THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sherri Jones Weekend in Ocean City, MD

Going to a stitching retreat in Ocean City never fails to disappoint me. As I drive over the Route 50 bridge into town, I always feel the same sense of excitement I did as a child riding over the "singing" bridge. Memories flood back of our vacations there both as a child and adult with my own children. The salt air envelopes you, the sound of the ocean soothes...and if you're lucky enough to have a sunny weekend, as we did, all is good with the world.

I arrived Thursday afternoon, after a stop at Serendipity Quilt shop in Dagsboro, DE. I had to pick up a book on Baltimore Quilts I won in a raffle during my visit in February. This a such a fantastic quilt shop and though I am not a quilter, I indulge in their felted fool and fat quarters for my stitching. I contained my purchases to these:



Next it was on to the Lankford Hotel, my home away from home, to check/settle in. I shared an apartment with Debbie, who was already there and stitching away! 

Friday morning, I was up bright and early for a walk on the "boards". I walked the whole length--4 1/2 miles at a pretty brisk pace (boy was I sore the next day). But I knew it would be tough to get a walk in before class on Saturday. I was hoping that since I walked so far I could treat myself to a Fractured Prune doughnut, but alas, they weren't open yet.  Here is a picture of the sunrise that morning:

Then it was hanging out in Salty Yarns, visiting with friends and stitching. Friday evening Sara put out all kinds of fabulous appetizers and desserts and we socialized and stitched our hearts away in the lobby. Here's some of the items I added to my stash:
The Shepherds Fold kit

I couldn't resist this since I heard it was named for Mrs. Hughes from Downton Abbey



I  fell in love with this series from Jeanette Douglas but only bought two at this point



I also bought two fat quarters of Legacy linen in Devonshire Cream and Cafe au Lait. I just love the "hand" of this fabric and they had virgin pieces, so I couldn't resist!

Saturday was the Tulip Tray class with Sherri. She is a fabulous teacher with a good sense of humor. Some ladies got their trays assembled but I like to wait until I get home and can really concentrate. 

Sunday I woke up early and managed to get another walk in--this time just 1/2 the boardwalk.



 Then onto the class The Mermaids Two Tales. We worked on the needle book since the finishing would be the same as the purse. Sherri gave a little history of the mermaid which was very interesting and informative. All these years and I never noticed that the Starbucks "lady" is actually a mermaid with two tales!!! You learn something new every class!!! I'll post pictures of my finished projects once I have them completed.

After class Sunday, it was home to a new adventure--my daughter and her family visiting for a few days!

Many thanks, as usual, to Sally, Sara, Mary, Vernon, Brian and Michael for a wonderful, relaxing weekend. See you in June for Betsy Morgan!!!

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

Stasi




Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!!

A beautiful Easter Day it is here in sunny West Virginia. Hope you are enjoying a glorious day wherever you are!

It has taken me a while to post about my weekend in Ocean City with Sherri Jones, but my daughter and her family came to visit for a few days and all my attention was focused on the grand kids (could it be any other way) and getting caught up with work. And, it is going to be a little bit longer, as hubby and I have some yard work planned for today, so I don't have much time.

But, I did want to share some "blasts from the past". I'm going to call these "vintage" as I stitched them in 1983 and the pattern actually was dated 1978!!! They are from a series of Easter eggs put out by The Berry Patch. Maybe some of you recall them!!! You stitched the design on 22 count hardanger and then "glued" them on a styrofoam egg shape. White lace covered where you had to cut your fabric to "shape" around the egg.  One of the eggs was a foray into making my own design. My hubby was an avid scuba diver back then and I designed his with a scuba diver "diving" for eggs. I was pretty proud of myself back then for thinking "outside of the box". So here you go:





They are pretty fun--aren't they??

So, when I was pulling these out to decorate, I remembered I still had a few more kits in my stash. So, I dug them out and made two for Sally and Sara at Salty Yarns as a thank you for a great weekend. Here they are:



Again, Happy Easter to all and more to follow in the next few days about my stitching weekend!

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

Stasi

Sunday, April 6, 2014

We All Live in a Yellow Submarine..................

I am so tickled with my new shoes!!! A friend had posted on FB about a new line of Vans featuring the Beatles and Yellow Submarine. I just had to have a pair and this seemed a great way to commemorate a group that was a very important part of my teenage years. These definitely make me feel like doing a "happy dance"! Enough said---here they are!!!!



Even the box they came in is cute!!!!

I have been stitching, working on a mermaid piece by Sue Hillis. I'm almost done with the stitching, just two more of the smalls. This has been a fun piece--lots of bright, happy colors, but quite a bit of over one and LOTS of color changes. I also finished a couple of gifts and will post those after they are gifted.

Spring is definitely here and that means baseball. Here's a pic of my grandson ready to play ball!!!!


I leave Thursday for Ocean City and have already started packing my stitching supplies and show and tell. It feels good to have all the pre-stitching done, although I don't always work on the finishing in class. I need quiet and calm so I can really pay attention to what I'm doing, not feel rushed and avoid mistakes. But I'll be ready whatever I choose to do! 

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

Stasi


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes..................

I know I'm out of season at this point...but really.... who knows...there's another storm blowing across the midwest that just might hit us!!! I'll be ready with my newly completed Hibernation Day  by Heartstring Samplery. I stitched most of this during our snowy winter days but had to put it aside, with only the bottom third left, to get some class pre-stitching done. I went back to it  this week and finished it up!
 I stitched mine on a piece of 36 count Barn Owl from Birds of a Feather that I had in my stash waiting for the perfect piece. I think I found it in this!!! I also changed colors and used a more muted "berry" color. I'm really trying to use supplies from my stash, as long as they work, but won't sacrifice the piece to do that. In this instance I used some GAST, Weeks and Valdani and am very happy with the outcome. I did change up the verse a bit (see March 7th post) and added a row of buttons at the bottom. The heart button was way too bright so I just colored over it with a brown permanent marker and it took it down a few notches. 
Now I need to think about framing--something rustic don't you think?



I am counting the days until my Sherri Jones classes!!! Only 8 more days until I head down to the ocean. Hopefully I'll be posting some finished projects soon after.

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

Stasi




Saturday, March 22, 2014

I'm on a Roll....................

..............third post this week!!! I am trying to document all my stitching this way, so I have a record. Now I just have to figure out how to save all the blog posts somewhere!!! Any suggestions would be appreciated.

So, here are the finished pieces for my upcoming class, A Fine and Fancy Tulip Tray, with Sherri Jones. Sounds like a perfect project for spring!!!The  colors are definitely very soft and pastel- pale pink, mauve, pale green and taupe with a bolder gold! Less than 3 weeks to go--I can't wait to get to the beach!!!

This is the darning piece for the bottom of the tray. I really enjoyed stitching this and it's so delicate!



Three of five of the stitched sides for the tray. The first two are in a previous blog post.

Pyn cushion front and back

Scissor Fob

Band for Pyn Tower
Now I'm off to start another project, but it is a gift, so you'll have to wait and see after it's been gifted!

We finally, after 9 years, moved our home office from what should have been a dining room to our lower level. My hubby spent over 5 years (in his spare time) totally finishing our lower level. He built all the framing, put up the drywall, ceiling, did the electrical work, hung lights, built closets, put in door frames/doors, painted walls, etc. The only thing he didn't do was lay the carpet. We have the office, an exercise room and a HUGE rec room. I'll post photos after we get it all organized. I kept suggesting we get someone else to do it, but he told me that was HIS hobby and he wanted to do it all himself no matter how long it took. I'm so proud of the work he did!!!

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

Monday, March 17, 2014

Roll out the barrels.......

.....buttons that is!!! They are the cutest things and used in my latest finish, Tall Year Square, a class I took last June with Betsy Morgan at Salty Yarns (more on that to come).

 I loved stitching this piece for a number of reasons. One, I am drawn to four season themed pieces because I so enjoy living where there are four seasons to the year. I always think that when you start to feel so fed up with the current season/weather, you always know another one is right around the corner. And I do love all four seasons, even this terrible winter we've had. I love the quiet beauty of the snow, spring flowers popping up, lazy days at the beach and crisp autumn days with the bluest skies ever. Two, it was fun to stitch on 4 different luscious colors of linen with beautiful silks and an array of seasonal motifs. Three, after the stitching was completed, it was a challenge to put it all together...and I like a challenge, especially ones I can overcome! And  challenges did present themselves: I accidentally ironed some interfacing on to the right side of one side piece (that was documented in an earlier blog entry). I lost, and still have yet to find, the original four buttons for the sides (luckily I had some that would work because the holes had to be big enough to thread some perle cotton cording through). Had a bit of a hard time with the perle cotton for the barrel buttons--it kept getting caught up on my dry hands and pulling out of position--then when I tried to fix it, it would get worse. Had to start over a couple times with the wrapping. BUT, I persevered and have a lovely finished project. So, with out further ado, here is Tall Year Square!!!

Spring

Summer

Autumn
Winter

 This is the piece opened up--Cording goes through all four sides and you pull it up to close and slide the lid down to hold it all in place.

Top

Bottom


This is a barrel button--aren't they the cutest!!! And not as hard to make as you may think! This was my practice one in class and I got it on the first try. The center section looks like ribbon but is actually perle cotton wrapped very tightly and a buttonhole stitch done in each end. Pretty cool--huh!!!

I didn't change much of anything--why mess with a good thing! But I did add a bee charm to the box tassel and an acorn charm to the scissor fob tassel. And of course the buttons I had to replace on the sides. The one on the bottom is one of the originals so I know I had them at some point--it's a mystery waiting to be solved!!! I also added the blue glass beads to the tie-down cords for the scissors.

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

Stasi

Wearin' of the Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day one and all!!! I am sporting my Irish green today though I like to say I wear it every day since I have green eyes! Green is my favorite color and I wear a lot of it, accessorize with it--- I even use it as my font color!!! Don't know if it has anything to do with being of Irish descent, but I've always tended towards it.

 My Mom's grandparents , on her fathers side, both came form Ireland but sadly died in the big flu epidemic in the early 1900's. My grandfather and his three siblings were orphaned and split up. My grandfather was taken in by a neighbor, his two younger brothers by a wealthy local family and his baby sister adopted by a stranger; my grandfather never knew for years what happened to her (he was 10 at the time). Much later in life, she appeared at his home having tracked him down somehow and he was so thrilled.  A sad story, but one typical of the time. Unfortunately, my grandfather didn't know much of his family history, so Irish I may be, but I don't really know the how's, when's or why's! My Mom's maiden name was McNamara and I can remember being at my grandparents on St. Patrick's Day and them getting phone calls asking if McNamara's band was playing!!!

I thought I'd share a pair of Irish themed pieces today by Lori Birmingham. I stitched and finished them back in 2003.
Needleroll

Scissor Fob
This is an old pincushion I found in an antique store in Wheeling, WV and thought I'd share since its...GREEN!!!



 Well, I'm off with hubby to Cracker Barrel for his annual corned beef and cabbage meal. You know, I'm the one who's got the Irish blood in her but I can't stand the smell of this stuff, so it's off to CB we go!

Hope you all have a nice St. Paddy's Day, despite the snow. And if you're heading out to celebrate with a green beer or two---be safe!!!

I have a finish and some stitching to share in the next few days, so please check back.

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