Showing posts from April, 2014

Busy Bee: A Pictorial

Things have been a tad bit crazier than usual around Chez Bee these days. Lots of work and spring cleaning and lots of crafty activity in our down time.  I won't bore you with the worky stuff. but there is the results of the creative things going down.

First off, I finished the  Diva's Challenge for this week. It was a UMT (Use My Tangle) Challenge to use Camelia by Anne Marks:

I finished a tangle for a friend who  loves cats. 
I took a class on Zentangle Borders

And one on Copic Markers

And when we were cleaning the basement, I found my pine needle basket stuff and started  finishing a couple that I had left undone. 
This week the fun continues, with another class, a trip out of town, a farm visit to the library,  a slumber party with a five year old friend and a breakfast brunch. Ooooeeee! Spring is starting off with a bang!!!!

Weekly Challenge #164: "Amanda (Earth) Day"

This week's Diva Challenge is one of my favorites. Last year Laura's little son, Chewie decided that the Earth's name was 'Amanda'. Now when I see or hear the phrase 'Earth Day',  I think Amanda Day!  I've got a crazy busy week so I didn't have time for anything fancy; 15 minutes and a regulation tile. My concession to Amanda Day was to use organic patterns: ocean and plants.

Easter 2014

I spent my Easter morning on the barn this year, communing with all my feather and fur babies. It was a glorious morning for farm work. Sunny skies and 60°.

Miss Harley decided to dig a nest in the straw by the barn door and catch a few zzzzz's in the warm sun.

Thor decided to follow her lead from the top of the manure pile.

Zeus decided he had had enough sun and hung our in the shade under the goats play set. 

Amy chose the best of both worlds by finding a cushy stall with a sunny window in the barn.
I got to commune a bit with two of the newer residents, Chachi and Fonzi.
This is Chachi...or Fonzi.  I can't tell them apart yet, but they are both adorable and super friendly. They could just be your buddy and be scritched and snorgled all day!

Another fan of the scritch and snorgle is Lucy.  She can go from upright to belly up in 2 seconds flat if she thinks there is a chance for a belly rub!
After a wonderful morning at the barn and an afternoon puttering around the house. I …

Diva Challenge: Rixty

This week's Diva Challenge is to use the newest pattern in honor of Rick's 60th birthday 'Rixty'.
Fun! Thanks for another great challenge, Laura!

Diva Challenge: Initial String and Cooper's Coup

This week's Diva Challenge was to use your initials as the string for your tile. It was a fun one. Heck, they're all fun!

When I got finished I realized it looks a lot like quilt patterns. 
I like the pattern on the right. It's called  Ballenchain and it's from the amazing Sandy Steen Bartholomew. I recently got her  Tangle pattern app for my iPhone. Here are some of the other patterns from the app. 

Meanwhile at Chez Bee.... I bought Cooper a new toy. At least I thought it was just a toy until he pointed out that it suits a duel purpose as a cat bed.
Ben has his own bed too.  (They're giving me 'the look' because they were watching Animal Planet and I changed the channel. 'Hey! We were watching that!') Everyone has his own space. 
Until the other night when Ben got up and went out to the kitchen to get a drink. The minute his butt cleared the living room, Cooper, who was supposedly sound asleep in the rocking chair, bolted over the Ben's bed, f…

Diva's Challenge and Salamander Stampede

This week's Diva challenge is to use the tangle 'Quandry' (the tangle on the left of the tile).  I suck at Quandry. I guess this just means that I will have to add it to my tangle rotation more often. I love the way it looks when it's done correctly. Mine is NOT. The tangle was done on a white tile, but for whatever reason, my camera decided to make it look tan. 

I went out at 9PM tonight to join the Great Salamander Stampede that I talked about a couple of entries ago. It was more like the Salamander Trickle. It's still pretty cold in these parts and so only the really eager-beaver horny salamanders are migrating to the ponds right now. We did find several but it wasn't exactly the bucket brigade situation I envisioned to get them across the road.  Even so, hanging out in the deep, dark, dank, ditches with herpetology geeks is SO MUCH FUN. What a hysterically funny and interesting bunch! 
On my drive in to the meetup, I saw my first one. He was right on the y…