All good things must come to an end.

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After three years of beekeeping, I had to say goodbye to my bees. I didn't know this could happen, but I developed an allergy to bee venom after being stung in June. During my visit to the ER I was informed that I am now allergic to bee stings and should stop beekeeping because future stings will likely be worse. I was shocked, sad, and determined to go against the Doctors orders and continue my hobby (with EpiPen in hand). Family and friends thought I was crazy and deep down even I questioned what the heck I was thinking. Back when I was in beekeeping school the teacher said "Know this, if you're a beekeeper, you are going to get stung." Ever since my incident, those words have replayed in my head over and over. I know it's true because I have been stung many times before and it's not something I can really prevent from happening again. I have battled the idea of getting rid of my bees for a couple months and Sunday I finally did. It was a hard decision, but I know it was the right decision. I found a new home for them and they will be in good hands. While beekeeping is by no means glamorous, I found it to be fascinating and rewarding.  Boyz II Men said it best, "It's so hard to say goodbye".  I miss my bees and I will miss my hobby.   
Long Live The Queen!


Some run on Dunkin...I run on Espresso!

I think I failed to mention that I was leaving for vacation.....
I had a wonderful time touring Europe with my husband visiting London, France, Switzerland and Germany.
Now that I'm back - I'm in catch-up mode,
so the details/photos of my travels will be posted later...

Until then.....here is a quick photo of something I 
enjoyed a lot of on my trip.....coffee...coffee...& more coffee.

....& Boy do the Europeans like it STRONG!
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Now that I'm back - my sleep schedule is a little off...
I could use some of that strong java now and again!


Me time

It feels like forever since my last blog post!  I've been a busy girl working on several graphic design projects, custom orders for The Paisley Tab, tending to my bees/harvesting honey, and traveling with my husband.  But, regardless of how busy we get in life,...It's always good to remember yourself once in awhile.  It's healthy and makes you a better person!  That being said, I've been carving out "me-time" lately and diving into a few books that I picked up from my local library.  (Side note:  I freak'n love the library!  I didn't utilize it for years and I wish I had!  I feel like I'm actually getting something back for my tax dollars!)

So what am I reading?
A closer look...
The Kind Diet, by: Alicia Silverstone

Why I'm reading these books...
The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking: .....I'm never going to be on one of the hit BRAVO "housewife" shows.  That is a guarantee.  When I picture a "home-maker", I imagine a frumpy, homely person....that I never want to be - but wait!  Hip-Homemaker - now we're talking.  When you pair the words Hip and Homemaking in the same title, I'm intrigued and willing to read on and that is just what I did.  Since becoming a "wife" - almost 6 years ago, I turned over a new leaf - in the kitchen at-least.  I suddenly got into cooking - which my husband loves, but homemaking goes beyond the kitchen.  So, I found this book to be pretty fabulous because its full of tips on storage/organization, uses for household items - such as distilled white vinegar, and instructions on how to fold a fitted sheet without going insane.....& more!  (Can't we all use advice on that last item!!)

Sewing In A Straight Line: .....Ever since I got back into sewing a few years ago, I love finding new books/tutorials....etc. for fun projects.  Even If I don't end up making anything from the books, I feel like I always get inspired to make something new.  My local library has tons of awesome books on sewing everything from clothes, gifts,....etc...etc.  So fun!  I'm hooked!

The Kind Diet: .....Over the years, my diet has taken a complete turn.  The foods at the grocery store disgusts me.  There is so much garbage in the packaged/processed foods, meats, dairy,....etc.  It's so wrong.  The food isn't real anymore.  ....& people wonder why they're getting sick and obese.  My way of eating first took a change after I saw the movie "Food Inc."  That was a huge eye-opener.  I immediately changed the way I was shopping and furthermore the way I was eating.  I cut out the crap - including my favorite: Diet Coke and added in healthy, organic food.  I recently watched the documentary "Forks over Knives" - and once again, it's got the wheels in my head turning....about what I'm eating.  What.....?  No Dairy, Meat, Eggs, Cheese? ....This makes things a little challenging - in my world of cooking.  So, I'm turning to the The Kind Diet for help.  Forks over Knives - encourages living a Whole food/Plant based diet. ....And that in turn will eliminate my risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  It will also, clear my skin, help my digestive system, and make me feel and look younger. ...It promises a lot - so I'm interested in finding out for myself! 
What are you reading these days? 


Easy Come, Easy Go...

Meet the newest addition to
The Paisley Tab....it's the:
Just like the name says it, this "Easy-Come, Easy-Go" hobo - is simple, yet special because it's created with vintage fabric(oooh....ahh)
This purse has a convenient snap front closure and brown strap for those who love to go "hands-free". Exterior is vintage floral fabric and the interior is fully lined with a solid cream lining. This is a simple bag for those who like to live "the simple life". It is fully functional for an every-day bag or even great for your items at the farmers market. 

Here are a few other recently added to the shop from the same fabric.



The Simple Life

Today is my Birthday!
YEA! - Yes, I'm getting old, but I still like to celebrate each and every birthday and that will never change!  
I always see my birthday as my day and it's special to me.  
I did some day-dreaming/shopping today on Etsy....
and - fell in love with these lovely simple treasures! 







Click on the items below 
to follow this summer's Tribal Trend!

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