Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Etsy Items!

Hi all, I just wanted to pop in and say Hi and thank you for your entries for entering my give-a-way! If you haven't entered, there is still plenty of time, just scroll down to the earlier post and leave a comment. The winning name will be drawn on March 5th! Good luck :)
I have a few new items on Etsy, thought you might like a peek!

Mixed media, textured inspirational ornament. "Create"

Vintage inspired, Paper mache Easter Bunny Candy Container.

And this cute Lil Peep! Candy container/ornament.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My First Blog Give-A-Way!

It may seem just a wee bit silly after just coming inside after a two hour session with the snow shovel, digging the old ford pick-up out of the driveway from today's MONSTER snow storm! But silly as it sounds, I am having a Give-A-Way for this sweet little Bunny, paper mache ornament.

Meet Little Babbs Bunny Boo. I sculpted her using Paper mache and Paper clay. Her ears are made from tea-dyed hang tags dipped in a fragrant wax as well as her burlap bow. Peeking out through Babbs' bow you can see her little tuft of mohair. Babbs is a bit of a shy Bunny. However, when you get to know her a little , she will win your heart with her sweet spirit.
If you would like a chance for little Babbs Bunny Boo to come live with you, just leave a comment at the end of this post. On March 5 th my best friend and husband, Alan will draw the lucky winner!

Just a quick note before I go.. I FINALLY, two years after signing up for Etsy, got my shop up and running, with WHIMSICALS In IT! YAY!! Double YAY!!! I will be adding NEW! items weekly. Next week I will have A BUNNY Candy Container and a little Chick Candy Container. Most of the items in my Etsy shop will be smaller gourd and paper Mache whimsical creations. Thanks for stopping by:)

Spring Yellow Bunny Gourd Ornament!
You can find her at my Etsy Shop:)
Don't forget to leave a comment to win Babbs Bunny Boo!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Grandma's Apron

Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER When, Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw. They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron ..... But LOVE !!
Grandma's Apron

My Niece Amanda, sent me this wonderful poem in an e-mail. I had heard it before, but this time I found myself reminiscing my early years spent by my Grandmother's side. She was a warm, lovely lady that taught me so much. I remember watching her cook and bake. I remember her apron too...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine Swap

Such a "SWEET" Surprise arrived yesterday.......Yes, indeed it did.... on my doorstep left by the mailman, a pretty little package staring back at me! I was so EXCITED. Oh my gosh, what could it be? To my surprise , I noticed the pretty little writing. It was from my Swap partner, Betsy Heird of Foothill Primitives.

Wrapped so perfectly nice... A handmade Vintage Valentine box...

Tucked inside, in the most delicate way..... lie a pretty little hankie ...

The relaxing smell of Lavender surrounds this hand sewn heart, so perfectly made...
All of these gifts were specially made from the heart, by my new friend and swap partner Betsy. These lovely gifts have found their special place in my home and heart! And..........that is not all that Betsy had for me..... I'm a little embarrassed, for I don't have any left for you to see....
See, I'm a chocoholic , well I guess the rest you can see....

Some fresh Chocolate Truffles , they were so good as you can see!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

In every little studio, amongst all the Magic and creations........... There comes a little bit a pain.....

Our little fingers are so important in our Magical Creations.... What would we ever do without them? I can't even think such a thing, oh my...
I'd better work fast, I'll try my best to save you from the painful sensation....

The surgery was a success, it is time to enjoy, this magic little sucker, for you were such a good boy! Get well little finger!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sci-Fi ?

Hi All, I just had to tell you all how I have been using my creative time...
Many of you, who are familiar with my work know that my style is a little bit unique and maybe you would say.. a little bit Folksy and most definitely whimsical. I just say "Dianie Mac Style"... anyways, it is far, far from Sci-fi...........
Well, CHECK THIS OUT!!!!!!!! This is my first sci-fi type piece of art :)

Lately, I have been working with my husband. He has been creating many magnificent flutes for family members. In the middle of flute making my husband sporadically ,sprung this idea on me.. He and his friend are big time Battle Star Galactica fans. And, Alan asked me if I thought I could sculpt a Cylon Centurion onto his friends Forklift key. I hesitated at first, but quickly gave in to the temptation of exploring something new. I enjoyed creating this fellow Cylon and was quite proud of my first Sci-fi piece. I don't think I will be crossing over any time soon but it was a fun challenge.

This is the Golden Eagle feather totem my husband carved recently. I love the way he inlaid the turquoise into the feather. The complete flute is breathtaking. Alan is currently working on a Shark flute for our great-nephew. If you would like to see his WIP you can visit Alan's blog. It is a fascinating journey.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Birthday Wishes!

Today is someones Birthday! She is very special and dear to my heart. She has been my best friend for many years, since we were just young teenie-boppers to be exact. She married my brother many moons ago, a sister-in-law so dear, I don't think I've ever told her so..
Dear Linda lou, you have always been there for me throughout the years, with an open and warm wise heart. We've laughed, we've cried, we've been by each others side and I'm so grateful to have you in my life.
I hope this day, your day is filled with happiness. Happy Birthday Linda!
You can visit Linda's lovely blog here: