November 20

Love This – Perch Glass Charms

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Are these adorable or what?

Just apply the suction cup base to your glass…

…and you’ll always be able to identify which one is yours.

Art Every Day Month – Day 20

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.

Native American Proverb

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November 19

In My Studio – November 19

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Here’s what’s happening in my studio…

My focus the entire month of November is the Art Every Day Month challenge.

I’ve committed to starting a “girl” painting every day of the month.

Most (probably all) won’t be finished, but I want to take this opportunity to start painting again.

My goal is to paint without much thought.

Just get the creative juices flowing…

…and see what girls show up.

I’m playing catch-up on getting my background canvases done.

This week, I painted four background canvases.

I kept them simple.

I’ll add more details and colors later.

Since I’m so busy with my girl paintings, I want to keep November’s “Try This” posts simple and fun.  I love making flowers, so all this month, I’ll do a different flower every week.  Last week’s flower was a felt flower with hand-stitched details.

Art Every Day Month – Day 19

Here is today’s girl…

Daily Inspiration

Music is the universal language of mankind.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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November 18

A Simple Little Post

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Last week, I changed responsibilities at work and this week includes the busy preparations for Thanksgiving, so my post today was going to be a simple little “Before” and “After” project.  But I forgot to take the “Before!” So…imagine a drop-front desk that is packed, every inch, full of stuff.

And here’s the “After”…

Art Every Day Month – Day 18

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.

John Barrymore

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November 17

Bram Stoker Awards

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My lovely daughter is writing a horror screenplay.  She’s asked me to read bits of it and give her feedback. Reading it has given me a hankering to read a good horror novel, so I was looking over the Bram Stoker Award winners.

The Horror Writer’s Association annually awards the Bram Stoker Award, named for the author of Dracula. First awarded in 1987, any work of horror first published in English is eligible for nomination by the HWA membership. Awards are given in twelve categories. The award itself consists of a 8″ replica of a fanciful haunted house, designed by sculptor Steve Kirk.

Below are the “Best Novel” Bram Stoker Award winners since 1987.  There was a tie in 1987 and 2005.  The novels I’ve already read are in red.  So what do you think?  Any suggestions from either the list or something you’ve read?  I’m ready to be scared.

1987 – Misey by Stephn King and Swan Song by Robert McCammon

1988 – The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

1989 – Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

1990 – Mine by Robert McCammon

1991 – Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

1992 – The Blood of the Lamb by Thomas F. Monteleone

1993 – The Throat by Peter Straub

1994 – Dead in the Water by Nancy Holder

1995 – Zombie: The Novel by Joyce Carol Oates

1996 – The Green Mile by Stephen King

1997 – Children of the Dusk (The Madagascar Manifesto, Book 3) by George Guthridge

1998 – Bag of Bones by Stephen King

1999 – Mr. X by Peter Straub

2000 – The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon

2001 – American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel by Neil Gaiman

2002 – The Night Class by Tom Picirilli

2003 – Lost Boy, Lost Girl: A Novel by Peter Straub

2004 – In the Night Room: A Novel by Peter Straub

2005 – Creepers by David Morrell

2005 – Dread in the Beast by Charlee Jacob

2006 – Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

2007 – The Missing by Sarah Langan

2008 – Duma Key by Stephen King

2009 – Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan

2010 – A Dark Matter by Peter Straub

2011 – Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney

Art Every Day Month – Day 17

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

Ambrose Bierce

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November 16

Even More Backgrounds For AEDM

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My challenge for November is to paint one girl painting every day.  I’m doing this for Art Every Day Month.  I wanted to have all my backgrounds done and ready to go on November 1st, but I was a few short…13 to be exact.  So, in addition to painting girls this month, I’m also playing catch-up with my background canvases.

This week, I completed four new backgrounds.

I kept it simple and basic.

I’ll add more details later.

Art Every Day Month – Day 16

Here’s today’s girl.  Every day, I’ll start a girl painting.  Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little or like today, a very little.

Daily Inspiration

 

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song in them

Henry David Thoreau

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November 15

School Memories – More Stories

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All this month on Thursdays, I’m writing down some of my school memories.  I’m doing this because I’m putting together my first little photo album.  Two weeks ago, I wrote down some journaling prompts and I’m going to use them to “free write” some of my memories.  My hope is that this will help me pick the stories I want to include in my album.  Here we go…

What did I want to be when I grew up?

I wanted to be an archaeologist, specifically an Egyptologist.  I had a book about the treasures of ancient Egypt and that’s what started my interest.  This was in junior high school.  I remember we were given a test to see what career we’d be good at.  I want the test to come back saying that I was best suited to be an archaeologist because I figured that would convince my mom that this was the career for me.  I selected answers that I thought would lead to that result.  So, the perfect career for me…FBI agent.

Who were my favorite and least favorite classmates?

My favorite classmate, my best friend, Ellen.  We met in kindergarten and we’re still friends today.  The first time I got in trouble at school was because of her.  Every day we had a “rest period” where we had to lay our heads down on our tables and rest.  We set a different tables and one day Ellen lured me over to her table for rest period.  It didn’t take much for her to lure me.  She was my new best friend and in the way of small children, I always wanted to be close to her.  Miss Cichowicz saw me, snapped her fingers at me and pointed me back to my table.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to deal with any bullying in school, but there was a little boy name Dimitri who made more than one of us cry in elementary school.  He made me cry by pushing me against a bulletin board.  From what I remember, the teacher was out of the classroom and he was acting up, so I got up to go get her and that’s when he got me.

What are my memories of my teachers?

I had good teachers all during my school years.  There were a couple stinkers, but no horror stories like I know some folks have.  One of my favorite teachers was Miss Smith, my fourth grade teacher.  I think we were her first class.  She was young, beautiful, stylish and an awesome teacher.  She was the creator of the Easter egg method of learning our times table that I told you about last week.  She made learning fun and was a great teacher.

What did I do during recess?

Hmmm…I remember getting blisters on the monkey bars.  Our playground had a lot of large oak trees and I can remember playing make-believe games around their roots, but I don’t remember anything specific.  I remember enjoying recess, but no standout memories.

Art Every Day Month – Day 15

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

“Be yourself” is about the worst advice you can give some people.

Tom Masson

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November 14

Try This – Stitched Felt Flower

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Super easy, super quick, super cute.

I made a four-petal paper pattern, then cut two pieces using two different colors of felt.

Backstitch around the pieces using one strand of embroidery floss.

Place one piece on top of the other…

…and add a button to the center.  A quick, easy flower.

Art Every Day Month – Day 14

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

William Shakespeare

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November 13

Love This – Wag N Swag FUN-raiser

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One of the things I love about reading blogs is learning about ways to help out people and pets.  Our friends over at Mayzie’s Dog Blog are hosting a fundraiser for the pets of Hurricane Sandy.

The FUN-raiser runs from November 12-17.  The proceeds will go to these 3 rescue shelters who have been working around the clock – sometimes without water or electricity – to help pets who have been through so much.

Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City

Posh Pets Rescue in New York City

Staten Island Hope Rescue

Here’s How it Works

Just click on this fundraising link and make a donation from now until this Saturday, November 17th.  You can pay with PayPal or a credit card.  That’s not all…when you make a donation you’ll be entered to win a super cool swag bag.  There’s one swag bag for kitties and one swag bag for doggies.

To learn more and see the prizes, click this link to read Mayzie’s post announcing the FUN-raiser and this link to read additional information and learn about even more prizes.

Art Every Day Month – Day 13

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.

Thomas Carlyle

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November 12

In My Studio – November 12

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Here’s what’s been happening in my studio…

My focus the entire month of November is the Art Every Day Month challenge.

I’ve committed to starting a “girl” painting every day of the month.

Most (probably all) won’t be finished, but I want to take this opportunity to start painting again.

My goal is to paint without much thought.

Just get the creative juices flowing…

…and see what girls show up.

I like to paint the backgrounds first, with no thought about what girls will go on them.

I didn’t start November with 30 canvases, so I’m still playing “catch-up.”  This week, I painted two background canvases.

Since I’m so busy with my girl paintings, I want to keep November’s “Try This” posts simple and fun.  I love making flowers, so all this month, I’ll do a different flower every week.  Last week’s flower was a puff flower.

I also had one of my card clubs last week.  We made a Christmas card…

…that was pretty inside and out.

We also made this beautiful card for autumn.

Art Every Day Month – Day 12

This is today’s girl…

Daily Inspiration

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.

Anais Nin

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November 11

2nd Annual One Stop Shop

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I went down to see my daughter at Purdue University this weekend.  On my way down, I stopped in Delphi, Indiana, to go to the 2nd Annual One Stop Shop.

The One Stop Shop was held at the Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center.

The Wabash and Erie Canal was the longest man-made waterway in the United States (468 miles).  It stretched from Toledo, Ohio to Evansville, Indiana and linked the Great Lakes to the Ohio River.  The canal era ended by the 1870s after about 30 years of use.  The Delphi section of the canal is the only remaining accessible Indiana portion which still has water in it.  I want to visit again in the spring or summer.  You can take a tour on a replica canal boat and there are a lot of wonderful hiking trails.

I didn’t pick up much at the One Stop Shop, but I loved the photographs by Aaron Hutshell.  Aaron is an Indiana photographer who captures the beauty of our home state.  I purchased two of his photographs…one of a sunset with a farm silhouetted against the horizon and another of a sunset at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana. Aaron is not only an exceptional photographer; he and his wife, Patricia, are establishing a not-for-profit organization, The Slave Project, to help the victims of human trafficking.  This is of interest to me because after reading The Blue Notebook, I wanted to find out more about groups that seek to help these victims.  I look forward to learning more about Aaron’s organization.

If you prefer Facebook, here are the links to Hutsell Photography and The Slave Project.

Art Every Day Month

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. Most won’t be finished, but I’ll get something started…a lot or a little.

Daily Inspiration

Givers get given to.

Russell Simmons

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