Monday, May 15, 2017

April Covered Me With LOVE!

As I looked back over my April planner, I was reminded how "love-filled" this month was....

Finishing up the Jewelers Badge with my Girl Scout Troop 1934 ~

Working on their Cooking Badge at Camp Cooper ~
Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week ~

We revived an old Catholic tradition of veiling...all the crucifixes, statues, and holy images were veiled on Monday, not to be unveiled until Good Friday or Holy Saturday ~
My Faithbooking contribution for that week ~

Throughout the week, I prayerfully prepared for Easter Sunday ~

Peanut butter "eggs" using my dear mother-in-law's treasured recipe ~ I haven't made them in years, so rolling egg shapes was a bit of challenge since the timing is everything with the chocolate ~

It wouldn't be the same without the dyed eggs which would be part of the Easter feast ~

A must is getting to Mass early on Easter to get our seats.  The 9:30 is ever popular since there's an egg hunt following, for the wee ones!

Afterwards we celebrated with a scrumptious Easter brunch with the girls, lovingly prepared by them ~
My beautiful Phoenix family hosted a Spring Trunk Show for my jewelry ~ I was so happy to see old friends again and meet new ones!
Sweet Kiki was celebrated by family and friends for her birthday, over the course of a weekend ~
Ending our LOVE-filled month on a very special note was being with our beautiful goddaughter for her First Holy Communiona ~ What better event to take place in this Easter season!
Everyone was ready to party!
This precious child blesses us!

Sending love and hope that your Spring has been joyous!  Thank you so much for visiting with me.

I'm in full gear this week as preparations are underway for a fabulous Spring Trunk Show this Sunday, May 21st from 1:00~5:00pm.

I hope we get to visit!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

MARCHing Onward!

Well, March has certainly "marched onward" and here we are in the first week of April.  April's news will wait as we wait for the month to unfold.  It promises to be exciting with so much happening, but that will wait for another day!

Let me share photos and captions with you as I look back on the beautiful month of March...

Meet the newest member of the family, Finnegan Hess!
The absolute sweetest, best behaved, loving 4 year old anyone could possibly want.  As his "mom" Kiki says...
"Who rescued who???"

Lent began...

 and as our tradition dictates we all headed to IHop for pancakes on Shrove Tuesday...

 How lovely that my new pizelle iron came and I was able to treat my family to these wonderful Italian cookies.  To quote our Shotzie, "Finally!!"

 For me the season of Lent is not about "giving up" or "losing weight through abstinence"'s about "doing" and "giving" and this year it means praying a Rosary every day, Stations of the Cross, reading Bishop Robert Barron's Lenten Reflection,  journaling with my Catholic sisters at Blessed Is She "Put on Love," and supporting Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl project.

Mid-month we enjoyed a St. Patrick's Day feast of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots.  This is one we embrace in a season of austerity.  Although it fell on a Friday this year (no meat on Lenten Fridays) our blessed Bishop Kicanas gave a special dispensation!

I've been working with my Girl Scout troop on their Jewelers Badge.  They've had great fun on the diverse projects as well as getting background information on the color wheel, sea glass, and ethnic beads.  Here are a few pictures from their first project...

Speaking of jewelry ~ I've snatched some time in the studio to work on a Spring Collection.  With two trunk shows coming up, and just a month apart, the studio beckons and that's where you'll find me in the weeks ahead.  Here's a peek at just a few of the items new to Karen Hess Jewelry...

March wound down and we got to celebrate our youngest...Melissa marked her 38th trip around the sun with a family dinner at Reilly Craft and then a day with friends on the town ~ brunch, street car, cheering on the Ducks!

Currently reading ~ Pachinko

In the kitchen ~ Italian Beef Sandwiches for the win!

I know for a fact that my month of March was

Have a beautiful, blessed April!

Monday, February 27, 2017

February in the Desert

I truly believe that February is our busiest, most populated and exciting time in Tucson.  The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show commences at the very end of January and ends mid-February. 

 Galloping into the month at mid-term is the Tucson Rodeo, 

not to mention Valentine's Day and all the excitement (or not) that the holiday brings with it.

I've certainly done my part to help our economy flourish this month!  Four new jewelry classes;

Six purchasing trips to the various gem shows throughout the city;

Catching up with old friends and supporting the local food industry with many social dinners! 

Then there was Broadway in Tucson ~ MOTOWN The Musical!! ~ taking us back to the 60's and beyond...awesome memories of music we'll never forget!

 We were thrilled to help celebrate the quinceanara of a dear friend's daughter, and visit with old friends and new ones!

Despite this busy schedule, I've managed to keep up with my One Little Word, finding meaning each day in "enough."  Which, amazingly, has been so enriching!

Making time now for spiritual life, family, reading, cooking, and a lot less social media as Lent approaches.

Have a beautiful month, dear friends, and thank you for sharing your time with me!