Friday, October 31, 2014


Happy Halloween!  Can you believe this magical, wonderful holiday has arrived?  Even though the weather will be chilly and rainy for us in NE Ohio, should be fun with our son Cameron coming home for the weekend and a visit from my dad.  Last night was our annual pumpkin carving party, so here are some pictures.  Next year's party is planned for Friday, October 30 and there are standing invites for Anne, Wendy, Rebecca, and Robert.  Would love to have all of you here!

L-R:  My dad Jack, Kim Hardt, Chris, Briana & Elaine Thomas, Greg, Riley, and Julie Parent

 My dad and his very first carved pumpkin.  I was shocked when he told me he has never carved a pumpkin before!!!  I must have been switched at birth!

 The testosterone section.  My dad said he probably heard "like" and "dude" about 2,000 times.

 I just adore these ladies.  They are the sweetest, warmest artists around.  Julie Parent, Elaine Thomas, and Kim Hardt, you made it a fun evening.

 We tried to get all 14 pumpkins together at the end of the party, but as kids were leaving, so were their pumpkins.  Wish we could have kept them all!

 Chocolate kettle popcorn favors that went home with all of our guests.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hey Man

A Halloween Haiku

Sewn and stitched by hand
Spooky and dreamy he writes
 Magical delights

Meet Hugh.  He is a beatnik poet created by Etsy seller Monster Maud.  Isn't he sweet?  I love that crazy soul patch!  I'm eyeballing the devil doll in her shop, it's another cute one.

The little framed owl is by artist Suz Davis.  She has some fun Halloween pieces in her Etsy shop.

This owl ornament is a special order for a certain Halloween Fanatic.  Hope the trip to N.C. is a good one ;-)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Ornament

One more imp piece for the week.  This fella has been sitting on my painting table for weeks looking for a hat.  He found one in the form of a gourd.  His gourd party hat has been embellished with vintage orange crepe paper.  Head is created from a gourd and he has a dimensional paper clay nose.  His body is made from wood and a small black-and-white crepe paper collar.   

Wee! It's Halloween Ornament
8 1/2" h x 3 1/2" w

SOLD~ Thank you!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An Impish Grin

Just how do those pumpkins get such impish grins?  Imps of course!  This hand painted pumpkin gourd has Japanese mulberry paper inserts for eyes, nose, and mouth.  JOL can be illuminated with a battery-operated LED light.  Do not use anything with a flame...YIKES!  This will be the last illuminated pumpkin for Halloween 2014.

EMAIL ME if you would like to see larger photos of detail.

SOLD~ Thank you!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Prim Package

After driving home from Columbus, what a thrill to open a sweet Halloween package from Anne.  Look it how cute that package is wrapped and even has "KB" on it!  I can now say that I'm the proud owner of a Sheila Bentley original ornament!!!  Thanks so much for the generous and thoughtful gift Anne!  I will treasure it always :)


Here's another goodie from Anne.  She told me to check out Moongirl on Laika's official website.  This short film is adorable.  I just love all of their films, especially Coraline. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Freebie

Paper Whimsy has free Halloween downloads to make these cute banners.

Below are just some of the free downloads that are available.  Very festive!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Project with a Heart

A Pinterest inspired project that I worked on in August.  Super easy and the possibilities are endless.

-Dried twigs or small branches
-Wire (larger gauge (22 or above) for twigs since a thick gauge may break the twigs) & pliers
-Acrylic paints 
-Brushes or sponge applicators
-Craft paper or newspaper for template
-Thick marker for template
-Drill or Dremel 
-Small saw or bypass pruner to cut twigs/branches
-Sandpaper to remove loose bark and to distress painted twigs if desired

The natural state is pretty too.  If you want to paint, now is the time.  Once paint is dried, drill holes and run your wire to through each twig.  It helps to wrap the wire at least once after threading through hole.  This prevents the twig/branch from landing directly on top of the previous twig/branch.

That's it!  Makes for a nice afternoon project and a very inexpensive project.