Saturday, December 20, 2014

So.....


these are Henri's latest treats.  Dehydrated sweet potatoes.  He loves them and it's something that he can have that's healthy, good for him, and doesn't rouse his allergies.
I found it on the internet with great step-by-step instructions and they're called "DIY Yam Chews".  Thank you http://herdogblog.com !  


This is Henri's food dehydrator from Nesco.
Inexpensive and it works great!
Henri knows what comes out of it and he knows where I put the things that come out of it!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas festivities


Lots going on in the month of December!


Last Tuesday was "The Little House On The Prairie Christmas Party" Luncheon.   We had a wonderful speaker, Janet Pawlicki, who told us about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Christmas traditions and life on the prairie.


I helped Lois and Jill with the Christmas crafts...


and I know that the ladies who came in for them had fun!
Star Ornaments and Cranberry Hearts


Yarn Dolls


I showed them an easy weaving project.


Evergreen Cornucopias 


Gift Tags

and a lovely little piece framed with twigs
"I am beginning to learn that
it is the sweet simple things of life
which are the real ones after all."
Laura Ingalls Wilder


Then, on Friday, it was off to Maryann's annual Christmas dinner...


 and especially yummy, it is!


Photos somewhat blurry...


and blurrier yet with all the excitement of the grab bag game!



 Lois won the package with the pretty bird decoration on top...





but I got the beautiful quilted book bag, just perfect for the new journal I am doing.



and here we are, all still friends after fighting over the packages!


Sunday, Julie and I went to see "Camelot" at Drury Lane.  Dinner at Antico Posto and it was all wonderful!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Christmas Retreat


Saturday was the annual Christmas Retreat at The Center...


Always an inspiring way to begin the Christmas holiday...
Julie and Angel...


sewing stockings...


and we collected greenery from The Pines and stuffed them to decorate our doors...






and then on to making paper star ornaments...


and time for tea.


The beautiful Forest View Room


Julie and I


Diane and Jeanine


busy hands...






Rosemary Votives






            Homemade Cocoa!



and Us!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Little treasure boxes


Loved making this idea that I saw in Somerset Studio!
Little boxes for treasures...

Friday, December 5, 2014

Just for fun...


In this week's class, we had some fun making Christmas tags and tie-ons.
 

Everyone busy creating a new one!
 

Beads and bangles!
 

Choosing just the right adornment...
 

Who wouldn't want that on their package!
 

All simple little treasures...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Back to last class...


Before Christmas break, I try to bring a little fun project for my class to do and so this time we made these little ornaments from small matchboxes.


It was a good day, everyone jibber-jabbering and thinking about the holidays...
 

with busy hands...




 One more class, this week, before this session ends...


Besides finishing up our collage pieces, I wonder what else I can think of...