Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

She's Got Moxie

Meet "Moxie," the sassy sister of Flopsy, Mopsy and CottonTail. She's available now at Glitter and Grunge. (And see what you think about the new look over at G and G, too.)

7 Wonders of My World

Recently I was given this award by Chris at Designs by CK. WooHoo! Thanks Chris! If you haven't already discovered Chris's artwork, click over and check it out. He does the most wonderful Halloween pen and ink drawings.
Now I'm supposed to write about 7 favorite things. Here is my list which includes things which may or not necessarily be favorites. Some of these are just things that seem to define my life.

1. Denial. (It's the "state" I live in, constantly. Just crown me the Queen. Oh, to live in a world without mirrors or cameras. . . my greatest fantasy. I'm quite certain that's why someone invented Photo-shop.)

2. Chocolate. (The reason for item # 1. . . Size 2, I barely knew you.)

3. Bread. (The other reason for #1.)

4. Glitter. (It's a love/hate relationship. I love to use the stuff, but hate to clean up afterwards. Even the dog gets glittered sometimes, and usually unintentionally.)

5. My kids. (I just love those guys! We love to laugh and laugh and laugh. They also end up getting glittered sometimes, and also usually unintentionally.)

6. Laundry; mountains and mountains of laundry. (The story of my life, and usually a direct result of #5; and, you may have noticed, laundry seems to be a recurring theme here in Tadpole and Teacup-land.)

7. Procrastination. (The other story of my life. And it's the reason #6 continues to grow. )

Now. . . to tag 7 others, but I'll have to do that later. (See item #7.)
P.S. Don't forget about my "Marching into April" Giveaway. Only a few more days to sign up. Just click the badge in the sidebar and it will take right to the post.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Time Out

I'll be outa here for a few days--getting hubs ready for his trip. See you soon!
(P.S. Don't forget to sign up for my giveaway. :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I Coulda Been An Attender*

SpookyTimeJingles has been accepted as a vendor in the National Halloween Convention at the Valley Forge Convention Center on April 10-11. The show is in King of Prussia, PA (King of Prussia, PA. . . how cool is that?!) and features all things Halloween. There are tons of booths including handmade artwork, t-shirts, spooky make-up, contests, door prizes, etc, etc, etc. It sounds like such a blast! Sadly I won't be able to travel for this event but if I could squeeze myself inside a USPS Flat Rate box I'd be on my way in a skinny minute. . . {{{insert Brando voice}}} ". . . I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender, I coulda been somebody. . ." So the next best thing--several of my pieces are gearing up for the road trip via Priority Mail.

Many other STJ artists will also be sending their wonderful, one-of-a-kind treasures to the convention; so if you're anywhere near PA, stop over, have a look, and say hey to Dani, the master-mind behind STJ. Tell her Marlon sent you.

(P. S. You can find out more about the convention here.)


*Apologies to Mr. Brando :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Little Bird Told Me. . .

Marching into April Giveaway!!

Oh, yes, it's giveaway time. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to receive this little blue bird trinket box in celebration of Spring (and maybe a surprise or two thrown in. . . just because. :) Spread the word. Drawing will be April 1.

[Addendum: If your blog doesn't list an email addy, please make sure to leave one in the comments so I can reach you if your name is selected!]

[The tiny, round papier mache box has been covered in vintage-style paper and makes a perfect place for hiding a small gift. Perched atop the box is a shy blue bird made of paper clay. He is sitting in a nest of aged crepe, accented with seed pearls and vintage salmon-colored crepe. ]

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's Not Rocket Science

Okay, this video posted on Yahoo's main page today. It isn't me, but I swear it could be. The only difference is that I would have been so embarrassed at the 2nd or 3rd attempt that I would have driven off in search of an easier target, say. . . in a cornfield.
Have a great day!
[FYI: You may remember my mention of my stellar parking skills in this post.]

Friday, March 13, 2009

It's Your Lucky Day!

As luck would have it. . . update today at SpookyTimeJingles. Lots of great artists. Lots of fun new things! Get there early. :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Note to the media:
Please, please stop calling her "Octo-mom." As of last count, she has 8 babies, not 8 arms.
Okay, I feel better now.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Final Frontier?

[This article ran a few weeks ago, and definitely merits inclusion in my "Weird and Wacky News" file.]

Klingon Sword Used in Two Colorado Springs Heists
"A man wielding a "Star Trek Klingon-type sword" robbed two Colorado Springs convenience stores early this morning, police said. The first robbery happened at about 1:55 a.m. at a 7-Eleven at 145 N. Spruce St., Colorado Springs police said in an incident report. The second robbery happened at about 2:20 a.m. at a 7-Eleven store at 2407 N. Union Blvd. Witnesses told police that a man wearing a black mask, black jacket and blue jeans entered the stores carrying a sword. The armed robber took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot from both stores, police said. Officers searched the area but didn't find the robber or the weapon, which was described as a 'bat'leth.'"

Obviously this was not your run-of-the-mill robbery, and I'm not sure what this says about the world we live in. Perhaps it was an actual alien invasion? And if so, why did they target 7-Elevens? In Colorado Springs?? Maybe the economy in outer space is also in the toilet so the Klingons have resorted to pillaging convenience stores here on Earth, namely in Colorado Springs. I'm not an expert in Klingon-lore, and haven't seen Star Trek since I was a kid; but I have to wonder. . . do Klingons even wear jeans?

Read the article here. Picture borrowed from here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Least of These

Grab a tissue, watch this story of a one pound miracle. Please click here to learn more about little Kayleigh, a very brave little girl and her family. A friend of her family is having an online raffle to help them with their expenses -- one of my watercolors is included in the fundraiser. If you're interested, go here to bid.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Extra! Extra!

"It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper."
Jerry Seinfeld

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Daffodils Are Liars

In spite of what Alice learned in Wonderland (that you can learn a lot of things from the flowers) I have discovered that you should never, ever, under any circumstances trust a flower. When I spoke in my last post about my recent encounter with our first daffodils, the beacons of spring, the harbingers of warmer weather, apparently I was listening to a bunch of lilly-livered, yellow bellied, bloomin' liars.

Because on Sunday, March 1, this. . .

Led to this. . .

Which led to some of this. . .

With some of this. . .

And a ton of this. . .
Until we were left with this. . . And this. . .

And this. . .

And this :)

And then. . . . THIS. . .

Which led to a bit of this. . .

And after 7" of snow, 20 degree temps and 48 hours trapped inside a house with two pesky dogs, no electricity, no water, and no heat

we were eventually left with this. . .

I don't even want to tell you about what is waiting for me in my laundry room.

But thanks to Jackson EMC's diligent effort, we have re-entered the modern era--we've all had a warm bath and a hot meal and I would kiss Thomas Edison right now if I could. From now on, instead of listening to forcasting flowers, my money's on this guy. . .

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hop Diggity!

"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
William Wordsworth,


With the emerging daffodils, we have seen the first hint of spring in Georgia. Warmer weather is definitely on its way, even though the weatherman predicts snow here today. :)
I've enjoyed creating a few new bunnies in anticipation of Easter. This little guy is available at The Primitive Gathering. And in other news. . . things are changing over at Glitter and Grunge! We are excited about our brand new look, and in celebration, many of the artists at Gand G will be hosting great giveaways! Save the date, March 15!! I'll have several new things, and maybe a giveaway too. (I'll try to keep you posted. :)