Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Busy, Busy

Well, I've been here in Massachusetts for three weeks now!  I can't believe that I've only blogged twice since I've been in the area. 

The truth is, I'm used to life with only a few people in the house (my husband and son), but since we're staying with friends we have four other people to interact with!  I'm not complaining - just saying!

ANyway - I also haven't done as much beading as I'd like.  But I've been taking lots of pictures over the last couple weeks!
Here are some beaded snow flakes, from a pattern on B&B

We found a house! Looks like we'll close mid-January!

Had a great day in Boston with my nieces!

Met some Boston Ballet company dancers!

Still homeschooling - and it's actually going great! Molly loves cuddling with Jackson when he is doing some of his studying!

This day was so fun!  One of the best Thanksgivings I've had in recent memory!

Yes....those are turkey hats!

An old friend visited from Maryland!

Did a holiday craft with the kids (saw this craft on JoJo's blog and it was fun and easy and all three kids asked if we could do it again next week!)

Met my nephew for the first time and got to see him take some of his first steps!

Went to the historic North Bridge and took about 200 pictures of the kids jumping off this was so fun! I'm not sure who was having more fun - the children or us moms! 

And what's a trip to the Minuteman National Park, without a little Gangnam Style?!
So that's what we've been up to!!  How about you!?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Therese's Birthday Surprise Challenge

About a month ago I had the pleasure of meeting Kristen Stevens of My Bead Journey.  Soon into our coffee date she said, "Have you noticed that the bead community is incredibly generous?"  Why, yes, yes I have noticed!  And recently I was lucky enough to be the recipient of Therese Frank's generosity.  Therese sent out packages to several of her beady friends.  In my package was a stunning Golem cab and some equally gorgeous coordinating beads!

I was stunned and ecstatic to get my package.  I mean - look at these absolutely gorgeous stoneware clay!  Truly, I am so lucky to be part of this group!

In our packages were instructions the create something (if we so desired), and reveal it on Therese's birthday (today!)  Happy Birthday Therese! 

My cab was just so gorgeous, I had a ton of fun making coordinating beaded beads to go with it!

  I had a toggle that I ended up not using for this piece, and had an extra beaded bead so I made a set of earrings to match!'s off to the store, to get myself a top to go with this new necklace!!


Here  are the names & blogs of the other participants:

Christine Altmiller

Kristen Stevens

Lola Surwillo 

Marla Gibson

Therese Frank

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Free Pattern

Still settling in here in Massachusetts!  So all I have today is a pattern for use in the Bead It Forward Quilt!

Regular Peyote Sunflower:

2-Drop Peyote Sunflower:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

History Repeats Itself!

As I wait for my husband to join me in Massachusetts, I'm staying with some close friends who have a couple kids.  My vote was cast by absentee ballot a few weeks ago, so after working a few hours, I decided to take the kids on a hike at a park close by to find a geocache.  (I haven't written about geocaching yet - but it's my new obsession!)

And so we headed out with the pup, and found our cache after some careful searching.

But as I was wandering with the kids, I realized, that for the last election I also took three kids on a hike.  That time it was my son, stepdaughter and her boyfriend!  Here we are at the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland, one of my all time favorite hiking spots.

Perhaps I'll find myself on another trail in 2016!
I am a lucky recipient of one of the kits for  Therese's Birthday Challenge!  And here is a sneak peek....

Check back on November 16 for the reveal! 

Friday, November 2, 2012


It's been a busy time - and tomorrow I"m moving to New England for our final temporary situation until my husband joins us up north in a couple of months!!!

I haven't been doing a lot of beading as the boys (my hubs and son) have been wanting to play board games every night this week.  And I'm not complaining - I LOVE board games and we've been having so many laughs and just enjoying our family time together.

Also - my Slovenian friend, and Bead Soup Blog Party partner, Alenka, is doing a giveaway on her blog!  You should check it out!!  She makes awesome polymer clay products:

Here is the free pattern for Friday, for use for the Bead-It-Forward quilt!