Saturday, May 28, 2011

Do I Need To Send My Monkeys?

Blogger, get your act together!  The first part of the week, I couldn't log on, and part of the design page was showing up in the header, and then I started seeing messages from others on Facebook, saying that they couldn't leave comments.

Earlier, I had no problems, but just now happened to see on a blog that I follow, that she wasn't able to leave a comment for my Give-away!  She mentioned my Cat In The Moon Blog, where I had left a link, leading here, and tried posting a new post there, and can't!

I tried leaving a comment on Judith's blog, Merlin's Magickal Mistress, and couldn't do that either. 

So, if anyone has tried to sign up for the Give-away, and hasn't been able to do so, then write to me at suzie.snowflake@gmail.com and I'll add your name into the cauldron that way.


If this glitch doesn't get fixed with the next day, I'll extend the deadline so that everyone who wants to take part, can.


So be aware, Blogger. .I've got my eye on you!!!






Thursday, May 26, 2011

What Kind Of Friend

Lives three states away, goes to Florida during the winter to get away from anything to remind her of the cold weather up here in the North, and while there, buys me something that she knows I'll adore. . .




And the very best part is that she tolerates me anyway!!  That's a BEST Friend, that's who!!!

Thank you SO much Pam!! He is going front and center on my Halloween tree!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Birthday Came Early This Year!

Before I begin my little tale, I want to congratulate David Everett for his Chicken Lips article in the current issue of Art Dolls magazine! Wonderful three pages! Well done, David!! (sorry for the glare. .shiny paper, etc.)




And about now, you may be asking why I'm mentioning this on my Halloween blog. .well, please be patient, I'm getting there. . . . .

Every year, I give myself a Birthday gift of a piece of Halloween art. .sometimes I even think that I've been extra deserving of more than one, but this usually happens during the exciting Fall months, during the month that actually includes my birthdate. .HOWEVER, last year, a piece caught my eye, that I fell instantly in love with, but circumstances kept me from purchasing her.  I followed her in photos from show to show, with a heavy heart, knowing that someone was going to snatch her up, and I'd give a sigh of relief, after the show, to see that she was still listed for sale on etsy.

In April, I received a little surprise windfall, and decided not to press my luck any longer. Within a few days, a nice box arrived, with this label on it.



After doing a Happy Dance, I proceeded to open it, and was met with a sea of peanuts, and a bright red envelope. .


With this card inside. .



After six hours of digging through the peanuts (ok. .I exaggerate, but it seemed like forever, when I was SO anxious, but being careful, so as to not hurt her), I arrived at some tissue paper wrapping. . 



Surrounding a well wrapped bubble wrap cocoon (I  had carefully opened it in the photo). .she was SO well wrapped, and prepared for the shipping trauma!


After huge hugs of greetings, I took  her on a tour of the house, and showed her, her new home, safe inside my glass fronted cabinet, where she is safe from kitty paws, and promised to provide her with lots of clover!  She wanted to see it right away, so I took her outside. .(she was hungry from her long trip!) I told her that I will cut it and bring it in for her, but she wanted me to take her photo, knee deep in the stuff.  She is SO adorable, how could I say no?



May I present, Ewenice, my very own Chicken Lips, Halloween Sheep! Now she is mine, all mine! I truly think that it was meant to be!  Thanks so much for creating her David! She is SO filled with happiness, she makes me grin, every time I look at her, so I'm keeping her out, to enjoy all year long!


May you all find a piece of art that makes your heart smile!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Mid Year Halloween Celebration & Give Away!

Joyous Midyear Halloween Greetings!!  Please look at the thickly layered dust as decorations in the making.

Some of you may remember that last year at this time, we were more than midway through a midyear celebration of Halloween, by trying to find vestiges or outright celebrations of our favored holiday, which is now only a little more than 6 months away.

I had fully planned on doing much of the same this year, with expanded plans to include other Halloween related ideas to start working on, for completion by October. I had planned on asking others to get involved too. .right up until May 1st, when I had to make the hard, sad decision to forgo everything this year. There is just too much else going on in my life right now, for me to celebrate in any sort of manner that would do Halloween the justice that it deserves.

And the fact that it is now May 21st, and I'm just now finding the time to devote to sharing, shows me that I made the right decision, no matter how much it tore me up at the time, to do so.

HOWEVER (and I do hope that you think that this is a good "However"), I had purchased something(s) to give away on May 31st, and since they are sitting here, jumping up and down, begging me to take their photo, and let them wing their way to a new home, I'm feeling compelled to listen to their demands.



So, I am offering a black bibbed baker's apron by Gravestone Artwear. It has two large pockets in front, and is approximately thigh length. Perfect for wearing while making Halloween treats, mixing papier mache, potting up some herbs, making soaps and lotions, or conjuring up a spell!

Also included in this give-away, is a well padded, orange and black cooking mitt, complete with black skull and spider webbed design.  A must for pulling those cookies out of a hot oven, or holding onto a hot handled spoon, while stirring a bubbling cauldron.

And last, but not least, to read while relaxing, sipping tea and sampling treats, is the newest book by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne, "Halloween Nation; Behind the Scenes of America's Fright Night". Published earlier this year, it covers not only some of the history of Halloween, but all of the aspects of why it is now so popular.  It is a fun and informative addition to any Halloween library. .or an excellent start to a new one!

If you would like a chance to win this give-away, the requirements are simple and the usual.  Please be a follower, and leave a comment on this post only, on this blog.  And if I don't have a way to contact you, please leave that info too.


The winner's name will be drawn on May 31st!  Good luck, and thanks for entering!