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My how time flies!

Have I been busy? Yes, I have been busy.

Will I start blogging again? I think so, lol. I have been writing for a project, but it is not for my blog.

With holidays right around the corner I am picking up needles and hooks once again. The hours in a day are over in the blink of an eye.

Looking into a few new directions, or perhaps they are just forks of the same direction.

I have been getting quite a few new visitors to my lil’ neck of the woods here so I will be popping in again, even if just for a brief post of randomness.  Eventually I will be back regularly, until then consider this my pit-stop in the sky. IMG_2948-001

Wishing you all much love in this world and beyond.

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As many of you know, I was a finalist in the Organic Gardening Magazine Reader’s Photo contest.  Well, I stopped in a bookstore yesterday and when I saw the magazine section I decided to see if they carried the magazine. I saw it was the Feb/March issue and I thought the results were going to be in the January issue but  decided to look at the issue anyways because I just love the magazine. Then I was looking through the pages I saw the winning image! It wasn’t mine, but my name is listed in the magazine as one of the top finalists. Maybe it sounds dorky but I am ecstatic to have MY name listed in a magazine that I love to read. This is my first time in a magazine AND they spelled my name right. 🙂 So for those interested in seeing the winning image AND just seeing my name in print check it out on page 16. At the end of the article they list that my image, and those of the other finalists, can be viewed online at OrganicGardening.com. A huge thank you to those that did take the time to vote for my image. Still dreaming of a DSLR and as it is on my list, I know it will happen one day. Thank you to Organic Gardening Magazine for sponsoring this contest and for all the great info you share with the world. *If you mind this image being shared here, please let me know and I will take it down. No intention of violating Rights on your magazine*

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I am slowly updating this website to reflect more current things in my life. First thing that regular visitors may  notice is that I have added a “Massage/Bodywork” tab above. This tab and the pages connected to it are a loving work in progress. One I could have done last year, but for some reason the time just didn’t feel right until now.  So, the updates begin and I will allow myself plenty of time to get the pages to convey my information as heartfelt and accurate as possible. Massage/bodywork/energy work/healing  all come from my heart and it is important to me to try to present it via written word  as appropriate to that place.  Therefore I am giving myself the gift of time and patience to complete the updates.

I feel like the little bee in this picture. I have been out collecting all this pollen and now it is time to make my way back to the hive. If you look closely it almost looks like legwarmers, 80s flashback moment!

I am still waiting for the winner announcements from Organic Gardening Magazine. Ahh patience is a virtue!

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September already!  Wow! Thought it was about time for an update for those of you following my blog. To begin with, I just found out that I am one of the Top Ten finalists in the Organic Gardening Magazine photo contest! I cannot even begin to express how excited I am about this news. The following is a link to the photo contest, my image is number 3. Because I want to make sure there isn’t a conflict in showing the image on this page, I will ask you to click on the link to check out the image as well as view the other finalists. I will show another one of my bee images at the bottom of this blog post.  I took both images with the same camera. The photo for the competition was taken using my Canon Powershot. Yes, that is correct, I use a point and shoot as I currently do not have a professional level SLR. People always seem surprised when I tell them what camera I use.  I have always been one of those make the best of what you have type of people and I have been very happy with the results of my macro shots using my Canon Powershot. I won’t deny that I would love to upgrade in the near future, possibly by winning this contest! Online voting is open through the end of this month and you can vote once a day if you want. I appreciate your votes as it will help bring me one step closer to winning.

I have a passion for taking photographs of bees. I have been following any news posts I can find on the disappearing bee. I have had conversations with a man at the local farmers market regarding his bees, the quality of the honey production, and their dropping numbers. I have expressed my interest in bees to other artists and have been sending out feelers for other artists that might want to participate in an art show to raise awareness to what is happening to bees and how it will effect all of us.  Not just in terms of the sweet honey the bees provide but in the pollination of our plants.  Ah, the interconnectedness of life!

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  • Life seems to be a series of multitasking, particularly lately.  I am typing this with my cat sleeping on my lap and I am also listening to a lecturer speak online about QiGong.  The typing here is going somewhat slow as I listen and organize the thoughts for this post while also following the lecture.  Why am I telling you this? Well, that is my life at this moment.  This is what my process today is consisting of, not that I am sure that is how I want it to be, but that is what it is at this moment.
  • I have been spinning more wool but I am a slow spinner.  I really do it purely for enjoyment. It helps to slow my mind.  I did have to do an emergency repair on the hook on my spindle earlier today when it dropped mid-spin and landed on the floor. I am almost done with the second single ply so I can ply the two together and hopefully have enough to start the slipper I have in mind.
  • I am particularly grateful for my family for their love and support during this time when I really need it.  2011 is a time of major transitions and knowing I have their support means the world to me. Thank you and I love you!
  • I have been exploring the world of making Kombucha.  It has been a series of trial and error but I am now getting consistent results that are really tasty! Here are some pictures which include the books I used for guidance.  Thank you to Patrice for giving me my first mushroom to get me started!

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The last few weeks it has popped into my head that I want to work on projects.  I can’t actually call all of them works-in-progress because some of them are more ideas-in-process.  Then again, maybe the fact that they are an idea makes them into a work. One such project that is now more than an idea consists of a lot of spindle spinning.  I was generously RAKed a box of easy to draft wool so I could practice spinning.  I was told the finished fiber would be easy to felt so I got this idea in my head to make the Felted French Press slippers that I saw on Ravelry. Another wonderful RAKer made this possible by gifting me the pattern. I read in the pattern that you should use multiple strands so I decided that the fiber I had been spinning is too thin.  Then I remembered that in my stash I had a 4oz single ply of 100% natural color wool that you can see in the picture. After about 5 hours of spinning a twist into the previously plied single, I unwound it off the spindle so I would be ready to make another single ply of a creamy white colored wool.  I should explain here that I spin slowly(in my opinion) but I really enjoy it.  I will be posting more on this project as it progresses. But for now here are some pics from my spindle of wool that I inherited from my Grandmother. It was the only natural hand-spun fiber I found in her stash.

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1/1/11

I was pondering whether I wanted to make New Year’s Resolutions or not and I suddenly realized that I have already been making resolutions throughout last year.  I know I have been making several resolutions, or perhaps I will just call them changes, in how I want to, and am, doing things.  So I am giving myself the freedom to make personal changes as I see fit and aim to be a better person on a day to day basis.  In short, my goal for 2011 is to make changes as necessary to be the best person that I can be.

I have had some time to pick up my spindle and spin, spin, spin away! I started with some Alpaca that my folks got me for my birthday.  You can see it in the pictures.  I next moved onto some wool that an awesome RAKer from Ravelry sent to me.  I was told it would be great for felting and it is spinning beautifully. I have never felted before but I have started perusing for patterns for felted objects.  We’ll see how it all goes.  I have a slew of projects that I want to make and I am just going to move along at my own pace.  I also have some painting & drawing to do.  But for now here is a little taste of my spinning.

I have also been cooking, so there are a few shots from that too!

Happy New Year to you all!

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