THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Monday, August 11, 2014

Under the sea...Under the sea.....

I can't get that song from The Little Mermaid out of my head and this is why!!!!




I've been working on the finishing for this off and on all weekend and finally have it done. This has been in progress for almost 2 years... but so worth the wait!!! This is Under the Deep Blue Sea  by Sue Hillis Designs. It was an exclusive project for a stitching cruise Sue did in 2012, but was later released to everyone. I changed the fabric to 28 count crystal Icon from ColorScapes because it had some "sparkle" to it--sadly you can't see that in the photo. I did stick with the DMC fibers however.

 I couldn't find the purple grossgrain ribbon that was called for around the top, but had just bought this adorable tiny pom-pom ribbon last week at a quilt shop and it filled the bill. It was a pretty large "gap" that had to be filled and cording would have had to be huge!!!

Here is the inside! There is a needlebook, scissor case and pocket (behind the top band). I also stitched the needlebook down around three sides, so it is also a small pocket. A friend had given me a box of beautiful turquoise beads and I made a scissor fob with them--thanks Deb!!! Note the turquoise anchor at the bottom right--so cute! The basket is lined with felted wool and I just attached with double stick tape after adding interfacing to the back.


Here are the additional smalls: a pincushion and a thread keeper.

I bought a small vial and am going to fill it with Ocean City sand the next time I'm there.

What next???

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

Stasi

Friday, August 8, 2014

I'm missing the beach...............

.........so a little ocean themed project was in order!!! My hubby and I usually sneak away in late summer for a few days at the beach. We literally sit  under an umbrella all day relaxing, reading and being mesmerized by the ocean. We will jump into the ocean to cool off periodically and take a stroll on the boardwalk for lunch, but then it's back to the beach chairs to chill. The beach is the one place I can totally relax and it so pleases all my senses--feeling the warmth of the sun, smelling the salt air, watching the waves and an occasional dolphin, being lulled by the small planes flying up and down the coast and burying my toes in the sand. I get to the beach a number of the times during the year for stitching events, but that is usually off season and there isn't time for sitting on the actual beach. So I treasure these quiet times with my hubby but alas, this year we won't be going. Now I'm not going to be too upset about this because we are heading to Alaska for 2 weeks in honor of our 40th anniversary. We are going with another couple (she and I have been friends since grade school) and we're doing a land tour, on our own, and then taking a cruise. So my senses, this year, will be stimulated with new and different types of sights and sounds that will definitely make up for, but not replace, the beach!

Enough back story..... let's get to the project!!! This was a little needlepoint kit I got from Salty Yarns, called Annie's Shells, that you inserted in a seashell as a pincushion. I do have to say it turned out pretty cute but was a bit of a bear to finish. It's very tough to get it glued in place and hold it there while it dried. My shell opening just wasn't cooperating so I wound up hot gluing the stitching in place---- e-gads!!! . I did it a little section at a time and stuffed the fiberfill behind it as I went along. I cut one finger on the shell, burned another with the hot glue but DID manage to finally get the little bugger in place. I made some cording to go around the edge, added a crab charm and voila...a shell pincushion!!! The two seashell pins came with the kit and I added the tiny orange fish (thanks Paola). 



I also have been working on a travel project in the car-- the top of a Whiskey Creek perforated box. I finished the top and here it is:




I wanted to share a new designer I stumbled across last week--I think on Facebook. The company is called The Little Stitcher. She has some incredibly wonderful designs and you can pay with paypal and download immediately. There are mermaid designs, a really cute Wizard of Oz piece and her newest, The Queen of the Bees (you know I got that one)! Here's a link to her etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/LittleStitcherShop



That's it for now--hope all have a great weekend!!!

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

Stasi


Saturday, August 2, 2014

One down...............47 more to go!!!!!!

My hubby and I do a lot of driving to visit family, friends, etc.. So, I am always on the lookout for projects I can work on in the car. It's funny because I can't read in the car without feeling car sick, but I can stitch...if it's on a larger count fabric.  I think it has something to do with the fact that when you read, your eyes are moving back and forth, but when you stitch, you are focusing on one particular spot. I could be wrong, but this is my theory and I'm sticking to it!!! Now I don't particularly like working on larger count fabrics but have found some projects over the years that fit the bill---mainly Shepherds Bush stockings, a couple Ewe and Eye and Friends Santa and Snowman and Bent Creek kits---all stitched on 18 count linen over two. Well, I've run out of those designs (at least until I get my future adopted grand kids who will need Xmas stockings) and had to find another path. Well, that I did...the Samsarah Calendar series, Fun Every Day!!! They are done on 14 count perforated paper, so I can definitely see it in the car, and very portable. I've kitted up the first three months for our vacation, but had to get one stitched right away. I'm being very anal and starting with January, then will work my way through the year, month by month. Who knows how long this will take, but I'm sure I'll enjoy the journey.

Here is the January design, an adorable little penguin (maybe I'll see one in Alaska)!!!

Before I got distracted by this little guy, I was working on a class kit by Catherine Theron, Travel-sized Quaker Sewing Roll. This is stitched on 40 count linen in what I call "Williamsburg" colors. I have the front stitched and am doing the nun stitch around the edge. This is taking a lot of time and is extremely boring, but I am plodding along. Next will be the needlebook and nun stitching the linen lining. And, yes my name is upside down ( and no I have not been imbibing) because that will be folded up to the inside as a "pocket".


I got a little forgotten surprise in the mail yesterday, a LE kit from the Silver Needle. It's The Charming House of Lindy Mouse by Just Nan. I really, really wasn't going to buy it and then I read the four seasonal description and folded. I'm not fond of mice, but figure I can tolerate this one! After all, another of Just Nan's mice won a judges choice award at Woodlawn!!!! Still trying to figure that one out!!!

That's it from my tiny part of the stitching world. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Just Bee-Cause.......

I received this adorable little kit on Tuesday and have it stitched and finished already!!! It is a little "bee" ditty called Just Bee by Hands On Design. I had seen it on Salty Yarns FB page and knew it had to "wing" its way to my hive. It was a partial kit that included the chart, "bakers string"(you know the kind they used to tie the boxes full of pastries in) and bee charm. You supplied the fabric and fibers. I used the DMC threads called for but changed the fabric to a buttery color. It's a scrap I had in my stash and all I know is that it's a 32 count Lakeside linen.



We had our two grandchildren for a week recently and had a blast. There was lots of "play" time and visits to fun places. I think we exhausted each other in our pursuits..but hopefully fond memories were made! Here are a few photos from the visit:
Her Mamas Fisher Price Toys


Army Museum in Carlisle, PA
 
Two pooped kids!!!!!



Luray Caverns


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

Stasi 
Me and my "sweeties"

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Needleworkers Basket..............

Okay stitching friends, I swore off Longaberger baskets awhile ago as I felt I had quite a collection and..... did NOT need anymore. Then what to my wondering eyes should appear...but a boardwalk basket for a needleworker so dear! All right, I'm feeling a little giddy about this!

Here's the scoop! A friend of mine had stitched Little House Needleworks Needleworker and mounted it on a piece of felted wool that she then made into a "skirt" for her basket. Very clever and you can see it here:
http://sydsstitchingroom.blogspot.com/2014/02/first-finish-of-2014.html

I told Syd I was "stealing" her idea and began the hunt for the basket. I looked off and on for a few months and then right before Mothers Day I found one on Ebay and bought it for my husband to give me for Mothers Day--nice how that worked out!!! It happened to have the green/blue weave  and came with a liner and protector. The seller even threw in an adorable ring of embellishments you could hang from the handle as a treat--lo and behold one of the charms was a BEE!!!

So now that I had the actual basket, the stitching could begin. I changed the colors up a bit--made the berries be blueberries and did it on a darker fabric. There was a bird on the left hand side but I changed it to a beehive and added 3 Itty Bitty bee buttons from Twisted Threads. I then began trying to figure out how to make the "skirt" when a light bulb went off. Since my liner had a zippered top, why not attach the stitched piece to that??? Well, that's what I did and I love how it turned out. Saved me a lot of "figuring" and didn't cover any of the colored weave up. 

So without further ado, here's the basket!!!



I can't wait to take it to my next stitching event, which sadly won't be until October. A BIG thank you to Syd for giving me the idea and saying it was okay to borrow it. 

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

Stasi

Friday, July 4, 2014

52/56 Count linen....who knew?

I just finished stitching my first piece on Lakeside linens 52/56 count linen....and I'm not cross-eyed!!!Though I do have to admit to not being able to work on this for long periods of time. The design is a freebie chart offered as a SAL by Blackbird Designs. Everyone was encouraged to "do their own thing" and so, since this was a relatively small design, I chose it for my first attempt at this teenie weenie, itty bitty count linen. The design size turned out to be 4" wide and 4 1/2 " high on Vintage pecan butter. I used leftover Gloriana silk thread from a Betsy Morgan class since I knew I wouldn't need much and went with a fall color scheme...my fave! I changed the eyelet stitches to smyrnas (thanks Carol Fun) and added the current year instead of "1796". Now...a decision....to frame or make a small pillow...oh the possibilities!!!

I am currently working on Catherine Theron's Travel-sized Quaker Sewing Roll and itching to get some other projects going. 

A Happy Fourth of July to all in the States! I'm off to Antietam battlefield tomorrow afternoon for our 4th of July celebration. There will be a concert of patriotic music by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra followed by fireworks. But the best part is walking out of the battlefield around 10:30 with flashlights....a 2 mile or so hike shared with the spirits of the fallen soldiers. BOO!!!

The grand kids will be coming for a week long visit next Saturday so I'm gearing up for them...gathering projects, checking out activities etc.. It's always a FUN time!!!
I always try to come up with something special for them--one year we celebrated Christmas in July. Last year I had the "magic" treasure chest and every day there'd be a little special something for them. Well, that was such a BIG hit, they are already inquiring if it will be here again this year! So, I've been building a stash of little "goodies" to put in every day and hoping they will like them. Last year, I had put a book about the first day of kindergarten in the chest for Asher; he found it, looked it over and quietly put it back in. He wanted nothing to do with anything about kindergarten at that point! It was a little tricky trying to explain how/why the magic treasure chest couldn't swap it out for something else!!! I guess at this point I'm just hoping he'll still believe in the magic!!!

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

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Finished my "tweaking" ....no not "twerking"........

This will be short and sweet! I finally got a chance to sit down and finish the two pre-stitch pieces from Betsy Morgan's classes. Here they are:

Thimble Keep from Edinburgh Etui


The bottom opens up and you can store a thimble inside. You can see the "ermine" at the base of the purple top. At least that's where I liked it best...to be accurate it would be at the bottom of the crown.

Needlebook from Edinburgh Reticule


These colors are not accurate--the green is showing brighter than it really is (pics above are on the mark) and the lavender is much brighter than photographed


So that's all folks!!! Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi