Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Time to Stitch 6

It's another edition of A Time to Stitch (ATTS), round SIX, hosted by two lovely and talented ladies, I have the pleasure to call my friends: Therese, from Therese's Treasures, and Christine, from One Kiss Creations.
I was super excited about this round of ATTS because the objective was to follow a chart, and Therese and Christine were kind enough to highlight Bead-It-Forward, a charitable project I took over last year!! Here was a blurb about it in the latest Bead&Button.  Featuring a picture of some squares done by one of the beaders in Operation Tackle That Bead Stash, and the pattern was one that I created for last year's sea them! 
I had the pleasure of visiting one of Bead-It-Forward's beneficiaries earlier this week, the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden.  The staff there was very excited to learn about the project and really enjoyed looking at (and touching - no one can resist) the squares.  After I explained that the deadline for squares was coming up in March and I expected to see hopefully hundreds, if not thousands of squares, one woman there asked me, "Who has the privilege of putting the squares together?"  I responded to her by saying, "Thank you for positioning it like that, because I really do feel like it's a privilege and an honor to get to see and touch every one of these squares and then get to help decide which ones will look good together!"  The visit bolstered my enthusiasm for this project, and it was great to have a group of non-beaders ooh and aah over the squares!  Not to mention, the Healing Garden is an exceptional facility providing complementary care and support to cancer patients.  Anyone submitting a square to Bead-It-Forward should feel absolutely great about the fact that the Healing Garden is going to benefit from the square(s) created!!!

Now....let's get back to the business at hand - sharing our ATTS creations!!!  With the holidays in the middle of the announcement and the reveal, I didn't get as many squares as I'd like to get done.... but I did do these two squares.  Each year I create a square in honor of everyone I know who is going through or has survived breast cancer.  Unfortunately that number grew to eight this past year.   I've done two squares already and I recently worked up these two squares for ATTS...

Recently I held a contest for Bead-It-Forward patterns.  One of our hosts sent in a handful - thank you, again Therese!!!  And also another southern gal, Stephany from North Carolina, made some patterns.  Here is her blog if you want to check out some of her creations of following her own chart.  In the meanwhile - here is a list of participants for this round of A Time To Stitch.
THANK YOU AGAIN TO Therese and Christine for hosting this FUN blog hop/challenge!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

They're Back!

After a bit of Facebook and Instagram intelligence, I set the alarm for 5:00am and was out the door by 5:30 am so I could be at Rye Harbor, NH by sunrise yesterday.  It sure was worth the effort!! 

Last year, the U.S. had a huge Snowy Owl irruption and I was spending a lot of my spare time dashing off to the coast to see these spectacular birds!!  This year, not nearly as many, but there are a few making regular appearances on the New England coast.  What better way to start the new year!?