Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Late Winter Project...

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Everyone brings me pine cones (for my Faerie House roofs) ~

A LOT of pine cones...

I'm not complaining... I love them, and can't resist picking them up myself, still!

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So, when I saw this on Pinterest (it's been a while), I did a mental "file-away"

and decided it would be a nice, easy project ~

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Here goes... "Frosty" Pine Cones

Pine cones
White Acrylic Paint/Old Brush
White Craft Glue 
Epsom Salts
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Brush the tips of the cones with white acrylic paint and let dry.

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Then brush over the white acrylic with craft glue;

(I think the original directions said to just used the paint as "glue",

but it really isn't sticky enough) ~ then roll in Epsom Salts.

That's it!

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What do you think....Yes?

A "keeper" for next Christmas/Winter?

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Keep warm, everyone!

Love,
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Inspire Your Heart with Art" Day!

Hello there!

Can you believe it's almost February??

High time for a post!

A few days ago I was contacted by the daughter of one of my

favorite artists, Patience Brewster...

(Notice that little tea-towel back in the December post?

LOVE Patience's whimsy!)

Would I care to participate, along with other bloggers,

 in a day of telling what inspires me?

In particular, the Art that Inspires my Heart?

Why, absolutely...I would be delighted!

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Since writing about my own"arty-stuff" is the norm for me,

I wanted to celebrate some amazing artists who

continually inspire me...

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Leo says, "Excuse me...

You mean this isn't going to be a post about

Cats??"

(Leo manages to position himself between me and whatever I am

painting quite often...)

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I'll begin with my dear friend Wendy Mullen,

who has just finished her fourth book ~

this time a wonderful novel...

No spoilers, but if you love Anne of Green Gables,

you will LOVE Wendy's book...

It is a Kindle Edition  ~ (I  thought I was temporarily out of luck... 

then I found out that you can download the Kindle app, free!) 

...I know, I'm behind the times!

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You can check out Wendy's wonderful website  ~ www.VictorianChocolateMolds.com

and get the link to her book(s) on Amazon there as well.

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In Wendy's book, "Back to Green Gables", one of the characters

has a wonderful shortbread recipe...

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Now, this isn't my recipe to share,

but I can post a little "teaser" here!

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I had such fun making this shortbread...

and, if I do say so myself,

it was divine...!

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(Wendy, check out this "Mermaid" spoon from 1904...(engraved on the back)...

it could have been used at Green Gables!)

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Next, my other friend, Wendy...(aka Golders) ~

Tell me, now, how many can say they call TWO lovely "Wendys"

their talented friends? ~ Quite fortunate, I am!

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This is the fourth time that one of our "critters" (sorry, Leo, I know you are

really a little man in a cat-suit) ~ has been honored to have been included in

Golders' Animal Art Calendar...

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Okay, I know that Front Porch Toad wasn't technically OUR critter,

but we did enjoy "claiming" him for the summer...

Here he is, all dapper in his shamrock-sprigged bowler, as Mr. March ~ ;)

Golders' fine calendar ~ and much more animal art ~ can be found here ~

  http://www.zazzle.com/goldersbug 

and here ~ http://www.zazzle.com/goldersfora4c

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I asked Golders specifically for some examples of her fabulous

CROW art...("Sparkly Crow" that I am myself...) ~

aren't they wonderful?

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And her latest work... soon to be available in her Spoonflower shop,

these handsome watercolor Puffins..."Ahoy there, Matey!"

Check out Golders' delightful fabric designs here...

 http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/golders


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Leo says..."Hey, I knew this would end up being a cat post!! 
...and just look what's coming up! I knew it..."

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From the Pencilvania studio of my friend Karen Vesk,

her "fine art/fun art"... here, featuring the lovely Heather!

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Karen's art absolutely delights and inspires me! 

Heather and her Mousie friends are sublime...the expressions, the details!

My favorites here...the goldfish-lollipops, and the contemplative look

on the face of Heather's sous-chef as he surveys the pan of chocolate mice... ;)

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Too, too cute...(and Heather is obviously taking this "self-help"

 volume to heart...) 

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Oh, Heather...the shoes...the jewels...♥

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Love, love, LOVE!

Heather has single-pawedly inspired my own kitties to model for me...

they've learned from the best!

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Multi-talented Karen also creates amazing jewelry from the

beach-glass she collects near her home...

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All of Karen's artworks and links to her shops can be found at her

site ~  http://www.sunshinesketches.com/

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And last but not least, my dear friend Elaine...

she is so wonderfully talented in so many ways!

Here are two of her more recent creations, a fanciful little

Witch, and a sweet, swaying, "Mele Kalikimaka" girl... both gifted to me.

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Elaine also does beautiful crochet-work, makes jewelry, 

and HOOKS RUGS. 

(I want to hook rugs!!)

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Finally, a couple more of my fanciful, Faerie-tale inspired

Art Gourds...commissioned by my kind Tennessee friend who encourages me

to think "out of the box"...

Here we have Alice; this time she is visiting in Africa ~ ♥

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And a work still-in-progress, Cinderella.

These always end up being so much fun!

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So, Patience, Marietta...this is the Art that Inspires my Heart!

♥ ♥ ♥ 

     Thank you so much for asking!...

(Patience's wonderful, whimsical ornaments can be found here...



Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Love,

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve!

Where, oh where,

 did 2014 go?
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A cup of Christmas tea... (Salted Caramel by Bigelow) hits the spot...

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And Christmas cookies... I will tell you, I had plans to try some

intricate iced gingerbread snowflakes... was going to post the results here...

Didn't happen!

(BTW, the piece of architectural "Gingerbread" is from my Great-Great

Grandfather's house... and did you notice the sweet little Patience Brewster

"Elf-Artist" on the tea towel? How could I possibly resist??)

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My husband did, however, make his mom's recipe for "Haystacks"...
just slightly different than the usual, with the addition of mini marshmallows...
Juanita's Butterscotch Marshmallow Haystacks

1 cup butterscotch chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 cups chow mein noodles

1 cup mini marshmallows

Melt the butterscotch chips in the microwave or double boiler (we actually

used a make-shift double-boiler with a large Pyrex mixing cup in a pan...)

Mix the peanut butter into the melted chips and add the marshmallows

and chow mein noodles (you can also add 1/2 cup peanuts, but we don't),

coating well. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.

That's it!

 Easy. 

My kind of recipe!

(Who am I kidding?...I don't even make this one!)
Merriest Christmas wishes and Happy New Year to you all!

Love,

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Friday, October 24, 2014

A Most Fanciful Halloween Party ~ 2014

A Jolly Halloween!!

Well, almost...

A Jolly "Fanciful Twist 2014 Halloween Party"!

How about that?

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So glad you got your invitation and decided to stop by!

(This sweet card was originally sent to a little girl in New York City 

for Halloween 1926.)

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You may leave those pinchy-shoes and your broom at the door, if you like...

Leo promises to take excellent care of them...

(He wants to know if he could take your broom for a few spins around the

backyard...he can drive a stick, he says...)

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Make yourself at home!!

One of my favorite vintage decorations...

(because I am a vintage little girl) ~

...is the little pumpkin given to me by my Grandma when I was TWO!

That's fifty~....Ummm...that was a few years ago.

I'm so glad my Mom took excellent care of him for me until I was

old enough to appreciate the "keeping"of him... :)

(There I am with the pumpkin in the little photo.)

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Cyrus is ready...

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So are Leo and Tallulah!

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Help yourself!

Spider cupcake, anyone?

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Madame Tallulah will read your palm for a mere two kitty-treats...

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Yummm....'Screme Eggs!

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The Singing Kitties were a gift from my dear friend Elaine last

year...as was the fabulous little Halloween Girl to the right!

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And...it wouldn't be Halloween without my little October Angel...

another present from Grandma Elphia when I was small...

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How about a spooky tale or two??

Nothing TOO terribly scary, of course...

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Ahhh, and here is our star attraction, entertainment for the evening...

the lovely diva Witchy-Poo!...

Can you tell I had a lot of fun....(TOO much fun? LOL)

with Witchy's stage and set?

Her adoring froggy-fans have thrown flowers on the stage...

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"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Kitty;

a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy..."

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The vintage fireplace surround and hearth-plate have always looked

to me like a little stage, so I made it one...."footlights" and all...

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...And the theatre lights go down...

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Witchy-Poo takes a bow!

(See Witchy's light-adorned post to the right? This was a porch post from my

Great-Great-Grandfather's house...I imagine that he would be delighted for it

to be included in my fanciful-fun!...Or he would think his 21st Century Granddaughter

has gone completely "'round the bend'...I prefer "delighted".. ;)

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Thank you, everyone, for stopping by for a little Halloween whimsy

and fun...Please be sure and visit all the rest of the revelers!

I will be away until late on the 25th, so if you are another

Halloween-Party hostess, I'll be around to visit you soon!

Happy Halloween!

(Don't forget your shoes & broom!)

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