Monthly Archives: September 2010

Crafting fun….cute fall centerpieces!

These just make me giggle!   This crafting idea for a centerpiece/decoration for a Harvest or Oktoberfest party is very creative & if I have time, I might make one (or two).  Seriously, how cute?!

“Gorgeous Gourds”

How adorable- they even have names!


If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love (where these are from).  I check the website almost daily for new crafting & recipe ideas.  Here are some tips on how to make these “gorgeous gourds”:


Aside from collecting gourds, berries, pine cones, pine needles, nuts, leaves, etc – you’ll need toothpicks & glue to hold things in place.

Happy creating!


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Things to do this weekend…Sheep & Wool Festival!

I am beyond bummed that I will be unable to attend this festival.  I was planning on going, but I now have other responsibilities to attend to…  If any of you go, PLEASE tell me about it!  Looks like the festival will be a lot of fun & a great place to buy gifts for upcoming birthdays/holidays!

Yes, this weekend is the Sheep and Wool Festival!

When: October 2: 10am-5pm & October 3: 10am-4pm

Where: Tunbridge, VT

What: There will be vendors selling their products, demonstrations, workshops, contests & food!  Some of the workshops: beginning spinning, twined knitted socks, wool combing, tapestry weaving & various others!  Fun for folks of all ages & skill levels.

For more information/directions:

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Things to do….. festivals (and hike) updates!

Well, I am rather proud to say that I WAS able to do it all last weekend, and then some!


Hike I’d really recommend:  Molly Stark Balcony in Mad River Glen, part of the Long Trail.  The hike is 2.6 miles (round-trip) & a really pretty hike.  The terrain isn’t easy (lots of ups/downs & some climbing up rocks), but is just challenging enough.  Make sure to have good hiking shoes/boots that are able to grip rocks and bring lots of water.  The hike is only a couple hours & highly recommended.

With the fall foliage, this hike was gorgeous!  Check out the view from one of the look-outs:


Siptemberfest @ Mad River Glen:

This festival was fun, but it would have been a lot more fun had we not just missed the single chair up to the top of Mad River Glen to get a glimpse of the foliage (thankfully we got our fix hiking) and had they not sold out of beer tasting tickets….Next year!!The festival was still fun & you were still able to hang out in/outside the Mad River Glen lodge.  Beer was still available for sale & there was food, too.  They sold pulled pork (which I hear was tasty, though the bun was a big soggy) and veggie burgers in a pita pocket with tahini sauce.  The veggie burger was awesome!  My friends and I still had fun running into people we knew, listening to the band play, and noshing on the food.  

Finally…..Stowe Oktoberfest

My friends and I were really excited about this festival, but we were unfortunately rather disappointed…

Disappointment #1: we got lost.  We had a vague idea of where the venue was, but the signage was quite poor.  There was one sandwich board in downtown Stowe advertising the festival & a green Oktoberfest parking sign.  We missed them both, due to traffic & people walking on the sidewalks in front of them.  A banner or big sign would have been helpful.

Disappointment #2: we were practically the youngest ones there.  We went into the arena and while we understood that it was the second day of the festival, it was nothing like we imagined.  There were very few vendors, we had to pay to get in & didn’t get anything for it (i.e. beer ticket, etc) and then had to pay quite a lot for the beer tasting, food, etc.  There were long tables set up, covering most of the space, so it was clear that the Oktoberfest was mainly about eating & listening to the band…We had a little more in mind.

One good thing about Oktoberfest: the band.  We only stayed for a short time, but the band sounded great!

Thankfully, Stowe has a lot more to offer than just their Oktoberfest!  My friends and I had a great time at the Stowe Farmer’s Market:

After the Farmer’s Market, we hit up a restaurant- The Whip Tavern for lunch/dinner at The Green Mountain Inn.  All three of the courses we chose were delicious (especially their pumpkin soup)!  The restaurant was priced reasonably, the service was friendly, the booths were comfortable & the ambiance was warm.

Notes for next year:

-Get Mad River Glen Siptemberfest tickets before they sell out

-Don’t bother with the Stowe Oktoberfest, but definitely go to the Stowe Farmer’s Market and maybe the Oktoberfest parade.

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Fun with Frosting Friday… Hot Dog!

Well hot dog, it’s finally Friday!  Today I’m showcasing a cake I did for a BBQ…

How I made the Hot Dog:

-Made a chocolate cake in a large round pan, allowed to cool fully once cooked

-Cut the cake into 3 pieces, rounded the edges & top edges of the middle piece, then put them back together

-In a 3 small bowls, add a little yellow food coloring to white frosting, red food coloring in another dish, and green in the 3rd dish

-Spread the yellow frosting on the “bun” portions of the cake & chocolate frosting on the “hot dog” portion of the cake

-With a frosting bag & tips, I spread the red to look like ketchup and green to look like relish.  For the “mustard” I used yellow gel frosting.  Here’s a good/inexpensive brand of frosting decorating tips: You can also buy them at Michaels, though, for about the same price.

Now a cake I’d like to make: A Campfire Cake!

Okay, okay, I know this is a little more of a “summer” cake, but I still love a good campfire in the fall!  Pretty cute & looks tasty, huh?

How to make this cake:

******P.S. check out the new “My Work” page with the latest of my jewelry making!*******

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Things to do this weekend…Siptember & Oktoberfest!

I’ve always been a little confused when Oktoberfest events are held in September, but I’m clearly not the one planning the events…Anyway, this weekend my friends and I will be partaking in the fun events at Stowe’s Oktoberfest!  I have never been, so I’ll hopefully come back with some fun pictures and stories to blog about!  

There will be not one, but TWO authentic German Oompah bands, a grand parade (Saturday), beer tasting, German foods & face painting.

Where: Stowe’s Jackson Ice Arena

When: Friday, September 24-Sunday, September 26

More info/directions:

Stowe isn’t the only place that will be hoppin this weekend!  Mad River Glen is hosting their own fall celebration- Siptemberfest!  This event features specialty brews from all over Vermont, food, live music, AND you get to ride up the chair lift to check out the fall foliage!!  How fun does that sound?!  Sadly, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it to both of the festivals…

When: Saturday, September 25, 12-5pm

Where: Mad River Glen (Rt 17 in Fayston, VT)

More info on the Mad River Glen Siptemberfest: OR

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Things to do… Teddy Roosevelt Day

As most of you know- I am here, there & everywhere most weekends.  I love going to local events, shows & fun places, so one of my wonderful friends gave me the suggestion to blog about what I’m up to or what others could go do!  What a great idea!

Teddy Roosevelt Day

I apologize, I did not think to post this event on my blog, so you’ll just have to come to the event next year- Teddy Roosevelt Day up on Isle La Motte, VT!  It was a beautiful day full of live music, a farmers market, food, a parade, and some speeches- including Teddy (a local impersonator)!

So what is Teddy Roosevelt Day? It is an annual celebration of our past president who was known for his conservation efforts.  Roosevelt was an avid bird-watcher, naturalist, and set aside more than 230 million acres of land in America to remain natural.

Why is there a Teddy Roosevelt Day on Isle La Motte? Well, Isle La Motte is a community who is also proud of its natural resources- it is home to the oldest coral reef in the world.  The community celebrates all of Roosevelt’s efforts to preserve land for all to enjoy.  The main connection Isle La Motte has to Teddy Roosevelt, though, is that he was staying at Fisk Farm on the island when he got the call from Washington that President McKinley had been shot & he was to take office.

Here are some photos taken at the events…Beautiful day at the Goodsell Ridge Preserve.

Live music!

Blessings were made by a local Native American.

And of course can’t forget about Teddy Roosevelt, who made an appearance, too!

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Homes…Woodland House!

I posted this website/image on my Facebook page a number of months ago, so for those of you who have already seen it, sorry!  I just had to share it with you because it is just such a fun house!  Doesn’t this place just look like it’s straight out of Lord Of The Rings?!  It’s actually a low-impact, eco-conscious house located in Wales (England).  There is even a website on how the builder created it:

I think it looks so cozy inside!  I’d just love to curl up on that couch in front of the stove with a good book!  Hmm maybe some Tolkein?

*************On a personal note, I’ve noticed that I’ve almost completely lost my readers…. I’ve been trying to post often & have tried to choose interesting/fun things…. Please let me know if you’d like: to see more/less of certain posts, want me to show more of what I am doing or actually create, just want me to stick to 2-3 topics?  Let me know!!*******************


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