Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The one with the Cupcakes

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Today was cupcake day!! I have been putting them off for some reason, and I know I need at least 100 to bring to Bucktown, so today I got into Frostings and Sparkles mode. I enjoy making these so much, I don't know whay I always procrastinate with
them. Ah well :)

Some of these will end up as ornaments, and some will be put into F&S bakery boxes just for fancy-yum yums :D

These girls I made with some found boards, lots of paper, and glitter, I love them all, but doll is my favorite

Happy and safe Halloween to all!! xoxoxox

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Its funny...I LOVE Halloween. I love black and orange. Black and purple. Green and purple. Green and orange...I love witches and pumpkins, and candycorn...and I adore Glitterville's Halloween goodies. Love it all!

A few days before Halloween though, I am done. My son Brendan has a birthday on Oct.25th, and we usually have a Halloween party of some sort to commemorate it. This year we had about 15 kids, ages 12-14, for pizza, movies, waaaaaaayy to much sugar, and about 5 of them slept over. I'm so ready to move on to Christmas!

In the spirit of Halloween though, here are some pics from the party and my LIam and Annalise is their costumes :)

Ooooh, yeah...this is my brother Terry's girlfriend MaryAnn. SHe went as an 80's girl, I just love her costume!

Monday, October 22, 2007

The one where I'm SO glad to be back!

It is so nice to be sitting at the computer with a cup of coffee! My little monkeys have been taking turns being sick (and staying home from They were then off Friday for Teacher Institute, so I haven't had any computer time. Its great to be back, and have a couple of hours to myself again!

I've been just dying to blog about this...A friend told me about this new shop that opened in our neighborhood. She said that I would love it, and to check it out, that the stuff that they carry reminded her of my art. I walked in, and WOW, I wanted to live there. It is called The Hawk and the Butterfly and it is on west 111th street and Fairfield (if anyone out there is from Chicago/Mt Greenwood/Beverly.) They carry lots of gorgeous folk art, tables and tables of Bethany Lowe designs, lots of handmade goodies, and fantastic jewelry. I must have stayed for an hour, carefully going over every piece.

I first found this little crow, just so cute and wonderful (Joanna Parker...of course it's wonderful!) I greedily snatched it up to purchase, and then was struck by this adorable bunny. It was just the cutest, I had to have it, and when I turned the tag over, I was DELIGHTED to see the words...HipHopJingleBoo!! Of course I bought it, and I just luuuuuuuurve it!!

I did manage to get a little work done as well, and mailed out a few packages, here are my ladies Arden, Heloise, and Mathilde. They will make their debut at the Holiday ArtShow in Bucktown. Can't wait!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The one with the pictures of my new stuff :)

This was a thrift store find of a teddy bear house, that needed to be transformed

These are the cupcakes that are on the top of the Cupcakery piece

This is the cupcakery piece

These are some vintage glass ornaments that I found while thrifting, and it finally occured to me what I would do with them. I really love how they turned out!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

The one where I exhibit ADHD

LOL I think many artists have just a touch of ADHD, I know that when I get overwhelmed, creating and being Mommy and Wife and Daughter, my poor little brain goes into overdrive. I always feel like no matter what I'm doing, I'm putting off doing something else that's more pressing.

Working on my art? Isn't there a Science Project due?

Making a nice dinner (with real potatoes instead of instant, LOL) Shouldn't I be washing uniforms?

Hosting the 9000th birthday party of the year in my kitchen? The kids all need to have a bath and be in bed in 45 minutes

I wonder what I'd do with myself if I didn't have 30 things to focus on...I'd probably sit and worry about what the heck I should do, and then end up doing nothing *giggle*

Anyhoo, I haven't been here in a week, I have missed out on so much goodness, yummy pictures, gorgeous artwork, I can't wait to visit everyone's blogs! I've been so busy creating for my show, and trying to get everything ready, butI've got my orders shipped out, my auction item is gone, and now I'm here :)


Lovely Lucy from Sweet Repeats has given me the Nice Matters Award (sniffle) That was just lovely, Lucy has a gorgeous blog, her mixed media pieces are so spectacular, and she is a darling as well. Thanks hunny!!

In return, I tag LIZ, whose enchanting tutus, twirl skirts (OMG her twirl skirts) and DROP DEAD GORGEOUS purses make me so happy, and who is also having sweet baby #4! Brave girl!
I also tag SHANNON who is my darling friend, love her goodies, her cakes, her shabby chic style, she is just a love! Next we have TOOTIE She was the first person that I commented to in blogland, and the first to comment to me. She does just beautiful work, and is a great girl!

I was also tagged by Monica to do the Seven Random Things about me Here goes nothing!

1. I started dating my husband when I was 16
2. I love to sing, and act and dance!! I even keep karaoke CD's in my car
so that when I'm alone, I can sing!

3. I took improv at Second City (where all of my childhood idols started out) with
my Aunt Edie and cousin Lisa a couple of years ago. I have never had so much
fun in my life!
4. I have had Gastric Bypass surgery
5. I have HUGE feet, I wear a size 10, sometimes an 11!
6. I would rather make art than go out on the town!
7. My husband warns my kids not to stand still too long, "Or Mom will end up
painting you." LOL

OK, I tag my buds Michelle Legler, Mary Timme, Shelley , Laura and Aleta I always love reading what these awesome ladies have to say, and I look up to all of them.

Lots of pictures soming up, I've made 12 ATC's, a few dozen altered vintage ornaments, a few new cupcake pieces... Lots of random thoughts in this post!