Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday rolled around quickly this week! Our New Year's Eve plans are usually pretty simple here as we do not like to go out. This year, our daughter is having a few friends over with a couple of them sleeping over. We love having a house full of laughter so I know my husband & I will both enjoy our night. Dinner will be simple...baked ziti....with lots of snacks to follow and sparkling cider to ring in the New Year! So what are you doing?

Wishing you all a safe New Year's Eve and a Happy Healthy 2012! See ya next year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

IA Challenge

The current challenge on Inspiration Avenue is the phrase...something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. There is a Mr. Linky here where you can add your link and see all the other entries. Here is my interpretation:
Something old...the art of French Beaded Flowers began approximately in the late 1700s to early 1800s.
Something new...the beads are new Czech glass beads.
Something borrowed...Mother Nature's artwork.
Something blue...the rose was made with rainbow cobalt blue beads.

Thanks for another fun challenge priti.lisa!

Monday, December 26, 2011

What's off my knitting needles!

I finished my Baktus scarf from a free pattern on Ravelry by Strikkelise and certainly inspired by several that I have seen on Flowermouse's Blog. You can see one of Lone's here. Now, mind you, mine took longer than 2 days..but I am happy and proud of it! I did mine in stockinette stitch which is knitting every row. It was a fun project in from of the TV at night! I love how the colors shaded!

I also crocheted a cute little bird that was another free pattern on Ravelry--this one by Attic24. I changed it up a bit and turned it into a crow as a little gift for Stacy of MagicLoveCrow. It was very easy to follow Lucy's pattern and she has a cool blog where she shows off many projects, here.

Just another week to take advantage of my Etsy sale of free shipping or 20% off your order (not including shipping). Details and coupon codes in my shop announcement!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Nativitys

Hi Everyone! I thought I would share our two nativity sets. This first one has been in my husbands family for eons--well maybe not that long, LOL, but we have been treasuring it for the past 20 years! The figures are made in Italy. The stable is very special because my Mom made it. Now you may be thinking (or not) "what happened to the manger & baby?" Well, it is our family tradition to put that in on Christmas morning, before anything else is done. He is, after all, the reason for the season!
This second Nativity scene was carved out of a single log. The back is covered with the natural bark. It was made in Bethlehem, and we purchased it on our trip there in 2009. I just love the natural shading in the piece of wood. This one stays out all year long and has a place front and center in our living room wall unit.
Wishing you all Peace, Joy, and Love this Christmas season! And, of course, a happy, creative weekend, too!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Hanukkah and Thanks!

First, I'd like to wish any of my friends and readers celebrating tonight, a very Happy Hanukkah. We are close friends with a couple where the husband is Jewish & the wife, southern Baptist. For the last 20+ years we have been fortunate to be included in their celebrations and they in ours. We already celebrated Hanukkah with them earlier in the month because they were going away; and this weekend they will come to our house to celebrate Christmas with us. Just a funny aside...when our daughter was young they always included her in the giving of gifts and chocolate gelt. After this went on for many years, I said to my daughter..."You do know we are not really Jewish, right?" She says, "We're not?". This from a girl who is raised Catholic and had made her Holy Communion!

I want to show you what I won in a recent giveaway from Stacy from MagicLoveCrow. Not only was I lucky enough to win her giveaway which was the adorable sledding baby crow, called "Wheeee!"...but I won her Mom's giveaway, too, for this hand knitted dish cloth! I told Stacy the baby crow reminded me of when we used to take our daughter sledding and that is what she would say going down the hill! Sweet memories. The dish cloth is so beautifully shaded--I am going to enjoy it! Thanks again Stacy & Mom!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Some new goodies!

A month or so ago I won a $20 giveaway to Bead Crafty bead store from Indigobead's blog. Even though I haven't had a chance to create anything yet, I thought this was a good time to show off what I selected.

First let me say, that I received excellent customer service from Bead Crafty and would not hesitate to purchase from their website. Despite the fact that they are located in the UK, my items arrived quickly & very carefully and artfully packaged! They were wrapped in red tissue paper & tied with a bow--it felt like Christmas. So here is what I picked:
Five bags of red seed beads that will most likely find their way into Valentine's Day roses. Two packages each of red, black & smokey 6 mm faceted crystals; a very pretty purple cabochon, a resin cab with adorable bumble bees & flowers; a swarovski
rivoli; a crystal snowflake; and a bail. Oh, the very generous bag of beads at the top was a free gift!

Thanks Bead Crafty and Indigo Beads!

Friday, December 16, 2011

On The 12th Day of Christmas...

My True Love Gave to Me...Drums!

I hope you have enjoyed my 12 Days of Christmas Treasuries! I hope you have a happy, creative weekend!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the 9th Day of Christmas....

My True Love Gave to Me....dancing dancers! Enjoy!

Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend!

Friday, December 9, 2011

IA Challenge

The subject of the Inspiration Challenge this week is Christmas Balls! Over the years I have made dozens of ornaments and we enjoy having an almost all hand made decorated tree. The question posed was What is on your Christmas Ball? Why, Beads, of course!

I hung this on our, as yet, undecorated tree and took the best photo I could. It is actually deep royal blue & vibrant yellow beads & each drop has a little elephant at the bottom.

Busy weekend ahead for us, so I will continue with the 12 Days of Christmas Treasuries on Monday. Have a happy, creative weekend!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On The 7th Day of Christmas Treasury

My True Love may not always be getting it just right...but at least these swim!

Here are #6 and #7:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On The 6th Day of Christmas Treasury

I'm really having fun making these! Glad you are enjoying looking at them. Here is the 5th & 6th Day Treasuries:

Monday, December 5, 2011

5th Day of Christmas Treasury

Hi Everyone! Well, the craft show was a big success as evidenced by the smaller inventory in my Etsy Shop and the empty tubs I came home with! All your well wishes must have worked--Thanks! I've decided to list any Christmas/Winter items I have left on Etsy, so take a look if you get a chance! In the meantime, enjoy the 4th and 5th Days of Christmas Tresuries:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

4th Day of Christmas Treasury

This widget requires at least two treasuries to here are a repeat of the 3rd day & the 4th:

You can click on the treasury to view it full page!

The craft show was a big success--thank you for all the well wishes! Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

3rd Day of Christmas Treasury

Happy Saturday! I'm at a craft show, but I scheduled this one for you. Showing here are 2nd & 3rd Day of Christmas Treasuries!

Friday, December 2, 2011

IA Challenge-English Literature

Here is my entry this week--a bit bungled. The first thing I thought of when I read the Inspiration Avenue challenge was English Literature was that I would never come up with anything for this one! I was totally blank! My daughter is an Anglophile, and our home is filled with many things British, but that didn't help either. Finally I had it...I created this ACEO as a tribute to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love sonnet:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

What you might not know is that this is also called, "Sonnet 43". So what is the bungled part? Well, my great idea was to draw 43 hearts all woven together with a leafy vine. So far, so good...until I didn't check before I started drawing & thought it was Sonnet 46! So there are 46 hearts, Mea Culpa, Mrs. Browning!

2nd Day of Christmas Treasury

A big thank you to Gloria from New End Studio for helping me get the treasury on my blog. This widget lets you see multiple treasuries, so I have included the first two here. You can click on any treasury that you would like to visit.

I am off to my last craft show tomorrow so my shop will be empty until Saturday night. Hope you have a wonderful creative weekend.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Treasuries

I stated a treasury series of the 12 Days of Christmas. You can see the first one here. Maybe before the 12 days are over, I will learn how to share them here and on facebook without the links, LOL.

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Even though the last few days have been unseasonably mild here in upstate New York, I have been getting the urge to pull out my yarn, crochet hooks, and knitting needles which I have not used in a long time. Fortunately, it is like riding a bike, you never forget once you have done it! I have been very inspired by a blog called Flowermouse. Lone is a very prolific knitter whose pace I can only dream of matching, and her blog is an explosion of color. She also creates beautiful items in polymer clay and felting! Anyway, she has inspired me to make something, and the first something I made is this crocheted baby hoodie. It was a free pattern from Bernat yarns--you know, one of those tear offs you find in the yarn aisle. I used a regular worsted weight yarn because I wanted it to be heavier, like a jacket. I plan to give it to our friend's daughter for her new baby girl at Christmastime.
I'm going a bit yarn crazy--don't know if it is the cold snap, freaky early snowstorm in October, or the fact that I lost so much of my yarn in the flood earlier in the summer. The adage "What you don't use, you lose" keeps playing in my mind, though I know it is not about the same thing. I also made another crochet project which I can't show yet because it is a gift for someone who reads my blog. I have a crocheted baby blanket (for no one in particular) started, a knitted scarf for me and as soon as my tunisian crochet hook comes in the mail, I will be making two more gifts that I also cannot describe yet.

So, do you knit or crochet? Do you, like me, get the urge to do either when the weather turns cooler? Do tell!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Signs of a bad winter?

Have you looked at the squirrels in your backyard lately? Are their tails extra bushy? Did you see less acorns littering the ground earlier in Autumn? These are just two of the signs that some believe will predict a bad winter ahead. I don't know about the first, but I have had trouble beating the squirrels to finding a lot of acorns to craft with this year. And why would I want to craft with acorns? Glad you asked! Because I saw an awesome post on a blog I follow called MegaCrafty where Meg created some really neat ones. She inspired me to make some of my own. First I have to tell you, Meg has the right title for her blog--she is just loaded with fun craft ideas and recipes--enough to keep me busy for a long time! Got left over cranberry sauce? Try her muffin recipe. Anyway, after seeing her post, here is what I made:
The top two are painted and they sealed with decoupage glue. The bottom four are wet felted--and boy does she have a great tip for felting balls!
Next I got creative with polymer clay and made these:
They are actually acorns covered with clay that I matched to some spare caps I had. I display them on our buffet in the dining room.

Thanks to Meg for this really fun project!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

IA Challenge

The theme this week at Inspiration Avenue is "Aged Beauty" whether it be something new made old, old people, old stories, etc. I decided to have some fun playing around with polymer clay again. I made another tile that is about 7/8" wide and just over 1" high. I used a Lisa Pavelka image of a boy & girl dancing on an ornate stage. It reminds me of a beautiful old theatre or opera house. I creased & cut the image to further age it & baked it atop white clay. After it was done I added Judikins powder resin--it was the first time I tried this product. I was pretty pleased but next time will try to smooth out the powder a bit before heating it. Anyway, without further ado:
If you have time, stop by and see all the other wonderful art created for this theme at IA!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

To All of My Friends in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving!

To Everyone...taking a few days off to spent it with family and friends. Have a wonderful creative weekend!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ya Gotta Get Up Pretty Early in The Morning....

to catch a photo like this:
There were about 10 of these huge Turkey Buzzards sitting in a bare tree. It was eerie because they are so large:
I grabbed my camera to try to get a good shot and then figured I'd get one of them with their wings spread so you could really see how big they are. I looked down to preview the first photo to make sure I got a good one, got ready to take aim again...and they had already flown off! Oh well, I'll keep trying!

Friday, November 18, 2011

IA Challenge "Harlequin"

The challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue is "Harlequin". Even though there are so many creative ways to approach this challenge, I stuck with the color/pattern theme of black & white diamonds. It was actually very challenging for me to come up with something for this, and I finally resorted to playing with some polymer clay. I made a little tile that I will use at a later date in another piece of art.
I still need more practice with clay, as you can see, but I did have fun and felt very challenged--which is the whole point, isn't it?

Stop by and see all the other wonderful entries at IA!

Have a very happy, creative weekend everyone!

Monday, November 14, 2011

A DVD Review

Well here is another unsolicited DVD review...this time on making wire-wrapped jewelry with Scott David Plumlee. The DVD lasts a bit over one hour and is chock full of great information, techniques & projects.

There is a comprehensive materials overview that explains all about wire sizes, types and properties. He also goes over different types of pliers and their uses, forging tools, and some important safety tips!

One of the things I like about Plumlee's DVDs is that they demonstrate from his perspective--makes it much easier to understand how to do a particular step. In the first project you learn how to make your own headpins--super cool! He goes on to make wire wrapped earrings using the headpins that were just created. There are several different types of earrings and bracelets demonstrated, and variations are also discussed. He also teaches how to forge your own "S" clasp.

Again there is a lot of useful information to lead you on your journey of designing your own wire-wrapped jewelry!

For more information on DVDs, Kits, Tutorials, etc, please visit David Chain Jewelry.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

This week at Inspiration Avenue, Hettienne chose the theme to be inspired from any form of needlework. "Where there are needlework, there is art and there are memories and stories to be shared. Share with us your creations that tells the stories that were sewn into your heart!"

I created an ACEO for the challenge. I started with a stencil and after some cutting with a craft knife and punching with a needle, I sewed in the color. I did simple weaving in the center for a little texture.

I would also like to share a quilt that I made many years ago which also fits this theme. Have you ever loved a piece of clothing so much that you couldn't bear to part with it--even though it was long past it's wearable life? Or maybe, you don't get that attached to clothing. I sometimes do, as I did with this shirt. I've always liked jungle animals and safari-type clothing (think the old,original Banana Republic), and when this shirt wore out, I was sad to let go. Then I took a quilting class and realized that I could incorporate it into a quilt. Here is the result...Attic Windows Pattern:
Now I know it is only Thursday, but I am going to wish everyone a happy, creative weekend anyway. My daughter is coming home tonight for the long weekend, but I promise I'll get around to see everyone's IA challenge art!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Good Morning!

Or at least it would have been morning if I had scheduled this post to go up at 9 AM instead of PM!!!

Thank you for all the well wishes and comments about the craft fair. As I expected, there was not a big turnout, and in fact, there were several empty tables of vendors who could not make it. I think a lot of people were just numb (no pun intended) from being without electric and just had piles of stuff to catch up on. Despite the low number of shoppers, I only netted a few dollars less than last year when I did this show. It helped that I was the only one with holiday themed items. There was Tupperware, Mary Kay, someone with homemade jams & jellies, and a lot of jewelry vendors. As I may have mentioned, I have one more show the beginning of December and between now & then will be listing as much as I can in my Etsy shop. I have been doing shows since 1994, and I'm getting burnt out.

I had the good fortune to recently win one of Roxanne's paintings--do you know Roxanne? She has a cute blog, called Mentalmulch. The painting is one of her awesome girls and is full of detail which I hope you can see in my not so awesome photo, LOL!
All the more amazing when you realize that it is all of 1" square!!!
Roxanne has recently combined her two Etsy shops together and along with her paintings and art dolls, you can now find all of her dachshund art there, too!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Well, this week just flew by! Spent most of the past two days continuing to clean out the garage and put everything back in the basement so we can hopefully get the second car inside for the winter. Thought I'd leave you with a few photos from last Saturday.
This first photo was taken in our backyard a few hours into the storm.
Taken from the back porch. You can see there was already about 4 inches.
Most of the snow has now melted, but there are still many people without power. Join me in sending out some good wishes to anyone who is still struggling without electricity.

Have a happy, creative weekend. I have my first craft show of the season on Saturday.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Blog Award

I'd like to thank Gloria of New End Studio for passing along the "Tell me about yourself award"! I've shared a long of things over the are 7 more:

1)Ringo Starr is my favorite Beatle.

2)I love apples cut in half with the seeds dug out and the hole filled with peanut butter!

3)I hate cheesecake, but I think chocolate is just about the most perfect food.

4)I have one older sister who drives a school bus--which in my opinion automatically puts you in like for sainthood.

5)I like to shop but hardly ever buy anything new to wear.

6)I wish I was taller and thinner.

7)I love to read.

I am supposed to pass this along to 15 bloggers, but as is my custom, I invite anyone who wishes to play along.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thank you!

We got our power back a short while ago! Everything is well here and I want to thank everyone who left such nice comments, emails and convos! I'll be around to visit you all soon! Debbie

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'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...


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 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!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Back Again!

I am back again to announce one of the best sales ever in my Craftymoose Etsy Store! Since October is my birthday month--you get the present:

Free Shipping for the month of October on all orders to the USA and Canada! (Custom Orders are excluded)

If you are in the USA, use coupon code FREESHIP at check out to receive this bonus. Unfortunately, because of the way Etsy configures coupon codes, I have to ask anyone in Canada wishing to make a purchase to either convo me first & I can set up a reserved listing with no shipping or purchase & I will refund the shipping.

Lots of new items will be making their way into the shop--beaded flowers, ACEOs, jewelry, holiday items, and back by popular demand...My paper angel tree toppers! I will be listing all month long so stop back often!

Happy Shopping & Happy Weekend!

The Winners Are....

I printed out all the names....
Cut them up, folded them, and put them in a bowl....
Mr. Moose picked the names of the three lucky winners...
Congratulations Everyone! I'll be in touch with all of you for your mailing info!

Don't forget to stop by later for a big shop announcement!

Chain Maille DVD Review & Giveaway!

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I am always excited to receive my latest issue of Bead and Button Magazine, and even more so when I saw my favorite Chain Maille artist, Scott David Plumlee was one of the feature articles. If you regularly read my blog, you may remember this little review I did about a month ago. After that review, Scott asked if I would be interested in reviewing his new DVDs--of course, I jumped at the chance!
The first one, "Make Chain Maille Jewelry" runs for 87 minutes.
This is a very comprehensive look at making single, double & Byzantine chain weaves, and you will come away with the skills to create specific projects and even a beautiful "S" clasp. The camera angle is often from the maker's perspective which makes it easy to see exactly what to do. He starts out by outlining the tools you will need--many of which you may already have. I appreciated the time he took explaining what each tool is capable of and the tips he sprinkled here and there in the DVD.

The first thing Scott does is teach you to make your own jump rings. From the types and gauges of wire, to how to wrap & cut the rings, all the way to proper opening and closing of jump rings, everything is clear and demonstrated.

Moving on to projects, you learn how to make a single, double, and my personal favorite, Byzantine chain. What I liked about the demos was that he used very large rings first and repeated the steps a few times before moving onto the smaller jewelry size rings. Think you are done--no way! Next he shows how to modernize these weaves by embellishing them with beads!

Lastly, he shows you how to forge your own clasp from a simple piece of wire--how cool is that?!

There was not a boring or wasted moment in this DVD & if I wasn't already excited to try more projects...I am now! What? You, too? You are in luck! Scott David Plumlee has very generously provided me with not one, not two, but THREE of his Beaded Romanov Earring Kits for a giveaway. These are the same kit that I made in my previous post above.
So, what do you have to do? Visit Scott's website, look around, and come back here and post what your favorite pattern or thing about his site is.
The winners will be drawn about Noon EST on September 30, 2011. One entry per person. Open to everyone worldwide. I am going to cut up the comments so everyone has a fair chance at winning! Good Luck!

This is an unsolicited, honest review of this DVD which I was provided free along with the 3 kits for the giveaway.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spain-IA Challenge

This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue was Spain. I've been many places, and even though I've never been to Spain, the idea for this one came pretty easily. I love animals so I googled animals of Spain. Well, the first one I came across was the Bat which are apparently prevalent in Spain and actually the symbol of the city of Valencia. If you are a new reader to my blog, go here, to see why I wasn't going to "touch" that one. I decided to go with the perhaps more well-known and safer Bull.
Day of The Dead Style Bull ACEO 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Stop by and see all the wonderful art that has been created inspired by Spain!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Appreciating what is around me

I see you even if you don't see me! Cardinals are perhaps my favorite bird (next to flamingos, but since there aren't any of those flying around my yard, I gotta go with what I have), but they are so skittish & hard to photograph. I finally got a photo from inside by climbing up on a chair, hiding behind a hanging plant & shooting through a clear window. It was worth it!
Looking out our back door (without my glasses on, LOL) I saw what looked like a pile of whitish stuff on the lawn. After finding a bone on the roof (post)I didn't want to imagine what creature dropped whatever this pile was. But on closer examination...I found the sweetest mushroom village ever!
Walking back to the house I saw some raindrops suspended in mid-air! Kidding! It was a spider web in the lawn!
Lastly, I leave you with a photo of what is now growing on my vines--a gourd! Let me explain...I had some seeds, planted them & when I planted the cucumbers I put the gourd plants way done the end of the trellis--and then promptly forgot about them. Well, they took off & when I looked at them, they looked different, they were lighter green & had "bumps" under the flowers but didn't seem to be doing much else.
Soooooo, I pulled them all out! Later on, they started growing again & I found this gourd & realized what I had done. Chagrined but ready to try again next year!
It's hard getting older, but the best thing is that October, being my birth month, is when I announce a surprise, so stay tuned on Friday for the advanced announcement heard here first! Oh yes, my giveaway one post up will also be announced in a separate post at noon on Friday--still time to enter if you are interested! Phew! Long post--thanks for sticking with me!

Friday, September 23, 2011


The challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue is "Keys". Click on the link and stop by and see all the wonderful entries! Here is mine:

Now I know you have all been wondering just what do skeletons do if they are missing a few bones? And Pirates...what do they do will all those skeleton keys they steal to release themselves from prison? Come on, I know you have been wondering about that, too! Wonder no is the answer!
This pirate skeleton has collected all the skeleton keys he has found and has used them for extra parts. He even wears one as an earring! They may be mismatched and not his size, but he doesn't care at all! Thank you to Hettienne for this fun challenge--you really got me thinking!

In other craftymoose news...Don't forget to enter my giveaway one post up!

Have a wonderful creative weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Whoo Am I?

I didn't post yesterday because I was playing with my watercolors! I painted this little owl who thinks he is hiding behind his mask in a witch's costume. It is an ACEO--the size of a standard baseball card for anyone not familiar with them. He will be in my Etsy shop later today.

I'm also taking part in Magaly's All Hallow's Grim Blog Party that takes place on October 13. Originally I was not going to participate, but last week when I had a chance to play around with my supplies, I created something that told me it wanted to join the party. Lately that has been happening to me a lot--my creations telling me what they want to be. You'll have to wait until October 13th to see the one that was directing me!

I also did some experimenting with dyes again and will show them when they tell me what they want to be!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway 1 post up!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Friday!

It's been a long week and an even longer day here. The basement walls are starting to mold and mildew so it looks like I will be getting some more experience in sheetrock taping! Yeah! Thank you hurricane Irene! My husband has started to pull it out, but it is doubtful that it will be replaced before Spring. Some of you I've told already that he hurt his knee. Well, a visit to the Orthopedist is leading to an MRI on Tuesday and possible surgery depending on the result. This morning the microwave also broke....Is there some cosmic law that says everything must happen at once?

TGIF--Have a nice, creative weekend everyone!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Autumn is coming!

Apples, gourds, pumpkins, Halloween, spooky things, and Christmas is right around the corner!

This is an ACEO that I did for the "End of Summer" ACEO challenge. It actually fits the Inspiration Avenue theme this week of "Autumn Splendor" so I will share her there too.

I am starting to load up my Craftymoose Etsy shop with lots of Autumn and Christmas goodies!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Patterns-IA Challenge

I created this cute witch that I named Esme in conjunction with this week's Inspiration Avenue challenge which was "Patterns". Esme is illustrating that checks and plaids Do go together! You can see more of Esme here. Take a look at all the wonderful art that was created for this challenge here.

It has rained all week here, and the water is just sitting in the backyard trying to soak into the ground. No major water in the basement since the pumps are working--just a few trickles.

Have a wonderful creative weekend! I'm hoping it dries up enough for me to do laundry!