October 31

Try This – Backgrounds 12-14


Tomorrow is the start of Art Every Day Month.  I plan to paint one girl a day, so I’ve been preparing my background canvases these last two months.

This week, I prepared three background canvases using the same stencil.

I started with three pink canvases…a light, medium and dark.

On the lightest canvas, I used a variety of colors.

On the medium canvas, I used a lime green.

On the dark pink canvas, I used red.

Super easy, but interesting.

Daily Inspiration

Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting.

Peter Finley Dunne

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October 30

Love This – Tide Pods



I don’t usually get excited about laundry, but I love these Tide Pods.  We purchased a bag when we went on our vacation to Dewey Beach, and I was hooked.  I’ve always liked Tide laundry detergent, but the real appeal of these for me is the design…they’re easy to use, neat & tidy and smell good.  I also love the super cool container.  Laundry just got a little bit better.

Daily Inspiration


What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.

Yiddish Proverb

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October 29

In My Studio – October 29


Here’s what’s been going on in my studio this past week:

I prepared five canvases using a the same five colors on each canvas.  I’m focusing on canvases again in October because I’m preparing for the Art Every Day Month challenge in November.  I plan to paint a “girl” everyday in November, and I want to have the background canvases pre-prepared.

The September/October project for the Blogsville Ladies Crochet Society was a Granny Squares Pillow.  These two squares are my best effort.  I struggled with the granny squares.  Lynne, the organizer of the Blogville Ladies Crochet Society suggested I checkout some YouTube video.  I think that’s a great suggestion because I’ll be able to see the crochet stitching in motion and figure out what I’m doing wrong.  You can check out the Society’s creations here.  November’s project is “you pick.”  We can make anything we want.

Each month, I’m making a yarn vase for the 2012 Creative Color Challenge.  The color palette for October was Woodgrain.

Daily Inspiration


It is not revolutions and upheavals that clear the road to better days, but revelations, and lavishness of someone’s soul inspired, and ablaze.

Boris Pasternak

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October 28

Two Nice Things


This was supposed to be a post with the “after” photo of my current organizing project…cleaning out under my kitchen sink, but I didn’t get it finished, so I’m going to postpone for a week.  In the meantime, let me tell you about two nice things.

I received a lovely little package from the UK.  We have the USPS, our friends across the pond have the Royal Mail…it just makes the mail so much more elegant and interesting.
Inside was this lovely bag from Winnie of Winnie’s Dog Blog. 
Winnie had a drawing for the bag to celebrate friendship.  It was made by Winnie’s mom’s friend, Carol.  Carol and Winnie’s mom work together on a charity calendar in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research…Burton Calendar Girls.  Thank you, Winnie and Carol.  I love it! 
I also joined new eBay group called Sue’s RAK Group.  Sue writes the blog Graceful Greyhounds.  Sue started this group to spread a little kindness.  Once a month, you send a card and, if you wish, a small gift to another member of the group.  Ideally, the gift and card should be homemade, but no problem if they aren’t.  The gift shouldn’t cost much…just a couple dollars (or pounds). You can do this anonymously or put your details in the card.  Since I belong to two card clubs, I thought this would be a great way to put those cards to work and make new friends.  The group just started, so if you’d like to join, you haven’t missed anything.  Just email Sue at songsongblue@live.co.uk with your eBay ID and she’ll send you an invitation.
Daily Inspiration
Because that’s what kindness is.  It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.
Andrew Iskander

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October 27

Be The Change For Animals #BTC4A


I’m participating in the Be the Change for Animals Fund-Free Fundraiser.  For every tweet and blog post featuring the #BTC4A hashtag (short for Be the Change for Animals) from October 22-27, Petco will donate $1 for rescue pets – up to $5,000 – at BarkWorld!

You Can Help!

Participating is super-easy!  Here’s what you need to do:

  • Tweet this now through Saturday, October 27th at 11 AM (EST) :

Rescue pets receive $1 from @Petco at @BarkWorldExpo for each #BTC4A tweet from Oct 22-27! Learn more: http://ht.ly/eEls7

  • Blog about what rescue means to you, now through Saturday, October 27th at 11 AM (EST) and add #BTC4A to your post title. Include your post link (not just your domain) in the blog hop list below to be counted. Bonus: Each time your post is tweeted, you’ll earn another dollar for rescue pets!
  • BarkWorld attendees can nominate their favorite no-kill, 501(c)3 rescue or shelter at the Petco booth through Friday, October 26th!

I thought it might be fun to ask Freedom, Casper and Nikki what they thiought were the most important “improvements” to our lives since adding rescue pets to our home.  Here’s what they had to say:

Nikki - You never have to worry about oversleeping.  Every morning at 5 am, I will wake you up.  I promise.  Toss that alarm clock out.

Freedom - You get to add new adjectives to your vocabulary.  I’ve been known to get a little grumpy when Casper trolls my bed, so when mommy gets crabby with daddy, daddy says, “Now don’t go all Freedom-ish on me!” 

Casper - You make new friends and can have sleepovers.  Plus, we have friends all over the world, thanks to blogging.

Nikki - You learn new math… 1 jingled leash (intentional or not) + 3 pairs of dog ears = 3 dogs going crackers.

Freedom - You have a place to funnel all that pesky extra money…toys, collars, coats, leads, beds, greyhound vacations, vehicles large enough to transport 3 dogs in the comfort to which they’ve become accustomed…things like that.

Casper - You become a very good speller.  G-O…T-R-E-A-T…W-A-L-K…O-U-T…words like that.

Nikki - You learn what chillaxin’ looks like.

Freedom - You don’t have to put us through college.  More money for hedgehogs!

Casper - You become the most amazing, incredible, exciting, missed rock star on the planet every time you come home.

Freedom, Casper & Nikki - You truly and deeply get to ponder the question, “Who rescued who?”

Daily Inspiration


Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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October 26

A Bunch Of Canvas


If all goes well, I’ll be painting a few background canvases this weekend.

Bunny, of Tales and Tails, mentioned that she noticed I was missing “pink” backgrounds.  Bunny…you have been heard.  Pink canvases coming up!

Daily Inspiration


Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude!

Miley Cyrus

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October 25

School Memories Album – Part 3


 I’m putting together a “School Memories” album.  I spent time this week looking at layout templates.  It’s probably just “beginner jitters” but I feel like I need a roadmap.


You can make yourself crazy if you look for too long because there are millions of ideas out there.  I found this picture on A Cherry On Top.  Hopefully this will get me started.

Daily Inspiration


There is little success where there is little laughter.

Andrew Carnegie

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October 24

Try This – Backgrounds 7 Through 11



I’m getting ready for November’s Art Every Day Month.  I plan to paint one girl a day, so I’ve been preparing my background canvases these last two months.


I realized I had better step it up  because I would like to have 30 canvases started by November 1st, and I only have 9.  Yikes!  I decided to make 5 canvases this week, using the same 5 colors. 


I used four Martha Stewart Satin paints…Beach Glass, Green Curry, Sea Lavender & Pollen and one Ceramcoat paint…Trail Tan.


Once I get painting the girls, the backgrounds may change…a little or a lot.


This just gets me started.  16 more canvases to go.

Daily Inspiration


The wings of hope carry us, soaring high above the driving winds of life.

Ana Jacob 

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October 23

Love This – Susan Boyle


I love Susan Boyle’s voice, her music and her story.  Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer who first came to the attention of the world when she auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.  As of today, the YouTube video of that audition has 107,000,000+ views.  Currently, Susan has 3 CDs and a new CD Standing Ovation (The Greatest Songs From The Stage) is being released on November 19, 2012.  I can’t wait!

On a funny note…When I first typed this out, I typed “Currently, Susan has 3 albums…”  Albums!

Daily Inspiration


Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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October 22

In My Studio – October 22


Here’s what’s been going on in my studio since I’ve been back from vacation…


My niece hosted a card making workshop. 

We made seven cards.


All using Stampin’ Up! products.


Each month, I’m making a yarn vase for the 2012 Creative Color Challenge.  The color palette for September was Dusky Sunsets From Spain.


Daily Inspiration

 Bittersweet October.  The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.

Carol Bishop Hipps

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