Showing posts from June, 2016

It's NOT Jake....And He's NOT From State Farm

Last night, I had another one of the amazing adventures the likes of which only I, Molly Bee, can get herself into.  I have a couple of spots on the tattoo that I got in November that I would like touched up, so I called the place where I had it done and asked for my Tattoo Guy, Jake. The reception lady said that Jake had moved to another parlor, was kind enough to tell me where, and said that I should contact him there. I called the new place and they told me to just stop by and Jake would take a look, so off I went.

As I got closer to where Google Maps said the place was, I noticed that I was not in Kansas anymore. The neighborhood got dodgier  and dogier until I arrived at a sketchy-looking bldg with even sketchier looking clientele loitering around outside. It was getting dark and raining a pour which didn't help the ambiance a bit. But I parked the car and took a deep breath. I tried to remember how well it went with the 'gangstahs' I met in Target a few weeks back. D…

Wisconsin Tangle Artists' Coalition Meeting June 11, 2016

Still catching up a little on my blogging.We had a great WiTaC meeting a couple of Saturday's ago. Katie demonstrated Chameleon Markers which I'm still trying to wrap my mind around. They are alcohol based, start out light and go to dark as you use them so you don't need 12 different hues of each color marker to create shade and  depth. She gave us each a chance to play with them and they were amazing! If I used a lot of color, I'd definitely go for these. 

Tess did a presentation on watermarking your artwork. I've never really done this but guess I should. Folks were talking about finding their artwork on Internet sites for sale as posters, tee-shirts and what not, without their permission. That is a risk of posting your work on the computer. Everyone has access and some people's motives are less than pure.  She gave us several tips for either manually or electronically watermarking that I definitely will play around with.
Our tangle of the day challenge was …

Diva Challenge 272: Black and White and Red All Over

It's been a while since I've been able to do the Diva challenge, but the stars aligned on this solstice to I tackled this week's. It was to include a splash of red in your black and white tile.

So much fun to add a pop of color! Thanks again for a great challenge, Laura!!!

Ops in Action: Heartland Farm

Earlier this year my workplace awarded me an opportunity to work at the charity of my choice for one week without using any vacation time. It's an amazing program that they offer each year to two applicants from the Operations group. I was thrilled with the award and immediately contacted Heartland to tell them that I was available for whatever project I could be most useful doing. I envisioned building sheds, repairing fences or stalls; things of that nature. It was a pretty big surprise to me that it all shook out for me to help out with one of the weeklong kid's camps! 
I showed up on Monday and surveyed my 'office' for the week. The view from the boardroom was amazing.

The meeting rooms were fantastically decorated.

My coworkers were definitely adorable.   The only thing I was apprehensive about was the kids. You know me....Miss Worst Case Scenario. If I can envision the whole thing going up in flames, I will be prepared to do something about it.  A lot of the kid…

Texas Tells Tall Tales

While I was in Paris a couple of weekends ago, Sister Shiela asked me if I had seen the biggest knitting needles in the world. Me, being wise in all things knitting and stuff, was astonished to have to tell her' no'-never even heard of them. Seems they were just down the street from the campground so we jumped in the car and drove over to Casey, IL to see them. They were in a charming yarn shop on Main street. As a bonus, they also had the world's largest crochet hook!

I would have paid to have been there the day they worked up the sample on them.And I complain about working on anything bigger than a size 7 needle!

After we came out and got looking around, I realized that Texas has some 'splainin' to do!  They always bang their 'everything is bigger in Texas' drum, but I'm here to tell you, there is something in the water in Casey! Casey is home to:
The world's largest wind chime. You can even ring it! It makes an awesome deep sound.

The world'…

Campin' in Paris

On Friday, I drove 5 hours south to my brother's house in Paris. He and SIL Shiela had invited me to go camping with them in Martinsville near their home. 
They have this beautiful camper permanently parked in a campground there. It was like camping in the Taj Mahal, two queen-sized beds, bathroom, shower, microwave, sink, stove and oven. Someone suggested that I wasn't so much 'camping' as 'staying with folks'. We really did rough it though. Shiela had mistakenly taken the satellite/cable box home TV! (Which I LOVED!)

This is the hideous view from the camper. Look at all that lake and green and freshness!
And the essential part of camping...the fire pit. I love the smell of wood smoke. 

They brought their three dogs down with them. Ellie is the wee Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. The little mop dog is Max. He's in constant motion and so you'll have to use your imagination on that blurry picture. 
And this is my bestest bud, Sophie. She reminds me so …