“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Thursday, February 22, 2018


This is for 
 "No matter what our differences are, we all look at the same moon."

The image of the lady is from Dezinaworld15

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day..

Helena and I tried to create a few little goodies..
I'm about 95 % unpacked and the last five percent is pretty much craft stuff..
I have to arrange and rearrange my art supplies..
kind of like a dog that is turning in circles
until it finds just the right position to lie down in, haha!
Helena made a couple of coloring book pages.


& this wooden heart to hang on the wall in my favorite color..sunset.

I made this sweet little conversation heart devil.

This next one, isn't brand new, but I think she goes well with today's theme.
'Let's all be unicorns' is felted and stands on a jar of "candy".

I made some coconut flour biscuits to have with our Valentine's Day Spaghetti dinner tonight.
They are super simple!
You need 1/2 cup of coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup of butter
4 large eggs
mix it all together
drop by quarter cup onto a greased pan
bake for 20 minutes.
you can add sweetener or salt, depending on your preference.
I added a sprinkle of salt and about a half table spoon of garlic powder to these.
When they come out of the oven you can top them with shredded cheese.

The other night I wanted cookies, so I made them with two packets of stevia powder and a pinch of dark chocolate chips.
 Well, I think I'm about ready for bed..
We have a tradition of watching the film
Pontypool on Valentine's day,
plus it's Spanky's birthday..it's been a year that Helena got him!
So we are baking a cake and he's getting a new toy:)

I will stop by to visit you later tonight.
Have a beautiful night.

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Storm of Stars...

This week the Three Muses Challenge is 'Umbrella'

Thursday, February 8, 2018


Sorry I've been away..January flew by.
Guess what? I moved!!!
I spent the whole month packing and moving my gigantic load of treasures, art supplies and clothes.
Gotta tell you, we have a lot of stuff.
Helena has no less than a gazillion dolls😀

I was in an apartment, now I'm in a house and I love it!
There's room for us to move around and! we have a yard!!!
 Something I have always wanted in my home is a tree. 
 It's never been possible because we have cats and
I'm afraid they will nibble on it
and either become ill, or ruin/kill the the tree.
 There wasn't any room before either...
I recently received this gorgeous 6' Ficus and it fits perfectly in the living room.
Isn't it pretty?!
Since it's artificial I don't have to worry about the cats eating it and it's never going to wilt.
It arrived in a long box and it only took a few minutes to fluff out and arrange the leaves & branches.
I took several photos to show the colors with the flash and without.
I think the variegated leaves look very realistic. 
Do you have artificial plants in your house?

This site has many different varieties of artificial plants and flowers to choose from.
I think a hanging basket of azaleas by the front door would be nice..

Anyhow, I have missed visiting everyone and really hope you are all doing great.
I'm still unpacking but it's getting there.
Can't wait to get back to crafting..I'll be by to visit soon.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The fish fly at night...

Take A Word challenge this week is 'Fish'

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Gingerbread Love

I hope the first week of the new year has been sweet to you!
We had a great time,
 there was a Stephen King  marathon,
We had  some fudge, a cheese platter and sparkling cider:)
I was asleep by half past😴
Now I'm ready for the next  holiday!

Yesterday our local classical station featured a live audio stream from the 
Metropolitan Opera.
It's one of my favorites..
'Hansel and Gretel'
I love it for various reasons..

2. I had the little golden book 'Hansel and Gretel' when I was a child💕
(which, by the way I just got for Christmas from these awesome girls!)
3.I love gingerbread cookies..
they're my favorite kind of ornament, doll, pillow, drawing or shape to collect.
4.When Gabriella was eleven, she was part of the gingerbread chorus
with Arizona Opera.
I helped organize a party given for the children on opening night
(making the decor, favors and treat bags, etc)
 I was dubbed, Gingerbread Queen!
lol, I even got a certificate.
It was a lot of fun.
5. The music.
Before it began, Helena and I made some gingerbread cookies.
 While it was on we made some cute little crafts..
It was beautiful as usual..and as usual I cried at the end..haha!
It really took me back...

  (via Pinterest)

I made this digital art to show you
what my house would look like if I could have it any way I wanted:)
I'd live there and make art and never turn any children into cookies..
well, maybe just the bratty ones! haha

 That's it for now....
I will be stopping by to visit your blogs very soon.
Thank you for the New Year wishes!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Now, that's a party!

This is for Take a Word..the theme is, Celebrate.

I usually do the same thing every New Year's Eve..
watch a movie, make a pan of fudge and hang out with my girls.
Nothing too wild..I certainly have never been to a party with a cat playing a banjo:)
Maybe next year!
I hope your night is fun, safe and entertaining.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Covered in books and stars

Three Muses challenge this week is Books..

"Books are a uniquely portable magic"
-Stephen King
Not very long ago, I had a dream about walking through a forest.
As I was walking, I kicked something, when I looked down
I saw there were stars on the ground..
then I noticed that the tree in front of me
was covered in books and stars.
When the wind blew through you could hear the book pages rustling,
it almost sounded like someone was whispering.
The stars were swaying back and forth like heavy fruit.
In order to remove a book from the branches, 
you had to ask the tree's permission.
I was extremely excited and thought perhaps I had died,
since I'd never seen a book tree before.
 (but have always wanted one)
Trying to decide what book to read first was my only worry.
It was amazing!


Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry, Merry Monday...Christmas time is here!

Thank you to everyone that stopped by, commented and did their own
Merry Monday posts..
I'm so grateful.
I hope you are with those you love and enjoying, no, basking..in the magic of the season.
That's what I'm going to do..
Santa brought me everything I need.
There's plenty of cookies and cake...

 and a couple of extra sweeties:)

I'm getting Christmas breakfast ready as soon as I'm done here & 'A Christmas Story' is on television.
I'm also waiting for someone to wake up and see what Santa brought her!

Thanks again, this was so much fun.
many hugs to you!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Monday, it's beginning to look a lot like it's supposed to look.

Welcome back,
It was cold last night..44 degrees! Finally!!
Now it feels like the holidays are here:)
It rained the other night too!!! It was awesome!
Next week is Christmas...
Are you ready for it?
We are pretty much done..
We have some last minute groceries to get before Christmas eve, but that's it.

Do you make something extra special for your family?
I make the usual, either ham or turkey dinner, but I always make
a cream cheese dip, It's so good!
Here's the recipe in case you'd like to try it:  

1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 8oz can of crushed pineapple (very well drained)
2 teaspoons of dried, minced onion
1 medium diced red bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon of salt
soften the cheese and blend in the ingredients.
 chill for at least an hour
you can shape it into a ball, then roll it in chopped cashews or pecans.

 I made another batch of the cake mix cookies on Saturday.
These were a funfetti flavor, which is just vanilla with sprinkles..

We also made this..
it's like rice krispy treats but instead of the cereal we use popcorn.
It's always fun to add food coloring..I thought it was going to be red but this is pretty too:)

I've been busy making gifts..
I always create something for my girls.
Most of the time, they put in their requests, haha!
I take breaks from painting and felting
 and make a few little ornaments for the little tree by my bed.
I tried to make this look like a snow globe.

These are my favorite!!

Aren't they adorable? they are all made of salt dough!
I colored the edges with a little pastels to give them a "baked cookie" look.
I'm obsessed! lol
Here's a great place to find the recipe
 These are our stockings..we officially have more pets than people here!

our tree..

Can you see my Kane angel ornament?
If you don't already know, he was my big, fat, gorgeous, kindhearted pit bull.
I lost him to cancer five years ago..there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss him.
I made this out of felt about a month after he left us. 
It's in my room year round, but during Christmas, it goes on the tree.

Remember the kitty?
She has a name now..
She has bonded with our monster cat,
We never would have guessed!
He's such a mean kitty to the others.
This is them, relaxing after ripping up some toys.

Spanky tries on a tennis ball hat.😂

A while ago, a friend of mine wrote me a short story.
It's called the 'Christmas Faun'
It's about a little girl (me) that meets the Christmas Faun deep in the forest.
He gives her a gift..it's the last wish he has left, one that he has kept for thousands of years..
One he has saved just for her..
it's in the shape of a very bright star.
The story is beautiful and wonderfully written.
It was given to me for my birthday and I was very surprised and moved by his thoughtfulness. 
I wanted to share it with you, but it is long and  most of these posts are already long, so
instead I made a little digital picture to show you.

Before I go I'd like to talk about a couple of really cool blogs.
I've followed these for a long time.
The first one is called Altered Book Lover
I've been following it for six years.
Not only will you will find instructions on creating your very own altered book,
you will be shown different art projects and techniques. 
There's plenty of tutorials to choose from.
I love this blog because Elizabeth shares both her artful success stories and her failures.
She's sweet and talented!
The other blog is called
(following for three years)
You'll find the house skeletons
Burt & Ivy
on various adventures during the Halloween season..
They always come to play on Haunted Humpday.
Other times, the gardens, the cathedrals and the visits to the fair are chronicled
and brought to you with plenty of pictures and history.
Hope you get a chance to visit these amazing sites.
they're both a lot of fun!

This week we are going to watch 'Meet me in St. Louis'
'Little Women' and 'Untamed Heart'
It wouldn't feel like Christmas if we didn't.

Do you have any holiday movies that you just HAVE to watch?

Well, I'm done for today, I will be back later this week and for sure
next weekfor my last Merry Monday post of the year..
Until then, have a magical week, stay safe and keep warm!!

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