Saturday, September 27, 2014

Focus on Life • Week 39

This week's topic for the theme "Simplicity" is HANDS.
As Sally said in her topic post:
Sometimes it just takes a hand 
to help
to heal
to hold.

Working in the restaurant industry there is so much going on with the hands all the time.  Since I manage all my company's social media, I'm constantly walking around with my camera taking pictures of what's happening either at the restaurants or an event our company is catering.  When I saw this topic, I knew I'd have lots of choose from this week.  One of our restaurants has an onsite produce farm.  Ever since July we've had an abundance of raspberries and blackberries in all sorts of varieties.  Our farm manager often puts a call out for help to get these harvested.  (We get paid in berries!!)

So this week I pulled pictures from a fairly recent 'picking party' where we helped harvest the raspberries and black raspberries.

Check below to see what kinds of hands other Focus-on-Life-ers are posting:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Beads and Books

Come to think of it, we've had hardly any rain at all in the last few months!  I don't mind a good rain, but I think a product of the good weather, is that I've been spending a lot of time outdoors when I have some spare time.  And if truth be told...the more I learn about my camera, and my recent birthday gift of a zoom lens.... the more obsessed I am with taking pictures of the local wildlife and such!!

But these past two weekends, have each had a day that was a little damp and I've finally had a chance to get to some beading!  Last weekend I had time to finish a project I've been working on for months, just haven't had time to blog about it!  This is made with some beaded beads and a stash of ZNetShows beads! Think I may add more fringe to this...just need a thinner needle!

And yesterday I got started on another  "Ms. Daisy" bracelet.  The pattern can be found on Fusion Beads' website here.  I have one that I made a few years ago and I love to wear it.  The drape is fantastic and I get tons of compliments on it!  One of my co-workers was cooing at it the other day so I said, I'd make her one if she told me her favorite colors.  Black and blue was the order and I'm loving how it's coming out.  Although I'm getting to that special moment (I know you beaders have 'been there') where I'm not 100% sure that I'll have enough of the darker color to complete this!! 

In other bead-y news, the first round of Bead-It-Forward squares came in for the 2014/2015 cycle!  Aren't they great!?

I'm super excited.  There are lots of patterns on the Bead-It-Forward website and Facebook page if you'd like to join in!
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of being a beta reader for a recently published book.   As the mom of a voracious reader, I am always thrilled to come across a great author for tweens and young teens.  I have definitely found that in Keith Robinson.  If you have a middle-schooler who likes to read, and likes to read fast paced, fun adventures, I highly recommend his Island of Fog series (I'm just about to start book 7 out of the nine, so more on this series soon) and his newest book, Sleep Writer!

<a href="">Sleep Writer (Unearthly Tales #1)</a><img src="" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />
 Sleep Writer was just published last week and here's what I wrote about it on Amazon: As a fan of the Island of Fog series, I was excited to start a new adventure written by Keith Robinson! I was not disappointed. This book is a fantastic read, with an original plot and enough action to keep you wanting for more. Robinson's writing is so descriptive, you'll feel like you are right along side these characters as they journey through all their escapades!  My middle-school-age son and I can't wait to see what's in store for Liam, Madison and Ant!

Have you read any good books lately?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Focus on Life • Week 38

This week's prompt was "Capture a photograph with only one subject or one piece or a small part of a subject."

I was just on a hike about a week ago and snapped a bunch of one subject photos from the trip! Here is a sampling!  Sorry I couldn't pick just one this week!
I love that there is a spider right by his head!

 Check out the links below to see what other Focus on Life participants photographed!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Focus on Life • Week 36

Week 36!?? This year is flying by.  The Focus on Life theme this month is "Simplicity".  While I always yearn for the routine that comes with 'back-to-school', it seems to always come with some chaos in the first few weeks so I think this month's theme is perfect.  This week's topic is "A Door",

So here is the door to my house.  I love this door.  I didn't choose it, it was here when I got here, but I love it all the same.  I love the bright contrast to the house paint.  But more than anything I love the message that it tells me - YOU'RE HOME.

Click on the links below to see what other Focus-on-Lifers are posting this week:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Finally Something Bead-y!

I haven't received my copy yet, but apparently my entry for Beadwork's The Challenge was published!! Woot woot!!  (Thank you Christine for the heads up!!)

After spending the last hour looking through my archived photos, I'm shocked to see I didn't take any pictures of the package of beads when they were delivered back in March.   But suffice it to say, I was delighted with the beads and the colors.  The package came from A Grain of Sand Beads and had some of my favorite shades of pink, a fantastic vintage looking cab, some matte pearls, and more!!  I also realized that I didn't take many photos of the finished product either.  Here are a couple:

In other beady news, I started playing around with some new patterns for the Bead-It-Forward project!  I may have, ahem, gotten carried away playing with different color palettes, but once I got started it was hard to stop.  These are done in a two-drop peyote stitch.  I can't wait to bead a few up and see how they look!   (It should be noted that I didn't even include ALL the patterns I made!!hahah!!) I hope they inspire some of you to give it a try!  I'm planning to do a video tutorial on this in the coming weeks.