2020: Year in Review

We made it!

The year that crawled by month-by-month…and then, at least for me, SPRINTED across the finish line.

I always like looking back and seeing what I accomplished over the year.

It’s a good place to take stock/inventory in a life…..in a business….and since this is both to me, ’tis what I shall do.

I started 2020 with an ambitious project: The Hexie Temperature Quilt. I can barely believe I am almost at completion! It’s one thing that made the year pretty and happy and fun to look at. Maybe God knew I needed this project in this year. It won’t be finished before 2021 begins, as I still will have to fill up the border hexies, decide if I want to add the temperature legend to it & how, and quilt it….BUT I will have the main part done. THAT, my friends, is pretty amazing to me!

It turns out Instagram really likes this project too, as these were my TOP 9 Posts for 2020

I also started the year with an ABC character sew-a-long, which I made it through all of A, B, and C. LOL! So, not a true accomplishment, but not all goals get met.

This year I also wanted to re-ignite my blogging platform. I came upon this idea in March….looking back, it was comical that that happened to be the exact time that the world came to an abrupt stand still. Let’s just say virtual schooling 4 very dependent children put a small damper on my blogging efforts.

Oh, the pandemic. How you have made our lives so crazy different! I haven’t really addressed it’s impact on my business much because I really had so many other things to focus on. While I would love to have Ladybeez Designs be my sole income stream at times…..it’s times exactly like this that I am thankful for my hospital laboratory career. I was able to really put this business on the back burner and focus on our families needs when I was at home. My heart breaks for all my fellow artists and small business owners that depend on their craft as income. I guarantee that if that was the case for me, I wouldn’t have made it through this year financially. Guess how many people purchase childrens’ boutique clothing for children that never get to leave their homes? (I’ll give you a hint: barely any)

So, when the demand and call for sewists to make masks was made….I started trying to do my part. Oh . boy. the feelings I had for this were strong in all directions. I couldn’t believe the pressure put upon sewists that were already struggling to make ends meet with their small businesses being guilted into using their time and money to pump out masks as if the worlds’ lives depended on it. At the same time, my empathetic heart ached to help in every way I could! Oh the conundrum! I stopped counting at 400 for masks I gave away/donated/gifted…..to many other mask makers that’s a drop in the bucket. But, to me, that was my limit. I still make a few here and there….back to my boutique style of sewing in that department. What a wild ride! Aside from putting a serious dent in my sewing stash (which I am grateful for)…I did find a pattern that was comfortable/effective for many people, so for that I am thankful as well.

Throughout the year, I continued to participate in the Red Rose Sales & Auction House. People just weren’t in the mood to buy my goods. I get it, believe me, I do. It is just hard to stay motivated when you aren’t selling. I am thankful for friends and loyal, longtime customers that continued to make custom orders. I spent the better part of the last 3 months sewing memory keepsakes for friends and family who lost loved ones. Pillows, ornaments, and aprons in the medium of shirts and neckties.

Of course, I sewed up a few fun things for myself and my kiddos too….even if we didn’t get to show them off very much.

LadyBeez Designs Family Halloween 2020

In NON sewing things, you may have noticed a very HIGH presence of Hallmark Movie Reviews the past 2 1/2 months. I hosted a Hallmark Movie Showdown Bracket for the second year. It brought a lot of joy to myself and hopefully the 53 other participants through laughs and prizes.

So, there we are. The end of 2020.
I am so thankful to have this creative platform. It truly is a therapeutic outlet.

I’m supremely blessed to have a loving and supportive family.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Werner Photography

Looking forward to a NEW YEAR and FRESH IDEAS in 2021!


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Hallmark Movie Review: Jingle Bell Bride

ok, real talk….I need someone who lives or has lived in Alaska to verify:

DO YOU REALLY STOP AT MOOSE CROSSINGS without seeing actual MOOSE?!?!! If we stopped at Deer Crossings without ACTUALLY seeing actual deer in Wisconsin…we’d never get ANYWHERE!

And #2 WHAT ARE THOSE COOKIES….in what look like Pistachio Pudding Boxes???? I’ve never seen such a thing! Are they real? If so, they seem to very tasty…and I have to try!

ahhhhh…..Countdown to Christmas 2020….you have arrived and EARLIER than ever. I don’t hate it. I’m ready for all the Christmas feels. With 40 new movies though, I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up!

I will, however, be watching 32 for sure….as this is the 2nd year I’m hosting a Hallmark Christmas Showdown Bracket Challenge (Shout out to my 53 Hallmark Showdown peeps!)

Let’s Jump into the Jingle Bell Bride, shall we?!?!

First impression: this was a mediocre at best Hallmark Christmas Movie. I feel like it’s going to get higher praise than it actually deserves because it has the advantage of being 1st. The excitement of the new premieres of the season really tend to cloud my eyes with Candy Cane colored glasses, ya know?!?!

I’ve come to realize…everyone enjoys Hallmark movies for different reasons. I’m 110% a romance girl. All the other Hallmarky-ness is just fluff to me….well, the FLUFF was this movie’s saving grace. I just wasn’t feeling these leads together…and believe you me, I REEAAALLLY wanted to. I mean, were you listening to Matt’s voice? I could listen to him all.day.long. Get that man on an audiobook or a podcast, and I’ll SUBSCRIBE!

Alright, let’s do this thang:

So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️ Matt & Jessica…you had a few moments. The Northern Lights scene…the Bouquet of Blessings at the dance….but when you had your MOMENT TO BRING IT HOME….ya tanked it. The Man FLEW from Alaska TO New York on CHRISTMAS to surprise you…and Jessica….you’re reaction was underwhelming to say the least. We could have used an OVERreaction there, my friend. Just wasn’t feeling the love in this one.
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️ I actually really like this story. Motivated career woman…getting it done, while trying to find that balance. I loved that she still accomplished what she set out to do…but still had her heart changing moment.
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️ Matt’s aunt and cousin were super sweet. The Alaskan townspeople were super sweet. Jessica’s sister, you guessed it: super sweet…. nothing really stood out. We had a little bit of a Villian in Rebecca…still, not really played up. I will say, I Loved the diversity of the cast…AND the Español that was spoken was a delightful treat! oh, one more thing: I was REALLY hoping the pilot was going to plant a big ol’ smooch on the mayor….another Mistletoe Missed Connection 🙁
FEELS❤️❤️The only REAL feels I got was from the Christmas Decor. The Home Decor, the Christmas Church Wedding, and the DANCE! Oh, you better believe I took a screenshot of those wooden tree shelves!!!!
HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️ the surprise for me was that the ending was so lack-luster. There was SO MUCH POTENTIAL. Oh, well. We still have 39 more new premeries to get us revved up Christmas, no? I also to have to mention that the biracial couple as leads is relatively new for Hallmark too, and I’m here for it!

11/25 ❤️ Wouldn’t say I’d watch again….unless I lose my tree shelves screen shot…better put that here so I don’t forget


Temperature Quilt: May 2020

A new month, a new Temperature Quilt Update.

I am finding solace in my sewing more than ever lately. I pray that you are all safe and healthy. I pray that you are finding ways to calm your mind and heart from all the heartaches and worries of this world.

With that, I hope you clicked on this post to escape the madness and look at some pretty things….so that’s what we’ll do, if only for a minute or two.

Let’s recap! This is the first temperature quilt I’ve ever attempted. It is a record of the High and Low Temperature everyday in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I created this Temperature Legend to go by:

Hexie Temperature Quilt Legend

The Month of May has us using a TWO NEW COLORS! RED-ORANGE and RED! That means we not only reached above 70oF but above 80oF ! WAHOO! SummaTIME!

I love to see all the colors coming together!

And, let’s not forget my favorite part…watching it grow every month…

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GOOD Things Happening:

The SUN has been Shining Brightly…the temperatures feel like SUMMER.

Our children are finished with Distance Learning.

We were able to play at a park, swim in our back yard…AND at a beach!

Ice Cream is Delicious.

We have been able to see Friends & Family.

We are able to Gather together in Love and Support and Fellowship again.

Fabric is still Beautiful.