Thursday, May 7, 2015

Reflections on Blogging from A-Z

I did it!  This was my fifth year participating in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.  This year was by far the easiest.  The trick?  A good theme and some good planning.

In the past, if my theme was too vague or to broad, I found this challenge, incredibly challenging! And really not as fun as it should be!  This year I chose to blog about Bead-It-Forward, and frankly there was so much material from all the amazing squares that were sent in, some days I had to pare down my post!

In the background, when I wasn't blogging from a-z, I was actually very busy! I was beading a lot!!

I traveled to the mid-atlantic for the annual charity golf tournament I work on.  In my travels, I had the pleasure of finally getting to meet one of my virtual friends, Christine, and her beautiful family!!  My only regret from that day is we forgot to take a selfie!!!!

For the letter "T" last month, I announced that Bead-It-Forward was selecting a theme.  There were tons of great ideas!!!  But the following ideas were in the top four.  If you click here or on the photo, you can help select your favorite!  The survey will be open until tomorrow.  And I plan to announce the winning theme on Sunday.  

Thanks to everyone who followed along while I was blogging from A-Z!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blogging from A-Z • Z

Z is for ZEBRA!

I imagine this isn't a big surprise for anyone who was following this blog for A-Z this month and knowing that I featuring some of the squares for Bead-It-Forward.

There were a lot of great zebras contributed to the project this year! And the zebra print was a very popular animal print pattern contributed as well!  

Look! There's even a zebra's butt!!! haha!

THANK YOU to everyone who followed along this month.  Thank you again to all the beaders who contributed squares, and supplies, and patterns.  If you are in Philadelphia this August (21-23) please stop by Bead Fest and see these squares on the quilts, shadow boxes, and other crafted objects!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blogging from A-Z • Y

Y is for yak!

A big thank you to Pauline from NM and Vicki from ID for sending in these buffalo that, today, I am calling yaks.....

Close enough...

Stop by tomorrow for the FINAL Blogging from A-Z post, the letter "Z".  If you'd like to explore more A-Z blogs, click here!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blogging from A-Z • X

X is for xerus.

Waaaaaaahoooooooooo!!  I am pretty darn happy I came up with a good, legitimate topic for "X"!  Seriously - I'm super excited.  

Xerus: African ground squirrels form a taxon of squirrels under the subfamily Xerinae.
Look it's true!

I'm not sure if these are specifically African ground squirrels....but they sure are for today's purpose! 

If you'd like explore more A-Z blogs, click here! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Blogging from A-Z • W

W is for wolf!

Stephany sent in a handful of patterns and one of them was this great pattern of a wolf howling at the crescent moon! How fun is that?

Click here to discover more A-Z Bloggers! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Blogging from A-Z • V

V is for the Virginia Thurston Healing of the Bead-It-Forward beneficiaries for 2015.

I had the fun and important task of selecting beneficiaries for the 2015 Bead-It-Forward project.  One of them is the Rays of Hope Breast Cancer Research Center.  The other beneficiary is the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden.  Here are some quotes from their website that made this establishment an easy choice:

"You are a person, not a disease, and you can live well with cancer, and beyond. We are here to help you."


The Healing Garden is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrative cancer care through therapeutic services, educational programs, and a healing environment for all people with a cancer diagnosis, as well as providing wellness education and support to promote cancer prevention for the community at large."

"...envisioned a center providing services with three components: complementary therapies, psychosocial support, and the healing environment of nature. They both felt strongly that the cost of services should not be an obstacle to care."

I had the pleasure of visiting the Healing Garden a few months ago and was very impressed by their facility and the work they do. I am so honored to be heading up a project that will raise funds for the important work they do there, and at Rays of Hope! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Blogging from A-Z • U

U is for unicorn...and other fantasy animals....

Only a few fantasy animals came in this year ....I logged the horse-like animals shown here as unicorns, but upon further inspection I think these might be something else.... oops! So I will switch this topic to "unreal" animals!!

Did you stop by yesterday and click here to give your thoughts on a theme for next year's Bead-It-Forward??