Friday, October 31, 2014

Winner and .............a rant..........

I don't rant on here often......... mostly because thats not what i want this blog to be about ....... I want it to be about arts and crafts and the little bit of traveling Hubby and i do........ Other than Hubby i don't even talk about family because they would rather not be talked about... :) Who can blame them......who knows WHAT i might say........LOL!  But once in a while something comes along that i have a thing or two to say about........ even then i usually don't say it on the blog. Mostly because i find my opinions about things tend to differ from most other people i know. Even differ from Hubby... which believe me can lead to some lively discussions...:)  Which in the end sometimes we just have to agree to disagree.... but how boring would life be if we were all like minded...... 'Variety is the spice of life.......' Now before i completely bore you with my rant (which i'm not even sure it can be called a rant) I want to tell you who the spider is going home with......drumrollllll..........

MS. Violet!!!! You WON!!!  AND i already have your address from a previous GiveAway and such.........So give me some time to get my act together and get it packaged and get to the post office.......I'll let you know when its winging its way to you! :)  Yeah!!! 

Now you may think my rant has to do with that can of caulk up there in the header and the photo above...Nope...... spied this up at hubby's work and it was just TOO COOL looking not to share. :) The caulk is suppose to be red but some of the contents separated and pushed it's way out... Cool or what? 

No I want talk about Ebola....... Did you just roll your eyes??  :)  No really there are some things i just don't understand..... Hubby and i have been discussing this alot.... how can we help it when its in the news so much......And i guess i'm just dumbfounded....... I don't understand the logic of intentionally bringing in this deadly disease to our country when there has never been a case of it here before.  I can sympathize with the Americans who were in a different country helping others with the disease that they would want to come home to America to be treated.  However most of these people were health care workers that to me should have been appalled at the idea of bringing Ebola to the US no matter how carefully it was handled.... Why take that risk that it could get away.......?I guess i hold health care workers to a higher standard...... And then there's this nurse in NJ who does not think she should be quarantined.... really? This is not your average Joe.... she's a nurse who had been helping Ebola patients in other countries ......imagine the horrors that she has seen.......Why would she want to risk bringing that to anyone here? I just don't get it...... 

THEN........i caught a headline or something on the radio......i can't remember where i heard it and i had a huge aha moment...... Really sometimes my naivete amazes even me........ This never even dawned on me...........and i didn't read the whole article or listen to the report or whatever it was i heard it from but the headline was the pharmaceutical companies were behind allowing Ebola patients into the country...... Imagine the money they would make if Ebola became an issue in this country........ you know there's no money in helping a third world country but the US? Yeah baby...... And i'm like OMG that makes total sense but i never would have thought up that evil on my own....... i just don't think that way.......  

And is anyone else disappointed at the lack of readiness by the CDC?? I expected more from them......... the fact that there is no kind of protocol for the people coming back to the US after being around Ebola patients and such is just nuts...... This deal with the nurse should not even be an issue......

OH! And then i heard on the news that you know it would be really difficult to screen people for high temperatures coming into the US because if someone was sick and they really wanted to get into the country they could take a temperature reducing medicine like Tylenol and get in that way.......and AGAIN i was shocked..... someone would really do that?  And hubby looked at me like i was nuts and said Yeesss ofcourse they would...... I just don't think about that side of people.........aaarrgghh.. So any way If you'd like to discuss this Ebola thing feel free....... Maybe you might know something i don't know and so forth...... Lets just keep it civil...no bashing....... Lets talk people!Big Hugs!!! deb   

Monday, October 27, 2014

Well the Party is Over............


I hope everyone had a grand time! This morning its back to normal. Jinx is upstairs sleeping it off and i've been downstairs working on that sketch over coffee.......... Do you see that card lying next to the sketch??

Well thats some wonderful MailArt i received from Eileen the Artful Crafter.  We exchange some postcards every now and then. We've been doing it for quite awhile now and its been so much fun.  She is a digital art master let me tell you. Mine have a more 'homespun' look to them but some of the things she can achieve digitally is just amazing.  I call her my crafting guru. If you have a crafty question she can answer it  or if she doesn't know right away she will figure it out!! 

Hubs and i have spent a grand couple of evenings playing this game together on the computer..... Some nights we'll turn off a tv full of reruns and and just immerse ourselves in a Seek and Find game... or you might call it Hidden Object game........We LOVE them. Its fun figuring out the puzzles together.  And this one by Viva Media  called Nightmares from the Deep , The Cursed Heart was a really good one. The special effects and artwork are just amazing. And nobody paid me to say that. LOL! 

I'm so glad to all who stop by and say hello!! I hope you have a great week leading up to Halloween. They are giving a 90% chance of rain here for Halloween night so all the kiddies might be getting wet......... but we'll take the rain!  
If you made it all the way to the end of this post and you would like to be in a GiveAway for this spider let me know in the comments. I used to make spiders several years ago and i've had the urge to make more. I've seen lots of lovely beads out there there that would just make fabulous spiders.  
            * You do not need to be a follower though it would be nice if you were.........

              * State in your comment somewhere that you want to be in the GiveAway.........

               * I will pick a name on Halloween over my morning coffee.......... 

                * I will do my best to contact you but its up to you to check back here Friday Halloween to see if you've won...

                 *I will ship this baby spider International......

                 * You will have 48 hours to get me your snail mail addy and i will get the spider in the mail to you  as soon as humanly possible.. :)  Isn't this fun!!!  Have a spooktacular week!!! And don't forget to visit all the other tea drinkers around here all collected in one place thanks to Ms. Elizabeth!   Hugs! deb

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 Halloween Party Post!




Hurry Hurry Hurry! Your late, your late, your late for a very important date........No, wait...thats a different Tea Party... :)


But you ARE late, even if your early for the witches tell me the Brew is all gone.............



but.........Come In! Come In! Its getting dark quick and you don't want to be out in the dark ..... do you? Bwwwaaaaahhhaaaa!



Oh! And please don't forget to give Jinx your invitation. He's been very brave manning the door with all sorts of creatures walking in....




Look what i found when i started to decorate for the party! 




Imagine! A few guests never left from last year's Party!





I even found a few loose heads rolling around. I hope i can get them back to their rightful owners tonight. 
Helllloooo.... Anyone missing their head???!






With the Brew all gone the party is winding down. But i'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. I hope you'll catch a ride on the broom with Jinx before you leave!


If your up for more partying just hop on over to AFancifulTwist and Ms. Vanessa will have a whole list of Parties to visit! Thank you Ms. V for hosting a wonderful Party!Hugs! deb

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Early Friday Sketches.............



I'll be out of pocket tomorrow (Friday) and i wanted to be sure to show you what i've been working on in that sketchbook that Jinx wouldn't let me show last week..lol...... Above is the inspiration photo for the sketch...
Before you get excited...no i didn't take this photo And worse i cannot tell you who did.  I like to browse thru the photos at Wunderground weather website and when i went back to get the name of the artist this photo was no where to be found.... So if anyone knows i will gladly give credit........ 
Click on the photo above so you can get a good look at the face on that dragonfly....isn't it amazing?! 


I just kept seeing it as a big toothy grin..... Here it is coming to life in my sketchbook......writing myself little notes for changes and ideas...trying out color schemes....still not sure about a color scheme...any thoughts??

I liked it well enough that i copied it to some better sketchbook paper and started fleshing out some details....  The picture on the header above is the finished sketch....... Now the fun part begins....
                                  COLOR!!!
I'll be linking to Friday sketches and Paint Party Friday when they get their posts up......I hope you enjoyed seeing the progress.... You should be able to click on each photo to enlarge.  So glad you stopped by!!! Hugs! deb

Click to enlarge any photo!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My First Ever Apple Pie............



This past weekend was our annual trip to Apple Hill in the foothills of the Sierra Mtns......... My advice to you is to never NEVER attempt to go there on a weekend and NEVER in the middle of the day....madness, sheer and utter madness........ the people, the lines , the cars.......The loveliness of the place just cannot quite make up for all the madness.... But the smell of the pine when i stepped out of the truck and the taste of fresh cider on my tongue was almost ...almost ...worth it... Needless to say we didn't stay long...... Made a quick trip around the craft stalls , grabbed a few free cups of cider and i made a beeline for the apples. I was on a mission! 
I wanted to make my first EVER apple pie. I always make apple crisp but i found this recipe at Estelle's. Which is a lovely blog to visit....wonderful recipes and gorgeous photography... I tried to find the post with the Apple Pie recipe but i couldn't find it. But if you'd like the recipe let me know and i'll give it to you. 




The apples i chose were Gravenstein. Yea i never heard of them either but they were pretty....great criteria for picking apples no? :) And the sign said they were tart which the recipe said i needed...  After a Google search at home i found that they are originally from Norway and have been grown there for a couple hundred years.....



My first attempt at a two crust pie!  Pretty! 




Not so pretty after the baking.... but pie doesn't have to be pretty does it?? Especially if its going to be consumed at home. :) Hubs thinks i put too many apples in the pie...All i know was that i was ever so happy i had the foresight to put a tray under the pie while it baked! Whew...usually its my hindsight that it 20/20... :)


                                Apple Pie A La Mode!!!Yum!!! It really turned out GOOD!! even if its not pretty.   Have you tried anything new lately on the cooking front?Hope your having a great week! Big Hugs! deb