Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Beehive Update April 23, 2018

Playing Catch Up :)

The youngest and his family are almost settled...one more trip over the mountain to pick up the last of their stuff and then.....We are keeping ourselves busy, busy, busy.  I had a great time at the zoo as a guest of the grandson and his Grandma Carrie.

I finished a book that if you decided to read it...you will understand that the challenges of life can be met with love and courage.

On Sunday a few of us gathered at one of the Fabric Stalkers new digs.  She had moved at the end of last year but with a gut job and remodel this was the first visit for most of us.  She has a view of the entire mountain range...from Mt. Bachelor all the way to Smith Rock!!!  Absolutely breathtaking!!  And while she was sitting out here waiting for her house to be finished she got a whole lot of projects done!  I hope you enjoy a peek at what everyone finished...but me, LOL  Have a wonderful week...I am taking Thursday off from the blog since I will be where there is no cell reception.  There will be a post on Wed, on The Quilt Show Daily Blog Otherwise I will see you here next week :)

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Small Group/Large Group...A Place For All

We are heading over the mountain to see our little man and take in a couple of our favorite restaurants!  The Saturday Farmer's Market should be in full swing by now and we can't wait to check it out.  It has only been a little over a week since we have seen him but...I swear he got bigger!

Yesterday I decided to head to Bend and enjoy some stitching time with Linda who mentors a stitching/embroidery group at Sew Many Quilts.  I was shocked!!!  This group meets twice a month but I usually can only make it once a month because of a conflict on the calendar...and, it had been several months since I had been able to make.  I didn't think being 10 minutes late would be a problem but the parking lot was packed!!!  The group had grown!  I took a corner of the table and had a stitching good time.  There was a bit of show 'n tell....although not to many finished projects (we are all alike...more projects than time)  But, I thought you would enjoy a peek at a few.  It is called the Embroidery group and Linda is a master embroiderer...but in fact there was cross stitch, embroidery and wool stitching  The conversation was lively but with such a large group you really couldn't hear all that was being said :)  It was invigorating to see all the activity and in my life there is a benefit to a small group and a large group. 

Have a wonderful weekend...lets hope the weather starts realizing winter is over...sooooo over!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday Chit Chat

Yesterday was a fun day in the neighborhood.  One of my neighbors has organized a monthly stitch day in our clubhouse.  For a first gathering there were 7 of us...a binding was being stitched, wash clothes knitted, embroidery and wool stitched...and we met some new neighbors.

I also walked through the Stitchin' Post to check out what was new.  Lots of new fabric was arriving and I picked out a few of my favorites...

I also finished another book...The Final Day.  It is the 3rd and I believe final book in this story line.  It is not a stand alone book.  You really need to read the first 2 in order to appreciate the last one.  The first one is called One Second After...then came One Year Later and finally The Final Day.  Although fiction...the weapon used in the first book actually does exist and when the book was published Congress actually met to discuss the implications...I enjoyed all 3 of the books as it made me think about my life and what really is important...and,  the reality of it is scary.

Have a great day and I hope it is a day filled with 
stitching and reading :)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Stitching Friends...

I got a call from a friend/former co-worker of mine after she saw our videos and wanted to know if she could come over to The Bee Hive for some wool support.  Support?!  Look at these 2 blocks she designed and stitched!!!  I think she is not giving herself enough credit....what do you think?!

Love this coffee cup :)

Since she was coming over I called Robin up and 
asked her to bring some Show 'n Tell

I love these little Woolies.  Click on the photo to enlarge.  Robin has changed how she finishes off her mats.  Normally the designer will have you button hole stitch all the way around but Robin didn't like the rough edge look so she started to bind her mats....I like it!

Cute pieced snowflakes :)

This mat is stunning...a Primitive Gathering Design.

It was a fun day of friendship and the best part is that my friend was the nurse who checked in my DIL when she was in labor and so they brought the little guy over to meet his first nurse! LOL

Life is full of blessings 
I wish many for you :) 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tutto ciò su cui puoi contare è il cambiamento

We are on count down to our youngest and his family moving and although there are so many blessings related to this move for them I can't help but feel a loss.  I know intellectually  that  we are only talking about 3 hours...but...there was something comforting about having family in the same town, a real emotional and physical comfort.  And, this experience has made me reflect so much on what my mother must have gone through when we decided to move to Oregon...a 13 hour drive away.  It is true you really do not get it until you experience it first hand. 

So what does this have to do with anything...well, to ease the transition I have been keeping busy...filling my calendar.  I have been spending time with Silas, scheduled a massage, scheduled a facial, set up sew dates, signed up for a half marathon and I have been working on projects!  And, actually finishing some!

I am so tickled to have finished this sweet cross stitch that was gifted to me by girlfriend.  I found the perfect frame at the craft store.

I also had to finish my postcard donation for the Wish Upon A Card Fundraiser.  Each instructor donates at least one card which is framed by  High Desert Frameworks and then auctioned.  The framing really is amazing and makes the postcards worthy of hanging up.

Yes, Life  is about change, challenges and adventure 
and so lets journey together.

My Boys

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Busy Bee

It seemed yesterday I was driving from one end of the county to the other...well not really...just seemed that way.  I sent a couple of quilts to be quilted by one of my favorite long arm quilters, Sandy Lachowski in Bend, Oregon.  I loved how my quilts turned out and I will share them at a future date.  But since I was picking up my quilts at BJ's Quilt Basket in Bend I saw a couple of classes that were being offerend that looked so cool.  Wish I had time to actually sign up!!!

I spent the rest of the day hanging out with The Berries working on my cross stitch....but mostly talking, sharing and laughing.  There is so much support and kindness with a stitch group.  I was boo hooing that my little guy is moving back to Portland!!  How will I survive...I guess that means more Portland time!

He is such a character and brings so much joy to our lives!

What we say today is embrace life and be grateful for 
love and laughter!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Sanctuary

We have interrupted  our life routine to create a music sanctuary for G.  A place he can call his own just like the Bee Hive is for me.  He does all the editing for our videos and chooses the music either from an online library or he creates it himself.  He is able to play music by ear which is a gift I wish I had when it came to quilting...quilting by ear...LOL...now that doesn't sound quite right.

I on the other hand have a couple of deadlines and need to get some stitching done...it is hard to believe that we are on count down for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!

This time of year is a busy one for us...Taxes...gotta pay the man...the weather is changing which means around here it is camping time and then there are those lingering projects that seem to have a voice of there own.

In cleaning out some of my stuff from the room that is now G's Music Sanctuary I came across 3 books that reminded me of my Word for 2018.  And boy did I ever pick the right word.  This is the perfect word for my 'ol monkey brain!  I plan on reading all 3 before the end of April and spend the second half of the year embracing Mindfulness.

As for the stitching life...it has taken a bit of a back seat except for when G and I settle down in the evening to watch You Tube or Netflix.  I am making headway on my cross stitch which if I keep this same pace should be done by the end of the week !!!

I hope this first week in April treats you well and bring joy with these first few days of Spring!