Saturday, December 31, 2011

A New Year!

O' my.. another year has come to an end.

I am optimistic for what this New Year will bring...

May you all have a most wonderful year!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Secret Santa

Tuesday evening as Alan and I were
watching TV, I received a phone text. The text came from a computer and it said, " 12 days of Christmas starts tonight, check your front porch, Merry, merry Christmas".

I was confused.. for a moment.. I then read it to Alan, we looked at each other puzzled, then he checked the front porch.. he came running back and said there is something on the porch. We both scurried to the front door peeking out at the gift. My gosh, this has never happened to us and it was like we both didn't dare to pick it up as if we were doing something wrong.

I went out and picked up the beautiful gift. It had a note attached to a cute as the dickens popcorn tin and a wonderful cheery Merry Christmas metal sign.

Our hearts were immediately filled so big with good feelings that I cant begin to articulate, I couldn't hold back the tears...

I ran downstairs to share with the rest of the family, as Alan hung the Merry Christmas sign..

Like so many others, this has been the toughest year we as a family has ever faced, and to know a family out there is so caring and giving, it fills our hearts with Love, joy and gratitude.

The Secret Santa family has been back every night bearing gifts of love on our front porch..

in return, we hope to share this kindness and love with a family next Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Good Morning friends,

I thought i would share the gift of music with all of you.

This is my husband playing several Christmas songs ( Little Drummer Boy & Silent Night) with one of his Native American Style Flutes.

It is simply beautiful!

Alan is very talented.
He creates beautiful functional Museum quality art pieces using wood.
you can see some of his work here.

Enjoy your day :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Still here and Checking in!

Hi Friends! Are you all busy, busy into the holiday season?

I thought I had better check in to let you all know I'm still around.
My art for the 2011' year has come to a quiet stop.
I'm taking time away from my own creating to re-generate my creative brain for the new year.

However, my hubby has been busily working on oodles of orders and I am his little assistant ;) I LOVE being his assistant...

This year will be a different, but a very nice year for us.
We decided as a family not to exchange gifts for the adults and to focus on just the little ones in our lives.
This takes so much unnecessary pressure off the ones who may be struggling this year.
Can I just say that once we all agreed to this, a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I have been able to smile and focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

We plan to gather round and have a wonderful Christmas dinner together.
Then if everyone is not to tired after the meal, watch " The Christmas Story ".
Sounds Splendid!

What are your plans this Christmas?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A few New Listings.

Hi friends!
I just wanted to mention real quick, that I have listed a few NEW items to my Etsy Shop.
The first three are Candy Containers.Perfect to tuck little treasures or candy into.

They are available over at my Etsy Shop.. click here

I also have a few items on Ebay. This darlin' little Snowman,

and a little tiny Santa ornie :) You can view the auction here.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are all well and enjoying this Holiday Season!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Enjoying the Season!

Usually this time of year is when I am a blogging fool.
But, this year i will be slowing down to enjoy and soak up all the fun & cheer the season brings with my family.
My art will be slowing down as well ( It already has, lol..). Instead, I will be focusing on creating Christmas presents.
I will have a few items for my Etsy, and a few for ebay within the week, but that will be the last until the new year.

Almost all of our gifts will be handmade or purchased second hand with a little re-do finesse.
Except, for the toy Play Kitchen. I just didn't think I would have time for it, so we saw one in the Black Friday adds and thought we would fight the crowd.
My hubby and I got a late start on the Black Friday sale and by the time we got there the play kitchen we wanted for our granddaughter was gone.. I was a bit disappointed, but thought no biggie we will go with our original plan and make her one.. all we needed was an old second hand microwave cart, which I have been looking for over the past couple of months. They seem to be few and far between, but never the less we would keep looking.
Off to the second hand store we went for one more gander. What we found was so much better. We found a Little tykes play kitchen in prestine condition for only $5.00 . I latched on to it and was not letting go. Alan went up and paid for it, then had it wheeled to the back for pick up. A little bit of dish soap and Wallahhh!!! A Brand me new play kitchen from Santa ;

Enjoy your Holiday Season :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wahoo! I have STUFF for Sale.

Hello friends,
I hope you have had a fun filled weekend.

I've been catching up on a few neglected items from my work table.. that have been begging me to get em' done......

Finally, completed and for sale.

This little fella is a Snowman who knows how to multi task.
He is a candy container, a chalkboard for counting down those days until Christmas, and an all around cute as the dickens Snowman, sure to evoke a smile!
He is currently for sale over on Ebay!

And just look at this lil' guy... He is one of ten candy containers I have just listed in my Etsy shop. only $ 4.99 WOW!!
if you would like to take a gander and get a start on your Christmas list, simply click here.

Thanks so much for visiting :)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hi, I've missed you!

Well Good mornin'!!!!

I've missed you all so much.

I'd like to thank you all for your kind comments. You all brighten my day. I am so sorry I have been so slow to email you back :)

I have had very little play time on the computer .You see, we recently got guardianship of our 2 year old granddaughter.

My other two grandchildren and my daughter already are staying with us, so with two, 2 year olds and 4 year old, I am sneaking my " ME" time in the early AM. or if I'm not too tired in the PM.

Truth is... I forgot what it was like to have little ones running about, I really don't think i have to worry about exercise, as I'm getting plenty of cardiovascular exercise right here at home.

My hats go off to all MOMMY'S especially those mommy's who are organized..because this grandma is a scattered mess, lol...

Which brings me to this!!!

Some of you may have seen this banner on my sidebar. At the time this was a sure go, but with the new and recent changes in my home life, I will have to cancel the sale as I have no idea if I will have a second to post that day.

Instead, I will be opening my Etsy shop tomorrow and adding new items as often as I can.

I will be offering darling candy containers and other items. They will ALL be under $ 4.99

I will add a Etsy gadget to my blog so you can see when I get them listed:)

Oakie doak, I have to go run.......

Have a most wonderful weekend!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Art Day Saturday!

Happy Saturday!

Well by golly I was up early, early!
I have been so excited to do a project with my mom and my niece.
We moved art day Saturday over to my Mama's house, as my house is now full of the pidder padders of tiny feet and hands that like to get into everything.
Can you just imagine? Lol...

I am sure most of you have seen these fabulous coffee filter wreaths around blogland..
This gal has a great tutorial if you want to make one too. Oh, and she has other fun things to do and make for the home, on her blog.. you can visit her here.

And that is what we are making today at my Mama's house.

I procrastinated though, on my homework until the last minute, so at 3 am. I'm coffee dying coffee filters.. And guess who comes popping upstairs one by one at 3 am? Yes, the grankiddos..

Usually i greet the little stinkers with a big warm smile, this time I was like, SCREAM!!! What in the world are you doing up??? it's the middle of the night...They looked at me all puzzled, as I warmed each of them up some milk.. and scuffled them back downstairs..Thank heavens for DVD's .

What I love about these Wreaths is they are a year round wreath.
Each season you can add what I call "a little Finesse", and you have instant Holiday festiveness!!
Don't you just love what Lucy added to her wreath for the Autumn season?

Sure hope you will join us, and have a fantastic time making a coffee filter wreath today!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Good Grief Santa?

"We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."
Samuel Smiles

What have I been up to?

I love creating Santa's...

I have been working on a commissioned piece for a gal, and this charming fellow is how she wants him to look.
Well by golly, my first attempt looked like Edgar Allan Poe .... hmmmm??? I had to scrap him.

My second attempt ??? SCRAP!!!!!

Good Grief Santa, Why are you giving me so much trouble???

As my deadline is getting so very near, I pulled myself outta bed at 1:30 am to try, try again before the kiddos wake up.

Hah, the saying "third time is a charm"... I think they are right ! ;)
I'll reveal this charming fellow when I list my next auction pieces, in a day or two ;)

Do you ever have trouble with commission pieces, especially when a customer would like it to look "just like" a picture of something?

Well. I have to say.. though i scrapped my first two attempts, I did thoroughly enjoy sculpting the Santa's and Edgar , lol...

Have a wonderful day :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

a clean studio, what?

Okay, okay, I know this has nothing to do with a clean studio and maybe not the nicest thing to post??? But when I saw this on Pinterest, I laughed and laughed, until I fell off my chair..
Similar words my SIL has teased me about over the years during coffee, referring to my ex from many, many years eons ago.

On a serious note.. I CLEANED my studio! It was LONG overdue for a REAL deep cleaning.
I have been working on it in small time frames. Instead of my art time in the studio, I've been organizing, throwing stuff out and washing walls..
I was so scared of what might lurk in the corners or the closet???? I lucked out, I only had to let out 2 blood curdling screams & smoosh 2 creepy long 8 legged creatures....Ahhhh, now it's a clean & spider free space.

Now, I'd better get creating before the 3 little kiddos wake up!!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I Won!

Good Morning friends,

Forgive me, as I am so behind on my posts

My wonderful and most talented friend Alicia was asked to do a book review on the New magazine " Mingle" from Stampington.
Alicia decided after reading Mingle, she would then have a giveaway for the Magazine.
I was SO excited when she emailed me to say I had won!!!

( Please forgive my blurry pics. I haven't mastered pic taking while running after (2) Two year olds).

I was so excited when the mail came with a package from Alicia...
I was going 90 miles an hour that day, but I took a few minutes to open the package.
My gosh!!! Not only did Alicia send the "Mingle" magazine, but she also sent other goodies as well.

First, I'll tell you about the Magazine.
Mingle is all about entertaining.. From small & casual entertaining to the big fancy shin digs ..
The pics and ideas in this magazine are out of this world spectacular.. a feast for the eyes and definitely gets your creative mind a cranking...
I would say, " Mingle " is a must have magazine.

Now, about my talented friend Alicia.
I found Alicia's art awhile back on Etsy. I absolutely fell in love with her work.
Alicia is not only a wonderful artist, but a wonderful person as
I LOVE to visit her blog as she is always uplifting .

The above pic " One Of A Kind" is a print from one of Alicia's Originals that she included as a gift, along with the Mingle Magazine.
I nearly fell over when i saw the print, as this is one of my favorites of her work.

Thanks so much Alicia :)
You can see her work here.

I know you will enjoy visiting Alicia..

Wishes for a sensational Sunday!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Just a quick note: To those anxious souls, who are waiting for the Queens Bootique to update??
Well, the Queens are just too much for ol' blogger to handle, lol...
So needless to say, the head Queen is in the midst of getting us a new site for the Bootique.
The Bootique will be back in February with some good Halloween ART!
Good Morning to all :)

I have a few Candy Containers/pill boxes up for sale! They make darn cute gifts filled with Candies or little trinkets.
When the candy is gone, they make for a nice container to carry in your purse or car for pills,mini first aid, sewing kits, etc.

These three guys are available on Ebay now. $15.97 Free Ship on a buy it now!
They are my new update for November for the Halloween Queens Castle Bootique.

However, the Bootique is having a few technical burps, so in the meantime while those burps get worked out, I thought I would show you all of my offerings.

If you see something you would like to purchase, feel free to email me.

Each container is made of a sturdy washable, food safe plastic.
the rectangle container measures; : The rectangle box measures: 2 1/2" long, 2" wide, 1 1/2" deep.
and the round measures; 3" across, 1 1/2" deep.

Details; I have sculpted various OOAK designs onto the lids of each container. Some of the containers have a character from one of my own molds, of my original sculpts.
The clay I used to sculpt the lids is a new Wonderful Epoxy clay called Amazing Sculpt!
The clay and name speaks for itself. LOVE IT!!!

Each container is $ 4.99 + $ 2.00 shipping.
Shipping is FREE when you purchase 3 or more containers.

Snowman #3 is Sold! :)
The lids fit nice and snug, no worries of opening and spilling out into your purse.

Snowman #2 is Sold! :)
They would make a nice gift for some lucky soul on your list :)

Snowman #1 is Sold! :)
I'd like to thank ya, for stopping by to see these little characters.

Please check back in on the Bootique.. I'm sure it should be up and running soon..
Thanks for your patience :)

Have a splendid day &
Take care:)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Did you Survive?

After nearly 10 cookies and a few raids from the candy bowl.... My belly barely survived!

I've been running around all morning trying to burn off the mega calories I consumed last night..

Our night was fun as like every Halloween.. Surprisingly, we had a lot of trick or treater's
visit the ol' homestead..
They were all sportin' some pretty cool costumes.
There was one little tyke that was so dang cute..he was dressed like a Lion. It was his first Halloween and he was about 1 years old.. His mom was teaching him how to trick or treat.. he bent down over the candy bowl, and with one hand at a time he dug his hand into the bowl and grabbed a handful.. then the other hand.. his tiny little hands must have had 3 bite size bars in each hand.. This little tyke has it down pat! Lol...

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays and it is a spectacular kick off to the Holiday season...

I'd like to wish you all a Happy November 1st.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

365 days of anticipation and now, It's finally here!!!!!!!!!
It will be an eerily quiet Halloween for Alan and I, except for those spooky little Ghosts and Goblins in search for treats.
Usually, we have a Halloween open house, filled with food & fun. A place for the cold, hungry, spooky souls to fill their bellies and warm their feet...
This year we will relax with a good spooky movie and just listen to the merriment of Halloween, and the loud giggles of the little Ghosts & Goblins coming up the walk in search for a treat.
I'm looking forward to an eerily quiet evening.

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween!

The Queens of Halloween over at the Bootique will be debuting a few New Halloween collectibles Tomorrow November 1st. I believe the new pages will update around noon, SO Grab yer' brooms and click on the pic to zoom over there...
I have a few Candy Containers to offer this month.

I have Halloween and Christmas.. These two are just a sample of what I have listed:)

I hope you enjoy your shopping adventure ;)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fluffy meets Shabby

The shabby coffee dyed papers meet the the elegant, magical willowy feather boa on this Snowman Ornament. I think I just might LOVE the look.
what do you think?

I had promised I would post my new creation last evening.. I' have an excuse, really i do!

I'll be darned if my email wasn't doing everything to keep me out of it!!!
And, I know that really doesn't have anything to do with uploading pics onto your blog, but I had important emails and my Boo update pics to get emailed.. so needless to say, I was one so obsessed lunatic.

All is well now...

And here is the debut of my newest creation.
O' I couldn't even begin to capture the magic with the camera.
I created him with paper clay and various papers, including some that I hand dyed and had so much fun getting blue hands.. Love getting my fingers into creative mischief..
I was a mud puddle girl..
What about you? Can you resist getting your hands dirty with artsy goodness?
We should have a ooey goo, get yer hands dirty artsy farsty kind of party!

Anyways, back to this little snowman ornament,
he is available for adoption over on Ebay.
I generally start my auctions at 99 cents,
However, mister snowman was really having a fit about that & I finally gave in and did the auction his way.. He comes with attitude too!

You can visit him here.

It's already Friday.. I can't believe it! Boy how time fly's by when you keep yourself busy.

I hope you have yourself a splendid day!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

When the world pushes you to your knees,
you are in a good position to pray.


Dolly Sods Wilderness
Mornin' !

I've been adding my own little quirks into my healthy plan...
1st.. let me tell you though, on my last weight update I was holding my own against the prednisone..
Well, that little beast is in the lead... If you want to see a full moon Halloween night, I'll be sure to post a pic of my face
Anyways, i wont let that get under my skin to bad???

back to quirks
.. Awhile back, I decided a good way to start the day was to take a good 10 or 15 minutes and meditate every morning. Adding positive self talk to myself.. you know all the good stuff we forget to tell ourselves about ourselves :)
I have noticed it kinda starting to help with my attitude.. I've been just a bit more relaxed, I've been able to deal head on with the issue's that arise without feeling as though I'm going to have a come-a-part.. and the strangest thing of all.... I've been standing up straighter, lol... yes you heard me right.. I have always had poor posture and lately, I've caught myself standing straighter.. could this be something called Confidence???

Well, I don't know, but I'm keeping that quirk in my healthy plan!

See the above pic, O' HEAVEN!!!!! Now that's a place to meditate!!!!

Oakie Doak,
I'd better get to work in the studio.. I have some good things coming along, one I will list later today and the others in a few days.

Have yourselves a Fantastical Day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Feeling a Little Christmas-y!

Hello there Kindred's,
Well I'm not sure how
, when or why, but the ol' Christmas spirit has snuck in under my skin!
Maybe, possibly it could be that my daughter and I have been working on some awesome Christmas gifts after the wee ones are tucked in, and fast asleep..
We kinda feel like elves...we will work until 3 am, then back up at 7 am to get Kasen off to school... yep, we are crazy little Elves :)

While that Christmas spirit is running wild through my veins, I couldn't help but to create a Santa. LOVE SANTA'S (in a singing voice).

This one is a bit different though...

I have fallen in love with mixed media and thought I would experiment on Santas Hat.

FUN!!!!!!!!! ( In a Singing Voice ).

I used gorgeous blue and tan papers, glitters & chalks. I added a few handmade tiny flowers as well.
I was tickled with how this Santa turned out..
O' I forgot to mention that he is a gourd.. a dipper gourd ;)

He would make a nice addition or gift for the Santa Ornament collector..

I just listed him on Ebay, if you would like to see more or adopt him just click here.

Thanks so much for stopping by to read my ramblings and see my newest Santa.

Wishing you all a wonderful evening.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Look Who Rolled In !


This fun little fella is my newest Snowman creation for Ebay.

An Angel that watches over all the Snowmen who grace the Winter Wonderlands...

Snowball can be adopted for your collection over on Ebay.. Opening bid is as always,
99 cents !

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A lil' Gypsy Witch & Snowman too...

Good morning, to all my blogging kindred's!

I haven't peeked my head outside yet, but I just know it's going to be a splendid day, I feel it in my bones :)

I have a busy day ahead. I will be submerging myself into the wonderful and creative world of packaging and shipping ! ? Do you like to package?
I do, I really do enjoy packaging my little creations that have been adopted. Just knowing that someone out there loved my work enough to purchase it gives me a humble and good feeling inside. My customers deserve their newly purchased *OOAK* art to come to them in style.. And really, it's pretty cool to think that your creations are traveling the states and at times the world!
Oakie doak.. I don't want to freak you all out with my love of packaging! moving on..

before I get wrapped up into that world, I wanted to give you a little peek of my newest ebay offerings.

In the above photo you will notice the Lil' Gypsy Witch.. isn't she just as adorable as can be?

Well, let me give you the low down on this little stinker... Like all Gypsies, she is a collector. She collects anything that speaks to her & touches her heart.. When I told her she was going on Ebay for adoption, she gasped, then ran off quickly!!! It wasn't but a few minutes when she returned holding a bag ever so tightly... I said, "what is in the bag Lil' Gypsy Witch?"
She replied with a wink, " my treasures are in the bag and I'll be taking them with me".
So as you can see, if you want to adopt this Lil' Gypsy Witch, you might want to know that she's bringing a bag of goodies too..;)

And then there is this whittle guy... teeny, tiny and cute as a button all nestled into an antique china child's teacup. He is hoping for a new home in time for the Holidays !
He can be adopted on ebay.

Well this concludes the tour of my my newest offerings.. And I do hope you enjoyed meeting them :)

I am headed up to my packaging room ( Dining room table ) for some creative fun!

Enjoy your day :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hello Monday!

I sure do hope your enjoying your favorite cup of brew, while visiting your blogging kindreds.

I'm savoring a fresh, hot cup of Folgers with a sprinkle of cinnamon... it's sooo good & certainly gives a warm, cozy feeling while listening to the raindrops as you're typing....

Did you all have a splendid weekend?

Our weekend was better then we could have asked for ...
our home is no longer a quiet place since our daughter and Grandchildren moved in.. Not at all.. We have Tons of laughter, tears, and the day to day chaos that comes from scurrying about with chores and you know, that everyday stuff we do in our homes.

Though, Alan and I had been empty nester's long enough to get used to a quiet routine and home life... the children under foot, the echos of family chitter-chattering, and sometimes pure chaos that will make your eyes roll into the back of your head..
I wouldn't change for anything in the world.

Sunday morning we decided to mark a couple of things off our "Bucket List".

I packed us up a nice Picnic consisting of fried chicken, baked beans, salad in a jar, 7 UP biscuits and some yep, you guessed it, Pumpkin chocolate chip pecan cookies! Recipe's here

We loaded the the Fam and our kindred friend and her daughter into the trusty Durango ,off to the hills we went.

The day was pleasantly cool... There was cloud cover for the better part of the day, casting off a smoky blue/ gray sky around us. As we walked deeper into the woods the yellows , browns and fading pale green leaves against the dark wood and blue gray sky, set the stage for a most mystical and magical nature walk... I expected to see a glimpse of a woodland fairy.

The autumn picnic and nature walk was magical!
A great way to get rejuvenated and be ready to say....

Hello to Monday!

Wishing you all a great day :)

Friday, October 14, 2011


Good Morning my friends..
I hope your day is going better then you had ever imagined :)

My day has been " Splendid " ( I like that word, it just sums it up in a good way ).
I mentioned , quite a few posts ago, that I was trying to loose some ( well, a lot ) of UN-wanted poundage..
I'm not doing it to look " HOT " no, not at all...
I just want to do it for me... to Feel better, to be here on this earth longer, and to watch my grandchildren, have children of their own.
And....if in the process of all this, I end up looking " HOT " I'll just have to accept it ;)

The last time I gave an update, I was 199...
since then, I've been back on my worst weight gainer enemy, Prednisone.
But, I can proudly say I've only gained 1 pound and I generally gain between 10-15.
So far so good!
It seems I've been gathering healthy recipes from every corner of this earth lately, like a crazed monster.

This "ONE" is simple ( I LOVE SIMPLE) and I wanted to share with you.
I'm sure you probably already know this recipe, but just in case you forgot, I wanted to tie a string around your finger to remember.

With the apple harvest abundant right now, I thought this would be the best little snack*er*rooni, if you are a snacker*doo.

Also, This gal has a nice keep your diet real blog healthy eating blog.
She's fun and witty too.

For some yummy apple slices.
Slice yer apple and core it. Or core it and slice it???
Spread on a lush layer of peanut butter, sprinkle with pecans, rolled oats and some semi-sweet chocolate chips.
great snack full of protein, good carbs & fiber :)

and healthy ;)

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One Ugly Mug :)

After listing all my Snowmen earlier today, I had that sigh of relief. I went upstairs, cooked some mean taco's for the tribe, then retreated to the studio to jot down a few ideas I had meandering in and out of my brain cells.
Then hubby and I called it a night. All snuggly wuggly, peacefully drifting off into a land of faraway....
I sat straight up outta bed and realized that my POor Old UGLY, SPoOkY, ScAREy MUmMy didn't get listed. I'm sure he felt really left out.. So I jumped up and got his Ugly Mug onto Ebay!
His starting price is 99 cents. If you love spooky, scarey then grab yer broom and click here!

Snowmen on Parade 2011'

Good morning my bloggy friends!

I stayed off Pinterest yesterday, and look what I accomplished!!! It's just amazin' what you can do when you keep your priorities straight, Lol...
This year, my Snowmen will have a new refreshing color scheme.
I am inspired by the natural and cool colors this year.. I dunno why, I just am.

The old snowguys & gals will be going O*Natur*El :)



~ Ornament (1)

~ Ornament (2)

~ Ornament (3)

Did I tell you.... I LOVE to create snowmen!!!

I'm pretty sure this is just my first batch.
I will be listing the 3 Snowmen Ornies tonight on Ebay. My goal is 7:00 pm mountain.
They will start with a low bid of 99 cents!!!


The snowman figures will be listed in my Etsy shop later this evening, along with more pics.

All Snowman that are sold through my Etsy shop will have FREE shipping throughout the Holiday Season! Use code; Snoflake when checking out.

If you are interested in any of these little fellers, later this evening you can find them on my side bar to the left; Etsy, Ebay.

I hope you enjoyed the parade :)

Happy thoughts for a great day!

WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO * Holy Snowflakes !!!!!!!!!!