Wednesday, 30 May 2012

A Wednesday Catch up With a Small Give Away

I was tickled to read the comments on my last post about the flower/weed in my garden, i knew that you ladies would come up trumps :-)  I'm greatful to those who told me that it is an Aquilegia or a Columbine, depending on where you live (I think).  Cath let me know that it is also known as Grandmother's Bonnet, how sweet is that!  The flower does remind you of a frilly bonnet when you look close. Thanks for the advice on the plant too Cath :-)  
Katherine also let me know that it is the state flower of Colorado.  So now i'm just going to let it flourish, how could i possible get rid of something with such a pretty name and a one that has a title too!
My eldest daughter had her 20 week scan on Monday, I'm glad to report that all is progressing nicely.  Apparently this scan is known as the gender scan, apart from checking that everything is as it should be, they were also asked if they wanted to know what it was.  They were both agreed that they didn't want to know what it was before the birth, Jenny's answer to anyone who asks what she's having is, "it's a baby" !

She will most likely want to kill me for sharing this photo!
I do have a stitching finish to share this time too (about time I hear you say!)
Can you guess what it is?

It's Dandy Dreams by Silver Creek Samplers

I enjoyed stitching this so much, 
once I started I couldn't put it down

Mark, at the stitching shop did a lovely job with the framing again, he even customised this frame for me, he painted the frame to match the green thread i used and distressed it.

Here it is a little closer

This one will have a place in the guest bedroom, 
(which should be finished next week)

The Give Away
Since I enjoyed this one so much I thought someone else might like the Dandy Dreams chart :-)

If you would like your name entered in the draw please say so in the comments only, (not by email), and I will draw a name next Wednesday evening, June 6th.

Oh, and it will be open to anyone, home or overseas :-)

Until next time...


pam said...

Please enter me. It would look lovely next to my Dandelion Sampler by Drawn Thread finished last year.:) Congrats on the baby!

Stitching Cat said...

Congratulation to your daughter. Love that she wants to wait until the baby is born to know the gender. Every time I see Dandy Dreams finished I think that I need to stitch it, please enter me in the drawing. Love your framing finish.

Petites xxx et Cie said...

Ooooh I didn't know this chart, it's so cute. I'm in love with it, love colors, design...
Congratulations to the future parents and grandparents (sorry for my bad english !)

Melissa said...

Hi there! I'm a new follower :)

Congratulations on the grandbaby on the way!!! Such an exciting time. Your finish is wonderful, the frame goes soooo well with the cross stitch doesn't. You have some dandy framer :)

Please enter me into this give away.

Thanks, and happy stitching!!!

Devon said...

Yes please enter me into the drawing,,it turned out beautiful and what a awesome job on the frame also..Happy Sttching.

stitchersanon said...

Congratulations to your daughter. I am pleased it is all going well. And the stitching is beautiful..the frame is perfect for it. I would love to enter the looks like a perfect summer stitch!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful finish! I love the frame, great job on that. I think that I have this chart at home, so don't include me in the drawing, please.

Your daughter looks good and 20 weeks along, how exciting! Half-way there!

Marjorie said...

How great that your framer customized the frame and even matched the floss color--looks wonderful! I have been looking high and low for this chart and would like to enter your giveaway.

Cath said...

Dandy Dreams looks fab , and the frame really sets it off. I have mine mounted in green with a brown frame, lol.I almost hated finishing it as I enjoyed stitching it so much.
Most people found it quite unusual that we didn't want to know the sex of our kids at the scans , even the sonographer , lol.
Good luck to your Daughter , she looks great .X

Vanessa said...

Lovely finish and the frame is perfect. I would love a chance to win this chart.

Lee said...

Lovely design, and that frame is perfection itself! Great choice.

Anonymous said...

Jenny looks adorable. I don't think she'll hate you for posting her picture. I think it's cool that she is waiting until birth to find out the baby's gender. Not many do that anymore.

You stitching is, as always, beautiful! Congrats on the finish.

Bronzemom said...

Your stitching is lovely!!!

I would love to be entered, thank you!

bronzemom AT gmail DOT com

Loraine said...

what a great picture of jenny! Love it.
Also love the finish. What a perfect frame for it!

Lynn said...

I thought of you this week. I was searching for some more species of Columbine for my garden and found one almost identical to the one in your photo. Naturally I just had to add it to my collection!
Congratulations to your daughter! I was also one of the ones who didn't want to know which sex I was carrying. It's more fun that way!
Please add my name to your giveaway. It's such a lovely design and you've done a wonderful job on it!

Marsha said...

I love this chart and would love to win! Did you know it's the only plant to represent the sun (when blooming), the moon ( with full seed head) and the stars ( when the seeds scatter)?

Congrats to your daughter. How exciting. How refreshing to 'not' knowing the sex. Love that.

Sally said...

Love your Dandy Dreams finish. It is gorgeous. Please don't enter me in your giveaway as I have already stitched it :)

Congratulations to your daughter!

Carolien said...

Hello Maggie,

Such a lovely picture of your daughter, impossible she'll kill you for this one ;)
That Dandy Dreams is LOVELY, so I'd love to enter the list of your giveaway ...

Have a nice day & hugs, Carolien

Chris said...

Your daughter looks wonderful, so glad that everything is going well.
Fabulous finish!!!

Anonymous said...


Just taking a peek at your lovely blog.

Congratulations to your daughter, it's a lovely photo of her!

Your sampler is beautiful and I love the way you've photographed it with the flowers.
Please could you enter me in the draw please!
Happy stitching!

Lesleyanne said...

A gorgeous finish. Congrats to your daughter, lovely picture.

Catherine said...

Your daughter looks beautiful! Good for them for waiting to know if the baby will be a boy or a girl.
Your Dandy Dreams looks great!

Julie said...

Your daughter is blooming Maggie, she looks lovely, halfway there now, time will fly so fast and that little bundle will soon be here for a cuddle with nanny.

Dandy Dreams looks wonderful, your framer did a super job.

I'd love to enter into your giveaway drawing, please.

Mary said...

Maggie, so happy to have found your delightful blog! Your stitching - and your daughter - are both lovely!

Please consider me for your Dandelion Dreams giveaway.

Cheryl said...

Aww your daughter looks great!
Your stitching (and the way you photograph) is beautiful! I really like your frame. And yes, i would love to enter the giveaway, thanks! :-)

Heidi said...

Hi Maggie! Your daughter is looking beautiful and good to hear all is well.

I know the flowers as Granny's bonnets. I have them all over the garden at Cranberry Cottage. It started with just one plant. When the seed pods form, allow them to become dry and then if you would like more, just carefully open the pod and spread the seeds. I do this each year.

I would love to enter your drawing as this is one chart I was thinking about buying. Fingers crossed but I never win giveaways. :-)

Hugs from Holland ~

Melanie said...

Oooooo, I just LOVE this piece. Always have, ever since it first came out. The frame is BEYOND awesome. I can not BELIEVE what a good job he did with it. Now *that* is a framer. Looks great!!!!

Your daughter looks beautiful. None of us will tell that you posted her pic. What picture? ;^)

Crazee4books said...

Well Maggie,

Here I am come to visit and see what you've been
up to. And it seems you've been busy, as always.

First up, congrats on your impending Grand-
motherhood. Jenny looks wonderful in your

Oh I do love that Dandy Dreams pattern and
am so jealous that you've stitched it and had
it so beautifully framed. Of course we're
not fond of dandelions in our yard but hanging
on a wall in the house is something else again.

Please add my name to your draw for this
pattern. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Your garden's looking wonderful and so lush
and green. We've had a bit of a dry spell
here although that came to a crashing end
on Friday when it literally rained the entire
day. That Colombine is gorgeous. I'll bet
you're glad you didn't dig it up. I had one
in my garden for awhile but it didn't come
back one year. It wasn't quite as nice as
yours is.

We've been renovating here as well, including
some changes to the kitchen. I'll be posting
pictures on my blog. Yours looks terrific.
Love those granite countertops, the tap
over the sink, the pantry and that luscious
red cookstove. Wow!!!


Ellen said...

Gorgeous, love it! Sure would love a chance to stitch it, thank you!


Siobhán said...

Your daughter is beautiful! Tell her that if I looked that good when I was pregnant, I might have had more kids. ;)

Beautiful finish!! Love the frame, too.