and your stitching is lovely. Will you frame it?
Have a great week!

cucki said...

Happy birthday dear..
Looks you you had lots of fun..
Lovely gifts received..
Hugs x

Berly said...

Wow, Sampler is beautiful! Congratulations!

connie said...

Happy Birthday and a lovely finish

Faith... said...

Congrats on your finish, Sampler aux Bouquets looks beautiful!

Debbie Jo said...

So glad you had a wonderful birthday and received such a beautiful variety of floss. I just love the sampler.

Anonymous said...

Great finish Meari. What is next up in the rotation or are you going to start something new?

Cindy M

Carol said...

♫♪♫ Happy Birthday, dear Meari! ♫♪♫

I'm glad you had such a nice day and I love hearing how your office celebrates! At mine--the birthday person has so bring in the dessert (doesn't seem quite fair, does it?).

Congratulations on your sampler finish--what a masterpiece!! I think this is one of my favorite finishes ever :) I know you'll find a wonderful frame (or remake one perfectly!)...

For Sale Or Trade dannmurray said...

Gorgeous finish Meari! Congratulations on the finish! Sounds like you had a fabulous birthday. What is next on your stitching list?

Parsley said...

Looks like some great goodies! Happy birthday!

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Happy Happy Birthday and many more.
What great gifts and the party at work sounds like it was great.
love your stitching.

Denise SA said...

Glad you had such a good birthday and wow Sampler Aux Bouquets is beautiful

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday! You received some special gifts for your special day.

1 more stitch said...

Happy Belated Birthday Meari. It looks like you had a good one Congratulations on finishing Sampler aux Bouquets. It looks very pretty.

Lena Mock said...

Happy birthday! You got spoiled with some beautiful cards and floss. The Sampler came out beautifully! Also, is the I Love Cross Stitching group another yahoo group? Would love to join if possible.

Katie said...

Sounds like you ended up having a lovely birthday. Glad cause you deserve it.

Congrats on your finished piece.

CJ said...

Congrats on the big finish and good luck with the frame search.

CJ

ChrisG said...

Yay for you Meari...got some nice threads there! The Sampler aux Bouquets looks lovely, and congrats on the finish. I sure do hope you find the right frame for it, soon!

ChrisG said...

Great finish and congrats on the lovely threads. Sure do hope you find a frame for that Sampler aux Bouquets...sooner rather than later!

Vickie said...

Oh Happy Birthday Meari! The Sampler is fantastic! I know you will frame it well. I am so glad that your workplace continues to be really great.

Anne Sans Tete -- Nome de plume! said...

It's huge! But it looks wonderful. Congrats on finishing it!

- Lisa N.

Pam in IL said...

Lots of goodies for your birthday! Congrats on the Sampler finish. It's beautiful!!! I have no doubt that you'll find the perfect frame.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated Birthday, Meari looks like you had a wonderful birthday. Congratulations on the finish, what a pretty piece.

Julie

Melody said...

Happy Birthday (late)! Looks like you received some wonderful and thoughtful gifts! I'm sure they'll all be put to good use soon :)

valerie said...

Happy Belated Birthday Meari! Looks like you received lots of wonderful cards and fun floss. I love work birthday potlucks! We have them at my job every so often and I find it's an excuse to try new recipes and bake a ton! :)

Kay said...

Happy birthday to you, looks like you had a great day and got many goodies! Your latest finish is a masterpiece! Have a great week!

SoCal Debbie said...

Sampler aux Bouquets is beautiful! Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

Elena said...

Happy birthday, Meari. Congrats on your finish. It looks great.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a great birthday, Meari! I love that Menards sent you a coupon for a craft knife set, LOL. Samplers aux Bouquets is lovely!

Karin in CA

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Well Happy Birthday and congrats on this super finish. This will look amazing framed. CJ in OK

Nancy in IL said...

Looks like you had a great birthday, Meari - lots of acknowledgement and birthday goodies!

Wow on the Sampler au Bouquet finish! What a great piece, but you may have trouble finding the right size frame, but you could buy lengths I assume. Did you change any of the floss colors? I'm not even sure of the colors or fibers it calls for. Haven't yet fallen prey to buying it - YET. Anyway, this is a wonderful accomplishment! Congrats!

Carolyn NC said...

Glad you had such a good BD! SAB looks fantastic - can't wait to see the finish!

Linda M said...

Happy birthday. Looks like you added quite a bit to the stash! I just love Sampler aux Bouquets ... Congratulations on the finish.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your finish. It's a beautiful piece.

Cheryl K

Anne said...

Happy Birthday Meari!! Lovely gifts and cards you received!! Big congrats on finishing the Sampler Aux Bouquet!!! It's such a pretty design and will look wonderful framed!!

Hugs!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a great birthday with all the cards and floss.

Congratulations on your finish, it is beautiful and hope you find the frame for it.

Marl

Melinda said...

Happy Birthday - Hope you had a day all about you -

I think you must work at the most or almost perfect place. It sounds so much fun..

29 inches long!!! It is amazing, so like WOW....

silentsgirl said...

Happy dancing for you on Sampler aux Bouquets! What an accomplishment! I'm sure you'll find exactly the right frame (and if you don't find it, I have every faith in your being able to create it yourself). Congratulations on all the beautiful flosses and fibres for your birthday, and what a great way to celebrate birthdays at the office. When I was working, it was incumbent upon me to bring in a birthday treat, and that annoyed me. Why did I have to buy food for other people on "my" day? Your company does it much better.

Anonymous said...

Hi Meari,

Your Garden Sampler looks great. I’m anxious to see how you’ll frame it.

Tobie in So. Cal.

Mary said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. I love all the yummy floss you received, I know you will have a lot of fun. Your finish is so beautiful, congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Nice that you have had wonderful Birthday and your stitching looks lovely

Tinna

Dani - tkdchick said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Wow I love your sampler the colours are so much vibrant that the ones I've seen so far!

Carol R said...

Belated Happy Birthday Meari!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on finishing your piece Meari - it is FANTABULOUS!

I know that you will end up with just the right frame for it.

Tara

glenda said...

Congrats on your finish! It's fabulous :)

I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday. I did not send a card...as you may have noticed, lol, but I did ponder it. I have a hundred excuses, not of which are very good :(

I'm glad you got a good stash of floss. I will miss the CSE BFC!!

We got 6" today....oh the joy of winter...

Vicky L said...

Looks like you received some nice goodies for your birthday.
Congratulations on your finish. It's very beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great Birthday!!! You got some really great stash. Congrats on the finish!! It is beautiful.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Meari! Look at all of that gorgeous thread! :)

Congrats on your finish as well! It is beautiful! :)

Lana said...

Happy birthday! And congratulations on a gorgeous,Huge finish!! It looks amazing!

Laurel Piontek said...

Beautiful sampler, Meari! Congrats on the finish! You do beautiful work! Laurel

mbroider said...

Happy Birthday!! And what a great finish!! 29inches WOW. That is huuuge

Have a great year Meari

Akila said...

Belated birthday wishes to you Meari. How nice of everybody to send such wonderful gifts over and a craft knife set, wow!!
Sampler bouquet has finished beautifully.

Nancy M said...

Sorry I missed your birthday. I've been sick for about 3 weeks now and just getting back into things! Congrats on your finish! I'm sure that you'll scavenge some frame at a thrift shop that will work perfectly with it!

Shelley said...

Again, so sorry I missed your birthday...Sampler aux Bouquets is so beautiful. Good luck on finding a frame that it'll fit in. I am sure you will end up with some sort of DIY project to get it done :)

Vickie said...

Happy Dancing with you on your finish! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!!