Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tonight's the Night...

...and Elvish Presley will be waiting for you!





Thursday, December 2, 2010

Check out Li'l Charmer...

...by clicking above on Items For Sale link or here: Li'l Charmer

Monday, November 29, 2010

More Sneak Peeks...



WooHoo!  Three of 'em!  

One for the Queens Bootique that updates on the 1st of December...


Baby Bella Donna -a baby witch (yes, that's a witch hat on her head)
-made of paper mache and paperclay over dried pear gourd.

And these two (yes, two!) for Spookytime Jingles December Halloween page update on December 13th.  Still working on my Christmas offering.

Dapper Dan the (well dressed) Wolf Man
And Ellesbeth- a Victorian Era Witch

Friday, November 12, 2010

STJ's November Update...

Tonight's the night!  And I've got both an update for Halloween and Christmas as I slacked on taking advantage of the prime Halloween selling season on ebay.  Oh well!  If I stay one step ahead I won't get caught short if something comes up.

So first off is my Grinning Black Cat Treat Bowl.  7" high and about 10" ear to ear.  The interior is painted orange.




And for Christmas, I've this Santa.  He's pretty big at about 13".  I had him offered before but then he had no legs or base and was painted in soft metallic blue/greens.  Nor did he have anything in his hands.  Now his base sports sheet music for Jolly Old St. Nicholaus and he carries a festive wreath and candy canes.


Both the cat & St. Nick are made from dried hardshell gourds.  Look for them tonight at Midnight on STJ!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

ULALUME: A BALLAD

I heard this Jeff Buckley version on XM Radio today (on the Loft's Vin Scelsa's Idiots Circus)and he reads it with haunting perfection (click at the bottom to hear it yourself)...

by Edgar Allan Poe -1847


ULALUME: A BALLAD.
——
The skies they were ashen and sober; 
    The leaves they were crisped and sere — 
    The leaves they were withering and sere; 
It was night in the lonesome October 
    Of my most immemorial year; 
It was hard by the dim lake of Auber, 
    In the misty mid region of Weir — 
It was down by the dank tarn of Auber, 
    In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.

Here once, through an alley Titanic, 
    Of cypress, I roamed with my Soul — 
    Of cypress, with Psyche, my Soul. 
These were days when my heart was volcanic 
    As the scoriac rivers that roll — 
    As the lavas that restlessly roll 
Their sulphurous currents down Yaanek 
    In the ultimate climes of the pole — 
That groan as they roll down Mount Yaanek 
    In the realms of the boreal pole.

Our talk had been serious and sober,
    But our thoughts they were palsied and sere —
    Our memories were treacherous and sere —
For we knew not the month was October,
    And we marked not the night of the year —
    (Ah, night of all nights in the year!)
We noted not the dim lake of Auber —
    (Though once we had journeyed down here) —
We remembered not the dank tarn of Auber,
    Nor the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.

And now, as the night was senescent
    And star-dials pointed to morn —
    As the star-dials hinted of morn —
At the end of our path a liquescent
    And nebulous lustre was born.
Out of which a miraculous crescent
    Arose with a duplicate horn —
Astarte's bediamonded crescent
    Distinct with its duplicate horn.

And I said — "She is warmer than Dian:
    She rolls through an ether of sighs —
    She revels in a region of sighs:
She has seen that the tears are not dry on
    These cheeks, where the worm never dies,
And has come past the stars of the Lion
    To point us the path to the skies —
    To the Lethean peace of the skies —
Come up, in despite of the Lion,
    To shine on us with her bright eyes —
Come up through the lair of the Lion,
    With Love in her luminous eyes."

But Psyche, uplifting her finger,
    Said — "Sadly this star I mistrust —
    Her pallor I strangely mistrust: —
Oh, hasten! — oh, let us not linger!
    Oh, fly! — let us fly! — for we must."
In terror she spoke, letting sink her
    Wings till they trailed in the dust —
In agony sobbed, letting sink her
    Plumes till they trailed in the dust —
    Till they sorrowfully trailed in the dust.

I replied — "This is nothing but dreaming :
    Let us on by this tremulous light !
    Let us bathe in this crystalline light !
Its Sybilic splendor is beaming
    With Hope and in Beauty to-night: —
    See! — it flickers up the sky through the night !
Ah, we safely may trust to its gleaming,
    And be sure it will lead us aright —
We safely may trust to a gleaming
    That cannot but guide us aright,
    Since it flickers up to Heaven through the night."

Thus I pacified Psyche and kissed her,
    And tempted her out of her gloom —
    And conquered her scruples and gloom;
And we passed to the end of the vista,
    And were stopped by the door of a tomb —
    By the door of a legended tomb;
And I said — "What is written, sweet sister,
    On the door of this legended tomb?"
She replied — "Ulalume — Ulalume —
'Tis the vault of thy lost Ulalume!"

Then my heart it grew ashen and sober
    As the leaves that were crisped and sere —
    As the leaves that were withering and sere,
And I cried — "It was surely October
    On this very night of last year
    That I journeyed — I journeyed down here —
    That I brought a dread burden down here —
    On this night of all nights in the year,
    Oh, what demon has tempted me here?
Well I know, now, this dim lake of Auber —
    This misty mid region of Weir —
Well I know, now, this dank tarn of Auber,
    In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir."

Said we, then — the two, then —" Ah, can it
    Have been that the woodlandish ghouls —
    The pitiful, the merciful ghouls —
To bar up our way and to ban it
    From the secret that lies in these wolds —
    From the thing that lies hidden in these wolds —
Had drawn up the spectre of a planet
    From the limbo of lunary souls —
This sinfully scintillant planet
    From the Hell of the planetary souls ?"

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Anti-Spam Notice

I've received a small number of posts from the curious regarding the japanese language characters above my blogger comment box.  What I really wanted to post was "Keep your skanky porn links off my blog" but that didn't translate well into japanese so I had to make-do with the way too simplistic "Links will be deleted".  Oh well.  It certainly has worked and that's what I was aiming for. : - )

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Pumpkin is Done...

Crude but servicable.  My company's logo is POS.  Now I need to get the right tools and try again.  Think I'm gonna get some different clay loop tools and try something else -perhaps a face since I like exaggerated expressions so much. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gypsy Mare Studios - Jennifer's a Local Celebrity!

What a great surprise to open Monday's local newspaper to the Lifestyles section and see an article about Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor.  Jennifer lives in the same burg that I work in.  Although I've never personally met her, we know of each other and have talked through our blogs.  I've seen Jennifer's work in the Gallery mentioned in the article and can vouch for how wonderful it is. 







This article was such good timing.  On my way to work on Monday I stopped at the local flower wagon and grabbed a few pumpkins to try my hand at carving in this method.  I had only ever previously carved the traditional way.  I figured I'd put our company logo on one so I could play at work. I even brought along my miniature wood carving chisels but found they were just all wrong for this type of work.  I googled carving techniques because my first one wasn't going well, printed the instructions out, heated my lunch and opened the paper. Lo and Behold, there was a how-to article courtesy of Jennifer!  She suggests using linoleum block carving tools and while  I know I have a set around here somewhere, it's been ages since I've seen them...So I brought along to work my vintage exacto knife set that comes with some of the same type of tools for extracting material like a clay loop tool.  Hey, I'm a make-do sort of person : - )

I should finish it tomorrow and will try to post a pic.  It's not nearly as easy as I thought.  But hopefully as Jennifer says - once  lit, they're all pretty.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lancaster (PA's) Creative Reuse Store!

How exciting! My location now has a Creative Reuse Store! It's been promoted on my local news so I thought I'd go take a gander.

Creative Reuse Stores are popping up all over - what a great way to reuse things that would otherwise just become landfill.

Here's a snippet from the Pittsburgh Creative Reuse Store Blog:  


"Every day tons of reusable materials  are sent to local landfills. Some of these items can no longer be used  for their original purpose, but lend themselves to being used in  creative ways. Many are not accepted by existing re-use organizations  and recycling programs. Examples include outdated inventory, overstock,  samples, production mistakes, and packing materials."



What a great concept!  Individuals can donate as well. I need to reorganize my art room & will donate what I can determine I won't use so someone else has a chance at them.




It has limited hours so I went this past Saturday morning and was delighted at the variety they had to offer.  I also like that their
website lists what they currently have in stock:



Fabric, sewing notions, wood, colorful plastic tubing,embroidery thread,  craft kits, wooden shapes to paint, vinyl wallpaper samples, colored  paper and Formica samples, carpet samples, cards, envelopes, dried and  silk flowers, overstock jewelry, ceramic animals to paint, pompoms,  small glass jars, metal cases and MORE in every category.



And this specialty fabric is to die for!  Great for making Halloween costumes or costuming dolls.  The local theatre buys a ton and doesn't have use for the scraps.  

Ooooooo - pretty! : - )




The prices cannot be beaten with a stick!  There were small metal cases that are only 50¢ a pop, less if bought in bulk.  I found & bought a large stash of Styrofoam balls for about 25¢ apiece. Having only spent about $18, I come home with 2 bags jammed to the handles with great stuff to use as embellishments! 


I'll probably try to visit once a month until I figure out what the turnover is.


Oh, I do love a good hunt! 

Should you wish to check it out for yourself, provided you are in the neighborhood, it's located in The Stahr Center, Lower Level, Rm. B-5, 438 N. Queen St.  in Lancaster, PA. (It's the old National Guard Armory building.)

Hours are:  
MONDAYS   10-6  
THURSDAYS         10-2
SATURDAYS          9-Noon 
FIRST FRIDAYS    5-9 p.m.
 

October's STJ Offerings

ENCHANTED

















































This was a piece I started months ago but abandoned.  Other ideas will crowd in to my head and sometimes it seems if I don't get it started it'll slip away from me.  Oh...did I mention I almost never sketch out an idea first.  Go figure.  I really suspect I have Adult ADD.  

Anyway, from time to time I'll pick up one of my unfinished projects and look at it with fresh eyes.  I wish I had done more with the expression.  I think if he's going to feed a cute anthropomorphic piece of candy corn (and a horrified one at that!) to his friend the mouse, he should look a little less, I dunno, pleased about it.  

Regardless, I'm pretty happy with the way he turned out. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Yay! My photo Won!

Didn't want to jinx it by mentioning it beforehand but I entered a number of photos into our company's calendar photo contest, and while I've won one of the four spots every year so far in the four years since its inception, I'm guessing my good fortune is more from a lack of entries rather than pure talent.

The picture they selected was the Sachs Bridge photo (see previous post) I just took on Sept 14th in Gettysburg. I have been nervous about the contest since last year they opened it up that you could submit photos taken by friends or family as long as it was properly credited. Yippee...I'll get a $100 gift card.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Halloween Queens Prize Giveaway!

The Halloween Queens are hosting a 31 Day giveaway! One prize for each of 31 days-how awesome izzat?! Click on the Halloween Queens banner to the right to get there. This is my offering, a winking black cat ornie.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

And They Called it Puppy Love...

Willow              
5 months ago, we put our Jack Russell brother/sister duo down. Rocco of late stage renal failure and Pippi of a fast growing and huge breast tumor.

Shortly after that we bought ourselves some well deserved new plush carpeting - the old stuff was nearly 20 years old so we thought we'd enjoy that for a few years before we replaced the jacks. Apparently we couldn't wait that long.

This sweet guy is 11 weeks old and has a great personality. Never on a leash before but after the initial five minutes he took to it like a charm and likes to stick close by. He's coming out of his shell some so as long as we keep the playing low key we hope to have another well behaved buddy. Hubby named him for his lanky physique and it seems to suit him. Looks like we're going to be very busy the next couple of weeks!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Latest STJ Offering...


What a toothy grin!  And all made up for Halloween!

Visit me now on SPOOKYTIME JINGLES













Be sure to "Do the Circuit" to catch ALL the goodies by the talented artisans of SpookyTime Jingles!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Busy as a Bee!

While on recovery from surgery, I have made good use of the time from the point when I no longer felt like an old lady hobbling around bent over.   And since I have been as busy as a bee, I'll share what is probably my all time favorite picture that I've ever taken - LOVE that macro setting!

Anyway, I will soon (as soon as I replace the batteries in my camera) post progress pics of the numerous projects I have going.   After all, it IS a Halloween Artists' busy season!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Forgive Me, Bloggers...


...for abandoning my blog! Not at all intentional. Sometimes life just gets in the way. In any event, since last I posted, I have finished (almost) the pondless waterfall, married off a daughter, had a womans' hernia-type surgery and am currently in the process of recovery. Here is the most recent photo of the pondless waterfall all finished except for the back of the waterfall.  I don't have the right connection at the waterfall box -it's male and should be female (go figure!) but will wait until next spring to tear it apart & fix it.  My husband also claims to miss having an actual pond so I may open the area beneath the falls.  There is a kidney shaped basin there that's about 4' x 3'.  Right now it has crates in it to support the hardware (metal) cloth that the smaller river rocks rest upon to give the illusion of a streambed.  I'll have to sketch out the area regarding the current placement of plants because there are several I want to move and need to wait till fall to do so.  I stupidly placed a pampas grass where it blocks the view of the waterfall from the patio beside it so that will have to go to the other side. 


The birds absolutely love the streambed and during nesting season many called it home.  All this had to be done before my surgery because as I was told by my doctor, "Lifting as you now know it is OVER".  Harsh words to someone who thinks nothing of giving hard laborious tasks like the rock slinging involved in this project a second thought.  He also said he wants this repair to last 45 years.  LOL...I told him I don't plan on living THAT long (95!).  

And then in mid July, my lovely daughter Falan was wed.   It was a gorgeous outside ceremony on a rainy day but she shone like the sun.

Just before my surgery in mid August we went on a tour of the Battlefield at Gettysburg which is just about a hours drive from my home.  We went on a 12 hour tour as guests of my sons' history professor who gives tours there for $55 a pop so ours was free and included a ghost tour!  I got a picture of an orb (see upper left next to the tree) in the Nat'l Soldiers Cemetary at dusk and while some might argue that it looks like the moon, the 14th of August was overcast all day and it was mid-month so no full moon there.

I also got some very neat pics of the scenery incuding these cattle-

This fenceline-


And Sachs Bridge (a very haunted bridge - 220 suicides from it recorded since the Civil War)
 


And last but not least, last Tuesday we went to Roots, a local Farmers Market that includes a flea market & just as I was thinking surely I'm going to find some little gem worth taking home,  I spied this darling but old and beat up Jack Russell wind up toy.  His fabric was dirty and hanging but his movement was jerky and he worked in fits and starts (at least his spring was not sprung!) so I forked over the $8 bucks he was asking, took him home & partially opened him up, gave all the joints and the spring a drop of light machine oil, closed him up wound him up & off he went!  Yay! Glued up the fur and voila!  Another vintage Jack Russell collectible...

So that is what I've been up to, aside from working on art here and there. I finally have a piece for the Queens Boutique and I'm currently working on my next STJ piece so

TTFN~

Josie




Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Making Progress...

Yay!  I'm finally making some headway.  I took off Monday and Tuesday to labor on the pond redo and got quite a lot accomplished.  I made the hardware cloth (wire) cover for the waterfall catch basin that will eventually be camouflaged with rocks and stone.  I trimmed the liner and got the central mound cut out and ready to plant.  I also got a chance to test the flow.  Hubby suggested I use the black compost bin for the waterfall to get some height. I'll just have to cut a hole in the side for the hose but I think it will work.  The only investment I made so far was in the waterfall box itself, I've been able to reuse everything else; liner, pump, hose and skimmer box.


A few hours later, the mound is planted and the rocks and stone are placed in the streambed.  For the time being I have the return basin (my skimmer box) that houses the pump covered with a flagstone so no random critters accidentally fall in.



My next phase will be to make a hardware cloth top for the skimmer box so that can support the rocks and stones that will be placed on it. It will also need to be easily accessible as I will need to clean out the pump & box once or twice a year. It'll beat having to maintain an entire pond! I'll have to stop soon so all my cuts, scratches and bruises heal before my daughters' wedding -a little over 3 weeks away (Eek!)!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Spookytime Jingles now on Ebay!

Spookytime Jingle-Where Sweet and Spooky Commingle is now on Ebay!  Our acronym will be STJ365 so typing that into the Ebay search bar will bring up STJ offerings!  How exciting is that!

Sorry I haven't blogged in a while, weekends with good (but hot & humid!) weather have been spent trucking our pickup back & forth to a coworkers house who has offered clean fill of which we are using to fill in the majority of my pond. 12 scoops so far and since we are hauling it ourselves that means shoveling it off the pickup and then spreading it to where we want it once it's in the cavity.  

Since I'm changing it into a pondless waterfall with a short streambed I spent yesterday digging out the footprint for the catch basin - a small 90 gallon preformed pond with included giving it a level base then backfilling around it AND relocating my skimmer box which will find new use as as the basin the stream dumps into.  It will still house the pump to get the water back up to the waterfall but I have to seal up the side opening where the weir was.  The real pain of digging it a new hole was that I had left in the old blankets in that lined the old pond as protection for the liner against sharp rocks and tree roots so when we encountered them we had to stop & cut through them.  The skimmer is 36" tall & the lip has to be below the level of the stream.  Sweat was literally pouring off of me for most of the day.  

Apparently I had lost so much water weight my sister commented on it last night even though I assured her I had just been to the doctor and weighed the same as I always do.  Too bad it's not permanent.  My sunburn got sunburn and I am all bit up between the skeeters and the gnats and the pond still resembles a great muddy hole - this is a wetter spring than even last year so it doesn't help that the dirt is weighted down with water.  I feel a bit like a pig wallowing around in it's mudhole.  These are the times when a shower never felt so good!

From this:

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To this:

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The blob in the center is the 90 gallon basin wrapped up in the old liner with the edges rolled up & covering it.  The mound of dirt in the center is covered with an old piece of carpet and that will be the 'island' that the stream bed borders. I will unroll the liner and then cut out a hole for the center island. I'd have to rate my progress as being 40% done.  I will purchase the waterfall box this week & relocate the pump hose today.


I know, I know, it WAS beautiful but it was also becoming too much work and with most of the fish dying off this winter it was the perfect excuse to make the change.  This will have no fish and I am only keeping the marginal plants - those that live at the edges of streams so it will stay much cleaner.  I also filled in the bird pond because this new one will serve that purpose so there's no need to have both.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

No Haunters Convention for me this year : - (

WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!  I Really, Really wanted to make it to the Halloween Convention today but fate conspired against me!  

Yesterday's weather was so beautiful I told hubby we should take advantage of it & go get dirt to fill in the pond.  A coworker has clean fill and offered it to me for free! The weather forecast called for T-storms on Sunday so I thought that would be the better day to go to the convention. 

Since the hours of the show were 9-3 on Sunday I thought we'd get an early start but hubby chose to let me sleep in (till 9:30!) and it takes over an hour to drive to the convention site.  But when middle daughter went to leave she discovered her battery was dead & her dad had to charge it the night before so I spent all the rest of the morning hunting down an affordable battery for her car.  It didn't help that hubby neglected to tell us we needed the dead battery to exchange for price break so the first trip was a waste.

My eldest daughter's bridal shower is next Saturday so I did use the shopping trip to get the gift for the games.

Ugh!  Don't get me started on the lack of good manners for RSVPing!  Of the 40 people invited only 13 did so.  3 others got the message to me thru other people.  For the rest I put a general notice on my daughter's facebook wall so hope to get a few responses there.  One of these girls who didn't respond is bridesmaid!  Granted she is from out-of-town but you'd think it would be doubly important that she'd respond.

I sure hope she has better luck with responses to her wedding!

Some people thrive on planning these events but unfortunately I'm not one of them.  I'll keep you posted on how it goes!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

An STJ Halloween Convention Exclusive



AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!  How's that for scary!?  He's so scary, I peed myself a little while creating him.  Not really, but almost!

I created this exclusively for the Halloween Convention in King-of-Prussia, PA.  Click on the banner at the right to check out the convention's website.

He's a noisemaker-shaker.  I think he's about 16" tall.  Tres colourful!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Getting There...

Whew....all done.  Taxes are out of the way & most of the pieces I'm sending to the convention have been sent.  I'm trying to get a few smaller pieces done and I've got to help plan my daughter's bridal shower for May 8th.  

Throw in to mix a pond that I'm in the process of redoing.  I've had it for about ten years now and usually do a full cleanout every spring.  Now that I'm approaching 50 it was just getting to be too much work.  Mother Nature helped me decide once & for all when my fish were struck down hard this year by fungus and most of my fish died before I realized what was going on.  I nursed the remaining 12 back to health and gave them to a coworker.  The lower pond has been emptied and the liner removed.

My plan is to do a pondless waterfall with a streambed to attract birds.  This means filling in most of the pond - an area of about 9x12 that's 30" deep.  The same co-worker I gave the fish to has the clean fill to give me.  Her husband has a backhoe and we've got a pickup so all we have to do is go get it & then SHOVEL it from the truck bed into the pond.  Not sure how many loads it ill take but my guess is about three.  Anyway, that will take some planning as well and may not even see completion this year.  I guess I'll have to repot most of my pond plants and sell them.  They won't fit in with what I have in mind.

Since telling my hubby of my plans he took the opportunity to talk me into closing up my bird pond.  The one I set up when we had a huge maple stump ground out and were left with a large depression in the ground.  He was not fond of it because it was shallow (easily warmed) and the algae was aggressive -it needed constant tending to look nice.   Since we have a young catalpa tree planted there we'll mound it up and landscape around it. Maybe I'll eventually link the two areas.

I guess I'm going to have to moderate comments as well so I can block the Chinese sex website spammer...:::sigh::: it's always something...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can!

Oi Vey!  Here I go neglecting my blog again. 

I don't mean to.

Well, as the title says, I'm dancing as fast as I can.  Many of you already know I work a fulltime job (and am quite grateful to have it!) so my time for creation is limited.  I sell on two sites with deadlines two weeks apart and have decided to join in on the Spookytime Jingles presence at the National Halloween Convention in King-of-Prussia PA at the end of April.

So....I have a small inventory of things that didn't sell this past year & will be sending that to the convention but still want to create some fresh pieces for it while still making my deadlines on my other marketplaces.  Here is my latest piece for the Queens Castle Bootique




Oh yeah....HeeHee...I still haven't done our taxes yet.

Friday, March 12, 2010

New Peeks for STJ- Humpty and Li'l Charmer!

Here's my latest sneak peeks for April's STJ Issue. This is a bobble Humpty.  I started him late last year & just got around to finishing his wall mount & base. 


 His armature is an actual L'eggs pantyhose plastic egg.  Who remembers those packaging containers? I found these at a yard sale last summer in a bag with styro balls and instantly thought Humpty.  


This is my third interpretation of Humpty.  Humpty #1 was made in '07 and was similar to this but smaller.  Humpty #2 was called "After the Fall" and was made of a goose egg that I broke apart then reinforced with a coating of Liqua-shay. I  sculpted on that in pieces then  arranged it to look as if he had fallen and broken into bits.  Casting resin was also used to mimic egg white.  


Here is Joanie with a Halloween Makeover.  Now known as Li'l Charmer.  I tried to remake the bunny into a black cat but it just became bulky so this kitty is made of paperclay.  I think this look suits her better, don't you?



Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Castle Bootique

Seems like we have a winner! Thanks Gourdie for all your hard work getting the Bootique off the ground.

My Party Girl kitty (see pic below) sold to a fellow artist (Thanks Karen!) and The Mad Hatter sold to a previous buyer of Alf the Elf (Thanks Barbara!)! This is my second piece to Karen as well : - ). I feel honored by both and take their interest as the highest of compliments.

Please take a look as there are still some great stuff available from some very talented artists!

Joanie is posted for sale on STJ but is currently unavailable as she is receiving a Halloween makeover. Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cat 'n Mouse

Almost done with this one. She's been invited to a party and has brought a gift for the host:-D.



I've got a few more of these wide (apart) eyed characters up my sleeve.

I dunno...I better be careful, I'm going all cute & gooey.

Okay You Halloween Art Lovers...

...There's a new place to shop!

MARCH 1, 2010
BE THERE TO BE SCARED!!!



As a member of the art group Artistic Halloween Queens Unite (AHQU) I've been invited to open up a shop in the Castle Bootique and we're planning a grand opening giveaway! Starting February 22nd you can begin to sign up. Grand Opening is March 1st!

Bwuhahahahahahahaha!

Come shop with us.....If you dare!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Oh, I'm so late...

...in announcing my OWOH winner! I'm so sorry - life has a way of getting in the way of our best intentions.

Anyway, before I do I want to thank Lisa Swifka for hostessing this wonderful blog event - this magic carpet ride was sooo much fun and something I look forward to every year. And I'm tickled pink to say I was selected as a winner on her blog of her delightful Lullaby Fairy.

I found many new blogs to follow and picked up a number of new followers myself.

So without further ado....

Please congratulate Barbara of Moore Whimsies!

Babara was selected using random.org's random number generator. Thank you to ALL who entered. I enjoyed having you visit!

Monday, February 8, 2010

STJ's Holiday Hootinanny Sneak Peek!

I have a few this time...

Here is one that is finished. This is Joanie. She's very proud of her new stuffed Easter Bunny!



I'm putting the wraps on the others and will post 'em as soon as I've got 'em done.

Monday, January 25, 2010

YAY! It's Time for the OWOH MAGIC CARPET RIDE!

Please hop aboard! (Thank you, Lisa, for once again hosting this fun event!)

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Rules are fairly simple to enter this giveaway:

1. Comment to this post (only ONCE please).

2. You MUST have a blog to enter. After all, OWOH is a blog event.

3. Please also post your email address with your comment so I can easily notify you.

5. Comments after Valentines Day will NOT be counted. One winner will be randomly selected on February 15th!

Leave me a comment for a chance to win this cute li'l character!

This is Frostbite and he's 4" tall with a ribbon for hanging as a winter ornie!
He is paperclay over a mini bottle gourd with lots of glitter.

I know, I know, it's cuter than I normally do and maybe not what is expected of me but I gotta keep ya's on your toes!

(Sorry for the pic not showing up sooner! I fixed it.)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm Tickled Pink!

I've been picked as a winner for one of Lisa Lectura's prints in her Blog giveaway! I'm very excited as I have two pieces of hers already. Woohoo!

I've also recently won Debb George's Blog Giveaway prize of an adorable Christmas froggy but has been remiss in mentioning it because of all the Christmas hoopla...sorry Debb, and thank you!