An Invitation

Please come join me over at my new web site.

Due to recent bugz I moved Blue, Purple, and Scarlett over to my own domain.

I tried to bring my WordPress subscribers along, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it.

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Hope to see you over there!


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Candy Corn Art

Somethin’ strange is going on with my blog!

I’ve been searching for some of my previous fall posts and I can’t find them. It’s like they’ve disappeared!

As you can imagine this has me a little frazzled.
My husband decided that the safest route would be to switch over to a dot com. I’ve never really had a desire to do this, but I’ve become more concerned with preserving my content.
So my blog may be on the blink for a day or two this week while the change is being made.

*These photos are some that I found in my old ‘fall art’ folders. I’m positive  I posted these back in 2009, along with another similar post,  but I couldn’t find it anywhere. So here they are again…my daughter using candy corn for a lovely garden picture.


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October Treat

My kids thought the arrival of October called for a special treat.

And so you have what could be the first ever decuple stuffed Oreo cookie…

Hope you’re having a sweet weekend!


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Vintage Wooden Spool Toy

I have a dozen or so of these old spools that belonged to my mother, so I went through them and tried to find one in good shape to alter.  I wanted to turn one into a little match-up toy.

I apologize for not having all the process photos for this one..I worked on it really late at night and the photos wouldn’t have been that great.
It was fairly simple…I had some little clip art images of Victorian children. I picked 4, colored them with pencils and cut them out.

I removed all the thread on the spool and cut it in half (with a lot of help from the Mr.) and then sanded the rough edges.

I cut and adhered some pink papers for the background and then cut the children in half (oh my!!lol)

Then I glued them along the edges. The top and bottom of the spool were covered with some parchment paper stamped in script.

Taking some sturdy wire, I threaded it through both halves, down through a pink pearl bead,and then back up through two more beads at the top, wrapping the end of the wire down and around under the bead.

I took some white string and wrapped it around the top and bottom of the spool, gluing it into place with some craft glue.

My daughter loves this. As simple as it is, there’s just something about it that makes you want to pick it up and spin the spool, matching up the little figures.

And I don’t think it’s too early to say that these would make sweet stocking stuffers!


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Candy Corn Queen 2011

She started out as a sketch on tracing paper, just like last year. I decided on an Elizabethan style queen and  initially sketched out a castle along with her….but I changed my mind on the castle later on.

After the basic sketch was done, I made a copy of it, and began drawing in all of the details of her costume, adding candy corn wherever I could.

Instead of a crown, I drew a rose that matched the rose pattern on her under-dress, and put it in her hair

I cut her out, made some more copies, and started playing around with some different color combinations.  It’s amazing how many different ways you can color something with just black, yellow, and orange.

A more serene background, with a large moon and birds flying in the distance, allows the queen to become the central focus of the picture.

I think I might need some better glasses! Good grief, I was going cross-eyed coloring these tiny candy corn!

At this point I thought she needed something else to make her costume fancier.

Then I remembered “Hello Doily!” I ordered this stamp from Stampin’ Up a few weeks back and hadn’t used it yet.

Is this a gorgeous stamp or what?

It was the perfect size for a layer of lace behind her collar, and a single section of the doily became a small lacey fan.  It’s so cool when stuff works out like this!

Used my extra small x-acto knife to cut out her finger just enough to ‘hold’ the fan handle.

Used some ‘Black Soot’ Distressing Ink to color the background. These inks have become one of my all time favorite products ever, I use them constantly.

Now she seemed complete in all of her candied splendor…..she just needed a little SPARKLE.


She’s finished! And I hope you have some fresh candy corn to enjoy this weekend!

You know I do.  🙂


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Photo in Somerset Life, Winter 2011


That’s what we say down here in Texas when we’re super excited.

One of my photos is featured in the new Somerset Life!  This photo is from my post on Red Velvet Strawberries and takes up the entirety of page 130!

I’ve been so busy this week.  I counted eleven appointments in my calendar! I’ve had a little time in the evenings to work on a fun drawing, though.

The 2011 Candy Corn Queen is coming along now. Just a few more finishing touches and she shall be revealed, arrayed in a very appetizing frock!


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Chalk Board Tablecloth and Chalk Ink Markers

What do you get when you take one chalkboard tablecloth and some Chalk Ink Markers?

A really cool way to decorate your craft table for Autumn!

We often work on arts and crafts projects together at this little table. My young artist claims the larger half.

Welcome Fall!

(I bought our chalkboard tablecloth from FreckledSage, and Michael’s craft stores sell Chalk Ink markers.)


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Photos of Costume Jewels and a Tarnished Spoon

I’ve been working on the vintage spool challenge for Somerset Life and I’ve got a few ideas coming along…. but I  keep getting distracted. Like today for instance.  I pulled out these costume jewelry bits and pieces and wound up taking pictures of them the entire time I had to work on stuff.

Yep. That’s all I did.

Put pretty stuff on spoon, take pictures of pretty stuff on spoon, edit pictures while listening to Gypsy Kings.

Not a bad evening, really.

I hope I’m not the only one that gets so easily distracted!

And I hope you enjoy the pictures!


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Dancer in White

I was sorting through some scraps and happened to notice one in particular. It had a really nice oval shape of torn paper left on it….

Sometimes, your trash can be so inspiring!

I found an old sketch of a dancer on vellum. We did a unit years ago on the Impressionists and I had drawn this when we were studying Degas’ dancers.

I cut her out and she fit nicely on the page…

Now for the fun part! I was cutting pages out of a book (one of those wierd things mixed-media artists do) and I came across these two illustrations.  The textures in the drawings are what caught my eye.

Cut out in sections, these penciled textures looked perfect under the dancer, just peeking through and giving the illusion of fabric.

And for the hair..

This part of one of the illustrations looked just like a crown to me…

I just kept playing around with these materials for a while until I like the result. I also added some little white flowers…

Beautiful quote about dance…

Have a beautiful week!


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Moonlight Maiden

I used Derwent Colour Soft pencils and ZIG Millenium pens to draw this maiden in the moonlight.

I’m not a big fan of the scary stuff this time of year. In fact, the only witch I’ve ever been fond of is this one.  But I do like to draw and make things that come along with this season: large yellow moons, colored leaves sailing in the breeze,  wise looking little owls, portly pumpkins of every size, and lots and lots of candy corn.

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of autumn with your favorite things. Have a wonderful weekend!


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