Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Million Dollar Friend Award

Sometimes you cross paths with fellow bloggers that you end up getting to know beyond the posts on their blogs. Maybe from comments or e-mail conversations. Perhaps from forum art groups or ebay/etsy groups or swaps....
These friends are almost always distinguished in some way. They inspire, they listen, they share, they challenge or they just stand out in our blogging community.

I am thrilled to receive this award from sweet Brenda Wampler of Memories and Treasures,
who brightens the day and inspires wherever she goes. Thanks Brenda!!
So now I am supposed to pick four other bloggers that fit this bill, there are many, but I will list 4 that are most recent Million Dollar Friends.

Flora of Bone Head Studios who inspires with wonderful 'Works In Progress' of her art pieces.

Karen of Karen's Altered Dreamz who is a wonderful Soul Journal Sister!

Ruby Claire The youngest blogger I know, only 14, but has an old artistic soul!

Laume at Laume's Studio who always leaves supporting sweet comments....that's what friends do!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween "SOUL" Party

Welcome to my Soul Journal Halloween Blog Party!
My Soul Journal Sisters are having a Halloween party today!
Be sure to visit all of my soul journal sisters and friends by click on the link below that will take you to the host site...Kathryn the Collage Diva. There you will find the LIST of other blogs. Fill free to scroll and stroll down everyone's blogs to see all the wonderful Soul Journal pages shared over the last few months.

Soul Journal Blog Party (CLICK HERE)

Halloween is fun. It's a 'throw away all your cares and be a kid again type of holiday'. People really need that, what with the stock market and scary economy. It's a big make-believe holiday where it is ok to dress up and play along with the kids.
Decorating is enchanting, treats are yummy and who doesn't just love to be someone else for an evening???

Feel free to use any of the pictures TREAT!

Blog Candy Giveaway..... "EYE"let Candy
Okay, this is one giveaway you will DEFINITELY want to enter -visit Kristin Hubick at Reto Cafe'!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Vanessa's Party was Great Fun and it was sure fun to see where all my visitors arrived from!

Tonight I pick a winner of my Giveaway!!
The Winner is.....
Lynn@ The Vintage Nest

There's another Party on Sunday, so please stop in again!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Blog PARTY Giveaway

Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist (CLICK HERE) is the Hostess of FUN parties and this one is no exception! Looks like over 200 blogs so far have joined in, many with great giveaway Trick or Treats!
Don't miss out...visit her site to get the list and go blog hopping...oops
I mean, Trick or Treating!!

This 7 inch squared glitzy box is BIG and will hold alot of goodies for your lil'door-knockers.

All you have to do to win this, is to leave a comment after this post. I'd love to see where all the visitors are from, so add your town, state or country.
I will draw a winner on the evening of the 22nd leaving plenty of time for you to visit and in plenty of time to send it to you for Halloween!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Trick or Treatin'

Halloween....what a wonderful time of fun, costumes, masks, and scarey things that go bump in the night....oh and of course CANDY. I have always loved Halloween since I can remember. I grew up in Orange County, Calif where it was Very easy to fill a bag in just a few blocks. For my Grandsons, things are a little different. Growing up in the country where there aren't many people means your Great Grandparents had better live in TOWN in a pretty cool neighborhood for Trick or Treatin'.

The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1840's by Irish immigrants fleeing their country's potato famine. At that time, the favorite pranks in New England included tipping over outhouses and unhinging fence gates.
What I didn't know was....
The custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated not with the Irish Celts, but with a ninth-century European custom called 'souling'. On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for "soul cakes," made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul's passage to heaven. Kinda a twist to the Day of the Dead traditions of our southern countries, don't you think??

Sorry...just had to share.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Potions and Spells

A Potion is any medicinal drink. Witches, as the wise people of the villages, were very knowledgeale about the use of herbs and brewed potions to administer better health....kinda sounds like all the bottled health/sports drinks, don't it?
I found a great tutorial on making real looking Potion Bottles to display around your home at Witches Kitchen by DeadSpider.

A cool picture of Witch Hazel. I never knew what it looked like, so I surprised.

This book cover is eerie,eicky and easy. Wouldn't it make a neat guest book for your Halloween party or a place for all the Trick or Treat pictures?
Here's the link to the easy instructions at...
spell book how-to at Shadow Manor

Saturday, October 11, 2008

First Snow...already!

Where did Fall go?? Yikes! I think we are in for long Winter in these parts.
I took some pictures to share for you gals who are still enjoying the warm weather where you live.

Monday, October 6, 2008

6 Facts About Journaling...Tag

TAGGED! This is my first time getting tagged. That means
I need to list 6 random things...personal or otherwise...facts.
Well,let's see...I think I will share 6 facts about Journaling.

1. You can let your ideas and feelings flow freely, and follow them wherever they lead you.
Because there is no editing, revising, or structure to journaling, it is easier to put your inner critic on hold and get to the heart of what you are thinking and feeling.

2. People write what they need to know.
You will gain surprising and valuable insights into yourself as you journal, and again when you revisit past writings.

3. Journaling over time gives you a broader and more accurate perspective on yourself and your journey.
It is easy to be unaware of how long you have been grappling with a particular issue or challenge. Rereading journals from previous months and years will afford you a time perspective and allow you to see recurring themes.

4.Journals can be burned.
If you are uncomfortable committing your innermost thoughts to paper, journal and burn them. Although you will not get the longitudinal benefits of rereading past writings, the journaling process itself is still extremely valuable, and the ritual of burning the pages can be very freeing and releasing. Many pages are painted over for just this reason.

5.You get to decide who you want to be, and you can change your mind at any time.
Until you can grant yourself this personal freedom in real life, use journaling to try on different ways of being and expressing yourself. Write as though you are already the fearless, limitless being you aspire to be. Remember, journaling is risk-free and private. No one but you is affected by what you write. Your journal will not resist change or pressure you to be who it thinks you ought to be!

6.Intentional journaling can be a gift to others.
While most journaling is private, another form of journaling is done for an intended audience. Keep a notebook or tape recorder handy and record the thoughts you want to share with your children or grandchildren -- stories of the funny and touching things they say and do while they are still fresh in your mind, important family stories you want to share, and even those of your personal thoughts and feelings that will be meaningful to them later in their lives.

Now you know six random facts about me/Journaling, but there are many more.

The rules for tagging are as follows:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Thank-you Christy -Average American Girl for picking me.

I’ve selected a few Soul Journalers to tag. Here are my tagees:

Adrienne: A Soul Journal

Linda: Blue Eyed Girl

Ruby Claire.X

Jacky: Art4Moi

Altered Art Freak

Carol T's: Taylor's Textile Trials

Friday, October 3, 2008

Lexicons...Soul Journal

Lexicons....n.a special vocabulary.a dictionary.
Personal Lexicons....reaccuring elements or themes that define a persons art that makes it personal and unique to them.
I turned my pages the long way for this one as I wanted to make my 'altered route', my art name, Etsy, Ebay and my blog identity.

I sure enjoyed this journal prompt..thanks Katheryn!

I also decided to join in and have a Halloween Blog Party again this year. There's a logo on the right column to visit Fanciful Twist's site. Our Soul Journal group is also having one and I will be letting you all know the details in the near future.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Adventures in our own back Yard

These nice Fall days call for adventure hikes...had to share this cute pic of the grandboys pretending to hunt...too cute!