Saturday, July 2, 2016

ZnetShows Creative Spark and More!

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!!!

The latest issue of Creative Spark is now live and it is filled with inspiration!!  ZnetShows specializes in cultured sea glass and the variety of cultured sea glass options are huge! They also have a wide selection of Chinese crystal which pack so much sparkle!!

I had the opportunity to use both the tiny rondelle crystals and large hole rings cultured sea glass.  You can see my challenge creations and so many more in the summer 2016 issue:

I loved seeing everyone's work!  There are some fun items in there included non-jewelry work and a feature on how other beader's store their beads!

In other news, I was able to finish my jewelry for the first wedding of the season.  And that wedding was amazing! It's hard to believe my best friend's DAUGHTER got married! When did I get old enough for that to happen!?

My son, me, my husband!

Now it's time to finish my jewelry for my stepdaughter's wedding that takes place next week!!

Of course I can't skip my new favorite activity which is hiking and birding.  Here is a sweet warbler I came across the other day who was signing his little heart out!

At the farm where I work, we have many killdeer. One of the killdeer laid her eggs right smack in the middle of the row of radishes! haha!  Our farm team gingerly worked around her, and after about one month those babies are here.  And if you don't think these darlings are cute.....well....

Those tiny wings! those tail feathers! all the fuzz!!!  I can't even!!!!

And speaking of cute baby friend and I made a trip to Crane Beach last weekend where the endangered piping plovers breed during the summer months.  This cutie practically walked up to our blanket! Last year I was able to come earlier in the season.  This is more of a juvenile....but stil cute!

Finally - here are some fun new menu items from work last week! yum!

Enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

More Beads, More Birds

There are a few weddings on my calendar in the coming weeks and that means plenty of custom beadwork to match dresses!

I recently completed the jewelry for my stepdaughter's bridesmaids:

I need to get some jewelry ready for my dress for that wedding coming up in only three weeks! Yikes!!

But before that, my best friend's daughter is getting married! (How is that possible that I am old enough for this to be happening!?!?!)  Her wedding is next week.  The dress I'm wearing to her wedding has a beautiful print (bohemian? Indian? I'm not really sure what you'd call it!!)

I was inspired to create a peyote cuff to match the pattern.

I was pleasantly surprised at how nicely the pattern worked up with the Delica beads, and created a full pattern booklet for my patterns shop!  This is done in champagne gold, navy, and white pearl, but I think any contrasting colors would look really cool!

As referenced in the title of this post, I've also been doing quite a bit of birding lately as well.  In trying to make exercising a priority, I've been heading out to our local trails nearly every morning and the birding has been sensational!  Although one my recent favorites was from the farm of this ridiculously adorable killdeer chick!!!  CAN YOU EVEN STAND IT!! Those fuzzy tail feathers!

There is another nest on the farm about to hatch too!  I didn't even realize I was coming upon the nest and unwittingly came upon a very angry killdeer adult!

And it seems I have a knack for stumbling upon active nests...I became a little fearful of this osprey mama who started dive bombing me even though i was several hundred feet away!!!

Here are some more, gentler birds I've seen over the last few weeks!

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Where does the time go?

Anytime I decide to write a blog post, I dutifully start a folder in my computer to drop any photos I"m planning to use for the post!  So....that happened on May 21!!!!!

And somehow time just slipped away every time I wanted to get to the post!  But I did fill it with a bunch of pictures!


Yup. Well........what is that phrase about good intentions!!

So ever since the A-Z blogging challenge ended, things have been busy for sure in my life! Again I want to give a shout out to all the wonderful friends who stopped by my blog that month of April!  Here's a little beverage tease from May! 

SO.....back to those pictures in the May 21 folder....

About a month ago, I participated in Muckfest MS Mud Run.  Wow!! What an incredible experience. My best friend of 40+ years (yes, you read that right we've been buds since before I was even in kindergarten!) was diagnosed withe MS  20 years ago, last fall her sister was diagnosed as well, and this year her daughter was diagnosed.  Joining their team was a true honor.

It was very challenging and I tackled a few of the obstacles with some very serious trepidation, but was so proud to meet each challenge. You can see though, there were a LOT of smiles and laughs.
It was a great day!!! So now, I prepare for next year!

There has been some beading in my life this past month as well.
Etsy order! 

Playing with wire-wrapping rings

Having a super huge blast with polymer clay. 

"Polish Pottery" cuff bracelet.  Click here for the pattern.

Pendant fun!

Peyote owl bracelet.  Click here for pattern.

I also received this great haul from Znet Shows of beautiful Cultured Sea Glass and 2mm & 3mm Chinese Crytsal Rondelles! Stay tuned for the summer issue of Creative Spark to see how these lovelies transform into beautiful jewelry!

Otherwise, it's mostly been work, and hiking, and kayaking, and birding! And oh, the birding this spring has been spectacular these last couple weeks!

Here are a few birding shots from early & mid-may!

Tree swallows

Great horned owlets

Cedar waxwing

Eastern towhee

Prairie warbler

Now I'm off to catch up on my blog READING!!! 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Blogging from A-Z • Z

Today is brought to you by the letter "Z"!

(Disclaimer: Although this is typically a blog about my beadwork, I do let other parts of my life seep into this blog.  Food and beverage is a huge part of my life as I am the marketing director of a fantastic restaurant group!)

Z is for zucchini!  

Oh yes, we had plenty of zucchini on the farm last year, and it would show up frequently on weekly farm-to-fork specials!

But before we get to the zucchini as food, I want to say THANK YOU to all the faithfuls that visited my blog this month to see what food or beverage I would be blogging about.  You all really lift me up with your visits and comments!!  Thank you for making this challenge so much fun! 

So without further is some zucchini!

Zucchini pancake 
Zucchini fritters

And finally....have you ever heard of the game Scattergories?  That is one of my favorite board games, even though I almost always lose.  Basically you have a sheet of paper with 12 categories, and you roll a 26 sided alphabet die, and you need to come up with a person, place or thing that fits the category that starts with the letter you just rolled.  You get two points if you come up with a person place or thing that has two words that start with the assigned letter.  So with that, I'd like to finish with a two pointer.  This was a cocktail we featured last summer....called the Zambezi Zinger!

So that concludes the 2016 Blogging from A-Z Challenge!  I'll be back soon with some beading update!  Thank you again to everyone who visited!! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Blogging from A-Z • Y

Today is brought to you by the letter "Y"!

(Disclaimer: Although this is typically a blog about my beadwork, I do let other parts of my life seep into this blog.  Food and beverage is a huge part of my life as I am the marketing director of a fantastic restaurant group!)

Y is for yams and yogurt!  

We're in the final stretch and these letters are more and more difficult as we hone in on the end of the alphabet.

The only two foods I could think of that start with Y are yams and yogurt.  Neither of which are very popular ingredients on our menus! However, purple yams were on our menu as a puree in this tuna dish!

And periodically our chefs use a yogurt as a garnish for soups or in a sauce for salads!

Come back tomorrow to see what we have in store for the final letter for the A-Z challenge, "Z"!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Blogging from A-Z • X

Today is brought to you by the letter "X"!

(Disclaimer: Although this is typically a blog about my beadwork, I do let other parts of my life seep into this blog.  Food and beverage is a huge part of my life as I am the marketing director of a fantastic restaurant group!)

X is for Xanthic! 



of or relating to a yellow or yellowish color.

X is historically a difficult letter in the A-Z challenge! I feel a little bit like a cheater because this isn't the first time in my Blogging from A-Z history I have used this word to get through this letter! But I couldn't think of a food or beverage that began with X so you are stuck with this xanthic colored cocktails!

Come back tomorrow to see what we have in store for the letter "Y"!