I Cannot Resist Purple

I just bought one of Andrew's September Challenge kits in his Big Cartel shop. Look at those beads, my gosh. I just love purple and I love the different art beads in this month's challenge. I could not resist it! I think there may be a few kits left, but he's only got 20 available, so if you want to join in on the design challenge, you might want to skip the rest of this post and head on over there now.

Speaking of challenges, I just want to say I am so pleased with how the Shadow box challenge turned out! Everyone made such beautiful and unique things! It was a fun challenge, something to get your mind racing and ideas flowing. The point of these challenges is just that.  They challenge you to think in different ways, to think outside the box, and create something that you are proud of. The blog hop allows others to view your work and I think an important aspect of a blog hop is to encourage other participants and give them props.  Comments are not required but are certainly welcomed!

I'm on the lookout for the next interesting finding for a blog hop possibly in October. But don't worry. There is going to be ANOTHER challenge in September too!  I don't want to give all the details on this post but I will say I have teamed up with my girl Shannon Chomanczuk, and a large online bead retailer, and kits have been made for you to purchase.  We'll be announcing it on the blogs around September 8th. So stay tuned!

Let me brief you on the bee problem in my house. SO we notice the other day a lot of yellow jacket activity outside by the brick chimney. There is a small space where the brick meets the siding and they are in and out of there a lot. So I BEG Joe to spray, and he did. We went to bed, yesterday we got up and went to work. When I got home from lunch, there are 4 yellow jackets in the house. By the evening, there were at least 8. Only 3 of the 8 were actually alive. The others we found were dead, clearly affected by the spray. I had found out last night that Joe had sprayed them again yesterday morning and that was what was driving them into the house. But I don't know where they're coming in. I am FREAKED OUT. I do NOT like bees. I actually am very afraid of bees. And this is just not fun for me. I want to pay the $175 to have someone come out and get rid of them for good. because we are not professionals. And I certainly do not want Joe to get stung trying to deal with it. And I really just don't want them in my house.  So this is what is preoccupying me today.

I am looking forward to a nice relaxing day at work, and then a  nice lunch with my new friend Theresa. Theresa works in Memberships office at the museum. She's supa cool, and we have fun chatting it up over lunch or coffee.  I am always so thankful for a new girlfriend that I can spend time with. I think it's important to have girlfriends nearby - they help you stay grounded, they listen to all of your hypochondriac issues, and Bee woes and they laugh at your jokes even though they're not funny. Ok, some of em are funny.

Have a good Thursday ya'all.