Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Treasuries

It is a great honor to be included in Etsy treasuries. It means someone has seen my work and liked it enough to include it with 15 other favorites. I'm always happy and pleasantly surprised when someone has taken the time to acknowledge me in this way.

Here are a couple of treasuries I've been included in lately. Please take time to visit the shops that are represented.






Saturday, April 9, 2011

Bee Hive Construction Part One


This is my first bee hive.  It looks different than one might think. That's because I have to actually build it.  We worked on building one in "bee class", so apparently that "experience" made me think I was an expert in bee hive building. What I forgot was, I had the assistance of 3 men in my group, 2 instructors for the class and a number of fellow students who were also building the hives. The other thing I forgot is that I didn't actually build an entire hive, just the little inserts where the honey is made.

Oh. And I lost my instructions.


This is the bee hive lid, filled with 40+ pieces of wood.


More pieces to put together.


All of these wood pieces were quite interesting to my "helper" (aka Russell)


In this photo Russell is chewing on a stick from a tree not from the hive. But I had to chase him away several times to keep him from gnawing on all the small pieces of wood. He was kind of obsessed. He did finally get a piece of wood, while my attention was focused elsewhere (like trying to figure out which nails I was supposed to be using and the fact that there seemed to be a lot fewer pieces when we did this in class). Luckily, I caught him before he totally destroyed the wood. I won't know for sure how much damage was done until I put that part of the hive together.


Here's another shot of Russell's "helpfulness". I was starting to feel a little stressed about this project, so I decided for the health and well being of our relationship, he needed to spend a little quiet time in his kennel. He was ok with that, he was more comfortable in the kennel than in this hive box lid anyway!

After a couple of hours, one smashed thumb, (I'm proud to say that I didn't even cuss and I could have. The kids were at school and no one would've heard, but I suffered the pain in silence), several nails and a few ounces of wood glue later, this is what I had finished....


And these are the pieces I have yet to put together:

I was expecting I would be able to accomplish more than I did. Maybe I need to fire my helper and find someone who knows a thing or two about building? Stay tuned for hive building part 2. Hopefully, I'll actually be able to finish it!