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!

Friday, November 26, 2010


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!