THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Nova-licious

I'm having a little down time this morning so thought I'd swing by and do a quick post. It is full steam ahead here at Chez Buhrman. The first pod is packed and we are awaiting the "switch" on Monday. We made a quick trip to Richmond this week to store my needlework in a climate controlled unit. (If you ever need to do something like this, consider renting a cargo van from Enterprise rather than U-Haul. It was less expensive and the van was very nice with a comfortable seat.) We signed the lease on a small cabin, not far from us, to live for the next two months. I'm starting to see the "light at the end of the tunnel"...at least for this phase of the move. Two weeks to go and we're out of our home of the last 11 years.

 I have truly loved this house.....  it's layout and location. I've come to love the solitude and peacefulness. I wasn't sure at first, having always lived in a city, but I adjusted fairly quickly. I am adaptable and know I will readjust to city life when we get to Richmond. After all, I will have local needlework guilds, theater, Williamsburg,  every store and/or restaurant possible AND the number 1 draw.....the grandkids!!! We'll be able to attend their ball games, school functions and be a help when the two adopted children from Africa finally become a part of our family. So much to look forward to!!!

Today is a sad day. I am saying goodbye to my stitching "nest". This has been a perfect chair to "needle" in (and I'm going to replace it ASAP in Richmond); but it is also a small "sofa" style bed and is extremely heavy. We have never used the bed and felt it best to sell and replace on the other end. A fond farewell to a nice family!




On the stitching front, I have completed Nova!!!! Happy dancing all around!! I started this in March 1998 and made it through approximately 10 1/2 rows before putting it aside for other projects. It definitely got "lost in the shuffle" but I rediscovered it in January and committed to get it done by the end of 2016. I am WAY ahead of myself...it was like an Utz potato chip..."you can't eat just one"!!! I couldn't stitch just one and consequently achieved my goal sooner rather than later. Now to decide on a finish. I've googled "Nova" to try to get ideas and haven't seen much. I will most likely frame it; it's just so busy, I'm not sure how...with mats or without....what color mat, etc.. I'll have to ponder this a bit--I want to do it justice. Any suggestions would be welcome!



I immediately pulled out a new project ( I have a basket ready to go to our rental place with kits) and have started Black-eyed Susan's Work box and Smalls by Jackie DuPlessis. I have only done some back stitching, so won't bother to share at this point.

Well, I will stop now and get some more packing done for the next pod. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship! 

Stasi 



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Stop the World...I Want to Get Off!!!!

Well, a lot has happened since my last post. We have sold our house and found out the new one won't be ready until mid-September. So, I am busy looking for temporary housing, comparing movers, Pods and U-Haul for storage and moving, packing boxes, selling on Craig's List and FB, had two yard sales at our house and thinking...thinking...thinking!!! I feel like my mind is swirling around like a mix master and I was getting physically drained. Sweetly, my hubby insisted I go to my pre-planned Betsy Morgan classes at Salty Yarns last weekend to revitalize. I did have a very relaxing time and did my best NOT to think what I should have been doing at home. Betsy did her usual fantastic job of teaching and the team at Salty Yarns/ The Lankford took wonderful care of us. I even treated myself to a pedicure--I needed that!!! Now I am back on track and trying to take each day as it comes. We need to be out of here by July 11th (and that was asking for a two week extension). We think we have found a furnished home to rent not far from where we now live ( will see that next Monday). 

So, I'm sharing all this because I'm not sure when I'll post again--probably after we've moved to the temporary house. At that point there should be a lull of about 2 months before the frenzy begins again to move into the new house. On top of all this, my younger daughter in NC is getting married October 8th, so we want to be at least semi-settled in Richmond by then. 

I'm still stitching in the evenings, when I can keep my eyes open and that does provide some down time. We're thinking about renting a small unit in Richmond to store my stitching in a  climate controlled building since the Pods storage is not. I was afraid heat would buildup and cause moisture under the glass on my framed pieces. So, another thing to plan and check out, but well worth it as a preventative. I'm also working on packing a number of projects, kits mainly, that I can work on over the next couple months that are all inclusive. Hopefully I won't pack something I'll desperately NEED!!!

I will leave you now but will be back as soon as some order/sanity has returned to my life. Sorry if I seem to be rambling.......

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted  threads" of friendship.

Stasi

 
 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

All this rain is getting a little old................



I know, we've needed this rain but, enough is enough!!! The yard sale got cancelled for the second time and now won't be rescheduled until the fall. We're scrambling to figure out what avenue to take now. We have quite a bit of decent stuff to get rid of! We live a bit out of town and feel most people won't drive out for just a single yard sale. But, I'm leaning towards doing it at our house next Saturday because a huge neighborhood near us is having their annual sale and people will be driving out for that. We'll see!!!

In the meantime, I've been working on some finishing, a little bit at a time, and was able to get my other Sherri Jones class completed. Woo-hoo.....talk about sweet, sweet, sweet! The piece is the Afternoon Leisure Basket. It comprises two tiny "books", scissor sheath, pin pillow, pin keep and berry......all of which fits in a beautiful swing handle wooden basket with lovely stitched bottom sections. Here's the photos:

Overall shot in basket

Fronts of smalls

 
Back of smalls



 
Inside of book


Basket bottoms
Close up of darning stitch butterfly






Inside of second book
 
That's it for today. Hopefully we'll be drying out soon. Enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads"  of friendship!
Stasi 




Monday, May 9, 2016

Stasi wants a little lamb......little lamb.....little lamb

Another Mother's Day come and gone. Sadly, this year, it was not spent with my daughters but, gladly was spent with my mother, sister, sister-in-law and the male members of the family. 
 
I was able to stop at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival on the way to Baltimore and it was fabulous...much larger than I had anticipated (approx 300 vendors).



 It was a weather perfect day and the crowds were humongous! I was able to spend a little over two hours there, but only saw about half of it. Now, I am not a knitter, spinner or weaver,  but definitely appreciate what goes into those mediums. I was totally overwhelmed by the beautiful arrays of fibers, fibers and more fibers. Temptation was running amuck but I held firm, convincing myself I did NOT need another hobby!!! It was fun to just look, and not just at the wares for sale but, at all the attendees sporting lovely shawls, scarfs and caplets. A feast for the eyes!!!!

I did make  few purchases; I had told my hubby they could be my Mother's Day gifts. I got a pair of Alpaca liners for my slippers (they are already in use), a pair of "bee" related patterns, some roving for stuffing and an adorable clasp for a yet to be determined project. Here they are:





 And the best part was, due to a little miscommunication, our good friends met us there to share the experience! We watched a little black lamb judging and giggled at all the "bleating" going on. They are the cutest critters!!! And it really is amazing when you think about what can be produced from their fleece!!! Here I am with a new friend!




On the stitching front, Nova won out as my choice to work on last week. I got 1 1/2 rows added. I am still on track to get this done by the end of the year if I do one row a month--6 1/2 more to go!!!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi





 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

A quick Happy Mother's Day....a little early...... to all my blog buddies!!! I hope you all are treated like queens, whether a mother...or not! And if you are a stitcher, I hope you find time to relax and put needle to fabric.

Here is my Blue Ribbon box by Sherri Jones that I stitched and dedicated to my Mom. 










Thanks for topping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi (who is a very blessed Mom of two beautiful, independent, loving women and two fun and amazing grandkids)


 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Rainy Days and Sundays........

.....make for a great finishing day!!!

After spending most of Saturday raking, weeding and mulching (due to the rain delay of the yard sale), I really needed a ME day. Sunday dawned rainy and dreary....perfect for a little "needling" and a dose of Nurse Jackie. (sorry....couldn't help myself)

So, A Garden Variety Long Pocket has come to life. I just love this piece--the colors, the style, the origins. Sherri always gives a little history lesson about the origins of the piece as she begins class and this was based on purses of olde from the 18th century. I stitched as called for---why mess with perfection? Here is the front and back of the purse:




Here is the bag with the accessories displayed. They tuck inside an opening at the back of the purse; the ring slides up and down to allow access....or not. There is a scissor fob, pincushion and needle book. I added the strawberry.



In the evening I worked on the pre-stitch for my class, Pioneer Girl Book Etui. I was moving along very nicely but when I got to the end of the border.......darn-it......it didn't match!!!! Argh!!!! I had miscounted one stitch and it threw the whole thing off. So, another episode of Nurse Jackie (hubby had gone to bed and I only watch this by myself--more of a chick show) and I "frogged" it out. Did one length of thread to be sure I was on the right track and put it away for the night.



 I'll finish this up this evening---which begins my quandary of what to do next. I need to do some catching up on Nova and get back to the Amy Mitten pocketbook but, I really want to start Buzz by Hands on Design, especially after seeing Amy's at Thread in Hand, but need fabric. Then again, I have an arsenal of projects waiting to be started...or completed. I need to do an assessment of my stash and, maybe my brain, and make some decisions!!!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship".

Stasi

 


Friday, April 29, 2016

Have a Cuppa with me...............

I'm just so tickled with my recent finish, I wanted to share right away. I finished this up last evening while watching Project Runway along with.....you guessed it .......a cuppa tea!!!

I first saw this design from Cathy at Hands on Design and fell in love with it......just one problem.....I don't drink coffee and it was called Java.  Well my mind started swirling and I thought it would be simple to change it to a tea themed project. After all, tea/coffee drinkers all use cups!!! It was really just a matter of coming up with different pins.

I did change up the colors, using fibers and fabric from my stash. I used 32 count linen so it's a little smaller and I switched out the felted wool. Here is the original design:





Here is my version:

 This is just one side, but the three others are equally cute! The "letters" are something I picked up at Tuesday Morning and are used in scrapbooking. I just glued them to some pins and voila!!!

Then I made an itty bitty tea bag on some 52/60 count Lakeside linen.



I also managed to get the pre-stitching done on one of my Betsy Morgan classes. I am way head of the game since they aren't until the first weekend in June but, as you can see, there wasn't much involved...and I love that!!! I have one more pre-stitch to do and that won't be a chore at all....especially since it's a beehive!

This is the ruler case for the Mexican reticule


 
 On the home front, there has been a rain postponement for the yard sale tomorrow; it has been rescheduled for May 14th. Now we have to decide whether we want to go ahead with that venue or do something on our own at home. Plus, we'll have all this "stuff" in the garage for when potential buyers start to come.  Arghhh!!!

Well, that's it for now! Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Have a great weekend!
Stasi