What’s in a name? I thought calling this site Busy Bee was totally me. But it’s not. I mean, I am busy. I have a just-turned-5 daughter, an articling student husband, a jewelry etsy shop, 2 Facebook pages, I’m all over Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, YouTube, and I suddenly realized I am not blogging.
So here I am. Blogging. I am not a complete n00b at this; I used to have a Live Journal site (do people even use this site anymore?!) and have tried in earnest to get into it with various false starts.
Part of my problem was a name. “What do I call a blog of mine?” The Queen Bee image is a theme I started when my sister and I opened a nail studio, Queen Bee Nail Gallery, 5 years ago. But neither of us had the energy to keep it afloat after the group buying coupon sites hit us. (That’s a story for another day!)
So after closing the shop when the lease ran out I went on to full time jewelry making, which is totally fun. But I’ve run into many folks out there who fancy themselves jewelry designers/makers because they buy everything at outlet stores for cheap. They just weren’t interested in paying for it.
So I turned to my love of quilting and embroidery. I made my first quilts when I was pregnant and have always liked it. Then I took a free Craftsy class–Amy Gibson’s BOM (block of the month) class from 2012. It was such fun that I haven’t put my machine away since!
I’ve sold quilted pillow cases and given many spectacular quilts as gifts that people truly cherish. I love that feeling. It’s just as rewarding as when I hand quilt something. It’s just me, my thread, needle and trusty open top thimble. Suddenly the world fades away and I don’t feel like the image a busy bee connotes: buzzing around trying to collect as much pollen as necessary. No, I’m meditative and at peace. I think that’s important. More important than anything.