Sunday, August 28, 2011

Things That Make You Go Hmmm.....

Yesterday, as the rain from Hurricane Irene began, I settled into my bead room to work on my piece for the Bead Soup Blog Party. The rain came steadily, but we weren't too impressed. I watched five episodes of Grey's (I'm almost done with the 6th season!) which totaled nearly 4 hours of beading! And I'm very happy with my progress so far!

And after careful consideration yesterday, I think I'm definitely going to be doing two pieces with this soup! This soup is so tasty and today I came across some beads I've been sitting on for over 12 years and I can't wait to incorporate them into this piece!

After my beading marathon it was time for dinner. We had some delicious ground turkey tacos. I knew the dog needed to go out, but the winds were picking up and she refused. I took her out on a leash at 7:30 and she did her business. A couple hours later, at 10:00, I was getting ready for bed. I always take the dog out right before so she can have a chance to relieve herself and tried again at 10:00 last night. I went out into the middle of the yard with her, but she was nervous and didn't want to go. Suddenly the winds became so fierce I literally ran inside. If you will recall my view from the bead room:

....those big trees in my yard, combined with the wicked winds were making me nervous. So the pooch was going to be out of luck if she had to go, but she didn't seem to mind!

And so...I went to bed feeling a little nervous about the wind and those trees. I was reading my book (Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - loved it), and began to have such an anxious feeling I got out of bed and went into my husband's den:
Me: I'm nervous about the trees. Do you think we should sleep in the basement?
Hubs: Nah, it'll be fine, they are just hyping up this storm
Me: I don't know. When I was just outside with Molly, I got so scared of the wind, I literally ran back in the house. It's really, really, really, windy. Like, a lot.
Hubs: Don't worry, the trees won't fall in this direction.
Me: That doesn't make me feel better. You don't know what direction they'll fall if they fall.
Hubs: Well, if you feel more comfortable, we can all sleep downstairs.
Me: (pause) That bed's not made up.
Both of us chuckle because I'm too lazy to make up a bed even though I fear my safety.

Fast forward to the middle of the night....I was woken from my slumber at least 6 times through the night with things going bump outside. At one point I heard something bang around so loudly I became quite nervous. But I figured it was maybe the picnic table being lifted by the wind and dropped down again. I considered moving down to the basement but was too sleepy to get up. I slept fitfully the rest of the night.

This morning - both my husband and I woke at about the same time but it was so dark in our room I thought maybe we should go back to sleep.
Me: Hey - what time is it?
Hubs: 6:30
Me: Wow - it's still really really dark, do you think the storm is still over us?
Hubs: I don't know but I can't beleive how much noise there was overnight.
(Hubs opens blinds in our bedroom window as I have my back to him finding my glasses)
Hubs: Uh....that wasn't there yesterday.....
Me: Oh ..... my ..... goodness


Shocked to find a large branch in the bedroom window, we both dressed quickly and headed out the back door...but we didn't get very far into the back yard because it was blocked by a tree from our neighbors yard that had been uprooted into ours.



And might I add, narrowly missed falling on our heads!



It was a big tree.


So it's no wonder I woke to sound of it falling!

I'm still a bit unsettled that this tree came so darn close to falling on our house into our bedroom while we slept!!!! I get excited about big weather events, and find myself in awe of what Mother Nature can do. I don't take her lightly, I just find myself amazed. So I was amazed this morning that she did a little trick in my own back yard. Then I was flippin' freaked out that it came so close to our house, to our bedroom. I can't lie - at 7am when I was finally preparing my cup of tea, I really felt more like pouring myself a glass of wine!!!

Another emotion I feel is LUCKY and BLESSED that what could have been a tragedy was not!! Of course I don't know if this tree fell hard enough that it would have gone through the house had the fall been about a foot more to the left...but still!!! Things that make you go hmmmmmm.

For the time being, here is the new view from my bead room!

Friday, August 26, 2011

From Sunny to Stormy!

Well, I'm laughing to myself at the title of my last post since I'm sitting all cozy at home now, having been ordered to evacuate Cape May county!

We had been watching the news carefully and then last night we heard about the mandatory evacuation. Knowing home is only about 3 hours away and since Irene wasn't due to it NJ until Saturday we decided to stay one more night and head into Stone Harbor so I could stop into the bead store there.

But I didn't have any gas in my car. So on our way to Stone Harbor, we tried to stop at a gas station, but they were packed - right near the Parkway, so I figured I'd head away from the Parkway and get gas closer to Stone Harbor.....not so much...the next two gas stations were out of gas! So I looked for a gas station on my GPS, and the closest one was 4 miles away...so we headed that way. As we approached we saw 3 police cars and policemen directing traffic - there was a line 3 blocks long at both entrances!

Thankfully - they were very efficient and it only took us about 40 minutes until we got gas.

Then we headed back to SH, and I was starved. We got pizza and by then, the bead store was closed. :( So we puttered around SH and saw that everyone was indeed preparing for the impending hurricane!

Lots of boards and sandbags.
We were all cracking up at the Life Is Good store front:

(These pics are from my phone - so in case it's too blurry - they wrote in tape: "Life Is Good, Irene is NOT")

We slept well last night and woke up to a beautiful day. The calm before the storm I suppose!

This morning, traffic didn't look so bad when we first headed out....but then it mostly looked like this for the first two hours of the trip getting home:


Our normally 3 hour trip took about 5 hours today. But I'm glad to be in a safer part of the country. We have a tropical storm warning in my part of Maryland, through the weekend. Thankfully, we have everything we need here at home. And of course I have a great bead project and millions of beads to play with, while I'm confined to the house! I'm looking forward to working hard on my Bead Soup project before getting back to work on Monday!

I hope everyone on the East Coast stays safe!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

From Sunny South Jersey

No What's It To Hue? Tuesday today. I am on vacation on the shore of south New Jersey. We have had fantastic weather and I am grateful for the time to relax! I have been having a wonderful time working on my bead soup! (sneak peek!)



And there is a wonderful bead store a few miles from here that I am going to hit one day this week!

From what I understand, plenty of people felt the earthquake here in Jersey. I was in the ocean when it hit and didn't feel anything! Did you?


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Friday, August 19, 2011

Lucky Ear....and My Bead Soup!

I am out-of-my-mind-excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been anxiously awaiting my bead soup from my bead soup partner, Alison of BeadsbyEarthTones. When I received my partner information I was thrilled to be paired with Alison. While her beads aren't in the style of what I normally use, I looked on her site and was so excited to see all the beautiful beads she creates!

The reason I was anxious is because tomorrow we are leaving for vacation for 8 days and the thought of my bead soup waiting for me at the post office while I was away was making me crazy! AND, I really wanted to play with my soup while relaxing this coming week.

So this morning, before Jackson and I left the house to run some errands, I said to him, "Can you please use your lucky ear and make my beads come today!?" A bit of a juvenile request, I admit.

What about this lucky ear, you ask?? Well, pardon me while I digress:

Jackson was born with a crimp on the top of his right ear. From the beginning I loved that little crimp, though I feared it might some day be the catalyst for name calling and poking fun at. And while those fears have come to fruition as he has gotten older, from an early age I explained to him that it was his lucky ear. This idea wasn't mine. Ten years ago, I was once waiting at the bus stop in D.C. when a woman approached me and said "DIOS MIO! Mira! La oreja!" while pointing at his ear. I looked at her quizzically, and she added "Ear, he will have lucky life!" And then she continued wandering down the street.

(Jackson, circa June 2005)


And so the idea was born to help him cope with this small deformity. Pediatricians often asked if I wanted a plastic surgery consult, but I really always liked that special part of him. When he was old enough to understand his ear was different from others' ears, I just went with the "It's Your Lucky Ear" explanation.

In recent years kids have become crueler about it. And now I'm the one asking if he wants to start looking into plastic surgery for it. But he refuses. I'm glad because I don't want him to feel like it's anything to be ashamed of. And because he really believes it's lucky.

I am happy to report the beads were in the mailbox when we returned this morning!!!!

So without further ado - here is MY BEAD SOUP!!!!


How deliciously gorgeous is this soup!?!?! I LOVE IT!

This focal is awesome:


While I would have been happy with any of the beads from Alison's collection, I had been secretly drooling over items in her Organics collection! Lucky ear? Intuitive bead soup parnter? Either way I'm happy!

THANK YOU ALISON! I am thrilled and I have about a million ideas on what I want to do with this scrumptious soup.

Hats off to our Bead Soup Blog Party host, Lori Anderson as well, who works so hard at making this a fun event for everyone!



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What's It To Hue? Tuesday


My favorite shade of blue is the 'Montana blue' shade in the Swarovski crystal line. If you aren't familiar it's the darker blue crystal in these earrings:

and I also have a huge stash of 15/0 seed beads in a nearly identical color which I used in these earrings:


I've mentioned before that pink and orange are my favorites. And while those two may be on the top of my list, I feel like I love all the other colors equally!

When I first moved into the house I live in now, about four years ago, this Montana blue kept creeping in as my favorite color. I was so drawn to it for about a year or so. It kept surprising me when I bought clothes or sheets or slipcovers in that color. For goodness sake, I thought pink and orange were my favorites, yet when given the choice I kept picking this shade of blue!

It is said that blue is a color that calms and relaxes and maybe that was my influence. It was a tumultuous time in my life, and maybe I was drawn to the color because I sought peace! In any case, I was left with a lovely assortment of blue beads in this shade.

So what does blue mean to you? What's it to hue???






Saturday, August 13, 2011

Park Quest 2011

Last year I learned about the great program put on by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources called Park Quest and knew I wanted to be a part of it! There are 20 quests in all, and so far we have completed three.

It's been so much fun for both Jackson and me. The quest part of it has really grabbed his attention. Although we like to hike anyway - it's just been a really fun element. We've discovered parks in Maryland that we might not have ever gone to.

Here is a little taste of what we've been up to!

Sandy Point State Park - a "treasure hunt" through the park with little treasures along the way.




Patapsco Valley State Park - which is one of my favorite parks, close to my house, however for this one, we were directed to a section of the park I'd never been to, and it was amazing! There were tons of deer and lots of beautiful creeks.




This past week we had the pleasure of visiting Cunningham Falls State Park. It is about 90 minutes from our house, but the ride was pleasant. This Quest took us to the peak of "Isabella's Rock".







Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What's It To Hue? Tuesday - Blue

Congratulations Kristen, blog author of My Bead Journey - you win the drawing for last month's What's It To Hue?

For this round I tried the color wheel picker a few times but nothing was jumping out at me. (I know, I know, that kind of defeats the purpose of using a random color picker!) In the meanwhile however, I've been feeling a tightness in my throat, I even got a cramp in my throat the other day (boy that hurt!). So I thought, hmmm, let me see what color that chakra is, and if I haven't done that color yet, I will use that for What's It To Hue? Tuesday.



As it turns out I haven't done this color yet - it's BLUE!

Here are some tidbits regarding the throat chakra I picked up off of of About.com:
  • Color - blue
  • Sanskrit Name - vishuddha
  • Physical Location - throat, neck region
  • Purposes - learning to take responsibility for one's own needs
  • Spiritual Lesson - confession, surrender personal will over to divine will, faith, truthfulness over deceit
  • Physical Dysfunctions- sore throat, mouth ulcers, scoliosis, swollen glands, thyroid dysfunctions, laryngitis, voice problems, gum or tooth problems, TMJ
  • Mental and Emotional Issues - personal expression, creativity, addiction, criticism, faith, decision making (choices), will, lack of authority
  • Information Stored Inside Throat Chakra - self-knowledge, truth, attitudes, hearing, taste, smell
  • Area of Body Governed - throat, thyroid, trachea, neck vertebrae, mouth, teeth, gums, esophagus,
I could probably write an essay on why I think my throat is tight based on what I read about this chakra, but if I did that, I would have to title this post: "Things I Should Maybe Talk to a Therapist About". LOL!

I'll have some more info on BLUE next week....but in the meanwhile, if you'd like to play along, I will have a reveal on September 6! I'll be working on clearing my throat chakra while beading! All you have to do is make something blue, and blog about it! I will have a giveaway again, just haven't had a chance to photograph it yet!

P.S. Fellow Bead Soup Blog Partiers - how excited are you!?! I put together my soup last week and I'm so excited to send it to my partner.




Tuesday, August 2, 2011

What's It To Hue? Tuesday - reveal

I really enjoyed working with these colors.



Orange is one of my favorite colors, and blue and orange as complimentary colors really make glad! Many years ago I began a rather large project with blue & orange as the theme. I wanted to make a beaded quilt. I'm not sure why I stopped, but after this What's It To Hue? challenge, I think I may have to finish this project up!

Link

For this month's What's It To Hue? challenge, I decided to try out the "wavy triangle" pattern, which I saw on Beads For Brains' blog. IN fact, I've been seeing quite a lot of it in the bead blogger community! So here is my wavy triangle in the orange colors with a splash of that teal!



Disclaimer: I think this triangle looks pretty awesome on this side - however, the back side is not quite right and crimped in a few places. The pattern was very easy to follow - but putting the two pieces together was somewhat of a challenge. And while I am happy with how it turned out, I wasn't really feeling it for a piece of jewelry. My son on the other hand, hovered around quite a bit while I was making it telling me 'how cool' he thought it was. So instead of creating a piece of jewelry with this wavy triangle, I gave it to him as an amulet!

I can't deny, I briefly thought about the Miami Dolphins when I first started playing with these colors. But with the high percentage of orange in this piece, those thoughts went away! What about you - what do you think about orange? What do you think about orange and blue? Orange with a hint of teal?

Did you try out these colors this past month?! If so - please leave your link below and you will be entered to win this stash of orange & copper beads!

I will leave entering open until Monday, August 8!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party - sign-ups

If you are a beader with a blog, and you would like to have some FUN, you can now sign up for the Bead Soup Blog Party!


I participated for the first time back in February and it was a blast! Already I am filled with excitement in anticipation of who will be my bead soup partner and the bead soup I will be receiving! The challenge alone is so fun, but also seeing all the creations during the party is so inspiring. I was really blown away by all the blogs I visited for the last party.

I had the pleasure if having a cup of coffee with Lori Anderson, the generous creator and hostess of the Bead Soup Blog Party, shortly after the last party. Let me tell you she is so committed to making this a spectacular event for everyone involved. Thanks for all your hard work on this Lori!

Sign-ups are going on now through August 3. You do not want to miss this blog party!!!