Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

A new year is dawning...Are you ready? I'm not one to make resolutions, but I am one to look back at all the blessings I have been given in my life this year. I am looking forward to another year filled with family, friends, good health and happiness. I wish you all the same! Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

No White Christmas!

We did not have a white Christmas this year, but we are certainly having a white day after--We are in the middle of a huge blizzard which could drop anywhere from 12" to 18" depending upon where you are located. I think we are in the lower end of that estimate, but with blowing winds it will probably seem like more.

Our Christmas Eve was wonderful. My Dad always spends it with us and after Church we cook up lots of fish, zeppoles, and linguine (with clam sauce, of course). The kind of fish varies from year to year, but we always have clams, shrimp, baccala (cod) salad which I make, & calamari salad. This year we also had some lobster cakes, stuffed scallops, and spicy shrimp rolled in corn tortillas!

Christmas Day was another food fest with friends...tons of appetizers, manicotti, ham with sweet potato casserole, and deserts to sink a ship! Lots of laughing, too!


All this work and eating was fun, but now I am ready to get back to crafting! Accordingly, I have put my whole Etsy shop on sale for 40% off.  Be sure to use the coupon code   POSTCHRISTMAS40SALE which is also listed in my shop announcement and is valid until midnight Dec. 31.



Happy Shopping!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

 Well, this week is turning out way busier than I had planned. Our guest list is up to 9, so we are an even dozen at our house for Christmas Day! Christmas Eve will be spent at our house with my Dad. We will go to Church at 5 pm and then come home and cook & eat all the yummy fish dishes that is the tradition at our house. Above you can see our tree this year...sorry I cut off the angel's head in the photo! Below are a few of our special ornaments.
 This is the first ornament my husband & I purchased together when we first were married. It always goes front and center on our tree!
This ornament is over 50 years old! It has been my favorite since I was a little girl. Every year that it makes it back onto the tree without breaking is a gift!
Here's a little reindeer corner.
 Some of our Santas. Notice the Elvis Santa with the sunglasses! Cowboy Santa, of course! Big Santa holding the burlap bag is about 18 years old....I made him out of a log and wood pieces!
Another oldie! Can you tell what he is made of ? If you guessed oatmeal boxes, paper towel rolls, gift wrap rolls and styrofoam...you're right!

Best wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Monday!

 Sorry, I missed posting on Friday...I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! On Thursday, we picked up our daughter from school--she is so happy to be home for about a month. Last night at dinner she told me that even the things that I cook that she isn't that fond of, taste great! That was a big compliment! We've hugged, laughed, talked a lot, laughed some more and started our Christmas baking together. She has grown up so much since she started College in September...and my heart is warm because she has grown up, but not grown "away"! If possible, we are all closer!
Last night we watched our favorite Christmas season movie, "It's a Wonderful Life!". We can recite a lot of the parts because we know it so well! 

The photos are of the last two custom orders, completed and ready to mail! Now I will focus more on our home and family...I will be back soon to share some photos of our decorations!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Sale at Craftymoose!

I had a pretty good year on Etsy,  so.I have decided my present to shoppers is to offer 25% off all items in my Holiday Section!  25% off will be refunded via Paypal. Regular shipping applies. Item will be mailed promptly, but delivery by Christmas is not guaranteed!

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

One World One Heart is Coming!

The fifth and final One World One Heart Event has been announced by Lisa of A Whimsical Bohemian. This international blog hop is all about meeting people and making new friends. I joined for the first time last year and have been blessed with many blog friends that I have continued to correspond with. It is a tremendous undertaking and last year there were over 1000 participants! Visit Lisa's blog for all the rules and information!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday and The Aurora Borealis

I love Alaska! I've been there twice, but I have never been fortunate enough to see the Aurora Borealis. When our ACEO group chose the Northern Lights as the next challenge subject, I knew I'd have to jump in early. Try as I might, I could not get a really good photo of the sparkle in this little art card. I used acrylic paint & Pearl Ex powders to add some glitz.

This week just literally flew by for me. Wednesday, I did another 4 hour show at a local business for their employees. I didn't know what to expect (with only about 35 employees), but was happy to have sold an angel & some ornaments.

Now, we start watching the weather for the day we pick up our daughter.  She is done on Thursday, but the dorms don't close until Saturday, so at least we have a little leeway to go a different day if the weather is bad. Going back, the dorms reopen on a Sunday so that's it, no choice!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I hope to get some decorating done this weekend, but will leave decorating the tree for our daughter.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy Monday!

Woke up to snow flurries and a slight dusting on the ground this morning! Then the sun came out and most of it disappeared. It is very cold & windy!

The craft show went well on Saturday--I even sold a few french beaded items!  It's always fun because I know so many people who come & it gives us a chance to catch up.

Today is a day of running around. I just got back from driving some elderly friends to a doctor appointment and after lunch I have to go to Connecticut to pick up my crafts from that show.  This Wednesday I have a 4-hour fair at a business who run it for their employees to shop. Never did this before-should be interesting. After that I can finally start decorating!

Hope you all had a great weekend...Oh, I almost forgot, above is a photo of the Poinsettia Scarf that I crocheted for my daughter from some directions I got from Caron International. I used regular worsted yarn (because I have a ton of it) so it is not quite as soft and flexible, but I may steam it  to soften it up. I'll let her decide. Working on #2 scarf now!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Winter's Coming!

There is no better time to enjoy this delicious chili then on a cold night. It is super easy! I think the original recipe came out of a magazine a long time ago. Enjoy!


Turkey & Black Bean Chili

1 pound ground turkey
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 shredded carot
1 fresh hot green chili pepper (such as jalapeno) seeded and minced
(We leave this out--we like to add our own hot sauce later)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (we add lots more!)
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
2 16 oz. cans black beans, drained & rinsed

In a dutch oven over medium heat, cook the turkey, onion, celery , carrot, chili pepper if using & garlic, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. About 6 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink. Drain off any liquid. Add chili powder, cumin, and salt. Cook & stir over medium heat for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes & beans & bring to a boil. Reduce heat & simmer uncovered for 45 minutes-1 hour, stirring occasionally until flavors have blended.

I'm off to a craft show all day tomorrow and half of my inventory went to Conneticut for a Friday night, Saturday & Sunday show. Needless to say this is my biggest weekend! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Playing in the snow & ice!

Yup, that's right....I'm defrosting my freezer! Oh why, oh why didn't we buy a frost-free one? I have to defrost this huge thing twice a year, and this time I let it go way too-o-o long! I usually do it sometime during the summer, but I was too busy riding camels & getting our daughter ready for college.  I actually had to use a snow scraper & hair dryer to speed things up. There is so much more room in it...I think I'll go shopping tomorrow!

Speaking of college, if I can brag for one moment...Final Grade in her major (Psychology) A!!!!! Exempted from the final exam! I am thrilled especially since I had heard that the first semester especially is really hard for them & their grades usually go down! Ok, brag over, thanks!

It is a balmy 60 degrees, windy and raining like crazy. I have to leave shortly to bring half of my craft items to Connecticut for a show this weekend. While those things are there, I will be (hopefully) selling the other half locally at a show in town.  After this weekend, I have one short show next Wednesday & then I can start decorating our house!

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Monday, November 29, 2010

My Photo in a Contest!


After reading about a blog friend entering her photo in a Better Homes & Gardens Photo Contest, I decided to try my luck and enter one of mine in the Holiday Decorating category. A little exposure never hurts, right?
 
Well, my photo was selected for this week's contest. If you have a moment and are so inclined, could you stop by and vote for me? Click vote, type the phrase, & hit enter! Thanks!
 
http://photos.bhg.com/category/vote/photo/606997

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sale!

I'm having a Black Friday thru Cyber Monday sale in my Etsy shop. Use the coupon code  BFCM20 (also in my shop announcement) and save 20%!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Little Late Today!

In honor of the latest HP movie which just opened a few days ago....I created this Wizard Moose ACEO. It is another of my series of "Moose on Parade". I have not seen the movie yet;  my daughter has, and she liked it. We have all of the movies on DVD. Are you a Harry Potter fan?

Tomorrow we are off to pick up our daughter for the Thanksgiving break. Both of her Wednesday classes were cancelled, so we are going a day early. If I don't make it back to post again before, have a very Happy  Thanksgiving if you are in the USA and a good week if you are not!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Colorful Landscape in Oil

Just sharing my latest completed oil painting. I am into really bright colors and lots of them right now. Can you tell? This was inspired by a painting I saw & I even did a smaller version of it as an ACEO which I am happy to say sold already. Today is my last oil painting class for this year. It will start up again in the Spring.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I made Wheat over the weekend!

 I spent a very productive weekend making wheat. No I wasn't baking...I was beading! A fellow blogger custom ordered some to give as a gift. Here is the first one I made as an example:
 And here are 1 dozen all completed! She plans to put them in a teapot that has a wheat pattern & I am sure they will look great!

I also put the finishing touches on four angels for the Connecticut show. I made two more beaded pendants for necklaces, two ACEOs and experimented with some clay...all of which I will show you later in the week.

So what did you do over the weekend?

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Last Stand

The rain & heavy winds of a few days ago have stripped the trees of their leaves.  The red maples are the last hold outs-maybe the stems of their leaves are thicker or stronger. In any case, this is the view out of my kitchen window. It is a bittersweet view for  because I hate to see the bare branches, I am beginning to have a clearer view of the lake.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holiday Table Setting

Just a quick post today with a little show & tell....The latest addition to my Etsy shop are these french beaded poinsettia napkin rings. The ring is covered with matching poinsettia fabric in red, green  & gold. Otherwise, I am busy with a custom order for wheat, making paper twist angels & beading for the craft shows! What are you up to today?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Autumn in the Hudson Valley

 A few weeks ago, my husband & I decided to hike up to the Mt. Ninham Fire Tower. The tower was built in the 1940s & up until the 80s was still used as a lookout tower for forest fires. It was named after Daniel Ninham, who was the last chief of the Wappinger Indians who lived in this area in the late 1700s. It has recently been renovated & is now open to the public to explore. The walk was a steady uphill incline of about 20 degrees & took 25 minutes to reach the top.
 Along the way, we came upon this stone chamber. There are several of these all around Putnam & the surrounding counties. There is a lot of speculation on who built them & for what purpose, depending on who you talk to. Once popular theory is that they were built by the Druids on spots of strong magnetic activity.
 I'm not sure what they were used for, but in any case, I didn't stay inside too long, LOL!
 This was the object of our hike. Sorry this & the next photo are sideways--I can't figure out how to right them. But, we did climb up!
 Taken from the bottom of the tower.
 Through the trap door...yes it is a popular spot for kids to climb up & leave their initials. Once at the top, it was very sturdy, although it did not have windows so my legs did get a bit shaky!
 Enjoy a few views from different sides...
 A helicopter (probably military) happened by!
 They say on a clear day you can see the New York City Skyline...we'll have to wait until another day for that. It was a beautiful day, but on the cloudy side.
Hope you enjoyed the hike!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My wreath has been featured!

My french beaded poinsettia wreath has been featured on the gallery blog,
"Crafted by Hands".  This particular gallery features Christmas, Holiday & Winter decorations. Posting is open to the public & you can add your items
if you hurry!

Very busy week here getting ready for my first craft show on Saturday.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy November!

Happy November Everyone! We had a fun weekend visiting our daughter at college. There were lots of Halloween-themed activities & we went to a few info meeting on Study Abroad & Studying Domestically at other nearby colleges.
Above are two more figures I made her. Perhaps you saw the "Boo" Halloween decoration? Well, I made the scarecrow to replace the ghost & the crow on the haybale to replace the candy corn. I figured she could keep the pumpkin & turn it around so you don't see the letter--She was thrilled! The lunch event was called, "Taste of Home" and the offerings were from recipes sent in by parents. They gave us a cookbook of all the recipes as we entered the Dining Hall! Later on after dinner, my husband & I drove to our Motel & our daughter dressed up and roamed the campus with some friends. Breakfast was amazing, too--so many choices, all good, including make your own Belgian Waffles (offered all the time!)
After Breakfast, we decided to go to a nearby town & visit another college as well as  window shop in the town. It is a very old, historic area--most building are from the 1800s. One particular store we went into was in a building that had been a bank. The name was still chiseled on the outside facade & there was a cool clock inside. The check out counter was made from safety deposit boxes! Very Cool!
Later in the day, we got tired and hungry if you can believe that, so we headed back to her college. We had some homemade cream of chicken soup with a little pasta on the side. Yum! The food really is good...oh, and parents eat for free--all the time, not only during Parent's Weekend!
We left around 5 pm so we could get home for some of the trick or treaters. Oh, and here is what our daughter got for dinner.....Yup, every Halloween--A lobster dinner!

Hope you had as fun a weekend as we did!

Friday, October 29, 2010

I haven't really titled this one yet, but this is my latest oil painting. It is much brighter in person! Oil on Masonite board.
This week really flew by for me. I did get a lot of crafting done--I have my first craft show on November 6. I still have to make up some jewelry. What I showed previously, I plan to sent to the show in Connecticut.
This weekend is Parent's Weekend at our daughters college so, or course, I made her a little decoration. It's baking right now, so I'll show it to you next time. This past Tuesday was her 18th birthday, so after art class tomorrow, I will bake some birthday/Halloween cupcakes to take up with us. She already got her present in the mail at school--a Pentax SLR camera plus a kit with lenses, filters, tripods, etc. . . Aren't we great parents? I also have a small surprise for her just so she has something to unwrap!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. The weather forecast is for beautiful, seasonal weather, sunny and in the 50s. Maybe I'll take my camera along, too!

Last weekend for my free shipping sale!

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's Voting time Again!

Head on over to the ACEO Challenge blog & help us pick the winner of this month's challenge, MIST. I was a little too challenged to enter this one!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Did you ever see a Bumble Bee Moose?

Well, neither have I...But this is how I imagined one would look!  My newest ACEO in the series of Moose on Parade! You can read more about it here. Just 12 more days left in my free shipping even on Etsy!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Winner #2

Since there were only 5 comments on this giveaway, I had my human (Husband) random generator pick a number. He chose 4...so the lucky winner is Melissa from Those Northern Skies! Congrats Melissa!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A pendant for me!


A short time ago, I was lucky enough to be the 700th sale at Beadwright's Etsy Store. She promised her 700th customer something extra special. Knowing Nicole from past purchases and now as a cyber friend, I knew I was going to be very happy with my surprise, and I was right! She gifted me with one of her lovely (and well put together I might add) kits to make a beaded brooch! Inside was just about everything you need to create a beautiful piece of jewelry, including a gorgeous glass cabochon make by Lori of Out of the Flames. The instruction were well written and illustrated and the supplies included were very generous. I do have a little experience beading--but I learned a few techniques I did not know, and I believe this could be done by a beginner.

Without further ado, here is my finished piece:

Now I did take a bit of artistic license & I turned it into a pendant. I plan to wear it to a family function at the end of this month. I know it will be oohed and ahhed over, but I am not giving it up!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Winner #1


The Random Number Generator has picked #5 as the winner of my first October Giveaway! The Halloween necklace has been won by Lone of Flowermouse Design! Congratulations, Lone! Please email your mailing information so I can send this to you! For anyone not familiar with Flowermouse Design---you simply must visit her beautiful site and see her beautiful polymer clay work. She is also an accomplished knitter and crafter of other beautiful art pieces.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone & be sure to stop back on Monday to see who wins giveaway #2. There is still time to enter--right up until I pick the number on Monday Morning!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here is the latest ACEO in my new series, "Moose on Parade". This one is called "Cammo Moose" It measures the standard size of 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".

Cammo Moose is trying to hide & is doing a pretty good job! He was created with heat--no paint involved & then applied to 140 lb. watercolor paper that has been painted with acrylic paint.

The ACEO will come signed, titled & dated on the back. It will arrive in a card protector. All of my ACEOs are originals.

What is an ACEO? If you know what they are, they are completely addictive to make and to own! For those not familiar with them, ACEO stands for artist cards, editions and originals. They are small works of art in any media, the only criteria being they measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".

Don't forget, I am having a free shipping sale in my Etsy shop for the month of October!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Giveaway #2


We all had a wonderful weekend together, and as this message posts, we are on the way to return our daughter to college! We shopped, she got to see some high school friends who were also home this weekend and was able to go to New York City to see another friend and his band play at their college. She even missed Mom's home cooking so I made a few of her favorite dishes! It was a fun weekend!
Without further ado....Giveaway#2! I made a similiar little Halloween ghost display that I posted about previously! The rules of the giveaway are the same--here's a little refresher:
You may enter one or all of the giveaways by making one comment on their individual post. If you would like to blog about the giveaway, leave a separate comment with the link for one additional chance.The giveaways are open to everyone. Please make sure if you do not have a blog that I have a way to get in touch with you. The winner will be drawn on the date stated in each individual post by the random number generator.
The winner for this giveaway will be chosen on October 17--Good Luck!
There is still time to enter giveaway #1 here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Post & Run

Our daughter decided to come home for the long weekend, so we are heading up to get her today. I'm sure the weekend will be filled with shopping--she already told us she needs a few things.....eating--she put in her "order" for two favorite meals I make (Linguine & clam sauce & Veal Marsala) and more than a few laughs!

I will post the next giveaway on Monday if I get a chance to schedule it as we will be bringing her back to school on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Show & Tell

Just a little show & tell today. I am working hard to get ready for 3 craft shows. As most of you know, it was a busy time getting our daughter ready & moved into college, and I am now beading & crafting feverishly (well, really hard anyway) to be ready. Here are some of the necklaces & brooches I have made for a show in Connecticut.The glass pieces were made by Linda of papernclay on Etsy.
I love the teal one on the left & will find it very hard to part with! Well, back to beading! Hope you all have a happy, productive day!

Don't forget to enter my first giveaway here. Second giveaway coming up on Friday!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy October & Giveaway #1

Happy October! This is my favorite month of the year. The leaves are beginning to change color, the mornings and evenings are cool & crisp, and the days are still warm. I love the smells from my warm toasty kitchen as I bake apple pies, apple crisps and make applesauce. It also happens to be the month in which I was born. My birthday was Saturday, and my husband & I spent a wonderful day enjoying the nice weather and each other. We went out to dinner for all you can eat shrimp at Red Lobster (a seafood chain restaurant for anyone not familiar with it).

I have been so blessed lately with the generosity of blog friends--it is my turn now. I am going to offer several giveaways and specials associated with my Etsy shop. To begin with...

I am offering free shipping in my Etsy Shop for the whole month of October. I have already adjusted the shipping costs to zero, so the listings are ready to go. I will be starting to list my holiday french beaded flowers soon!

Here is how the giveaways will work:
You may enter one or all of the giveaways by making one comment on their individual post. If you would like to blog about the giveaway, leave a separate comment with the link for one additional chance.

The giveaways are open to everyone. Please make sure if you do not have a blog that I have a way to get in touch with you. The winner will be drawn on the date stated in each individual post by the random number generator.

Giveaway #1
A Halloween themed giveaway! This necklace is an original, one-of-a-kind piece. I created the inserts out of polymer clay. They sort of happened by accident--I could certainly never repeat these exact designs. Can you see the bat in the top piece? They have been beaded (with some techniques I learned from a flatwork book recently purchased from Beadwright), backed with leather and strung on an orange ribbon necklace.
The piece measures approximately 3 1/2" long including the bail & the necklace is adjustable from 16"-18".
The winner for this necklace will be drawn on October 15, 2010. Good Luck!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Feeling like I won the lottery!


I recently won a giveaway from Lone at Flowermouse Design. The giveaway was for one of adorable mice in my most favorite color, purple! If you are not familiar with Lone or her mice, take a look at this link and see the talent this artist posesses with polymer clay! I won the most adorable purple striped mouse on his own bouncy purple chain with a silver mouse charm.
When the package arrived, I was teary eyed at the other thoughtful gifts that Lone included. How could any "craftymoose" not be thrilled to get a package of moose napkins? I will have to come up with a special project to use some of these. She also sent along a booklet on the area where she lives in Norway and a keychain. I love to travel and also to paint pictures of places we have been. I know this booklet will be inspiration to help me paint remembrances of trip to Norway.
From the handmade paper card & envelope, to the individually wrapped gifts, down to the Norway flag ribbon, the package made me feel like I had won the lottery. Thank you so much, Lone, from the bottom of my heart!
Have a great weekend everyone! Stop by next week when I am planning a month's worth of specials for my my birthday month!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yard Sale Find

This is the only photo I took of my flea market finds. I picked these cabs out of a tin can for $1 each. I think the middle one on the bottom is jasper & the two green ones are tourquoise. I really liked the shape of the bottom right one & the matrix. I'm unsure what the other two are--any rock hounds out there? If you know, just shout it out! I also picked up some leather scraps--at 25 cents a bagful, I grabbed 4 of them.

I also bought a few books: One on Elvis (Duh!), a novel by Chuck Palahniuk for my daughter, a drawing book for me, and a book on researching your ancestors in Ireland, Scotland, & Wales. The latter I picked up for my friend who just got back from Ireland & is very into researching her family history.

That was about it. I had to hurry a bit to make it home to see our friends who stopped by before returning to North Carolina. I came away happy with my finds and with the hunt....Half the fun for me is in the hunt!

Have a great day!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Voting has begun!

Hi Everyone! Voting has begun on the ACETSY Team ACEO Blog Challenge. There are 33 beautiful entries for the theme "Nature". . If you have a chance stop by and help our team select this month's winner. Vote here.

Now if anyone can help me with this problem:
I am still having a problem with some blogs. There are highlighted links that I can click on, but the "Post A Comment" link is solid black and not clickable for me. There are other comments, so I know comments are enabled. Other blogs are just fine. Any thoughts? Anyone?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

To all my friends...

My computer crashed! Of course, since computers are my husband's hobby, we have about a zillion of them (all right about 6)in the house at any given time, so I just grabbed another one to use. Unfortunately, until he fixes my other laptop--which he will probably do before I finish typing this!--I don't have my feeds. Which means, I will have a hard time visiting and commenting on any blogs for a bit. I will catch up with you all asap.

We had a wonderful weekend. The yard sale wasn't as good as some, but I did get a few goodies which I will show when I get my old computer back. The highlight was visiting our daughter , and we all had a great time walking around the campus, eating, laughing and eating some more. This time I felt confident to leave her, that she is thriving and doing well, and there were smiles instead of tears. It was a great day together, and I think we will make it until our next visit the end of October for parent's weekend.

I'm off to work on some crafty stuff which I hope to show in a day or two, also!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Weekend Forecast

Well, the forecast for this weekend is for 2 beautiful sunny, warm days! Tomorrow I am headed to a big sale called The Ultimate Yard Sale. It's at an old airport where they hold flea markets once a month. This sale is something that just started a year or so ago, and they hold it twice a year. As the name suggests, it is like a giant tag sale. I've been twice so far and have scored some pretty neat things. I'm excited!

Later on we will meet up with some old friends who are visiting from North Carolina to have dinner & spend a few hours together. They came up for the wedding of their sister/aunt who is also a friend of ours.

Sunday we decided on a road trip-you know, get outta town & enjoy the nice weather. Let's see, where shall we go? I know! How about up to visit our daughter?! LOL! As if you could not have guessed! She is actually looking forward to us coming up and bringing her some warmer clothes! Well, we made it two weeks!

Oh, the Halloween display above I made (from a pattern by Shelly Comisky) for my daughter to decorate her room. She loves Halloween & when she was small, I always called her "Boo".

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New ACEOs


Whenever I need a little break from bending wire and beading flowers...I love to create ACEOs. In case you are not familiar with these, ACEO stands for artist cards, editions and originals. They are small works of art in any media, the only criteria being they measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".

The cards above & below are part of a series I am working on, called "Moose on Parade", and inspired by the Cows on Parade figures. The top one is called "Hearts and Vines" and the one below is called "Zebra Moose". Duh!
All of my ACEOs are originals. Just created yesterday is my latest--"Autumn Serenade". I entered this one in the monthly ACEO Challenge run by the ACETSY Team on Etsy. The theme this month is Nature. This is an original acrylic paining on 140 lb. watercolor paper.
ACEOs are fun and addictive to make and collect!