Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!!  I can't believe we are already a week into 2017!

Christmas 
The holidays were nice.  I did a little baking for my son's teachers.  The recipe I followed was for "Saltine Toffee Cookies", but I substituted graham crackers and they were a hit!  And they are very easy to make!  (And I positively loved the little mini tree decorations!!!)


On Christmas day, I scored this awesome Ott Lite caddy!  I love it!!!  Props to my husband for paying attention when I went wild seeing something similar several weeks earlier!

We also went on a lovely hike in the woods near our house.

Earrings
Just before the holidays I sold a couple of "Earring of the Month" subscriptions so lately I've been very busy prepping earrings to send off to subscribers this year! I just love making earrings.  Whether they take an 30 minutes or an hour and a half, it's a great way to fit in some quick and satisfying beading!



Bead Soup Blog Party
In other beading news, I'm super excited to see the Lori Anderson is reviving her Bead Soup Blog Party! I have met so many lovely beaders doing that and I always love to see all the creations from the packages people received.  It's a brilliant concept and I enjoy it on every level! Mark your calendars, here is some more info:


Bead-it-Forward 
Bead-it Forward is a little on the quiet side these days. I think for the 2018 round there will have to be some changes to make it more viable.  I've learned a lot over the last few years working on this project.  Seems that people love making squares.  They love seeing other beaders' squares.  They love to see what has been done with the squares.  However, it seems that assembling the quilts and objects as well as auctioning or selling the final products, is where things get stopped up. I seriously have a lot of  squares that still need assembling and a lot of finished projects that need to be sold!   I am hopeful the we will see a lot of squares for the 2017 fantasy theme.  We've received a lot of really fun patterns!   Also - if you are interested in obtaining a quilt - there are many quilts available on this Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeadItForwardQuilts?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Birding
Switching gears now, I've had some really great luck with winter birding lately! And I mean LUCK!  I had heard rumors of a snowy owl at Duxbury Beach (about an hour and a half or so from my house), so one morning I trekked down there.  When I arrived there, I saw that most of the parking area was under construction, and the only area that wasn't under construction was chained off.  Given the time investment, I could not let that deter me.  I parked on a street near by and walked through the only open path I could see to the beach.  Just as I stepped onto the beach the owl was literally flying right in front of me!!!!  Imagine my surprise and delight!!!  Ad to top it off, she landed about 20 feet away!  Then she just sat there and posed for me for about 10 minutes.  I think I only took one more step onto the beach to get these shots!



Another tip I received, was about a large flock of cedar waxwings on a highway visitor center near by my town.  This spot was super close to my house so another morning I headed that way and was treated with a flock of about 100 or so cedar waxwings munching away on some berries.  They are such pretty birds and super fun to watch!! Warning - lots of photos here!!




Resolutions
I didn't make a lot of resolutions (okay, I didn't really make any), but I do hope to blog more frequently this year! A lot of my fellow bead bloggers have been wondering if the activity of blogging is dying out, given the ease and reach of other social media.  And I wonder the same thing! Time will tell I suppose! I'm love using Instagram, but I do enjoy the narrative qualities of blogging and the ability to share a lot more photos.  And I'm so immensely grateful for all the wonderful people I have met (virtually or in person) through this blog that I'd hate  to miss out on any future opportunities!  HAPPY 2017!!!