Bee's Hive

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Holee, Where are You?...I guess I need to post something!

While I had the All Modern Give away posted, I didn't post so they could be seen at the top of the blog. Then, I got busy packing to move. I think an up date is in order.

First, when my son returned to work, instead of a pink slip they moved him into engineering. He won't complain since so many got the pink slip, but he is not happy with this job. He can't create anything, lot of paper and approving things...just not what he's made of. No team to share lunch with or throw a pizza party for when they do a good job. But again, he still has a job.

The job he wants is in another State. He was hired for it and then it got put on hold as the economy got worse. That puts us in a position where we don't want to stay in this house because we almost froze last winter and we are not sure if or when we will have to rip ourselves up again.

I want to do some thank you's for some nice mail surprises that came recently. First, Ali from, sent me a birthday card and some very different beads for Crazy Quilting. Thank you Ali, the birds are hanging on my kitchen frig.

My friend Kathy from, sent me a beautiful crazy quilted pincushion. Thank you Kathy. When I get unpacked, I have some fancy old hat pins to display in this work of art.

Also, I got this wonderful package of playfull animal blocks from Tom, over at:, Thank you Tom. They will find their way into something for children's Christmas surprises. I'm thinking maybe for the Easter Seal kids wheelchair bags.

Although my sewing room is packed up to move, I am set up on the dining room table and have been working on some Christmas items I need for gifts.

These are for door/wall hangings I am making for some special Christmas gifts. They will hang against a quilted background of shades of greens.This is a calendar hanging. You change out from pumpkin to turkey to Santa as the months pass.

I also need to post the rug I won but it's still in the box and right now found a hiding place among all the other that will have to wait a little while.

If I'm missing for a few days, it's only because I'm stuck with the task of packing up the kitchen.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Thank you all for taking a chance on All Modern's Give Away. I'll get right to it. The winner is number 13. Sometimes 13 can be a good number!

Congrats to Tom from blog:

Thanks to All Modern for giving us this Great Give Away!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Adding more stuff to the Give Away

Remember, All Modern will ship to the USA and CANADA..ONLY.

Please add your entry on the first post to be counted in the Give Away.

If you have your profile blocked on blogger, I have no way to contact you. Please leave an email addy or open your profile, otherwise, I will have to delete your name.

Here is 1/2 yard of Dark Blue Wool. It will make a wonderful tote or bag. You can trim it with all the wool 4x4 pieces or use it for a border on a mini quilt. Also...Ta Da....a great tote/purse pattern from McCalls.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Give Away....Added items

Gee, I seem to have lots of traffic on the blog, but no one is taking a chance on the wonderful, expensive tape dispenser from All Modern.

I've decided to add some more items to make the pot larger! Unfortunely, All Modern had me edit the Html and now I can't add anything to that post.

I'll add the items to this post, BUT..if you want to take a chance, you must leave a comment on the post below...PLEASE..Don't comment to this post or you won't be counted when I use the random number generator.

I thought I would add some sewing things today. Maybe you would like to make a gift to wrap up in all the gifty items. Here are 3 stacks of felted wool from my collection. Wool makes great tote bags, lap quilts or just cute decorations on items.They measure 4 x 4 inches.

I've collected lots of colors!

Monday, July 6, 2009

ALL MODERN...Give Away!

Are you ready for some fun? Lets take care of business first!

All Modern has a great selection of modern furniture and home accessories from many leading designers. Part of CSN Stores, All Modern is just one of over 260 retail sites that offer a diverse array of products from Herman Miller’s popular Aeron Chair to cookware by Rachael Ray.

All Modern will ship this gift to the winner in the USA or Canada only.

Okay, now I guess you want to see the gift they are offering through my blog! When I picked this item out, I was thinking that it would be great for both ladies and men. Everyone is always looking for tape! The holidays will soon be upon us and it goes along with my birthday give away!

This is not your Wal mart $14.95 tape dispenser. It's stainless and very pretty! You can look it up by going to and check out office accessories!

Along with this I'm adding some tape and some quiltie note cards to put in with the next gifts you wrap.

I thought you should also have some gift bags

And also some pretty tissue papers

Lets not forget some ribbons

Here's the rules.....There aren't any! Just leave a comment and make sure there is a way for me to contact you. Say something about the gifts, my blog, a present you like to get, or just say Hi!

I'll pick a winner by the Randon number thingy, because All Modern asked me to do it that way, on July 21st. Good Luck!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Garlic and Onions

I finally was able to get fresh yeast yesterday, So this week I'll bake some hard crust Italian bread. I always bake the garlic & onions ahead of time. After the bread is baked, I slice it in half, spread it with one or both and rub it with a fresh tomato and then slice it onto the bread. Broil it with a little olive oil and butter.

The baked onions & garlic can also be used in recipes or the onions can be used as a side with steak.

I use a Terra Cotta garlic baker and Stoneware onion baker.

Cut top off of each clove, remove loose leaves.
1/2 tsp. olive oil - drizzle over the garlic
salt & pepper to taste
Dot with butter & a sprinkle of thyme
Bake in a cold oven at 300 for 1/2 hour. Remove the baker top & bake 45 minutes more.

Cut off top & bottom, remove skin
1/4 tsp. each, black pepper & white pepper
a pinch of red pepper seeds
1/4 cup each worshestershire, olive oil, soy sauce
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar & a sprinkle of thyme
Put all in a plastic bag with onions, let sit 1 hour.
Then put onions in baker with juice, place in cold oven at 300 for 1/2 hour, then baste
Cook 45 minutes more and then increase the oven to 375, remove lid, baste and bake 20 more minutes.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus

Lady Liberty as seen from the deck of the USS Colorado, 1936

Here is a GREAT story that happened yesterday:

Happy Birthday Kevin !
Happy Birthday USA

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pennsylvania, 8.5 unemployment, June 2009

Land of the Free, Happy Birthday...all seems a little wrong when you read 8.5 the new high for unemployment in Pennsylvania.

Makes me wonder what these guys are doing on the picket line here in Pennsylvania. Penelec, the Ohio company that provides electric for our homes. You would think they would be glad to have a job.

Oh right, they belong to a union. Guess that means they are still eating and paying their bills.

Here is the map showing the hard hit area's in Pennsylvania.

The top left hand cornor is where I live with my son, a project manager for defense contracts for our military.

Today he starts his vacation. When he returns to his company on July 13th, along with his team, he will be returning to clean out his office and pick up his pink slip. You can't be a project manager when there are no projects for your team. This is the second wave of lay offs for his company. This company will most likely not make it. It employed most of the area's population. Just about the only company that still makes things.

Most of the people who live here were born here. Leaving for them would be unheard of. I've mentioned before that this area never got over the crash of th 70's. Homes here are over 100 years old, no new construction, falling apart around their ears, but to them this is home.

I'm glad we never put down roots so strong that making a change would be impossible. I was already packing, waiting for a new change. This only helps us along a little faster.

We won't hang our heads or drown in our tears. We'll do the American thing, pack up our wagon and move on.