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

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Recycler's Dream Postcard................

Helllooooo .... to my Tea People(and non Tea People) . So glad you popped in for a visit from Elizabeth's T Stands for Tuesday group.... Like the title suggests this postcard is nearly entirely recycled material....  I WISH i could say the idea was entirely my own but the concept i borrowed from Vicky Papaloannou. If you have a few minutes put your feet up with a cup of coffee or TEA and sit back and watch this video........Although i warn you her videos are addicting and you may need to go get a second cuppa whatever your drinking.... and put the rest of the day's plans on hold while you watch video after video...... I have to say her art journal pages are my favorite and i have learned alot thru my addiction.......lol 

Back to the MailArt PostCard.........I didn't have the same supplies that Vicky had but  I achieved the textured background by using return address labels! You know how companies will send them to you so you'll make a donation or some such thing..... well i had a bunch so i used them thinking it would be a quick project because they already had adhesive on them well........no...... the adhesive didn't stick well so i had to go back and glue them down.....Maybe they didn't like the cereal box board base i used??......

So anyway i had to cover up my addresses so i used some gesso and then acrylic paint .I was worried about the paint and such building up so much i would lose the texture so i used very thin layers.... I used Anita's all purpose extender to get the blending and shading with the acrylic paint...

Next i found some tea related images in my STASH... :)  I had bought this huge box of cards at an estate sale a while ago for $5.  I have been using many in my snail mail  but some of them had religious overtones and not being a religious person i had to re-purpose them . Wherever you see yellow overtones on them it was originally white so i had to shade it in so it would go with the rest of the card.... 

The hearts where paperpunched out of some scrapbook paper and colored in with prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  I think it came out great and i'am one step closer to making a canvas along this theme for my wall in the kitchen...... I hope everyone is having a great week! I'm so glad you stopped by! Happy T day everyone!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Well.................



Well........... I had a new sketch in progress to show you........but Jinx had other ideas..... I don't know if this means he likes it or he's trying to tell me  'No NO! woman don't show them, not yet...NOOoooooo.....' He can be very dramatic...... 

I guess we'll just have to take his word for it and i'll show you next week.........lol Hugs! deb

I'm not sure why .... but i'm linking to DionDior's Friday Sketches.... 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Shenanigans and a Winner!






I say 'weekend' but really i mean Sunday....... Because of gas prices and the distances and traffic we have to deal with here in CA we like to 'bundle' our activities.  You know while we're out we might as well do this, that and the other thing......... Well we have been planning for weeks to go to the Antique Faire in Pleasanton on Sunday......... So we bundled a stop over at Hubby's work to put his plant in the now finished macrame plant hanger!!!And ofcourse take pictures of it for you! Thats hubby up there attaching the vine to the wall using cup hooks. I KNOW I should have wrapped him in bubble wrap first before Mr. Accident Prone got up there.......but all went well and no plant or human got damaged.. :) 




While waiting for him to finish i stepped outside and just look at the treat waiting for me....... Isn't she beautiful? Sorry for the not so great photo.......i took several and this was the best one..... Like all the deer and turkey up there she was not overly concerned about me.........They won't come to you but they don't run away either...... The VA center there does not allow any feeding of the animals do you know why?  Its not about any ideas of conservation for the animals........ Instead its because the turkey would hang around the VA center itself and their poo would get on the sidewalks and the veterans in wheelchairs would then get it on their wheels and consequently on their hands.........eeeewwwwww..... 




Here is a picture of the spoils of the day......... We got to the Antique Faire early....... the sun was shining but it was still a cool....gorgeous morning..... they're were people milling about but not crowded......yet...... Gosh you know we hardly ever buy anything at this Faire but we love to go...walk around , look.... reminisce about things we remember from our childhood that somehow they are now considered antiques......  But you know we never know what we are going to run into there...... The rule is everything sold there is suppose to be 20 years old or older...... Most vendors do just that but some sneak in other stuff.....  Like the rubber stamps up there in picture......could they be 20 years old?? I guess so......doesn't really matter to me i found a couple i liked CHEAP. :) Then i came across a lady selling blocks from a printing press and fell in love with that long cityscape scene......


Then among the treasures at another booth i unearthed this glass egg....... i collect eggs...... this one looks like the green coke bottle glass and its HEAVY ......it was love at first sight.....$5.... i didn't even try to haggle......i wanted it....lol....... After the faire on the way home we stopped at Winco......a grocery store.... i was on a quest to find my absolute favorite leave in hair conditioner by VO5.  I couldn't find it anywhere......i've been looking for months.... Don't you hate it when you can't remember where you bought something..... Well i finally found it and yes i bought 3!!! :) And while in the check out lane i saw these coffee cups with a tree on it and fell in love AGAIN.....It was a day for falling in love.....what can i say......... Cup $2.98.... I tell my hubby.......at least i'm a cheap date.........he smirked...... :)


And finally my twice a year visit to the Half Price Book Store...  :)Like i said i'm a cheap date....... Hubby said...'Yes, but all your nit picking adds up!' LOL! 

Well my oatmeal is gone and my coffee has gone cold while i type this so without further adieu  the winner of my coasters is Kathy over there in the Ozarks!! Thank you all for the wonderful comments on the fish and the coasters. Congratulations Kathy and if you'll get your snail mail addy to me i'll get these in the mail to you!  Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Hugs! deb

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Crafty GiveAway........



........My days have been full....... full of nothing much exciting to tell you about but full nonetheless .... I have finished with a craft! And that is always exciting...... and a momentous occasion. :) I have made my last coaster. I have taken an idea that hit me while exploring Home Depot and made it work to my satisfaction ........ and i've been using some for a few months now and they are performing brilliantly....so....... unless i somehow lose the ones i have or someone begs me to make them some i'am ready to step away from this craft. ;) 
Now for the GiveAway.... Do you use coasters?? If you do and you would like a set of 4 of these coasters then leave me a comment below telling me you want to be in the GiveAway. If your name is drawn you will have to tell me if you want the 4 in the back row of the above picture or the 4 in the front. The 4 in the back have a little more rust color to them the 4 in the front more gray... but they both resemble slate. 
Rules, rules, rules.......there are always rules....... :) 
1. Must be a Follower
2.Must leave me a comment stating you want to be in the GiveAway.
3. If i pull your name i will announce it on this blog and try to contact you thru email or leave a comment on your blog. Its your responsibility to make sure i can get a hold of you or you make sure you check back when the GiveAway ends... 
4. Once i announce the winner on the blog you will have 48 hours to get me your snail mail address.  You can reach me at nuleaf@comcast.net
5. This GiveAway is for U.S. residents only. I really hate to put that in there because i have alot of bloggy friends all over the world. But the last time i mailed something out of country the sticker price was quite a shock...... 

Okay bases covered........... Lets see when should i draw a name...... I hate to let these things go on too long....... Lets say... Monday Oct 13 th  while having coffee in the morning i will pick a name! 
Ofcourse there is the distinct possibility i 'am the only one who still uses coaster.......????? Or would enjoy these...we'll see....


I have had my nose in a VERY good book! O My Gosh a good book! Few are the books that keep me guessing to the end........ Just when i thought i had it all figured out Mr. Koontz throws a kink in there to make me second guess myself..........and that happened not once but several times........ AND then he frustrates me further by some of the characters learning the truth but not revealing it to the reader.........kinda like Na na nana na.......i know the secret and you don't...... Really a creative bit of writing here........ This book was written back in 1986 i think and it is definitely one of his finest works..... If you do decide to read i urge you to resist the very real temptation to take a peek at the ending.......it will ruin everything........ Thank you Mr. Koontz for a fantastic read......

I may be missing in action around here a little more than usual as i'am trying to prepare for a party!  Oh i have been a visitor of Ms. Vanessa's Halloween Party for years and have enjoyed it every year. This year when she put the call out for participants some ghostly entity took control of my hands and i put my name in the hat....... So now i 'm figuring out how in the world i'am going to come up with a Halloween Party post with limited decorations and goodies....... But i'm up for the challenge ... i hope... and i will come up with something....... This year will be just a break the ice kind of thing.....you know.....Just Do It.... get my feet wet...... I find it encouraging that from previous years i know that some people go all out and some don't , shoot some forget...... so i know whatever i come up with will be okay. :)  If you interested just click on the picture up there.   Big big Hugs! deb

PS Did you see the finished fishy up there??? :)I'm linking to Paint Party Friday to show the finished fishy .....

......and Friday Sketches over there with Dion Dior.......

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My entertainment...........

..........while watching tv in the evenings.......... She's far from being a beauty or a masterpiece...lol but it has been great fun bringing her to life.....  The lettering says 'Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder'. 

The skeleton is of a cat! Totally cool or what?! Its my latest Halloween acquisition..... i try to add a piece of two every year....Now i worry someone will walk off with him if i put him outside...yes......he's that COOL! :) 

Aaaarrghhh.... i wish i had a lot to say........but you know sometimes the words are not there....... I wish i had alot to show you...... the crafts i'm working on right now are very tedious and i wonder how i got so many tedious projects going at the same time.......I'm hoping soon that i will have alot to show you.......... 

Until then thank you so much for stopping by. I just love it when you do......... I'm a little late to Elizabeth's Tea Party and a little early for Paint Party Friday but i hope some partiers are still blog hopping!  I apologize for this 'drive by' blogging.......some days are just like that... :) Hugs! deb