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Idyllwild Women’s Weekend

Hello All!!!!!!!!!!!  I am back from the women’s weekend and it was very nice.  My Mom and I have been attending for three years now and both said this weekend was not as relaxing as those in the years past, but the two of us had fun exploring the town and working on our projects.

We stayed at the Idyllwild Inn which used to be a bed and breakfast but now we have themed rooms with access to a full kitchen.  Each group takes turns making a meal.  Mom and I teamed with some of the other ladies and made breakfast.  Our room had a western theme.


2013-03-23_11-32-57_784In the past we have stayed in the Spring room and the Fall Room.  So far we like the Fall room the best.

Though we did knit, craft, and crochet I did not finish the brown crochet shrug.  I am still working on the last sleeve and then need to put it all together.  Mom was working on a lime green sweater and needed to purchase more yarn.  Here is our little knitting circle.


My mom is the one closest to the lamp

As you can see – some had their lap tops and ipads.  Many of the women just came to drink wine and socialize which is fine, but do you now what happens when a group of women get together and have toooooo much wine???? It gets very loud.  Hence the not so relaxing part of the weekend.

Overall – it was nice.  Mom and I decided that we would give it one more shot next year and plan to sit on the patio or on the upstairs balcony if it gets too loud.  To bad – as out of the 20 women that went only about 6 of us were crafting.  Maybe the 6 of us need to start our own retreat of sorts.





Yo Gabba Gabba Book

My granddaughter is infatuated with Yo Gabba Gabba!  For those of you without little ones in your life, you may not even know what this is.  Yo Gabba Gabba is a children’s TV show that stars D.J. Lance and his magical boombox.  The Yo Gabba Gabba figures emerge from his boombox and entertain with song and dance.  Each character has their own background, songs, etc.  When I saw the book being made by fellow blogger, Project Four 14  here  I knew I had to make one for my little Granddaughter.

I wanted the book to be some what educational, as well as entertaining, so I incorporated some well placed learning tools along the way.

Here is the cover:  DJ Lance’s shoe with laces that can be tied and untied to practice the art of tying your own shoes.

2013-03-17_07-57-55_872The next page is the boombox.  Closed you can see the boombox – open the flaps and there is a pocket for the Yo Gabba Gabba finger puppets.

2013-03-17_07-58-06_8262013-03-17_07-58-16_1832013-03-17_07-58-26_433The next page is for Foofa.  She is my granddaughters favorite.  Foofa loves flowers.  On Foofa’s page the flowers are buttoned on.  This will help my granddaughter learn to use buttons. I placed the Foofa finger puppet on the page so you can see which one she is.


The next page is dedicated to Toodee.  He has ice type structures surrounding him. I placed his finger puppet under the ice arch.



The next page belongs to Muno.  He is a cyclops character and it looks as though he hangs out among the rocks and mountains.  To me the arch on this page looks like rainbow bridge out in the desert.  Can you see him on this page?




Next we have Brobee.  He is sometimes shown with a sad face.  I decided to make him happy to live in the forest surrounded by majestic trees.  I even designed a tree stump for him just like on the TV show.  Can you spot Brobee?

2013-03-17_08-00-32_591Last but not least, my favorite character – Plex the robot.  His page is the rocket ride page.  I sewed the rocket to a ribbon so it can actually move around between the pages.

2013-03-17_08-00-45_665I had such a great time with this project and I thank the blog Project Four 14 for the inspiration behind this book.  I hope you will visit her site and check out her book and let her know I sent you.

Working with felt is so easy and designing each of these pages was so much fun.  If you decide to make a book like this, please share your photos.  I welcome comments and questions so let me know about those as well.



Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Tonight’s menu consisted of Chicken Noodle Soup and homemade bread.  The bread was from an Artisan Bread Cookbook I had purchased some time ago, and was so simple and delicious   I promise to post the recipe in another post as I will be baking bread again real soon.

Now for the chicken soup.  Here is a photo of the basic ingredients that I used.



2 chicken breasts

2 cans of chicken stock/broth

2 ribs of celery chopped

1 carrot chopped (I used about 15 baby carrots and chopped them because that is what I happened to have on hand)

1/2 onion chopped

Soup noodles (I used the small star shaped noodles)

Spices to taste: salt, pepper, minced garlic, parsley


Chop the onion, carrot and celery and put in the crockpot.  (I normally spray my crockpot with cooking spray for easier clean up, but in this case it is not necessary).

2013-02-26_05-50-28_373Next add the chicken broth and the chicken.  I normally chop the chicken up and put it in but mine was still a bit frozen so I just put it on top and cut it up later.


Next I added the spices and the cover.  Cook on high for about 7-8 hours.


During the last hour of cook time, I added the noodles. Since they were small they cooked rather quickly.  You don’t need much – maybe 1/2 cup of noodles.  Serve with warm, fresh  baked bread as I did or rolls.  

2013-02-26_17-14-41_482Excuse my 1/2 eaten slice of bread – I almost forgot to take a photo.  Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

Idea Book

So often I get catalogs in the mail and I look through them and get inspirations on outfits (what clothes to put together) jewelry making ideas, decorating ideas, craft and sewing ideas, the list goes on an on.  Instead of keeping all the magazines or overloading a bulletin/peg board, I decided to make an idea book.

I purchased a plain notebook from Target.  It has lined pages, but unlined works fine too.

009Here are some of the magazines I will be going through this evening.  When I find something I like I cut it out and glue it in my book.  Sometimes I will write something about the photo – something like this – “this sweater would look great with my blue skirt” or “Christmas gift idea.”

010Here are some of the photos I have already chosen and are waiting to be put in my book.

011And here is a look into my book.  I refer to if often and update it as I find things of interest.

013What is your inspiration?

Glitter Branches

In keeping with my winter theme in my home right now, I thought these branches I read about on Pinterest would make a nice addition. Here is what I used:

Modge podge


Silver glitter

Branches I purchased from Marshall’s for $7.99

006I layed out a drop cloth to catch the excess glitter as I worked.  I started by painting the modge podge on the branches with the paintbrush. Do this a little at a time so that glue does not dry before you have a chance to add the glitter.

007Sprinkle the glitter on the branches as you go along.  A little glue, a little glitter, etc.

008To coat the branches I sprinkled the glitter from the container, picked up the excess glitter off my drop cloth and sprinkled it on the branches, and even at times rolled the branches in the glitter that had been caught in the drop cloth.  Remember this does not have to be perfect – some clumps look nice and make an even nicer “icy” affect.  I did not coat every branch as this also made the branches look more natural.  When they were to my liking I laid them on the drop cloth to dry.


011Let them dry for 30 – 45 minutes.  When dry, gently shake off the excess glitter.  I put them in a vase I had purchased some time ago on clearance.  I think I achieve the look I was after.