THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Strolling Through December....(362)

The countdown is on...less than 2 weeks until Christmas!!! I've been working on my list of 'things to do' and am starting to slide into panic mode; I'm a little behind with everything that's been going on. I can usually pull it all off in the end, but am will not  sweat it if I don't this year! Yeah..right!!!

Today's Stroll piece is my older daughter's stocking. Again, it is needlepoint and very bright and colorful.


 Last week, during my down time watching Asher and Cora, I worked on these Christmas ornaments. All are stitched over one to fit in the frames I found at Michaels, and on scraps of fabric I had in my stash. They are Holiday Spirit (complimentary chart) by Samplerbird Stitchery, Ho Ho Ho Santa by Prairie Schooler (JCS ornament issue 2014) and Snow Much Fun at the North Pole by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery (JCS ornament issue 2017).


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

Stasi

Monday, December 11, 2017

And the Winner is......(361)

Thanks to those who entered my drawings; I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and leave your comments. Though we may or may not have met in person, friendships have ensued and I am very grateful for them....and timing worked out perfectly in the end, since today is my birthday and this is my gift to you!!! 

We have two winners--congrats to:
Framed Out of the Box by the Trilogy----- Robin in VA




Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow by Kathy Barrick chart ---  Mary



Ladies, I'll be getting your packages off to you soon!!! 

On to my Stroll......up today is my very own Christmas stocking. This was stitched on a small count of plastic canvas. I think it was a kit, but I'm having trouble figuring out how they would have packaged that big a piece of plastic canvas. I loved the bright colors and band sampler style of it.


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

Stasi

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ornaments #5 and Stocking #1......(356-360)

Yesterday was a loooong day, but ended in such joy!!! The looks on all my grandkids faces as they saw each other the first time was priceless!!! We received HUGE hugs from them which melted our hearts. I'm happy to report, as we left last night, that the children were all bonding in their rooms together! :)

Now on to some stitching....yesterday's Stroll post would have been the following ornaments. The Santa is a needlepoint one I did in 1979 and the  Winter Wonderland is another Mill Hill kit stitched in 1993. Snow Happens is by Sisters and Best Friends, stitched in 2000 and finished in a  little tin tub ( sorry I just realized you can't see the tub but, trust me, it's there). Sparkles was a "freebie" chart from Mosey n Me and completed in 1999.





Today's post is the first of the needlepoint stockings I did for my family back in the 70's/early 80's. I have since made new ones for my girls families but hang their originals at my house. I shared my older daughters set back in July; they are all Shepherd's Bush stockings. I recently shared my younger daughter and her husband's in progress this past summer; I'll repost them later this month to make an "official" part of my Stroll. Up today is hubby's:


So today I am going to relax, have a cuppa, stitch and recuperate from watching our two grandkids the last 5 days. I can only imagine what four will entail!!! :)

Thanks for all your support and "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Baby's First Christmas...(354-355)

Today's Stroll pieces are my girls First Christmas stockings/ornaments. One is down in crewel and the other in cross stitch. They were little kits , probably Bucilla, Sunset or Dimensions. We sure didn't have the selection of designs back then!!! They've come a long way baby!!!




I finished the Noel piece and attached the four letters to a perfect ribbon from Hobby Lobby ( I knew they wouldn't let me down). I just used double stick tape for the time being (may attach with thread later), made a bow with some bells at the top and hung from a cookie cutter.



Sorry about my photos; my old camera died and I'm adjusting to a spare from my hubby.

My daughter and SIL have started their travels home with their children--we can't wait!!! 

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

Stasi

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ornaments #4 ......(351-353)

Today's Stroll features more ornaments...I hope you're not getting bored!!! These are "sister" ornaments from my other daughter's. The snowflake girl (1994) is by Patrick's Woods, the Santa (1991) from Astor Place and the tin angel (1988) unknown.


I have done a complete about face on my ornaments to the grand kids this year. I started stitching ones from Hands on Design on perforated paper (you will see a shot of it later on) that have the 'chalkboard' look. I love them but they are taking way to long to stitch!!! So I found some adorable small frames at Michael's yesterday and am looking for small designs I can stitch over one to fit. I got one stitched last night but forgot to bring it home with me. I'll try to post a photo of it tomorrow.

So, part of our babysitting duties this week has been to "stage" Asher and Cora's Elf on a Shelf. My daughter has been doing this for years and they still get excited about it. Every morning they wake up to Nippy and DJ having gotten into some mischief over night. Yesterday they woke up to find the elves sleeping on a bed of snowman Peeps ....must have had a busy night at Santa's workshop!!!



Last night it seems Nippy and DJ decided they wanted to help me out!!! DJ even has the needle in her hand!!!  Any ideas for the next two nights would be welcome!!!



Hope you're having some holiday fun and thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi 

 PS     Don't forget to enter my drawing...here are the details from the 11/22 post..good luck!!! I am extending the deadline to enter until 12/10/17.

"I just realized today is my 500th blog post....330 just this year--wow!!! To celebrate I'm going to have a giveaway. For every comment left between today and November 30th, you can enter to win the framed piece, Out of the Box by The Trilogy; it's tiny and can fit almost anywhere. Or, if you'd rather do some of your own stitching, you can enter to win the chart Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow  by Carriage House Samplings. Just leave a comment and state which item you want a chance to win. You can have one entry per post through the 30th and I will pick the winners on December 11th." 



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ornaments #3 .....(348-350)

Grandkids off to school and I've got some time to get things done. I'll be sharing more ornaments today--I really love hand made ornaments. One day I'll show some of the ones I had my girls make for friends and relatives when they were young....but not today! :)

Here are three Santa's that hang on our tree, another Astor Place Santa (1991) on perforated paper, a Santa (1987) stitched over one on 18 count Davos.....maybe I was ahead of my time with the over one stitching :).... and a Twisted Threads design, Santa's Beard (1997). The one on Davos was published on a greeting card, but I can't recall the design company. Edited: This was called Folk Art Santa by Graphique Greetings.





Off to run some errands.....thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi...sorry,  I keep forgetting to add this, but if you've expressed interest in one of the two items in the drawing; I am counting every comment you leave as an entry through the 10th. But, you must let me know which item you're interested in; if you don't, I'll assume you don't want to be entered in the drawing  :)


PS     Don't forget to enter my drawing...here are the details from the 11/22 post..good luck!!! I am extending the deadline to enter until 12/10/17.

"I just realized today is my 500th blog post....330 just this year--wow!!! To celebrate I'm going to have a giveaway. For every comment left between today and November 30th, you can enter to win the framed piece, Out of the Box by The Trilogy; it's tiny and can fit almost anywhere. Or, if you'd rather do some of your own stitching, you can enter to win the chart Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow  by Carriage House Samplings. Just leave a comment and state which item you want a chance to win. You can have one entry per post through the 30th and I will pick the winners on December 11th."