…Just Bees Wax

Every now and then I sew a little. Usually sewing is nothing more than hemming  pants (consequences of being vertically challenged), but every now and then I take on a larger project like a pillow. A gal can never have too many pillows.

Whether it’s all work (alterations) or play (making a pillow) a block of sewing wax is a part of the process. Running my thread across that block of wax eases threading the needle. At the machine or just mending by hand – I appreciate my little hexagon shape of wax. Let me just say – it works for me! Anybody else?

Thank you to our backyard bees for one more handy item. And hubby gets credit  for melting and making it happen.

Please share any wax ideas or tips that you use. Sewing tips are appreciated as well.

Sew on…

Hive To The Kitchen

Spring is coming and I’m looking forward to being a hands on beekeeper rather than helping husband pro-beekeeper once in a while. For 2018, it’s not a resolution (because I’ve never committed to that) but a goal – to grow my knowledge in sustaining my own colony of bees. My beekeeper man always makes it look fun – maybee – maybee not.

Pictures will come along the way. 🐝

Pollination is critical to our world as we know it. Food and many other products are at risk … so I aim to do my little part.

Bloom where you can (okay, where you can’t).

The wax itself is used in a variety of products, not just candles and soaps that first come to mind. Last year was the year I planned to make my own lip balm with hubby beekeepers wax. Never happened… Procrastination set in (that’s a whole different topic). Maybe this year? Maybe next year?

Yummy fresh raw honey is a common product in my kitchen. Used regularly to make sweet tea, drizzled here and there as a topping, replace or reduce sugar in recipes or enjoyed just plain and simple by the spoon. We not only love the taste but hopefully reap the positive benefits of natures product.

Let me know if you have recipes that you use honey. I would love to share ideas on using natures gift of honey. In the comments – please feel free to share ideas or recipes.




Out with 2017: Happy New Year

Many challenges were faced last year. Some I stared straight on (put on a little more lipstick) and others I tip toed around. Either way I always am grateful for a new day! And in each day wake up looking for the lessons along the way.

2017 was a year I put myself under the microscope. My finding was pure reassurance to carry on loving life each day. Embrace each challenge. Embrace each opportunity. Smile.

By faith I survived a year of broken family traditions, unforeseen obstacles and other unpredicted attacks. If it was a test… I think I passed.

Full time job and then some, a never dull moment kind of husband, a middle schooler, a college student and aging parents are the main components of the day – but to fill in the cracks there is so much more! Good stuff where memories are made! My family is energetic taking in a variety of interest.

Each day comes with choices. In the start of the new year I choose to continue my passion for life. Looking for my God given talents to use for making every day count. Blooming where I can.

To 2018 – I am smiling and looking forward to embracing the days with family and friends (always asking for Gods guidance). I hope to make time for cooking, baking, science projects, music, traveling, gardening, beekeeping, more beekeeping, shopping, crafts, walks, sight seeing and learning new things. I can’t do it all, but I will do what I can 🙂

I encourage you to – bloom where you can.


Happy New Year!