Wednesday, November 26, 2008

December Events in Wisconsin

It is hard to believe that it is almost time to turn another page on the calendar. I have been stamping and scrapping up a storm this week but I can't post any pictures for you because everything that I have been working on is for Christmas gifts. But I promise that I will shoot pictures of everything before it leaves will just have to wait a month or so to see pictures of those things! Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Elaine

Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 Visit Santa—Chippewa Falls. Rutledge Charity Building, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Nov. 29–30, Dec. 6–7 Floral Fantasy—Mauston. The Boorman House, 1–8 p.m. Live entertainment, raffle, refreshments. 608/847-4450.

1–5 Glassblowing Show—Brule. Oulu Glass, 9–5 daily. Blown, fused, stained glass. 715/372-4160 or

2, 9 Holiday Crafts—Chippewa Falls. Public Library. Dec. 2, ages 3–6 and Dec. 9, ages 7–11. No registration required. 715/723-1146.

2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides—Chippewa Falls. Downtown. Tickets available at Gordy’s County Market.

4 Crafters’ Holiday—Viroqua. Area Medical Office Building, 9–4. 608/637-4204.

4 Spaghetti Dinner with Santa—Fifield. Northwoods Supper Club, 5–7 p.m. Pictures with Santa, gift shop. 715/956-8353.

5 Holiday Parade—Prairie du Chien. Blackhawk Avenue, 5:30 p.m. 608/326-8555.

5 Parade & Tree Lighting—Phillips. Lake Avenue, 6 p.m. Parade, tree lighting, caroling. 888/408-4800 or

5 Kids Cookie Decorating—Chippewa Falls. River Source Family Center, 6–7:30 p.m. 715/723-7858.

5 Festival of Trees “The Enchanted Forest —Cable. Tree decorations, wreaths, stockings, centerpieces, more. 715/798-3999 Ext. 547 or

6 Christmas in Cassville—Cassville. Downtown. Parade of homes, decorating contests, horse & wagon rides, musical programs, more. 608/725-5855.

6 Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon—Phillips. United Methodist Church, 11–2. Bake sale, craft sale, door prizes. 715/339-4406.

6 Cookie, Candy, & Craft Walk—Mauston. United Methodist Church, 8 a.m.–noon (or sold out). 608/847-5964.

6 Finnish Independence Day—Brantwood. Community Center, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Dinner, history program, door prizes, gift shop. 715/564-2520.

6 Christmas Fair—Fall Creek. Village Hall, 9–1. Raffle drawings, lunch, more. 715/286-5014.

6 Winter Market—Fort Atkinson. VyMac/Verlo Creamery Building, 2nd floor, 10–3. Home-spun goods, fine art, live music.

6 Christmas Tea—Gillett. Historical Museum, 1–4 p.m. Gift shop, bake sale.

6 Cookie Walk—Boscobel. St. Johns Lutheran Church. 608/375-5855.

6 Craft Show—Cable. Telemark Resort, 9–3. Over 50 artists/crafters. 715/798-3999 Ext. 547 or

6 Cookie Walk—Merrimac. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 9–2. 608/493-2640.

6 Bridge to Wonderland Parade—Chippewa Falls. Downtown, 6 p.m. Visit Santa, live reindeer display and petting. 715/723-6661 or

6 Cookie Walk—Milton. United Methodist Church, 8 a.m. until gone. 608/868-3585.

6 Christmas in Boscobel—Boscobel. Blaine Gym, 1–3 p.m. Santa, parade at noon. 608/375-4458.

6 Holiday Cookie Walk—Chippewa Falls. Trinity United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. Live nativity scene, 5:30 p.m. 715/723-2806.

6 Chili Feed—Chippewa Falls. Christ Episcopal Church, 4–9 p.m.

6 Craft Show—Coon Valley. Village Hall, 7:30–2. 608/483-2508.

6 St. Nicholas Day—New Glarus. Holiday shopping specials, Santa, traditional cookie sale.

6 Lasagna Dinner—Holmen. American Legion, 4–7:30 p.m. Door prizes, silent auction. 608/526-3372.

6 Bazaar—Plainfield. St. Paul’s Church, 8:30–1. Baked goods, crafts, raffles, more. 715/249-5263.

6, 7 Old-Fashioned Christmas—Coon Valley. Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center, 10–4. 608/452-3424 or

6, 7 Festival of Trees”—Eau Claire. Civic Center, 10–5. Trees, wreaths, garlands, centerpieces for live and silent auction, entertainment. 715/832-2787 or

6, 7, 13, 14 A Christmas Holiday on a Victorian Estate—Prairie du Chien. Villa Louis Historic Site, 10–4 and special lamplight tour Saturdays 5:30–7:30 p.m. 608/326-2721.

7 Advent Breakfast—Cassville. St. Charles School. Breakfast, 8–noon. Santa’s workshop, raffle, visit from Santa. 608/725-5173.

7 Christmas Homes Tour—Viroqua. Museum, 1–5 p.m. 608/637-7396.

7 Christmas Open House—Chippewa Falls. Cook-Rutledge Mansion, 1–5 p.m. Dessert, refreshments, holiday musicians. 715/723-7181 or

7 Lovelight Tree Lighting—Menomonie. Education Room at Red Cedar Medical Center, 2 p.m. Program, tree lighting, treats.

10 Empty Stocking Event—Boscobel. Pat & Greg’s Pour House, 7 p.m. 608/375-4656.

12–14 Madrigal Dinner—Phillips. Club 13, 6:30–9 p.m. Seven-course meal, music, skits. Reservations required, 715/339-3908 or

13 Hometown Holiday Extravaganza—Rosholt. American Legion Hall, 8–1. Cookie walk, gift baskets, raffle, door prizes, candy. 715/677-4846.

13 Walk Through the Park—Chippewa Falls. Irvine Park, 6 p.m. Christmas Village, caroling, refreshments. 715/723-5515.

13 Cookie & Craft Sale—Cleghorn. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Cookies by the pound, pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Santa. 715/579-9223.

13 Christmas Show—Viroqua. Temple Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Five by Design’s Radio Holly Days. Tickets, 608/637-2946.

13, 14, 20, 21 Mansion Tours— Chippewa Falls. Cook-Rutledge Mansion, 2 p.m. 715/723-7181 or

14 Christmas Feast—Boscobel. St. Johns Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. Performance by Boscobel Community Choir. 608/375-5855.

15 Quilt Raffle Drawing—Fall Creek. White Pine Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Queen/King cross stitch floral quilt. Ticket buyers & sellers needed. 715/877-2372.

19–21 XC Ski F.I.T. Training Program—Cable. Learn to ski well, relaxed, strong with John Burns. 715/798-3999 Ext. 547 or

20 Christmas Bird Count—Cable. Help the National Audubon Society conduct the annual winter bird census. 715/798-3890.

20–21 Winter Solstice Festival—New Lisbon. The Aquarian Garden. 608/562-5433 or

24 Christmas Eve Service—Montello. The Peoples Church, 7 p.m. 608/297-8585.

31 Droppin’ of the Carp—Prairie du Chien. Entrance of St. Feriole Island, 9 p.m. Bonfires, entertainment, fireworks. Countdown starts at 11:40 p.m. 608/326-8602.

31 Chili and Soup Supper—Boscobel. Tuffley Center, 5 p.m.–midnight. Entertainment. Free. Sponsored by Maple Ridge Bible Church. 608/375-5777.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

You R My Sunshine Scrapbook Page

This is the scrapbook page we made at stamp camp this month. I just love it. I think it turned out adorable. I sang "You are my sunshine" to my girls when they were babies. This is a picture of my oldest daughter Jenna when she was a baby. She always had this contagious smile on her face! Still does!
I went to the doctor today as I have been sick on and off for about 2 months. I did not see my regular doctor as he was off today but Sam, the PA I saw, is under my regular doctor, Dr. Bjelland. Sam thinks most of what I am going through is allergy related but did put me on Amoxicillon as he thinks there could be some bacteria because it has gone on so long. I have been sick at least 3 other times this year too and never went in. So I am taking 5 things at the moment, besides my regular meds. The antibotic, nasonex, claritin, musinex, and saline nose solution. Hopefully that will clear things up. I am tired of being sick!!!! Boo

Joyfold Card Challenge

Here is Susie Smith's Joyfold Card for the card challenge. She did an excellant job!!!! Way to go Susie!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Bloom Again Die Cuts

I wanted to show my stamp camp gals the Bloom Again Die Cuts that we sell and I thought I would make up a few up to give them some idea's. Well, they were so much fun to play with that I made up the whole package! You can layer them as much or as little as you want too. I really did alot of layering. Most of them have 3 or 4 layers to them. I counted them after I got done and I ended up with 44 pieces which comes out to about 20 cents per piece! A very good deal I think. So now I have a whole batch of flower's ready for cards or scrapbook pages.

Support Our Troops

Hello to All......

What a Wonderful Christmas this would make for one of our Military recovering from the War, surprise them with a
Christmas Card !!!! This is a small thing to do to cheer their day.

When doing your
Christmas cards this year, take one card
And send it to this address.

If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of
How many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would

When you are making out your
Christmas card list this year,
Please include the following:

A Recovering
American Soldier
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

November Stamp Camp Cards

These are the cards we made the past two days at stamp camp. I also taught them how to make sour cream containers like I made for Sarah and Zach's wedding shower.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Quotable Quotes from the Past

'If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed;

if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.'

-Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot.
And suppose you were a member of Congress....

But then I repeat myself.

-Mark Twain

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity

is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

-Winston Churchill

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul

can always depend on the support of Paul.

- George Bernard Shaw

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man,

which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

-G. Gordon Liddy

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep

voting on what to have for dinner.

-James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

Foreign aid might be defined as
a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries

to rich people in poor countries.

-Douglas Casey

Giving money and power to government is like

giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

-P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live

at the expense of everybody else.

-Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it.

And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

-Ronald Reagan (1986)

I don't make jokes...

I just watch the government and report the facts.

-Will Rogers

If you think health care is expensive now,

wait until you see what it costs when it's free!

- P.J. O'Rourke

In general, the art of government consists of
taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens

to give to the other.

-Voltaire (1764)

Just because you do not take an interest in politics
doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!

-Pericles (430 B.C.)

No man's life, liberty, or property is safe

while the legislature is in session.

-Mark Twain (1866)

Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.


The government is like a baby's alimentary canal:

a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

-Ronald Reagan

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings.

The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

-Winston Churchill

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist

is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

-Mark Twain

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly

is to fill the world with fools.

-Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

There is no distinctly Native American criminal Congress.

-Mark Twain

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

-Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)


A government big enough to give you everything you want,

is strong enough to take everything you have.

-Thomas Jefferson

Card Challenge

At my stamp camp's I do a monthly challenge. I have not had camp since September so I think most of them forgot about it. Sometimes alot of people participate, sometimes not. It is optional. Tonite I just had Sandy Renner bring a card. But it is a dandy!!! She is such a talented person. Normally the card challenge winner wins all the cards but being as she was the only one...I gave her a prize instead! We'll see how many bring a card at tomorrow's camp. I had them cut out a scallop circle with the big shot and they were suppose to do something with it. I think this card is awesome! It also features the felt flowers and a build a brad on it. Good Job Sandy!

Quilting Classes at Homespun Quilts in Endeavor

Classes at Homespun Quilts, Endeavor
Log Cabin Quilting (This class is geared for everyone beginners to advanced.) Intrigued by what can be done with log cabin blocks? Using Judy Martins "Log Cabin Quilt Book", you will pick the quilt of your choice from simple to advanced. Class meets once a month for 4 months.
Class time Thursdays November 6, December 11, January 15 and February 11 from 12:30 to 3:30
Or Saturdays, November 8, December 13, January 17 and February 14 from 9:30 to 12:30
Cost is $50.00 plus book and supplies.

Christmas Mystery – It’s a Mystery Holiday item
Class time Saturday November 22, from 9:30 to 3:00
Cost is $30.00 plus kit.

Beginning Class—Choice of 2 projects to learn fabric selection, rotary cutting, piecing and binding. Four 3-hour sessions. Cost is $60.00 plus materials and pattern. Contact us for more details on this class.

We will begin 1st Saturday starting January 3, 2009 at 10:00-11:00. Each month a different technique will be demonstrated. Jean will feature items that can be made using fat quarters—placemats, pillows, totes, book covers and other gift items. Cost is $5.00 per month.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Jenna and Antonio

Jenna, Antonio, and I went to Family Affair for a leisurely breakfast on Sunday morning. Jenna had asked me to grab some photo albums so that she could show Antonio some pictures from when she was a little girl. Antonio loved looking them. Here is a picture that I took of them two of them at Wedding reception.

Wedding Picture of Sarah and Zach

Vicki Dallman's Cheese cake recipe

Zach's mom, Vicki made this heavenly cheese cake recipe for Sarah and Zach's wedding shower. It is to die for! Just click on the recipe to view larger.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Rub On's Promotion

Rub-Ons Promotion

Dates: November 10-30, 2008

Promotion Details:
Spend $20 and qualify to purchase any Rub-Ons assortment at 20 percent off ($8.76 per package; regularly $10.95):

Item # Page # Rub-Ons Description
111416 178 Chateau Bella
111417 178 Word Flurries
111414 178 Hidden Garden
111277 178 A Perfect Day
110283 179 Take Note
111806 179 Chills & Thrills
111804 179 Chit Chat
111415 179 Greatest Moments
111805 179 School Days
110282 179 Anchored
112844 11* Old Saint Nick
112843 17* Season of Cheer
110283 39** Hidden Garden Blossoms

*From Holiday 2008 Mini Catalog