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2016 — Where Did You Go?

It seemed when I was young, time just crawled by and I never thought the year would end. Now, that I am older (yes, Medicare age) the minutes, hours, days and months go flying by. I always catch myself wishing that a moment in time could last just a little longer.

There have been so many memories of the past year to treasure. Some good. Some not so good. There were many birthdays to celebrate and unfortunately the passing of some friends; hospital stays and surgeries; places, family and friends that were visited; reconnecting with high school friends (it was our 50th high school reunion this year); new adventures on the annual grandmother/granddaughter summer vacation; taking new art/craft classes and of course, spending time with my beloved husband (married 47 years and going strong).

However, my most treasured memory of this year is a gift that my husband and I received from our son and our future daughter-in-law (hint, hint).

The kids know how much we enjoy hockey and that the NHL San Jose Sharks are the team we root for. They were not only able to obtain tickets for us to see some of the regular season games and a Playoff Game, but they obtained tickets for us to see Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at The Tank in San Jose.



As I said, so many memories to treasure! I know that this coming year, 2017, will also create many memories and I am looking forward to all of them.

So, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year.


Thanks for stopping by and until next time … hugs and kisses … LindaB


Hi Everyone … today I would like to introduce you to a new mixed media artist … my nine year old granddaughter, Kyra. She had been admiring a mixed media canvas I did (I took a class from Sharon Young to learn the Finnabair technique) and wanted to learn how to do it.

So, I found out that my local scrapbook store, Chico Scrapbook, was having a crop and that Kyra could attend it and try her hand at mixed media. Needless to say she took to it like a duck takes to water.

She had a lot of goodies to choose for her canvas. Kyra did a lot of the prep work at home. Priming her canvas with white gesso, then applying torn crinkled strips of paper for texture and then adding more texture with a Dyan  Reaverey stencil and 3D gloss gel. All this dried overnight. Then the next day at the crop the fun began


Kyra applied all the goodies she chose with soft gloss gel.


Next came the hardest part for her … painting the whole canvas and everything on it with heavy black gesso.


The next part was easier. She applied pink, blue and purple color bloom spray mist.


Sharon Young was also at the crop and helped answer any questions she had.


Sure looks pretty wild at this point.


Now, you would think that she had finished, but no there’s more to do. Kyra next applied white gesso for highlights and her favorite part, applying glitter and beads. Now it was time to go home and let her canvas dry overnight. She worked on her project for about 5-1/2 hours.


Here is Kyra the next day showing off her beautiful mixed media canvas project. She can’t wait to do another project. I think it may be a crown made out of chicken wire!


Well, that’s all for now … thanks for stopping by and until next time … Hugs & Kisses … LindaB




Have you ever had one of those times when your mind becomes a total blank because you can’t think of what you want to prepare for dinner?  Well, Tuesday was one of those times.

You see, I wanted to watch the live broadcast of Jim Hankins, The Gentleman Crafter (http://www.thegentlemancrafter.com), that night, but I still needed to cook dinner for hubby and myself. So, what to have for dinner? Then I remembered, the night before I had dinner with  a good friend in Sacramento at The Cheesecake Factory. One of their menu items that I love (but didn’t order this time) is Shepherd’s Pie.

Now, I know there are all kinds of versions of this dish out there, but this is the version that my family likes. Oh, and I need to give a shout out to my son, Jerry, who added pork sausage to his meat mixture and I now include that in my recipe.

So, here is the recipe that I use to make Shepherd’s Pie:


YaYa’s Shepard Pie

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

1 pound ground beef; 1/2 pound pork sausage; 1/2 cup onion, chopped; 1 teaspoon garlic, minced; 1 teaspoon basil; 1 teaspoon oregano; 1/2 teaspoon salt; dash of pepper; 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce; 1/2 cup zucchini, chopped; 1/2 cup carrots, chopped; 1/2 cup frozen peas; 1/2 cup frozen corn; 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced; 1 jar (12 oz.) beef gravy; about 2 cups mashed potatoes and 1 cup grated cheddar cheese.

Brown ground beef, sausage, onion and garlic. After meat mixture has browned add basil, oregano, salt and pepper; mix well. Now add Worcestershire sauce, zucchini, carrots, peas, corn & mushrooms; mix well. Stir in beef gravy. Bring to a boil. Then transfer this mixture to an ovenproof baking dish (1-9×13 or 2-7×9).

Next spread mashed potatoes over meat mixture and sprinkle grated cheese over mashed potatoes. Bake for 15 or 20 minutes.

Serve with Cesar salad.

This was the perfect meal to eat while enjoying Jim’s telecast. BTW, be sure to check The Gentleman Crafter’s blog for some very creative mixed media/craft ideas.


Thanks for stopping by and until next time . . . HUGS & KISSES ~ LindaB


IMG_3069What a surprise! . . . I planted some Coleus’s under our old oak tree for their leaf color this spring and I found them blooming. Didn’t know they did this. Learn something new every day!

It’s Been Awhile

Yes, it’s been awhile since I last posted to this blog. No excuses. It is what it is (I know deep). Anyway, hubby and I are down in San Jose babysitting our son and his girl’s beasties (1 dog & 3 cats) while they are vacationing. Will talk more about what we have been doing this week later, right now I want to tell you about tonight!

Tonight I left hubby at home with the beasties and went to a class at Scrapbook Island’s new location here in San Jose. The class was taught by Terri (aka The Gypsy Magpie) and we made these adorable fall banners (more Thanksgivingish because of the turkeys).


Sorry about the picture being a little fuzzy. Anyway, had a wonderful time. Met some fun ladies and even managed to learn a couple of new techniques. Looking forward to taking another class from Terri in the future.


Hi Everyone . . . its been a while since I last posted anything to this blog. I have been asking myself, “do I need to write a book when I post to this blog?” The answer of course is NO! So, sometimes you may only see a picture and other times you may have what seems a whole book to read. 

Tonight I am only showing a peek of the latest craft project I am working on. Can you guess what the project is???



P.S. Yes I invaded hubby’s shop.

Well, that’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by . . . YaYaLadybug


Hi Everyone . . . well, I am trying to keep my New Year’s Eve promise and so far I have been doing pretty good. I had promised myself that for every new project I did I would complete a project that had been sitting around for a while. It’s amazing how many incomplete projects I found when I moved into my new craft room. So, to make what could be a long blog short, I’ll begin by showing the “something new” project I completed.

Once a month (actually on the last Sunday of the month) Jodi at Chico Scrapbook opens her crop room to all who wish to work on their own mixed media projects. These are always exciting times as you get to see what everyone else is creating, try some new products and get a lot of encouragement from the others who are present.

On one of these recent Sundays (January is recent, isn’t it?) I was inspired to work on creating a particular journal page I had seen on the Stampinton blog (August 29, 2013 article). The 2-page layout was created by Pam Carriker for a Mixed Media Blog Hop she was hosting. I especially loved that she gave step by step instructions on what she used and how she used it. I found that to be a big help in getting over my fear of using so many different techniques and products on one page . So, without further ado, here is my version of Pam’s layout (which looks pretty much like hers) . . .


I love how this journal page turned out. I loved using some old and new products such as the head/face stencils and stamps of Pam Carriker, Dylusion ink sprays, Tim Holtz stamps & frosted film and Faber-Castell Gelatos. I need to point out that as usual I didn’t have all of the exact same products that Pam used, like I drew by hand the border at the top and in place of all  the acrylic paint colors I used Gelatos. BTW I never used Gelatos before but they are now one of my favorite go-to products. I listed the various products I used at the end of this post. Anyway, these 2 pages were a wonderful learning experience, which is what it’s all about, right? If you click on Pam’s name above it should take you to her blog and you will be able to see all of her inspiring creations.

Now on to the “something old” project I completed. Back in February 2012 I purchased the February Super-Saver Scrapbooking layouts, which contained Echo Park’s “Yours Truly” paper, from Scrapbook Generation. Well, my friend Debby decided to host a “Valentine Crop” at her home on February 17th and I remembered these layouts and knew they would be perfect. So here is my “something old” . . .


Hey, did you see? I even have pictures on this layout (don’t laugh, I have a lot of completed layouts just waiting for the perfect pictures). Like I said, we had a wonderful time. There was plenty of laugher, gossip, food, drink and yes, we even managed to work on some of our projects.

Well, it looks like that is all for now. I think my next posting will have some flowers I’m making out of beer cans, or maybe not. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and until next time … Hugs and Kisses – YaYaLadybug

Supplies Used for Mixed Media: Dylusion Ink Sprays, Tim Holtz stamps (papillon, mixed media), Pam Carriker stamps (sketched harlequin, I will soar small wings, columns of dots), Pam Carriker stensils (large face map, large and & question mark, small my heart), Stampin’ Up pencil, Uni-ball Sigro white pen, Uni-ball vision elite black pen, Ranger Archival ink pads, Color Box chalk ink pad, Tim Holtz frosted film, Faber-Castell Gelatos, white acrylic paint.


Hi Everyone . . . Well, it finally happened, it rained this weekend in Northern California and I don’t mean just light showers, I mean a little over 4 inches of rain here in Oroville and our dam rose 9 feet. I know that doesn’t seem like much to the other parts of the United States, where they have been having terrible winter storms, but here in Northern California we were experiencing drought weather conditions and this rain was needed!!!

So, what do you do when you have rainy weather? You get crafty, of course!!! I spent Saturday in Chico at Chico Scrapbooks, where I took a class from Teri and made this adorable little Valentine Mailbox . . .






Teri put together a beautiful kit that contained a red metal mailbox, a clear glass candlestick, some scrapbook paper (don’t know the name), some embellishments using various Sizzix dies, punches, crochet flowers and Tim Holtz/Ranger products. She also cut everything out ahead of time for us so all we had to do was follow her verbal instructions.

It was adorable, but being who I am, I can’t leave well enough alone and I had to make a few additions just to make it a little more me. So, I used Platinum Stickles and outlined the die cuts on the mailbox body. I used a Die-namics bitty flower die cut to give the flowers more dimension and dipped them in Martha Stewart’s coarse crystal glitter and added some Myra Road green leaf pins to the flowers. I then thought it needed just a little more sparkle so I “sugar coated” the paper covered candlestick base and the front and back doors with some Tim Holtz clear rock candy distress glitter. Now, you would think that I was done, but no! I had to add just one more little thing; the ladybug brad my friend Debby gave me that morning when Teri’s class started.

Oh and I almost forgot one more element to this amazing little mailbox. Teri taught us a Tim Holtz’s technique for making a little album using just 1 sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper. . . 





As I said, it was a great way to spend a rainy Saturday. I can’t wait for the next crafty project from Teri. I hear Teri and Sharon Young will be teaching some steampunk St. Patrick classes. One of the projects involves making a hat!!!

Well, that’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by and until next time . . . Hugs & Kisses – YaYaLadybug


Good Afternoon Everyone . . . today I want to show you a little something that I made last week that I will hopefully be able to keep for myself.  It all started with these supplies that I found when moving to my craft room (some of you may even have seen this picture posted on my FaceBook page) . . . Image

and ended up as this:


A couple of years ago I was surfing the web and came across a blog called Creative Chaos. Some of you may all ready know about and have visited this site created by Karin. I fell in love with how she decorated a paper cone and have been making them ever since as containers to hold birthday/holiday gifts. They are a perfect size. You can stuff a knitted scarf or hat in it, fill it with homemade candy or cookies, have a bouquet of paper hearts, or shamrocks or bunnies on sticks standing tall in it or even fresh flowers (put rock on the bottom and a small empty glass jar to hold the water on top of the rocks). The possibilities are endless.

In trying to keep one of my New Year resolutions (for every new project I completed I must complete an old project that somehow was put aside and forgotten.) I completed this sign for my new craft room . . .


This was a kit that I purchased 2 years ago (at least, could be longer) from Paradise Scrapbook Boutique in Chico. I was super easy and looks perfect on my craft room wall. It feels great to be completing some of my older projects!

Anyhoooooooo . . . thanks for stopping by and I hope you take the opportunity to check out Karin and Paradise Scrapbook Boutique‘s sites. Until next time (can’t wait to show you what I have been working on) . . . Hugs & Kisses – YaYaLadybug

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