Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Learning Curve..........


.........I've been painting this morning on this little 5x7 canvas.
Doing my very best to get it to look like ....


THIS............sigh..........I've come across similar doodles alot lately
and they all look so beautiful and intricate and in reality they are very simple to draw......I like the coloring i achieved with the pencils and thought........I KNOW lets paint one!  Thankfully reason reigned in my enthusiasm (doesn't always happen) and i started with a small version . Because what i really see is a much larger version of this on my beachy bedroom wall........stay tuned........Hugs! deb

Monday, October 28, 2013

Spider Surgery..............!




............there's been a bit of spider surgery going on around here. i might have them whole again by Halloween! I came across these guys several years ago in TX and brought them with us to CA. I really got to looking at them this year and the look like H-e-double hockey sticks.......


......missing eyeballs...............



...............twisted fangs.................



                             .............missing and floppy legs........


And it was just past time i did something about it.......You know its bad when the condition of your spiders is embarrassing...lol....

They are made out of corn husk.....or at least thats what it looks and feels like......whatever it is they are sufficiently creepy.....no webbing this year but i thought multitudes of creepy spiders covering the ground leading up to the door might be scary enough..... :)  So what have you been doing to get ready for Halloween???  I have to remember to go get candy.....MUST GET CANDY.......*Note to self .........do NOT buy Styrofoam tombstones EVER again.......they blew away with the windy cold front that blew in last night.......canvassed the neighborhood and can't find a ONE! ................Hugs! deb 



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Where did my Mojo go?????

.............have you ever lost your Mojo???   I don't know what it is......I LOVE the Fall.......seriously LOVE it...... but i've been restless lately........ ever feel that way?  I finished this drawing about a week ago and i have yet to start another or do anything remotely crafty.......i just feel blah..........  i fiddle around in my craft room waiting for inspiration to strike and ......... nothing.....  

I know these moods come and go.......  i like to blame it on the fact my sign is Cancer and i'am moody and ruled by the moon..... Gotta blame it on something...lol.... But really its just the ebb and flow of life.... I'm generally an upbeat, happy person......glass is half full kind of person......  takes alot for my spirit to sag low......

I think where i falter is i try to fight it and wander around and say things like 'Whats WRONG with me!'  I know eventually it will dawn on me whats wrong and then i give myself 'permission' to just have an 'off' day....... a day of not cooking or cleaning or crafting or surfing  or doing any of the things i KNOW i should be doing ........  just a day of feeling blah......not questioning it, not trying to change it......... just be......... maybe curl up with a book..... write in a journal......eat some chocolate..... and then the mood will pass........

like a ghost on the wind and it will be quite some time before i feel that way again.....long enough that i forget that feeling and have to remember all over again......  

So.........if you've seen my Mojo please send her home to me... i have alot to do.......... :) Meanwhile i'm going to sit here ...in my mood.....  and just .... BE.....  Hugs! deb

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Winner!!!!!!!!


...............I don't have a huge following here.........and i treasure each and everyone of you who take the time to stop and visit....thank you so much for all your encouragement .... I wish i could give each and every one of you a book but alas there could be only one......

This is the first time that not everyone followed the rules....... I try to keep it simple really........ I dislike those Giveaways that have you jumping thru hoops...... But i did have a few people that did not sign up as a *follower*...... how to handle that?  Well i sent them a reminder.....i figured that was the least i could do..........I didn't think it fair to everyone else who followed the rules....to just include them anyway.......... So....... there ended up being 7 people in the drawing.... and now that i've had a sip or two of coffee heeerrreess the Winner!!!
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                    Julia!!!!!from Jaeartworks
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                           to contact me with your snail mail          addy!!Congratulations!!!!!!!I hope you enjoy the book!!!
My email is nuleaf@comcast.net!!! Hugs!!! deb

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Has Arrived.......


..........around here! When in TX i used to get a bale of hay
or two to sit my pumpkins and skeletons on but this year an empty flower pot will have to do( I told hubby last night it kinda looks like he's sitting on the toilet...no seriously...ha! At least i made him smile! )......Just last night we were at a grocery store that was consolidating and rearranging their Halloween display and we asked them if the cornstalks were for sale...no...but we'll let you have them for $3...SOLD!! You'd be surprised how difficult it is to find dried cornstalks for decorating! Wish i knew somebody who had a farm this time of year...


This is our newest addition to the Halloween decorations this year. The eyes glow at night.... The tombstones are made of styrofoam and even with a stake they have a hard time staying upright...but a few strategically places stones helped alot... theres a few spiders and webbing that came with the kit but i'm waiting til closer to Halloween to put them out . Otherwise they would never survive the elements for two more weeks......

This guy is probably my favorite addition this year......He is motion activated and when someone walks in front of him he says 'Hey! Where do you think your going?! Get back here ' and then laughs evilly Bwaaahhhaaah.... I'll bet i get a few jumps out of that!!! I just love Halloween! Wish i had the $$ to go all out but this will have to do...Next year i hope to add a really big , cool spider web.....I already have the spiders......I hope your having a wonderful Fall  and a Spooky Halloween! Don't forget about the Giveawaaayyy...  that ends this coming Friday morning over coffee!You must leave a comment on the Giveawaaay post to be included and you must be a follower and let me know your address within 48 hours of notification! Bwaaahhhaaaa!!!! Ahem...okay....*cough,cough*...I'm okay...no really...  Hey Halloween only comes around once a year! Big Hugs!!! deb

*****Maggie i wanted to remind you that you need to be a *follower* to be in the Giveaway!!! You have until my first cup of java on Friday to sign up!!! Hugs!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

GiveAway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It finally arrived !!!! And its FABULOUS!
So many wonderful artists. I have so enjoyed reading their words 
of wisdom....... what inspires them...... and seeing the
steps they used to create their works of art.....



Nobody took a guess as to which drawing of mine was in the book.... can you tell now?  I cannot begin to tell you how incredible it is to see my art and my words in a book..........

In fact its soooo exciting that i just HAVE to share!  Who knows if this will ever happen again. Leave me a comment on THIS post and make sure you are a follower and next Friday , Oct. 18th first thing in the morning over coffee i will pick a winner from the hat for a free copy of the book , Zen Doodle : Tons of Tangles!  Be sure to come back and check to see if you've won! And contact me with your mailing address. 
*If i don't hear from the winner in 48 hours after posting the winner i will choose another! Isn't this exciting??!!!! Hugs! deb

Thursday, October 3, 2013

There Hasn't Been.............




.............a whole lot of art going on around here! :) And for those of you who come by to see some artwork now and then i do apologize......Theres been lots of kittens and flowers and such....i guess such is my life at the moment......BUT there has been some crafty stuff going on.....I love crackle.....have i mentioned that i LOVE crackle??? LOL! Really... i can see it now.... I would crackle every available surface in my house............ I just love the 'magic' of watching those little cracks appear without much effort at all.......



I have always been a big reader.... from childhood on....So i'am a big fan of Words........These Words will not stay on this shelf. See that archway that goes up and separates the living room and kitchen?? Well across the top of that archway i'am going to cover it with words.......different sizes .....different treatments and colors. I'm mostly sticking with this teal blue color and black and copper....But i didn't want to hide these words up in my craft room while i got the others finished so i stuck them on this shelf for the time being........

Jinx had a photo shoot the other day.....what he's really saying  is 'Oh PLEASE woman i'm napping' :) I wanted to show you the red in his fur that shows up in the sun. Isn't he gorgeous? And yes he knows it! I hope your having a beautiful fall day. Temps here are 73 today...50's at night.......absolutely perfect in my book! I'm off to put my Halloween decorations up  today! WooHoo!!! Do you decorate..? Do you get trick or treaters? I've always lived in the country ....... little to no trick or treaters out there so i'm super excited! Only my pocketbook stops me from turning the house into a haunted house!! LOL! I'm sure the neighbors are happy about that!! Hugs! deb

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

This is Not Something i Usually Do......

........But i stumbled across this blog while reading another blog and so on .... you know how that is..... :)  ...And i swear that little kitty on the left is smiling at me or as Tyra Banks on ANTM (Americas Next Top Model) would say that kitty is 'smizing' with his eyes!  Anyway these kitties were taken in by 'God's Little People' and you can go there to read the whole story.......trouble is they are FULL and really cannot take anymore cats in.....and these guys need a home and some help getting them their shots etc....  

          It really is such a heartwarming little story.  And i would gobble up that little smiling guy in a heart beat but i'm afraid Jinx would eat him.......seriously! Even if you don't want to adopt or help go look at the pictures on their site. Just beautiful! Hugs! deb