Monday, March 12, 2012

Garrett and Hannah

Wow!  It has been a long time since my last blog post.  Time has certainly gotten away from me.

Shortly after writing my last post, we went to Fort Wayne to babysit our youngest grandson, Garrett, for a few days.  He is now 17-months old and is a real character.  I'm not sure when I've seen a child who laughs as much as he does.

One day we took him to the Fisher Price Farm at the conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne, very near where our daughter-in-law works, so she met us there for lunch.  After lunch she went back to work, and we took Garrett to the "farm" which was complete with a small barn and lots of wooden animals.  You could even "milk" the cow.  Actually you got water instead of milk.  Garrett was too young for the milking, but he found lots of other things to do.

Here are some photos of him thoroughly enjoying himself, first on a "horse", then "gathering eggs", and then on a swing.




Another day we took him to a playground where he loved the slide.  I think you can see the delight on his little face.


Since returning home to Cincinnati, we've been busy getting out an automatic shipment with my newest designs.  I gave some sneak previews the other day, and will give  more details in the next day or two. Anyway, the charts are now on their way to shops in the US, Canada, and New Zealand.

What a nice weekend I had!  On Saturday, my guild had an all-day stitch-in.  I've missed so many of these that I was determined to make it to this one.  I took my Hannah Lancaster sampler with me.  It was so much fun to see old friends and the wonderful things they were stitching.

Then yesterday morning (before church) I put in the final stitches on Hannah.  I felt like dancing on the rooftop with having finished her and with also having gotten out my automatic chart shipment.

Here are some photos of Hannah.  I'm sure you remember her bushy eyebrows.  Now, she's wearing a dress.  Filling in her skirt was rather boring, but at least there wasn't any counting since I had already done the outline.  When I went to the guild stitch-in, I took the sampler and only one thread color.  I didn't even need to take my chart.


Here are some other views.  The small line of writing at the bottom of the sampler (several inches below the border) is where I personalized the piece with my full name, the year, and my location.  This information won't show when the sampler is framed.



And here is the last photo showing Hannah in "all her glory".  I certainly enjoyed all my time spent with her!



20 comments:

Margaret said...

Your Hannah is gorgeous! I love her bushy eyebrows. lol! And Garrett is adorable! He looks like a happy child! Glad you got to visit with him and all.

geeky Heather said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! What a major accomplishment. I think your next class should be on "how to stitch faster." At least, that's the class I want to take! =)

Marilyn said...

Garrett is too cute!
He looks like he had a great time.
Congrats on your finish of Hannah, and also getting your auto shipments out.
Marilyn

Suzanne said...

Ellen, your Hannah finish is beautiful, bushy eybrows and all, lol!

Your grandson is gorgeous!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congratulations on your finish. Hannah L. is beautiful. Little Garrett sure looks like he's having a fabulous time with his grandparents.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a cutie-patootie, Garret is! I'm so glad you had such a happy visit!

Hannah is stunning, bushy eyebrows and all! Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations, Ellen!!!

Jackie said...

Garrett is just adorable! He looks so grown up in his jeans and aran sweater.

Congratulations on finishing Hannah! I love the idea of stitching personal details on the linen that won't show when framed. I'm going to start doing that!

I'm looking forward is seeing your new designs!

dxponhs1 said...

It's stunning! Well done. I love seeing your work.

Barb said...

Your sampler is quite an accomplishment! It is lovely. What a cute Grandson. I'm happy that you got to spend time with him.

Deb said...

Your Hannah is just gorgeous. There are no other words except that she is a huge accomplishment and you must be thrilled to have her done.

Garret is just adorable. Such a sweet face!

Nancy said...

Garrett has the sweetest face! So glad you had such fun with him!

Hannah is beautiful! Glad you got to stitch with friends this weekend!

Teresa said...

Wow - Hannah is beautiful - I love the colours! So lovely.

Grit said...

Hannah ist wunderschön!!!!
Herzlichen Glückwunsch dazu.
LG Grit

Mouse said...

you looked like you all had fun at the farm :) he is a real sweetie and can't believe how the time has flown .... and woooo hooo on your happy dance I can see that wiggle from here :) she is gorgeous :) love mouse xxxx

Nicole said...

Congrats on an amazing finish, Ellen! Garret is such a cutie!!

Catherine said...

Lovely stitching!
Garrett is such a cutie!! What fun times to treasure!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on finishing Hannah! I know what a happy feeling that is. I'm glad you had a good time at the stitch-in. Sorry I missed it but I hope to be there next time. Have a good week!

woolwoman said...

Garrett is totally adorable Ellen - such bright blue eyes - precious! WOW Hannah is stunning - such a wonderful sampler. I've always loved this one. Glad you made your guild stitch in - YGG on the new designs - they are really pretty. Mel

Anne said...

Hannah is stunning! Love her!! That's a massive sampler! So well done!! Beautiful kids too!!

Teri said...

Congratulations on the beautiful finish! Looks like Hannah is jumping for joy along with you! I love this sampler, and I especially like how you've personalized along the bottom. As for your grandson - he sure is a cutie.