Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin....or as I hear it: "there's a storm coming so I think I'll stay home all weekend and bead!"  Hehe!  But in all seriousness - I hope everyone weathers the upcoming storm safely and with no damage.  Is it wrong of me to be kind of happy when the weather forecast is so dreary!?

When I sit down to do a blog post, I usually start by gathering some photos and dropping them into a folder labeled with the date I intend to write the post.  The folder I'm pulling from today reads "blog post 9.19.15".  hah!  I had every intention of writing a post when my friend Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) gifted me with this book!  How lucky am I!?!?!  Thank you SO MUCH Cynthia!!

Of course I used that as an excuse to buy plenty of soutache when I was out and about last week checking out all the bead stores for NH Bead Bop (or as I like to call it "Bead Gluttony 2015"....or "Mom bought too many beads so we're having ramen noodles for dinner all week"....or get the idea!)

But there were coupons...and specials...and raffles!!! NH Bead Bop is so fun.  To participate you buy this tote bag which is valid to use indefinitely.  Then for each year you receive a pin and passport which has all your coupons and raffle entries.

Also - each bag contains a little sack of free goodies.  Here's what I go in my goodie bag from Bead Bush Studio in Deerfield NH:

All the stores in Bead Bop this year agreed to display Bead-It-Forward items so I wanted to check that out as well and everything was displayed so beautifully!  I'm so grateful for all the store owners' support!

Otherwise in my bead world, not much has been happening.  Of course it is always fun to see someone wearing something you made, and here is a shot of a co-worker of mine wearing some earrings I made for her:

Also I needed a bracelet to go with a shirt I was wearing to a work event so I made this:

Not much else going on in my bead world but I sure do have a lot planned for the beads and soutache I obtained while Bead Bopping!

By the way - did you see the lunar eclipse on Sunday?!? What a treat!! We had super clear skies that night and I was able to snap some fun shots (and learned a LOT about DSLR camera settings in the process!)

May all the celestial objects be lined up in your favor!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Farewell Summer 2015

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!

I can't believe summer has drawing to a close!  Kids are back to school.  It's starting to cool down a bit overnight.  And at work I'm starting to see apple cider stations at weddings!

August started out with my birthday....and this photo should tell you I got EXACTLY what I wanted!! Good job hubby!

I had to attend a black-tie wedding at the beginning of the month as well and made this set to wear with a simple black gown.

I am ADORE Swarovski's antique pink crystal color!

We also spent some time in New Jersey for vacation.  We stay in southern NJ and the house we stay at is in a complex situated on the Delaware Bay.  Five minutes (walking) from the house is this path that leads to the bay shore and it's my absolute favorite part of going down there!

This year was just as delightful and we did plenty of beach combing, enjoyed sunsets on the water and there was plenty of wildlife.

Horseshoe crab

There were lots of birds too, which I love, but I never brought my good camera with a zoom to capture some of them.  Clearly though the iPhone does the job for everything else!

For a few days, one of my son's close friends, from when we lived in Maryland, joined us at the beach and that was tons of fun too!

Zorbs on the Wildwood boardwalk! 

When we returned home, Jackson continued to help at the farm where one of my company's restaurants is located.  Here is also are a couple of our veggie hauls when he put in a few hours at the farm!

For one of our last summer 'field trips', Jackson and I decided to go geocaching in a forest on a trail that we saw there were 25 caches located.

Can you see the geocaches?
As we made our way through the trail our find rate was about 50% and my phone was losing battery power rapidly.  So we saw cache #14 on the map and decided that would be the last one we found and would head back.  Well.....just a few seconds after we wandered off the trail to look for the cache, I disturbed a yellow jacket nest.  I yelled, "Ow!!! I''m getting stung by a bee!" Jackson rushed over to help me and started getting stung himself.  Between the two of us we were stung eleven times (Jackson 7, me 4).  Ugh.  We screamed and yelled for help - but apparently we were literally in the middle of no where, as not a single person appeared to see if we were okay! lol!   It was pretty nerve-wracking since my phone was about to die, and  I am known to have severe local reaction! So we had to rush back to my car - which was about 2.5 miles away, writhing in pain!   Jackson recovered marvelously within two hours, I on the other hand continued to worsen as the days went on and now I'm the proud carrier of an EpiPen!  I've been a little jumpy when outside, but in spite of that couldn't help capture this lovely little image at work the other day!

In the meanwhile, I've been taking hundreds, if not thousands of pictures for work.  Lot and lots and lots of food and drink.  Our farm has been unbelievably abundant this year and it shows in all the menus and specials at work.  Here is a sampling:

Foodie fun! 

Finally - I'm still plugging away getting the quilts assembled for Bead-It-Forward.  There are some pretty fun items available to bid on!  Check it out!
Giraffe themed Bead-It-Forward quilt

And if you are in the New England area September 23-26 be sure to stop by the stores participating in the NH Bead Bop to see some of the quilts and crafted objects in person!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Znet Shows Sea Glass Beads and Creative Spark

When I heard that one of the categories for the summer Creative Spark issue was fruits & veggies, I knew I would have to sign up for that area of participation!  In my day job as the marketing director of a restaurant group, we also have an on site produce farm where I spend a lot of my time throughout each week.  Seems this time of year and through the fall, I have fruits and vegetables on my mind!

I had some grand plans and ordered my sea glass beads from accordingly. 

My first attempt was to create some radishes.  I was pretty happy with my attempt, but when I showed it to my husband and son, they both said "Oh! What nice holiday earrings!"

Epic fail!  Only for summer though, I suppose if they look like holly and berries, they still fit in the category, just more appropriate for winter.

Next up was the embroidered carrot.

This was a lot of fun arranging and rearranging the sea glass beads to shape up to resemble a carrot.

I used a few dabs of glue to keep them in place and then secured them to the lacy's stiff stuff through the top drilled bead holes. This time when I asked the guys what what it was, I got a resounding "carrot"!
After attaching the sea glass beads, they were surrounded with 15/0 orange and green seed beads, I am now ready to adhere this to a tote bag to gift my farming co-worker!

CLICK HERE for the summer 2015 issue of Creative Spark! You won't be sorry!!  There is all sorts of wonderful inspiration in this issue!

Creative Spark Summer 2015

Here is my list of sea glass beads from I used for my veggie pieces:
S13-B05SFIVE Cultured Sea Glass coin puffed Beads 12mm 05-Cherry Red -dark red color(8-pc-str)(4-in-str)

S42-B23FOUR  Cultured Sea Glass tusk Beads varies 23-Peridot (20-pc-str)

S42-B83FOUR Cultured Sea Glass tusk Beads varies 83-Tangerine (20-pc-str)

There are a handful of color palettes I contributed in this issue as well, from photos I took last summer:

I hope you enjoy all the great work in the summer issue of Creative Spark! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Working, beading, assembling, etc...

Every week, I make a to-do list.  And every week one of the line items is "BLOG"!  And every week, that item gets pushed to the bottom of the list, and then I'm just copying it over when I start my to-do list for the next week! hah!

This weekend however, when my husband asked me what plans we had for the weekend, I simply said, I need to blog and read blogs!  It's been a while, so this is a long one! :)

My job demands always kick up a few notches during the warmer seasons, since my company has a farm and a catering business (which does a lot of weddings).  There are a lot moments to caputre and share in my marketing life!

look closely and you'll see a craft cocktail perched among the edible flower bed! 
Yup - it's a tomato soup capture kind of day!

My not so little kid, helping harvest at the farm.

It's also summer vacation for my kiddo, which adds a handful of other activities

How did he get so TALL!?!?

We've been doing some weekly 'field trips' including Ruggles Mine in New Hampshire, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History!

I've also been veritably obsessed with the little tree frogs that have taken residence near the steps of my deck. I spend way too much time searching and observing and photographing these little cuties.

I'm still kayaking as often as possible.  I was treated to a wonderful little nature moment last month when I came upon a fawn trailing a swan in the Nashua River.  Here is a little footage from the moment:

Who knew a fawn could swim so well!?

And of course, there is the BEAD-IT-FORWARD project keeping me busy as well!  I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and invited my nieces over to help me sort through the squares and start placing them for assembly.  It was so fun! They really enjoyed looking through all the beautiful bead work and had a great eye for what went well together!  (and they taught this middle-aged gal all about the time-lapse video capability on my phone! hehe)


We were able to get a bunch of quilts ready, and other items assembled and the Bead-It-Forward auction site is now live and there are plans to upload new items weekly!
Just click on the photos below to navigate to the auction site!

In another Bead-It-Forward development, I recently met with Judy Bush, the owner of Bead Bush Studio in Deerfield, NH.  She coordinates an event called "Bead Bop NH".

Bead Bop NH is an event which participants tour participating bead stores in New Hampshire and receive special discounts, get their passport stamped, and enter to win raffles.  To participate, you just need to have a Bead Bop tote, and purchase the annual passport for a nominal entry fee.  I purchased and received my tote last week and got my passport and pin.  The tote also came with a free gift which was worth more than my fee to enter (it had two Tierra Cast clasps, a multi strand clasp, a string of fire polish beads, and some head pins).  I can't wait to visit all the stores in September!!

So how does this relate to Bead-It-Forward?  All six participating stores, are going to display some of the 2015 Bead-It-Forward products!!  I'm so excited for these beautiful pieces to get more exposure!  And the event sounds amazing, so if you are in New England during the dates of September 23-26 you'll have to check it out!

As a side note, Judy could not have been any more lovely to meet with, and her store is darling and well stocked!! It's just about an hour away from where I live, but I can't wait to visit again!

Finally - I've also been doing some beading myself.  Aside from my tiny frog obsession, I am obsessed with rivolis lately and have been mastering the 14mm bezel!

I also recently stitched these from a free tutorial on B&B called "Mosaic medallions".

And remember the ATTS embroidered piece?  I had been thinking of one of the bartenders I work with while creating that piece, so naturally, I gifted her with it.  Here is a shot of her wearing it at work one day!

Okay - that's all for now.  I hope I can get back on here sooner six weeks for my next blog post! Now I"m off to visit my virtual friends in the blogosphere!  Happy Saturday!