Monday, September 15, 2014

Leaving Home and Coming Back

At last. 

I have come home again to my blog.  Time to clear out the cobwebs, dust off the keyboard and re-engage with my online life.

As with any break from routine, there is lots to catch up on so I won't waste any more time.

The biggest event for this Mom of One was sending my only off to college.

On Labor Day weekend, Jim and I drove the 6.5 hours to Boston to drop Jack off at Northeastern University where he has begun studies in their College of Computers and Information Sciences...



The drop off itself took minutes really.


The school provides these big moving carts designed to hold all your life's necessities...


It was a busy weekend in Boston with many apartment turnovers occurring on September 1 but there was little traffic getting to the University and getting parked.  Honestly, it took about 20 minutes total.


His dorm room is long and narrow.  It's a good thing that their beds are lofted because they wouldn't fit otherwise.  

He is lucky to be on a corner so he has three windows and a nice view of the street below...


There are two metro stops on his campus which makes getting around Boston a piece of cake.  And the Museum of Fine Arts is directly across from his college and two blocks away from his dorm.

We've already taken advantage of that blessing quite a bit.


After running to Target for a few extras, Jim snapped a quick pic to mark the moment...


And then he was gone...


Jim and I left Boston to travel the two hours to spend the rest of the weekend in Brattleboro, Vermont.  A wonderful trip full of fabric and good food!


Along the way,  we found ourselves on Route 111 for a stretch and I took that as a good sign.  One-Eleven has been a very special number for me and my family since my Mom passed away in 2008.


As for Jim and I...



It's back to long walks, dinner for two, movie nights and anything else that strikes our fancy.  We recognize this place and we like it.  A little older, a little out of practice, but beautiful just the same.

We haven't heard much from Jack.  He wasn't a big talker while he was living here and now that he's not...well...

It's quiet.  

I'm thinking we might find out how his first year of college was in about 10 years.  

Hey, anything we hear before then is a bonus!

As for me, I have lots to get caught up on...

I'm finishing up my Japanese Embroidery piece, Eternal Grace...


And Mrs. Rose wants to tell you her story in the next few weeks...she's been far too patient!


Scotland makes its vote for Independence on Thursday which makes me want to finish processing my pictures and book from last year...


And I have many photos and stories to share from our Summer while I was taking a break from technology.  

Looking forward to catching up with all of you and our needle community.  It's good to be back.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wrappiness --- Round Two

The nieces and I have been wrapping again.

When we gathered for the Fourth of July, we were down five nieces...so I caught up with four of them the next weekend to make patriotic wrap bracelets, round two.


They had the benefit of seeing the ones made by the first group...and they took to the technique like fish to water.

Poring over the choices for buttons and beads...


Measuring their wrists and deciding on the total number of wraps...


Learning to ladder beads between two pieces of leather cording...


And getting a little help when needed...


It's always fun to see how one basic technique can lead to such wonderfully unique results...


Katie charted and beaded this "USA" inspired section...


And a couple of the girls wrapped a few rhinestone cup chain sections in their bracelets...


The results were star-studded spectacular.  


And though we're a little late for Fourth of July, we're just in time for the Star Spangled Spectacular to be held in Baltimore in September, commemorating the 200th birthday of our national anthem.  

Now that the girls all know the technique, they've begun to branch out on their own and make lots of other versions...like this stunning example designed by Ellie...


I just love it and so does she.

I highly recommend this project for a crafty gathering; it takes about a full day.

And it's more fun if everyone can just relax and get wrapped up in the flow of the making.


[Note:  If you're interested in making wrap bracelets too, I highly recommend the projects, videos and supplies provided at Beadshop.com , click on subheading Cool Projects.]

Jim, Jack and I just got home from Jack's college orientation at Northeastern University in Boston, more on that next post. 

Miss you all but will have more time in another month or so when I'll be back online more regularly.  Until then, I'll bop in when I get a minute.  

Happy, wrappy day.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wrapping up the Fourth of July

If any of you are still out there following this blog, you'll know that my family goes to the beach every year to celebrate Fourth of July.  For us, it's almost bigger than Christmas.

This year was a bit different in that six of us weren't there...and a tropical storm came through which re-configured the normal parade of Fourth fanfare and fireworks.


If you've been following this blog for a while you'll also know that we usually make some form of patriotic, over-the-top red, white and blue creation to wear.  Thanks to the tropical storm we had a day's worth of rain and bad weather gifting us plenty of time to sit and create...


[Assisted by that wonderful-husband-of-mine Jim who fed us throughout the day...see him all flagged-up in the kitchen?]

This year we made wrap bracelets...


Having gone through my bead and button stash to gather a supply of patriotic-ish baubles...


Most of the bracelets had a flair for the Fourth...


But not all.   In the true spirit of the Fourth and freedom of expression...


Not everyone wanted a patriotic bracelet.  Rather, there were a couple created that could be worn all year round...


And see that beautiful henna tattoo?  

My niece Allison has quite a talent for drawing and has set up shop as our resident henna tattoo artist...


Everyone was lining up to get a chance to wear her artistry...


Even Jack.


Luckily for Allie, her sister Grace also has talent and drew this lovely intra-scapular art doodle...



While the gals were busy beading and tattooing, the men were not to be outdone.

My BIL Jim is a master griller and made pit beef sandwiches hand-delivered to the beach as well as yummy fall-off-the-bone ribs for dinner...


With gourmet accompaniments fresh from the farmers' market provided by my sister Sheila, we are spoiled rotten at the beach and eat like royalty.

Noticing that BIL Jim was struggling to put his heavy ceramic "Green Egg" grill away over uneven ground, my brother Mark got busy pouring concrete and made him a surface slab for easy storage and removal...


All in all, we had another gathering where the the group was greater due to the sum of its parts...


If you're interested in making wrap bracelets too, I highly recommend the projects, videos and supplies provided at Beadshop.com , click on subheading Cool Projects.

I used their "Wicked Mood" bracelet as a prototype for my patriotic version...


And instead of using the beading boxes they use in the videos, we used empty cardboard bolt boards that JoAnn fabric stores gave to me for free.


Summer is always a busy time as I spend more time out of doors and traveling.  Though I'm still creating, I am not posting as much as I might like.  My posts are sporadic at best and I expect a much more regular blogging schedule when Jack goes to college in September.

Until then, I will still be here, posting when I can.  Here's wishing you beauty and joy where ever you are, whatever the season.

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You can see our past patriotic projects here:

2010:  T-Shirts
2009:  T-Shorts
2008:  Baseball Hats

I just realized I'm on my eighth blogging year.  Wow.  When I go back and look through past posts, it makes me love this blog all the more.  Thanks for joining my journey. 

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