“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

Saturday, August 31, 2013


Happy Saturday!
I hope you're having a happy Saturday:)

Yesterday, the gas company stopped by to let us know
we needed to evacuate because of a leak
they turned off our gas
pretended to work for an hour
then left and didn't return.
We're back in our house
we don't have hot water
and the stove doesn't work.
they're closed today...
and tomorrow...
and Monday. 

 Well, I can't use the stove
but tomorrow is September!!!
So I'm not going to let it get to me.

 I love the way the sky looks this time of year don't you?
It takes on a deeper hue, the clouds get brighter and fluffier.
You know you're one day closer to 
weather that's fit for humans.(and Halloween!)
& If you're lucky enough to get some rain, it's quite a show.


We had a bit in the last week or so

 I've mentioned how inspired I get when it rains right?
Apparently so does Helena.
we made some tissue paper lanterns last night.
All you need is decoupage glue, tissue paper, and a jar.

I love these pickles!!
I have so many empty jars!

paint the jar with the glue
apply the tissue paper
add another coat of glue on top.
 Let it dry.

 add a tea light and turn off the lights....

 easy peasy!

I also made a new mixed media painting.

it's called
'Time for a Cupcake Party'

Again, I hope your day is happy
 but if it's not....
I hope you can
find a way to get it there
even if it's just stopping what you're doing
and looking up at the sky:)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's Time!

Welcome to the very first

Glad you could make it!!
I'd like to start off this post by showing you some amazing
Halloween creations.
This adorable hat tag is from Marcia.

the back

These amazing tags are from Cindy Adkins

look at this little guy Norma made!
He looks like a crow,

Joann created this beautiful necklace

Is there a creepy house in your neighborhood?
There's a few around here, not just one...
in fact ours is one of them.
Our property and our next door neighbors' used  to be the town graveyard!
When it got too...full, the city had it moved to a larger area.
I know it was a long time ago, but I'm afraid to 
go out into the backyard alone at night :)
Gather round...I have a very short spooky tale to tell.

There was a lady that lived down the street from us.
with about 100 cats.
Allegedly, she fell off a table and passed away...then her cats....well, they were
hungry and...they carried her away.
 on windy nights you can (supposedly) hear cats
 screeching if you stand by the window of her abandoned house 
 (sounds like a gruesome urban legend to me)
why she was on a table is pretty puzzling too.

I hear something tapping at the window as I write...

uh oh! It's one of the fairy guardians!
Guess it's time to go.
Remember, if you'd like to share
just leave a comment on this post 
with a link back to your blog.

Hope you enjoyed this kick-start to the Halloween season:)
I'm off to have cocoa and popcorn.

see you soon!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


"For my part I know nothing with any certainty,
 but the sight of the stars makes me dream."
-vincent van gogh

This is for this week's Collage Obsession challenge
(Deviant Scrap elements only)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Halloween fun!

A couple of years ago a lovely lady named
started a wonderful weekly challenge called Spooky Monday.
I looked forward to posting something
new every week.
I got a lot out of Halloween that year
with Spooky Mondays,
 blog parties
& other challenges.
I'd like to continue in that same tradition
with a little weekly Halloween fun.
So with Wendy's blessing
I'd like to introduce

Every Wednesday I'm going to post
something that has to do with 
You can join in too if you'd like.

you can post
Whatever you want.
just leave a comment
with a link back to your blog
so others can enjoy your
awesome spookiness.
or you can just stop by, no pressure :D

Ive put a button on my sidebar that you are 
more than welcome
to use on your blog
to show everyone
your spirit hehehe

Okay, so I'll be back here
on Wednesday
to share something
(insert maniacal laugh)

see you later!!!



Saturday, August 24, 2013

collage obsession 'Purple'

It's a color challenge at collage obsession this week, and they've chosen
This is what I came up with:)

(All elements are from Deviant Scrap)

Have a nice weekend.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Do you believe in fairies?
I do!
Not only because it's a wonderful diversion from 
a sometimes mundane life...
But because, last year, during this month,
I saw one!!!
no kidding!

I was running walking outside to our clothesline 
(no fancy-pants dryer for us....it's Arizona! we don't need one!!)
it was about 2 p.m. & overcast
I was avoiding any and all bugs...
not gonna lie, I don't like them
my hair is dark, wavy and long
(perfect habitat for dark, wavy legged creatures)
To deter bugs,  I usually go outside
like this:

eyes squinted,  arms akimbo, legs pumping manically .
(it's exhausting)
you should see the way the mailman looks at me!
Anyhow, on this particular day, it was too hot to bother.
 Bug's be damned.

I walked outside like a regular human
& a little bright blue-white light flew passed me
Instinctively, I went into swatting mode
but before I could start swinging my arms
the light flew back towards me
right up to my face
I couldn't tell you what it looked like...
other than a tiny light floating in front of me.

it didn't buzz
it didn't move like an insect   
it didn't fly up my nose or in my hair
there wasn't a figure, buggish or otherwise, to it.

It flew in front of me a few feet then zoomed off into the trees.
(wish I'd  had my camera with me)
no one believes me...
you believe me don't you?
Well, whether you do or you don't the whole reason for this post
 is because I wanted to show you some fairy books I have.
(I just got distracted describing my defensive bug walk/fairy sighting.)


  This one is so neat!
It has gorgeous artwork and several different fairy-tales, 
including one of my favorites... 
Tam Lin.

Helena has been itching to play with this book.
It even has a little envelope attached to the back
for storage.

This one is actually a pop up book!
again, the illustrations are absolutely stunning.

I remember I read the yellow fairy book
 and the red fairy book in the third grade.
I was at Barne's and Noble recently and saw this one.
Just love these covers!!
This one has my all time favorite story,
'Hansel and Gretel'
(it's the candy house that I'm in love with, I think the witch was framed)

Alright...that's it for today
I'm off to make some tea and create some fairy art with Helena!

Oh and don't worry, I'm not taking up residence in tree tops or hedges to try and catch
a glimpse of fairy folk...not yet anyway!

See you in a few days:)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Give Away winner

I'd like to thank everyone that left a comment 
on my post the other day.

The random number generator
chose  #6
Congratulation's to Mina from Green Witch with Sprinkles
you won the mushroom wand:)

I love having giveaways...
 the trouble is, 

I know that's not always possible.
But this time
 it is.
Mina won the wand 
everyone else 
 a little 
mushroom ornament!!!

I just need you
to send me your
snail mail addresses 
and I'll get them out to you 
as soon as possible!

Thank you all!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Take a word challenge 'Wild Animals'

“Marvelous are the innocent. ” 
-Virginia Woolf

We took Helena to the zoo in December.
The tiger exhibit is partially enclosed in glass, so when this gigantic
creature came up to her, Paul took a photo.
I always thought it looked as though she was petting it....
almost as though she's bewitching it.
(The tiger is probably wishing the glass was gone!)

Since 'wild animals' is the theme at Take A Word Challenge 
I thought I'd use this picture.

Have a great night!

Collage Obsession 'Kings & Queens'

I'm joining in on Collage Obsession's challenge for this week.
The theme is 'kings and queens'.

After watching the king do absolutely nothing all day,
The lovely queen conveniently 
turned him into an attentive nanny.
(Images created with Deviant scrap elements)

Thanks for looking:)
Don't forget to sign up for my giveaway!

Friday, August 9, 2013

A thank-you-give-away

 Hi, how's everyone?

Right near the fourth of July, I hurt my back...compressed nerve is what it is.
I could barely walk.
I'd either sit at my desk or lie on the bed,
 &  lying on the bed wasn't very comfy either.
I would cry with frustration
at not being able to reach for a bottle of water
or walk from the bedroom to the living room.
Luckily I had you all to keep me company
and preserve my sanity.
Your comments are awesome!!

I'm not really super outdoorsy
(especially during the summer)
 but I couldn't wait to get out there!!
Since I was feeling a little better....
& after weeks of not leaving my bedroom,
 I ventured outside a couple days ago.
Everything looked so bright!!


I was able to save this beautiful butterfly from Magnus' wading pool,

It was very grateful (I'm sure) and flew over to say 'thank you' before flying away.

Oh!I got to watch 'The Conjuring' the next day!
it was awesome.
When we got home the girls made marshmallow treats.

And you know what was neat?
It was raining the whole time!

Not being able to do anything for so long made me especially
grateful for little moments...
it's hard to believe how much we take
for granted sometimes!

I couldn't even pick up my pup and now he's too
heavy for puppy cuddles!
but that's alright cause he's able to jump up
on the sofa for smooches.

 OK, so like I said, I'm feeling better
and I promised you a give away!
it's not huge just a little thank you
to you all, for coming to visit
and not forgetting me:)

so just leave me a comment and you will have a chance to
a silly little mushroom wand!

 and a couple other surprise treats, I promise:)
I'll choose a winner
on Thursday.

I hope you have a very happy weekend, 
 and you savor the little moments.

take care!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Take a word challenge

The theme at Take a word challenge is DARK...
I tried, I really did, but it ended up more Halloween themed for me.

Hope everyone's weekend was fun.

I'll see you soon....
I'm planning a little give-away next:)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Three Muses Challenge

Hello Sailor! is the challenge theme
at Three Muses this time.

Once again, thanks for visiting.....
I'll be back in a of couple days:)