Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Have a Safe & Happy Halloween!~ New Swap Starts tomorrow!

This beautiful painted wood plaque was done by Carolee Clark

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Saturday Mail...Another Swap Package!!

Atc cards from Vivian and Awtem owl wand by Michele and feather owl from Lili...

Saturday's highlight was a delightful and pretty Halloween package from Michele W. at: she was another swap partner.. Her paper doll was so sweet even the back was pretty![ guess she's addicted to making paper dolls..ahhh! my plan is working..many of the ladies in the 'swap' were new to the paper doll crafting and are now 'hooked'!]

Everything was is a crisp cellophane envelope, a very cool ATC card, candy and a Owl Wand with ribbons, guess I gotta 'Hoot' 3 times and make a wish..and a very retro silver owl necklace, hung that over a picture frame...some very pretty papers and was all wrapped with a crepe paper bow that matches my kitchen wallpaper perfectly, so need to do something with that!

So one swap partner left...and time to think up a new Swap for Nov. and yes, it includes making a 'Paper Doll' ...

On Nov. 1st a New Swap will be announced.. and think I will do it alittle differently, everyone will be posted on the blog, so you 'must have a blog' to join in and link to... well I hope everyone was happy with their Swaps and partners and somehow made a connection across the miles as tried to match up everyone with someone far from them. I had 5 partners [the perk of being host to the swap!Heehee!] the Netherlands, Hawaii, New York,Wisconsin and time only 3..postage was a killer...gulp!

The 2 Winners in the Blog Give-away!

Hello whoever, had a delay in posting..... but think I fixed the problem... so on to the important stuff! Ta-dah! The Winners are : Penny- Dreadfuls and....... 'Jenny' and by luck... it was also her birthday! So guess she was meant to be a winner!

I made up some extra paper treats, so please contact me thru my email and send me your mailing addresses.. I can send out Monday morning.... then you girls will have treats for Halloween!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Autumn Gathering

Got home in time to post for Arsty Mama's party we were at the cabin today planting bulbs 300 daffodils , and tulips and alliums..

I really decorate for 2 Autumn Holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving as collect 'Turkeys' so come back in Nov. for a look..sorry you might have seen some of this decor, but just not in the mood this year to take everything out...anyways Happy Autumn days to you!!

Time to light the pumpkins as Halloween is close..

How about some Halloween cake??
A pretty fall wreath in the Kitchen and old tin sign..

A big glass vase filled with pods ,cones, seeds, leaves and has a lovely scent.. my favorite pixies and old crocheted tablecloth..and of coarse rabbits..

A original oil painting by a friend Jan O. the tiny kitty bucket was from 'Artsy Mama 's Sinister Swap' last year and she was my partner.. the mask is from Bethany Lowe..
A tiny haunted house by Polliwogs..

A original stick-pin by Hee-Bee-Jee-Bees, Debbie Hawkins...

Some of my Halloween ATCS [all from Blog swaps] that hang over the computer..
A original Mudcakes painting..

Details of postcard print and needlework by Eydie at:

A favorite fall bowl with Bethany Lowe Moon Head..

Hall way spider web..
Framed a few of my old paper treat bags..

Old advertising and cans.. Skelly bucket made by me..
Deer head and skelly..

Old chalkware bird and Japanese majolica..

Nicol Sayre reproduction pieces..

Paper treats made by me from a project by Sandra Evertson in Somerset Magazine ..

just love the look of boy on the brown plate..
The article in magazine.. and this is the magazine..

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Halloween Flight Swap in the Mail

I hope everyone has their swap goodies now and my partners have been so creative with our theme such a surprise with each box as what they have come up with.. the swap was simple, a paper doll, a ATC card, and some type of owl. This box was a total surprise as was not even my partner! Amy just blew me away, as she said she never did a ATC card or a paper doll!! Well her 'paper doll' with be a treasured heirloom in this house!! She was so creative in her presentation and even a poem to go with the jointed doll! Thank you.. and a big hug for being so thoughtful Amy!

Ta-dah! A coffin tied in rayon ribbon and a wishbone..
Her veiny self emerges looking toward the heavens dressed in a glittered and ribbons gown
Now spreading her tissue batty wings to take flight!
A delightful ATC card, a vintage cotton owl ,so sweet and the cutest spooky and somewhat hairy bat! just love em! Thank you thank you and a big hug!!

This big and pretty box came all the way from the Netherlands! Lili was so generous and creative! Visit her blog
for some fun treats.. Just love that orange and black ribbon and black rose! The paper is so pretty will save for future projects! The cards and tags were delightful!!

Her paper doll was a lovely vintage girl in real lace' and a tiny box, tie-up like a corset, with shell buttons and crocheted thread.. inside a tiny angel! Her brown glittery shoes and a big witch hat look so sweet..she is now hanging by the computer with a photo of herself and a small key from her hand..her ATC card is the best with hidden wings that flap out,a perfect composition in color scale design.. in other words, I love it!

Will save her forever!

Old pages from books, that had, owls, rabbits, cats ..There is a teddy bear and rabbit that I will frame and hang on the wall! Plus a second ATC card to match the old print..some yummy chocolate, my husband had dibs on that!, and some other tiny treasures..even a feathery white owl!

She did up this very cool 'Owl in the Tree' with adjustable ribbon ..a terrific idea! There are little slots to pull the ribbon thru and knot.. I will use that idea in a project!

Look ! Amy's Bat flew over to visit the Owl..

Vintage pages and really cool postcards ,love the family with rabbit masks in the bed.. Taped the rose to my transferware.. for some goth fun!

Well , its time I gave you a peek at some of the Paper dolls and ATC cards, I made..but shhh! it's a secret I am not telling who get what!

This was my favorite one so far.. with her bat hat and French Owl trade card in a glittered crown and damask skirt..

I limited myself to only 2 heads and body types..and was pretty happy with results..
This was the exception, this Paper doll was treated with real feather wings and a apron , that could still use more embellishments and sent to the perfect lady who can dazzle it up!!

Yesterday this sweet package came from Vivian a great partner in swaps..a hand painted kitty face and really neat Halloween papers, is a Batty Cat! sooo cool.. just the most sweet like ATC card Dolly with crepe paper skirt and batty wings..
a very perfect Owl charm,that I will add to my charm collage necklace and topping it all.. is a tiny 'Needle Felted Owl'... soo wonderful, he now lives on the' shelf of honor' in my dining room!! So can give him alittle squeeze now and then! Thank you, Vivian for your heart felt work...

Even received this sweet card and ATC from Awtem Nymf
as Thank you, and I say Thank you right back for the lovely little purple owl ATC![ the stickers on her card were real cute too!] Saving it all!

And finally a package all the way from Hawaii! Kimberly even sketched on the outer wrapper of her box! soo neat!!

Is that a cool package or what!?

Inside is a hand drawn green Witch Paper doll , even has a mini skirt, broom and tiny watch [ to get here by the witching hour perhaps!?] .She is painted in soft watercolors. Plus a painted ..very cool ,folded Owl ATC card and ink sketched 'Owl night light cover' ..he lives in the kitchen now!

Light off and light on.. so there's the wine...glad I have a night light now..heehee...and now time for me to go to bed!!

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Ontonagon, Michigan, United States
Self-taught Artist and Collector of Stuff..grew up a city girl now a Happy Country Grandma! Been married 38 years to a loving Husband,we have the best Daughter & 2 sweet grandchildren..We have 2 fat Cats to keep me company, Rufus B. Wolf & Baby Girl! I have a weakness for vintage Rabbits, old holiday decorations, vintage photos and childrens books, old dolls and stuffed critters, primulas and hostas, old roses, transferware,teapots,old tins, barkcloth and toile,watching movies, staying up late, cozy flannel sheets,perfume.. Coffee or Tea with lots of Real Cream..All types of naughty carbs like pies, cakes and fancy pastries, savory breads.. and now digital scrapping and silver jewelry!