Sunday, June 22, 2014

Finished my "tweaking" 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 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!



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Final Day in Ocean City

Tuesday started with a brisk walk on the boardwalk, this time with Sara and Paola. Then Paola and I were off to Serendipity Quilt Shop in Dagsboro, DE. This is a wonderful shop and even though I don't quilt, I always find some fun fabric. They carry LOTS and also have a large selection of hand-dyed wool and some knitting yarn. Here is a link to their web site and if you ever get a chance to stop by...DO!!!
 Here is what I bought there:

The "word" fabric has all kinds of sewing/stitching related phrases like " I run with scissors", "stitch happy", "threads that bind", etc..  The tree fabric features bands of the four seasonal trees. I'm a sucker for 4 seasons things!!! The book has a number of really cute ideas in it and timing was great because they had just gotten it in.

Lunch was on the way back at Kool Bean in Bethany Beach. I had a breakfast style Monte Cristo sandwich that was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! It was on french toast with ham and swiss, then scrambled eggs on top. I can't wait to try it at home!

That evening was my first ever Stitch and Bitch with the group from Salty Yarns. I feel like I was a bit of a "sad sack" because by that time I was just plain pooped. I still enjoyed getting some stitching done and hearing abut the others projects.

Now onto the stash I bought at Salty Yarns--I did control my urges but am very happy with what I got. Here goes:

I also bought some charms, fibers and some black gold needles...but can you tell I'm running out of steam...I didn't photograph them to add--sorry! That's because I wanted to share the gifts I received from my buds!

Debbie hand painted this adorable box and glued the shells on top. Inside was set of lovely counting pins. To go along with the "beach" theme was a bag of shell shaped chocolate candy--how sweet!!! Thanks Deb!

Sara gave me this pair of sewing tools/gadgets...and I love gadgets!!! It's a pincushion you wear on your finger and a waxer! How clever! Thanks Sara!

And one last gift from Paola who knows I love my tea--straight from England! Thanks again, Paola!

Well so comes an end to Stasi's version of an "excellent adventure". I had a wonderful time as usual and hated to go. But it was an early start, 7:00 AM, for me the next morning and I had planned stops at Anthonys for pit beef and Fishermans Wharf for crab cakes and soup--my little treats for hubby! It was back to reality time!!!!

Thanks for allowing me to share and your "twisted threads" of friendship! Hopefully I'll see you back soon with some more finishes.


Monday, June 16, 2014

More fun at the beach...............

I decided to skip walking this morning and do some work. Then Paola and I were off to Berlin,Md for a little shopping and lunch. Our first stop was an antique mall where I snagged this adorable scrimshaw pin--I'm sure it will find a home on a "small" soon.
Then we went in a cute little craft shop called JJ Fish Company and I found this "helping hand" I plan to use it for a tea bag holder. The saying that came with it was very sweet and I'm sure you can read it if you enlarge the photo. 

We checked out a few more shops then it was off to lunch at The Atlantic Hotel. I had never been there before but it was quite lovely. We ate outside on a screened porch with ceiling fans and lots of other ladies! It must have been girls day out and they were all there eating at The Drummers Cafe!!! This hotel was featured in the movie The Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere...a bit o trivia for you!

With a storm fast approaching, we felt it best to leave Berlin and make our way to Salisbury where Paola said I had a surprise waiting. We stopped at a framer there and I was presented with the most beautiful sampler that Paola had stitched to commemorate Rich and my 40th wedding anniversary! Needless to say I was stunned, but oh so thrilled!! It is a Moira Blackburn design and stitched on 40 count.  The stitching and the framing are perfect and this will be treasured by us both always! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Paola!

The day ended with a birthday celebration for Sally at our favorite restaurant, The Sunset Grille, then a little evening stitching. I even made some time for some "people" watching on the boardwalk that evening. And it was quite a show being as it is Senior Week, where high school graduates come to the beach and celebrate by letting off steam!. A true challenge for law enforcement and businesses that cater to families. I won't get on my soap box about this, but I think most parents would be least I hope they would....if they saw what went on!!! Enough said!

Tomorrow I will post my final blog about this trip--so "Y'all come back now ..ya hear"!

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


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Betsy Morgan Edinburgh Weekend at Salty Yarns

I apologize in advance for not taking many photos this time, so this is mostly essay.

My long weekend started with my drive down to Ocean City on Thursday. Thankfully it was uneventful with stops for lunch at Panera and a swing by Hobby Lobby. Met up with my roomie, Debbie, and settled in for the afternoon. Paola soon arrived, as well as other attendees and a group of us had a nice dinner together at Hook, a new restaurant to me. After an early morning  start, I was beat but managed to track down Amy and Kathy and set up a time to walk in the morning. I think I was in bed by 10:00 PM knowing I had a 6:30 AM wake up call. However, I had a call to my cell phone at 4:45AM which bolted me out of bed and then I couldn't go back to sleep --- a recorded message which I couldn't even understand. So, I got some work done and was definitely ready for my early morning walk. Amy, Paola and I did just half the boardwalk since we had to get ready for class at 9:00 but it was enough to get us up and running for the day.

Class was in Sara's place so we had beautiful views of the ocean to glimpse during breaks. Betsy started class promptly at 9:00 AM and so began our full day of working on the thimble case for The Edinburgh Etui.
Betsy is a fabulous teacher and well prepared, and most had their "crown" finished, or almost finished, by the end of the day. I still have some "tweaking" on mine but will share as soon as it's done. One of the ladies, Grace from England, suggested we put some ermine on the crown and Sara was able to find some chenille in the shop and give us all a piece to add--so very cute! Lunch was fabulous, as usual, as Sara always does such a great job with that. And what could be better than sitting on the porch watching the waves and breathing in the salt air while eating!!! After class, we all headed to Salty Yarns to shop and then off to dinner. I just walked a couple blocks down to a pizza place for dinner knowing what was to come.  There was a reception in the lobby at 7:00PM with appetizers and desserts, followed by stitching and show and tell. A great first day!!!

Saturday started with another walk on the boardwalk, this time the whole length of it--4 1/2 miles (I was sure getting in all my 10000 steps on my FitBit)! That of course meant starting earlier to fit it all in and get back in time for breakfast and a shower before class. The second day of class was the remainder for the Etui with Betsy going over all the instructions for stitching and finishing.

Sunday started again with a walk on the boardwalk--you really can't beat it--with Amy and Paola. I do have a photo to share that Amy had sent me. It shows us standing in front of the "yellow dot" that you are supposed to touch at each end of the boardwalk. It reads "You're not done the journey until you've touched the spot..Now turn around and do it again". Kind of corny but we still had to touch it!!!

Sunday's class was the Edinburgh Reticule.

 We had pre-stitched the needlebook for this one and Betsy wasted no time getting us started on the finishing. I have my side together and just need to lace it all up and add the felt pages.  I like to get started in class but then tend to complete it at home where I can take my time and have everything I need at my finger tips. Again, I will post when it is finished. Sunday evening found most of the ladies leaving but luckily I was able to stay a few more days and spend some one on one time with Paola.

More to follow tomorrow but a BIG "Thank You" to Sara, Sally, Mary and the gang for the fantastic time I am always shown when attending these events. How they managed the absolutely exquisite weather is beyond me!!!! And...... it's always great catching up with old friends and meeting new ones!

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

Saturday, June 14, 2014

MIA but still busy as a bee..........

I have been busy stitching this past month but, since a number of my projects were gifts, I couldn't post about them. They have now been presented to their recipients and can be posted! I also managed to squeeze a trip in to visit my younger daughter in NC and 6 days (thanks Rich) in Ocean City, MD for Betsy Morgan classes and some much needed R&R. I have a Iot I am excited to share, so this may be broken up in to a few days so I don't bore you all at once!!!

First up, here are the gifts I made for stitching friends. The mermaid piece (in a Tim Holtz pocket watch) was a birthday gift for Sally at Salty Yarns. The design is from The Quaker Ball pattern by Amaryllis Artworks; I added the mermaid charm.

I usually take a small stitched "thank you" gift to Sally and Sara for their generous hospitality. This is a small kit, Album Souvenir I purchased from Jackie du Plessis in November at The Attic. I stitched one for me and realized I had enough fabric and fibers to stitch two more. Surprisingly I found the "album" at JoAnns, another Tim Holtz product, while searching for his pocket watches, and was able to put their tiny samplers in one. This must be close to, if not, the worlds smallest band sampler!!! The funny thing is all our names start with "S"!

On this trip, I was meeting up with my friend, Paola,who had flown in from Luxembourg for Betsy's classes. We met three years ago at Salty Yarns when Paola flew over for Betsy's class, The Toy Chest. We quickly found we were "kindred spirits" at heart and developed a fast, albeit long distance, friendship. I stitched her this as a memento--it was a "thank you" design from Donna at By the Bay Needleart for taking her class at Jamboree one year. It seemed perfect for Paola since we met sitting in the lobby of The Lankford Hotel stitching in those very chairs!!!
To fit the pocket watch, I stitched this over one on 40 count linen. I'm in the green and Paola in the purple!!! :)

I have also been busy working on non-gift projects. Here are some of them:
This is the free stitch-a-long piece from Blackbird Designs. Since it was a small design I thought I'd take my first "plunge" into stitching on the 52 count linen from Lakeside. I am using a fall color palette and pulling my silk fibers from leftover threads from my Betsy Morgan classes. I can only work on this for short periods of time as my eyes, literally, start to cross!!! I do have to say, I like the look of this and the linen itself.

This was my car project on the trip to North Carolina. I got the kit through my EGA chapter. It is the Folding Ort Box by Marilyn Owen. Once put together it should "collapse" into a flat box( kind of like the old coin purses) for easy transport to classes and such. I have finished the blackwork sections since I took this photo and just need to put it together. Pretty clever don't ya think? I'll post photos when I have it completed.

Now a little something I stitched for myself. This is a freebie card from The Prairie Schooler called Queen Bee. I saw this stitched in the Tim Holtz pocket watch on the Inspired Needle's blog and have been itching to stitch it ever since--you know I love all things "bee". I stumbled across this tiny pendant at Hobby Lobby one day and that pushed me over the edge. I came right home and figured if I stitched it over one on 40 count linen, it would fit perfectly. Again, I just used leftover silk fibers from classes.

The last project I'll share today are the final pieces for Under the Deep Blue Sea by Sue Hillis Designs. I've been working on this off and on for a couple, maybe few, years. I can't wait to start putting this all together in the Nantucket basket--will post photos when complete.
Top of Basket

Strip for inside basket

Scissor Pocket

Threader and Needlebook

Well, that's it for now. I think I have you all caught up on my stitching. I will try to post about my recent classes in the next day or so.

Thanks for wading through this post and your "twisted threads" of friendship!