Monday, August 31, 2009

Here's the Charades contest for September!!

How it works: I post art from various Etsy shops and each photo represents one word in the title, in the correct order. In most cases (but not all) I will ignore short prepositions (a, an, the).

The prize: A drawing will be held from all comments submitted for a free gift with free shipping from my shop. For this feature, your prize will be $15.00 toward your choice from my etsy shop. Also: The first person to submit the correct answer, in addition to being in the drawing, will receive another small gift from my shop, perhaps a gift card or an ACEO or some other surprise.

Want to increase your odds? You can be entered in the drawing up to three times: (1) Take your guess, (2) In a separate comment, tell us your favorite artwork from one or more of these shops, (3) In a separate comment, tell me you signed up to follow my blog. The winner will be selected by random number generator.


HINT: Classic Country

Struggle-11x15 Giclee Print by miriamclimenhaga

The Eyes Have their Silence ACEO by anotherbrightidea (Unpublished)

Buddha Cries A Leaf 12X24 Mixed Media Original by ZenDotStudio

Silver Rain - Vibrant ORIGINAL Fine Art Painting - Blue and Shimmering Metallic Silver
by hwinfield

Go ahead - take a guess!

About "Eat Pray Love"

I was so excited about posting the winner for the August Charades contest that I didn't tell you more about the book that was the answer. (As if you hadn't heard about it already over the past 2+ years!)

According to Wikipedia:

"Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia is a 2006 memoir by American author and memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert. The memoir chronicles the author's trip around the world after her divorce, and what she discovered during her travels. As of March 2009, the book had remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for 110 weeks."

And, no surprise, it will soon be at your local movie theatre, according to this post:

"Julia Roberts, wearing a floppy straw hat and blue cotton dress, was spotted filming in the Piazza Navona looking like a comfortable American tourist. She is on location in Rome to film the first part of the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” (Mangia, Prega, Ama in Italian) from the book by Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia."

Stop by tomorrow for the new Charades contest.

August Charades Winner!!

We have a winner in the August "Let's Play Charades" contest! The winner is:


Jen-Jen is one of my favorite online friends who is going through some tough times these days, so I am very pleased that she won. I truly hope this will bring some much-needed cheer to her and her loved ones. Congratulations, Jen!

In addition, Jodi guessed the name of the book, so she'll be getting a surprise gift from me. Jodi's shop has some gorgeous beaded work: Stop by for a visit.

Congratulations to both of you.

Stop by tomorrow for the September Charades contest. I'm going to try to make it a little more challenging this time. Game on!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

"Charades" Almost Over

Have you commented yet in the August Let's Play Charades contest? There's just a few more days left to do so. Even though the name has already been guessed, you can still comment to be entered in the drawing. AND take a look at what the pix were and what the answer was so you have a better idea what to look for in the September contest. Be warned, though - I'm going to try to make that one a little tougher ...

And oh, by the way ...
Summer’s lease hath all too short a date. - Shakespeare

... enjoy the last weekend of August.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


The winner for the giveaway – that beautiful drawing "Idle Hours" by Stacey of Artsnark – was picked by random number generator:

And the winner is:


Congratulations, Lynne!
Thanks to all of you who commented about the interview and the gorgeous drawing by Artsnark for our double giveaway. It’s always so fascinating to me to get to know the artist behind the work and Stacey proved to be a most intriguing and unique personality, not to mention an incredibly talented artist. This double giveaway was the most fun for us, and I hope to do more of these in the future.
Thanks, Stacey, for being such a great online friend AND for being such a wonderful artist!

If you are an artist, please contact me ( if you would be interested in participating in something like this in the future.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Three nice things for a Happy Tuesday!

First, a reminder: You only have until noon this Thursday to be entered in a drawing for this gorgeous piece of work by Artsnark. Read about it here: And after you have commented, pop over to Artsnark's blog and post a comment there to participate in the drawing for one of my "liquid" prints.

Second, the Design Style Guide team is now featuring Giveaway #4 until September 2. The featured artist is Joan from The Gift Hutch - and you will want to enter to win a $30 credit and free shipping from her shop. Here's two examples of her beautiful work:

Strawberry Style Hanging Lavender Sachet

Mustard Designer Tailored Pillow

Enter the contest here:

Coincidentally, I was the number 300 heart for her shop and Joan is sending me a sachet from her shop as a gift! I'm so excited - I told her to choose which one so I can be surprised. Thank you so much for your generosity, Joan! To view her shop:

The third nice thing is I found another great artist, The High Plains Knitter, who used one of my prints (Liquid Peach) for her newest treasury, PEACHY BLUE. I love the colors in this treasury! This copy doesn't do it justice - you have to take a look. I never had any luck trying to learn how to knit, so I'm in awe of someone who does as great a job as this: TheHighPlainsKnitter

Happy Browsing!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Fantastic Giveaway This Week

You only have until noon this Thursday to comment and be entered in a drawing for this gorgeous piece of work by Artsnark. Stacey is one of my favorite Etsy artists and I was thrilled to be able to participate in a giveaway with her. Read about it here:

And after you have commented, pop over to Artsnark's blog and post a comment there to participate in the drawing for one of my "liquid" prints.

And, by the way, have a great week!

"Idle Hours"

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Treasury

I'm featured in a new treasury with my "In the Light of the Moon" digital collage print. This treasury was created by one of my favorite online artists, Klaire at MysticSilks. The treasury is called Moonlite. Isn't it delightful? Stop by, visit the artists, and visit MysticSilks. But hurry - it expires in about 20 hours.

And don't forget to comment to win a free drawing from Artsnark or a digital "liquid" print from me. See the links on the right to enter >>>>>>>>>>>>.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Contests and Giveaways

I've added a new note in the right column >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
that tells you any contests and/or giveaways currently featured here or on other sites that I'm involved in. Stop by each one to see entry requirements. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In the Studio with Artsnark - with a Giveaway!

Today I’m in the studio with one of my online artist friends, Stacey of Artsnark Artifacts. Stacey and I belong to a few of the same Etsy teams (VAST and DSG) and she is one of my more faithful blog followers.

Stacey is featuring me on her blog today as well ( And we are BOTH offering giveaways. I'm offering your choice of one of my "liquid" digital collage prints along with free shipping.

But first, sit back and enjoy my visit with Stacey of Artsnark Artifacts, an interesting, uniquely talented artist.

FK: Tell me about yourself, Stacey.

When I was little, someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I answered "Eccentric!" (I was a weird kid). I've traveled a path filled with odd jobs, wonderful characters & interesting places. Some of them find their way to ArtSnark's Artifacts.

FK: You are a very busy artist! How many shops do you have?

Art -
Supplies and Vintage -
Steampunk/Assemblage Supplies -
Blog -
You can also find me on DeviantArt, ZNE, Creative Souls and at Arts On 9th in Tampa, FL

FK: I love your drawings. Actually, I’m very jealous because my drawings suck. Your drawings just pull me in –they have mystery and such depth that they make me want to know more about the subjects. And I love the quotes you put with some of your drawings as well. Tell me a little about your artistic process.

Art, like nature, is organic. It is constantly evolving. Experimenting with a variety of techniques and mediums is an integral part of my creative process.

For many years I had no interest in color. I was more about the shape & feel of a thing. Charcoal drawing was a meeting point for my two favorite art forms, sculpture and photography. While drawing, I preferred to use my hands rather than brush or pencil. Working the charcoal with my fingers lets me “feel” the image. Although the final product is 2-dimensional the process is similar to sculpting. I have a few of these drawings posted over at

While I have always been enchanted by light and shadow, I only became interested in color about 7 yrs ago through nature photography and alternative photographic techniques like Polaroid transfers.

FK: You have so much going on – do you ever suffer burnout?

About 6 yrs ago I hit a dry spell. I hadn’t realized how much I missed making things until I started again in Feb 08 when I discovered Art Trading Cards & the online art group ZNE I love ATC’s /ACEOs! They are the potato chips of art. Small & tasty and hard to have just 1.
Since then I’ve met the most amazing people online through Etsy, DeviantArt, blogging and other venues. The support & advice that they have given me has been key to resurrecting my muse.

FK: That’s funny – the potato chips of art! So those small and tasty art chips got you creating again …

Creation exists in the moment. It stops time, but it isn’t static. The organic process of becoming is what it’s all about for me. Sometimes I have an image in mind; sometimes I don’t. I take great pleasure in watching a piece Become. If it’s too easy to create, if it’s too polished, I like to push it further - see what it’s hiding, what it really wants to be. At times that “something” fights me every step of the way. But you know what...That’s fun reeling in that tough old fish you’ve been waiting for all day.

I now have lots of work in progress, including several drawings, two 36”H paintings, several “author’s boxes,” jewelry, a digital collage based on Goya and countless toys & gadgets.

FK: Anything else you want to tell us about yourself before we announce your giveaway?

Here’s a few more things about me:
Listening To – Monoral
Reading – Snakebitten: The confessions of a herpetologist
The Collected Works of T.S. Spivet
Lots of blogs
Watching – Mushi-shi (anime series)
Collector - tin toys, fossils, original art, eye candy & lots of dust!

And now for the giveaway. This piece measures 5 x 7 “ & is mounted in an 8” x 10” acid free mat. Watercolor pencil, ink & paint pen on scrapbook paper. Free shipping, domestic and worldwide. Stacey hadn't even listed this yet in her Etsy store!

"Idle Hours"

Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize that it may be
a very rare and indispensable thing.- James Harvey Robinson

All you have to do is make a comment to this post. That’s all! A name will be drawn from all the comments by random number generator NEXT THURSDAY (8/27). Yep, this giveaway is just for one week and is open to anyone, domestic and worldwide. So don't wait.

After you have commented, be sure to wander on over and visit Stacey’s shops. I know you’ll love everything you see there. And you can see my feature and giveaway at Stacey’s blog:

Thank you for a nice visit, Stacey, and for that fantastic giveaway!

Treasury Feature

I have been featured in a treasury with my "Liquid Peach" digital collage print:

(I still haven't figured out how to get a good screen grab of the full treasury. If you have any tips let me know.)

The treasury is called "Art me in the garden" and it's full of vibrant and colorful art relating to the garden. It was created by stefny68, a mixed media artist. Her shop is full of paintings, altered books, greeting cards, ACEOs, and photography - great stuff! Take a look:

Thanks, stefny!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Friends and Fun

I'm a guest blogger today for my friend Natasha, who's off on a well-deserved break with her family. Stop by and visit here.

Have you played yet?

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Woodward Dream Cruise nostalgia

Today’s the day: The 15th year of The Woodward Dream Cruise. What’s that, you ask? Well, it’s pure nostalgia for those of us of a certain age. It commemorates the days in the late 50s through mid-60s when “cruising Woodward” was the place to be on summer nights.

It’s a free event; people bring their lawn chairs, tents, food and drink and just sit and watch the cars go by all day long. When they can get away with it, the cars “burn rubber” and spectators hold up numbers to vote for their favorites. It’s such a fun atmosphere and you never know what you’re going to see along the route. Woodward is not closed for the day; classic cars are supposed to stay in the right curb lane to be seen, but if you want to fight the traffic, you can drive right along in the center lanes.

Over the years it became a little more “corporate,” but since the automotive sponsors have all pulled out this year because of their economic predicaments, the Cruise has reverted back just a little to its grass roots, although car owner participation is international in scope (see below).
(Note: all quoted paragraphs are from the official website:

‘Hot rods and muscle cars. Convertibles and hard tops. Oversized tires and custom-painted flames. These marvels of machinery were cool and hot; street machines that cruised Woodward emanating vintage rock and roll from the AM radio coupled with the rumble of a big block V8.”

“The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe—from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union. North American cruisers from California, Georgia, Canada and all points in between caravan to Metro Detroit to participate in what has become, for many, an annual rite of summer.”

“The Dream Cruise takes place along a 16-mile stretch of legendary Woodward Avenue through the eight host communities of Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak, in Southeast Michigan.”

“Ted's, Totem Pole and The Varsity, Hollywood, Wigwam and Suzie Q's, and, of course, Big Boy. These old-time drive-ins and restaurants that dotted Woodward Avenue were the places to see and be seen during an era remembered perhaps most famously by Hollywood in American Graffiti and Happy Days. These locations were the turnarounds, stopping points and social hangouts for the cruisers of the era.”

Truth be told, I’m hard pressed to tell one car from another, but I do recognize the 60s cars the best, and I’m still looking for that pink (!) Chevy Impala convertible that I cruised Woodward in with an old boyfriend back in the day!

Here’s some pix I took yesterday and today. Enjoy the nostalgia trip.

Friday, August 14, 2009

In my Neighbor's Garden

I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more. - John Burroughs

I live in a townhouse condo in a very small complex, which suits me just fine. I have a small front yard and an enclosed back patio area, facing north. My patio gets sun for most of the day, which allows me to grow the flowers I love. However, my neighbor's unit is set back more, and she has a lovely old wysteria vine overhead, so her patio is mostly in shade. She's often said she's jealous that I get all the sun. I had to prove to her that her patio has what mine doesn't: a lovely old world, romantic ambiance because of the shade. I think I convinced her. Here are the photos I took of her garden, and they are now posted in my shop as greeting cards and 8x10 prints. (Note: the gray border is just a border; not part of the card.)


Thursday, August 13, 2009

If you missed the first "Let's Play Charades" contest, the second contest is running until the end of the month:

It doesn't matter that the name has already been guessed; you still can be entered in the drawing if you leave some comments.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We have a Charades Winner!

Today's the day to announce the winner of my first "Let's Play Charades" contest. The winner will receive a print of "In the Light of the Moon":

The winner was chosen with the random number generator:


Congratulations, Maureen!! The print will be on its way to you as soon as I receive your mailing address.

No takers, huh?

I can't believe no one came up with a caption for this photo. H-m-m-m-m - I thought you were all creative types! OK, I guess I'll do it myself. Here's my caption:


Have a smiles kind of day!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Finally going to Hawaii????

Someday I will tell you the stories of several attempts to visit Hawaii that didn't pan out for me over the years. I still want to get there, but this wasn't the way I had planned!!! Sounds like it's weakening so I hope (I) it doesn't cause too much damage.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A New Treasury

I was chosen for another treasury. The treasury is called "Begin" and I would never have thought to use that as a search word. My included work is "Hope for a new beginning."
Here's the link to the treasury: Begin
One of the wonderful things about treasuries is that it introduces me to other Etsy artists - the collection of gorgeous work on the site is mind-boggling. For instance, this treasury was created by talis. Tali is a photograper in Israel and her work is incredible. Please go and visit her shop - you won't be sorry!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


The August contest is also still running until the end of the month:

And finally, come up with a funny caption for the photo at the end of this post and you win a prize - two note cards from my shop. See my newest cards below.

ALL FREE STUFF! Just make a comment.

These inspirational cards can be used for many different occasions, or just to brighten someone's day. All of these images are also available as 13x19" posters. Cool, huh?

Stop by my shop to take a look:

Friday, August 7, 2009

Design Style Guide Giveaway Winner!

A winner was finally chosen for the Design Style Guide team #3 Giveaway - a gift from my shop.

This is what was chosen:
Hyacinth Fairy and Hyacinth Photo Collection

It is now on its way to the winner, Cary, who has an Etsy shop called Cabootique, where she creates beautiful jewelry:

Here's two pieces from her shop that I like, very appropriately named for the summertime.

Strawberry Ice Cream in Summer earrings

Summer Sky Earrings

Stop by her shop and take a look at the great jewelry she has to offer.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Thursday Sweet Treat - "Over the Moon"

Here's the digital print I submitted for this week's Thursday Sweet Treat ( theme, "Over the Moon." It's called "who knows" - inspired by my favorite poet, e e cummings.

Who knows if the moon’s a balloon,
coming out of a keen city
in the sky
filled with pretty people?
(and if you and i should
get into it, if they
should take me and take you into their balloon
why then,
we'd go higher with all the pretty people
than houses and steeples and clouds
go sailing
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody's ever visited, where
spring) and everyone's
in love and flowers pick themselves.

I love the poem, especially the last lines: "where always it's spring) and everyone's in love and flowers pick themselves."

Love it, love it, love it. What about you?

Be sure to stop by Natasha's blog ( to see how the other fabulous artists have interpreted the theme.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My mini vacation

Last week I took a mini vacation and spent a few days with friends in Oscoda, Michigan, a lovely resort area located at the first knuckle of your index finger. (It is so much fun to live in Michigan and use your hand as a map!!)

I'm just now getting around to sorting my photos so here's a few random images. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end for a mini-contest!

I'm drawn like a magnet to pretty flowers ...

Found some great old barns ...

This photo of the neighbor's lonely beach front just cries out for me to do something artistic with it ..

We were blessed with perfect weather for the first time in a long time. Summer has been a bit problematic this year ...

We visited the Lumberman's Monument, an interesting history lesson. The most interesting for me, however, was how I managed to make it down and up these 200+ stairs down to the water with my bad back!

Finally, this photo just begs for a funny/cute caption! Here's a deal: Post your suggestion for a caption. I'll pick my favorite and send the winner your choice of two of the notecards I just posted in my shop: (Be sure to leave an email so I can contact you for a mailing address.) I MIGHT tell you what my first caption thought was! ; )

Thanks. Finally, while you're here post a comment in my Let's Play Charades contests.

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