Friday, July 31, 2015

Brave Girl University - Come Join in the Fun!

I found Brave Girls Club  by word of mouth at a local art retreat back in 2009.  It was right after Melody and Kathy hosted their first Camp.  I had no idea at the time what it really was, or who these women were, but I felt I was being called to attend, so I signed up....all alone, knowing no one.  I wasn't afraid, or overly anxious, the need for a retreat overwhelmed any nervousness that I might have felt in going to a cabin in Idaho to stay with 20 women for 5 days.

Well that was 2010, now 5 years later I've been to many Brave Girl Camps, each time learning from not only the Brave Girls team, but from the women from all around the world that attend.  Each woman brings their life experience and shares the lessons they've learned with all of us.  

Since everyone can't attend Camp, the online courses came about and opened up the opportunity for girls around the world to learn the same lessons from Camp and new ones from Melody and Kathy.  The Facebook groups created that space to connect and share experiences with woman around the world.

Not to stand still in their Mission to CHANGE THE WORLD... Melody, Kathy, and the whole Brave Girls Team have a new vision for GIVING women around the globe the opportunity to LEARN from women around the globe!  They have seen it in person over and over that we ALL have gifts to share with others and what better forum to share those than BRAVE GIRL UNIVERSITY!

I'm honored to be a teacher sharing my classes with you beginning September 1 when the University is in Session.

Click on the picture above for more information and to support me by signing up with my link.  I can't wait for you to check it out.  Not only will you have access to my classes but ALL classes from so many AMAZING teachers.  September 1 is going to be like Christmas morning!  So much goodness, so much inspiration, so much LOVE.

SIGN UP TODAY!!!  You will NOT want to miss this!


{P.S.  YOU NEED NOT BE AN "ARTIST", "CRAFTY" , "CREATIVE", all those things that you believe you might not be....  Just bring yourself, your willingness to learn a few new things, and your readiness for some FUN}

Thursday, July 30, 2015

It's What's for Dinner

Hi All -

Are you in a rut for what to make for dinner?  I feel like I have been rotating 4 or 5 main dishes week after week.  I try to only cook whole food.  No frozen or processed boxes of preprepared food here.  We also don't eat much if any red meat.  So that narrows it down to ground turkey, pork, and fish.

Some of our easy go to recipes are Ground Turkey Spaghetti with brown rice noodles, chicken thighs baked with coconut oil, with perhaps a side of baked carrots or other veggie, maybe a crustless quiche.

I also love the Ground Pork Meatballs with mashed cauliflower in this recipe book.  This book in general has some amazing Paleo meals, ones with few ingredients (a total requirement for me) and just good staples.

Recently I was at the Tractor Supply Store and picked up a great cookbook. (I never thought I'd hang around there much, but with these babies frequent trips are a must!)

Anyhoo, I stumbled upon this recipe book that peaked my interest.  So glad I picked it up!!

There are a number of recipes that I want to try but the one I keep making is the sausages with grapes, polenta, and gorgonzola cheese!!  YUM.  I mean really YUM!  Polenta in a tube is an under-rated under-utilized least it has been for us.  I'm buying three at a time now!

Do you cook polenta?  What are your favorite recipes??

Let me know if you have either of these cookbooks and what your favorite recipes are!

Happy Dinner Planning!

Up next planning on recipes utilizing lots of Farm Fresh Eggs....we are anxiously awaiting our first!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Handmade U Semester 8 - Hoop Art SWAP

Hi Again,

Part of the excitement in preparing to come to Handmade U are the many SWAPS to participate in.  This gives the ladies that are really anxious to get here a little something to keep them busy before HU begins.... (or a lot busy if you sign up for ALL of them)

As I mentioned in the last post I host the Color Box Swap and then ask other students to host their own swap.  They provide me the guidelines and then pair up the participants that sign up or coordinate all the participants if it is a group vs one-on-one swap.  This semester we had a few new ideas that were loads of fun!

Jennifer suggested and hosted the Hoop Art Swap!  This was a one-on-one swap that each participant created (or purchased) a meaningful hoop based on what they could gather from their partner of their interests.

These hoops really hit to the heart of each of us!  So thoughtful and lovingly created or purchased!!

Jayne & Laura:

Suzanne & Kim:

Dawn & Nicole:

Mackenzie & Charity:

 Me & Beth:

 Jennifer & Julie:

Casey & Ali:

Katie & Tammy:

Dianne & Bianca:

All the hoops were so fun to see!  Everyone had their own take on them and made them special for their partners!  So fun!

This swap I think should be a keeper!!

More to come!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Handmade U Semester 8 - COLOR BOX SWAPS!!


As I started sifted through the pics of all our Handmade U Swaps I quickly realized this would take a few posts to share all the fun things the students traded, or SWAPPED with each other. 

First I'll share my favorite.  This has quickly become a student favorite as well.  I host this swap each semester because it is incredibly fun to pick out a color and have your partner find a fun container/box, and fill it to the brim with vintage bits of ephemera, fabric, paints, or buttons, trims, etc.  Really anything and everything to create a visual treat when your partner opens it up!  There are a lot of ooh's and aah's and maybe a few eeks, when the receiving end opens up her swap box!

Traditionally a vintage jewelry box is found and filled, it is the perfect container since there are so many little spots to fill up.  We had a few new container firsts that you'll see below that were a hit as well!

Jennifer and Charity -
{Vintage Train Case and Jewelry Box}

Ali and Julie -
{Vintage Jewelry Boxes}

Nicole and Robin -
{Nicole found this cute sewing bag for Robin, super cute, and a Vintage Jewelry Box}

Casey & Judy
{Vintage Cake Tin and a Large Floral Box}

 Carey & Katie
{Vintage Jewelry Boxes}

Dawn & Dianne
{Vintage Jewelry Box and Wooden Cigar Box}

Tonya & Jayne
{Wooden Travel Box and Vintage Wooden Purse....Jayne was brought to tears by Tonya's sweet story and Facebook stalking to pick the most perfect symbolic container, super special}

 Tammy & Beth
{Vintage Train Case and Jewelry Box}

Barb & Rene
{Bird Cage - fun new idea! And Jewelry Box}

Me and Laura
{Metal Tool Box (loved it Laura!) and Vintage Train Case}

Valita and Shae
{Wooden Box and Hat Box}

These color boxes just get better and better!  I love the thought all the girls put into their swaps.  They truly are a treasure to take home!  


Friday, May 15, 2015

Handmade U - Semester 8 - Day 3 - Class Time, Wood Fire Oven Pizza and a Fond Farewell Dinner

Hi All -

I'm loving remembering this joy filled weekend!!  Even though I might have been a little crazy busy during the weekend, I enjoyed every moment with these students!!

Saturday morning we started by finishing the little birdies and plaque with Melody.  The painting and collaging really added to the personality of each little birdie.

All the beautiful work from the students!

I hope they grace a special place in each of your homes!!

While everyone worked to finish their projects in the morning we had an Oven Fire Pizza making machine come set-up for lunch!

Even in the brisk weather and drizzle they braved the elements to FEED us!  So grateful!

Thanks to Rolling Fire Company for bringing in lunch and cranking out those pizzas!  Did you know those ovens get to over 800 degrees??  After a day of cooling off they can still cook a chicken in it??  Wow, HOT!

The pizzas were super tasty!  They were also very accommodating for our gals who were gluten free, even egg and corn free along with a few other things....

Judy was able to eat pizza after not having it for years!!  Yay!

After having our fill of pizzas that kept being delivered into the barn, we finished up Melody's fun project and I provided my Handmade U Barn stitching project to everyone that was ready...

I gave a few stitching lessons to those who were embroidering for their FIRST time!! How exciting!

Though this project wasn't going to be completed in an afternoon, I was so excited to see everyone get started with a stitch or two!  We have been sharing on our FB group and instagram the progress.  I'll do an update blog post when I get more finished project photos to share.  I love seeing how differently all the gals are choosing to stitch their project!

I put together a little "self-published" {aka copied and sewn} book together of my favorite basic stitches.  I hope it helped the newbies!!

One of the gals favorite gifts of the weekend was the amazing Quilted Red Barn needle keeper that my Mom created for each student, personalized and all!

After everyone finished their projects and started wrapping up the gals either went back to freshen up at their hotel, or even snuck in some extra shopping....

Dinner was at Lazlo's in downtown Lincoln in an area called the Haymarket.  I had chosen kebabs, steak or chicken, and salads.  Such good food, and great service.

We had our own special room which was away from the crowded restaurant, so it was relaxing and private to share one last meal together and my thanks to the group!!

We even had an impromptu photo shoot at the end of the evening...

Thanks to Melody Ross for being such a wonderful teacher, and impromptu helper - given I was a little behind due to being under the weather the few days before HU.  She was a trooper and I can't thank her enough!

Thanks too to all the Sponsors, I will be doing a special blog post coming up on the Sponsors, they make HU even more FUN!!  Who doesn't love a goodie bag?!

Thanks to all the 'peaters this semester!!  The 1-peaters or the 2, 3, 4 or 5-peaters!!  I loved having you at the Homestead, I hope you enjoyed it!!

Ya'll come back now ya hear?