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Charlotte Oktoberfest – Homebrews Plus

Hello Beer Fiends,

As long-promised and overdue, here is the second of the Charlotte Oktoberfest write-ups that I have from the 2012 Charlotte Oktoberfest festival held at the Metronlina Tradeshow Expo on September 29, 2012. Apologies for the delay, this took forever and a half to type up! Yeesh, my fingers hurt now!!! All for you all, though, all for you! ūüėČ

2012 Charlotte Oktoberfest Homebrewers

2012 Charlotte Oktoberfest!

Homebrewers. The local legends of beer one-off experimentations, imitations-of-large-name-beers, and classic styles redone with new twists. These are the people that like making little tweaks to their recipes to make it that extra little bit more <insert beer flavor, aroma or aftertaste of your choice here>.

So to make up for missing so many of the homebrewers available to you all, I am going to list the brews that I didn’t get to try in my post yesterday. You will feel shame for me, I am sure, when you compare the lists of today and yesterday. I definitely hung my head in shame¬†at myself!

Homebrews I Missed (in order from Oktoberfest booklet:
Adam Kaufman: Rex’s Rye Rocket
Bill Lynch: Big Bill’s IPA, Buster Cherry Blonde, Citradiculous IPA, Robusto Porter
Brian Beachemin: Beat The Heat Wheat
Brian Schonder: Hunt For Red Oktober
Bruno Wichnoski: Old Ace, Sir Bruno’s ESB, The Great One
Charles Scheffer: Pumpkin Ale
Chris Black: Smoke and Mirrors, Drunkin’ Punkin’
Chris Webber: Rhine Rain, Tip The Porter
David Jones: Eternal Hoppiness, Half Wit SC Peach Wheat
Felton Dengler: Cut The Grass Damn It! Pale Ale
James O’Leary: Night Vision Black IPA
Jen Kaufman: Jen’s Joy Juice
John Oshman: Osh’s Awesome Ale
Kelly Pruett: Centennial IPA
Lisa Johnson: Dandelion IPA
Mark Graham: Fear The Turtle!
Mike Schenk: Kashi Brown Ale
Pat Wichnoski: Crimson Oktoberfest, The Big O (aka Sexual Chocolate)
Paul Bright: Mahopma Curry IPA
Randy Griesman: Kumawannaliea Pineapple Wheat
Rob Adams: Cinderella’s Last Ride
Scott Jacobs: God Save The Hops
Stephen Gilbert: Dunkel Donuts, Flummoxed Lummox
Stephen Hutchinson: Peaceful Warrior
Tom Henderson: Ich bin ein Berliner
Tyler Norris: Choppy’s Old Bier

Alternative Beverage Staff: Alt Bev American Red Bitter, APA, Hefeweizen; Red Hook ESB Clone
Bethea Baker:¬†Alt Bev¬†American Pilsner, Black IPA, Dortmunder Export, Irish Red, Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Ale, Raspberry Wheat, Small Session Brown Ale; 60 Minute IPA Clone, 90 Minute IPA Clone, Hophead Potter, Southern Belle’s Half Hearted Ale
Chris Austin: Cherries Forever Stout
Clif Mullis: Black Currant White Merlot, Peach Chardonnay, Strawberry Riesling
Christopher Grzebyk: Hop Smuggler Centennial
Ian Peterson: Cockin’ Cannons Cherry Chocolate Stout, Eastern Steamer, Outta Boresight Bitter
James Lafferty: Autumn Trailblazer Sweet Potato Ale, Dirty Shirley Wine Cooler
Jason Thornton: Black Beard IPA
Loren Standley: Not Your Common Cider, Thomas Jefferson Ale

Crystal Gainous: Copacetic CABREW Pale Ale
Eric Allgaier: Cabarrus Breakfast Stout, Dreadful Sorry, Get your !*@$ing Chocolate Outta My Peanut Butter Porter
Ford Craven: Craven’ Cucumber Kolsch
Jenn Waterson: Hoppier The Better
Josh Davis: Deutscherdbeer Hefe Weissbier
Luke Waterson: Wit You Want?
Nancy Scott: Blumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Pie
Patty Acquaviva: Strawberry Blonde
Rick Godby / Sharon Doherty: Dark Lady Porter
Rusty Agee: Brown Party Likker
Scott Peterlin: Granny’s Apple Saison
Steve Propst: Millennium Falconer
Tim Kelley: The American Hefe

Bill Dubas: El Deguello, Masala Porter
Brian Sico: Dicken’s Cider, Hop Monster, NitWit
Chris Duke: Sweet Georgia Blonde
Dave Buning: Campfire Wheat, Some like it hop, Yep that’s a Stout
Mike Hahne: Knicker Twist

Adam Childers: Fraulein’s Delight, He Ain’t Hefe He’s My Brother, What the Helles?
Barry Wray: Go2Helles, Woooooo!
Brenton Queen: My British Fling
Eddie Wetmore: Carpet Doesn’t Match The Drapes
Jason Garvin: Velocity Redlight 1.1, Velocity Redlight 1.2, Velocity Redlight 1.3
Lee Wagoner: Wham Bam Thank You Mamber
Paul Watkins: Dead Ringer
Steve Moulton: Knicker-dropper, Stoutzilla
Tom Wechter: Painted Lady

Chris Miller: Fade To Blackberry Wit, Frost On The PUmpkin Porter
Jake Atwell: Amaretto By Morning
Lee Hill: Captain Nolan’s ORCA
Mike Marble: One Giant Leap Double IPA, One Small Step Amber
Mike Pflugrad: Porky’s Prostitute Porter
Sam Victory: Creature Feature, How ‘Bout Them Apples, Unity Wit
Silas Swaim: Cottonmouth Brown, h’Wheat
Terry Smith: You Didn’t Brew That!
Terry Smith / Sam Victory: HOPS’ High Point Pride Cask English Bitter
Tim McDonald: Fire In The Hole Jalapeno Ale, Man On The Moon Cherry Wheat, Once In A Blue Moon, Skidmark Porter
William Speisberger: Hubba Bubba Cranium

Brad Albrecht: American IPA
Brian Little: Jamils Evil Twin
Chris Olden: Chirs’ Pilsner
John Crnich: German Hefeweizen
Kevin Neyland: Chocolate Milk Stout
Michael Thomas: Dry Hopped Cider
Patrick Stephens: Brown Eye Ale
Press Brewery: American Pale Ale, Jalapeno Ale
Velocity Brewing: Redlight Version 1, Redlight Version 2, Redlight Version 3
Russ Burnitt: Old Chub Clone, Surly Furious
Rusty Starnes: Black IPA
Tim Kelley: American IPA, Oxford Nut Brown
Wes Midkiff: Axis IPA, Sorachi Ace IPA
Will Omsbach: Right Coast IPA, Right Coast IPA 2

Adam Puzerewski: Bunny Hop Wheat, Philly Peach Wheat
Alex Pagano: Batch 674
Andy Kalinoski: Brown House Ale, Das Golden Shower
Brent Brewer: Knockout Stout
Louis Oliver: Cherry Poppin’s Cider
Michael Pribble: Breakfast of Champions
Patrick Allen: Red Blooded American Ale
Trevor Gildea: Fantasy Draft 2

Brad Petit: Nothing But Cascade
Dan Adams: No Soul, Welfare John
Jim Griggers: Guten Morgen, Janet Weiss
JP Boileau: Land of Barley & Blue, Palmetto Oaked Ale, Waking up at 6:23am Breakfast Stout, Hop Witit, Push Up, Sweet Southern Blonde
Keven and Wendy Deaton: Cluster F#$K Chocolate Coconut Stout, London’s Folly, Oaked EPA
Matt Rodgers: Dweller Marzen, The Black Key
Paul Selig: SMASHed Cherry
Phil Tollison: Gestalt, Souther WatermALEon

Chad Hahn: Blonde Ale, IPA
Jason Alarcon: Snatches of Pink
Kevin Dolan: The APE
Ryan Trask: CitrAm Pale Ale
Ryan Weir: Cream Ale, Peanut Butter Porter

Bill MacElroy: Stiche Alt Bier
Brian Cendrowski: Dieterhosen Festbier, The Fixer
Hang To: Tripel
Jake Grove: Sage Advice Cascadian Dark Ale
Jeremy Grieshop: Harold-is-Weizen
Joe Coxey: Doverdale Wheat
Margaret Antonik: Sweet Ginger Brown

Dave Koenig: Brunette Bombshell, Koenigfest, Pooh’s Hunny Blonde Ale
Dave Wanucha: Dag Gum Dunkel
Mark Stoehr: Bahama Mama Smoked Coconut Wheat, Hoppy Stout
Steve Nance: Absinthe Of Malice
Tom Nolan: Cocoa Love, Farmhouse Floozie

Dave Keller: Bat Cap
Bernie Kessel: Pink Lady Cider
Mark Staffon: My IPA
Rich and Lee Pettus: Smokey Mountain Porter

Bill Lynch: Amber Ale with Carrots, Candied Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Vanilla Beans in Bourbon
Brian Beauchemin: Smoked Porter
Charles Scheffer: Pumpkin Ale
Felton Dengler: Ale Brewed with Carrots and Spices
Ford Craven: Brown Porter Mashed with Butternut Squash
Josh Davis: Farmhouse Ale with Wild Blackberries
Kevin Martin: Ale Brewed with Roasted Tomatoes and Fresh Rosemary
Lisa Johnson: Ale Using Sweet Potatoes In The Mash
Mike Schenk: Ale Brewed with Potato, Sweet Potato, Carrots and Beets
Rob Adams: Spiced Carrot and Parsnip Belgian Dubbel
Shawn McBride: Olde Ale with Pumpkin

WHEW! That was quite the list! As you can see, my trials versus misses were grossly outnumbered. Clearly I need to party with the homebrew tent way more next year! ūüėČ So that is all for today, and thanks for your patience while I got all of that typed up. I will continue more in the next installation after a short baking/cooking break tomorrow! Until then, though….

Craft You Later,

Charlotte Oktoberfest – Homebrews

Hello Beer Fiends,

As long-promised and overdue, here is the first of the Charlotte Oktoberfest write-ups that I have from the 2012 Charlotte Oktoberfest festival held at the Metronlina Tradeshow Expo on September 29, 2012.

2012 Charlotte Oktoberfest Homebrewers

2012 Charlotte Oktoberfest!

Homebrewers. The local legends of beer one-off experimentations, imitations-of-large-name-beers, and classic styles redone with new twists. These are the people that like making little tweaks to their recipes to make it that extra little bit more <insert beer flavor, aroma or aftertaste of your choice here>.

Now, I will admit, being a novice to the Oktoberfest scene, that I did not do the Homebrewer section the way I should have, and in fact missed a LOT of homebrewer tents completely, let alone beers that I wanted to try out.

So to make up for that, to the homebrewers as well as myself and you all, I am going to list the brews that I tried, and then tomorrow post the list of all that were available that I wasn’t able to try. Got to give a nod to everyone, after all!

Homebrews I Tried:
Brewer / Style of Beer / Unique Beer Name: Review of Beer
Bill Lynch / Strong Scotch Ale / Bill’s Big Kilted Co*k: This was a full flavored scotch ale, and the “strong” part was definitely right on the money. The malts in this were close to an amber ale, and balanced nicely with some caramel undertones in the aroma and flavor. A little sweetness and a heavy dose of oak finished the flavor off nicely for me.

Bill Lynch / Imperial IPA / Cunning Linguist Imperial IPA: this hearty IPA was full of hops and citrus, with a smooth bite to the end of each sip that let you know you weren’t drinking a wimpy Pale Ale (really, I love you PAs, don’t hate me!!!), but rather an Imperial (Double) IPA full of character and, well, hops! This was good. The name clearly was a seller for it as well.

Bill Lynch / Specialty Beer / Dork Peppermint Patty Stout: This was my favorite of the homebrews, actually. First, it says “Dork”, and that fits me VERY well as a moniker (hey, wear it and be proud, right?!?), and second – peppermint patty?!?! Yes please and thank you kindly. This tasted like a York Peppermint Patty married a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, and this beauty was the amazing offspring they produced together. (Now do you believe it was my favorite?) The porter coffee notes came through very lightly, but this beer was all about the chocolate and peppermint from start to finish. It didn’t taste like an Altoid, it tasted like a -chocolate- mint. Very well balanced with an understated alcohol punch to it.

**Maybe I should insert here that Bill is a friend of mine’s dad, so we of course had to try quite a few of his beers out! ;-)**

David Jones / Bohemian Pilsner / Czech Your Head: This cleverly titled beer was lighter density, with clear citrus and hop notes from start to finish. It had a bit of a bite to it with the hops, but it smoothed out with the citrus completely. This was a really good beer, we all enjoyed it.

Brian Schonder / Specialty Beer / Dirty Blonde Kitty: This banana beer was super surprising. It tasted almost like a super banana-y banana bread without the nuts (ok, shhhhush!). The caramel malt flavor came through very well underneath the banana, and complemented the medium-weight feel of this beer very well. Plus, again, the name. Gotta love it, and gotta try them, especially if you have a Kat with you! ūüėČ (loveyoumeanitlady!)

Rob Adams / Fruit Beer / Chocolate Cherry Stout: As a self-proclaimed chocolate junkie, I had to try this beer out. This wasn’t quite as chocolatey as I was expecting, more of a light milk chocolate (lighter flavor and profile), but the cherry flavor came through very well and was almost stronger than the chocolate. This was a good fruit stout, and a lighter feeling one at that (that is not a criticism either).

Loren Standley / Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer / Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Ale: This was a nice surprise in a very nutty ale, which definitely tasted of sweet potato and malted caramel flavors to me. I enjoyed this more vegetabley beer a lot, especially as it stood out from so many of the others by taste. This was very much an earthier yet sweet medium-bodied beer.

Jason Thornton / Specialty Beer / Joyful Coconut Porter: This was a delicious and island-feeling porter that was basically like someone soaked a stout with Mounds candies. A lot of coconut flavor, a hint of nuttiness but just a hint, and a lot of strong porter coffee and chocolate undertones combined to make this a very enjoyable porter. Everything balanced nicely, and I thoroughly enjoyed this as a huge fan of Mounds candies! ūüôā

Nicole Cendrowski / American Stout / Metrosexual Chocolate: This milky chocolate stout ale had an undertone of coffee, but was mostly milk chocolate and a little bit of spice melded into the blend for a nice and somewhat lighter stout. This was a really good stout, I thought, plus the name is just fun as well!

Dave Koenig¬†/ Cream Ale / Cheap Trick:¬†This was a decent cream ale, and since I’m not a huge fan of the style, that is pretty much a good recommendation, haha… It was definitely creamy, and definitely had a full flavor though I personally thought it had a little bit of a caramel undertone to it (my friend disagreed), while still being a solid ale with the malt flavors as well. Plus, this band just rocks, so we of course had to try it!

Tomorrow I will post the other Homebrews available which I was unable to try! Gotta share the love after all! ūüėČ

Craft You Later,

Charlotte Area Fall Festivals

Hello Fall-loving Friends!

I promised on Tuesday in my Apple Picking post that I would post about some upcoming fall festivals in the Charlotte area for the month of October. As promised, here we go!

OCT 6-7 ‚Äď AUTUMN JUBILEE in Salisbury, NC, approximately 50 minutes from Uptown Charlotte at the Dan Nicholas Park.
From 10am – 6pm both Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, you can go to Salibsury to check out over 180¬†crafts, log sawing (2pm both days), children’s activities (pumpking painting, puppet theatre and a magician to name a few!), craft demonstrations, continuous live music, and plenty of food to enjoy! Best part? Admission is free!

OCT 6¬†‚Äď BRUSHY MOUNTAIN APPLE FESTIVAL in Wilkesboro, NC, approximately 90 minutes from Uptown Charlotte (follow the signs). The streets of downtown North Wilkesboro are filled with over 425 arts¬†& crafters, 100 food concessions, and 4 music stages (Blue Grass, Country, Folk, Gospel, Appalachian Heritage). Cloggers, folk dancers, etc, provide further entertainment for festival goers. Local apple growers set up throughout the festival selling their apples, apple cider, and dried apples. Best part? Admission is free!

brushy mountain apple festival nc apples

OCT 6-7¬†‚Äď FALL FESTIVAL in Asheboro, NC, approximately 90 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, held in Downtown Asheboro. Sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild, this festival is a combination of street fair, bazaar, harvest celebration and homecoming.¬†With 350¬†vendors, Arts & Craft Booths,¬†Crafts Demonstrations,¬†Flea Market Section,¬†Food Booths and¬†Live Music, this is sure to be a fun time for anyone. Best part? Admission is free!

OCT 12-14¬†‚Äď AUTUMN LEAVES FESTIVALin Mount Airy,¬†NC, approximately¬†2 hours from Uptown Charlotte.¬†This 3-day fall¬†festival (9am¬†– 9pm Friday and Saturday, and 12-6pm Sunday) is in its 46th year! The unique arts & crafts of +200 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills. There is “Food for the Soul” (ham biscuits, collards, cornbread, barbeque, ground steak, etc) served by our local organizations.¬†To complement it all, there is live music in the styles of¬†Old-time, Bluegrass and Gospel performed by local musicians! Best part? Admission is free!

OCT 13-14¬†‚Äď AUTUMN TREASURES FESTIVAL¬†in Waxhaw, NC, approximately 45 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. This is the 7th annual two-day outdoor arts and crafts festival.¬†Waxhaw is¬†proud to¬†showcase the talents and wares of our local artists, food¬†vendors and exhibitors in this street festival held in downtown Waxhaw! Admission is free.

OCT 19-20¬†‚Äď FALL FESTIVAL¬†in Pineville, NC,¬†is approximately¬†25 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. This 2-day festival has live music, food, and plenty of family fun right in the heart of Pineville. Beware – this festival is Friday and Saturday, not Saturday and Sunday like most of the previous festivals! Admission is free.

OCT 20¬†‚Äď APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL in Fort Mill,¬†SC, approximately 40 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, and held at the Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill in Fort Mill, SC. Come out for a Fall Family Tradition with all of Windy Hill Orchards Apple Products, Hayrides, Fresh Picked Apples, Scarecrow Making, Apple Cider Tasting, Live Music, Apple Butter Making, Apple Cider Slush, Pumpkins, Carmel Apples, Blacksmith Demonstrations, and Much More. Festival is from 9am – 5pm on Saturday and admission is free!

OCT¬†20¬†‚Äď APPLE FESTIVAL in Taylorsville, NC, approximately¬†1 hour from Uptown Charlotte. This festival provides a fantastic assortment of entertainment on 3 stages, plenty of food vendors, and craft and flea market vendors. There is a Kid’s Corner with plenty of things for the younger attendees, and of course the apple stuff. An apple peeling contest, apple desert contest, a booth apple theme decorating contest, and of course lots of apple vendors from which to buy cider, a large variety of bagged apples, etc. Admission is free for this as well!

Last but certainly not least is my favorite festival in the fall: the Carolina Renaissance Festival! Running from OCT 6 – NOV 18 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 5:30pm, this annual 22-acre extravaganza takes you back in time to the Renaissance. With a 3-part live joust, 11 stages with constant and varied acts, and plenty of wonderful food like turkey legs, jerky, bread bowls and fudge – this is a must for any self-respecting Carolinian, in my opinion! If you go to a local Harris Teeter, tickets are $19 for adults and $9 for children (5-12 only, under 5 are free). Otherwise at the gate it is $1 more per ticket, unless you are a senior citizen or¬†military, in which case (with ID) it is $18 for you all the time! Opening weekend (Oct 6-7) sees tickets at 2 for $20 (gate only)! Warning, if you’re not a fan of large crowds, opening weekend may not be worth the cost for you! It will be a long wait in traffic and the ticket line this weekend, but after that it should be much more pleasant and crowd-reduced! Either way, this is a great all-day low-cost event where all you pay for once inside are food and drinks, and if you want to climb the wall or shoot archery that will also be a little extra. They also have plenty of vendors as well selling a plethora of merchandise, from clothing to age-old weapons to jewelry to hand-blown glass (with live demonstrations on the hour). If you can’t tell, I absolutely LOVE this festival, and go a minimum of 3 times per year. So much fun! They have special event weekends as well, like Sci-Fi¬†& Fantasy¬†Literary¬†(Oct 13-14), BrewFest (Oct 20-21), Halloween Daze (Oct 27-28), and Pirate’s Christmas (Nov 10-11).

carolina renaissance festival renfest renfaire royal faire

So if you can’t find something in October to do on a weekend, don’t blame me as I’ve just given you a ton of excuses to go have some fun! ūüėČ

Craft You Later,

Charlotte Area Apple Picking

Hello Friends,

I thought it would be fun to post a write-up of local Apple Picking locations around the Charlotte Metro area. So here goes!

Sky Top Orchards is located in Flat Rock, NC, and is approximately 2 hours from Uptown Charlotte. Currently in season: Pumpkins, Gourds, Squashes, Asian Pears, and Apples (Gala, Golden Delicious, Cortland, Red Delicious, Mutsu, Jonathan, Jonagold, Fuji, Ida Red, Blushing Gold, Staymen Winesap, Granny Smith, Cameo, Rome).

Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is located in Fort Mill, SC, and is approximately 40 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. Currently you-picking Stayman Winesap apples only, and providing tours, cider, hard cider, and pre-picked apples on site at the store.

Carrigan Farms is located in Mooresville, NC, and is approximately 40 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. They have you-pick red and golden delicious apples, a variety of other pre-picked apples, and Fresh Cider is also available at their market.

Millstone Creek Orchards is located in Ramseur, NC, and is under 2 hours from Uptown Charlotte. Currently you-picking is available for apple varieties of Golden Delicious, Red Winesap, Red Fuji, Stayman Winesap, Granny Smith and Pink Lady. Hayrides are also available on Saturdays and Sundays in October for $5 per person.

Hill’s Orchard and Vineyard is located in Trinity, NC, and is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. They recommend that you call them for a schedule of available produce.

So happy apple picking if you go to any of these places, and I will be posting a link Thursday (in 2 days) with a list of Charlotte Area Fall Festivals, to complement this article! Keep reading!

Craft You Later,

Craft Meet Up: Letters To Our Troops

Hello Crafting Friends,

I have an idea that I have been tossing around for awhile now in my own mind. I think it would be super fun to meet at a local Park in Charlotte, as a group, and do a craft activity. I also think it would be awesome if said craft served a purpose other than just being fun. Like, say, being something we send to the troops before Veteran’s Day…. hmm? Hmm? Hmm?!?!!!

So I was looking around this place called the internet (you may have heard of it), and I found this organization called Operation Gratitude, which has a whole section of its services being geared towards volunteers writing letters to troops (active, and veterans of past conflicts). HELLO we have a winner!

operation gratitude handmade card marine troops

Handmade Cards to Troops

Because this organization is based in California, and I (we) am in North Carolina, I cannot organize anything to go volunteer at the actual volunteer events. However if you’re reading this in Cali, and want to get some community service in, go check out their volunteer schedule. Or if you’re not in NC nor CA and want to donate to the cause, you can do so here to help send care packages to military personnel overseas.

operation gratitude handmade card army troops

More Handmade Cards to Troops

Anyways, back to my plan. I would like to organize a meet-up for Sunday, October 28, 2012, in order to get a group together to get this started. I have a park in mind, but figure I will see how the date works first before nailing down a park.

1) Get together at a specified date and time (Sun Oct 28 @ 3pm?).
2) Everyone brings a few supplies (no glitter!) to decorate cards (markers, crayons, stickers, colored pencils, pens, stencils, stamps, etc) for everyone to share.
3) I will supply a good amount of cream and white card stock cards (pre-folded), based on the amount of participants.
4) Make cards following these guidelines for the troops and veterans of past conflicts (your choice)! This includes possibly including your information for responses, if you so chose, or you can use mine.
5) Everyone gets together and shares in a craft activity for a good cause outdoors for ~1 hour, and maybe makes some new friends as well!
6) I will then ship the cards to the donation location for delivery to the troops, and pass along any responses that I get from OG or the troops to whom our cards are sent.

So… I really need your responses people, for real. Is this something you would be interested in doing? Is this something that sounds fun and crafty to you? Is this something you would actually respond to my blog with a “YES I AM IN!” at all?!? Responses appreciated sooner rather than later, but at least by Monday October 22, so I can plan and plot accordingly! Oh, and please include your email so that I can include you in our plans! (Yes, I am being optimistic here!)

Give me your thoughts, pretty please, and let me know if you would be up for doing this craft volunteer outdoor adventure together! We can adjust the date and time if need be, but please let me know about any interest you have in this!

Craft You Later,

Happy Father’s Day!

It has dawned on me from recent conversations that many people forget about Father’s Day, after so much focus on Mother’s Day. In our family, you had to start thinking early for both so you could decide what to get or make for the gifts. Our parents made us work for ideas! ūüėČ

Dad is especially hard to gift, since he always says all he needs is time with his kids. And means it. So getting him to admit he needs more is a yearly ritual that involves some kind of secret finagling from mom, repeated ‘asks’ by my brother & I, and finally an answer. He gets to see us too, of course!

So in honor and memory of all those great DADs out there, who suffer gladly through getting hot pink ties from their daughters (and wear them!), endless tools from their sons, and all sorts of haphazardly created craft projects from kids of all ages – after suffering truly through diapers, sickness, growing pains, nightmares, school drama, teenage years, and all that went in between…

Here is to you, and much love from your kids (and grandkids), be they of blood or heart or friendship, on this day to tell you how much we appreciate and love you!








Craft You Later,

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Thank you to all our military, past and present, for their sacrifices, large & small. We remember you & honor you today.












Honor, courage and commitment proven silently and continuously, throughout time.

Craft You Later,

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, includong the moms-to-be, surrogate moms, adopted moms, honorary moms, birth moms, and grandmoms. This is a day for you to do nothing, to turn it all over to everyone else. Enjoy your days ladies: you deserve it!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

So this is a short & sweet message just to tell you Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays from me to you & yours! Wishing you happiness, love & laughter always, but especially now. Also sending extra prayers & good thoughts to all our military & their families this Holiday, with extra prayers for all emergency personnel as well!

Happy Christmas!

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