THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Friday, May 15, 2015

Can't See the Forest..............

I have completed the pre-stitching on Can't See the Forest by Betsy Morgan. This is a class I'm taking in June at Salty Yarns. Now, I didn't have to pre-stitch this but couldn't wait to get started on it .......it's so darn cute.....and now I can concentrate on the finishing at class. Counting the days!!!! This was a fun little stitch and I'm loving the green fabric......yes it's green!!!! I rearranged the  pieces a bit so I have a nice section to do something else on. This will be a little box and a scissor fob.





I also got a gift stitched and finished for a friend's birthday. It's A Lady's Trimkeep by Plum Street Samplers. I did it in one color and added the tiny ladybug buttons. You're supposed to wrap your "special" trims around it in the open space between the letters. Quite useful...don't you think? Hope she likes it!!!





I got an e-mail last night right at dinner time that someone had hacked my credit card---2- $75 charges to Dave and Busters and a $.01 charge which is a dead giveaway that they were "phishing". Luckily, the credit card company picked up on it and after my confirming they weren't my charges, closed the account and will be sending me a new card. Oh...those darn cyber thieves!!!!!

My sweet grandson turned 7 the other day--I just can't believe it!!! He was so tiny when he was born...under 5 pounds! Here he is in all his baseball glory!!!!

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


Sunday, May 3, 2015

I Wish I Could Clone Myself..................

or twitch my nose like Samantha...... or borrow Hermione's time turner........or get my hands on the blueprints for HG Wells  time machine!!! This past weekend there was a plethora of stitching retreats and events and I would have loved to attend them  all! There was the beach retreat at Salty Yarns in Ocean City,  Ellen Chester at Stitchville's Spring Fling, the inaugural Prim Stitchers Society retreat in Williamsburg, Celebrations in Nashua and others I'm sure I wasn't aware of. To top it off I was scheduled to attend a Catherine Theron class in Virginia Beach this past Friday, then hoped to hop over to Williamsburg on Saturday for the PSS retreat vendor mall. Alas, life got in the way and I had to cancel due to a family funeral. I have been blessed to have many wonderful aunts and uncles and when I lose one, I try my best to be present to pay my respects.

I did attend a Sherri Jones Class a  couple weeks ago at Salty Yarns and FINALLY got the Button Brag Book I have been longing for. Sherri presented a wonderful class on how to stitch and finish the book as well as a very interesting lecture on the history of buttons. Look out button world...here I come!


I had such an enjoyable weekend as it was a wonderful group of ladies. We stitched in the lobby as a group and shared experiences and our love of needlework. Sara provided delicious meals for breakfast and lunch, and appetizers/dessert in the evenings. We also managed to enjoy a number of dinners out at local restaurants. We were given a goodie bag upon arrival that had all the "makins" for a finishing job: Piece of ultra suede (in the tube), pop pom trim, crushed walnut shells. a waxer and a 15% discount coupon. Linda from Uncommon Scissors was an attendee and she graciously gifted us each a pair! Thanks Linda!

I held myself in check but did enhance my stash a bit:




Now I can't wait for my return visit for Betsy Morgan in June! Here is what I've gotten done on my Can't See the Forest:


I think I just have the top to do (and this class didn't require any pre-stitching) so I will be way ahead of the game!

I stumbled across this bee fabric somewhere on the internet and wanted to share---don't you love it? Now, I'm trying to come up with a project for it.



To end, here is our adorable granddaughter at her first dance recital--so happy we could attend!



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

Stasi

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A couple pillows for my baby.................

I've been going through my crafty items and clearing/cleaning out a bit. A friend from the beach had told me about the Salvation Army in Chambersburg's annual sale called Fabric Fair. They take craft donations all year and then have a BIG sale the beginning of May. (Luckily I won't be around to be tempted to go and buy back a lot of stuff) I managed to take up quite a few boxes of "donations" and feel confident they will go to appreciative homes. So, while doing this, I came across a set of eight old needlepoint pieces I had stitched in the 70's!!! They were bright and colorful scenes and I thought my youngest daughter might like them. I took the best four and made them into a pillow; it really looks great in her living room!

Without pillow form
I had also seen a pillow down at Salty Yarn's Super Bowl Sale. I already knew she liked the saying and I thought the colors would be great in her house. It's a Pine Mountain "sleeve", but I made the actual "pillow" it slides on to.


 We traveled to Brevard, NC to spend Easter with her, and my older daughter and her family met us there as well. We had two days of gorgeous weather with hikes to different waterfalls. Brevard is known for its many waterfalls (they claim 1000) and we managed to see 6. We also stumbled across some Easter eggs for the kids on one of the hikes...who'd have thought the Easter bunny would have time to drop some for them!!! Here's a shot of the whole gang  minus me ( I was taking the photo) and Alex. The backdrop is two of the three Triple Falls; these were featured in The Hunger Games movies.


I've started working on a class piece for a Betsy Morgan class in June- Can't See the Forest. And I'm gearing up for my Sherri Jones class the end of next week, The Button Book. I've been waiting for this class for awhile and am so excited to finally take it. No pre-stitching involved and I've been collecting buttons for it too. Will update when I get home.

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

 Stasi

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Je Suis Finis (I do remember some high school French)

 Last night I was not doing just a "happy dance" but instead a "happy jig"!!! I put the final stitch in And They Sinned  by Examplar Dames. Here it is documented!!!


So the back story! I started this in 2002 after seeing it in person at the Charlotte Needlework Market and falling in love.  Got the bottom section done at that time, then put it aside where it languished until January of this year when I saw "chatter" about it on FB. This motivated me to pull it out and get moving!!! It's stitched on 40 count Abecedarian Blend by R&R over 2 linen threads. The fabric is much more of a golden brown than shows in the photos. I wanted an "antiqued" look. I used one strand of the called for Gentle Art Sampler Threads The finished size is 40" by 8" and took approximately 270 hours to stitch. 

I am sad to have this end but am anxious to start some new projects. Now to get it framed and eventually hung next to my stitching chair.

Here is an overview and then photos by section:







Woo- Hoo!!!!!

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

Stasi

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I'm in the Final Stretch..............

I am on my last section of And They Sinned.  I thought I'd get the cloud out of the way first, then I only have an angel, the vine border, a couple snakes and cherubs left to do. Woo-hoo...I think I can get this done!!!!!

Here's where I stand: 


I did  take a break from ATS and spent  a day mounting some old small pieces that I stitched in 2001. These were from a club called Shepherds Fold from Shepherds Bush. You joined for the year and got a monthly design along with a shabby chic look frame. I am going to switch them out monthly. Nothing like waiting over a decade to finish something up....oh wait...I'm seeing a pattern here!!! The buttons are what sold me on this club--they are just the cutest!!!



An early Happy St. Patricks Day to all and be sure to wear your green!!!! My Mom was a McNamara so you know I'll have mine on!!!

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

Stasi

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A New Project Bag

I have turned my stitched piece (shown last blog entry) into a project bag. The instructions for the finishing were from Karen of Sew Much 2 Luv and were part of the chart. This piece was a collaboration between Karen and Cathy of Hands on Design. The finishing went fairly smoothly although I did french seams rather than serge. Not sure I'd do that again as it added too much bulk to the seams. And....... after almost 50 years of sewing, I was humbled by a major faux pas......I sewed the piece for the inside pocket to the wrong end and wound up with it upside down and not useable. Sadly, I found this out too late to fix!!! But, I am very happy with how it turned out and can't wait to put a new project in it! Oops--I forgot to add a zipper pull but I'll get right on that!




Here is my progress on And They Sinned:




I feel like I'm stalling out--have to keep motivated!!! I started another small piece to give myself a break...maybe that will re-energize me!!! I've only got one section after this one left!

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

Stasi


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Moving on Up...........

Greetings fellow stitchers!!! How are you in the north handling all this snow and extremely cold weather? I got a little taste of it last week when we drove to Rockford, IL to visit hubby's brother for a few days...and let's just say I was happy to get home to my couple of inches.

Per my last blog post, I was able to make it down to Ocean City for my stitching weekend. Had a wonderful time visiting, sharing, eating and shopping the Super Bowl Sale. I even had belated birthday and Christmas gifts waiting for me--thanks Debbie and Sara! Here's the weekend in a nutshell: I got there Thursday and it was dinner at Sunset Grille for Italian night. What a deal--salad, lasagna and cannolis(sp)  for $10.99!!! Friday, spent the day carousing Salty Yarns and adding items to my "bag", stitching, then a reception at Sara's with delicious appetizers. Saturday was spent with more stitching, visiting others apartments to see what they were working on and cooking Cincinnati chili for dinner. Sunday, more stitching, visiting and buying my "bag". Then it was Super Bowl time..not much watching the game....more gabbing! Monday, I got an early start home since we were leaving for Rockford the next morning. So, Here's what I got at the the sale:






I needed a new light with magnification since my Ott just wasn't cutting it anymore. I used birthday money from my parents to get this--thanks Mom and Dad! It's a Craft Light Dorsett model. I worked on the piece I had started at the shore last October and managed to get it finished. My only change was the beehive motif and adding the teeny bee button. Now to make it into a project bag.




On our drive to Rockford (12 hours each way) I managed to get another Calendar piece done during the day light hours and between snow storms. Turnpike driving is soooo boring but seeing Paneras's at the rest stops in Ohio brightened my day.



I continue working on And They Sinned and have moved up to above the alphabet section. That was a nice respite because soon there will be more heavily stitched areas. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!! (Sorry about the "bump'--too lazy to take it off the Q-snap). Hope to get quite a bit more stitched this weekend as we're binge watching the first seasons of Game of Thrones in anticipation of season 4's release next week! 



Last but not least, I couldn't show these until now since they were gifts. I had seen this idea on FB last October on the Prim Stitchers site, posted by Patty N Dave. I managed to find the lockets at Michael's and stitched the small saying on 52/60 count linen in order to fit. I had to use petite needles to fit....and they just barely made it!





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