THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Monday, June 26, 2017

And the Winner is......

I only had two people express an interest in the Summer piece, so I just flipped a coin.





RJ, you are the winner. Please e-mail me your address and I'll get the piece on its way. I can't wait to see what you do with it!

 

A Little Par-ee! ......(177)

Today we'll take a little stroll to Paris.....one day in person...hopefully!

The Stroll piece today is an old freebie chart from Blackbird Designs called Souvenir de France. I stitched it in 2010 and finished as  pincushion.


I didn't get any stitching done yesterday as I was busy working on a sewing project and baking. I made some zucchini bread and tried to make it more healthy by substituting honey for sugar and coconut oil for vegetable oil. I've yet to try a piece but hubby said it was "okay"....not a ringing endorsement!!!

Then, in the evening, I got engrossed in the Netflix original, The Keepers. It is extremely captivating and terribly disturbing!!! I was in a girls Catholic high school in Baltimore at this very time and kept thinking...this could have been me! We've got three more episodes to go...these women are so courageous ....I hope they find peace and closure!

Stasi

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bees Galore......(176)

Yesterday's Honey Bee Festival was a lot of fun! I wasn't sure what to expect but we were very pleasantly surprised. They had a number of working hives, info on pollinating plants, a honey extraction demo and lots of cute bee crafts! Our grand kiddies made pipe cleaner bees (I am the proud recipient of one), could have their face painted and earned a free honey straw for getting a checklist stamped. I even got to chew some fresh honeycomb and "pet" a drone bee (drones don't have stingers) !!!




Everyone was getting into "bees"

 On to my Stroll piece. This is a piece called The Sampling, by Bent Creek stitched, in 1999. It was originally a LE kit that came in a hand painted papier mache "house".... I know I have the box somewhere but can't put my fingers on it. I love small pieces in wide frames--- do you?


 I stitched week 10 of the Blue Band SAL last evening and am up to date.


Hoping for a relaxing Sunday for us and for you. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer time is here......(175)

Summertime.....and the livin' is easy.....

Here's a little piece form Ewe and Eye and Friends called Patchwork Garden. It was a Black Sheep Night kit and stitched in 2001. I've never done anything with it, it's still unframed and not really my cup of tea. So.....and this just came to me as I'm sitting here typing.....if anyone would like it, just leave me a comment and I'll have a drawing for it Monday morning. I also posted this to my FB page.




I got some more done on My Stitcher's Heart.  I love these colors!


We're going to a farmer's market this morning and then to a Honey Bee Festival put on by a local beekeeper's association. Hoping to get some local honey and learn a bit about pollinating plants! We're meeting the grand kids there so should be fun!

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

Stasi

Friday, June 23, 2017

Coverlet Candle Mat.....(174)

Today's Stroll piece was a club kit from Dyeing to Stitch in 2014. It is called Coverlet Candle Mat by The Scarlett House, stitched as called for. Not sure I'd ever really sit a candle on it, for fear of wax dripping, but it looks nice on the top of an old sewing cabinet.






I got another band stitched on the stocking.....


and a cover made for my Dazor light.




It's rainy here today...a good day for some indoor projects!

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

Stasi

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Day Late and a Dollar Short....(173)

I wanted to post this yesterday as my Stroll piece, on the first day of summer. I was hoping the winter theme would make me experience a wave of cold weather nostalgia. Hoping it will work instead today; it's going to be in the 90's!!!

This was a recent finish, Winter Thyme by Hands on Design. I did change colors up a bit to use ones I had on hand.


 I finished the stitching on my All About Smalls challenge piece, To the Beach, another by Hands on Design. Next, to finish into a tin topper.






I'm hoping to stay home today in the A/C and work on a project, but I may need a run to JoAnn's.

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

Stasi



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A tiny Souvenir......(172)

So, last night we attended our first swim meet for our granddaughter...talk about organized chaos!!! It was crazy with all the parents lined up around the pool, kids everywhere waiting for their 45 seconds in the spotlight....and our little Cora, so excited we were there...instructing us on exactly what lane she'd swim in and where we needed to stand for our best view. They mark the kids up with markers on their arms so they know what race they're in, because once the meet starts, it goes bang, bang bang!!! Some kids had sayings on their backs that said "eat my bubbles"!!!  😊  My daughter had drawn a mermaid tail on Cora's back. All is all, it was a fun and encouraging experience--everyone cheered for all the kids.


On to the stitching front.....my Stroll piece for today is a teeny tiny, itty bitty band sampler. It is called Souvenir and was a Make it, Take it kit from Jackie du Plessis stitched in 2014.  The finished sampler is 3/4 " X 4 3/4 "  and folds up into a little metal trinket box. It was stitched over 2 on 36 count linen and is a series of bands of different stitches.







Drats.....I can see where I dragged the pinkish thread down to a lower band...didn't notice that before!!!!  Ugh!!!

Got a little more done on the stocking last evening.




 Now I'm going to sound like Amy over at Thread in Hand blog but I do have bathrooms to clean and laundry to wash. Hope you're having a nice day wherever you are!

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

Stasi



 


 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

And the Smalls ....... Part 2 (171)

Strolling along today with the smalls from This One's for Betty.   First up (left to right) is a pincushion, button pocket and thimble bag. Note the opening in the back of the button bag for storage.

Fronts

Back
 Next, (clockwise from left) is a needle book, waxer box and scissor fob.

Fronts
Backs

These all fit into the etui I showed yesterday!

I worked on my daughters stocking last night and almost got the next band completed...just need to add some yellow flowers. I've been thinking about her a lot this week as she's finally on her honeymoon. She and hubby are teachers and, though they got married last October, this was their first opportunity to go.



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

Stasi





Monday, June 19, 2017

This One's for Betty......Part 1 (170)

Just got back from a quick visit to Baltimore with my parents, siblings, niece and nephews. Always good to see everyone!

My Stroll piece today is a class piece from 2011 with Betsy Morgan from Willing Hands. It's called This One's for Betty...an Elizabethan Spot Motif Etui. I'll share the Etui today and the smalls tomorrow. I'm showing from all sides with a close up of my favorite section- the whitework. I jut love those twisted buttonhole stitches (sorry if I'm not remembering the correct name and I'm too lazy to go find the chart.)

View from Top

Side View

Other side view

Close up of whitework

Bottom
 I've managed to get two more of the Samsarah calendar pieces stitched on my road trips and a good start on My Stitcher's Heart







I love the colors in the Stitcher's Heart piece!

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

Stasi




 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day....(169)

We are heading to Baltimore this morning to spend Father's Day with my Dad. My Stroll piece today is in his honor. He served in the MD National Guard for 34 years and retired as a full colonel. This is a piece I designed and stitched for him in honor of his retirement.


 One of the best memories I have of my Dad is when he was coming home from being called up for a Vietnam protest rally and walked in to our house to a large group of high school girls and teachers having our peace "rally" in our living room. He walked in in full uniform and I think a lot of mouths dropped, but he greeted everyone and moved on. The nuns were very impressed!!! Happy Father's Day Dad!

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

Stasi

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Little on the Funky Side......(168)

Today's Stroll piece is a little bit of a departure from my usual stitching, but when I saw this chart years ago, I fell in love with the bright colors and fun motifs...it just makes me smile!!! The design is Holiday Seasons by Birds of a Feather and I stitched it in 2004. There were four different designs, one for each season, and I'm showing Summer today. I stitched it on Birds of a Feather fabric (I sure do miss those fabric colors) in called for fibers. They were all mounted separately then put in a frame that had four individual openings ( I bought it like that). I'll share the other seasons at their respective time of year.





I spent yesterday afternoon in the A/C and got week 9 of my SAL done.



Then in the evening I worked on my All About Smalls Challenge piece while watching The Great British Baking Show. I love that show, but it doesn't help much when I'm trying to cut back on sweets. I'm pretty much salivating like a Pavlovian dog the whole time I'm watching.....baked goods are definitely my Achilles heel! I must hold firm....I must hold firm!!!

 

 Please stay cool and thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi


Friday, June 16, 2017

A Little Pin Money......(167)

Greetings all! We finally had the championship baseball game last night for our grandson, and though our 'boys of summer' fought hard, they lost the game in the end. We are proud of their season and spent many enjoyable evenings/Saturdays watching them. Go Yankees!!! ( I can't believe I just said that as we are Orioles fans and the Yanks are our biggest rivals) :)

On to stitching....the Stroll piece for today is Pin Money by Summer House Stitche Workes. I did this in 2015 and it was a small kit that included the wooden nickel.  


I finished week 8 of the Blue Band Sampler SAL last night. I won't be showing the whole thing now, until it's done, since it's on the scroll frame. Week 9 came this morning, so I'll be hopping on that soon.



I'm starting to think I'm a little over committed this summer with this SAL, two Christmas stockings and I am doing a  SAL with two friends of the Elegant Stitch/Hands on Design collaboration box and smalls. But, on the other hand, a Richmond summer is upon us, with all its heat and humidity, so I'll probably be spending lots of time home in the A/C! :)

I'm going to end today with photos of my grand kids on their last day of school. They have both grown so much this year! Here's to a fun filled summer!



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

Stasi
 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tis a Gift ...... (166)

Today's Stroll piece is the last gift item I'd been working on. It is Sister of the Needle by The Purple Thread. This was gifted to my dear friend Paola, whom I was able to meet up with in Ocean City for the weekend. It was a complete kit for the pinkeep and so very sweet! Edited....I did stitch this over one but the kit calls for over two.  It was perfect for Paola since we fast became kindred spirits when we first met back in 2011.


I received a few gifts while at the retreat too....I am very blessed to have such thoughtful friends! Paola stitched this for me and her stitching is perfection!!!

Front

Back

Inside
 I also received these from a friend......both unique! I just love the beeskep thread keeper and the needle holder is going on my magnetic board pronto! Thank you...thank you....thank you!


I did get a little stitching done last night( the bottom two rows and start of the alphabet) on my SAL and hopefully will be caught up by tomorrow when the next segment comes out. 


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

Stasi

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I Pledge Allegiance.......(165)

Today is Flag Day so I thought it appropriate for my Stroll piece today to showcase a flag.
The piece is Old Glory by Shepherd's Bush and I stitched it in 2002. I bought the mat from Jill Rensel.....isn't it perfect?


 Well, I am back to reality with a day full of laundry, grocery shopping, watering flowers etc..

 No stitching last night as my grandson is in baseball playoffs. Tonight will be the deciding game for the season championship. They've worked so hard...fingers crossed they pull out a win! My son-in-law is one of the coaches and they promote team spirit ...... no grandstanding.....it's so nice to see these boys work together and support each other. Last night the commissioner had to make an announcement before the game about parents behavior. Evidently there had been some screaming and cursing from some of the opposing teams parents over the weekend...how very sad!

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

Stasi

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

All Good Things Must Come to an End......(164)

This will be a quick post as I'm packing to head home. :(   It has been a wonderful weekend, as usual, at Salty Yarns. Thanks so much to Sara, Sally, Mary and the gang for taking such good care of us. Thanks also to all my Kindred Spirits of the Needle who share their love for this art, bring wonderful show and tells and provide much stitching camaraderie. And a special thanks to Betsy Morgan for two fabulous projects and a kind and generous heart.

My Stroll piece for today is June from the Year in Chalk Series from Hands on Design. This seemed appropriate since I'm still at the beach writing this.

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




Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Steamy.......(163)

Got up early to walk before it got TOO hot, but it's already HOT!!! I'll be "shimmering" all over the place today!!!

Class yesterday was wonderful...again.....I opted not to work on my finishing piece....I was feeling a bit discombobulated and thought it best to wait until I was home. I, instead, worked on my class piece from yesterday in the morning. After lunch, we learned Betsy's method of blackwork stitching and now I'm ready to attack the project. The class piece today was Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.

 
 
  




Today is a play day and then I head home tomorrow morning. It is always sad to leave here, my home away from home, but I will return in the fall!

Now on to my Stroll piece. This was for Sally's birthday, one of our great hostesses. It is Pretty in Pink by Bright Needle. This too was one of the gifts I recently was working on.


 It's a companion piece to the one I did yesterday for Sara, Sally's daughter.

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

Stasi