Well...the big festival I work on each year ended 10 days ago and I feel like I'm finally coming up for air!
My best friend's daughter flew down from Massachusetts to help take care of my son while I was out of town for 4 days, so when I got back from the festival, we headed back into the city to Georgetown Cupcake since she enjoys that cupcake show....it was Valentines Day....and there was a bit of a line...
but the kids didn't seem to mind!
When we got to the front of the line, the lady allowing people in and out, the cupcake bouncer, told us they'd had a record day having baked over 35000 cupcakes in the previous 24 hours!!! Holy Cupcake Batman! It was worth the wait. I enjoyed the salted caramel....and then a lemon blossom.....and then...
While I ate all my cupcakes, I continued to get ready for my son's Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet where he was to receive his Arrow of Light award. I made a beaded band for the other boys in his den. I'm not a fast peyote stitcher, and felt like I was racing against time....but it was totally worth doing them. It's not often I get to bead something for my boy! I finished them Friday night with plenty of time to spare before the event the next day!
Each of the triangles represents a cub scout rank, and he fleur de lis is one of the scouting emblems.
His ceremony was awesome!
I can't believe he graduated from Cub Scout to Boy Scout. Here's to hoping he sticks with it until he gets his eagle rank!
In other news, I learned late last week that I have a ruptured ligament on my ankle (back in December I slipped on one of my dogs' bones - thought it would resolve on its own...). I sure hope this isn't an annual thing! The 3 piece brace is helping, but I'm terrified I may need surgery....especially since the doctor grimaced and shook his head while he said it might heal in the brace....
I have been working on several pieces lately. I just finished these earrings - a birthday present for a friend of mine:
Here are some challenges/hops/projects that I am working on and planning to take part in:
Erin (of Treasures Found::Inspiration is Everywhere) is holding a hop called Challenge of Music .... I jumped all over this one thinking about some great songs...but now i'm having a little trouble translating that into beadwork! I guess that's why we call it a challenge...
Beading Babes projects are going to be revealed on March 4. (Phew - thank goodness this was extended - I was stymied for different reasons on each piece, but I feel good about finishing at least one of the projects by March 4.)
Fashion Colorworks is a very cool color challenge in it's third year. The competition challenges beaders to submit work using one of the three color combinations made up from Pantone's top 10 fashion colors for Spring 2012. I feel a little ridiculous even entering this one because the competition is simply out of my league (seriously - the work submitted for this contest will blow you away). But, it will be fun to push myself!
Blogging A-Z challenges bloggers to write a post every day in the month of April except on Sundays. They ask the question Can you post every day except Sundays during this month? And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z? I did this one last year and it was a HUGE challenge, but I really enjoyed it. I was all over the place last year and am aiming to try for a truly bead themed A-Z blogging this time!