Sunday, October 21, 2007

Finally....back.....and pictures!!!

Anyone out there still remember me after all this time?(LOL) I never thought I would go so long before blogging again but sometimes these things just can't be helped I guess. After my last post things did not improve with my UTI which left me little energy for much else. Today is the last day of my third set of antibiotics and hopefully my next visit to the doctor will reveal that it is gone. Please keep you fingers crossed for me.

Problem two was that for the past two weeks I haven't been able to upload any images. I haven't a clue what the problem was but today DH got it working for me again. So here are a few pictures I can finally share with you.

First up is the square Annemarie stitched for me in the second Fair and Square round. Annemarie and I mailed our squares on the same day hoping they would also arrive on the same day, but I guess the US mail thought these were just too pretty and considered keeping them. Finally after more than a month on the road someone decided to be kind and Annemarie's package was in our mailbox. The squares are absolutely perfect from one Dutch person to another. The front is a Delft Blue tile of a tulip - what could be more Dutch? On the back Annemarie stitched not only her name, city and the year but decorated the corners with a pretty design of her own. Along with the squares she sent me one of her now famous floss rings with Wildflowers 'Firecracker' floss (red/white/blue - the colors of the Dutch flag) and the cutest card with a hilarious poem by Hans Kuyper. DH got quite a chuckle out of that too. Thank you so much Annemarie. I thoroughly enjoyed stiching this exchange with you and know I have made a new friend. Someday we will meet in person and I am looking forward to that day. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Jula will feel better soon.

Fair and Square Round 2 from Annemarie

And here are the squares I stitched for Annemarie. As most of you know she is a translator and I remembered her mentioning that she enjoys translating romance novels. Now I ask you, what can be more romantic than a novel entitled 'Ladye of the Castle'.

Fair and Square Round 2 for Annemarie
from Just Cross Stitch June 2006

Next is the Fair Square which I stitched for Hannah for round 3 of our exchange. Hannah loves fall designs and colors so a pumpkin stitched with WDW Terra Cotta seemed perfect for her. It has been such fun stitching this square for you Hannah and I'm glad you like it.

Fair and Square Round 3 for Hannah
'French Country Pumpkin" by JBW Designs

And finally a birthday bookmark for my friend B.

Birthday Bookmark for Brenda
Freebie from 'Tante's Zolder'

Before I sign off - our DD will be arriving from The Netherlands this coming Saturday to spend a week with us. Yeah!!!!!!!!
Wishing you all a wonderful week.


Blogger Alberta ('Berta) said... can you stand it until your DD arrives???? I hope the clock doesn't drag on too long.

The photos and text were well worth the wait. I hope you continue to feel stronger & healthier each and every day.

Take care of yourself!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Juls said...

Glad to see you posting again!!! And so glad you are feeling better!

You must be thrilled that your DD is visiting!!!!

The pictures are wonderful!!! I love that pumpkin!!! You are so creative!!!!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Lovely stitching. I hope you feel better so you can enjoy some of our lovely weather. It's really, really nice outside right now.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Good to hear from you Margaret! Lovely squares and bookmark. Love the colours you've chosen for the bookmark!

Have a nice time with your DD. Take care.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Linen Stitcher said...

You and Annemarie both put such thoughtfulness into your designs. What a treasured exchange that must be!! Thanks for sharing all of these projects!!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Bliss said...

Welcome back! hugs!

1:13 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Oh yes, fingers are crossed that you get a clean bill of health this time. Take care!

That's some lovely stitching you've been working on (and receiving).

1:58 AM  
Blogger Isabelle said...

Good to hear from you Margaret. I hope you are on the way to a complete recovery. Take good care!

3:34 AM  
Blogger Annemarie said...

Yay, you're back!!! I do hope that you feel much, much better soon, so that you can enjoy Esther's visit to the fullest.
Since I will be finishing all the fair squares as a quilt, I can't do anything with the squares until I've got a few more. Such a bother, because I want to display them NOW!
Have fun with your daughter, and say hello to my fellow Berkelaar :o)

4:48 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I hope this final set of antibiotics do the trick for you, Margaret! How great that you are posting again. beautiful square for the F&S exchange, both sent and received!!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I love the pumpkin, it's such a great design. I love the squares, they are really great!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

It's so nice to see a post from you, Margaret! The squares are lovely!! I hope you are feeling better and in tip top shape for your DD's visit--you must be so excited!

9:22 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

Great! I'm glad to read that your daughter's spending some time with you at the moment! I hope you enjoy yourselves!!!
I hope the UTI's history now???
And the stitching's so beautiful...
Take care, Margaret!

2:28 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

What beautiful squares! I love what you stitched for Annemarie! The bookmark is lovely too. I know you will enjoy your DD's visit. You have a wonderful week too.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Vonna said...

It is stunningly gorgeous all of the beautiful works here :)
Annemarie, of course is a diva with needle and thread. And you're no slacker yourself! Your squares for An, Hannah and that lovely bookmark ARE GORGEOUS!
I hope you have a smashing time with your DD. My hugs and love to you!

8:43 AM  
Blogger Stitchingnow said...

Glad to see you are back and blogging again. I'm having PC issues right now but will check in when I can.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Hazel said...

Awww lovely squares and great bookmark. Nice to see you back posting. xx

10:03 AM  
Blogger AnneS said...

You're back with a vengeance with all those lovely piccies of finishes - they all look great! :D Glad to hear you're feeling better too :)

1:31 AM  
Blogger Name: Vicki said...

I, too, love the pumpkin! You do such beautiful work! Have fun with DD!

5:20 AM  
Blogger Nelapx said...

hola Margaret te envio besos y abrazos desde Bogota....estos trabajos estan estupendos

6:33 PM  
Blogger Lillie said...

Good to see you back. Wish you a speedy recovery..and enjoy your weekend.

Lovely finishes you've got there.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Chelle said...

Wow every piece is more gorgeous than the last. Just beautiful!

Get well soon!

7:40 PM  
Blogger lena-lou said...

Hi Margaret you had been gone nearly as long as me !! Love the quilt squares you have been doing especially the one for Annemarie. Hope you are feeling much better, the visit from your DD should certainly help with that :-)) Enjoy being together :)

11:33 PM  
Blogger Yuko said...

The bookmark for your friend is really beautiful, I will definitely visit the site and DL the chart as I know my friend want a bookmark, it will be a nice present!!

3:52 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

Nice ot see you back. Great stitching on your projects. Keep busy until your daughter arrives so the time goes faster.

12:54 PM  
Blogger The Silver Thistle said...

Both sets of exchange squares are just beautiful. Sounds like your one from Annemarie took the scenic route to your mailbox. lol.

I love the redwork!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Dear Margaret, How nice to see you back, and feeling better. Your stitching for Anne is so gorgeous! Love the little queen! Of course, it's all just beautiful. I know your visit with our daughter will make you so happy. I look forward to reading lots more good things from you!

11:54 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Thank you for the comment Margaret. I wish Maui were a vacation, but it's work. We are decorating a cottage to sell in the next two weeks. We still have to install a closet system, build a queen size headboard, sew some curtains, and clean and put away all of the kitchen items.

Yes, I would like to meet you, but it couldn't be until after Thanksgiving. Right after we get back we head to Los Angeles for a convention over Thanksgiving weekend. Sometime between November 28 - December 4 would be the best time. We will be in Boston the second weekend in December and are holding a cookie baking party and Vegas holiday party the third week. The next weekend we head back east for Christmas.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Wow, so much stitching and its all so pretty. Congrats!

8:14 AM  
Blogger Ali B said...

Hello dear Margaret, just to let you know I have been reading your latest blog entries and catching up on your news. I have finally managed to post a blog entry myself (its taken ages to get round to it :-) as you say, that's life, but we don't forget our friends do we LOL. Much love, Alison xxxxx

4:21 PM  
Blogger stitcherw said...

Wow, it may have taken a while for you to be able to upload pictures, but you certainly had lovely ones to post. All of them, given and received, look wonderful.

I hope your next checkup with the doctor has you all better. It sounds like it has been a rough time for you lately. Have a wonderful time with your DD.

5:02 PM  
Blogger stitcherw said...

Wow, it may have taken a while for you to be able to upload pictures, but you certainly had lovely ones to post. All of them, given and received, look wonderful.

I hope your next checkup with the doctor has you all better. It sounds like it has been a rough time for you lately. Have a wonderful time with your DD.

5:02 PM  

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