Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beatrix and birthdays

Hello World -- Guess what?   I celebrated another anniversary of my 32nd birthday yesterday.  It was a lovely day.   I had thoughts of being productive, if only in a self-indulgent way..... they did not come to pass.  I lunched with buddies.  I dined with different buddies.  Other than that the most strenuous (and stupid) thing I did was decide to go pattern hunting.

You see I deserved to go pattern hunting because.......   BEATRIX IS DONE!!!!!  DONE.  DONE.  DONE. Hee heee.

Can you believe it?  I can't.  Especially since I think it took 6-10 months for me to get passed the head of the first beaded bird in the central "token" motif.

For the record she's done in 4 shades of DMC and a Vikki Clayon overdyed silk with 3 colors of beads (from a powwow so I can't tell you what they might be in official color terms) on cream linen.  I decided to put my ladies' initials in in the varied tones already used in the sampler.  So here's mom--
and the grandmothers--
Aunts Anna Lou and Mary
and Great Aunt Kayte--
-- my apologies to Aunt Kayte --- I owe her a better picture.

All the other initials are all the 2nd 3rd, and 4th great grandmothers I know, as well as a single representative of 5th through 9th generations.

As for birthdays.... I can prove I had fun --
I went to PaleyFest-- TWICE --

How about now?

For the Record, Castle was wonderful, but Bones was the very best Paley event I've ever attended.  Hey, Booth doesn't bring just any ole crowd donuts.

Besides public events happiness comes with family festivals--
Just imagine putting all that chocolate (which is exactly as rich and decadent as it looks) in those little people.

Aside from celebrating with chocolate-enhanced squirrels, I will be partying with a new stitching start.  Tonight begins Mouse's Spring Sampler --
Now I just have to figure out what thread to use where.   Such fun!  you know I think the new start is more exciting than a finish.  What do you think -- what makes you more energized -- starting or finishing?

Here's to you having as grand a day as I have had.


Sharon said...

Congrats, your Beatrix looks amazing! Beautiful colors. Happy Birthday to you!

Giovanna said...

Happy Birthday, and congrats on the great finish!

Beatrice said...

Bones and Castle..WOW both my favorites...looks like you had a wonderful Birthday.....happy happy.
Congrats Beatrix is stunning.

Thoeria said...

Congrats on a superb finish! I can see that you had an absolutely marvelous birthday - cake looks divine! Chocolate is my absolute favourite! I've started Mouse's SAL too :)

Lesleyanne said...

Happy Birthday. Wow Bones and Caslte, love them both. Congrats on your finish.

CJ in OK ;-) said...

WOW! Just beautiful congrats on an amazing finish. Sounds like a great B'Day. CJ in OK ;-)

Deb said...

Beatrice is gorgeous. Congratulations on a wonderful finish! And Happy Birthday!!

Jeanne said...

Big congratulations Ruth on finishing up Beatrix! I remember how glad I was to put the last stitches in mine :). It looks great and I like the personalization you added.

I'm not sure what I like better either - finishing or starting LOL. I love those pink & green threads and beads, very spring-y!

Shelleen said...

Woohoo! Congrats on the finish.

Beth Pearce said...

Congratulations on your finish and your birthday! And,yes I am jealous. My DD and I watch Castle fairly regularly which is saying something because that is the only show we watch often. DH and I like NCIS. And, I am pleased with what looks to be a very happy birthday party with yummy cake!

Veronica said...

Happy Birthday, Ruth. Congratulations on finishing Beatrix. It's gorgeous!


Brigitte said...

Yes, this is such a great finish. I have always liked the colours you chose for Beatrix, they look so gorgeous. Congratulations on a wonderful finish.
And yes, I was jealous, lol.
Happy belated birthday wishes to you.

Maureen said...

Looks like you had a great birthday and that cake - yum!

But most of all congrats on your finish - what an achievement.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Happy Birthday Anniversary!
Love your Beatrix sampler and the idea of including all your female ancestors.
I'm rather envious of you all stitching Mouse's sampler but I really don't need to join another forum to start another project!!
Blogland is like a sweetie shop sometimes!

Margaret said...

Congratulations on finishing Beatrix! She is a beauty! Happy birthday too -- looks like you had a good one!

fullnovembermoon said...

I’ve awarded you the Leibster Blog Award! I love your blog and wanted to show my appreciation for your blog work and your lovely stitches!

Meari said...

I watch Castle on TV almost every week. What's Paleyfest?

What anniversary of your 32nd is it? ;-)