Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blogging from A-Z • M

M is for MAKING MEMORIES!

Last year we started Geocaching:
ge·o·cach·ing
ˈjēōˌkaSHiNG/
noun
noun: geocaching
  1. 1.
    the recreational activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website.
We only have found a few over the last year, but my son and I decided this year to find at least 30.  It's a fun activity and gives some purpose to what would otherwise be just a walk (not that there's anything wrong with 'just a walk'!)  Geocaching takes you to new places, but the fun is sometimes in the search, and/or what you find, when you find your cache!!!

A cache in an old cemetery in New Hampshire

A small cache in a stone wall in our town

Where Jackson retrieved a coin that he thought was "amazing" (it was a Krone from Denmark)

Flipping the coin (see it in front of his face!)

Already we are making fun memories from a few Geocaching trips!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blogging from A-Z • L

L is for LOVE!

Truth is I had a heck of time coming up with a subject for this letter.  I kept thinking of the word love, and every time I thought of the word, the image from the recent Honey Maid commercial came up.... 

It was wildly all over social media last week, but in case you haven't seen it, here it is!

It chokes me up every time!!!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Blogging from A-Z • K

K is for KNACK or KNOW-HOW.....
This is also a Focus on Life post - and this week's prompt is "A Moment of Focus".

So my company is opening a new restaurant in a few weeks.  With that comes so many components it'll make your head spin...even the most seasoned restaurant professionals will agree!  A couple weeks ago we were talking about the kind of pictures we wanted on the web site and it was finally decided that we were going to go with 'cool shots that had an interesting focus with a blurry background'.  Then the big question came..."Amy, can you do that?"   Um....."I don't know...I'm not a professional photographer, but I"ll try!"

Of course, sitting there with all these web professionals who are like, "oh we know some great photographers we can put on the project", so I totally lost my confidence!! Do I have a KNACK for this!? Do I have the KNOW-HOW!!???

But I rummaged through my albums and found a couple of fun ones.


And then I was up at the farm and saw that all the raspberry bushes were starting to bud!

I don't know if I'll be the one responsible for getting the money shots for the new restaurant's website, but it is fun exploring what this camera can do!   And all these are great pics for this week's "A Moment of Focus" prompt!!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Blogging from A-Z • J

J is for Jane Lock....

Jane Lock is the author of this wonderful book, The Art of Beadwork:

And here comes my shameless plug....a pair of earrings I made are on page 116!  This pair!!!


It still gives me goosebumps when I open to this page!  But what's even more exciting is how great this book is! Here is my review on Amazon:
Great reference book for beaders of ALL levels. This book is very current. Jane's writing is very conversational and I was delighted by all the anecdotal tips sprinkled in the book that show Jane has really 'been there' when she's talking about her beading experiences and sharing her wisdom! This book covers all aspects of beading from supplies to techniques, and has a great selection of projects.

I highly recommend this book and feel that it should be in every beader's library!


And speaking of books, KJ over at Silver Parrot is doing a huge book and beads giveaway that you can check out by clicking here.

Also - if you haven't seen it yet, Therese and Christine are hosting another A Time To Stitch (ATTS) challenge.  This is a fun one, and should be a great study on design, color, shape, finish etc...!  Check it out here!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blogging from A-Z • I

Here's something you probably didn't know about me....I'm inked!

I is for Inked!

I have only two tattoos but I would love to get another one (or more!)!  Why are they so addictive!!??

This one is on my back...I love it, but my only regret is that I can't see it!! In fact, sometimes I forget it's there and it startles me when I catch a glimpse in a mirror!


This one is on my ankle...it is from ages ago, it's the astrological glyph for leo!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blogging from A-Z • H

H is for HANKS....those lovely bunches of seed beads that I just adore! (okay - to be fair, I have yet to meet a seed bead that I didn't adore!)



Hanks of seed beads are typically of the Czech variety - and unlike their Japanese counterpart, are not all uniform. One might think that is a bad thing, but it's not!  There is a place in the world for every size seed bead! And sometimes, it's beneficial to have the same color seed bead in varying widths and sizes...especially in bead embroidery and certain off loom weaving projects!


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Blogging from A-Z • G

G is for GROW

Exactly six weeks ago, this is what my deck looked like...

...if I tried to step anywhere that wasn't shoveled, the snow was just about mid-thigh.  

I sure was happy to see these bulbs make their appearance this weekend!

There is still a bit of snow on the ground in some places...but things are finally starting to GROW!

Things are growing at work too!! One of our restaurants has an on site produce farm.  It's awesome.
I can't wait for May to see all this fresh produce on the menu!!!