Monday, November 30, 2009

The Fab Miss B!

This month's featured etsy blogger is The Fab Miss B!

"I've always loved to paint, draw and make things with my hands. My art is inspired by travel and adventure, fairy tales, Roald Dahl books, every color on earth, Christian Dior, street fashion, humor, old timey music and Marilyn Monroe. I have lots of fun making pipe cleaner ornaments, illustrations, greeting cards and banners every single day."
Becky's two shops are just brimming with fun!  Look at this lovely vintage brooch packaged in a hand made box from The Fab Miss B!

Becky Kazana makes vintage inspired chenille pipe cleaner ornaments one at a time, just for you, such as Corine the pipe cleaner dancing girl.  

Be sure to visit Becky's BLOG which is " is a sketchbook I fill with the inspiration I find around me everyday."

Becky Kazana

photos by Becky © 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Two little kitties have come to play at our house for Thanksgivng!  Meet Tigra and Edward Bunk.  They are adorable 3 month olds who love to gallop about the house and jump everywhere.  My two cats are very skeptical of these visitors.   The little kitties will run up to them and touch noses--very cute. 
...wishing everyone a most wonderful Thanksgiving!
photo by Cara Freije © 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

dreaming of snowmen treasury!

This treasury contains beautiful and amazing creations You really must see for yourself!
Link to the treasury is HERE.  However it will expire in a couple days.
row 1 (across): 
Little Miss Create
paintingfromthe heart
row 2 (across):  
row 3 (across):  
row 4 (across):  

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Thanksgiving is the most wonderful celebration!  It is a time of family love and togetherness.  It's my family's favorite holiday.  This year, we might:

Besides Thanksgiving fare, my family loves to cook.  We'll spend many happy hours in the kitchen creating, talking, laughing.  (photo of vegetable soup)

hike in the woods  (behind my backyard)

play games
Check these links out!
1.  Yehuda-Top Ten Board Games 
2.'s Top Ten Free Board Games includes links to more games
Nectar Collector by Animal town Game Company was independently published in 1978.  Have fun while learning about honeybees. Maybe you will become the "Super Beekeeper!"  We played this game with our children when they were young, and brought it out again a couple years ago.  We had the most fun, laughing and laughing! 

have our own wine tasting
go to a movie
visit friends
go on  a photography shoot (Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park)
rest and play with kitties

This is for the etsy bloggers' street team

photos by me © 2008-2009 (except for photo of board game)
PS  Blogger is being very persnickety, and will not let me place elements where I want them!

1.  I'm featured on Linda Pruitt's blog!  (angel earrings)  
2.   I'm in  a treasury, too, thanks to The Goblet!       See it HERE! (holiday cheer earrings/3rd row down on left)
3.  I'm in another treasury!  This one is by Irina Photography.   See it HERE!   (T shirt, bottom right) 

Thanksgiving in the USA is always the 3rd Thursday in November.  This year it is November 26 which also happens to be my brother's birthday!

Monday, November 9, 2009

card for Jaimie

It is very painful to even write about the events that happened to Jaimie.  It hurts my heart just to think of it.  Here is a little bit of information. 
Mont Vernon is a very small town in new Hampshire.  On the night of October 4th, 2009, Jaimie Cates and her family went to bed.   Four local teenagers armed with knives, broke into their home and brutally murdered Kim (Jaimie's mother) and seriously injured 11 year old Jaimie. They chose the home for no other reason than its location, and for no other purpose than to bring harm to the occupants. It was a senseless, random crime that shook the small town and much of the state.
More information and links to a news article:
(scroll down to near the end of the entry) 
and HERE
Erin and Denise are raising cards for Jaimie!

my card (click to enlarge and see detail)

cardstock:  hot pink, black
handmade paper
Stampin' Up stamps:  Kanji, Bamboo
DP Artworks stamp:  swirl background  online shop  blog
a little note:  I have personally met Deena a number of times over several years.  In addition, our booths have been next to each other at a yearly November craft show.  I will also vouch for the high quality of her stamps!

opaque pigment gold ink
black ink
gold metallic thread

cuttlebug textile on black paper, over-inked and edged with gold
The words--tranquility, harmony, love, and wisdom (inside) express my wishes for Jaimie.

Virginia's card
To read about this project and 3 other special projects, see my blog post HOPE.
PLEASE:  Click on the Spread the Love button on the right side side of my blog for more information and to send Jaimie a card. 
photos by me © 2009
PS  I am featured on a BLOG for comments on blogging.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Idaho:SkyWatch Friday

LINKS to past SkyWatch posts by me:
Pagosa Springs Colorado
Glacier Skies Montana
Sunset Over Cupecoy St. Maarten, NA

For more skies, visit this blog,  and do join in!

photo by me © 2008

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Echinacea: Today's Flowers

Echinacea purpurea (coneflower)

Named for the prickly scales in its large conical seed head, the herb resembles the spines of an angry hedgehog.  Echinos is Greek for hedgehog.

See more of Today's Flowers HERE.

▪ attracts bees, butterflys, birds
Native American medicinal plant, used to treat upper respiratory tract infection.  Echinacea contains several chemicals that play a role in its therapeutic effects--polysaccharides, glycoproteins, alkamides, volatile oils, and flavonoids. (Science is not in complete agreement on its effectiveness.)
perennial which blooms mid-summer through early Fall, zones 3-9, full sun to part shade  (I grew mine from seed, and it has very slowly self-seeded over time.)

photos by me © 2009