“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

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:)


Wednesday, March 12, 2014


 this week is 

"Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. 
Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. 
So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. 
And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” 
-Stephen King

Monday, March 3, 2014

Rain, moss, stars and blossoms

It's a windy overcast day..
 At 63 degrees, it's not cold but the intermittent rain that falls
 makes the temperature seem colder. 
I sit here, in my little wagon with the door wide open, 
to better feel the breeze, 
to breathe in the incredible energy that this magic day brings. 
I love to sit in here and let my mind wander.
The colorful sheets and curtains I have hanging right outside
fly around and
 snap sharply..

Music from the many wind chimes 
masks the whistling the winds makes as it dances 
over the trees.
 (As a child I was terrified of that whistling/ howling sound. In my mind it was a 
giant invisible monster that would whirl you up and gobble you down.)

It was warm last week... Hot even, high 80s.
Since my dad has gone, I've found myself outdoors more often.
Raking, watering, talking to the plants and trees, 
letting the smell of wet soil 
and warm sun push the sadness away. 
 I've been creating some garden art lately... 
 Metal mushrooms,
made from an old bowl and a dollar store waste basket... 
 Spoon and fork wind chimes
from yard sale utensils .. 
and a tin fairy house covered in moss
(also a yard sale find) 
 are the products of my 
imagination right now...
Oh! As I write this, I hear the drops tapping away at the roof.. 
sounds so 
 For years the garden was dormant 
I thought a lot of the trees would have to come down, dry as they were,
 no amount of watering seemed to help.
They all seemed to be in a weird period of waiting... Wondering .
Now everywhere I look new life is springing up.. 

 An orange tree covered in blossoms and bright green leaves 
 and lime trees
 all pushing forth 
beautiful delicate growth. 

And look at this tree...it's just gorgeous!!

Last week as I pulled weeds and dodged bees I realized
that I'm grateful
I have
and for the promise of what's to come. 
(I think the universe heard
my word of the year...)

Now as the day begins to melt away
the chill really starts to build..
how was is so hot last week!?
This weather is so bizarre.
It's getting cold in this gypsy wagon...time to go inside I think..
 gonna make a cup of cinnamon tea
to warm up.
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my ramblings.
drop by soon
I'm going to have a 4 year blog anniversary giveaway!!!


Sunday, February 23, 2014


The theme is BLUE this week at

(all elements are from Deviant Scrap)

"I wanna sleep on the hard ground
In the comfort of your arms
On a pillow of bluebonnets
In a blanket made of stars"

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day Fairies

It's Valentine's Day tomorrow!
In honor of this magical day I have created some sweet little fairy flower picks.
They're super easy to make too.

This is Thumbelina Teacup fairy

And this is Beatrice the honey bee fairy.

Supplies 'Thumbelina'
Baby Bailey unfinished doll
mini teacup and saucer
artificial flower petals and leaves
bamboo skewer 
pink tinsel
acrylic paint in peach, apricot, pink and teal
mini ribbon rose
large artificial daisy flower
hot glue gun and glue sticks

paint Baby Baliley  peach
add facial features with pink paint
paint on a teal shirt
add flower petals to create a skirt
glue on rose petal flower 
add hair with apricot paint
Glue on leaves to back of doll to form wings
hot glue tea cup to saucer 
add glue to the rim of the teacup, dip in glitter
glue doll to inside of teacup and sprinkle excess hot glue with glitter
remove the stem from the flower and replace it with the skewer
add a bit of hot glue to secure it
now hot glue teacup and saucer to top of flower
wind tinsel around skewer glue in place

Supplies 'Beatrice'
Baby Bailey unfinished doll
Glitter heart pick
artificial leaves
acrylic paints in peach, pink, yellow, orange, brown, black
gold tinsel trim
pink tinsel
white glue
hot glue gun and glue sticks

paint baby Bailey peach
add brown hair
add facial features with pink paint
paint stripes on body
add gold tinsel and leaves
cover leaves in white glue
sprinkle with glitter
hot glue Baby Bailey to top of heart
wind tinsel around stick
glue in place
add text with white glue

heart picks can be found at most dollar stores
these can be turned into St. Patrick's day fairies
Baby Bailey can be purchased in Lisa Kettell's Artfire shop.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Heart(s) of the ocean

Far off in the ocean where
the waters are a cool, clear blue
lives an amazing creature
named Halcyon.

She has long glittery hair and jewel encrusted tentacles.
Collecting heart shaped stones 
that she finds scattered along the ocean floor
is one of her favorite things to do.

If you happen to catch a glimpse of 
her sitting on a rock on nights when the moon is full
please be very quiet..she's shy.
 This is what you need to create the hearts of the ocean sailor's valentine
wooden plaque
heart shaped acrylic jems
assorted sea shells
decorative scrapbook paper
paper clay or model magic
acrylic paints;green, dark blue, purple, pink, yellow
silver tinsel
glitter;black, purple, teal, magenta, silver
hot glue gun, glue sticks
white glue

Create tentacles out of model magic, set aside to dry.
decoupage wooden plaque with scrapbook paper and white glue.
Remove Lulu's fin and paint her tail and tentacles dark blue, teal and purple.
attach her to the plaque with hot glue.
Glue her tentacles around her.
create flowing hair by attaching strips of model magic to Lulu's head.
when dry paint green and yellow.Cover in silver glitter.
Hot glue acrylic hearts and sea shells.
Attach silver tinsel around plaque with hot glue.
You can purchase the Carnival Lulu Mermaid Cupie here.

Be sure to check out Lisa Kettell's blog and awesome art fire shop
to find inspiration and amazing goodies to purchase!

Monday, January 27, 2014

A new year

Hi everyone.
I hope you are all doing great.
First off I'd like to express my gratitude to you all.
Thank you for your kind words, wishes and prayers.

You know it's my four year blog anniversary this Thursday?
I've decided to choose a word of the year to celebrate this occasion.
which is defined in the dictionary as being
A peak period or stage of development 

I'm hoping that this year will be filled with
 and the development of new and wonderful things.
I'll be back later today with a new design team project to share:)
and a blog anniversary give away!!
Big hugs to you all.
see you in a bit.

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