2.26.10 Inspiration & Quote of the Day!

Found this magazine today at Barnes & Noble sat down to flip through it & knew I had to take it home with me. I love a good magazine {with lots of pictures} that inspires me! I know I have found a good one when just about EVERY page is dog-eared for one reason or another. If you love flea markets, antiques shopping & going to the DI just to see what treasure you can find then this magazine is for you! Check it out & let me know what you think.

"To invent, you need a good imagination & a pile of junk"
-Thomas Edison

I couldn't agree more! Now off to create with the pile of junk that I found today at the DI :)




As mentioned in my 58 things I like to bake & cook. Well this week I am getting ready to host a Junk Market style Bistro themed dinner party, with my friend Nicole, at my house. I am a member of a Gourmet Club with 11 other talented women who are wonderful cooks from the area. Each person in the group has a partner that they plan the meal, the decor, table settings & all the other little details with once every 6 months. As much as I like to cook I LOVE to entertain even more {that is the really fun part for me} so hopefully it all goes well on Thursday. I will post pictures & the recipes later this week so check back. I wish that I had taken a picture of the cute Save the Dates we handed out last month. They were all different sized old forks, 10 for a $1 at the DI, that we wrapped paper around, with the date, & tied with some turquoise velvet ribbon-very vintage & junky!

Here is a peek of the invites we sent. We thought it would be fun to give everyone a choice of sandwich & salad that way every ones plate will be a different combination.


2.9.10 -58 Odds & Ends of the Honeybee-

Since I am new to the blogging world & many of you just know me through my business, I thought it might be fun to tell you a little bit more about me {outside of just H&H} First things first the reference to 58 has several meanings to me. It was the address of our first home, where H&H began, & the lot # for our new home was lot 58, where H&H now resides. I thought that was pretty cool! Also the odds & ends has reference to my twin girls, Audrey & Emily, which we usually call Audj & Em. One day my neighbor boy was playing outside & his friend heard him call to Audj & Em, & he asked McKay, "Why do you guys call them Odds & Ends!" The name has stuck & we think it is quite funny. So here are a few odds & ends about me:

1) Have always loved my name Melissa Jan {I also love that I share my middle name with my Dad & daughter Audrey}

2)Proud to say that I grew up in a wonderful little place called Lewiston {So many memories!}

3)I only like to wear solid colored shirts {why, I don't know}

4)I love the smell of lemons!

5)Enjoys an ice cold Cherry Diet Coke now & then :)

6)I make whole-wheat pancakes every weekend for my family, sometimes I throw in some blueberries!

7)I love to listen to music! {that's why I have a play list}

8)Graduated with a BS in Secondary Ed, taught 9th grade for 1 year.

9)Has never had a broken bone {knock on wood!}

10)Can quote Seinfeld at the drop of the hat- LOVE that show!! I love finding things in everyday life that I can relate to Jerry & the gang.

11)Is pretty impatient. Loves promptness & order.

12)Is good at memorizing dates & anything with numbers {phone numbers etc.}

13)Reality shows I like to watch are: Project Runway, Top Chef & the Amazing Race.

14)LOVES Martha Stewart! I am always inspired from watching her show {I have to DVR it becomes it comes on at 2:00 a.m. but I watch it every day}

15)My pet peeve is when I see decorations up for the wrong seasons {ex. pumpkins still on the porch with a Christmas wreath up on someones door- augh!!}

16)Enjoys doing yoga

17)Has a Devil-ish side {I am a HUGE Duke Basketball fan!} GO DUKE!!

18)Loves going antique shopping, the rustier, chips & dings & peeling paint the better!

19)Wants to own a Old Red Ford T-I00 truck one day!

20)Likes to decorate my home

21)Enjoys turning over all the calenders in the house on the 1st day of the month.

22) LOVES getting the mail each day. {especially when it is Pottery Barn catalog day!}

23) Doesn't like open water but has been on 3 cruises.

24) Likes to bake {Especially cakes & cookies}

25)Always orders #25 on the Training Table menu- Yummy! {with cheese fries & dipping sauce of coarse! :) }

26)Can play the piano

27)Collects cake stands

28)Loves BYU football & has season tickets. Go Cougars!

29)Favorite color is Red {however, I don't like seeing it in late November. #28}

30)Thinks the 4th of July is one of the best days of the year.

31)Makes sugar cookies every Valentines Day

32)Favorite Movie is Sound of Music

33)Loves the Fall {pumpkins, cool weather, leaves, football, apples}

34)Gets inspired looking at Scrapbook Paper {my favorite right now is October Afternoon}

35)Wishes I didn't like Chocolate so much

36)Loves to watch the Jazz games w/my husband & eat wheat thins & Swiss cheese {bedtime snack!}

37)Wants to go to Paris & South Africa someday.

38)Wishes I could speak French.

39)Wants to learn how to play the guitar.

40)Knew TQ was the one I would marry the 1st time I saw him!

41) Loves listening to Show-tunes Saturday night on the radio!

42)Knew I was going to have twins before I knew. Just a Mom's feeling :)

43)Wants to own many acres w/ an old barn on it one day.

44)Is NOT a night owl!

45)Enjoys wearing colorful necklaces {maybe that's why I like #3}

46)Played Mother Abess in my HS revival of Sound of Music, ~Climb Every Mountain!!~

47)Teaches a 4-H youth cooking class w/my friend {The 9 Tough Cookies}

48)Will sometimes drive down to SL just to look at the Anthropologie windows.

49)My favorite flowers are -ranaculus, roses & hydrangeas

50)Likes to drink ice water {lemon wedges or cucumber slices are good in it too!}

51)Watches Regis & Kelly EVERY DAY!

52)Thinks Macey Lou is the cutest name!

53)Enjoys watching The Office with Ty {it's so much funnier watching it with him!}

54)Has to make the bed first thing in the morning or it drives me nuts!

55)Likes a Wendy's Single Bacon w/Cheese now & then.

56)Wishes I understood the computer a little better.

57)Tries to find little things each day to be grateful for.

58)Has a Happy life :)


2.4.10- The Hive in review!

Now that I have had some time to rejuvenate I thought I would share some pictures of the 1st Hive! I hope those of you who came had a good time & were able to find a little something & those were weren't able to make it hopefully you can come next time {I'm thinking Aprilish} Special thanks to one Hotch Potch girl who brought signs to lead the way :)

All decked out & ready to go. I LOVE these coffee filter garlands, so easy, cheap & festive! I also loved the giant Lollies too, more of those to come!

The centerpiece of The Hive, cake stands, gumballs, "Love Shacks" & scrumptious cupcakes all looked so sweet!
These zipper headbands just may be the cutest things ever, maybe you saw them on Studio 5 earlier this week. I still can't believe we had a celebrity designer at the first Hive! Thanks Tori for being a part of it {wish you could have come down } My girls had such a great time creating "a buzz" for the boutique by wearing them to church & school to show them off :) It payed off too, there are alot of cute girls walking around Elementary & Middle School this week. Maybe I should give them some commission.

Hollyhocks & Honeybees Valentines decor. {I still have a few things left over if you are interested in coming up sometime to look at them send me an email}
Leila Bird {a.k.a my neighbor & friend} created the most charming brooches, hair clips & cake stands. So many colors & combination of things, everyone loved them! This was her first time making & selling anything, great job Nicole!
Just wanted to show you my new {very popular} 5x7 frame the xoxo w/heart. LOVE it!!

Some more H&H eye candy!
This is my super supportive & fabulous friend Nicolle. She has been a faithful & dependable cashier for many of my H&H shows. What will I ever do without her? She will be moving in the summer up to Idaho, lucky for Boise, sad for me. {First LaRae & now Nicolle} I guess I may have to take H&H on a road trip to Idaho soon, maybe even swing by Oklahoma :)

The Hotch Potch girls {Holly & Heidi} & I. They are the wonderful, super talented sisters behind their adorable children's clothes line. My girls wanted one of everything, can't wait to get their stuff. You guys amaze me, happy sewing you two :) Heidi even brought me the yummiest orange rolls the next morning, so good! I think it's what got me through the day, thanks Heid!
I wish I had a good picture of Leila Bird & I. I wanted to show you the cutest necklace Nicole wore during The Hive, a little birdcage with a tiny bird in it, I guess she really is a creative bird! So grateful for her for so many things {especially the blueberry/spinach smoothie she brought me the day before. It was super thoughtful & my lunch & dinner for the day :)}

Whew, what a fun, fabulous, crazy, hectic, tiring, wonderful couple of days! I'm so happy that I did The Hive & am looking forward with excitement to the next thing. {There's always something right} Thanks to everyone for all the kind words, emails & comments you have sent me about the blog. I'm learning as I go :) How did I get so lucky to know so many wonderful people in my life. I appreciate you all!



WOW, thanks to everyone who came to The Hive No. 1. It was so nice to see all my great clients again, neighbors, family & meeting lots of new friends. Thanks to all those who came from far (Cache Valley :) & near. I'll be posting some pictures soon but for now I am going to go put my feet up. {for at least a minute :) }
Thanks again!!
{Holly, Heidi, Nicole & Tori a BIG thanks to you guys for sharing all your craftiness !!}


2.1.10 -Sneak Peek of The Hive-

Yeah, January is over & Febuary is here! One of my favorite things to do is flip over all the calenders in our house when a new month arrives. It's my first day ritual! {something small but satisfying}

Just wanted to give you a sneek peek at what will be at The Hive this week, I'm very excited! Here are some links to the vendors & some Hollyhocks and Honeybees goodness to share. There will also be unique necklaces, frames, brooches & lots of yummy cupcakes to eat!

Cakestands from Leila Bird- super vintage & charming!

-A little birdie said that love is in the air at Hollyhocks & Honeybees-

LOTS of colorful little benches & blocks & introducing the Love Shacks {a H&H first, gives new meaning to the phrase Home Sweet Home!}