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Friday, September 23, 2016

Fun Things in my Etsy Shop

Until recently I just haven't had the time to put my jewelry in my Etsy Shop. I have been working hard to get things in there before the start of the holiday season this year. Currently there are several styles of earrings and some embroidered Skull and Cross Bone napkins. I hope to have some mermaids, ornaments and pumpkins in there by the first week of October - fingers crossed!

Here are a pair of the Angel earrings:


They are currently available in Yellow, Blue, Orange, Rose, Pink, and Fuchsia. I only have one or two pairs of each available and they are so cute! I also have Bohemian style earrings and some darling faceted glass fall earrings. 

I have so much to share and not enough time in the day to do it! Next up I'll be posting more vacation pictures.

Have a lovely day,

Debbie

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Weekend Sculpting Class with Kate Church

This past weekend I was lucky enough to spend with Kate Church, a fabulous doll artist, sculptor and painter. She is down to earth, soft spoken and just an amazing person. This is the third class I have taken with Kate and it was so much fun. The theme of the class was transformation and we each choose a figure that was part animal and part human so of course I HAD to make a mermaid...



She definitely was made using Kate's techniques and her style. I am thrilled with how she turned out and will be making more mermaids for my booth at the McQueen Craft fair which is coming up October 14-16 - YIKES!

She hasn't told me her name yet but now that she is home I am sure she will soon.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Yarnigras Swapper Spot's 8th Annual Zombie Doll Swap


I am so excited! Val over at Yarnigras Swapper Spot has returned with another Zombie doll swap. I had to join. This swap is so much fun and I have never been disappointed in the amazing creations I have received from this group. I know I should have passed since I am frantically working on items for the craft fair I am doing in October but I couldn't pass this up. It is just too much fun. Click here or click the picture above to learn more and to join in on the fun.

I'll share some sneak peeks of my zombie as I sculpt it. Here is a post about a previous Zombie swap and my all time favorite zombie doll that I made. To see more of them click on the Zombie tag in the list on the left.

More travel pics coming soon, as well as some pics of some new things I've been working on. So much fun stuff is going on here, I can't wait to share and if all goes as planned... I may be be to do it this weekend! Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Limerick

We didn't plan to go to limerick, it was kind of on our way back to Dublin. We arrived a little later than we would have liked but we did see quite a bit of this adorable little town.


They don't make them like this anymore. Such lovely tributes!


One of the many stunning churches we saw.






We didn't get to go into the castle but it was a beautiful sight to see. One of my favorite things about Ireland and Scotland is the abundance of flowers. There are hanging baskets of flowers everywhere and they make everything fresh and colorful.

I can't imagine living in a town that has a castle in the center of it. The closest I have been was when I lived in Lancaster PA and the prison which is in the center of town looks like a castle :0) NOT the same!
http://www.pacountycorrections.org/Pages/Home.aspx
Lancaster Country Prison

Wandering through Ireland and Scotland really put into perspective how young my own country is. So many of the buildings we visited were built before my country was even born. It's pretty spectacular to walk in buildings that are hundreds of years old.

I am finally getting back in the groove of life. I am preparing for the craft fair that I do in October so I should have some projects to share soon. This trip was energizing and so inspiring. You can feel the magic in the air and you know that the fairies and nearby.

More vacation pics to follow... next stops Temple Bar area in Dublin, Edinburgh Scotland and Rosslyn Chapel.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Vacation Part 1 - Blarney

Blarney Castle

I can not begin to describe how beautiful Ireland is. There are not enough words for all of the shades of green that I saw, seriously, it is stunning. Not only is it a beautiful country, the people are friendly and the beer is good. I am a big fan of Guinness and enjoyed my share of pints while touring through the Irish countryside. I am ready to go back, in fact I am ready to buy property there and call it my second home :0) Now to win the lottery so I can afford that...

It rained a lot during our trip, starting with our first excursion to Blarney. I thought a lot about the rain on our flight to Dublin. How would it affect our trip? Would we still be able to explore all the out door sites? The weather channel predicted rain for most of our trip. Here is what I can tell you, an Irish rain in August is completely different from a Nevada rain in any month. The rain was not cold, it was just wet. We explored the castle grounds, in the rain, for hours. We were soaked but not cold. Now, to be fair the rain was more of a hard mist or very light drizzle, not a driving rain, but it was still not cold and actually added to our experiences. I recommend good, light weight umbrellas but I put mine away and just had fun. If you are carrying a backpack make sure it is waterproof or be sure to pack a larger plastic bag to protect its contents.

Bench just Outside of the Castle

View from the top of Blarney Castle

Me kissing the Blarney Stone

Tribute for the Fairies

WOW! This was natural. 

Walking back to the Gardens

Trees in Sweaters

The Witches Stone

One of the many flower gardens

All of the above pictures were taken in the gardens of Blarney Castle. We had no idea how much there was to see, we thought we'd climb to the top of the castle, kiss the stone and move on. Nope! We loved exploring all the nooks and crannies of this amazing place. After playing we did stop for lunch and shopping at the Blarney Woolen Mills shop which is situated right next to the castle grounds. 

If you are planning a trip to kiss the Blarney Stone be sure to allow yourself several hours to explore the extensive gardens. There are so many things to see as you wander around, you just never know what you will find, from wooden mushrooms and the Witches stone, to trees with sweaters and lush flowers. It is an experience that should not be rushed!

Next stop... Limerick

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Winner, Winner...

Well I am almost recovered from my trip. It was a most amazing adventure. We kayaked on Loch Ness, kissed the Blarney Stone, explored the gardens of Blarney Castle, danced with a group of stunningly beautiful kids from Brazil, drank really good beer and generally had a blast!

I will post pictures later this week, but for now… the winner of my Alice in Wonderful Custom Sign Post is… Kerry, Comment # 5

Congratulations Kerry! If you could email me your address and the list of 5 words/short phrases you would like on your post to me at sunflwrhouseart@ aol.com I will get it created and mailed out to you by the end of this month.


Thank you to everyone who visited, I’m still making the rounds and can't wait to see the rest of the amazing Tea Parties :0)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Ireland... Here I Come

Dublin

I can't wait!! Soon we'll be heading to Ireland and Scotland. We'll be spending a few days in Dublin, Ireland and then a few in Edinburgh, Scotland. We are traveling with our son and his best friend who both just graduated from High School as well as our friends (my son's friend's parents:-). 

This is a graduation present for the boys and for all of us. These are both the baby of the family and we are celebrating! Finding someone I know and trust to agree to stay at the house and watch my dogs was challenging but thankfully my babies will have someone there to care for them. (Whew!) 

We'll be exploring Dublin and the surrounding area as well as visiting 
Inverness, Loch Ness and Rosslyn Chapel. 
I have discovered that I have family in Roscommon. 
My mother's family (both sides) are from Ireland and several still live there.

Here is a place I'd like to see from Roscommon:

McDermott Castle, Castle Island, Lough Key
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to a pictorial article on beautiful castles

Check back soon for pictures. I can't wait to see how these countries influence my art. I plan on visiting second hand shops if possible. Last time I was in Ireland I found a single panel of an antique lace curtain in a thrift store - I brought it home and used the lace on several dolls. There is nothing like antique lace when costuming a doll. I'm hoping to bring back more treasures this trip.