Thursday, 22 December 2011

Happy Happy Joy Joy

Ooops - it's been awhile since I've posted and I feel very rusty. You know, the longer you put off posting, the more foreign it seems. 'Tis the season for...

...decorations Red and Green
...and reindeer...
...but most of all - Homecoming! Our boy arrived home safe and sound on Sunday and we're hamming it up for the camera! 

It's wonderful to have him back. I've been busy baking not only to feed him, but to give cookies and such away for Christmas gifts. 

So, you may wonder what I've been up too these last two months. Well, first I had to spend about 5-6 weeks intensively on getting a professional designation renewed. Then I've been taking time out because of my bad back. Time out from stitching I mean. I still did all the usual things, like working! 

However, I have been getting some new help in the way of a new chiropractor who gave me, bit by bit, small amounts of "exercises" to do.  Along with some acupuncture treatments, all these things have helped me tremendously.  So, three weeks ago, I decided to get back to stitching but with a small sampler.  Here is Margaret Harris from one of the Blackbird Design booklets.

See the difference between the white flower on the left vs the one on the right? The left one is very faint and is the called for BS Vanilla Pudding. The one on the right is BS Icing which is brighter and the one I will now use instead. The very faint flower on the inside right border is using BS Scarecrow. I'm afraid it will have to come out. It's so faint you can hardly see it. So, I can see substitutions being the norm here! 

I have to go slow with my stitching as just 1/2 hr of stitching makes my back start whining! Slowly, slowly I will go!

And here is one last framed piece to show you.
This is my first day off from work so lots of stuff to do before Christmas Eve as I am hosting the dinner! I will be covered with flour shortly!

Thank you for visiting with me now and all through this year. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! 

PS - Dear Santa: I know All-I-want-for-Christmas I already got with my boy being home safe and sound...but you know, if you happen to have a spare i-Pad at the bottom of your sack, I've been a very good girl this year! ;-) 


Joy said...

Oh Melissa, So happy for's always good to have a child return. Love all your stitching...the deer is in my pile to finish.

Enjoy your son, your family and the holidays. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Joy

Margaret said...

Melissa, I was just thinking of you the other day and wondering how you were doing. Sorry to hear about your back. Ugh. Hope it gets better. But how wonderful to have your boy home again! He's so talllll!!! lol! I love the pic of you two together. It must be so nice to have him home! As for the iPad -- I hope you get one. I want an iPhone for Christmas. lol!

Oh, and nice framed piece! Bummer about so many colors not showing up on your fabric for the BBD piece. I so hate when that happens.

Have a wonderful Christmas!!! And a happy, healthy New Year as well.

WoolenSails said...

Love the reindeer piece, I need to get back to designing again. I am glad your son is home, nothing is better than to be with family. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.


valerie said...

Merry Christmas Melissa! Hope it's wonderful and I am sure you're so thrilled that your son is home for the holidays. Great start on Margaret Harris and great framing too!

Hang in there with you back issues. I'm glad the chiro, exercises and acupuncture are helping!

Anne said...

Merry Christmas Melissa to you and your family!! I'm so happy you got your wish and have your son with you!

I'm sorry to hear about your back. I hope it gets better with time.

Love your WIP and I agree that the icing looks the best!! What gorgeous framed pieces too!! I've been still meaning to take a trip to your framer but that will have to wait til the new year. I'll email you and see what works for you in January..after my birthday and Christmas of course!!

Happy New Year!!



Gillie said...

Glad there is a little bit of stitching going on! Slowly though! Enjoy that tall boy too, how nice to have hime home!

Joysze said...

What a cute picture of you and your boy!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Stitching looks great. :D

Wendy said...

I'm so happy your son is home with you for Christmas! What more could a mother ask for...other than a little iPad of course. I hope you find one under your tree, because I am absolutely in love with mine! Playing with it has seriously cut into my stitching/knitting/quilting time!

Merry Christmas, Melissa!

Laurie in Iowa said...

How wonderful to have your son home with you for the holidays. I'm so sorry you've been having such severe back problems. I hope you can continue to stitch and increase the time you're able to stitch. Hope Santa brings you that iPad.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

It must be lovely to have your son home for Christmas, enjoy it. I love your framed piece, it has a lovely balance to it. Hope Santa is good to you.

Kellie said...

Merry Christmas, Melissa! Glad your son is home. Sorry to hear that your back is bothering you so much. Hope it feels better soon. Love your stitching. The framed pieces are gorgeous! Have a good holiday. I hope Santa brings the iPad you are wishing for. :)

Jan said...

Oh how wonderful for you, Melissa, to have that wonderful boy back home again! Your Christmas is already blessed, but I do hope that you get plenty more and enjoy to the max. With hopefully a pain-free time!!

Love the stitches you have made! And i agree on the substitution of icing for vanilla pudding, have done that myself many, many times!

Happiest of Christmas's for you, Melissa!

Sampler Lady said...

May you enjoy Christmas surrounded by family. Love your samplers, too! Merry Christmas.

Lisa V said...

Merry Christmas Melissa. Your finishes are all beautiful especially that gorgeous framed piece.

mainely stitching said...

Hello stranger! How wonderful to hear from you, when you are feeling so much better and are so happy! Wishing you all the best with your wonderful Christmas. I hope Santa finds that i-Pad!

Kathryn said...

I have that reindeer piece too, though I haven't started it yet.
Would you mind telling me where you get your framing done? I live just north of you, in Surrey. Thank-you so much!

Catherine said...

So sorry that your back is bothering you so - not a fun thing to deal with. I hope you continue to find relief!
Love your framed deer - the frame is perfect, as is the frame on your other piece!
What a handsome boy you have - and so tall! I can tell how happy you are just by the size of the smile on your face!
Merry Christmas!

merumo said...

Good to see you back here! Hope you are feeling a lot better now and ready to enjoy the holiday weekend :) Your new start - BBD is looking so tempting and I love the newly framed piece! What is that one called? Happy holidays!!

marly said...

How wonderful to have your son home for Christmas! I agree with you on your color changes and hope your back continues to improve. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

April said...

So happy your son is home with you !! Your stitch is beautiful. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Siobhan said...

I'm so happy for you, that your son arrived home safe and sound! :) I'm sure you all must be so thrilled to be back together. :)

I'm sorry to hear that your back has given you so much trouble. I hope the exercises and help from the chiro will make a big change.

Great job on the framing! I just love that sampler. Nice start on the BBD, too. I couldn't believe the difference between Icing & Vanilla Pudding. I might just have to invest in a skein of Icing.

Happy Christmas!

Lois said...

Melissa, so nice to see a post from you. Thrilled that your son is home for Christmas and I know how much you'll enjoy having him back. Sorry to hear about your back but I'm glad things are slowly improving. Love your finish (another one in my stash that I really want to stitch some day), lovely new start and I will end by wishing you and your a family a wonderful Christmas (and I hope Santa has taken note!!!!).

Carol said...

Look at that joy on your face, Melissa--I think you got the best present ever with your son coming home! Does he seem to have grown six inches!!

I'm so sorry to hear about your back pain and am glad to hear that the acupuncture treatments might just be working... I love your new start on Margaret Harris--see what you mean about the flower colors.

Ah--another beautifully framed sampler--just lovely.

Enjoy your Christmas day and I do hope that Santa can dig an I-pad out of his sack for good little girls like you (and me, too!!)...

Lynn said...

Having your son home is the best Christmas present! My three sons will all be home soon and together for the first time in a year.
Your stitching is lovely. I adore the reindeer piece.
Good luck with your back. I hope they can resolve your issues soon.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Karoline said...

Glad to see your son is home safe & well, I hope you all had a great Christmas.

I hope your back is feeling much better soon.

Suzanne said...

I hope you had a great Christmas and are enjoying spending time with your son. I hope you have a happy new year that brings good health and fortune.