Thursday, March 20, 2008

I've moved!

I've decided to try out Wordpress, and combine my two blogs at the same time. I'm still in the midst of "designing" it, but the content is there. So, please join me at:

The Busy Beehive at WordPress

See you there!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Oh... I so need a stitching weekend!

I am really looking forward to the small amount of time I'll have this weekend to stitch. It is a three-day weekend, but I will be spending the majority of my time with the youth in my church/ward at a youth conference. We'll have a speaker/dinner and then dance on Friday night, service projects, workshops and a late night at the recreation center on Saturday, and then we're heading up to Salt Lake to be at the Mormon Tab broadcast early in the morning on Sunday. Afterwards, we'll have a lunch and there will be a special speaker. I do enjoy the time I spend with the youth. They are great. I'll be really tuckered out when it's all over though!

I finished my mom's little Valentine gift late last night. I found a cute pillow/insert pattern for her at Gardner Village last Saturday. She was thrilled. And, she said, "Wow, this was a sacrifice for you... to stitch on that kind of fabric." You see the kit came with 18 count Aida cloth. I didn't switch it out, because I didn't have a Jobelan or something more substantial than linen that would hold up in the little pillow insert. So, she knows me well. It was a sacrifice. My fingers will appreciate stitching on linen once more this weekend.

And, she surprised me this morning in my lunch (don't I have a great mom... I really am an adult, but it's so nice to have her around still). She put in a handmade card, and a little handmade paper box that was filled with chocolate. And, she asked when I'd be home tonight from school. She has a nice steak dinner planned!

Who needs a husband? Okay, well, I know having two women in the house sharing the same kitchen can sometimes be hard... but if I have to go it alone and be a single person, I'm sure glad she's around to help me out! And, it works out for her too. She is retired and I am able to support us.

Oh, and I'm so excited! I am trading a chart with Jacque in Missouri. She has DT's Holiday Hearts, which I've been looking for and I am sending her DT's American Spot sampler via Elegant Stitch. I just completed the order. Of course, I had to add a few more things for myself from market. When they arrive, I'll report on my new stash! I did also order a little late Valentine's day present for a friend who's been away from the stitching world for too long. While shopping on Saturday, she saw a chart she liked, so I am having the ES magic ladies send her the chart with threads and fabric as well. She'll just have to start stitching a bit more now!

Sorry no pics today. I'm away from my camera. And, my home computer is on the blink a bit. I hope to fix that tonight for good!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Slight Stash Enhancement

Well, yesterday was finally a beautiful day here in Utah. The snow storms have started coming at a slower pace and it seemed everyone was out of their homes in full force yesterday, enjoying the beautiful, crisp blue sky that caps the snow-covered mountain ranges around us. I decided it was a good time to run up to Salt Lake and get a set of scroll rods big enough for my Mary Busby quaker. I'm almost to the point that if I use the Q-Snaps anymore, some stitches will go under the clips. I don't want that to happen on this piece, with the Pearsall's silk, especially.

While at the Craft Center, I was able to see some fellow Swans, and to browse a bit. In addition to the scroll rods, I picked up a few other things... OH, you knew THAT was coming, didn't you! I decided it was time to buy the updated clamp for my lap stand. The clamp that came with mine has a more rectangle shape and has a hard time keeping longer scroll rods horizontal. They droop with the weight. The new clamp has more surface area that touches the scroll rod, and so it's supposed to hold better. We'll see. I also got LHN's "Home of a Needleworker (too!)". I have always looked at the first one LHN produced and for some reason, I didn't like it that much. But, I really like this new one, and so it came home with me, along with the CC threads for it.

I also picked up two fabric and thread kits for the new Drawn Thread freebie "All You Need is Love". I was so happy to see that Jamie had kitted these up. I really didn't want to purchase 7 skeins of Gloriana silk for a little freebie. I was planning to change the colors out. And, another fun thing the ladies at the Craft Center have done is to take the newly minted Utah state quarter and add very powerful magnets to them, to create a new needleminder! I got two. I could do this myself, but hey, they've done it for me, and I love them. I also picked up some needles there.

After we hit the craft center (my friend Cheryl was with me), we drove to Marie Callendar's and picked up some pies... mmm. And, then we stopped at the Hires Drive In and ate a meal that we shouldn't, but if you don't tell anyone I won't. We had Roquefort Bacon H Burgers, Root Beer, and Onion Rings with fry sauce.

After that stop, we headed to Pine Needles at Gardner Village. I just love this little shop. They used to be in a small little pioneer house in the village, but a few years ago they moved to a larger house on the property, and have expanded their quilting side of the business. They still carry a bit of cross stitch, as well as wool and punch needle supplies, but the bulk of their business is quilting now. They always have the cutest things, and they make me want to get the sewing machine out! I picked up Bird of a Feather's "Holiday Seasons", some R&R 36 ct light cappucino linen for my new LHN purchase, and some wool felt to have on hand for some existing projects.

They had the cutest pincushions made out of wool felt at the counter. One was a cupcake, another an ice cream sundae, and another was an easter egg. Very clever, and I guess they'll have classes for these. They always have the shop decorated for the season, and there are lots of options for the person who likes a bit of every needle art. I picked up one of their own productions which is a little pillow with a stitched insert (I'm stitching it now) for my mother for Valentine's Day.

What a fun day! I'm still waiting for more votes on my choice of project. I suppose if I posted more often, I'd have more people checking my blog!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Help Me Decide

With Nashville Market releases making me all excited for new stash, and recent purchases of the Mary Busby quaker repro and other fine things, I think I need some help in determining just where I'll put my money first. I really shouldn't order everything at once! So, I borrowed a trick from Melissa and have added the following poll:

Vote and help me decide what my stash purchasing priorities ought to be. Know that I usually purchase the threads if there is a package discount. But, what I want to know is this: what would you pick to purchase for your stash first? I have too many WIPs right now, so although I'll be tempted to start what I buy, I will try to have some self control in that area. Oh, and I guess I was typing really fast and re-named the new HRH chart in the poll. I wonder what CHS would come up with for SHORTS of Hawk Run Hollow? Could be pretty funny...

Let me know by voting!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Festival of Trees

I don't have any progress pics, but this is a picture of what my mom and I completed today. Of course, she did most of the work. But, I embroidered the faces. These dolls were made in honor of Sophia and Lillian, who were born in our neighborhood this year, to two different families. Lillian has returned to Heavenly Father, but Sophia fights on. They were both born with serious heart problems, which accompanied Down's Syndrome. "Lillian" is on the left, with brown hair and eyes, and "Sophia" is on the right with black hair and brown eyes.

The dolls will sit on two white chairs under a Christmas Tree at this year's Festival of Trees to benefit Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. The theme of the tree is "Angels from Heaven". I may have more pics of the tree after next weekend, when I go up to the festival to see it. I can't go up tomorrow to decorate and set everything up, but it's been fun to be involved.