Thursday, October 28, 2010

How I became a fairy... (pic heavy)

It started so simply. See, I had to pass out candy to the children in the neighborhood, but I had no costume!

And I really heart Twig the Fairy and wanted to try and see what an evening in her wings might be like!

So I found a few things lying around the craft room.

And I tied the dried eucalyptus into a circlet.

Then took off leaves from a glittery fall garland and started sewing them to the eucalyptus.

And tied gold, red and brown ribbons to them.


Then I grabbed a pretty autumn ribbon for a belt, butterfly wings and a cornucopia...and "Belindalyn" was born!

Apparently, not all fairies are smiley and fluttery. Some are a little scary. But he was nice enough and I asked him to help me with the "tricks" portion of the evening.

What a silly couple we make!!

My favorite quotes from the night:

After scary fairy jumped out at them...

"Lady, you could have told me he was real."

"I'm a big kid...but that was pretty scary."

One brave boy was debating going back past him or not to get back to the sidewalk. I was worried he was scared, so I said to him, "It's okay, you can cut through the yard..." But he took a deep breath, faced scary fairy, clutched his candy bag to his chest and bolted past him. So brave!

One tiny witch was leery of getting too close to the scary one, but I gave her candy anyways. Her eyes didn't leave him until her mom said "Look honey, a fairy!" Her face lit up and she rushed to me, shouting proudly "I'm a witch!" When I told her it looked like she had lots of candy, she held up her plastic pumpkin and said "Yeah, want some?" How sweet!!

It was a lovely night and I'm glad we're still happy to celebrate and share this great holiday with happy kids!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

When you ask....

...sometimes you get more than you hoped for. I'm not going to lie, I prayed for a guitar. As silly as that sounds. Last week I really wanted to get back into making music. I didn't know how I could afford one, with the wedding and new car shopping that will have to happen.

I wasn't holding my breath, but I really hoped I would get one.

Fast forward to today.

It was a pretty rough day. A lot of unpleasant memories and panic. Weddings, while beautiful expressions of love of a couple can also be a lot of stress and familial obligations and I really wanted to take to the road with a hobo bag on a stick and run away.

But as the boy got home, we headed out and saw, what I call, the sky blushing. It's amazing how quickly I can start to feel hopeful. With one simple glimpse at the pink sky, I felt better.

So we headed to an old NERO friend's place. Apparently he got an amazing job in the road with Monty Python's Spamalot and the touring show. As such, he had less than a week to offload his earthly possessions.

While I didn't get my guitar...we came home with this:

Who says prayers don't get answered? Not this girl.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Here is my watercolor pencil and ink of Aphrodite.

I wanted her to be soft, but beautiful. I kinda goofed on her face a bit, when the pen I used smeared with the watercolor, which hasn't happened to me before. I might redo this one, but I was glad to have finished.

Next picture will be Apollo!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Special night...

So we celebrated a special evening last night. It was the anniversary of a talk that cemented a friendship that turned into a partnership that turned into love.

So I thought I'd be clever and send the boy on a mad dash around town, following clues that would lead him to a spot that was significant in the beginning of our relationship. There he'd find another clue, that would lead him to another location and eventually, he'd get a few small gifts along the way and find me, waiting for him, with a nice dinner at the end.

In case there was any doubt to the location of the clues, I also left chalk hearts around town, leading the way.

I was apparently only a few minutes ahead of him, and he met with me shortly thereafter, all grins and with a present in return for me! I was pretty proud of my own cleverness and we ordered tea. He missed the present I had left at one of the locations, so he debated making me wait to open mine, but in the end, he couldn't wait and had me open mine.

A bit of background on the present. When I was a teenager, I really wanted an American Girl doll. They were pretty new and fantastically expensive. So I mentioned to Joe that I always wanted one. So when I unwrapped my present, it was really sweet that he found a miniature version of the doll I wanted. I was really pleased and took his hand and smiled.

But he just kept looking at me, expectantly. So I thought maybe he wanted a bigger response from me, so I opened the box and this is what I saw.

If I'm not mistaken, I was speechless for a long moment, followed by a "Are you for real?"

He said, "For real, for real. I'd have done it three years ago. But if you're willing to have me I'd like to be your husband. With the one concession that I get the permission from your dad since he's the only one I haven't talked to first." (My dad works night shift and sleeps during the day).

In the end, I said yes. And proceeded to feel humbled and speechless by his superior cleverness.

You out-did me this time, sir.

Now we wait for dad's approval and then begins the terror of planning a wedding.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Catching up

Sorry I've been absent for a while. With J's sister's wedding and getting sick, it's been a real struggle for time this week.

I did want to celebrate my second etsy sale! Wewt!!! I'd love to get more stuff on the site to sell more!!!

Also, in case anyone thought their boss was awesome, here is what mine brought for me today!!!

In case you can't tell, that little silver thing is a ruler! This is a foot and a half of twizzle-joy!!!

It's gonna be a good week, I think!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Little Butter-friend

Clinging onto my window.

In hindsight, he might have been a moth...but I still loved that he hung around my window.

He was a welcome visitor.


This was an amazing week, I'm a little sad to see it go.

Here is the Hestia watercolor & ink.
(Carrying the lit hearth fire)

(A close up of her face, which I wanted to be soft)