The Power of Meditation

I've learned a few years back that the more things you have to accomplish in a day, the more time you'd have to spend in prayer or meditation. Meditation centers a person's energy, making him/her more focused and better aligned with the universe, which in turn makes him/her accomplish more things in a given period of time.
When you meditate, you become more efficient and productive because it

A handmade Halloween

I've been crafting up a storm. No pun intended with the bad weather heading towards my favorite city New York. If you are in the weather please stay safe and dry...
 I'm taking part in  Joanne's a handmade Halloween matchbox swap over at vintage dragonfly....  it is still open if you'd like to join us.Here's the link
We have to make at least four handmade items to go inside our matchboxes... what fun! I went a little crazy...but what's new. 

So I have a creepy hanger.......

Good witch tags.......

A treatful ATC

A booful cotton reel witch

And a haunting mini book.....
and I'm not finished yet .I have at least two more items I want to add to my matchbox.

Here's still time

I 'll close the sign up on August 30th. So if you would still like to join the rest of the good witches there's still time just follow this link

some cute fall art

My thoughts are turning to fall, I love this time of year the weather starts to cool in the evening, you need a light covering on your shoulders and the trees start to turn... there is nothing to match the beautiful of a fall day; the pumpkin oranges and sunflower gold leaves against the blue sky  ... I'm itching to pull out my fall decorations...

I been working on my post for the gypsy dream blog party,  but also my post for the practical magic blog party hosted again this year by Anna at Frosted Petunias.. The button is on my side bar if you'd like to join in the fun and I do mean fun... I had few to many midnight margaritas last year... drinking and bloomstick riding do not mix. 

The Halloween tin swap

It's time for another swap,  it's coming up the Halloween... so I'm thinking an altered Altoids mint tin swap.... Think witches , cats and crows etc.

If you are interested email me at BLISS.WDA@GMAIL.COM with what you like   dislikes-favorite Halloween colors, skeletons or witches, creepy or cute-you get the idea. Do you like vintage, gothic, cutesy or are you a combo? so i can better match up partners...
The sign up will stay open until the August 30th

 Mailing day is October 1st so everyone gets their tin before Halloween night...

Please take the button to spread the word...

Please use a 50g tin not the smaller tins.. you can use it as is with the lid or take the lid off to make it in to a shrine... or add a hanger is up to you...  

So are you ready for a Frightfull time?

Met Gracie Lu

This is Gracie Lu. I made her today from a paper mache dress form, a dolls head. I had to laugh, Mr. O thought I was crazy when he saw me walk in with a baby doll under my arm.. I brought it from Walmart.. this morning.. But with bit of sanding, a coat of gesso and paint and she looks as if she's been loved for years..the dress form is collaged with handmade paper and flower images.... I added my favorite quote... "what care I for human hearts, soft and spiritless as porridge. A faerie heart beats fierce and free". I cut a heart shape out of the dress form and hung a heart shaped charm...

 Mr. O said that she looked strange and needed something.... I had to agree  but what?... of course wings and a crown.

 Mr. O said I should try a streampunk faerie next... Mmm "Hey where the car keys I need to go to the craft store"

tAKe A MInT TIn oR tWo

Mr. B is back at school , Mr.O starts next week . The house quite, so time and peace to play... But what to make... Mmmm! how's about an altered mint tin shrine...or maybe two.

Too Much Water in My Mouth

I had a bizarre dream this morning. I can't remember most of the details but I know it involved a lot of water and a very wide mouth.
The water was coming out of a hose and was being poured (but not really swallowed) into my open mouth and I was doing this willingly. I didn't feel like drowning. I knew that I just had to keep pouring water into my mouth otherwise, someone's life would be at

Everybody Loves Lucy

Today is the centennial birthday of America's First Lady of Laughter-Lucille Ball. It really is true that everyone loved Lucy. She was a TV staple when I was growing up. I saw a lot of the (now) vintage shows she did with her real-life first husband,  Desi Arnaz .

Lucy made it okay to laugh at adults when I was a kid. Unlike Ozzie Nelson, or Robert Young-both perfectly fine examples of TV fatherhood in the 50's and 60's- Lucy was an adult goofball. She had a never-ending line of get-rich-quick schemes going, and would do anything to get in on her TV husband Ricky Richardo's show, despite her apparent lack of talent. Another thing that stands out to me now was that the show was done in good taste. There were no cheap shots at the expense of others-no ethnic jokes, no jokes about handicapped people. The only concession was Lucy making fun of Ricky's thick Cuban accent- and then it was only Lucy who could do the ribbing, and it was done with lots of affection.

The character of  Lucy was funny and endearing- and to this little red-haired girl, she was gorgeous. I don't remember seeing any other actress with flaming red-hair other than Lucy. To an odd-ball red-haired kid whose entire family was short, stocky, olive-skinned and dark-haired, she made it okay to be different. It's a shame that many people today only remember her for her days as Lucy Richardo, because she was a brilliant actress and a gorgeous woman who had been a model in her earlier years. Lucy's career included a radio show, My Favorite Husband, which was the inspiration for the I Love Lucy TV show.

In her early years she was a contract player for one of the major movie studios and appeared in many movies as both an uncredited actress and as a character actress. At one point she made so many sub-par movies she was known around Hollywood as the Queen of the B's, and allusion to the quality of the films. Lucy went through four incarnations of her own show, with the plots adding and subtracting supporting characters and the plot varying slightly each time to spotlight the veteran actress. Her portrayal of a homeless woman in the made for TV movie Stone Pillow was a marvelous performance, one which I remember over 25 years later.

Thank you, Lucy, for a lifetime of laughter...

More ATC's

More ATC to show and tell...I was inspired by the wonderful images from Lisa's altered art...  I made a set of four all with the same theme "fly"   

It's ATC time

You would think as I run a blog to swap ATC's that I would be making them all the time. But I realised apart from when I taking part in the Blissfull ATC swap I don't make many ATC for myself... I think it's because I think of them as gifts to give away and not keep for myself...

Today I pulled out paper, images and played... I love it when I get time to just do that...I made my swap for the blissfull swap.. The theme for August is FOOD... and when I think of food my mind goes to my favorite.. Cake....... birthday , cupcakes, Angel food cake , sinful chocolate, red velvet, coconut..  Do I need to say more... I've banned myself from buying the cream cheese cupcakes from Pubilx because quite frankly I can't stop at one.... so it was a no brainer that my ATC for this challenge would be about CAKE...

So here is my ATC for the swap, I hope my partner loves it... and then as I was on a roll... I made two more.. with thoughts of fall and Halloween... I made my good witch ATC's.

I going to keep one but I'm offering one to you... yes you! the first person to tell me the name of  good witch in the Vampire diaries series gets one of my good witches ATC.....clue she's best friends with Elena and Caroline......  Good luck!


Images from land of Nod

Once upon a time......

A pretty lady  ( that's me) sat down to play with her new toy ( my sons old but new to me laptop) looking forwards to the many hours spent blogging and playing with her digital art, loading  her photos to do new blog posts ... When suddenly with out notice, a error massage came up saying that she needed to backup the hard drive was crashing...... A small,wee voice came from the doorway  "See I told you my laptop was old  and it was going to break and its a good job we got my new laptop yesterday"....said the wee voice. ( Mmmm I smell something fishy going on)

So I'm back on the PC which I hate because I wanted to be in my studio while on my blog .. I had visions of taking my laptop outside to post  ( okay maybe not today as it's nearly 100 outside but you know what I mean..... I felt the freedom of blogging in the open air, bees buzzing, the wind blowing ) okay ,okay I know I'm getting off the point........... 

The point is I'm once again laptopless

Anyway I made some art instead of moaning about the death of my new/old laptop... the  child image is from Terri at Pringle hill studio... Have a great evening

Elenin, the Bringer of Destruction?

I have been meaning to update my Wiccan blog. A lot of things have been happening lately that I wanted to share but they just didn't seem important enough until I read about Elenin. I've been fascinated about astronomy since I was a kid so I knew I just had to find out more about it.
When I googled about it, almost 2 million searches popped. Woah! This must really be serious!

Anyway, so far,

Take a word challenge ... song

This is just one of my favorite songs . I love the Beatles  so it was hard to choose just one

Fool on a hill
by the Beatles

Day after day,
Alone on a hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he's just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning 'round.

Well on the way,
Head in a cloud,
The man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud
But nobody ever hears him,
or the sound he appears to make,
and he never seems to notice,

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning 'round.

And nobody seems to like him,
they can tell what he wants to do,
and he never shows his feelings,

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning 'round.

Ooh, ooh,
Round and round and round.

And he never listens to them,
He knows that they're the fools
They don't like him,

The fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning 'round.

Round and round and round
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