Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

We have a state of emergency here and are a disaster area. Saturday, we were hit with a rogue snowstorm and got 12" of wet heavy snow that downed trees & power lines. 35 (yes you read that right) roads in our immediate are were/are closed. This is not the start of a thriller novel...it's my reality right now. I temporarily have my computer hooked up to the generator but won't risk that for long because it's not a clean connection & may damage the computer. There is no estimate yet for when we will get electric back, but I've heard by the end of the week.

We are so so thankful that our neighbor had just hooked up our generator to the house with a transfer switch. We have heat, water, and minimal other electric. We've been feeding him along with our good friends across the street. There is a real sense of community in this neighborhood.

Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know what is going on if you don't hear from me for a few days. My crow friend, if you see this, thank you--I'll get everything to you soon--not sure the post office is even open yet.

Hope everyone else that may have been in the path of this storm is safe and warm.

Friday, October 28, 2011

IA Challenge-Masquerade Ball!

The first thing I thought of with this word prompt from Inspiration Avenue was the song "Masquerade!" from Phantom of The Opera! I love that song and it always sticks in my brain! However, that is not what inspired me to create my piece this week.

I started thinking about what else masquerade could mean beyond masks, costumes, and such, even though the challenge was masquerade Ball. My thoughts went to the animal kingdom and all the animals that mask themselves. One of the most brilliant is the Chameleon; my inspiration for this ACEO.
Thank you, Shelinwa, for a fun challenge! Stop by and see the other entries here.

Have a fun creative weekend everyone! Just a few more days of free shipping in my Etsy shop. Since Monday is Halloween I'm adding a little bonus...Everything in my Halloween/Autumn section will be an additional 20% off on top of free shipping until midnight Oct. 31. Use code BLOG20 at check out or convo for a reserved listing. There are a few surprises in there as well! Happy Shopping!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I'm happy to pass along ,as long as you don't win a cool giveaway that my friend Lisa is having on her blog, Indigo's Beads. In conjunction with Bead Crafty, she is giving away 3 gift certificates! Just thought I'd pass it along regrettably so you can get in on the chance to win!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Shout Out

Hi everyone! Today I'd like to show off a piece of art I purchased from another amazing ACETSY Team member, Sunshineshelle. She has an awesome Etsy shop just filled with ghosts, wide eyed girls and lovable monsters! Here is an ACEO that I purchased from her--you may recognize it as the blog party button Magaly used. I usually don't go for scary or gory art, but this one just called out to me!
Sweetie that she is, Shelle included a set of her adorable Star Huggers! I've admired these for some time--so thanks, Shelle!
If you have a chance, stop by Shelle's shop and blog--you'll be glad you did!

Just a reminder....Just a few more days to take advantage of my free shipping sale in my shop.It ends on Oct. 31.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I didn't get to post on Friday because we were away for an overnight trip. On Thursday, we went back up to our daughter's college where Jeff Dunham was performing in their arena.
I absolute love this ventriloquist!
We went up a little earlier in the day & arrived in time to have dinner with our daughter and her friend. It happened that it was Alaska Seafood Week in the Dining Hall and they had a DJ, and really good seafood. I had what was called "Rock Fish". It was mild tasting and good. My DH had cod with reindeer sausage. After dinner we walked to the arena, and for the next 2 hours I laughed more than I have in a long time! Boy it felt really good! If you are not familiar with Jeff Dunham, I added a short video below. Peanut is my favorite character & I can laugh over this bit over and over! Enjoy:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

And the Winner Is...

Thank you to everyone who commended on my Blog Party post and thank you, once again, to Magaly for hosting the party. Without further ado...


The Random Number Generator has picked #26, the last commenter, so...

AUTUMN YOU WON!

Please send me your information via the email link on my profile page!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What Inspires Me?

This week the theme at Inspiration Avenue is to think about what inspires you. I am most inspired by nature and color! I like screaming bright, vivid colors! I am inspired by the way Mother Nature paints the world, especially this time of year. I love to create French Beaded Flowers and often take my cue from what is blooming around me. During Autumn, I especially love to create bright orange lilies and the many hues of orange, red & yellow that the marigolds in my garden wear. Roses are also a favorite of mine and I create them all year long in bright shades of red, like the above, pink, yellow, purple, and even sapphire blue.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Inspiration Avenue who provides such wonderful prompts and inspiration week after week. Although I only discovered your blog a month or so ago, I already feel like I have grown as an artist--at least in my thought process. I know you can't see it, but there is a big smile on my face!

My Recipe

After many failed attempts to photograph or scan the cookbook page, I could not get a clear copy, so I decided to just type it out. Here is the recipe that was featured in our daughter's college dining hall this past Saturday night:

Turkey Scaloppini in Lemon-Caper Sauce
Serves 6

1 lb turkey breast sliced
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 Tablespoons capers drained
1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 Teaspoon salt

1. Light coat the turkey in the flour, patting off any excess.

2. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the turkey & cook, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through--a few minutes per side. Transfer the cooked turkey to a plate. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil, and the remaining turkey & transfer to the plate.

3. Add the wine, lemon juice, parsley, capers, Worcestershire sauce, pepper & salt to the skillet & bring to a boil. Simmer 1-2 minutes scraping up any brown bits stuck to the pan, until the sauce has thickened slightly. Return the turkey to the skillet, spoon the sauce over the top, and simmer 2 more minutes to heat through. Serve immediately.

Monday, October 17, 2011

ACEO challenge: At the Salon

While waiting for her next customer, Gwen decided to get a facial!
This ACEO was created for this month's challenge which is "At The Salon". Of course, I could not resist doing another of my Moose on Parade Series! This one is a drawing with color pencil and micron pens.

We had a wonderful visit with our daughter and we enjoyed seeing our recipe served in the Dining Hall! I had a couple of requests to share my recipe, which I will be glad to do next time.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Friday!

This week has just flown by! Maybe it was the because of the holiday, but I feel like I lost a day somewhere in there. A few good things happened, not really of much interest but I will tell you anyway...

Our Electrician is installing our transfer switch box for the generator so we should not have the problem of no sump pumps again. In the process, he found our regular breaker box was a dangerous one known to cause fires because the breakers don't trip when they are supposed to--he's changing that too. See, I told you...not all that interesting.

But this is...Last year, our daughter's college solicited recipes for a cook book they put out and distribute to parents on Family Weekend. I sent in one of our favorites and guess what! My recipe is being featured in one of the dining halls for dinner! Whoo Hoo! Of course, we are going to go even though she was just home and we had planned to wait until later in the month and go for her birthday. I dont' get that many Whoo Hoo published moments!

Have a happy creative weekend! Don't forget to enter my All Hallow's Grim Giveaway one post down and visit my Etsy shop for free shipping!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Inside Every Pumpkin is a Goblin Trying to Get Out!

When I was younger, I was really into the scary, bloody vampire kind of movies. For a long time I read every Stephen King book I could get my hands on. They scared me so much...I am now afraid of the dark, dead animals, lawn mowers, clowns, vintage cars, fortune tellers, and lots of other things. So when Magaly invited me to her All Hallow's Grim Party I really didn't think I could come up with anything appropriate. Have you heard about art just leading you where it wants? This is actually the second time this has happened to me...

I was playing around with some clay & decided to make a Halloween brooch. I made a simple, even sweet looking face as a pumpkin. All he needed was a stem, but, as luck would have it, I didn't have enough green or brown clay. Then I thought, "I'll just smoosh together some black & the remaining orange & use that!" Well, when I did, I came up with a pretty neat looking stem...until I REALLY looked at it. Looks pretty harmless from a distance:
But get close up...do you see the wicked face? Do you see the fangs? That is why I am here. So this year when you go to carve your pumpkin, beware, there may be a goblin lurking inside trying to get out!
As a thanks for visiting my blog, I will use the random number generator and award this piece to one lucky commenter. This giveaway ends October 20th at 9:13am. (Had to change the time because I have an appointment later on in the day)

Friday, October 7, 2011

IA Weekly Challenge-Owls

I had such a busy week but managed to create this ACEO to fit the theme at Inspiration Avenue this week, which was Owls! Couldn't pass up a chance to paint an owl. Now, I have no idea how he got himself into this costume!
Be sure to visit all the wonderful Owl creations here!

Our daughter is coming home tonight to spend the long weekend! She is so bubbly and full of news she can't wait to share! Happy Columbus Day to all my readers in the USA!

Have a wonderful creative weekend. To all my friends who are in Canada, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thank you!

Hi Everyone! I want to send a shout out and a big thank you to Stacy of MagicLoveCrow. For anyone who doesn't know Stacy, she is a wonderful artist who specializes in painting the cutest baby crows and the most excellent adult crows. I was recently a winner in her blog contest & won this adorable "runner-up" prize:
Not only that, but she surprised me with a mega-birthday-blow-out gift! Just look at all the goodies she sent me!
Three of her beautiful notes cards that include matching ACEOs, a cute baby crow doing a split & what has to be the biggest birthday card I've ever received!

I had a lovely day on my birthday (Sunday) and will go out to dinner Wednesday at one of our favorite restaurants. The celebration continues for all of you, too, with my free shipping sale in my Etsy shop--no coupon required now for US addresses!