Friday, October 30, 2009

HaPpY hAlLoWeEn & a Thank you Giveaway

 Time seems to be flying by these days. We will be decorating the front porch for the trick-or-treaters, today.  I love making it fun and whimsical for the little people. ;D I will take photos and tomorrow will be my last post on Halloween. Promise.
I wanted to say thank you to all of my followers. You all are so sweet to take the time to read my blog and leave warm and friendly comments. I have enjoyed meeting you through your own blogs. See when you leave me a comment, I click on your name and pay a visit to your blog to return the love.
Eye candy, tutorials, adventures and eloquent words are what draw me into your world. What draws you into a blog? What keeps you going back again and again?
My followers have reached 100! I'd say that is cause for a celebration. So to celebrate it, I am giving away this pair of earrings. They are freshwater pearls and strerling silver ear wires. Just leave a comment and let me know what keeps you going back to a blog. Next Saturday the 7th I will announce the winner which will be chosen by the Random Number Generator. Good Luck and Thank you!
Denim and Daisies is a brand new online scrapbooking store that features challenges, giveaways, wonderful kits and digital kits,as well.

Monday, October 26, 2009

"Travel" Weekly Challenge

"Travel" was this past week's Challenge at the Inspiration Avenue Blog. This is my piece. I stuffed the balloon with tissue paper before decoupaging it onto the canvas. The basket has a pocket in it to insert a photo.
I couldn't resist cutting out a photo of my kids and placing them in the hot air balloon basket.My daughter just rolled her eyes when she saw it. lol

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin picking and carving

12 fun projects by some wonderful artists. The online class tutorials will be up from today through February, giving plenty of time to do each one. The following is a list of the artists and there may be more added. Click  the button on my sidebar to learn how you can join in. It makes for a fun winter. 

We went to pick pumpkins this afternoon. It was a pretty day. Sunny and 60.

This little fellow was so darn cute pulling his wagon of pumpkins half his size. 

We roasted the pumpkin seeds for one hour at 250' tossing them every 15 minutes. I used Sea salt on them while they were still damp. 

Saturday, October 24, 2009



Masquerade ball in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera.

There's something alluring and mysterious about a masked person. Intriguing even.
There are so many gorgeous and unusual masks to suit anyone's fancy. This shop is full of beauties.

There are even Murder Capers that host masquerade balls. 

So many masks can be found on etsy. Support Handmade buy etsy this holiday season.  This one made by effigymasks
Tomorrow the Inspiration Avenue's Weekly Challenge "Travel" will be posted for all to see. The artists submissions are wonderful and so diverse. Pop over there to see after noon EST.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Artist Classes start this Sunday

The Artist Class is beginning this Sunday, October 25th. Yay! I can't wait to get started. There are some wonderful artists with so many fun projects to keep you creating. The classes will be up and open for you to continue to work on  through February. Winter can sometimes be blah so this is one way to keep those creative juices flowin'. The cost for all 12 projects is $59. but if you use my discount code: ArtandInspiration, you will receive $10. off, making each class around $4.00. Great deal! Just think of the gifts you could have fun  making.
Anyway, you can click here to find out what the projects are and who is teaching them. I added embellishment kits to my etsy shop for anyone participating, that may not have a bunch of odds and ends to use. If you have your own goodies to use that is great. I just made these up because if you are like my mom, she likes easy. She does not like to be bothered with the details. lol She is so fun to do projects with. I love her. She makes me laugh. If there's a short cut she will find it and then encourage you to do it that way too. ;D

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Help...My posting tool bar is missing

I have photos to share but the tool bar above my post here is missing. I tried clicking on Edit HTML but nothing happens and the only other option is Compose and when I click on that nothing happens, either. Waaaah!!! (Insert Lucy of I Love Lucy here) Help... Anyone else having this problem?

Monday, October 19, 2009

We have 2 WINNERS and some fun Halloween projects

Find the tutorial for these ADORABLE cat pillows here.Make these scary Spiderweb Cupcakes by following the recipe here.
Learn how to make this Treat bag tree here. Isn't it too cute!?
This lantern is spooky. You could use bats too. Learn how to make it here. It reminds me of the moon so maybe a witches silhouette on a broom would be cute, too.

We have two winnners. The Random Number Generator selected numbers 40, If the Hat fits by Jackie and 22, Karen Harvey Cox. CONGRATULATIONS, Jackie and Karen!! I will pop your BOO banners in the mail Tuesday.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Inspiration Avenue's Weekly Challenge "Pink"

This weeks challenge was to create something "Pink". It could be any type of medium. I chose decoupage. This piece would be perfect for keeping pens and pencils togeteher, Paint brushes, crafting scissors, anything you need handy on your desk or crafting table. I am listing it in our team shop, today. Please hop on over to Inspiration Avenue's Team blog to see all of the other participant's submissions. Each week we are seeing new faces and fun art. Come play with us. The more the merrier. You'll get exposure for your artwork and blog/etsy shop. This coming week's challenge is "Travel". You can use any medium you want; paint, clay, photographs, paper arts, jewelry, etc.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

HaPpY HaLlOwEen!!!! and a Giveaway

Come in. I'm so glad you came. Look at the lovely garland.Ooh I love your hat! I'm so glad you got your invite. We're going to have some kinda fun.
Etsy helped me decorate for the party. If you click on any of the links, you will be taken right to that shop. I just love these pumpkins, don't you?.Look we have a pumpkin piniata full of goodies! We can take a bat at that later.
Aw you brought your pet ferret out to play.
I have a treat table waiting for you. These were so easy to make. Just add chocolate pudding to a cute little cup and then crumble chocolate cookies on top, add a vanilla cookie that you write RIP on and a little sprig of dried flowers and voila!

 Oooh...that ring, is to die for!Little does she know I meant it. Here my pretty.. want a little cocktail? Sure you do. After that long ride on your broom. You need a little something to warm those bones of yours.
Want an umbrella with that? Let's fly to the graveyard, shall we? I would love to cast some spells and see what happens.
Oooh, are you okay? Let me feel your pulse. My what a pretty ring that is. Oh I did already mention it? Did you bring your spell book?
Oh good. I'll just get mine. 

I need some buzzards beak. Got any you can spare? Oh good thank you.  Now lets begin, shall we. The fire is nice and hot.
Ooh look up! Do you see what I see? Yikes! It's working!
Shweweee.. that was fun! Grab a bag and head on home. What? Your ring? I don't know where it went. Oh dear. We'll have to look for it in the daylight. eh he he he!
I am giving away 2 BOO Banners from my etsy shop. Just leave a comment and I'll use the random number generator to pick the winners tomorrow. Good luck and add your email address so I can let you know you won! Stop by Vanessa's blog to visit more parties!