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.

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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 !

* SNOWBALL *


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

Mornin'




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!!!



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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....
SCREAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!
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 :)



~Joy



~Peace



~ 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 !!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I've become a Monster!!!

An obsessed creature within my own little world!!!

The dogs have been neglected....

And the snowmen too......

I found Pinterest and I just cant seem to keep away!!!

I Promise I will get the Snowmen done early this week!!! I banned myself from playing over at Pinterest until I do.....




I found this on Pinterest. It is the perfect place where I would love to retreat to , to gather my thoughts, meditate and just relax....



Saturday, October 8, 2011

~ A small house will hold a hundred friends. ~
- African Proverb

Today is Arts & Crafts day Saturday!
I hope for a full House :)



Thursday, October 6, 2011

When it's cold outside...

It's a cold Winterey day here in Northern Utah, well pretty much the entire state I do think. Yes you heard me right, I did say WINTERY !
This really isn't anything unusual for us, this time of year here in the Beehive State. Once the storm passes we could very well go back up to the 70's and 80's.


With this cold wet weather brought big ol' snowflake kissed ideas dancing around in my head, so I thought I'd better act quickly on it, and make some silly little snowmen for my ever,ever so shamefully bare Etsy Shop.
I will surely share my little snowmen in a day or two, when they are ready for the shop.

I do also love to cook, especially on days like this...
It has to be Something yummy, comforting and surely something to warm the ol' tummy and heart.

My first thought this morning was a big pot of BEEF STEW. Mmmmmm.. but, then I thought maybe my fam doesn't appreciate soups as much as I do, and thier eyeballs may roll back into thier head if they see another bowl of soup in front of them, since that is what I've been cooking lately. I thought I'd have mercy on their sweet souls and I'd be a sweetheart of a domestic goddess and make a Casserole.
I decided on;

Sloppy Joe Bake

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) sloppy joe sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in sloppy joe sauce. Transfer to a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with cheese.
  • In a large bowl, combine the biscuit mix, eggs and milk just until blended. Pour over cheese; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.
Looks scrumptious & easy peasy to me! Now, I'm all freed up to pamper my snowmen with paint,glitter and accessories :)

I found this recipe at allrecipes.com

Have a wonderfully warm & cozy day :)

~Diane

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Halloween Give*a*way!

Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.




The Witchy Halloween Queens are stirring the Cauldron.

It is that time of year when the air turns crisp, the leaves fall and the Queens grab thier brooms, for thier........
Second Annual Halloween Give*a*way!

Grab yer' brooms and fly on over to the Halloween Queens blog and enter to win some bewitching Halloween ornaments!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Mandi

" Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs ".

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



You have had an immense journey over the past year, that I don't think any words can articulate.
Your courage to carry forward, despite the pain you have endured, you have wiped your tears, and moved forward.
Despite the backs that turned, that once said they were a friend. Holding your head high above their hateful chatters,
you have moved forward without a foul word of them.
Feeling so alone for quite some time,
new Kindreds have found you, I don't think by chance. I believe the Lord has sent his army to you,they keep coming like magical stars that shine so bright to help light the path.
This past weekend, for those few hours we spent creating the awesome gifts, I saw that gleam in your eye, the smile of pure happiness.

Along this life changing journey of yours, I have witnessed the love, courage and strength you carry close to your heart.

Miss Mandi, I am so very proud of you!
Rock on with your love, passion and zest for life, this is your chapter!




Saturday, October 1, 2011


Good Morning friends,
I couldnt let this day pass without a warm welcome to
October !
Ahhhh, the "Magic" of it all !
I LOVE the warmth,and magical extitement October and the next few months brings to us.
It's time to pull out the warm & cozy throws to cuddle up with in front of that, in our case electric fireplace.
Make BIG Ol' pots of hearty homemade soups. I could live on soup I do think :)
I love to bake, but nothing is better to me than Fall baking.
Pumpkin cookies, quick breads of all kinds using nature's bounty.
If you would like some YUMMY & easy recipes for this time of year, don't forget to check out Mommy's Kitchen. She has the best recipes and I can honestly tell you that I have never been disappointed.
I hope you enjoy this gorgeous October day :)