“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

something spooky!

Don't you just love when department stores
start putting Halloween decor out??
It's something I look forward to all year!

Michael's is usually the first around here to start
setting up.
Usually right after the 4th of July.
Some of their stuff is really cute....
After I got my fill of window shopping there
 I stopped by Tuesday Morning
and found some adorable goodies..

Cat and owl ornaments..they're so glittery!

 A fancy little skeleton ornament.
This tiny tote bag...there's also a poison bag.

Kirklands also had some really fun things..
These light up..

and my gosh, look at this!I love that Dia de los muertos canvas!

Now, nothing makes me happier and more inspired than
Halloween decor and rain!
It just so happened to be be super cloudy-thundery-rainy
that day!

I decided to make a sweet spooky
wall hanging.

This was very easy to make..
Lulu was painted up witchy:)
I added a skirt with velvet ribbon
a pumpkin button and a paper hat.
The frame was 80% off at Michaels
 the background is scrapbook paper glued to the frame.
 Lulu is so lightweight she wont pull the paper through:)
 Next week I'm having a little
Lisa Kettell giveaway so you can create your own 
work of art! lol

I hope you're looking forward to
remember it starts at the end of this month!!!
August 27th!!
If you want to tell one of your stories or share a recipe
e-mail me and I'll feature it on here:)
Now, it's time to start dinner
I hope you have a great day.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Halloween Fun

 Well it's finally August again...it seems to have gone pretty quick..
But Fall and Halloween can't get here fast enough for me.

 I created this little Halloween card
using some  Lisa Kettell Design products.

 You need:
2 pieces of pretty scrapbook paper
1 piece of cardstock
chip board letters and shapes
orange tinsel trim
glass glitter
vintage image
Hot glue gun 
glue stick
white glue
glitter star stickers
black paint
 hole punch
pumpkin wand (toothpick w/pumpkin sticker)

cut out a small house shape using the scrapbook paper
glue them together
add vintage image to center
paint hat black on the candy party girl face
attach her to the vintage image
hot glue tinsel to house shape
glue house onto cardstock 


Add chip board letters to roof of house
coat chipboard moon shape with white glue
then cover in glass glitter
when dry attach to house with hot glue
 add star stickers and pumpkin wand
punch a hole through the top and thread twine in.

Hope you gt a chance to create one of these Halloween cards.
Can't start decorating too early right?

Don't forget that Haunted Humpday is coming up soon!
If you'd like to share a story please email me and I'll feature it! 

you can find doll parts and inspiration at Lisa's art fire shop

Friday, July 25, 2014

Let's play catch up

It's been quite a while since I've been here...
I have missed my little blog and my amazing friends.

This is what's been going on (the condensed version)

Remember when I was complaining about getting terrible leg
cramps last year?
I thought it was my back that was causing it, 
because I had hurt it moving a dryer,
In January I went to the doctor 
and found out that I have diabetes.
THAT was the reason I was 
getting cramps.
So I went on a diet, started riding my bike 3 miles a day
and reversed it...my sugars are normal now, I've lost
weight and best of all, no more cramps!!

 Then two weeks ago my daughter moved into
 an apartment in Tempe.
 She's going to Arizona State University this year.
I'm very proud of her but I miss her so much.
The house is super quiet...my niece moved there too,
so it's just me, Helena and paul.

Here's a video of her singing 
Bizet's Je Dis

Ive been working in my garden to distract myself
and I found a great surprise!!!
 baby pumpkins!!!
                                                             I didn't even plant seeds!

Toadstools in the corner...

overflowing buckets...

bright fuchsia bougainvillaea... 

I also wanted to let you know that 
I'm getting ready for Haunted Humpday
at the end of August...
If anyone has an especially creepy
scary story they'd like to share
I'd love to feature it!
Just send me an email.

well I think that it's for tonight.
I will be back in a couple of days with some
projects and updates on my gypsy wagon re-do,
and of course a give away or two:)

thank you for sticking around!!

see you soon!!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Flowery Frida

Hope everyone has been doing great!
I've been busy
painting, gardening, trying to get healthy:)
(that's a whole other post)
I'm sorry I've been away so long.

I have a little project to share.
Let's turn Lulu into Frida Kahlo!

 paint a Lulu doll beige
 black for the hair
add  facial features (don't forget the uni-brow)
I painted her with an off the shoulder blouse
using plum & pink acrylic.
create the skirt part by hot gluing four flower petals folded over.
paint white glue over petals then add clear/snow glitter.
add any type of artificial flower to her arm for her to hold.
Her crown is created from the center of the flower
 which was painted pink and glittered.

The 6x6 canvas is one of my favorites,
it's so thick and compact.
cover the the canvas with a pretty scrapbook or tissue paper
using regular white glue.
attach the lace border last.
finish with a coat of clear acrylic spray.

Lulu doll
Acrylic paint in
beige, black, red, purple, pink, white
pink, clear/snow glitter
white glue
hot glue gun & glue sticks
6x6 canvas
artificial flowers
scrapbook paper or tissue

you can find the Lulu doll
and more amazing things to work with 
at Lisa's art fire shop.
visit her lovely blog and Rit dye studio for
a ton of inspiration!

Thank you for visiting, 
Ill be by to catch up with you this week!

Monday, April 21, 2014


The butterfly is a flying flower...  
~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

'Wings' is the theme on
The image I used is from Fairytale follies collage CD from Lisa Kettell
The rest are elements from Deviant Scrap.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


is everyone ready for tomorrow?
I don't really do a big thing here..
We'll dye eggs tonight and hide them for Helena in the morning.
but that's about it.

The weather has been nice lately, not too warm, yet.
Some Easter Sundays are so hot.
And one time it snowed!
Weird huh?

I have a few little spring-y pics to show you in the spirit of Easter.


busy bee.

I don't have a forest of roses to show you but I do have some that have bloomed
(I'm pretty excited about it)

Here's a fun thing to do...
Any yellow flowers work well..

 This is the bentwood bed I made..
This is an old iron cot that had been in our back yard hidden away in a corner, covered in spiderwebs.
The head and foot board are made out of old mulberry branches.
I painted it all brass colored and added tin stars.
the jasmine I planted should wind itself all over the bed eventually.
I'll take pictures once that happens.


 The pomegranate is blooming too:)

I also have a winner (finally) for my four year anniversary give away.
It's Maggie from the Mag Rag
congrats Maggie!

okay, I have a couple dozen eggs to boil right now
so I better get going.

I hope everyone has a beautiful weekend!
(Don't eat too much chocolate!I did that once and I'll never forget it!!!)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Peter Pan Book/Puppet theatre

Do you believe in fairies?

I think you all know that I do!

Here's a Lisa Kettell Designs project
that has everything you need to help you believe!

Cigar box or book shaped box (available at craft and hobby stores)
2 Baby Bailey unpainted dolls
Fairy silhouette
wooden scrolls/trim
alphabet stickers
England stickers*
gold glitter washi tape
purple ribbon
treasure map
hot glue gun, glue sticks
white glue
glitter in gold & pink
craft wire
green scrapbook paper
acrylic pant: white, peach, orange, gold, pink, red, light green,
 dark green, dark blue, brown, black
paint baby bailey dolls to look like Wendy and Peter 
hot glue purple ribbon to top of her head, add pink glitter to top of her ankles
fold a small amount of green paper to resemble a hat for peter, hot glue to his head
poke craft wire into back of dolls, set aside
paint the wooden trim gold and add glitter
paint inside of box dark blue
add white to create clouds
position Big Ben sticker in front of the clouds, or, paint him on:)
glue green paper to lid of box
paint outside of box gold
open box add wahsi tape across the top 
hot glue wooden trim to frame inside of box
add stickers and silhouette to box lid to create the cover
put a small amount of hot glue on tips of the wire attached to the dolls
and position them to look like they're flying 
add treasure map to inside lid
dry brush gold paint on corners of cover and the map

Hope this was fun...I've been outside most of this week adding arches and making a bed out of
bent wood and an iron cot!
when it's ready it'll be covered in vines and flowers.
(that's my next post)
ok, stay tuned for the winner of the blog anniversary gift!!

Thanks for visiting!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Stars and anniversaries

The challenge this week on Take a word is

The image of the lady is from a collage CD called 'Fairytale Follies'
from Lisa Kettell's Art Fire shop
The rest of the images
 are from Deviant Scrap.

It just so happens that I'm having my FOUR year blog anniversary give-away
starting today:)

I've probably written about this before...
The whole reason I started blogging is because I bought an awesome book 
Lisa Kettell
'Altered Art Circus'
The photos and the stories were so very inspiring to me....
I took that book (and a sketch diary) everywhere.
It was like an escape into a sweet colorful fantasy land, 
where everything is happy.
I found the artist's blog and I was hooked. 

My give away is star themed and it happens to have a 
few Lisa Kettell products in it too.
leave a comment on this post
to get a chance to win!

Can't believe it's been four years!!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

More Spring stuff

Oh my gosh!
It's been a little bit since I was here 
and I quickly wanted to check in with you all.

Ive been trying to keep up with the yard work, 
wow did my dad do a lot!!!
I'm really enjoying myself though...
I can feel both my parents
right there with me though.
I recall advice they gave me 
and their voices are so clear.

I've also been creating more outdoor goodies.
I have a couple to share with you:)

this was an old bird house that had faded and fallen apart
 I painted it and covered it in glass stones and moss.

 & this was a plain wooden birdhouse
 that just needed to be turned into a fairy house. 
Again more moss usage..I love this stuff!

Monday I'm having my blog anniversary give away thing-a-ma-bob
that I should have had in January...
So hopefully you'll come back to visit for a chance to win some
silly fun stuff!

Have a great week-end.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spring birds

How are you today??
I'm doing well...other than a little back pain, I've been working
outside, outside, outside!!
Spring is definitely here! 
It's breezy in the low 80's
& I have to be out there.
That's the main reason I've been away..
You see not long from now 
the temperatures will be holding steady at
so....taking advantage of this cooler temperature is a must.

Yesterday I sat out in the tiny "backyard"of my gypsy wagon and
created a little project using some of
my awesome Lisa Kettell products.
It's simple and it's a little tribute
 to this beautiful season.

6x6 canvas
paper mache bird box
hot glue gun/glue sticks
acrylic paints: black, navy blue, medium blue, dark pink, light pink, orange, peach
oil pastels:dark brown, green, light pink, fuchsia, peach
red lace trim

paint canvas dark blue
add a bit of light blue for interest.
using the oil pastels, draw branches and flowers

paint china doll head peach, add facial details and hair color
cut the top part of the bird off
paint dark pink, orange and light pink.

Hot glue china doll head to bird body
add lace trim
hot glue to the canvas
paint feet on with light pink paint.

There's a lot of different things that can be done
with this one...
she could be a raven for Halloween, or a dove for Easter
her body can be covered over in sheet music
or she can placed in a little cage...
there's endless possibilities1

I hope you try this out & have loads of fun.
Visit Lisa's blog and artfire shop 
for a happy inspired day:)

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