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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Small World of Inchies - Halloween

Anyone visiting looking for the inchie link...please go here;


Thanks for stopping by, and sorry about the confusion!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

A totally accidental picture taken of our cat Turbo and it turned out so spooky, on Halloween of all days. lol

It will be a quiet evening for us here as we don't get trick-or-treaters out where we live. Most rural kids go into town to trick-or-treat, or to carnivals at local churches and schools. I suppose those activities are viewed as 'safer', but it seems that we've taken some of the fun out of Halloween.

I remember as a kid going out with my parents, knocking door to door, gathering goodies in my bag. I always looked forward to dressing up, and it was something that thought went into for weeks.

People talk about how dangerous trick-or-treating is now, the possibility that someone might grab a child (wasn't that always a possibility?), and the safety issue of the goodies in the treat bag as well. That was an issue when I was a kid too. I vividly remember being told not to eat anything until after we got home and my parents could inspect it. Back then no one offered to x-ray the candy for free, it all had to be inspected visually and by hand. And I was never allowed to eat candied apples or popcorn balls or anything else that looked homemade. Sadly, the threat of a needle being in something was a serious issue even then.

In our last neighborhood there wasn't one smaller child without a parent alongside. Though the child would go up to the porch alone (unless really small), parents were never far away. My parents were always close by too. It's was not only a matter of safety, but they didn't want to miss my trick-or-treating experiences. If I had kids, I wouldn't want to either.

Have a Happy Halloween, whether you're out and about with your kids, at a structured function, or just sitting at home waiting for the ghosts and goblins to ring the door bell.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Theme Thursday - Vintage

Great theme at Theme Thursday this week!

My ATC is made up of various layers. I found some great black sparkly tissue paper today, so that's the background (thought the sparkles don't show that well in the scan), layered on top is a cellophane bag with black scroll work. The photo is one that I found at a local antique store. I edged the top and bottom with a silver leafing pen.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Under the weather...

I've often wondered where that term came from, and why it's used when we feel sick. Being me, I had to look it up. lol This is what I found;

"Under the weather" is a nautical term that originated in the British Navy. When a sailor was ill, he was kept below decks, and thus, under the weather.

At any rate, I've been "under the weather" the past couple of days. I caught a bug from some place, though I'm not sure it started out that way. I don't usually get colds unless I'm run down, and I didn't feel run down. Then again, sometimes we don't realize it until we're sick I guess.

My head hurt off and on for a week. Not a steady or pounding headache, just a dull ache at the top of my head and occasionally behind my eyes. A typical sinus headache, which I get quite frequently, especially at this time of year when the weather is up and down. On Saturday when my nose started running non-stop I finally had to admit that I had come down with something. At first I thought it might be a sinus infection, and it may have been, but it turned into a full fledged cold. I was hot, then cold, sneezing, then coughing....(which didn't help my head any). I didn't feel like doing anything and I basically didn't, though I did push myself enough to do dishes and a couple of loads of laundry.

Just for the record, there is absolutely nothing on network tv in the afternoon (if you're not into soaps or court tv - which I'm not). I couldn't sleep because every time I tried I started coughing, and my head hurt too bad to read.

When hubby came home he brought take-n-bake pepperoni pizza from Papa Murphy's and cough medicine. lol After eating some pizza and taking the cough medicine I was so sleepy I could barely keep my eyes open. Thankfully sleeping wasn't a problem. Once I got to sleep I managed to stay there, and I woke up able to breathe and feeling pretty good. I'm still coughing a bit, but I feel much better today.

It was a gorgeous day too, sunny and mid 60s. It's supposed to be quite a bit cooler with the possibility of rain moving in by Friday. I guess fall had to come some time.......And fall in Oregon often means rain.

Even with not feeling well I managed to take a few pictures.....The camera lens is often my 'third' eye, seeing more intricately than the naked eye.


The theme at TMTA - Staples.

A little 'outside the box' in that the ribbon embellishment goes over the actual ATC size requirements, but...

Mixed Media Monday

The theme - Lock and Key.

This is an ATC (3 1/2" x 2 1/2"). The photo is one I've had in my stash for a long time. I used rivets on the keyhole plate, and though it doesn't show in the scan, the key is raised to give the piece some dimension. The alphabet set is from studio g. The alphabet squares (which I cut out individually), the key and keyhole, and the edge of the atc are antiqued with sepia tone ink.


Appropriately enough, the theme this week at Inchy by Inch is Halloween....And I found out today (Nov. 1) that the theme at Small World of Inchies is also Halloween. I'm cheating a bit by adding these into that challenge as well.

I had fun with these (aside from the scanning - the middle one has raised jewels on it so didn't scan very well). I drew the spider web on the last one. I'm getting really good at spider webs! lol

Monday, October 27, 2008

Saturday's Workout

The Bandana Technique is the theme this week at Saturday's Workout.

I plan to put some words on this piece, but for now just wanted to get it posted up.

I enjoy this technique, but have yet to find a pen that works as well as I'd like. I use acrylic paint and a brush (and other tools). If anyone has any pen suggestions please pass them on! I've tried a gel pen, a Painters pen, and a Galaxy Marker. The Painters pen works pretty well, but it's got a thick tip so I can't do fine line work with it.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Photos

Taken Sept. 30th in Tillamook/Cape Meares Oregon

Make a Moo or Two

The theme is Tone in Tone.

Sunday Postcard Art

The theme this week at Sunday Postcard Art is Trick-or-Treat.

I used spider background paper, drew the web free hand, and added other elements, including jewels for the spider eyes. I think it turned out 'creepy'. lol
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