Saturday, July 25, 2009

Blog giveaway and thank you...

I am very grateful to the people I have met in Blog World (and those that I know outside of Blog World who visit me here). They have really helped me with my art, and my writing, and seriously given me the daily boost I need to keep on keepin' on (and not just the people that comment, but all you lurkers out here. I love lurkers, because I lurk like crazy, too. The best thing about lurkers is that you can be completely delusional and imagine there are HUNDREDS of them reading your blog. Okay, not hundreds, but a maybe a few, okay? Geesh, rain on my delusional parade why dontcha?) So a big thank you to ANYONE who comes to my blog and reads my words.

I want to give away something to celebrate all this warmth and fuzziness I'm feeling - so I am going to give away two prizes. First prize is Gertie (the zebra-striped plushie) and second prize is a signed print. All you have to do is leave me a comment here (you don't have to say much, just type 'hi'), and I will enter you in the giveaway! (I feel a little like a game show host!). I'll pick two winners on Sunday, August 2nd.

So if you'd like to win either Gertie, or the print, just leave a comment. Easy peasy. (And if no one comments, I will have to hire all 4 of my children and their friends to do it!)

Thank you all for the encouragement and friendship that you give to me. It is greatly appreciated, always.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I'm late, I'm late...

Just like the White Rabbit, I am very late (thus the little Alice painting on the left). In my case, I'm late in thanking some people. In my defense, I am busily going a hundred directions at once and getting very little accomplished. There, that should clear things up. :)

First, I want to thank Shiny Pear for taking me on board. I don't talk much about my writing, but it's there. Shiny Pear is full of crystal balls and magic! Go Shiny Pear!!

And I want to thank two lovely people for giving me blog awards. I really am terrible about blog awards (which should disqualify me for them, I think). The first is Pat, from The Whyte Paper. She gave me a lovely award, the Premio Meme Award, that promises me fireworks and wonderfulness! It is given from one etsy person to another, in the hopes of spreading the word about each of our shops and our art (I'm also meant to list 7 things about myself that no one would know but I am such a boring person I couldn't come up with any, which is another blog topic). Thank you so much (belatedly), Pat! I love her blog, and all the lovely things in her etsy shop. Here are a couple of her pieces:

The second overdue award is from Becca at Magikal Seasons. She has given me the Uber Award - given to people that inspire. Thank you (belatedly), Becca, for giving this to me! I will try hard to inspire, but sometimes I'm just going to settle for getting the blog post done (please don't tell anyone). Check out Becca's cool Halloween folk art and her etsy shop, too. I just love the expressions on her pieces. They are very magikal, and they make me smile.

I know I am supposed to pass these on, but seriously, it's taken me days and days to simply say thank you, so I am just going to leave it at that. I'm over my head right now, and sometimes, you just have to admit it, and forgive yourself for not being Super Woman (dang it, because I really wanted to be Super Woman!). :)

Wishing you all a creative weekend!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Day at the Museum...

Does it get any better? I think not. I had a great day at the Smithsonian American History Museum. After much grousing and dragging of heels, my three younger kids, and my DH (who wasn't grousing) actually got in the car (I KNOW!), and we drove down to DC. Since I was driving, and since I refuse to parallel park (it's a gift I gave myself when I got my driver's license back in the day), I was amazed and thankful that a free (I KNOW!) parking place just appeared on the street in front of me. With room to just pull in. I'm telling you, that made my day. If you haven't been to the Smithsonian Museums, and you love museums like I do, well, it's like a big long line of free candy. You just walk in! (Okay, you have to get through security, but then you waltz in, with no charge). When you have a big family, that kind of thing just makes you want to dance (yes, I do realize I have no life, thank you for noticing).

Here are my younger three walking to the museum (notice how they are getting along, it does the heart good):

We all loved seeing C3PO. I want a C3PO. I will keep him busy, but I am a kind and benevolent ruler, who will let him watch all the TV he wants to, after he cleans the house.They have Julia Childs' kitchen ( I LOVE Julia Childs for so many reasons):

Posing with Stephen Colbert's portrait (actually, I think this is a copy, but that makes it even funnier):There's no place like home. Especially a home that C3PO has just cleaned for you.

These are everywhere on the mall. Lucas loves this part the most, I think. :)
I think riding on the top of one of these babies just might be the best way to take in DC (just so you know). And yes, we saw a lot of non-pop-culture history, too. The Star Spangled Banner, Lincoln's life mask, George Washington's uniform - the place is amazing.
It's time to plot the next 'family field trip' (I used to call them 'family fun days' until my kids pointed out that they weren't always fun). Now I just call them field trips. Takes the pressure off.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Warning...two new obsessions on the horizon...

Don't you just love new obsessions? NO? Huh. Well, I do. I think getting obsessed about something (a story, a new piece of art, a book) is the very best way to feel young again. I remember being completely transfixed by a new set of crayons, obsessively arranging them in a pleasing color combination before closing the lid. Feeling a little sad when I finally had to peel the paper on a crayon to use it again. I can remember loving the fine point of the crayon when it was new, and then enjoying the way it 'filled in' my picture faster when it was rounded. Yes, I do know how to obsess. Thank you for noticing. When I began reading, I would obsess on an author. In middle school it was Edgar Allen Poe. I read everything they had on him in the public library (and yet, I couldn't pass a simple test on him now, but that is another blog post about memory, and my lack of it! :). I wrote sad poems, drew ravens, and stitched sad, creepy, embroidery on my friend's shirts. To this day, a picture of old Edgar transports me back in time, to my morose angst-ridden pre-teen self.

So what are my new obsessions? What do I find myself thinking about as I drift off to sleep? Two things mostly:

1. Virtual reality
2. Alice In Wonderland

And maybe one other thing: the new Harry Potter movie. Yes, Harry is a former and current obsession. Harry is guaranteed to make you feel young again. :) And this time, Harry is in for quite a ride.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Happy Anniversary to Spooky Time Jingles!

Tonight marks the one-year anniversary of Spooky Time Jingles, the on-line marketplace brainchild of Dani Nelson of Ambitions Design. For those of you that don't know STJ, it's a place where artists that make Halloween and Christmas art can gather to virtually frolic and sell their wares. I want to thank Dani for adding me to the crew. She is one of those people that is a force of nature, like a creative tornado! I'm very happy to have made new friends there. They are a great group of people.

This month we are donating to the ASPCA, or to the animal rescue organization of our choice. I'm donating a portion of my sales to the ASPCA, because I love to know that organizations like that are out there, keeping an eye on our animal pals.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

HUZZAH! I got my skelly doll done!

Her name is Madame Zinka. She's a former fortune teller who will be appearing on Spooky Time Jingles July 13th.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Some WIPs and a Spooky Anniversary...

You know the expression "the hurrier I go, the behinder I get" ? Well, I'm living it. My pieces for the Spooky Time Jingles Anniversary update are all lined up, staring at me, saying, "Come on, just finish us!" These two little paintings and the three plush ghosties are finished. I still have to finish my skelly doll (I'm kind of 'in love' with her even though she has been a major pain in the butt to make), and some more ornies.

This STJ update is cool because not only are we going to offer free shipping, but a portion of each sale will go to the ASPCA to help out our furry friends. I love my furry family members, so I'm very happy about that. So I should be sewing like a mad woman, right?

But this time of year, the outdoors is very tempting. After all, the frogs in the used-to-be-swimming pool will require a massive relocation effort (future blog material!). They need me to encourage them to grow legs and move into the woods. And since there are a ka-billion of them, that's a lot of pep talks.

Then there is the never-ending do-list. The Honda is making strange and exotic noises. Worse still, the water pump is making strange and exotic noises. And if the plumber comes out, he'll have to go in the basement to check the pump.

The basement. Those two words send a chill up and down my spine. Countless teens, kids, cats, dogs, elephants and aliens go in and out of the basement daily. I know it needs a good, stiff, LONG, cleaning, but I've been dealing with it in my usual way. I close the door.
Out of sight, etc.

Well, you know what they say about payback. Uh huh. Time's up.

But before I lock myself in and dip the whole place in Fantastik, I will finish my STJ work. I will. Unless, of course, the water pump stops working. I can handle many things, but going more than a day or two without a hot shower isn't one of them. That's just waaaaay too spooky for me. :)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was my daughter's birthday. I really should have posted this yesterday, but I was too tired!! :) Caity had a full birthday agenda planned, that included a breakfast with our family, a trip to the Catoctin Zoo, and a sushi dinner. So happy birthday today to the USA, and a very happy birthday to Caity.

Here she was as a little tadpole:

A young munchkin:

And this is Caity and her boyfriend, Levi at yesterday's sushi dinner:

Thank you for all the wonderful memories, Pooh Bear. Have a great year, sweetie!! :)