Dec 19, 2011

Marvelous Monday Update 12/19/2011

Last week was my Mom's birthday. She's always looked good for her age no matter how old she was. I always tell people she was a HOTTIE when she was younger. For her birthday this year, I thought I'd do something special. She has a couple of wallet sized photographs that she had taken when she was 19 or 20... before she married my Dad and came to the U.S. Over the past 40+ years, the photographs have become creased, stained, and damaged. For Mom's birthday, I digitally retouched them: removed the creases and stains, and even recreated portions of the photograph that were missing. Then I made them into 8x10's. Remember the vintage dual 8x10 hinged frame I bought at a thrift store a few weeks ago? I put the photographs in the frame.





Mom said she liked it and that they turned out really beautiful. She was amazed and asked me how I did it. LOL - Lots of painstaking work!

My area received our first "significant" snowfall on Friday night. I woke up on Saturday to the sounds of snowblowers and 2-3" of the fluffy white stuff. We've been so spoiled this winter with above normal temps that I hadn't even gotten my boots out from last year. Soon, I was out joining the ranks to shove and blow snow off my driveway. By Sunday afternoon, most of the snow was melted.

Last week, I ordered chinese takeout/delivery. Shrimp Lo Mein. It wasn't that good. I said to myself: "Self, you can this much better!" Gotta love Google. I looked up Lo Mein on my favorite site:

Did you hear the big "WOO HOO!" heard 'round the world? That was me! I am officially done with school. ♪♫♪♫ No more teachers, no more books, lalalalala ♫♪♫♪

Unofficially, I've received a final grade of a B! I'm happy with it since I have no prior experience with Auditing.

The winner of my blogversary giveaway was Shelleen of Queen Stitcher. I received a very touching thank you email from her.

When I started my blog six years ago, Shelleen was the first person to comment on my new blog. Six years later, she still reads and comments. Thank you Shellen for following me all these years.

I finished the bonus chart from the Sew A Mystery SAL I participated in. I've started assembling the project.

Finally, I was able to put a few hours of work on Blossom Splendor. I've started the grass at the bottom!

Other progress photos can be seen HERE.

Whether you're spending it alone as a singleton or spending it with family and/or friends, I hope you have the best time ever!


cucki said...

happy belated birthday to your mom..
she is so beautiful and the pictures are so lovely..
yummy food..
here the weather is very hot..sunnyyyy..i think lovely summer days are here :)
aww beautiful stitching..great progress..i love your project so much..
big hugs cucki xx

Berly said...

Your mom's pictures are beautiful, grea job! Congrats, Shelleen! I can't believe it's been 6 years already!

Pam said...

I always love reading your updates. Great job on your mom's photos!!!! So glad you got some stitching time on Blossom--looking good! =)

angel parker said...

You did a great job on the picture and your mom is very lovely. Merry Christmas Meari!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday to your mom!!! She is gorgeous!!!!!! You did a great job with the photos. I am sure they will be treasured forever. Your finish is pretty. How many finishes does that make for 2011? Your WIP Blossom Splendor is looking great. Keep up the great stitching. I too love I also love watching Rachel Ray, & others on the food channel on the internet. I then get the recipes from the food channel site. I want to start making more things from scratch than eat processed food. That is one of my goals for 2012.
Betty in AZ (ILCS)

Lesleyanne said...

You did a fantastic job on your mum's photos. I love your progress on Blossom Splendor - it looks stunning.

Katie said...

The photos are fantastic. So amazing that you can redo them like that. Glad she appreciated the work you did.

Your stitching looks great as always.

Patty said...

What a great present to give your Mother! She is beautiful!! Happy Birthday to her!! Beautiful stitching as well!!

ChrisG said...

Great job fixing those photos. Your Mom is lovely! Happy Birthday to her. Your Blossom Splendor is coming along nicely. I really like the pink fabric. I've got a number of geisha and samurai patterns that I just must start...Hugs, Christina G

Katrien said...

CONGRATS on finishing school! :)
Waw, awesome work on those pics of your mom.
Your stitching looks great.

Lisa Dunn said...

Your mom is beautiful! Those are really cool pictures, and you did a great job with them. :o)

Woo hoo on school being finished! And congrats on your B in Auditing!

Congrats on your finish. I am looking forward to seeing the completed mystery project. Blossom Splendor is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Loved looking at your works. Wow. I can't say that any one is my favorite, but I love that you are not afraid of mega projects. Beautiful work.


valerie said...

Congratulations on being finished with school! Woohoo! I'm sure it's a relief...all this time on your hands now. lol

You did an amazing job restoring those photos. They came out great and your mom is gorgeous. I am sure she is thrilled with her gift.

Great job on Blossom Splendor and that Lo Mein looks delicious!

Sandy In Montana said...

You did an amazing job on re-touching the photos, Meari. They came out perfect.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Merry Christmas...Sandy

Anonymous said...

Your blog update Meari - Congrats on finishing school forever!?!?

The pictures for your mom came out perfect - I'm sure she's thrilled.

I am looking forward to seeing Blossom Splendour all done.


Sue said...

Mom looks fabulous~ Very beautiful lady!!! Your lo mein looks yummy; could eat it right off the blog; someone took my frozen meal from the freezer...............grrrrrrrrrr Had my name on it too. Oh well, guess they needed it more than me. Your stitching looks beautiful as always. Congrats to Shellene~!! I know she will just love the needlebook.


Kay said...

Happy belated birthday to your mom. The photos looks great! Congrats on school!!!!!!! Your stitching is beautiful!

Emily in NC said...

Your mother is/ was gorgeous, and you did a great job with refinishing her photos. Yeah for being done with school, now what??

Pam said...

My gosh Meari, you did a fantastic job on your moms pictures. They came out beautifully and I am so sure she them..
Ahhhhhhhhhhh Lo Mein, it's relatively easy to make but you can really buy a lot of icky lo mein. Good for you giving it a go. Looks yummy. I make it often, well every couple of months. lol
I'm so happy for you that you are once and for all finally finished with school.. Den is starting Jan 17, Don is still going. lol Congratulations to you that you are through and noooooooooooooo more books, tests, or homework.

htimcj said...

Your mom is beautiful and you did a great job on the photos!

Shelleen said...

Your mom's pictures came out beautifully. She is a beautiful woman and I am sue she was thrilled. Woohoo on finishing school. Must be a relief to be done. Thanks again for the needle book, it is so pretty.

Mouse said...

ooooo well done on the photos you have done a fabulous job ... your mum looks gorgeous :) love the stitching as always ANDDDDDD way to go on the grades girl and you are no longer at school :) .. hope you have a fab Christmas and new year :) love mouse xxxx

Valda said...

Your mom's photo's turned out fantastic! Happy belated birthday to your mom. And congratulations on finishing up school! I know you are happy that you are finally done!
Your stitching is gorgeous!

Lynette said...

Wow, you did a great job with those photos!
Congrats on finishing school - I can just feel your relief!!

Faith... said...

Love the photos Meari! You did a great job.

Congrats on school :)

Pam in IL said...

Congrats on finishing all the classes! It must feel awesome to be done with the classes and have already graduated. Now you'll have so much more time for stitching too.

Your pictures of your mom are beautiful and your restoration turned out great. I bet that was a tedious and at times, frustrating task.

As always, your stitching looks lovely.

Anonymous said...

You did a terrific job on your Mom's pictures and she is beautiful.

Glad your school is over with now.

Congratulations to Shelleen on winning your blog give away. I enjoy reading your blog.


Carol said...

Yes, I heard your screams of joy way over here in Pennsylvania, Meari!! Congratulations--you should be so proud of yourself...

And wow--those photo restorations are so professional looking. I'm really impressed! Is there anything you can't do :)

Blossom Splendor is looking great--with all the extra time you'll have now that school is over, you'll be done in no time!

Anne Sans Tete said...

Congratulations to Shelleen for winning the giveaway!

And congratulations to you for finishing school!

The pictures of your mom turned out wonderfully. They remind me of the "old" photos I see here- black & white, the hairstyle, the looks she's giving the camera- she looks beautiful!

- Lisa N. in Cambodia

Kate said...

Congrats on finishing school!
You did a great job on your mum's photos.
Blossom Splendor is looking good.

Akila said...

Your mom is so beautiful. Great job on the photos. They don't look touched up at all.
Great to see blossom splendour again

chrisstitches said...

What is the secret to Japanese women looking so young....
Glad you are officially done with school.
What do you what to do now that you are grown up (as we say here)
Hopefully, a promotion or raise is in the future for your efforts.
You are truly a wonderful person.

chrisstitches said...

forgot to say
I should have those last two comments for my little one who is being sassy as times.....
at ages 6 & 7, he didn't really believe. Now at age 8, he wants to be a toy maker instead of a pizza hut owner....cause the boss has to use math..he discovered.

Shelley said...

You did an awesome job on the photos. Yes, your Mom was and is a hottie! Beautiful lady :)

All of your stitching is looking fantastic.

Congrats on finishing school...I have to ask though, what is the next new adventure going to be?

I told Paul that Christmas was cancelled because he lied to Santa and he almost chocked he laughed so hard.

Denise SA said...

Love what you did for your Mum I am sure she will treasure it for years.

Sunshine said...

great Job on your moms pics!!! You Go Girl!!! Congrats to Shelleen, and congrats to yoou for finishing school!
BS is looking good.

Veronica said...

You did a wonderful job touching up those photos! Yays, no more school. I'm happy for you too. Congrats to Shelleen. Blossom Splendor is looking great.


Carol R said...

Your mom is a very beautiful lady!
Happy Christmas Meari

Mary Ivancicts said...

your mom is beautiful! You did a wonderful job on the photos! You stitching is beautiful as always!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Debra said...

Love the pictures make up and your stitching is looking great.

Kathy A. said...

The photos of your mother are wonderful. I love old photos of my parents too and have their wedding photo and added it to their 60th anniversary quilt.
Your stitching is wonderful.
congratulations on finishing school. What a relief it must be. You got a great mark. It shows all your hard work.

Happy Christmas Meari.

Anonymous said...

Those pictures of your mom are beautiful! You did a great job. Blossom is loooking great. YAY on finishing school!!!

Karin in CA

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow your mom was a looker in her younger years!

Lovely stitching!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Nancy M said...

Gifts like that are always so nice because you took the time to do it! We still haven't had any more snow since my last post. And that was in Nov!!!My son went back to school and finally got his grades up so he can take his classes for his major. 30 credits to go! I bet you are enjoying your free time now that school is over. Nice progress on your stitching.Have a wonderful holiday!!

EvalinaMaria said...

Meari, you are one amazing woman! The photographs of your Mom are truly great, you did an awesome job. Congrats on the end of textbooks, quizzes, assignments - you did great! And, of course, your stitching is lovely as always,

Anonymous said...

Your Mom is beautiful Meari, and you did a professional job on her well loved and handled photos. What great birthday present for her.


Vickie said...

Congrats on finishing school!! I am so happy for you!!!!!

Sharon said...

Congrats on finishing school Meari! It is a fantastic accomplishment. Love, love the photo's of your mom-great job! She is a beauty.