Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin....or as I hear it: "there's a storm coming so I think I'll stay home all weekend and bead!"  Hehe!  But in all seriousness - I hope everyone weathers the upcoming storm safely and with no damage.  Is it wrong of me to be kind of happy when the weather forecast is so dreary!?

When I sit down to do a blog post, I usually start by gathering some photos and dropping them into a folder labeled with the date I intend to write the post.  The folder I'm pulling from today reads "blog post 9.19.15".  hah!  I had every intention of writing a post when my friend Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) gifted me with this book!  How lucky am I!?!?!  Thank you SO MUCH Cynthia!!

Of course I used that as an excuse to buy plenty of soutache when I was out and about last week checking out all the bead stores for NH Bead Bop (or as I like to call it "Bead Gluttony 2015"....or "Mom bought too many beads so we're having ramen noodles for dinner all week"....or get the idea!)

But there were coupons...and specials...and raffles!!! NH Bead Bop is so fun.  To participate you buy this tote bag which is valid to use indefinitely.  Then for each year you receive a pin and passport which has all your coupons and raffle entries.

Also - each bag contains a little sack of free goodies.  Here's what I go in my goodie bag from Bead Bush Studio in Deerfield NH:

All the stores in Bead Bop this year agreed to display Bead-It-Forward items so I wanted to check that out as well and everything was displayed so beautifully!  I'm so grateful for all the store owners' support!

Otherwise in my bead world, not much has been happening.  Of course it is always fun to see someone wearing something you made, and here is a shot of a co-worker of mine wearing some earrings I made for her:

Also I needed a bracelet to go with a shirt I was wearing to a work event so I made this:

Not much else going on in my bead world but I sure do have a lot planned for the beads and soutache I obtained while Bead Bopping!

By the way - did you see the lunar eclipse on Sunday?!? What a treat!! We had super clear skies that night and I was able to snap some fun shots (and learned a LOT about DSLR camera settings in the process!)

May all the celestial objects be lined up in your favor!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Farewell Summer 2015

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!

I can't believe summer has drawing to a close!  Kids are back to school.  It's starting to cool down a bit overnight.  And at work I'm starting to see apple cider stations at weddings!

August started out with my birthday....and this photo should tell you I got EXACTLY what I wanted!! Good job hubby!

I had to attend a black-tie wedding at the beginning of the month as well and made this set to wear with a simple black gown.

I am ADORE Swarovski's antique pink crystal color!

We also spent some time in New Jersey for vacation.  We stay in southern NJ and the house we stay at is in a complex situated on the Delaware Bay.  Five minutes (walking) from the house is this path that leads to the bay shore and it's my absolute favorite part of going down there!

This year was just as delightful and we did plenty of beach combing, enjoyed sunsets on the water and there was plenty of wildlife.

Horseshoe crab

There were lots of birds too, which I love, but I never brought my good camera with a zoom to capture some of them.  Clearly though the iPhone does the job for everything else!

For a few days, one of my son's close friends, from when we lived in Maryland, joined us at the beach and that was tons of fun too!

Zorbs on the Wildwood boardwalk! 

When we returned home, Jackson continued to help at the farm where one of my company's restaurants is located.  Here is also are a couple of our veggie hauls when he put in a few hours at the farm!

For one of our last summer 'field trips', Jackson and I decided to go geocaching in a forest on a trail that we saw there were 25 caches located.

Can you see the geocaches?
As we made our way through the trail our find rate was about 50% and my phone was losing battery power rapidly.  So we saw cache #14 on the map and decided that would be the last one we found and would head back.  Well.....just a few seconds after we wandered off the trail to look for the cache, I disturbed a yellow jacket nest.  I yelled, "Ow!!! I''m getting stung by a bee!" Jackson rushed over to help me and started getting stung himself.  Between the two of us we were stung eleven times (Jackson 7, me 4).  Ugh.  We screamed and yelled for help - but apparently we were literally in the middle of no where, as not a single person appeared to see if we were okay! lol!   It was pretty nerve-wracking since my phone was about to die, and  I am known to have severe local reaction! So we had to rush back to my car - which was about 2.5 miles away, writhing in pain!   Jackson recovered marvelously within two hours, I on the other hand continued to worsen as the days went on and now I'm the proud carrier of an EpiPen!  I've been a little jumpy when outside, but in spite of that couldn't help capture this lovely little image at work the other day!

In the meanwhile, I've been taking hundreds, if not thousands of pictures for work.  Lot and lots and lots of food and drink.  Our farm has been unbelievably abundant this year and it shows in all the menus and specials at work.  Here is a sampling:

Foodie fun! 

Finally - I'm still plugging away getting the quilts assembled for Bead-It-Forward.  There are some pretty fun items available to bid on!  Check it out!
Giraffe themed Bead-It-Forward quilt

And if you are in the New England area September 23-26 be sure to stop by the stores participating in the NH Bead Bop to see some of the quilts and crafted objects in person!