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Big News…My ETSY Store is Now Open!

For as long as I could remember, I’ve loved the art of crafting.  When I was in kindergarten, I’d make books about my family and cover them with all the Scratch-n-Sniff stickers for added effect and experience.  I taught myself to knit, crochet, paint and sew…and I still continue to explore new trades and teach myself new things (I just bought a wood burner that I’m super excited to learn to use!).

I grew up in a house that was decorated with handgoods from top to bottom.  The ceilings of our house were painted, the closets were painted, the kitchen was decoupaged, our furniture was decoupaged.  There were handmade cups in our cabinets, hand-painted art on the walls.  Our Christmas tree only sported those ornaments that we made for our parents and handmade gifts were always preferred over store-bought ones.

When I started The Hob-bee Hive, I did it as a way to motivate myself to continue crafting and learning new things.  I’d push myself to be creative, even when I didn’t want to be, and tried to learn from my mistakes and challenge myself see every day items in a new light.

As I started to learn and grow as a craft designer, I began to get requests for handmade goods.  Amidst pushing from friends and family, I decided to open a small online store in the early 2000’s.  I sold a few things here and there that I made as part of my collection of crafts on my blog…but my online store never really stuck.  I never had enough inventory to keep up and I wasn’t motivated enough to provide what my customers were looking for…

But it’s time to turn over a new page.

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After months of planning and preparation, I’m happy to announce the grand opening of Between the Pages, my official online ETSY shop featuring all kinds of projects and crafts inspired by my favorite books and stories.

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This has been a passion project for about a year now and I’m so excited to finally see it come to fruition!  I’ll be featuring and selling a few items I’ve promoted on The Hob-bee Hive recently, as well as several others that I’m super excited to share with you!

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Though Between the Pages only exists as a virtual space right now, I’m hoping to eventually take my shop on the road and pop up in craft fairs around the area…and hopefully be able to meet some of you in person!  😀

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If you haven’t already, head on over to Between the Pages and check it out!  There will be much more posted there in the coming weeks, so come back often to see what’s new!

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The Hobbee Hive on Social Media

So a few days ago I made an announcement that The Hob-bee Hive was buzzing all over social media…and I’m here to tell you that we have several sites up and running now, so be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Like us on Facebook!

Follow us on Twitter!

Follow us on Pinterest!

And be sure to check out our Join the Colony page for more updates on social media stuff…and updates on upcoming FREE ebooks!  Yay!

Is everyone ready and raring to go for Valentine’s Day next month?  If not, don’t worry!  I have a great line up of crafts, recipes, and fun stuff to do with your Valentine, all starting next week!  I can’t even believe we’re almost in February already…

And speaking of February, Black History Month begins February 1st, a time to celebrate the achievements by black Americans and a time to recognize the role African Americans have played in U.S. history.  As a tribute, I have a great collection of classic literature by famous black writers, coming your way every Friday in February.

And I know there are lots of other cooks and creative minds who follow The Hob-bee Hive, so be sure to Like us on Facebook and feel free to post your new recipes, crafts, photos, and ideas on our wall for everyone to see!

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Happ-BEE 200th Post!

Happ-BEE 200th!

Okay, so I’m switching it up again (food stuff will come tomorrow)…but I just wanted to thank you ALL for making The Hobbee Hive what it is today!  I know I couldn’t have done it without dedicated readers like yourself…so keep on buzzin’ around and we’ll see if we can hit another 200 🙂

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My New Beehive – 2011

So this past weekend I had some time to settle into my new apartment!  It’s not 100% the way I would like it, but at least things are off the floor and put away.

So here’s a little tour of what my new place looks like:

After you walk in the front door, the first thing on the right hand side is my kitchen:

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My brand new stove!

Back out the kitchen and on the left side is the bathroom:

I just don’t know what to do with all that counter space!

Duckie bathroom 🙂

Out of the bathroom, turn left, and you walk straight into the bedroom:

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I usually put those butterflies on my Christmas tree…but I like them there

Just left of the bedroom door is the other side of the back kitchen wall:

Scrabble tiles!

Turn left again and you’re in my living room!

Books piled high to the sky!

Behind my living room is my dining room…which is still a work in progress.  I’m making my own dining table…so just excuse my duct tape 🙂 It will be covered when the table is done:

This is the room that needs the most “creative work”

Turn right and you’re back in the kitchen!

So there you have it…my new digs.  Another great thing about where I live now…I face southeast so I have a great view of Chicago:

The bad thing about where I live now…I face southeast…so the summer is pretty much going to suck.

Thanks for stopping by my new place!  🙂

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The Hob-bee Hive Store is now Buzzin’!

Good morning, readers!  Instead of posting a craft today, I’m taking this time to tell you that I’ve finally opened The Hob-bee Hive store, where you can buy some of my crafts, various craft supplies, and even some of my cooking creations!

I don’t have much up now because I’m still in the creative stages of, well, creating things…but keep checking back every once in a while for new additions!  Click on the bee to go shopping!

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And So it Bee-gins…

Hello!  And thank you for checking out The Hob-bee Hive.  I have a lot of great ideas to share with you and I’m really excited to get going!

Both for my reader’s sake and my own (more so for my own OCD problems), I came up with a plan of attack:  a schedule of daily themes to help my readers know what’s coming and keep me motivated to keep writing.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Monday: Let’s start the week with some food, shall we?  Join me on Mondays for recipes that are both easy in the kitchen and on your wallet.  Most of them will involve the “chop n’ drop” method…saving you time and dish-washing detergent.

Tuesday: “Cupcakes and puppies and Websites with shopping…stories and craft time and ice cream with toppings…Colorful items and earrings and rings…These are a few of my favorite things!”  Tune in Tuesday for my favorite weekly thing.

Wednesday: Get out that glue gun and those scissors, because Wednesday is craft day!  On Wednesdays I’ll share ideas about how to decorate your living space, how to make something old turn into something new, or even how to take up a new hobby.

Thursday: What can you do with a left over egg carton?  Is there any other use for coffee filters?  How do I get this stubborn stain out of the rug?  Join me on Thursdays to find out which common items around your house have uncommon uses that could be beneficial to you.

Friday: Friday is all about indulgence.  Stop by The Hob-Bee Hive before your weekend starts for book reviews, movie suggestions, restaurant suggestions, good deals, and more.

So, there you have it.  I hope you all enjoy your time here at The Hob-bee Hive and thanks again for stopping by!

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