Wednesday, December 31, 2008


After an evening of carefree whimsy, the clock strikes twelve and the disco ball falls. 2008 has come to an end.

May 2009 bring you creative ideas,


endless energy,

etsy sales

cover art on a Somerset publication

and catch you
Running With Scissors
and paper, and glue, and paint, and yarn and....

(sculpture art by Sammystuff, paintings and sketch by hubbie...Dave. Face with helmet from Cirque du Soleil)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


"WARNING: Do not attempt to pick up this pen."

Still haven't written out those New Year resolutions?
Only one day left.
My first one is going to be:
I will no longer wait until the very last available minute to begin something.
I still have til tomorrow, then I'll write out the rest!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Port Costa, CA

I drove to Port Costa, California with my friend Marie. She owns a great shop here in Napa called, Ferrini Gallery. It comes up on my cell phone as "Ferrini Gal", which I think is really funny. Ferrini Gal has a blog registered, but has yet to post anything. My goal is to get her and GlamMa into the blog world this next year. Both are way to creative to keep their talents to themselves.
Ok, back to Port Costa. After driving a narrow and windy road to the very end and park,
I see this...

And this...

And this...

Peak into this...

And arrive here...

Can you guess where we are?

We are entering into the fantasy world of Wendy Addison, the "queen of silver German glass glitter"!
There she stood behind the counter, next to the vintage cash register. Quietly weaving together a gold and silver dipped, foiled and carved leaf wreath, she warmly greeted us, walked over and hung it on the door.

Thursday, December 25, 2008


It's actually not the night before Christmas, it's the Night of Christmas.
The house has the reminders of projects strewn throughout every room. Not a clean spot in sight. I never got it together this year. Burbank Baby, feeling sorry for Mom and wanting to receive the "Favorite Child for the Day" award set up a tree.
Well, almost a tree and almost ornaments and almost an angel for the top. The ornaments are unfinished paper mache balls and the angel is still in kit form.
This pretty much lets you know how ready for Christmas I was this year!
In spite of disappointing HGTV and Martha it still was a wonderful day.
Merry Christmas
to all my blog buddies and may God bring blessings to you all.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker ballet rings in the Christmas season. Glam Ma and I went to see it in the city .
That would be San Francisco in "Nor Cal" talk.
The Snow Queen was exquisite

and images of Sugar Plums still dance in my head.

Sugar Plum vision Quest by Heck of a guy

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Beggars gift

When you're a child of the 60's, mushrooms are know for there ability to enhance a psychedelic experience .
This is characterized by allowing one to obtain creative exuberance of the mind, liberating it from its "ostensibly ordinary fetters".
Enjoy the following
psychedelic experience
with me.

Kathryn Ivy gives free instructions how to knit them.

Karissa Cove sews up bowls of them.

Elsa Mora, better known for her papercuts, is also accomplished in "anything she touches!" paints and felts them.

Barbra, at Craftsty woodcuts them.

Odile, at Woollyfabulous buttons and zips them.

Bella Dia stitches and stuffs them.

Vanessa, at A Fanciful Twist designs them with "creative exuberance" and she's too young to be a 60's child.
Go here to download her free holiday gift tag.

And I stitch, stuff, cut and glue mine to "liberate my mind from it's ostensibly ordinary fetters"!
Actually it is the "beggars gift" I set to Kari at ArtsyMama.
Do you know why?
Click here and find out!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's awesome

What I did instead of grocery shopping today!

"How does she do it?", you ask.


I am so not kidding. It is Awesome!

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Tree Angel, I mean Faerie

If you haven't seen the Nov/Dec 09 issue of Somerset Studio it's a, "curl up, cozy read with a bit of drool added".

What made me pull it off the shelf was the artwork by Peter Clark.

I am so intrigued by college work and the use of "free"...I mean, "recycled" or the new and better term "up-cycled material".

A garbage can, a bottle of Aleene's® glue and I'm good to go!

Another great project featured in the magazine is a "Holly Angel" by Marsha Williams. (I've looked all over but can't find Marsha on the Internet. If you know of contact info for her please let me know.)

So I grabbed the glue and started digging in the "yellow bin" (I have a bin for each color) and here's what I came up with.

Burbank Baby and I decided to do a Saturday workshop here in Napa so we put some kits together. The left over ones I've put for sale on Etsy.

They are packed with goodies and come complete except for the Aleene’s® glue. All colors are available.

This is a great gift for those friends that purge everything because they won't already own all this cool stuff! Also great for after the holidays, just rename her a tree "faerie".