Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Green Sky at Night, Witches' Delight + Virtual Retreat Registration Open!

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This is a real red letter day, y'all. I found out when placing my Instacart order that our local Halloween party store is now on Instacart! I CAN ORDER SO MANY SPOOKY THINGS AND HAVE THEM DELIVERED IN TWO HOURS! Hooray!

So I'm bringing you a spooky sky card to celebrate!

I sort of reversed the order of the layering stamp set for this card since I was stamping it on a liquid watercolor background, so I stamped the first cloud layer in Unicorn, and then stamped the second layer in Key Lime Fizz. It looks so perfect for a little flock of bats. I thought that curve on the bats was calling out for a circle shape so I used my Circle Infinity Dies and sort of lined up the bats along the edge. Then I embossed the sentiment in detail white embossing powder. You can see the video below.

So here is the video. Click HERE if you don't see the video below. Then come back below for a recipe and info on my retreat!

CM479 Color Layering Moonlit Night -...
[ HA ]
DI199 Nesting Circle Infinity Dies...
[ HA ]
AF345 Intense Black - Hero Arts
[ HA ]
AF424 Key Lime Fizz Reactive Ink -...
[ HA ]
AF249 Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad - Hero...
[ HA ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
[ CTC ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Essentials by Ellen Storage...
[ ELH ]
Die Storage - Clear Storage Pockets...
[ CHC ]
XL Stamp Storage Pockets
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]

Isn't that liquid watercolor rainbow satisfying to watch? Those are so fun to make.

Someone asked me an interesting question on my live yesterday. We were talking about food allergies - I'm allergic to walnuts - and my walnut allergy struck me in my 40s. We always had a bowl of nuts on our table with a nutcracker growing up, so I ate a LOT of all different kinds of nuts my whole life. But a few years ago, I developed an anaphylactic walnut allergy and now carry an epi pen - not that I'm in any danger in 2020 LOL. But anyway, someone asked me if I had started eating more walnuts prior to that and it made me remember one of my favorite recipes that I was eating around that time. I make it with pecans now, but it's best with walnuts. And I know the ingredients sound strange, but trust me - it's delicious and was always a huge hit at my parties. 

So make some this week! I serve it with pita triangles or little toasts.


  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted.

  • 1/2 cup raisins.

  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt or sour cream - I use dairy free sour cream.

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes.

  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, drained (not pimientos - I used Mezzetta)

Process in food processor.

Can you believe we are at the halfway point in September? CRAZY. But I have some good news! I'm going to have this fall's retreat online!

Since I can't safely have my retreat in person in October, I am having a virtual retreat instead! So that means a LOT more people can be included, and I hope you'll join us!

The format will be the same as my in person retreats, but it will take place on Zoom and Facebook live.

You will have 8 technique classes done via Facebook live, and the same relaxing, slow paced class style, with 90 minutes for you to practice the technique.

In between classes we will have games, prizes, and while we won't have my chef's delicious food, we will have live cooking demonstrations and a recipe share!

If you've never attended one of my in person retreats, in addition to the prizes, we also have a "take table" where I have gently used stamps and dies that I give away. There's a virtual take table at this retreat as well, and your take table goodies will be mailed to you.

We will still have pillow gifts and our truly magical My Favorite Things swap, as well as open crafting hours over zoom for all times when we don't have a live class happening.

The great news about a virtual retreat is that it's impossible to have a date conflict! All the classes will be available in the private Facebook group forever, so take them whenever you'd like! But the actual event will take place Halloween weekend - we will start Friday afternoon with open crafting time, happy hour and an icebreaker game, and the classes will start Saturday - four classes Saturday and four Sunday.

I'm going to make every effort to use common supplies most people have, but may have kits available of unusual supply items, as well as a supply list for you to shop from prior to the retreat. The great news is since I do not have a facility cost, the price is much lower!

Want to attend? Register below or on my retreats page!

Please note - because the classes are available in perpetuity, no refunds can be given after registration. You must have a Facebook account to attend.

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

October UNWIND Retreat - Virtual Edition - $200

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  1. Well...Yoorah texted the fall retreat was up and I rushed to sign up!!! While we won’t be flying in and meeting up with Sandye at the airport, we’ll be at this retreat together with the bestest group of gals there is 💙💙💙 darn it though. I don’t get to use Kelli’s cool hair dryer, eat Mels food or hand on the porch but I get to sit and chat with ALL the lovelies and hug virtually.

  2. So happy to be registered for a Lydia retreat!

  3. Gorgrous card. The retreat sounds fabulous unfortunately we are away that weekend otherwise I would be interested. Hopefully next time
    Claire Mrs H's Crafty Corner

  4. Oh my goodness Lydia! I simply adore your background colors. I wish I was able to see the world a little more like you do - not exactly - that would be boring but maybe with a slightly different color filter. TFS the recipe- I think I may use my office as guinea pigs! Keep on being crafty 🤗

  5. tried to attend last year but it didn't
    work out. Happy to see the virtual
    event - now if I could figure out how
    to register. I can't seem to find
    the sign-up on Paypal (I'm not too
    computer-literate). thanks.

  6. UPDTE: i clicked on the button that
    Yahoo told me was taking me someplace
    I might not want to go. I clicked
    on it anyway and it took me to the
    Paypal page. You have another button
    that takes me to Paypal but not to
    the bill - that's the one I didn't
    understand. I'll be sending in
    the money before long. thanks.
    Please delete these.


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