“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

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas

Hi everyone!
I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas eve.
I've not been around much lately to visit and hopefully this week I will be able to catch up.
My little one has been ill for a while now...almost all of December with one virus after another..this past week being the worst, but thankfully she is now feeling a bit better and is excited for Santa's visit. she got these cookies all dressesd up for him..

Oh, and here is my guerrilla art offering for this week!

I hung it on a fence, but didn't get a chance to photograph it there because my battery died as I tried to turn on the camera...:(
This is it for now, I will be back soon to visit and let you know about a super secret give away here. ok not so secret, but it's going to be fun.
Have a beautiful Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

O Christmas tree

It was cold and rainy all day, absolutely amazing weather!
It really puts me in a happy Christmas-y mood!
So..I wanted to show you our little tree..

We made these cinnamon ornaments, they smelled so good when they were in the oven!

If you want to make some, the recipe is here.
Since Helena was ill all week with a stomach bug, I didn't get to create what I planned for this week's Guerrilla art..but I did make this,

and written on the back is this quote..“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it”
This is where I left 'the goods',lol, that mailbox is going to smell yummy:)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Windfall...a very long post

Having a December birthday always meant very little birthday gifts for me...
too close to Christmas I guess..
Don't get me wrong I have had a couple birthdays that were great.
But this year!
Wow, I have never ever been this blessed, not only did I receive goodies, but I was wished wonderful sparkling tidings from so many of you!
I hope it's not in poor taste to show the gifts I was given..
Here they are in chronological order:)
From My love...(there's also a set of slipper boots and a fuzzy hat with ears that I'm wearing, so they aren't in the pic)

This is from the amazing Anna from Frosted Petunias She sent me one of her scrumptious paper dresses along with a lovely card with her incredible artwork on it... a gift from the Faeries,
Some warm fuzzy socks, enchanting ornaments, silver nail polish, a ring!
She also included these cigar boxes, they are too pretty to alter don't you think?

This is a surprise gift from the very talented (Victoria)Bear's Mom
A beautifully crafted shawl,

And one of her exquisite hand made cards!

My daughter got me this because she knows how much I love perfume! There's a Michael's gift card and something she created for me...

She used an unfinished doll head from Lisa Kettel's AWESOME shop!
she used real candy sprinkles!

My best friend flew out for the weekend from San Fransisco to surprise (and spoil) me and she brought me this,(and more perfume!!)

On Saturday morning the post dropped off another surprise gift! From the beautiful Carrie at cottage cozy
Look at how she wrapped it up..

This is what was under the lovely wrappings:

I know this was a very long post and I applaud you if you have actually stuck around to read it all...I just want everyone to know that I love and appreciate every word that was written and every gift that was sent.
You have made this one of the very best birthday memories ever!
Thank you so much!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Kiss me..I'm a guerrilla!

And it's my birthday today!
I want to take the time to thank everyone that has joined me here on this blog to celebrate life and creativity every day!
You all have saved me from anxiety, depression, and fear.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart:)
Here's my cake...

It's white chocolate frosting dyed pink with triple chocolate cake inside.
I wish every one of you could have a piece.
Here's my card..

I have some gifts I will open later:)
And I was able to drop off a bitty gift at a bus stop bench last night...so exciting to be able to give something away on my birthday!!
Here are the pretty young things I created, lol

I only dropped one off because the other one is going to take a trip in a mail truck soon.
I took a picture of her on the bench too:

I'm going to post a guerrilla art project every week...on Thursday/Friday...I want to do this until..forever...not just for December, if anyone wants to join in and leave a link you are most welcome to do so. It will be ongoing so if the holidays are super busy, like I know they can be, then join in afterwards if you want to.
I cannot describe the feeling I get doing this.I love it.
Thank you once again..I am grateful for ..my love, my girls, my dad, my home, my dogs..and cats, and the awesome, incredible, super generous lovelies I have met in blogland!

ok, time for chocolate breakfast...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Doll Swap

In October I joined The Holiday Ball doll swap hosted by Vagabond creations.
We could choose any holiday and create a doll to go with it.
My partner was the wonderful Georgina from La Llorona Arts.
Well I received my doll, and She is beautiful!
Georgina chose Valentine's Day, One of my favorite days.
The detail on her face is incredible.

And she sent me a little ornament she made too!!!!

I chose Dia De Los Muertos and sent her this doll,

Georgina is such a sweetheart, she even sent me a handwritten Thank you card once she received her dolly.
Thank you Zan for hosting this and thank you Georgina for the beautiful art doll you sent me...i will take very good care of her.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Guerrilla Art

So I was sitting in my studio making some gifties and I happened to look up at a shelf I have and spotted a chenille sock just begging to be something other than just a sock.
So I got to work and this new critter developed. Again I asked Helena what we should name it and she came up with Freddie.

And, I painted and dressed the mini pumpkin and he's going to be dropped off in a while across town!

I think I'm going to start making one thing every week to be dropped off randomly.
This little one is going to go to a house, but the next thing I make will be left at a bus stop.
I'm going to do a guerrilla art post every week!
Oh, the skeleton I dropped off the other day is hanging on their front door in a wreath! Yay!
Have a great day:)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A pink tree and a glitter skelly...

Happy December to everyone!
I have set up the bitty pink tree in my studio...I love it, we use it as a night light all through the month.

Here's a picture of the holiday skeleton I left at a house around the corner from ours.
Last year this family set a skeleton out for Halloween, but left him up through December, just put a little Santa hat on it. He was so cute sitting on the fence post...well he disappeared before Christmas..(maybe he was stolen) so this year I dressed a skelly up and at 3 am I went and put him in their yard on a bench. With an attached tag saying 'Happy Holidays!"
I hope they like him.

Ok, I'm going to go paint some left over pumpkins to look like elves...there's lots more houses to 'decorate':)
Have a great day.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December paper dress

Well here we are, the last dress of the year. I joined this wonderful challenge in July, and it has been so much fun.
I love the smell of gingerbread, the taste and the look. almost every year, my birthday cake is a huge gingerbread heart.
So December's dress is my version of a gingerbread cookie. And what cookie dress would look complete without the cupcake purse?

Here is my wardobe of paper dresses...they all fit just right.

Go take a look at Alice and Camilla for more dresses.
Thank you Margaret.

Monday, November 29, 2010

January paper dress

Wow! How late am I?
Either way, I have my January dress all ready for the dress up challenge at Alice and Camilla.
I included the 'fur' for added warmth...you never know..ice skating with Mr.Darcy is very possible:)

I'm going to include February's dress in this same post.
These have to be some of the best type of kisses don't you think? Plus I love this image so much.

True passion expands the soul,
Enraptures the heart,
and enchants the mind with a feverish bliss.
-Neil Martinique

Sunday, November 28, 2010

One Lump of Sugar

Sometimes there are little creatures clamoring inside my head....trying to get out and see the light of day...
Are they silly looking? yes, most of the time they are...but they are funny too, as soon as they are finished they make me laugh.
This one has the faint scent of candy floss, like she dropped by after a night at the carnival:)
Helena named this happy monster, Sugar Lump.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The winner is....

Since there were 26 comments on my Birthday post, I decided to use an old calender to select the winner.
I cut up the page, here are all the numbers....

Threw them in a box...

Closed the box...

shook the box...

Opened it...

The winner is...

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy
Congratulations Carrie!

Day after Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday!
My Birthday give away is tonight, and I couldn't resist adding these awesome little candies(they smell incredible) to the gift box...aren't they cute?

We took Helena to see Santa Claus last Friday...to beat the crowd, (have you seen the line to see him after Thanksgiving???)this was the first year she has been ok with him...and she talked his ear off!
Not only did she tell him what she'd like for Christmas (an Olivia pirate ship)
she told him a very boring, very long, very drawn out story about absolutely nothing in particular!
So all in all, it was a success.

I will be back later to announce the winner:)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thank You!

The leaves on our apple and pomegranate tree are finally turning color and dropping off the branches. there's a freeze warning tonight too, the first we have had this year.
Last summer, my husband started working for a company that sends him out to different countries..he's home for two weeks, then he leaves again for four.
I had a hard time dealing with it. It got so bad for me I started suffering from anxiety attacks..I thought I was dying!
I couldn't breathe, I couldn't stop being afraid ...then I started blogging, I have to tell you,it has helped me in so many ways!
The support and friendship all of you wonderful people have shown me is staggering!
I will be forever grateful for this.
I'm thankful for my family, of course, it goes without saying, but I am very thankful for you, my dear friends.
I hope you have a delightful day tomorrow, whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or not.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Eggplants and socks

I made some silly creatures and wanted to share them with you...
First I have Aubergine...she's an eggplant fairy, and she's royalty of course!

She was created with a plastic eggplant and a soft doll body..
She seems to have brought along her court jester..don't know what his name is yet though...

This guy was made using a soft chenille sock, some felt and a feather boa.
I've been adding more gifts to my Birthday Giveaway!!!I'm so very excited about it,
there's still time to enter!
that's all for right now,
I hope you have a beautiful, magical Saturday.