THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Summer Days.....(231)

OMG, yesterday was o-p-p-r-e-s-s-i-v-e; the humidity was so high it was like a "physical" presence. Yuck, yuck and more yuck!!! I am counting the days until the cooler temps of fall, but am still sharing a Stroll piece today called Summer Days. It's by Ewe and Eye and Friends and was stitched in 2000.


The next installment in the Blue Band Sampler SAL was delivered yesterday and I hopped right on it. Friday mornings have become a great time of anticipation!!!

I have a busy afternoon planned, lunch and pedicures with my daughter and granddaughter, then hubby and I have back to back eye exams. I'm probably due for an "upgrade"; my distance vision seems to be getting less..... shall we say.... "distant". I'll take a piece of linen with me to test that I will be able to see it with my new prescription.

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

Stasi
 

Friday, August 18, 2017

These are a Few of My Favorite Things....(230)

I'm channeling my inner Julie Andrews because today's Stroll piece highlights two of my favorite things.....needle in hand ....and .....the beach! It's by Hands on Design, Stitching by the Sea, completed in 2015. I love the bright, cheerful colors in this and the JABCO buttons are a perfect addition. I did use threads and fabric from my stash and instead of lining the "basket" with wool, I found a blue cotton fabric that reminded me of waves. I also added the "OC" on the top since that is my most special place "by the sea". OC stands for Ocean City, Maryland, a vacation spot I've been visiting since an infant.



Basket Interior

Top of Pincushio

Bottom of pincushion

Bottom of Basket
 I'm discovering the world of Podcasts. I like to listen to books while driving, especially on trips, but sadly the library doesn't seem to be investing in many new ones. So, I'm having to burst out of my comfort zone and try this brave new world. There definitely is a learning curve involved; I don't know how many times I kept repeating the same prologue and couldn't get it to FF to the next chapter. Then my hubby asked if I knew how much data I was using.....data use...how the heck do I know??? My daughter to the rescue!!! She had me download the Verizon app so I can see where I stand on the data usage and get alerts if I'm getting close to going over our limit. Then she suggested I "download" chapters, a few at a time, when I'm on a wireless network; then I'm not using data as I listen in the car. Whew...too much to worry about and learn. Maybe I need to go back to just turning on the radio!!! 

Off to Costco this morning! Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dog Days of Summer (229)......

are about to return,  so today's Stroll piece celebrates the month of August. It is from the Shepherd's Bush fold series of 2001. I have all 12 that I switch out monthly.





I've been selling some stash "overload" on FB....on the one hand it feels good to be realistic and pass things on to someone who may actually stitch it. On the other hand, it's a little mournful letting a bit of my "collection" go. But, I'm happy seeing that PayPal balance rise to help pay for future classes. :)

Are you all getting excited about the eclipse on Monday? My younger daughter lives in Brevard, NC (home of the White Squirrel Festival) and they are in the band that will witness the full eclipse. She gave my hubby this shirt for his birthday; he will proudly be wearing it Monday.

 
Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi
 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stitch Little Darlin' ......(228)

Thanks for all the kind comments/support about our grandchildren and Sierra Leone--it is much appreciated!

 Today's Stroll piece is Stitch Little Darlin', a class I took from Merry Cox in 2004. This was quite a challenge at the time; I don't recall doing any 3-D projects before then. I added my hubby and daughter's names at the bottom of the verse and the buttons on the bottom for protection. I remember getting this finished in class but being very unhappy the bottom fit. I was able to re-do at home and was more pleased with the results. Note the thimble holder and a needle page is under the flap.






I received a pre-stitch in the mail for a class I'm taking in October at the Salty Yarns Jamboree. This is for a Sue Hillis class; the other teachers are Milady's Needle and a gold work class from Deborah Merrick-Wilson. I've never done gold work, so that will be a new experience for me.....long and short, I had to start the pre-stitch and this is where I am so far.


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

Stasi

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Watermelon Garden.....(227)

Before I begin my usual post, I am asking for prayers/positive thoughts to be sent to the area of Freeport, Sierra Leone, Africa where huge mudslides have wiped out a community. This is very close to the orphanage where my grandchildren are being housed waiting for final approval from the US Immigration Department. Thankfully my grandchildren are okay but their facility is expecting to have to take in numerous children orphaned by this disaster and there is concern about the spread of disease. Somebody please move this red tape forward and bring J&E home to the loving family who so anxiously await them!!! Thanks!

On to my Stroll piece, though my heart is not truly in it today. Watermelon Garden is a Black Sheep Night kit from Ewe and Eye and Friends, stitched in 1997.

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

Stasi

Monday, August 14, 2017

And Many More....(226)

As promised, here is the "sequel" to yesterday's post. And Many More was another exclusive kit, by Just Nan, for the Silver Needle. This one was stitched in 2006. I was drawn to these because they are such sweet pieces, but not my favorites to stitch. There are so many "scattered" stitches and color changes, I feel I am constantly re-threading needles. The end results are worth it though!

Front

Back

Inside  

Front
 The trees are continuing to grow on the stocking. I love trees and this chart is chock full of them!


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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

20 Flowers ...(225)

So, I stuck to my original plan yesterday and worked exclusively on the Christmas stocking while re-watching some episodes of Downton Abbey. I got one whole band completed and started another one. A lot of the "red" accents in the chart were done with beads, but I'm electing to stitch them with floss so it's not so froufrou. 





On to my Stroll piece......it's  20 Flowers by Just Nan, stitched in 2004. This was an exclusive kit from the Silver Needle. It consisted of a scissor pocket and fob. There is a companion piece which I'll share tomorrow.

Front

Back

Front
 For those interested in the Mitford movie, it will be shown next Sunday night, the 20th, at 10:00PM on  the Hallmark channel. I'm not sure about the casting, definitely been "hollywooded" up with Andie McDowell as Cynthia and a guy cast as Father Tim who looks anything but what I'd expect Father Tim to look like. I have it set to record and will reserve total judgment until I've seen it.

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

Stai

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Keeper of the Bees......( 224)

I woke up to thunder this morning around 7:00AM and we've been having  some much needed rain since.....a perfect day to pop out the recliner and stitch...stitch....stitch!!! I plan to work on the Christmas stocking and maybe a placemat or two. Or who knows....I may pull out something totally different. I've been thinking about revisiting Downton Abbey.....I so miss that show...and this may be the perfect opportunity as hubby is busy elsewhere. On a side note, I just saw that the Hallmark channel is airing a movie, At Home in Mitford, sometime this month. I loved that series of books and hope they do them justice.

Yesterday, following my recuperative plan, I did manage to get a bit of stitching done. First, I got week 17 of the Blue Sampler Band SAL completed, the rows under the bottom alphabet.


Then I got the waxer bag from My Stitcher's Heart done. 

This will go in it:


My Stroll piece today is Keeper of the Bees, a Black Sheep Night kit from Ewe and Eye and Friends, stitched in 1999.


 Hope you'll be having a fun filled and/or relaxing weekend with a dash of needlin' thrown in. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Friday, August 11, 2017

Simply Green.....(223)

Well, the company has all left. We had everyone here for a farewell breakfast this morning including my nephew and girlfriend who stopped by early on the way to their vacation destination. My older daughter and family were driving to Baltimore today to visit friends and kindly offered to drive my parents home. So, hubby and are are taking it easy today...which works out perfectly since it's World Cross Stitch Day.
Who knew??? I'm going to take full advantage and happily celebrate this holiday!!!

 Today's Stroll piece is called Simply Green by Judy O'Dell at Just A Thought Designs. It was available through her blog/web page when I stitched it back in 2007. It's on the large side, 10 1/2 H and 4 1/2 W on 32 count linen, and holds all my different types of needles.

Front 



Back

Outside 
Inside Needle Sections

Inside Flap with Beads
Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship......and a Happy World Cross Stitch Day to you!

Stasi


 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tulip Tray....(222)



I know my posts this week are on the "short" side, but with my parents visiting, my time is being spent with them. Here's a photo of us after lunch at a Japanese restaurant yesterday....four generations! Sadly, the hubby's are missing. 

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Today's Stroll piece is a class I took from Sherri Jones (Patrick's Woods) at Salty Yarns in 2014, called Tulip Tray. The wooden tray is laced together with ribbon and there are five pockets to hold special treasures. The bottom was done in a darning stitch and I added the swan scrimshaw. A sweet and fun piece!!!

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

Stasi

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Year in Chalk August.....(221)




Today's Stroll piece is August from the Year in Chalk series by Hands on Design. Stitched on 30 count WDW gunmetal linen.

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

Stasi



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Home Established...(220)

Dinner with the family last night was a hit....crab dip and shrimp pasta salad for all us displaced but native, Marylanders. Then followed by a rousing game of Ticket to Ride, the first time my parents played, so quite interesting and fun. 

The Stroll piece today is Home Established by Lizzie Kate, stitched in 1997 and framed one of my favorite ways in a double East Side Mouldings frame.


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

Stasi

Monday, August 7, 2017

August Needleroll.....(219)

My parents are here and my younger daughter is due in early this evening. I've been busy this morning making hot milk cake and pasta salad so this will be a short post.

Today's Stroll piece is August Birthday Roll  by Victoria Sampler, stitched in 2001 for my mother-in-law who would have been 87 today. Happy Birthday Maw!!! 

Head on

Right side

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

Stasi

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Name Tag Holder.....(218)

Today's Stroll piece is Stitcher's Name Tag from La D Da, stitched in 2014. This was a LE kit one year from Nashville Market but I think is available now as a chart. I changed things up a bit, replacing the flower on the right with a bee skep and adding Itty Bitty bee buttons buzzing around. My Mom gave me the sparkly bee in the upper left corner and my friend, Paola, gave me the fairy charm in the lower right. This has a pocket on the front and back, so perfect to carry a small amount of cash or your room key if at a retreat.

So I felt the urge to start a new project yesterday......sorry, can't help myself....and I know you understand! :) I had stumbled across these placemats at Hobby Lobby a couple months ago on clearance; there were 5 packs of 2. I came home and looked through my charts and found a Prairie Schooler that would work perfectly, one motif in a corner of the mats. I started the first one last night after mapping out where they should go. 



 
 We're off to Baltimore ...and back today, so it will be a lot of driving but so much easier on a Sunday than during the week. However, the DC traffic is a nightmare anytime!!! I'll be working on my Samsarah calendar to ease the pain.

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

Stasi

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Bee-cushion......(217)

The grandkids spent the day with us yesterday so pizza, movies chocolate chip pancakes and a sleepover were involved and.........no stitching. I always miss it when I don't get to put needle to fabric and make a few x's!!! Tomorrow we're going to get my parents from Baltimore and bring them back for a 5 day visit, so needling will definitely be on the back burner. But other exciting things will beckon I'm sure!!!

My Stroll piece today is not my proudest achievement but a learning experience! It was my first drum and to this day I'm not sure what I did to have it come out so short and squat and ill fitting. The top and bottom are obviously too small for the band but I used the template provided.....oh well....sometimes you just have to "let it go" and move on. It is Pin Skep  by Kathy Schmitz, stitched in 2013.

Top

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

Stasi

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Unplayed Piano.......(216)

I am sooooooo happy to finally be able to share the piece that has been giving me such a challenge. It will be my Stroll piece for today as it was stitched in 2013 and finish finished over the last week. I took this class, The Unplayed Piano, from Jackie duPlessis at the Attic in November, 2013. I should have jumped on the finishing right after the class when things were fresh in my head and taken more photos in class to help at home. I didn't do things exactly as Jackie directed but improvised and am pleased with the outcome. I added my younger daughter's initials on the back; she is the piano player in our family and I made this for her. The pincushion was a little extra Jackie gave us in class. I love how the front looks like a sheet of music and the back was a basic darning stitch in variegated floss. 

Front

Back

Side

Interior

Front Pincushion


Back Pincushion
 Now the really cool thing is that Jackie's piece was based on an antique leather piano etui. If I remember correctly, she was asked by the EGA, who has the original in their collection, to design a piece to replicate it. I think she did a really good job!

 Image result for antique piano etui

As for current stitching I completed the first large band on the stocking





and week 16 on the Blue Sampler Band SAL, the three alphabet bands (we got it a day early).


 A BIG thank you to Sandra who had pointed out earlier in the week that I had missed a strawberry. I mistakenly thought she meant on the stocking, and it was too late to fix that, but she had meant the Schoolhouse piece. And, lo and behold, I had missed one there! Stitchers really are so very kind and considerate!!! Thanks again Sandra for your diligence; I will take care of it ASAP!


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

Stasi