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Sunday, 6 February 2011

Marlene's Sampler

I thoroughly enjoyed the comments from the last post. Thank you for the advice / opinions about the floss for the alphabet, and also how much you enjoyed the tune playing through your head! (tee hee)

I did frog the almost-invisible alphabets and replaced them with WDW 'Pebble' which I had left over from stitching Lo.  I quite like the effect. Here are a couple of photos of Marlene's sampler. 
I am quite happy with the results!  Note that I did use the almost-invisible floss to stitch in the year, which worked out perfectly for that purpose. 

Now, what next? I just finished stitching this yesterday afternoon. I'd decided to pick up an UFO from last year - Elizabeth Easton. However, I am feeling a bit ambivalent about it. Not feeling the love, you know what I mean? 

Maybe it's just me. I've been out of sorts due to a couple of things. One being my project at work might get canceled which might mean I could be out of work. However, that's not as big a bother as the fact that our son will be moving to Germany! 

Yup! Without invading too much of his privacy (I hope), here's the scoop. He's in third year university and has applied for a co-op term. To those unfamiliar with this term, it means you will go to work and get school credit for the time you work. The companies work with the university to 'qualify' to be the right sort of work for the faculty (eg commerce, science).   In his case, his field is very narrow but there exists a lot of great opportunities for him ...in Germany. He'll be gone for 8 months.

*sigh* Moms - you know how that'd feel, right? I am very happy for him and it's a great opportunity but my heartstrings now have to loosen ...and loosen so I can string it across the miles, across a continent and an ocean.  That's the tough part but as parents, we all have to go through that time when the little birds leave the nest.

All details and paperwork still need to be worked out. We have probably at least a couple of months to get ready. But oh, I'm just so scattered these days. So, if I haven't answered your email, please forgive me. 

Lastly, if you have stuck with me through this post AND you want a chance to receive Marlene's Sampler, please leave a comment on THIS post only. I will choose a winner next Sunday, Feb 13.  Please don't mention this on your blog as I just want this to be an opportunity for those who regularly comes to visit.

I remain...scatteredly yours,
Have a great week!

56 comments:

KarenV said...

Beautiful finish Melissa and great thread choice for the alphabet. Hope things work out OK for both your job and your son.

WoolenSails said...

That is so beautiful, I wish I could stitch like that.
I love the linens, but every time I try, I miss half the holes, lol. That is a great opportunity for your son, even though you will miss him.

Debbie

Michele said...

I look forward to my children having great opportunities, but I don't like to think of them actually leaving for those opportunities! :)

I would love to enter your giveaway.

Karen said...

I know it is hard to imagine your son being gone our of country for so long, but it sounds like a great opportunity, which can make such a difference now a days in our current economy! Things always have a way of working out and hope the best for you and him.

Your finish is beautiful and I love the thread change you made. Can't wait to see your next project....happy stitching.

Barbi said...

The sampler turned out amazing Melissa! And I would Love a chance to stitch it.
If you need more string...I can send some your way! ***hugs***

Nancy said...

Marlene's Sampler is gorgeous! You really did a beautiful job of stitching your sampler. I would love a chance to win this pattern, so please enter my name.

I'm sorry you're feeling a little sad about your son going to Germany. All of our daughters are close by, and sometimes it is still hard to let go completely. I always try to remember the saying "the best gift you can give to your children is wings". On a positive note this will be such a wonderful experience for him.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely stitched piece Melissa. I hope things turn out okay for you at work, it's a difficult time all over. Please don't include me in the drawing, I have so many things sitting waiting to stitch at the moment and not enough hours in the day.

Deb said...

Mylene's sampler looks wonderful Melissa! I hope that everything goes well for you at work! And I totally understand about your feelings with your son leaving to go to Germany. That's such a huge distance, but it's only for 8 months and probably a great opportunity for him. Of course, while I'm writing this, my son (at 17) is going to Spain for over three weeks and it puts my stomach in knots every time I think of him being away.

Ann-Maree said...

It's lovely..congrats. I'm at the beginning of the unravelling of the strings myself.....but also rewarding to see your child marking their mark Best wishes
Ann-Maree

Michelle said...

Marlene's Sampler is beautiful and I would love the opportunity to stitch it especially as my Mom's name is Marlene and it would make a lovely gift for her!

Cardygirl said...

Hi, this is my first visit to your lovely blog..you certainly have some lovely stitching! It is hard as children grow up & stretch their wings...but lovely that you have mothered such a clever & confident child. Hope you start to feel less scattered!

Irene said...

The alphabet looks so much better and the whole sampler WOW it's beautiful ! Sounds like a great opportunity for your son.

Peggy H. said...

I really like this sampler and would love a chance to win it.

Sorry about your son leaving, but one good thing is that nowadays you can have access through email constantly. It should be a great experience for him...if only mom can handle it. :o)

Peggy H.
www.neverenoughstash.blogspot.com

Teresa S. said...

Moving to Germany is a hard blow to Mom :( But can you plan to visit him there?? That would give you something to look forward to. And 8months will fly by, no doubt. Love the sampler, too. Put my name in!

Joanie said...

Beautiful finish! Include me in your drawing! I understand how you feel about your Son! My boy is getting ready to leave for Japan, next week!

Natalia said...

I think you did a great job with Marlene !!! Good choice of floss... I think the opportunity for your son is great and encouraging !! I am the daughter of a mom that let me go a long time ago. I have to tell you it is not easy for either side, but it is life. Thank God nowadays there are so many ways to stay in touch and Germany is a beautiful place to visit if you haven't been there :-)

Hazel said...

Marlene's Sampler is just gorgeous and of course I would love a chance to win it. Sorry to hear your son is going away. That must be very hard. xx

Diana said...

Love your Marlene's Sampler. Pebble worked out well for the alphabet. Sorry to hear about your sons possible move to Germany, but like you said, it is a great opportunity. Maybe you could pla a visit to see him/

Lisa V said...

Beautiful finish, what a lovely design.
Pls include me in your draw.
thanks
LISA V

La Mañosa said...

Your sampler turned out so lovely! I can't believe you are giving it away!

I had the benefit of studying abroad in college and it was a great experience! I missed my parents a lot so we planned to talk about once a week on the telephone while I was gone. I am sure your son will also have a great time in Germany. Maybe it will be easier if you plan to keep in touch somehow on a regular basis?

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on your sampler finish. It's so pretty.
Your son has a wonderful opportunity in Germany. Good for him. I do understand how painful this parting will be for you. Is there any possibility of visiting him in Germany?
Please include my name in your draw.

mainely stitching said...

Great call, using the Pebble for the alphabet and the very delicate color for the year - it looks wonderful! (I'd be tickled if you threw my name in the hat for the next person to stitch this lovely!)

Wow, having your son go to Germany will undoubtedly be difficult to get used to ... but the experience will be great for him. I studied abroad, too, and loved it. (I guess I've done most things abroad, LOL.) Just think of how much fun you'll have if you go over to visit!! :D

Teri said...

What a pretty finish! The colors and design are lovely!

MartyG said...

I would love to win Marlene since that is my middle name. I go by Marty. I think the pebble was just the right touch. Stevemarty@msn.com.

Margaret said...

I just love your finish! Wow! Good choice on the change of color on the words. I'd love to win the chart too. :D

You must be so nervous about your son going to Germany for 8 months. That's a long time! My daughter was thinking about a term abroad (different, study instead of the coop thing) but she didn't in the end. Hang in there. I bet he'll have a great time!

Melody said...

Lovely sampler finish! I'd love to be in your drawing. I hear you on the parenting issues. It's so hard to see them move off...but necessary.

Happy stitching.

stranger2u said...

Your sampler is absolutely beautiful!! I would love a chance to win the pattern.
I wish your son all the best on his trip to Germany! I understand how hard it will be for you, but what a great experience for him.
(and also for you, when you go to visit!!)
I look forward to reading your blog again!

Blu said...

Lovely finish! The new floss was an excellent choice, since the letters are now visible, but not too overpowering.

valerie said...

Beautiful finish! Love the thread change to pebble. Congrats! No need to enter me in the drawing.

Deborah said...

Marlene's sampler is just beautiful! I would love a chance to win the pattern.

Meadows08 said...

That was a fast stitch! It turned out great.

I hope things work our ok for you at work. Maybe you will be able to enjoy a trip to Germany to visit your son. It is incredible over there.

Dovilė said...

Marlene's Sampler is gorgeous!

Lois said...

Beautiful finish, the change in thread colour for the lettering works perfectly. I hope things work out for you okay at work and I can understand how daunting it is thinking about your son moving such a distance. I'd definitely pencil in a trip to see him plus I'm sure he can come home at least once during the time. Breaking it up like that won't make the time seem so long but I know the thought of the distance will take more getting used too.

Jane said...

Oh, how sad:( I know you will miss your boy terribly. Look on the bright side though, you've got an excuse to go visit him in Germany! That's if the work front allows it of course.

Great choice of thread in Pebble. That was sort of the colour running through my head, though I didn't have the name for it. Looks much better and I know you'll be able to 'live with it' a lot easier once it's framed and on your sampler wall. Well done, Melissa!

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, Melissa, that is gorgeous!! You must be thrilled with how it turned out. I like the change in thread & how you stitched the year in the 'old' thread.

My thoughts are with you as you and your son go through this next step. I know it's what we raised them to do--to spread their wings and fly the nest, and it is to yours & your DH's credit that your son is able to do it so well--but I know how much it hurts. My daughter did the work placement thing this year, but only as far as Dublin, so we were lucky. She's talking about the next step, which is studying for the NY bar exam and doing her Master's in the US. I am so happy for her and so proud but I will be honest and say that I just smiled when she told me because I wanted to gasp at the immediate stab in my heart at the thought of her being further than a bus or train ride away. So--I know how it goes.

The work stuff--don't get me started. Hang in there.

Vaida said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish - Marlene's sampler is really a beauty! I stitched mine couple of years ago and I still enjoy seeing it hanging on my walls

Carol said...

Another beautiful sampler for your wall, Melissa. I really like the new thread you substituted for the lettering--great choice.

Oh, I feel your pain regarding your son's spending eight months in Germany, but what an amazing experience for him. The sights he will see, the people he will meet--he will come back home very mature and worldly. I'll be in Germany in May, myself (want me to check on him ;o). Seriously, the eight months will go quickly and with emails, Skype, etc., it is much easier to stay in touch these days...

I'd love to be considered for the chart--thanks for the chance.

P.S. My "captcha" word is "bless"--I think that is a good omen for his trip :)

Ellen said...

Beautiful sampler! Would love a chance to stitch it, thank you.

Hugs,

Michelle said...

Love the change you made to the thread for the alphabet - I think it's better (but I love that you left the year in the other color!). Such a pretty finish. And I'm looking forward to seeing the next piece you're picking up - I hope you start feeling the love for it soon. Sorry to hear about your job and also I can understand your worry about your son.

Love to Stitch said...

Gorgeous Finish!!! Looking forward to what is next! Hopefully everything will go smoothly with his transition :) Have a great week!

Nelli said...

Beautiful finish!

Sylvia said...

Its a wonderful finish.

I hope everything works out for you son. We currently live in Germany and love it. It will be such a great experience for your son.

Nicole said...

Beautiful finish Melissa!! It turned out great!! That's great news for your son, but sad news for mom. The good news is it's only for eight months. I'm sure it will fly by! :)

Catherine said...

What a beautiful finish! I'd love to have a chance to stitch this!

My guys are still to young to be going away, but I can imagine how I'll feel when that time comes!

I'll will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

Glenna said...

Best wishes for your job and for dealing with your son's move. It will be a wonderful opportunity for him, you know that already, and it will be FINE--you know that too. You can visit him late in the year, so you can go to the Christmas markets! (see, and upside to everything...)

Sharon said...

Fantastic finish! Congrats. Hoping your work project and things go well for your son. With technology today hopefully he won't seem too far away.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Marlene Sampler is just beautiful. You did a wonderful job on it. I like the new thread color, it IS perfect for the piece.

I'm a mom of 4 and understand the pull on your heartstrings when they leave, especially if they go far away.

pam1228 said...

What a great finish! Love this sampler and would love to be entered into your giveaway.

Just think of your son's adventure as a great opportunity for his future. Can you take some time and visit?

Thank you for a chance in this wonderful giveaway.

Suzanne said...

What a beautiful finish you have done on Marlene's Sampler. The colour change of the alphabet is perfect.

It's a great opportunity for your son, but I can understand how you feel. Thankfully with great technology like Skype, you can see and speak to hime as often as you like.

PS. I would love to stitch Marlene's Sampler, please enter me into you draw.

Romy in Austria said...

Congratulation on your finish! I always love viewing finishes of my designs, they all are like little babys for me and you have done a wonderful job on Marlene's Sampler! I hope you have enjoyed the stitching!

Karoline said...

Marlene is gorgeous, congratulations.

I hope everything works out with your job and that your son has a great time in Germany

Dawn said...

I love your sampler. You did a great job. Good luck to your son and you. I am sure all will work out and it will be a great experience for him.

Cristina said...

Wonderful finishing. All the best for you and your son

Lisa said...

that is so beautiful Melissa,I really love it, colours are wonderful
thanks for showing us this beauty, I will need to stitch this one

Lisa said...

If I'm not too late I'd love to enter your giveaway, I just noticed your were giving the chart away in a draw
keeping my fingers crossed x

Brigitte said...

Oh Melissa, what a wonderful chance for your son. It's hard for us moms but it's such a great experience for our children. The first weeks will be awful (I know what I'm talking about) but then you'll get accustomned to the fact that your son lives his life somewhere else for a certain time. And then time will fly and before you can think he'll be back.