Saturday, August 27, 2011

Life is a Whirlwind right now....

 I think I've spent one of the busiest weeks of my life this past one, trying to catch up and just "do" things I've wanted or needed to do. There was the garage sale to get ready for, finish these paintings, finish a batch of Santas which I will have to share in another post....

 work at Roxy's most of the week, pick blackberries and process them, More work at Roxy's....

 I re- worked the face on this gourd bust, but am debating making him look bronzed.....

finishing this little pumpkin guy, texturing and painting my living room walls.....still need to finishing glazing them, and then tonight I will need to clean....whew! I have one Halloween piece to finish, another Santa, and then it's sculpting on rest for the wicked.....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Queen Cucurbita Maxima, Ruler of the Pumpkin Patch!

All hail the Queen Maxima, ruler of the pumpkin patch! She reigns with a gently but firm hand. She's looking for a place to hold her Harvest ball, so if you are willing, she would love to make your "castle" her new home! You can view her at ebay.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Christmas Song Quiz & Giveaway - The Winner!!!!

 I was going to start by stating that it's been quite a week, but I'm beginning to notice they have all been like that lately. No excuses though, it's time to gather all the names and write them on slips of paper.
 Then they go into the hat, cute isn't it? I draw one name out....ooooh, who will it be???? Oh golly, this is exciting.! ;-0
 The winner is Denalee!!!! Thank you so much to all of you who participated, and those who left comments in general! This was fun, I've learned that I'm not as thorough on thinking rules through as I need to be, but hey, all in all we had a good time!
So now I contact Denalee and let her know that she won! I'm thinking she will choose the Santa ornament as I know she collects them, but watch, she will surprise me and pick the little pumpkin guy. For a fun and friendly blog stop by and see what Denalee is up to over at Silver Strands.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Christmas Song Quiz & Giveaway Part 5 Final...

Those are a lot of eyes staring at you.....heeheee! I will keep this short and sweet tonight as I have some clean up to do. The drive to Spokane was lovely! I want to take my husband up there soon. For now, let the games, Those of you who have played are amazing! Here are your final 4:
17. Behold! I envisioned a trio of nautical vessels.
18. Listen, the winged heavenly messengers are proclaiming tunefully.
19. A joyful song relative to hollow metallic vessels which vibrate and bring
forth a ringing sound when struck.
20. As the guardians of little woolly animal's protected

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Christmas Song Quiz & Giveaway Part 4

I must be a glutton for punishment. After running 3 1/2 miles I came home and finished the trim on the roof of the garage, patched some repaired holes in the house siding, (ugh, renters!), and then got a wild hair to repair the walls in my living room and paint. I pulled off all the baseboards and window trim, taped the seams and cracks, and slathered joint compound all over the walls.  Tomorrow we are driving to Spokane to go to the temple and then I will be back hopefully in time to paint. Friday is my first day tending the store for Roxy, a gallery owner who is running down to her sister's to help with her BIL as he had back surgery today. I will get the opportunity to set up and work on my sculpting and painting while tending the place, and plan on making the most of it. If you have a moment, check out some of the amazing hand crafted furniture and such she has here - Roxy's. Friday night we are having a Shelf Reliance demo at my place, so I must get the walls done and things put back together before folks show up. Gee, think I have enough to do? Well, it's fun and games time as 4 AM comes very early....

13. Uncouth dolt has his beezer in the booze and thinks he is a Dark Cloud's boyfriend.
14. Far back in a hay bin.
15. Leave and do an elevated broadcast.
16. That exiguous hamlet south of the holy city.

Have a great night all!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Christmas Song Quiz & Giveaway Part 3

Today started out with a bike ride, and then I held my breath as I climbed our 18 foot ladder to finish the trim on the back of the garage. It wouldn't have been quite so bad if the ground the ladder stood on was level, but it's in an alley where there are boulders here and there, weeds that have been matted down, and it appears that while we are gone, someone likes to use our side of the alley to dump their junk. UGH! So, I crept up the ladder and fastened the paint bucket to one of the rungs, and gingerly reached upward to paint the areas that hadn't gotten done two years ago. Long story, but hey I finally got it done! Whew! I didn't even drop the paint bucket, well okay not this morning anyway. Yes, it hit the gravel in front of the garage when I was working there tonight. Almost done, have one easy side to do, yay! Oh and some touch ups as I got yellow on the red. Ooops! Then it's on to the living room. It's bugging me to death to see the scuffs and marks from a renter and our house sitter. Besides, I want to feel like I accomplished something here this year. So tomorrow I will tape and mud cracks and seams, and then texture and paint, whoohoo. I did get some work on creations done as well, it's fun what you can do with a light bulb. I will be sealing this little guy and some other pieces before antiquing. Okay, I'll stop's the next clues......
9. 288 Yuletide hours.
10. Do you perceive the same longitudinal pressure which stimulates my auditory sense organs.
11. The red-suited pa is due in this burg.
12. Stepping on the pad cover.

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Christmas Song Quiz & Giveaway Part 2

 I bet you thought I forgot, huh?! Well no, but here's how my day went. At 4:45 this morning I got up to well, you know, and as I got back into bed the phone rings. "Who could that be? Oh, my Amanda!" So I pick up the phone, "Hello? Helloooo?, Amanda....answer the phone!!!!! AMANDAAAAAA!!!!" My daughter had done it again, she was out for a bike ride in the wee morning hours in Fairbanks, and she accidently speed dialed me. Happens a lot. I think she might need to find a different number for me. So I tried to go back to sleep, but no dice. I went for a run, almost 3 and a half miles, and then came back and canned cherries, some rhubarb and cherry, raspberry, rhubarb and cranberry conserve. Don't they look yummy? After that it was time to go outside and see what damage I could do out there.
I pulled weeds around my berries, unstrangled the hold some netting had on my plum tree, and knocked some wasp nests off the garage peaks so I can paint the trim when the weather warms up. I watered plants, came back in, showered, lunch and time to paint. Here's the progress I've made, and somewhere in this pile is the giveaway piece. Hmmmmmm, which one will it be? Then I had a widow neighbor over for dinner, and went for  a walk to work off the dessert we had.
Now, more fun and games! I boobooed yesterday as I forgot this posts on the Hive as well. So all you Hivers who might want to try and take a stab, I will count the first right guess on the Hive as well.
Okay, here's today's 4
5. A B C D E F G H I J K M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z.
6. Present me naughty but dual incisors for this festive Yuletide.
7. The smog-less bewitching hour arrived.
8. Exuberation to this orb.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Christmas Song Quiz & Giveaway

Santa let me know that he didn't want this to be just any old post. He thinks we should jazz things up a bit. Sooooo.......
We want to have a little give away, because we love you! So here it is, we want to offer a cute little Santa ornament, he will be a surprise, perhaps posted later on in the week. Here's the quiz....
How many Christmas songs can you identify?
1. The apartment of 2 psychiatrists.
2. The lad is a diminutive percussionist.
3. Decorate the entry-ways.
4. Sir Lancelot with laryngitis.

Here are the rules:
1. Each day for 5 days I will post 4 song prompts. Name as many songs as you can and post here.  The first person to post all the right answers wins for that day. If no one gets it all right, then the closest will be the winner and if I have to I will do a drawing for that day to choose that person.
2. You must be willing to send me your mailing address so I can send your gift to you. 
3. You can only send one answer each day so think these out carefully. 
4. You must have fun! Okay, get those thinking caps on. There will be 5 winners to draw from so your odds are pretty good that you could be THE one in 5 to win. Good luck.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Country Style Santa, or is that Primitive, Rustic, Northwoods?

 I googled Northwoods Santas and guess what?! My Santa listing on Reasons to Believe came up top of the list. Wow! I'm going to have to give Scott a high five for that one! Anyhew.... Santas come in all sorts of shapes and styles. Fat, skinny, tall short, round, smiling or serious, or even frowning!
Color themes vary from  the ever popular red and green, to purple and gold, blue and white and all shades in between. This Santa has a touch of Victorian with his long robe and flocked greenery, but goes country with the leather belt and homespun ribbon on the wreath. He's a bit rustic  with his wired on arms, and Northwoods with the vine wreath and birdhouse with cardinal, as well as the driftwood he's made of. So no matter your Christmas style, this handsome fella will fit in well. He stands 19 inches tall. He's ready to find a new home, so if you are interested please send me an email and I will paypal you. $175.00 with free shipping

Monday, August 1, 2011

Muuuwaaahaaahaaahaaa....he's dooone!

"Did you move him?" , "No, I didn't, I thought you did!" , "What's going on here?!" I don't know, but it's probably time to find a home for Jack. He has been showing up here and there, and I'm not moving him, sooooo......
 He can be found on ebay