THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

200 Days in and still Strolling Strong......(200)

Today marks the 200th day of my Stitch Stroll and to celebrate I'm going to have a Christmas in July giveaway. To enter the drawing, leave a comment on my blog with the word "Noel" in it to have a chance to win the framed Bent Creek piece I posted yesterday (July 18). I'll pick a name on July 25th and announce the winner. One entry a day starting today through July 24th--good luck all! Feel free to spread the word. 

Today's Stroll piece is a UFO from the JCS Ornament issue from 1998. It is called Home for the Holly days by Ruth Sparrow at Twisted Threads. One of these days I'll finish it into an ornament!


I got a little more stitched on my Schoolhouse piece..mainly the bird and top of a strawberry! Okay, that red door is bothering me... but I don't want to take out the over one. I changed the colors and am using a red from the Prim collection of VMSS threads. I think I'll wait until I get the rest stitched and see how I feel then.


Today I am off to the Williamsburg outlets with my granddaughter. Her brother is at camp this week and she asked for a sleepover at our house. I'm squeaking in a stop at Haus Tirol to pick up Anchor floss for the Christmas stocking.

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

Stasi

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Noel.......(199)

Greetings fellow stitchers.....have you noticed when I can't come up with a clever post title I fall back on the piece title? Well today is one of those days...I'm feeling brain dead. Hubby and I have spent the last three nights staying up late watching TV. The good thing is I'm stitching while watching; the bad thing is daylight still comes around at it's usual time. Maybe a nap will be in order today!

The Stroll piece today is Noel from Bent Creek and stitched in 2002. 

  
My accomplishment last night was the next section of my SAL, the bottom three rows of letters. I think we may have only one more week of part 1, then we move on to part 2. I can't show the whole piece any more without taking it off the scroll bars, so can only share a small section at a time for now.


I have been "de-stashing" recently and selling some items on the FB Stash Unload page. However, I have just as quickly been "re-stashing" because I keep seeing things I "need"!!! I feel like I'm defeating the whole purpose of down-sizing the 'collection' but can't seem to help myself. And then I remember something Betsy Stinner once said....and I paraphrase...people collect stamps they never mail, people collect coins they never spend...why can't we collect charts we never stitch???? Words to live by???

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

Stasi

Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas in July...(198)

Today I'm going to try to cool things down a bit and start a little Christmas Strolling....after all, there's only 161 days until Christmas! First up is Baa..Humbug by Ewe and Eye and Friends, stitched in 2000. E&E&F often did whimsical designs and this is definitely one of them! Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, but 99% of my framed pieces are glassed and that presents a problem with glare, no matter where I try to take the shot.



I didn't get any stitching done yesterday as I was on a quest. I had promised my grandson we'd go searching for a Jackson Storm Matchbox car, never realizing that after 2 Wal-Marts, Target, Five Below, Kohls and Toys R Us, we'd come out empty handed. We succumbed to ordering from E-bay and paying twice what it sells for in the stores, but he was paying for it himself and wanted it THAT bad. Funny thing is I told him I could totally understand his fixation.......how many times have I obsessed over a certain chart/kit and spent hours trying to hunt it down!!! Hopefully we both learned a bit of a lesson!!!

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

Stasi

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The house that Stasi built.....(197)

I'm starting off today with a shot of the progress on my WTNT Schoolhouse piece. The house is built and I can move on to other sections. Yea!!!


The Stroll piece today is an older Bent Creek called All in a Row, stitched in 1996. I love alphabets; I've stitched so many my family used to ask me if I'd learned it yet? I incorporated a freebie, also by Bent Creek, with numbers below the letters. Sorry about the flash glare; I had trouble with this shot.


I'm so happy about the following "share". My 6 year old granddaughter went to a camp this past week on fiber arts,  held at Hobby Lobby. She learned some sewing, stitching, weaving and needle felting. She gifted me her needle felted project, so sweet! I am tickled to death she has an interest in this art and am going to do my best to keep promoting it. Maybe I will have someone to leave my stash and legacy to after all !!!


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

Stasi

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I am a Stitcher.....(196)

Today's Stroll piece pretty much sums up my love for stitching and I will let it speak for itself. 


This is called I am a Stitcher by Cherrywood Designs, stitched in 2012. I did change the colors up ....again, I'm trying to stitch from stash as much as I can, and added a couple related charms--scissors and a sewing basket. It's difficult to see from the photo but I stitched this on overdyed 28 count gingham check fabric---to be honest it's hard to tell in person! 

I spent some time this week organizing/thinning my sewing room. I came across this cute little "person" who is also is a stitcher. Her name is Juliet Valentine and she's a Lizzie Hi doll. I used to collect these dolls when I lived in PA, even "dressed" them for awhile to earn some extra spending money. When we moved last September I donated all the dolls to Goodwill...except this one...for obvious reasons.


 Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by with your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Summer Pixie.....(195)

Today's stroll piece is from Bent Creek, stitched in 1998. There were a series of four seasonal charts called A Pixie for all Seasons....this is the summer one. There was an actual "pixie' design and a "saying"; I did the sayings only and change them out every season.


I got a little more done on the Schoolhouse piece, but not much. I am substituting fibers and started to do the roof in a dark brown, similar to DMC 3371, but it was too dark. So, I had to take out about 4 rows of the over one...yea I know...not easy....and switched to a grey. I like it much better!






I'm hoping to get some errands run this morning and then sit all afternoon with my foot propped up and ice on it. I had a little mishap a week ago but didn't think much of it. It didn't really hurt, just a little tender to the touch.  But as the week progressed (and I didn't stay off it) the top of my foot has become totally bruised! So, me thinks it's time for a little "babying"......any excuse to sit and stitch you know!!! :)

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!
Stasi

 
 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Up for a Bar-B-Q? ......(194)


 

Strolling through summer with A Year in Chalk-July by Hands on Design. I don't have a photo of the finished piece and it resides at my daughter's house. I did this series for her birthday last year and she changes them out every month. This was a fun set to do and I'm glad she is enjoying it.




We're just starting up our grilling this summer; we had to get a new grill after our move. Bring on the burgers, steaks and salmon! Our son-in-law cooked us some corn on the cob on the grill Memorial Day and we're anxious to try that out too! 





Okay, so I had to break down and start the Summer Schoolhouse-Lessons in Abecedarian #1.  I'm doing it, over one (as called for), on 28 count lambswool (I had a big enough piece on hand) and substituting fibers from The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. I had bought a set of her primitive colors and have been saving them for the perfect project.....I think I found it!!! Not much excitement too far as I started on the tan house!





I promised a finish today and here it is! I stitched this for the challenge at All About Smalls on FB. Deadline was the end of July, so I wanted to push it through. It is a freebie chart from Hands on Design called To the Beach. I finished it as a tin topper after seeing Lisa's version at The Inspired Stitcher. If you want to check out hers, here's a link: http://theinspiredstitcher.blogspot.com/2016/11/to-beach-freebie-finish.html    It is stitched on a 40 count mystery linen over two. I changed the threads to use ones from my stash and added "whitecaps" to the waves. I also added the whale charm and seashell counting pin. The stitched piece is glued onto the lid and some tiny cording, also glued, around the perimeter.


 
I had the perfect fabric to line the bottom and cushion my scissors, and put a piece of magnetic sheeting in the top to hold needles.







I used the decorative tape you find in the scrapbooking aisles to cover the edge of the Altoid box. 


And there you have it!!! Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship! Keep cool.....upper 90's here today with heat index of 105!!!!!!!

Stasi