Your Invitation to Weekend Craft Retreat

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You are invited to a Weekend Craft Retreat where your paper crafting supplies, knitting or sewing supplies can stay out on your own 6×3 foot table the entire weekend! Finish projects or get started on new ones.

Take a break when you need to in the separate living area or on the grounds outside.

Food is coordinated potluck so you will be providing a meal with another person. That is all the cooking for the entire weekend!

Sleeps 8 across 3 bedrooms. Looking to book one group per bedroom so ask your friends to join us! Towels, bed linens are provided. Kitchen has dishes, cookware and silverware.

Our retreat starts in 5 sleeps on Friday, October 20th, arrive after 10am. We depart by 3pm on Sunday, October 22nd.

Cost is $120 per person. Includes lodging, tax on lodging and paper crafting make-n-takes.

The retreat website is here: http://cattailretreat.com/

Use the Contact button above for full details and to RSVP. Thanks!

See you at the retreat!

Super Awesome Shirley

 

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Madison Moms Blog Mom’s Night Out

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Would you like to join the Madison Moms Blog for a fun night without the kids on Thursday, October 19th? They have lots of pampering and activities planned with more details on their Facebook event here.

I’ll be sharing a hand stamped greeting card or 3-D using the supplies below.  I am going to keep the designs a secret until after the event. I’ll be bringing Paper Pumpkin too. Guests can sign up for a chance to win a free Paper Pumpkin Party when they visit me during the event.

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See you at the Spooktacular Halloween Party!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

and Done!

The is the last post about the progress of my Halloween themed rug that I have been working on since October 2014 (or maybe earlier than that but I can’t remember exactly). I do remember that I took the rug with me on my first volunteer retreat for Breast Cancer Recovery Infininate Boundaries Retreats. I worked on the pumpkins in the back seat of BCR van while Gail drove and Cheryl sat in the front seat on our way to Egg Harbor in Door County. This was in October 2014.

The following year in October 2015, my Mom hopped a ride with Jeanette to zoom down the interstate for a weekend retreat at Woodridge Lodge. The lodge owner, Chris Savoy, is a rug hooker and designed the Halloween pattern below which we had purchased a few retreats earlier.

Mom had been admiring several other patterns since we started getting away at the lodge a few years earlier. This was the weekend she decided to purchase a few more patterns and declare ourselves hookers! I am the only daughter that is a hooker with her:)

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I added our beagle angel Spencer peeking out from the pumpkin patch as he would do in his own backyard patch. The cat is Mr. Kitty, my Mom and Dad’s cat and was in the pattern originally. I stuck pretty close to the pattern but I know those stars were tricky so I may have hooked over a few for a blacker halloweenie night.

People ask if I will put my rugs on the floor. Since this is my first rug that took at least 3 years to complete, I can safely say that it will remain on the back of the couch during Halloween season. I need to add a label to the back and then I can say that this rug is Done!

Stay tuned for progress reports on the snowpeeps themed rug I started while I was searching for the orange binding yarn for the Halloween rug. I hope the snowpeeps progress is faster than 3 years!

Super Awesome Rug Hooker Shirley

One Eight Zero

One Eight Zero, 180 kits are stacked in the photo below. That is the number of card kits I prepared on World Card Making Day, October 7, 2017. These kits will be used during my November greeting card making sessions at senior living communities. I would like to keep the designs a surprise so I’ll share them with you after the sessions are over. I used the stamp set Gourd Goodness on both designs.

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Here are samples created with the stamp set Gourd Goodness designed by home office concept artists.

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Super Awesome World Card Maker Shirley

A Harvest without all the sneezing

The temperature outside has been creeping up to 90 degrees for several days. I have been hibernating in my house but yesterday thought I would take advantage of the warmer day and started with the garden and yard clean up. Up went some of the tomatoes and the viney pumpkin and gourd plants that had already not liked the cooler overnight temperatures. I took into the house tomatoes and cucumbers I had missed plucking earlier in the week. Those cukes were good with some hummus for a light meal!

As I looked down on my shoes which had been increasingly covered in really rust pollen as I walked through the grass, I thought I would be happy to get inside for an afternoon with the Painted Harvest suite to cool off and enjoy a harvest that will not make me sneeze!

The Painted Harvest bundle includes the Painted Harvest stamp set and leaf punch that you can order at my online store here: click here for online store  The samples in the next few photos were created by home office staff and shared in our holiday catalog.

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Fellow demonstrator Deb Geier created this card to share during our shoebox swap at our all demo meeting.

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Lynn Schwiebert created this scrapbook layout that she shared on the display table.

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Painted Autumn designer series paper is part of the Painted Harvest suite. Which pattern is your favorite? Mine is the multi colored branches on the fair left. Multi colored patterns means instant pop without effort. Quick, easy and fabulous!

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What will you create with your Painted Harvest bundle that won’t make you sneeze? Add a comment with your ideas.

Super Awesome Sneezer Shirley

Merry Music Vintage Scrapbook Layout

I love to scrapbook my own memories and also help others scrapbook too. When designing a layout, I look to the photos to pick up the tone of what the photo captured. Laughter needs bright colors and bold patterns to bring out the fun. Winter holidays need reds and greens and a little bit of tinsel trim (yes, we have that in the Holiday catalog, page 21!). Vintage black and white need doilies and darker scrolly and lace pattern paper.

I had the opportunity to coordinate an all demonstrator meeting that was held last Saturday so of course I included a scrapbook layout for a make-n-take. This was the design…

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The patterned paper is from the Merry Music designer series paper pack that is available in the holiday catalog page 13. Sweet sugarplum cardstock lightens up the page along with doilie, bow and ribbons accents.

I filmed a Youtube video so you can easily recreate this layout. Or attend the next Scrapbook in a Day on October 14th or 17th to recreate it yourself. Details for Scrapbook in a Day will be announced this week so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the video!

Super Awesome Scrapbooker Shirley

On Our Way to Celebrate

We are on our way to celebrate at my cousin’s bridal shower. My sister snagged the doggy gifts on their registry so Mom thought a doggy card was appropriate. I just happen to have a swap card similar to this one in my card tree so Mom copied that design to come up with this one.

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While still in Milwaukee, this car was also getting gas. I told Mom she had 30 seconds for a photo op so out she hopped. Mom got the story and his business card and the photo op all in the 30 seconds, ok, maybe 2 minutes. His story is that he thought we all need encouragement and this is how he is sharing his encouragement energy.

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And then off we went to the bridal shower!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

The cat, the cukes and the chickens

It’s a lock-in at my Mom and Dad’s house while I cat sit Mr. Kitty, can the cukes and make chicken broth. Here is Mr. Kitty ready to pounce on my lap. He seems to decide to lap sit just when I get my rug hooking started.

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We are surrounded by the trees, bees and a burnt orange butterfly that visited while I was plucking the cucumbers yesterday. Bunnies hop away quick since they are not use to seeing someone in their yard so early in the morning.

Cukes needs to be scrubbed and graded before they can be processed. Add a little pepper, garlic, bay leaf, dill seed to the jar for a zippy flavor. The brine is flavored with Penzey’s Pickling Spice which smells oh so good to me. I decided that the clove scent is what I like most about this mix.

I have not gotten the opportunity to water bath process cukes since my garden only produces enough for fresh eating or refrigerator pickles. Since this canner holds 8 jars, I thought I would process a pint and open it right away to evaluate flavor and crunch versus refrigerating only.

I follow the kosher dill pickle recipe from the Ball Blue Book of Canning that my sister-in-law Mary gave to me as a gift. I make notes so that I can replicate the recipe in following years.

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I almost forgot about the chickens part of this post since I could gush about my pickles at length. Just know that if I share a pickle with you, you are a chosen one. haha! Seriously, I will be pacing opening the jars throughout the winter. Right now, I can enjoy a little more than a jar a month since I have 14 jars canned.

My nephew has egg laying chickens but they have reduced their output so off to the butcher some went. They made nourishing chicken stock when combined with surplus produce from my parents’ garden. I follow the Cancer Fighting Kitchen by Rebecca Katz recipe which includes 2 secret ingredients, leeks and allspice berries that elevate the flavor to the best stock ever! I’ll freeze these and use to make rice, quinoa, crock pot beans and hearty winter soup. Broth is also very good sipped on super cold days or when my fingers are freezing!

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It’s a circle of life and we can’t all eat plants. Interestingly, I was reminded of that in the middle of the night. I heard screeching so paths were crossed in the forest. Nature circles are kept in balance so I take comfort in this philosophy. Now if nature would only take care of those asian beetles attacking my Linden and apple trees, I would be thankful for that too!

What does Mr. Kitty do while I am in the kitchen? A little napping, a little playing with a favorite toy from Aunt Cheryl, a little zoomies and then back to napping. Oh, and can I have some more crunchies please? My tummy is empty…all…the…time…

from Super Awesome Canner Shirley and Mr. Kitty

 

Where in the World is the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog?

I have visited this place before on my way to Wausau on Hwy 29. This time, I asked a cafe diner if she would hold the catalog in front of those glorious cheese wheels.

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The cows are on site a few steps away from the cheese store and cafe. I think there is a walking tour that I will have to check out next time. They have a fun car to drive too!

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This is the reason I stopped, mustard melange with a glass of kombucha, nuts and fresh cukes from the garden make a perfect snack or complete meal.

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Need a Holiday catalog? It will be available online on September 1st but I have copies! Just ask and I’ll get one to you.

Thanks for stopping in today!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts outing

Wool in the summer? Yes, please if you are hooker! I have been steadily working on my snow peeps rug since I last blogged about it here. Each loop is hand pulled by me so when I have a chunk of time and my stamping to do list is manageable, I get to hookin’! Here is my progress since the last post:

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and a close up of all those loops…one peeps had to have a purple hat of course!

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But I set aside the snowpeeps and ventured to Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts in Stoughton to find binding yarn for the Halloween rug here…

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My plan is to whip stitch the burlap edge to finish the rug. I hope to make progress this weekend while Mom can help me get started. I am determined to finish for the Halloween season this year, which I do believe may mark 5 years since I started this rug!

Ingrid from Spry Whimsy was gracious enough to show me around her shop and share what she and her husband, Peter, create there. Ingrid is a spinner transforming wool into yarns and teaching others how to spin. Peter is a felter creating usable and wearable art and shares in classes as well.

A few photos that I took…that’s Ingrid next to her Super Woman of Wool tshirt…

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They host a fiber lovers circle on Wednesday evenings that she said I am welcome to join even though I would be the first hooker. Sounds like fun amongst other fiber lovers, let’s go! I look forward to learning more about the fibers at Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts and how I can incorporate them in my rugs.

Until the next hooking installment,

Super Awesome Hooker Shirley