Feb 15, 2008

I Won! (more than once)

Broccolini - Created by Kristi at DeerLove

At the last moment, I heard about the "ONE Heart - ONE World" Giveaway being hosted by Lisa Oceandreamer at Heart of the Nest and Imagination Cafe (Art Blog). Close to 400 hundred creative souls gave away their heart rendered artwork! I recognized several of the participants, but the vast majority were new faces to me. My CURIOSITY led me to this event and then it wouldn't allow me to leave. I confess that I entered many Giveaways and, gladly, my name was chosen as a winner more than once. Here is what I have won...
  • The above mini painting entitiled, "BROCCOLINI"! Kristi at DeerLove described her as: "She's painted with Winsor & Newton watercolors on Arches paper." This little piece measures about 3" x 3.5" wide. Isn't she coy and charming?
  • Anja at Drobtinice in Slovenia is sending me a SURPRISE! I can't believe that I am receiving something from that region of the world! (Central Europe, eastern Alps bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Austria and Croatia.)
  • I will be receiving some FABULOUS CARDS AND TAGS from Julie Light at Fabulous Finds Studio!
  • And, I won the ROMANTICE COUPLE ATC (Artist Trading Card) from Robin Willis at Robin's Artful Musings.
Unless I haven't heard from someone (and I did have to retrieve a couple of emails out of my spam folder), I won 4 out of about 350 entries!

Feb 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day

May your valentines be vintage,
With memories warm and sweet;
Much like coins designed through mintage,
May LOVE craft a sparkling treat!

—By KJ (Karen June Miller)

Feb 13, 2008

Do you recognize this conversation?

Below is one of my favorite movie dialogs. I think it captures the flirtatious allure of womanhood. Do you recognize it?

Violet: [Walking charmingly past Mr. Bailey and 2 other men.] Good afternoon, Mr. Bailey.

Mr. Bailey: Hello, Violet. [A bit overtaken by Violet's appearance.] Hey, you look good. That's some dress you got on there.

Violet: [Smiling broadly.] This old thing? Why I only wear it when I don't care how I look." [She walks off.]

Sweet Simplicity - Valentine's Day

It's Valentine's Eve and I choose to K.I.S.S.! I've heard 2 interpretations for this acronym: Keep it Sweet & Simple, and Keep it Simple Stupid. I choose the first rather than the latter because "simple" precludes "stupid," and I've seen enough "stupid" on WE's Bridezillas, thank-you very much! One episode is an overdose!

Here are some ideas that utilize items we already have in our homes...

Wreath of Hearts - BHG The simple embellishment of a candle with a mini garland made of wire and paper hearts.

A Special Spark - BHG Baking embellishments find new pizazz under candlelight.

Bucket Full of Posies - BHG A new paint bucket takes on fresh charm when it's papered with decorative prints and filled with cheerful blooms.

Felt Fortune Cookies - Martha Stewart The how-to for this project is located at the above link. By changing the colors of felt, this can be used throughout the year. (Imagine how peanut butter cups would cozy up to tan, orange, and yellow in autumn.)

Feb 11, 2008

Valentine's from Tasha Tudor

Tasha Tudor's assemblage of artistic work is like a perpetual Valentine! How blessed that Tasha is still going strong at the age of 92! She and her family operate a website, Tasha Tudor and Family, which features everything Tasha, including personally signed artwork and dollops of inspiration.
Tasha Tudor Textile Print - Auctioned

Chickahominy - Tasha Tudor

Scroll down to the next post for an amazing praise report on "Today's Bouquets."