here comes Halloween

Well, here we are on the eve of Halloween,
and I have yet to share my decorations.

In a few days, they will be replaced with white pumpkins
until the Christmas tree goes up.

Is it just me, or are all of the holidays coming and going so fast,
they are all just a blur?

My photos are a little dark since it's been appropriately gloomy out.

This cute skeleton couple is my favorite find of the season.

Even Violet Ann got in on the fun!

Hubby and I will be handing out candy to all the trick or treaters,
and stuffing a sufficient amount of chocolate into ourselves.

Hope you have as much fun with the holiday!



in my Room

just hanging out in my room today,

playing in my journal,

playing in paints,

making messes, and having fun

hope you're having fun too!


halloween Swapping

For the first time in years, I'm so stinkin' excited about Halloween.
So, I've been playing in lots of spooky time swaps with MAMA.

Halloween Embellishments
(create at least 8 Halloween themed embellishments for our partner)

Halloween Altered Tin

Halloween Sushi Antoinette ATC's

Coffin of Goodies
(I hosted this swap)

A Tombstone Trilogy
(I hosted this one too. We created one tombstone for each of our three partners.)

Halloween Charlotte Doll Contest
I even made a little Charlotte witch doll to enter in the MAMA contest.

Are you a Halloween person?

If so, what fun things have you been doing?


a sweet pink Swap

I participated in a sweet little swap hosted by

Each month, participants create and send one card, one tag,
and something from their supply stash, using
the theme and color of the month.

October is pink! And the theme is Friendship.

Here are the sweet goodies I received from Deb

I love, love the card she created!
How did she know I'm a huge Mary Engelbreit fan?!!

I love the sweet little vintage girl on the tag.

And I'm just tickled pink with all these sweet goodies
for my scrapbooking and art journaling.

Thank you Deb for everything!

These are the goodies I made and sent to Jill.

This was a sweet little swap, thanks for hosting Linda!

If you are interested in participating in the November swap,
sign ups start today, October 1 thru October 5th,
or until there are 25 participants.

Pop on over to Linda's blog and check it out.

Have a great week everyone!



Still not doing very good at this blogging thing. I just
keep falling further and further behind. It's not like my life
is so busy or so crazy, I just move so much slower these days.

But, here's some of what I've been doing lately.

Made this corky doll for Robin....

and this corky doll for Terri.

Received this little beauty from Robin....

and this little beauty from Terri.

been taking this e-course.....

and this one, HERE.....

been using these....

for a fun project I'll show you soon....

hosting a coffin swap for MAMA....

and a tombstone swap for MAMA....

She listened to her soul...
and have been totally inspired by THIS woman's art....

To the Letter $18
enjoyed THIS online class so much.....

that I just signed up for THIS class.

I have decided that I really love taking online classes!

Been trying to get the house cleaned up *shudder*
so I can start putting out my fall decorations. One of these days,
I'm going to wake up and not already be behind.

I'm so excited that fall is finally coming. This is my favorite season!

Do you have a favorite?

Have a wonderful weekend!

hugs, debi


saying good-bye to Sugar

I didn't grow up with dogs, never wanted a dog,
and truth be told, I didn't like dogs.

Sugar was the one who changed that for me.

There is a saying about dogs 'leaving paw prints on your heart'.
It's true.

If I could hold it together long enough, I would tell you
all the wonderful things about Sugar. Like how she would ring
the bells on the family room door when she needed to go potty.....

or how when she was younger, she loved her blankies....

or how she loved to go wading in the water....

how she loved her little sister Molly, and trained her
to be a good girl just like her....

or what an amazing, and loving companion she was.

But my heart is breaking right now, so I will just say,

good-bye Sugar.

I love you, and I will miss you.


April 1998 - August 23, 2013


a shady Makeover

Another beautiful swap with the Marie Antoinette Mail Art group.

This time, we sent packages of beautiful supplies
to our partners to use in making over a lampshade.

Beautiful fabrics, laces, jewels, buttons, charms, etc.,
these are the wonderful supplies I received from Holly.

I had this vintage lampshade I had been wanting to make over.

After trying many different things, I decided to stick
with more of a simple finish. The beautiful vintage
dresser scarf was one of my favorite pieces from Holly.

Have a beautiful week!

hugs, debi