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Friday, 5 November 2010

Post and Boast

Let's catch up and boast to my heart's content! ;-)

Boast 1 - Survived a hectic work schedule the last 3 weeks and our project completed successfully last weekend! Hooray! Now I feel like I've just finished a marathon - tired but happy. 

Boast 2 - Isabella Johnstone is finished! Here we go with lots of photos! 




 Isabelle Johnstone 1854
stitched with recommended Belle Soie silks 
on 35 ct WDW Parchment linen

This is a very pretty sampler and will be one of my favourites, I'm sure! I really love the reds in this one.

Oh, before I forget, I pondered the question as to whether only male 'cows' have horns. Thanks to Terri who cleared up the "mystery" for me:


In answer to your question....the sex has nothing to do as to whether or not a 'cow' has horns. It's the breed.

Boast 3 - Meet the new guy in my life - Sam, my Snowman Postman! 

Isn't he a handsome fella? He is the creation of Cathy or the wonderful Cheswick Company.  Cathy made this  one for me, but you can buy the pattern or kit to make one up yourself! I wasn't very confident that I would be able to do a good job, and since I was working hard I figured I deserved a custom order!  (warning - spending $alert$ - the site has many wonderful things!)
Here Sam has already brought me a lovely chart from my friend Nancy (no blog). She also sent me all the threads needed so all I need to do is find the right linen! Thank you Nancy! I love this design! It just says "Home Sweet Home" to me!

Boast 4 - Roses in November!


Our Fall has been fairly mild so a lot of my roses are still blooming. The bowl of pink roses are arranged using a flower frog nextled in a bowl. You can use them for flowers as well as for storing scissors!!!  ;-)

Boast 5 - the cute kitties. One minute wide awake. The next, snoozeville. 


Cats know how to Chill, don't they?

Well, that's it for this Post and Boast! Maybe another time it will be Post and Roast. Then there's the possiblity of Post and Toast. What other rhymes can I make with Post? Post the Most? - No, definitely not! 


Oh, one last Boast #6 - the fact that you visit and leave me such wonderful comments, often with a little cyber hug to lessen the load of my sometime heavy work schedule! That's so nice of you! Thank you!


I have a 3 day weekend so I will catch up on my blog reading and emails too. So sorry I've been very quiet there too. Mostly, this will be a quiet weekend to get a nap or two in and putter inside - doesn't that sound like just the thing on a blowsy, rainy day? 


Thank you again for visiting! Have a lovely weekend!

42 comments:

Margaret said...

Your Isabella is soooo gorgeous!!!! Boy, do I need to stitch this one! But then of course, I say that about every single thing you stitch. So true -- you have wonderful taste in stitching! Love your kitties -- don't you love when they snooze with their eyes tight shut and look so adorable? I do! Your roses are beautiful! And your postman snowman is so cute! I have to go check out that website for sure! Hope work calms down for you. Enjoy your 3 day weekend!

Chris said...

Isabella is beautiful!!! This is one of my favorites too!!

Nancy said...

Congratulations on finishing your sampler! It is GORGEOUS, and I love the reds too! I love your kitties too!

Karen said...

Such a beautiful finish! Hope you have much needed stitching time this weekend!

Tanya said...

SO beautiful!! I love this sampler - will stitch it someday as I have the magazine so that's half the battle. lol

Love the kitty pics!
Tanya

Catherine said...

Congrats on a wonderful finish!! Love all your other goodies as well - especially that snow postman!

Jan said...

Wow, that is beautiful, Melissa...and I can quite see why it will be a favorite of yours!! Congratulations on the finish!! Your kitty cats are gorgeous too...here is a cyber hug just for you!! {{{{hugs}}}}

April Mechelle said...

Boast all you want Melissa ! The isabelle is beautiful !! Love the kittys!!! Happy Stitching and I am glad work has calmed some for you.

Deborah said...

Isabella is gorgeous! The kitties are beautiful as well.

Tammy said...

I has one of those weeks well the past two weeks hopefully it won't continue to next week. I love where your cats lay I wish I had a window seat for mine.

Irene said...

The sampler looks wonderful. Sam the Snowman Postman is a cutie, as are your cats.

Jane said...

Melissa, I'm so glad you got through your work project all in one piece. Sounds like you had your hands full but now you can relax a little.

What a delight to see Isabella Johnstone all finished up! Great photos and it looks lovely. I'm glad you enjoyed stitching it up. Looks like it will be hanging on your sampler wall before we know it.

I love that cute little postman. Bringing you all your stash mail too, I bet. He's just adorable.

What a lovely chart from Nancy too. Looks like your style and how about WDW 'Linen' for it? Just a thought. I'm sure you'll find the right piece.

Cats and flowers are both delightful. Calming pictures on all accounts.

Enjoy your peaceful, long weekend!

Lois said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous finish! Beautiful flowers, great pics of cats and how cute is Sam the Postman what a nice package of goodies he delivered! Enjoy your weekend - sounds like you've been super-busy so a quieter time will do you the world of good!

Hazel said...

Your sampler is so lovely - you have every right to boast! Love the cat pics - very cute and those roses are gorgeous. Love the new chart. x

KarenV said...

Sam is such a cute postman! Good to see that he's already bringing you nice mail :) I shall be checking out the website in a bit.

Congratulations on finishing Isabella, what a pretty sampler! Have a great weekend!

Siobhan said...

ACK!!! I am in love with Isabella. She is GORGEOUS, Melissa! You did an incredible job. I love your Sam the postie--very cute. :) So are the kitties! I hope you have a great weekend.

Katrina said...

Isabella is stunning!!!! Cute kitties and great gift. Glad work is settling down too.

Kathy said...

Isabella is just gorgeous. Congrats on the finish. And your new postman is too cute. :)

gracie said...

The sampler is wonderful... have a great weekend.

MyLifesAStitch said...

YGG on the work project completion!!

And Isabella.... w.o.w.!!!! I just loooove her!!! Gorgeous!

Enjoy your weekend!

Joanie said...

Hey! Love your sampler! Also, watch your mail...the PS's are on their way!

Deb said...

You have a lot of wonderful things to boast about. I love Isabella! And I'm glad the mystery of the horns has been cleared up. I wasn't sure either!

Ann in Scotland. said...

So much to comment on Melissa. Your sampler is lovely, I'm a fan of shades of red. Kitties are gorgeous - they're always a winner with me. Sam the Snowman is so neat - very appealing. I know what you mean about busy - I've been working so much more than normal that I'm finding it difficult to keep up with everything.

natalie said...

Isabella is beautiful! I finally caved and ordered her last week! I have been drooling over the chart ever since. So fun to see it all finished and lovely!

Ranae said...

Isabella Johnstone is beautiful and I love that name, Congrats!
What a cloever post with the boasts.
The flowers are so pretty and the cats are gorgeous, oh to have a life like cats, lol
Have a great 3 day weekend!

deb-bee said...

Hi, I just love your finished pic. I agree cats are pros when it comes to chilling out. I loved Sam so much I ordered 2 E-patterns. I hope they turn out as cute as Cheswick's samples. Enjoy your long weekend ;-) Debby (WI)

WoolenSails said...

I really love that piece, you did such a beautiful job on it. I want to make one from the book you sent me, but think I might make it for a bday gift, since it would be pushing to have it done in time for christmas.

Debbie

Brigitte said...

A great title for this blog post and a great blog post. I loved to read about all the good things going on in your life. And I send you my warmest congratulations on having finished that work project and on having finished Isabella.
Sam is a sweet little guy and quite obviously he knows how to do his job, lol. I love Chessie & Me, particularly their houses.
Enjoy your last roses. All the flowers in our garden are gone now after a couple of very frosty nights. And we have a snow forecast ...

Joy said...

Isabella is stunning...what a great finish! Enjoy your 3 day weekend.

Carol said...

OK!! I think I need to move--roses in November?? Amazing :)

Your sampler finish is spectacular, Melissa--gotta love that cow!! I'm sure it will be a lovely addition to your sampler wall. And Sam is the cutest--thanks for pointing out Cathy's site.

Enjoy your long weekend--hope you get lots of time to just relax and do whatever makes you the happiest...

linenstitcher2 said...

You have great reason to boast, Melissa. "Isabella" is lovely! I'm with you on the reds. They're fabulous!! Glad you have a little downtime after the busy work stretch. Enjoy!

Cari-in-VA said...

Oh, Isabella is beautiful - you did a wonderful job. Love your new little snowman - too cute! And your kitty, so sweet.

Glad to hear you finished your project!

Cari-in-VA said...

Oh, Isabella is beautiful - you did a wonderful job. Love your new little snowman - too cute! And your kitty, so sweet.

Glad to hear you finished your project!

The Scarlett House said...

Boast away, my friend! Isabella is a wonderful sampler and you are done...Woohoo! Can't wait to see the frame you pick out. I actually saw a frame for mine that I liked even before I was finished.
What's up next?

Loraine said...

I love this post! You deserve to boast! Fab stuff going on at your house. I love your finish. What an accomplishment. It looks amazing!
Cyber hugs to you dear friend. Hope you week goes well.

Annemarie said...

Weeeeeeeee! Isabella is finished! And what a wonderful job you did! She does look better with that leaf tip finished, though... Darn.

Cute cats! They seem a lot quieter than my rascals :o)

Pattee said...

Melissa ~ I don't live that far from you an I'm always looking for artists and friends... I live in Bellingham Wa..... just over the border... I saw a posting on face book about you and looked....
You are a fabulous artist!
Hugs ~Pattee

Evik said...

Melissa
Congratulations to the completed project:)
Sampler is really beautiful. As all your samplers;)
Very friendly and optimistic post!

Hugs, Eva

Kim said...

Isabella is wonderful!!! I was just looking at that today as I was cleaning off a table, there were 2 SAN magazines that needed put away. Of course I had to sit down and enjoy them. It is such a pretty sampler and the colors are great.Also enjoyed the article "Needlwork gifts in Early America" in tha Fall 09. You have inspired me to make a copy of this sampler, for next year!!

Michelle said...

Isabella is stunning. I can't wait to stitch this one. And I'm in love love love with Sam! What a cutie patootie he is. Enjoy your three-day weekend!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Isabella is gorgeous. Congrats on your finish.

Barbara said...

Isabella is indeed gorgeous, and your kitties are superlative chillers. :D Wonderful, uplifting post - thank you!