Friday, May 29, 2009

Fantastic Friday Giveaway#7

It's Fantastic Friday! Congratulations Bandai Blossom! Bandai won the giveaway over at Baroness Bijoutery. Now it's my turn....BWAHAHAHA

I haven't posted in a good week. I know, 30 lashes with wet marmot for me. (lol now everyone has to go google marmot) I have been lost in the land of obligation. Not a lot of choices for what I do with my time at the moment. (sigh) Since that is foremost in my mind I believe I will give everyone a choice! For Fantastic Friday Giveaway #7 I am offering a Pearl Chain Link necklace....with your choice of pearl color! This versatile pretty is made with pearls and gunmetal chain. It's extra long so it can be worn long or double wrapped.

So if you would like to enter, all the usual rules apply :) Drawing will be held on June 12th, and is open to everyone. Be sure to leave me a way to contact you. :) Here we go!

Peek in my shop, and comment here if you find a favorite. (purchasing from my shop is allowed too :D )

Become a follower of my humble blog. (post here to give me a heads up)

link, tweet,blog, (whatever your fav form of interaction is), to this giveaway and post here to let me know. your favorite color!

any or all is worth a separate entry. Winner will be drawn randomly by Just to keep the fun rolling BaronessBijoutery will be hosting a another giveaway starting on the 12th after this drawing. Yep we're in cahoots, every other Friday we will be hosting a new giveaway.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Supply Hunt

I was just thinking about how we creative types also are creative with obtaining supplies. Whether it's outright purchasing, trading, dumpster diving, recycling, up cycling, or harvesting, I have had to learn how to be just as creative with procuring supplies. Some times this is an economic necessity, but other times it idea based.

I thought I would share one of my procurements with you all.

This ancient apple tree drops enough branches each spring that I can make 5-6 broom handles.

The grand old Birch out front supplies enough twigs to complete those 5-6 brooms each season. Isn't that a wonderful coincidence. In this instance, all the twigs in the front yard provided the creation idea for the besoms (brooms). Thess supplies are harvested from natural cycles of growth, death, and seasons.
What is your favorite supply hunt?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fairy Glens and Gardens

The weather was glorious this weekend! I just have a need to be in the middle of everything when it's shining and warm. It is a pure bliss, and a hyper awareness of my my surroundings that carries my moments on days like this. The apple blossoms scented the air with a glorious sweetness. The mama pheasant was yelling at me, I assume for coming too close to her nest. Robins and humming birds were dancing in the air and flitting from tree to tree. Thankfully I got to work on the upper deck ( our property out back) by myself for a while. I do need the extra help for heavy chores with clearing and gardening, but today I was actually happy the fellas were occupied elsewhere today. I needed the moment of solitude to feel bigger than myself today and it was grand!
I worked for a while on the path into the fairy glen. My missy and I are going to have a special spot. Even us old Mamas need to believe in fairies and magical things. I got the base of the arbor/ gateway up. It's made from recycling the boys old batting net, and the bent side rails from a vintage toddler bed. I will be training the honeysuckle to climb over the arbor. I am using the head and foot boards from that little bed to make a bench for the glen. I just need to finish cutting the slats, and make the cushion.
I also managed to get my entire vegetable garden planted. Three large plots, and three rows of Mammoth sunflowers along the fence line! I did all of this in my bare feet. Soft warm soil....have to have bare feet for that one! sometimes simple pleasure are best :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fantastic Friday Giveaway Winner!

Sorry guys, I'm just a titch later in posting this morning. I woke up late, and set myself up for the frantic get everyone out the door routine. I'm just sure everyone has already been here to peek to see who won already. Right?! :) (ok lie to me and tell me you were.)

After frantically listing everyone's entries, in stubby orange crayon on the back of an old school notice no less. ( I really need to set up an excell sheet for this) I assigned each entry a number right down the line. Thanks to miss Hannah and the lucky #7....... oh dear, this is just juicy!

Plum Valley Designs

Congratulations Beautiful! A fresh cup of coffee and confetti for Plum Valley! I will contact you shortly to get your info!

Now don't forget today is the day everyone's favorite gma, The Baroness will post the next Fantastic Friday Giveaway! So stop in I'm sure she's got something fabulous (as usual) for the next giveaway!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thank you! So Pretty

I'm feeling so special ! Momosclothes made a stunning and romantic treasury, and one of my pieces was included. A great big thank you!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pay it forward

I was perusing the new postings on my favorite blogs, and came across an intriguing post on Moon of Glass. Simply put, a pay it forward (PIF) with other lovely artists. Sharing my art, and sending out happy surprises sounds delightful!

So, if you’re creative and would like to participate, please send me a comment and the first five people will receive something (handmade by me!) from me in the mail. In return, all you have to do is “pay it forward”- please see the rules, restrictions and limitations below.

Here are the rules, and happy posting!

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. But I hope you will. This will be something made from the heart.

2. What I create will be just for you with love and good wishes. It will be made of actual materials, not of cyberspace.

3. It will be done this year (2009).

4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be!

5. In return, all you need to do is cut and paste this text on your Blog (from “Creative People are…” and create five things for the first 5 people to respond to your post.
6. Send your mailing address after I contact you.

IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if you do not post on your own blog to pay this forward. Would love it if you could join in!!

My muse is a woeful creature lately. There's not an abundance of inspiration floating about my atmosphere. I did manage to create something new earlier in the week, but it was an old sketch, and it took much longer than usual. (insert a big melodramatic swoon here)

Most of my energy has been spent throwing bones to the pack of rabid wolves at the door. Doctor appointments, toss a bone. Bills----toss a lot of bones, but I know they are always hungry. Kid's dramas, and dreams....toss all the bones I have as these wolves are loved and need to be kept well fed! Work....digging for the dusty bone bits that are left in the bottom of the basket. Red Riding Hood is running low on bones.

Oh good grief....I'm becoming a drama queen stuck in her own fairy tale. :)

Anyway, I have had this half baked idea for a doll, and I just can't quite complete the full picture. There's a song, Gepetto by Belly. I love that song. there's one line that says "That kid came over to my house today.....decapitated all my dolls." Silly me I have the song on my MP3 so I hear it all the time, and I keep wanting to make a doll that reflects the feeling I get when I hear that line. Most of my dolls tend to be fat , and sassy gals, and I am having a hard time reconciling my thin unaware beauty, woeful, and resigned girl idea with a pattern. I want to sit and get it worked out on paper, but alas all those wolves won't let me be long enough. Speaking of wolves I must get ready for work. May all you beautiful artists find a balance with your muses today!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Celebrate With Cake!

Yay, no more picture taking trauma. Well at least no more trauma than the usual picture taking routine. I got my pictures done, and the new pieces listed on Flight Fancy. So I decided to celebrate with cake! I made a to die for peach upside down cake. Yeah, I know it's supposed to be pineapple, but I like peach better. :)

Since we ate all of it, and there's no more to share, I thought I would share the recipe with everyone. Enjoy!

Preheat oven to 350. In a cast iron skillet melt 1/3 cup butter or margarine. Swirl it around the sides of the pan, and take off the heat. Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with brown sugar, 1/2 cup or so. Lay out canned or (thawed) frozen peaches in whatever pattern you want evenly on the bottom of the pan.

Cake batter - Beat 2 eggs until they look lemony, mix in 5-6 tbsp of the peach juice. Mix in 1 cup of sifted flour, 1/3 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. Pour evenly over the peaches. Pop the skillet in the oven for 30 min. Take out and immediately flip out on the plate while the sugar is still syrupy. Serve plain , with ice cream, or whip cream. Have a grand evening all !

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Just a drive by posting. I happened to snag a treasury on etsy this morning. Yeah Yeah I know I'm supposed to getting ready for work.....but I'll just wear less make up today. :)
I haven't a clue on how to take a screenshot on this new mac, so I'll just post the link for the curious among all you dear beauties!

Monday, May 4, 2009

10 Percent Rule

Have you heard of the 10 percent rule? The rule states.....You have to be 10 percent smarter than the item you are trying to operate.

Well today my 10 percent went right out the window, and floated away like a dandelion puff dancing in the wind (or hurricane!)

I was absolutely tickled with myself. I spent the day in the studio, and got 2 great new pieces done. ( pat, pat, pat and toot my own horn and all that) This afternoon I take picture after picture. The light was right. Spent a multitude of minutes in shot set up.....etc. I'm sure everyone is familiar with the process. Wait, I'm still patting myself on the back at this point.

Now I'm kicking myself in the butt. I uploaded all those glorious pics, just to open the first one.....*!#* it, it's blurry! What the? Go through the rest one by one.....guess what!?

I forgot the the 10 percent rule, and the MACRO! :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fantastic Fridays Giveaway #5

Yay! It's my turn to host the Fantastic Fridays Giveaway #5. So my dear friends and readers You have 2 weeks to get your entries in for this Stacking the Odds Pearl necklace. This sweet little necklace features a graduated stack of stunning white freshwater pearls. Definitely not your gramma's pearls!. This pretty piece is also listed in my shop, FlightFancy.

I absolutely love doing these giveaways, and so enjoy reading everyone's comments! So if you would like to enter, all the usual rules apply :) Drawing will be held on May 15th, and is open to everyone. Be sure to leave me a way to contact you. :) Here we go!

Peek in my shop, and comment here if you find a favorite.

Become a follower of my humble blog.

link to this giveaway and post here to let me know.

any or all is worth a separate entry. Winner will be drawn randomly by Just to keep the fun rolling BaronessBijoutery will be hosting a another giveaway starting on the 15th after this drawing. Yep we're in cahoots, every other Friday we will be hosting a new giveaway.