Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A new wip and a proud mama moment....


First up, I couldn't resist starting The Simple Things by Blackbird Designs. It is just so pretty to me and I love the colors. I am using the recommended fabric and threads. It has been very enjoyable thus far to stitch! The flowers and leaves are outlined by a chain stitch-I hope when I get that point that I will be able to master that stitch. Because I am terrible at specialty stitches! I did pull out Quaker Garden but alas I am distracted again!



Now, the proud mama moment comes in regard to my oldest son Brandon. This is him right getting ready to go to his eighth grade dance. He completes middle school in a couple of days and then it is off to high school. Really, where does the time go? He has really evolved to me over the last year. He is interested in learning the Japanese language and has been studying himself via CD at home. He is actually pretty good at it. He has become very health conscious and has increased his exercise by running, skateboarding(something else new) and playing basketball. He has lost at least 30 pounds over the last year. He is forever researching something on the Internet! He is just an all around great kid! Don't get me wrong. We have our struggles-(math comes to mind) but days like today and seeing him look so happy just make things like that melt away.

I appreciate all your comments on African Beauties! Have a great week! Coming up next I will have to show you a cute little find from the bay of evil....

44 comments:

Kim B said...

Great start! What a handsome young man!

Kathy A. said...

How could you not be proud of such a handsome young man!!! Congrats to him and I hope he enjoys all the new challenges ahead for him.

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

You must be doing great job as Mom, that will be a picture to cherish. Your new BBD start is pretty. CJ ok;-)

Shari said...

your start looks fantastic!!!!!! I have just recently fallen in love with blackbird designs!!!
Congrats to your son on his weight loss. I KNOW he feels so much better about himself!!!! I am very proud of him!!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Congrats on your son's achievements! Great son - great Mom!
Your new start looks so good!

Mylene said...

A very good start on your new project.
What a wonderful achievement, congrats to your son!

Sam said...

Sounds as if there's lots for you to be proud of with your son, Sharon! Love your new start :o)

lena-lou said...

Love your new start and good for you being proud of Brandon sounds like he deserves it :-))

Carolyn NC said...

Nice start - what a great picture of your DS - beautiful smile!

Bets said...

Love the colors on your new piece.
Happy for you and Brandon, it warms the heart!

Dawn B. said...

Great start and sounds like you have lots to be proud of with that one. I think it's great.

Daffycat said...

Beautiful start on The Simple Things!

Your son sounds wonderful. One of my employees became very interested in learning Japanese. He ended up spending his senior year of high school in Japan on the exchange program!

Mary said...

Congrats to your son! He looks styling heading off to the dance. It's great he's really gotten into learning and preparing himself for life.

J Rae said...

Sharon, Brandon looks so handsome. Congrats to him on the weight loss & health conscious achievements. Wow! The Japanese language. What an awesome goal. While we can relate to the math struggles, its nice to know that they can accomplish other tasks & goals.

Your African Beauties turned out lovely. Congrats on your finish.

Take care. :-)

minpinmom said...

The stitching looks wonderful but most beautiful is Brandon's smile. What a good looking young man. They sure do grow fast don't they?

Annemarie said...

It sounds to me like you have a very, very special child in Brandon (and I'm sure in your other wee ones as well). He's not so wee anymore, is he? I think it's wonderful that he's so busy trying to discover the ways of the world and in which ways he wants to contribute to it. Go Brandon!

I love this BBD piece! Can't wait to get my hands on it myself. Chain stitch is really very easy to do. You can manage, no problem!

Louanne said...

Your start on ST looks great! Brandon is a handsome boy! Of course you're proud!!! They grow up so quickly, enjoy the time now!

Tammy said...

Nice start on your BBD - love the colors. Congrats to Brandon on the weight loss & completing middle school. Great job :o)

mainely stitching said...

Oh my gosh, Sharon! I hardly recognize him from earlier photos! He's gotten all grown up!!! I'd be terrifically proud of him, too. :D

Vonna said...

Your son is so cute :) Congratulations to him and a big hug too for his health choices he's made...I need to take a page out of his book!

Your new WIP is gorgeous! Love the fabric!!!

Siobhan said...

You have a wonderful young man there! You have every right to be a proud mom. :) Love your new WIP!

Quanda Berkeley said...

I have a son name Brandon and he is also 14 and will be enter 9th grade (High School) in the fall. He will be joining the JROTC Program in High School. He is my only son. I do understand the struggles, his is also math. It is so nice to find someone that has so much in common. You son is Handsome and Congratulations to you and him. I love your x-stitch pieces.

Chelle said...

Love your new WIP. The colors are fantastic! Speaking of fantastic colors, I started Garden of Life. LOVE IT! Thanks again, it's a great project.

Brandon looks so happy! Teaching himself Japanese? That's so cool!

stacybinnj said...

I love the new start!!! Blackbird Designs is one of my favorite designers. Also, looks like you have a great son... Congrats!
Stacy

Michelle said...

What a handsome man you have there! No wonder you're so proud of him - those are some great accomplishments. Love your new start. This one is calling out to me to start. I love the colors too.

Cindy F. said...

Pretty BBD start! and Congrats to your handsome son for losing 30 lbs! That's awesome!! He sounds like a son worth bragging about;)

Ranae said...

Bautiful BBD start. Your the first one I've seen to start it.
You should be mighty pround of that young handsome man you got there.
I do hope he had a super fun time at the dance and didn't sweat too much from all the girls chasing him.

Julianne said...

Hi Sharon,

Your BBD start looks great. I know what you mean about specialty stitches. They can be downright scary. I hope you are able to learn the stitch quickly.

Wow, that is such exciting news about your son. He has really accomplished some big things. A proud mama you should be!

Brigitte said...

A great start on your new BBD project. And a very nice picture of your son.

Sally said...

Lovely new start Sharon:)

Lovely photo of your son. He is a handsome young man. He has a beautiful smile:)

CindyMae said...

Love the new start!!! You have every right to be a proud momma! Your son is a very handsome young man! 30 pounds is fantastic, he looks great! He sounds a lot like my daughter and she is headed off for high school as well so they are the same age! She has also been trying to learn a bit of Japanese and she just loves the Japanese culture and loves to learn about it. It is interesting that they are both interested in that. Does he watch Anime?

Pumpkin said...

Great start Sharon! I'm sure you'll do fine with the specialty stitches :o)

What a handsome young man! That's wonderful that he is taking an interest in such things. You don't see that very often. I'd love to learn that language but I hear it's quite a difficult one to learn. Good for him!

Lili said...

You sure have every reason to be proud of your "baby" (he'd hate me for that... Lol!).
Nice start on the BBD, very beautiful fabric.
Many hugs,
Lili

Margaret said...

Brandon is such a handsome young man - a son to be very proud of. How wonderful that he has so many great interests. Congrats to him on the 30 lb loss. He did so well.

Lillie said...

He's such a handsome young man indeed, baby fats no more. Big congrads to him.

Wishing him the very best his heart desire.

Beautiful start on the BD and have a good weekend.

Lucy said...

Good looking son...you should be proud!

Dani - tkdchick said...

The colours in your new wip sure are pretty Sharon! Sounds like your son is growing up into a fine young man.

I work in a school that has grades 7-12 and I find there is quite a change in the kids between grades 8-9 they seem to grow up (well not all but some) and mature a little over the summer. I am happy to hear he's become conscience of his health. That's something we must turn society towards.

stitcherw said...

Your new WIP is looking great, wonderful colors. I'm sure you'll do fine on the chain stitch when you get to it. Sounds like Brandon is a great kid, it is amazing how they seem to grow up and change overnight. Sounds like he's got it quite together and is ready to move onto his new school and new challenges.
Sue

Dawn said...

Your new WIP is looking fantastic!

You have every right to be proud of him!:)

Meari said...

What an adorable young man! You definitely should be proud. :)

Your WIP looks great so far.

Kajsa said...

Brandon looks great! He has lost of a lot of weight. It's wonderful that he's health concious at such an early age.

Nice start too! Chainstitches are one of my favorites.

Janaina said...

You have many good reasons to be proud: your son looks lovely on that pic! Quite a handsome young man! Too bad I'm already married! Lol.
Please update us on your progress! I bet you already stitched a lot more on that piece, uh?
Hugs from sunny Brazil!

Maren said...

That is one good lookin' young man you have there. And with a good head on his shoulders, no wonder you're proud!

Lovely new start! I can't wait to see more of it.

Gwen said...

What a cutie, love the dimples! Enjoy him while you can, they grow up way to fast.