Friday, September 8, 2017

Hibernate & Create RETREAT!

Creativity - Classes - Food - Shopping - Charity - Fun

Join me for the Hibernate & Create RETREAT in celebration of the #hibernateandcreate challenge.

It promises to be a fun-filled & creative weekend with your kindred creative spirits!
Imagine two days of dedicated time & space to create in any medium of your choosing. 

When:  Saturday, January 27, 2018  from 9:00 to 8:00 pm
Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 9:00 to 5:30 pm

  Hot Shops Art Center,
1301 Nicholas St, Omaha, Nebraska

Price:  Register by November 30th at  $195 per person
December 1st price increases to $225 per person
* Price does not include optional classes
Registrations will be available on a first-come basis for the first 30 registrations.

Registration Includes:

Dedicated creative space
Saturday - Lunch & Dinner
Sunday - Lunch
Light snacks and beverages will be provided to energize
you throughout the day along with other SPECIAL surprises!


Day 1: Saturday, January 27th
9:00 am  Welcome! and creative time begins
Optional morning class
12:00 pm  Lunch
Optional afternoon classes
6:00 pm Dinner & Silent Auction benefiting Beads of Courage
8:00 pm Retire for the evening

Day 2:  Sunday, January 28th

9:00 am  Welcome! and creative time begins
Optional morning class
12:00 pm  Lunch
Optional afternoon classes
5:30 pm Time to say goodbye with new friends and creative inspiration!

Sponsor:  Would you like to sponsor the retreat with small goodies for the participants?  Items must be received by January 15, 2018. Retreat will be no greater than 32 participants.
Retreat sponsors will be given a shout out on the event website and on Degrees by Kelli Facebook page upon receipt of the items.  Plus, participants will LOVE the goodies!

Silent Auction:  Saturday evening will feature a silent auction benefiting Beads of Courage, an arts & medicine program for children fighting serious illness.  100% of the auction proceeds will support the program at both Omaha’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center or the international program.

Would you like to donate an item?  Please email me at
  Donated items can be brought to the retreat and do not need to be sent in advance.  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Let them eat Soup!

Today I hosted some friends at my house for a Creative Saturday!  

On the menu was this yummy Potato Broccoli Soup.

This recipe is great as it can be made entirely on the stove (quickly), or you can use your crock pot.


2 (10.5 oz) cans of cream of chicken soup
1 8oz package of light cream cheese
7 cups of milk (I used skim)
1 32 oz package of frozen southern style hash brown potatoes
1 10 oz package of frozen broccoli florets 
2 Tablespoons butter
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
Crock pot & crock pot liner

Serve with bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese and crackers or a french baguette.


1) In a medium sauce pan on stove, medium heat, whisk together chicken soup and cream cheese while adding milk one cup at a time up to 4 cups.  
- add salt, pepper, & garlic powder
- set aside

2) In lined crock pot, add potatoes & minced onion (I like to slightly thaw my potatoes by either leaving in fridge overnight, or popping in the microwave - or both)

3) Microwave broccoli florets for 3-4 minutes.   Place florets on cutting board and chop into smaller pieces.  Add to crock pot

4) Pour soup mixture from step one into crock pot and remaining milk and stir

5) Heat on low for 2-3 hours (until cooked through)

6) Serve with bacon bits, shredded cheese and crackers or bread.

If you want to speed up the process, cook the entire soup in a large pan on stove until heated through, then simmer for 15-20 minutes and serve.


Friday, January 27, 2017

More prizes!

More Hibernate and Create prizes!

I love generous people that give of their time and talents.

Prize #4 is a stunning wire wrapped pendant on silver chain by Sally Johnson.  The photo does not do the beautiful pink stone justice!

Prize #6 comes to us from Julie Geiger at Prairie Point Junction Home of Wool Felt Central.

It is this delightful wool felt bundle with coordinating DMC floss.  Perfect for your next stitching project.  If you haven't worked with wool felt you are MISSING OUT!  It is great stuff.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Hibernate & Create Prizes!

For this year's Hibernate & Create challenge I reached out into my network of creatives and asked for motivation donations.  My friends did not hesitate to say YES!

Here are a few of the wonderful prizes that have been incenting the group throughout the month.

A huge thanks to Julie Paul for this lovely scarf that is on it's way to Kathy G. in Buffalo, New York.  The colors will look so gorgeous on her.

This stunning pair of lampwork earrings made by Margie Shanahan are on their way across town to Judy V.  Yes, Margie made the floral detail out of glass on her torch.  they are simply breathtaking!!

And since yesterday was a "ice day" in Omaha and I was working from home, I added a Bonus Day prize of one of my "Lead" series necklaces.  It's a Swarvoski ensemble of sparkle to inspire you to chart your own course!   

And the winner is . . . Margie Shanahan! 

For those that are curious as to how the random winner is drawn, here is my process.
I type everyone's name in a spreadsheet in the order that they appear in the group at the time of typing.  I then assign each a number.  And for the very most important step, I then use an online random number generator to pick the winner.  Voila!