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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Groovy Girl Art

Remember the other day when I said I'd tell you more about this picture...later. Well, it's later....and I'm excited.

I have been helping a friend prepare to open a yarn store. OK - not JUST a yarn store. It's an 'art' store, that has LOTS of GOOD yarn! I will no longer have to drive an hour or longer to buy good yarn (except maybe my favorite cotton-sigh-because she doesn't carry that-yet)

And I made this lamp. OK I didn't actually make the lamp, I wrapped the shade in yarn. This place is in an old three story building downtown, which is being used by our local Art Association. She is renting a section of the loft in that building for her shop. And her shop is just a bit bordering on the tacky side....which makes it a comfy and fun place to hang out.

I helped make these too- I love doing this stuff. I made these all the time when I was a kid, so when I left her place, I went straight to Target to buy some tissue to make some for myself!

And this is the CROCHET QUEEN herself! Yup, this place is gonna be about CROCHET. Have I mentioned I'm excited.

She is also an artist and will have some of her art for sale,

and OPENING DAY IS MONDAY. In three days.

I love these Diva's modeling her hats. She's even going to have a class on painting these heads. And I do believe they will be for sale as well.

So, put on your sensible shoes, and walk up to the loft to see us on Opening day for

fun, food, prizes, etc.

Bring your hooks and stay awhile.

It's called Groovy Girl Art,

it's in the Artworks Gallery. Three floors of art.

210 N. Main Street, Kokomo, IN

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For More Information, check out her blog.

WTH - just go check out her blog anyway!

And if you don't crochet, she's going to have classes so you can learn.

In the meantime, just come to opening day and

meet Buck!

What I'm most excited about, besides being able to buy good yarn, is to have a place to hang out with like-minded women who like to crochet. The stuff we are going to learn from each other and the friendships made will be invaluable.

Join us...

Cindy Bee

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Let's talk about the weather....and bees.

We still have a day or two left of March and this is what has already come to pass.

The Magnolias, along with many other trees and shrubs, have already bloomed.


As did our April/May blooming bulbs.

And they're done.

My Shug even dug up some lilac bush starts and replanted them.

Beautiful huh?

I heard the reason the blooms didn't last, was that it was too hot for them. Makes sense really. Our April/May weather is usually in the 60's and maybe 70's. It's March, and it's already been in the 80's. Too hot for our cool weather blooming plants. So their flower was short lived.

I hope you got a glimpse of it while it did last though.

You know me if you've been following my blog for any time at all. I'm a warm weather kind of gal. I don't like to be cold. I don't like putting on the boots, hats, mittens, scarves, coats, just to run to the store. Oh cold weather and snow is OK from December 1 to December 30, but come New Years Eve, I'm over it! So this winter was perfect for me. HOWEVER...and herein lies the problem(s).

The fruit trees are blooming. Fruit trees need bees to pollinate them. Bees won't come out during cooler temps. They want warm weather to come out. And they've been out because it's been warm. But our frost free date is May 10. We still have six weeks to go. We've had snow storms before in March. I mean, it usually does snow in March. And we have frost until May 10! So, if we get a frost, the blooms will die and we won't have fruit, and if it doesn't stay warm, the bees will stay in and not pollinate the plants. So I'm hoping for 70 temps from now until December 1! This is a weird weather year for sure.

Cindy Bee

Monday, March 26, 2012

One of those days.....

Sometimes...when you have one of those days... you just gotta make your own happiness.
Amongst other things, my skin Doctor decided to burn off three places on my skin. Ouch. Then, after dropping off some paperwork at my MIL, I decided to nurse a headache with....

COFFEE (not a latte') and a donut.
Then I decided to walk over to the nearby strip mall. I needed to ask AT&T a question about my phone. While I was walking by Pier 1 Imports, I saw this wine glass.

I walked right in and purchased it. Then....I had to pick up some other items at Target. And I saw this "picnic basket." Only I think....yarn....cotton lovely cotton yarn that I enjoy spending time with, and never have quite found just the right basket for it.

Then my Shug calls and tells me he is making dinner! WTH? Really? Yup!

YUM. (well almost. I didn't care much for these stuffed mushrooms)

And now, I must go sit...crochet....

and just as I is the perfect color to go behind the flowers on this wine glass.

Happy Monday folks!

Cindy Bee

Sunday, March 25, 2012

What's been going on in my world

Hey Blog friends.....I'm back. I actually haven't been gone, just busy. I have been keeping up with your blogs while I lay, or is it lie, in bed at night. I bring my phone with me, turn the sound off, and scroll through blogs. So even though I haven't commented, I've been trying to keep up. Here's what my world has been like this week.

First off, as you know, my MIL is in Assisted Living. She was supposed to go home in three months, but the bronchitis has set her back. The place that she is currently living, rented her apartment. Long story there which I'm not going to bother going into. So...long story short...she's moving.

I took a few pics of this place.

The place she is moving to.

I'd like to spend some time in a place like this by the ocean! Any ocean. Any body of water really...

Above photos are the dining area.

These two pics are of the pub. They have Happy Hour every Friday.

They also have a soda fountain/ice cream social place. They have an ice cream social gathering every Monday. She will be moving next month. One of these days I'm going to do a post of all of the things that need to be done to move someone into assisted living.

Many people think once someone is in AL, there is nothing left for you to do. Well, just this week I met with the manager of this place twice. First meeting, two hours, second meeting one hour. Then met with the manager at the AL place she is currently living at. Then took paperwork to her doctor to get filled up. Haven't picked it up yet. Got three phone calls from my MIL. One day she needed pens (to write with), next day, hearing aid batteries, next day, light bulb for beside light. Not complaining, just saying...

I thought I'd show this to you. My Shug trash picked it. A bookcase made out of Mow-hawg-un-eee! Not pressboard. Real wood. People, keep throwing out your old stuff because I love it!

My neighbor gave me a huge bucket of these...can you tell what they are?

yup - carrots.

So, whenever I have had a few moments, I've been cleaning, cutting, and blanching carrots.

I got my hairs cut. It's still kinda long but it was way longer than this. And it's now layered. And this pictures is self-taken with my phone, so it's not so great.

A couple of weeks ago I started making another Lucy bag (Attic 24). I made one of these a few months ago but it was just too big. So I switched to a size smaller hook, and started another one. Well, after about 20 rows too many, I decided it was too big as well.

Actually, I went to my Granny Bees meeting and there was a consensus. Too big. So I ripped out all of these rows. See the balls of yarn above. Yup, add about ten more balls of yarn to those, and you will have an idea of how much yarn I ripped out.

And started over. I'm liking it so much now that I might end up lining it and using it as a summer fun purse.

And My Shug is still working on the house. If you check out the house blog (see side bar) you'll notice our lights and ceiling fans are hung. He has finished the pantry.

I've always said I didn't want a "big store" house. Know what I mean? And we have hoarded wood and such for years. We'll be driving along and see a pile of old wood from something torn down and I'd say, "STOP!" So, he stop and load it up.

And this is the wall in my craft room. My craft room is one big room of which part of it will be used for storage. This is the dividing wall. Cool huh? Someday, I might paint the doors. But right now I have enough on my plate and I just want stuff done.

This is the kitchen wall. We're using old wood for it too. It's a lot more work using old stuff to make a house have character, but to me, it's worth it.

And these are the pantry doors. They're new, and weren't my choice.
I might put material behind them. Not sure. What happened was My Shug special ordered them, and when they came in he didn't like them. But because they were a special order they couldn't be returned. So we figured out where to put them. We won't be living down here forever and they aren't that bad, just wouldn't have been my choice for a messy pantry.

Looks like this pic is out of order and guess what? I'm not going to move it up there with the others. Gotta get moving! I need to get out to the house and work. But anyway, see that dark blue stripe, then light blue then bright yellow...well that bright yellow is where I started back in from whence I ripped it out. So I'm making progress.

I've also been loading up the Durango and moving stuff from our house to the new house.

And helping a friend.

This was my project....

Pretty huh?

And I helped with these.

But this all deserves a post of it's more on it later!

Peace and Love,

Cindy Bee

PS - Last night, my Aunt Esther had a stroke. Please keep her in your prayers.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bee Hives

It's March and the weather for the last two weeks have been like May. We had a very mild winter. I have been on vacations before, in March, and come home to snow storms. But it's been in the 70's and 80's. I suppose we could still have a snow storm as it is March. A very unpredictable month. The frost free date for our area is May 10-15. And it's March! Law people! March.

So last week I got into my beehives on our land. I still have two in town that I need to get into. I did not go through to the bottom of the hives and do a full inspection. I'll save that for next month. But I did number each hive, in an attempt to keep better records.

And I found bees in every single hive.

And do you see this?

It's called capped brood. You don't have to see a queen in a hive to know there is one. You just need to see eggs, larvae, or capped brood. It's gonna be a good bee year. I can just feel it.

Cindy Bee

PS - If this weather keeps up and my hives continue thriving then I will have bees for sale.