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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Etsy Adventure

Good evening!

As summer winds down into fall, I have some very exciting news to share with you.  I have partnered with our local Small Business Development Center and Etsy, together we are launching the very first Craft Entrepreneurship Program here in the San Luis Valley. It is an innovative program that will teach you the skills and knowledge to start an online Etsy Business. I am over the moon excited to be part of this ground breaking adventure!  

Here is the direct link should you wish to sign up:
http://tinyurl.com/zo7hhl3



Off to shrink wrap NEW Never Before seen soaps!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Temperature Afghan Planning

Hi there!

How ya doing?  Bet you are enjoying what feels like the last days of summer?  Here in my  neck of the woods, the nights are cooling off.  As Fall/Autumn sets in, I am feeling excited!  

I feel like I always have so many fun things to do.  I love planning and doing!  I think that I have missed my calling, I should have been an Event Planner..I guess I am to a certain degree.  Something is always in the works.  

The next BIG event that I and a good friend are planning/hosting is the Temperature Afghan Crochet A Long.  The Crochet A Long will officially start on October 1, 2016 and run thru September 30, 2017.  Yes!  It is a full year long commitment.  

This Crochet A Long is so versatile!  If a person can not commit to an entire year,  folks can use the temperature chart and kit to create Monthly Scarves, Hats, Mittens, Shawls, the possibilities are endless!!!

Here's a little bit of info on how it all works.  

We have configured a temperature yarn gauge to include 14 colors.  Each color is assigned to a 10 degree temperature range.   

A person commits to crocheting 1-3 rows/rounds using the temperature yarn gauge as their color choice each day.  Either "T" or I will post the 10 a.m. Temperature here in Alamosa CO on our Facebook Group Page “Crafting With LeeAnn”.

If folks think they are not going to have time to crochet for the day, no problem. The kit will include a full calendar.  You can easily write down the daily temperature or refer back to our Facebook Group Page and then crochet at a later date. 

The trick is to not cheat the system by falsifying a temperature because you think the color shouldn’t go where it is.  We want to capture the temperature as it happens making the afghan or project a true representation or the year.

The kit will come with 5 printed patterns, one of them being my very own Crochet Hexagon!  woohooo!  I have designed a simple hexi that you can attach as you go.  I love that, or you can sew/crochet them together at the end of each week.  Here's a sneak peak of my newly designed Hexagons.  

Would you like to join us?  We would love to have you!  Our temperature chart ranges from -35°F to 110°F.  You can email me at LeeAnn.Cisneros@yahoo.com to pre-order your kit.  I can ship to anywhere within the U.S.A.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cooking/Freezing/Repeat

Good afternoon Folks!

Last week I had mentioned the Freezer Meals, well I am back! The planning, preparing and freezing feels like it has taken over my life!  It has been so much work that I can honestly say that I am burnt out!  I did however convince the hubby to buy a new freezer..so I must push thru the exhaustion and keep cooking/freezing.  My goal is to have 30 breakfast, 30 lunches and 30 dinner meals.  So far, I have met my breakfast goal, have about 8 dinners but still need so much more.  Truthfully it feels a bit daunting, but one day at a time...

I have been asked by many why? It all started this summer, while both of our kiddos were out of the house..I took a hiatus from cooking.  We ate cereal, soup and sandwiches for most of the summer. It was fabulous!  Fast forward, both of our kiddos are back home, we are all running in different directions.  Cereal and soup just doesn't cut it with 2 teenagers.

It is important to me as a mom to spend one meal a day with my family.  Dinner is a time for us to come together and discuss our day, plan for the upcoming days but most importantly it is when I as a mom get to take in everything that my lovies are doing.  I love listening to them chat.  I would rather listen to them than spend an hour cooking.  I remembered that I used to prepare freezer meals years ago and decided to get back to it.  I can feel good knowing that I am able to prepare meals that are home cooked with as much care as possible while still spending much needed time with them.  Soon they will both be out of the house and it will be back to soup and sandwiches.

These breakfast bowls were really fairly easy to make.  Here is the direct link for the recipe.
http://happymoneysaver.com/breakfast-bowl-recipe/

I used 15 large eggs, 5 pounds of potato's and 1 pound of sausage along with a cup of shredded Cheese to create 12 bowls.


The family helped to make the waffles.  Here is the recipe that we used:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/233920/tender-and-easy-buttermilk-waffles/
I did double the recipe, we made a few more..but you know we had to sample..just had to make sure that our daughter (the Waffle Princess) approved.  *wink* 

 Are you tired yet?  Me too!

Thursday evening, I boiled an entire bag of boneless, skinless chicken.  With it, I was able to make 2 Enchilada Casseroles.

Here is the delicious recipe that I used:
http://happymoneysaver.com/make-ahead-chicken-enchilada-casserole/

I saved half of the shredded chicken to whip up this delicious concoction....can I just say..FABULOUS!  Let me properly introduce you to Baked Chicken Pesto Alfredo.

I used Two Boxes of Penne Pasta, about a pound of chicken, a bushel of fresh spinach and my own Italian Bread Crumbs and Pesto Sauce..yuppers..I went all out!  Being that we live 12 miles from a grocery store, a gal has to be able to think fast!

Here is my Italian Bread Crumb Recipe:
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Parsley
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Oregano
1/4 tsp Basil

Toast 2 slices of Texas Toast-( had some on hand since I was also making French Toast to freeze), add all of the spices and toast to a chopper and give it a good spin,  VIOLA!  Instant Italian bread crumbs that you can feel good about.  Since I was doubling the recipe, I doubled this recipe too.

If you would like to purchase a mini chopper, here is a direct link.
 Mini Chopper


Here is the direct link to the Chicken Recipe:
http://happymoneysaver.com/baked-chicken-pesto-alfredo-freezer-meal/



Back to searching for new recipes, shopping and preparing.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NEW Soaps & Gift Sets

Good morning and Happy Wednesday!  How have you all been?  I am running at full SPEED!  Not only am I whipping up NEW products but I am also working in the kitchen....yes the KitChen.. cooking that is.  I had this idea to create Freezer Meals and have started the process...lots of cooking is going on but I think it will be worth it in the end, especially during the first few weeks of school.  It is always an adjustment.    
Freezer Meals put on the back burner..check check! On to the NEW product!  I had an idea to whip up soap using the loaf method.  As I was going thru the cupboards in my Craft Studio, I stumbled upon a bag of dried herbs..hmm..I knew that I was onto something.  The first loaf that I made was Fresh Mint Herbal Buttermilk..have you ever smelled Fresh Mint?  I tell ya, it is delightful!  I poured the soap in layers, the first layer has glycerin soap, dried Chamomile, Lavender, Spearmint, Rosemary and Juniper.  As soon as it set, I poured the buttermilk soap along with a sprinkling of more of the dried herbs.   I continued on until I reached the top of the loaf.  As the soap was setting, (it takes a couple of days) I went to work on whipping up lotion, sugar scrub, European Spa Bath Salts and bubble bath.  Viola!  A new Gift Set!




The soap fresh out of the mold and hand cut, doesn't it look scrumptious?

The NEW Gift Set all packaged up and ready to go home with someone.
Since I made a few of each product, I thought a Spa Bath Set would be perfect.  European Bath Salts and the Champagne Bubble Bath..what's not to love?
I was on a Roll!  I also whipped up a separate batch with my Rosemary Mint and Goats Milk Soap..ooh laaa laaaa!

The New Gift Sets have not made their way online but I am happy to say that they are here in the shop, the Rosemary Goats Milk Soap has almost sold out!  We have one bar left and one Gift Set.


I have another NEW Loaf that is setting up as we speak, can't wait to share it with you all!  Catch ya all later!




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Soap Soap and MORE SOAP!

Good afternoon!

As the summer months are winding down I can't help  but feel a little excited as the New School Year is coming up!  It is the beginning of new grades, activities and friends.  It sure is an exciting time for teachers/school officials and students as they gear up for another jam packed school year.

Here on the Soapy front, I have been getting ready too..but not to go back to teaching instead I am getting ready for the upcoming holidays.  I am in full "List Making" mode, checking my supplies and thinking of new Gift Sets.  I can't wait to start creating, it is all so much fun!

I have also been working on NEW Soaps.
The Newest Ride On Motorcycle Soaps are rockin cool!  Fragranced with our Ed Hardy For Men these soap are sure to please.

The Sweet Baseball Soaps were beyond fun to create!  I posted my very first video on FaceBook asking my wonderful friends to help with the scent.  They were so wonderful, they came up with all sorts of neat ideas, Dirt, Popcorn, Hot Dog, Citrus were a few.  I took all of their advice and whipped some up in Cotton Candy, Popcorn and Energy-a citrus blend.  I also followed up with another video sharing the results, what fun!  I will definitely create more videos, what a fabulous way to share with others.  


I have also whipped up these super neat Gardening Gift Sets. Folks just love them!  They include All Natural Bug Spray, Waterless Hand Cleaner, Cuticle Cream and Shea Butter Soap.  Each set has it's own fragrance-Lemongrass Verbena, Wild Berry Tulips, Lavender and Citrus & Sage and they all come nestled in a Terra Cotta pot, how perfect is that?   

 One of my good friends requested train soaps for her grandsons 2nd birthday.  I was more than happy to create them for her, she chose Grape Soda for the fragrance..they smelled good enough to eat!

Here's a sneak peak at one of the newest Pamper My Hands Gift Sets.  It includes a delicious Vanilla Bean Hand Polish, Goats Milk & Honey Lotion and Cuticle Cream.



 Stay tuned for more unique soaps and Gift Sets.  Until next time...



Friday, July 22, 2016

Sprucing UP

Hello Hello!

So what have you all been up to this summer?  Here in my neck of the woods I have been enjoying the longer days.  It has been a whirlwind of a summer with both of our kiddos being gone at the same time.  They are out enjoying different activities, I sure miss them but have taken this time to work on Sprucing UP, the shop that is.


Let's take a walk in shall we?  I love looking in from the door way.  My lil' shop is small but so colorful.  The bursts of color make me oh so happy!

 We now have a place for customers to pull up a seat, browse thru the NEW Bulk ordering book or sit for a chat.  The Bulk Ordering Book is a process, more soaps are always being added.  And for those of you not in Alamosa, everything in the book is ONLINE..yes my friends! We are everywhere. :-)

 I decided to add the Blue Pineapple Shawl to the store inventory,  I even made my very first Shawl Pin to go with it.
 The Lotion Shelves are popular, folks like coming in to sniff and sample the lotions.  Different scents are always on the horizon,  The Lotion Bars were my first Lotion products to create and have been a hit ever since!
 The Bottles of Bubbly, Bath Fizzies, Salts and Novelty soaps are sure to please.  We have something for everyone on your list!
 On to the Bar Soaps and Summer Section. The Gardening Gift Sets make fabulous Gifts.  They include:  our All Natural Bug Spray, All Natural Hand Cleaner, Shea Butter Soap With Pumice, Cuticle Cream and the Terra Cotta Pot.  ALL of these goodies for $20.00..what a Deal!

 Besides whipping up product, I do enjoy knitting and crocheting.  I must say I have an addiction to scarf making.  I like that they are easy to carry with me and work up quickly.
 YARN YARN YARN  Here at LeeAnn's we carry an assortment, we do have NEW Novelty yarn on order, can't wait till it gets here!

And there we have it!  What do you think?  Most of the items are listed online.  I have two Etsy Shops, one for all of the Bath & Beauty Products and one for the yarn/packaging supplies

Bath & Beauty products can be found here

Yarn & Packaging Supplies can be found here

Until we chat again, hoping that your summer is Sensational!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Family

Good afternoon!

The school year has finally ended, our son has graduated from high school and our daughter is moving on to the next grade.

As we were busy preparing for Cristopher's graduation, I couldn't help but feel a little blue.  It seems like he was a baby for what seemed like forever and then BAM!  He was in and out of high school in a blink.  His class song was "Don't Blink"..so true!  It's like one minute you are in the thick of chasing your little ones around, trying to keep up with them to hoping and praying that they make good decisions and waiting for them to get home.  I find myself counting down the minutes until my kiddos are home with us.

I know that soon they will move out and forward with their lives, but I just want to hold on to them for just a minute longer.

What a little peanut my Cristopher was, he was so attached to me.

Goodness! Isn't he just handsome?  


Our Celine is growing growing growing..she is such a sweet angel, always ready to give one of her famous hugs.  This was taken a few years ago..she is now a full grown beautiful teenager.  


All dolled up and ready to take on the world!

 Our latest family photo, seeing our kiddos taller than us is unbelievable.  I am so proud of them, they are delightful and such a blessing.  We are such a close family that I know I must let them go but some days are just rough.



 OH those years in Boy Scouts..over 10 years of events came to an end almost 2 years ago..