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Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's my 3rd Blogaversary!

Last year I missed it, seriously, I realized it a couple of weeks late and so I let it pass but this one, well, I didn't want to let it pass, I've been blogging on here - pretty regularly- for 3 years now and I am so blessed to have all of you in my life! I've met amazing people, participated in some fabulous parties and really have enjoyed my life in the blogging world.

Since I'm celebrating my 3rd Blogaversary there will be cake and presents. Why? Because I like cake and presents. Of course the party wouldn't be anywhere near as much fun without you, so everyone who stops by will be entered into a drawing to win a present. I'll be giving away 3 presents in honor of my 3rd full year of blogging. At least one of them will be a sculpted pumpkin head, Mortimer is letting me give away one of his friends to a lucky party goer. The other two prizes will be surprises and won't be posted until they are delivered to the luck party goers.

To get in on the fun all you have to do is be a follower (of start following me) and leave me a comment below! That is it :0)

Thanks for stopping by, for checking out my blog and for making my life so full!

**UPDATE** I will be drawing for the presents on Monday October 20th (that is the day AFTER the big craft fair so I can breath again LOL)



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mabon Blessings

Slowly the wheel turns, the seasons change and while it is still hot in Nevada the temperature is slowly inching its way down. Today it was just 84, not too bad for an end of summer day. I am always a little sad to see summer leave, those long lazy days full of sweet summer fruits, weekends at the lake, nights on the deck, gardens bursting full of color and food.

Sigh, I do love the summer but autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the spicy scents, the hint of chill in the evening air, the foods, the pumpkins... I could go on and on. Seriously, I love the way the light changes from the bright summer sunshine to a golden hue, making everything warm and lovely, the late afternoon light that just makes you want to snuggle in a nice soft chair with a book – well, it makes me want to snuggle in with a soft flannel blanket, a book and a nice glass of wine.

The Fire-Pit

This year, the equinox falls on September 23 and I’ll be celebrating Mabon this Tuesday. I'll be giving thanks for all that I have, the bounty of my garden and for my amazing family and friends. I’ll be lighting the small fire pit (as long as the smoke from the fires in Northern California clears out) and baking something yummy with apples and pumpkins, not sure what yet but I can’t wait!

Peach Preserves

This time of year is for giving thanks, for seeking balance, for preparing for the time when the earth cools and the crops have been harvested. I am making preserves, apple butter and canning various veggies as I can. This is my first year making preserves and I am pretty pleased with them.

During the winter months I usually have more time for my blog, this year I’ll be busy right up till the middle of October with the arts and crafts fair and a costume party, and a couple of birthdays among other things but I am planning on getting back to the heart of Beneath the Witch’s Moon, the love of the goddess, the rhythm of the seasons and the comfort of ritual. I hope you’ll stick around and enjoy to journey with me.

This week I wish you all a blessed Mabon, a happy equinox and a wonderful life full of balance and love.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Such a lovely day to play

I promise, I have not fallen off the face of the planet, I was actually selected to be a part of one of the largest juried arts and craft fairs in my area and I have been busy creating pieces for the show.

In addition to that I have been busy with my Animated Zombie swap which is due this week as well as working on various other things that I need to complete.

Here are a couple of the pieces I am taking with me. This is from my Mortimer and Friends collection:


He was almost complete in this photo. Soon I'll post pictures of some of the other things I have been working on.

Stay tuned for my 3rd blogaversary which is coming up the first week of October! I'm planning a party and everyone is invited and of course there will be a give-away, let's face it - what's a party without a present or two...

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I Just Joined the 6th Annual Halloween Swap at Yarnigras Swapper Spot!

I am so excited to be a part of the 6th annual Yarnigras Swapper Spot Halloween Swap! This year we'll be swapping ...what else... Zombies inspired by animated zombie movies :0) I will be posting progress pictures on my sculpting blog Sunflower House Art but will post the finished Zombie here! If you like zombies or participating in swaps you should check out Val's blog she hosts multiple swaps throughout the year and the quality has always been top notch!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Beads and Bezels and Chains - Oh My (Cross Post)

For those of you who also follow my sculpting blog this is a cross post, I'll be slowly phasing out some of my sculpting posts from this blog and taking it back to its roots. If you like the creatures I create then please check out my sculpting blog Sunflower House Art.

As I delve more and more into the business side of art I have studied what I buy, what I look at online, what details I am drawn to and so forth and as I hone in on what I like, I have taken classes and asked some of the amazing, talented women I know for direction on how to add that special touch.

One of the things I love about figurative sculpture, which I’ve stated often, is that I can use so many different mediums and techniques on a single piece. Lately, as I gear up for the arts and crafts fair season, I have really started focusing on those tiny details, the ones that you don’t think about but that really make a difference.

For instance, now that I know how, I have to add beads to my figures costumes. These tiny little embellishments make such an impact. They can be subtle, adding a finishing touch to a hem like I used on Indigo


Or they can be bold by forming a focal point or major design detail. Beads can be used for jewelry, head pieces, trim and even used to form props. Doll makers often use jewelry findings for details. I’ve seen tiny pocket watches made from a loop necklace clasp; in fact I made one myself for my Hatter in Zombieland figure.

Hatter in Zombieland

Beads are so versatile. I use them for eyes, embellishments, focal points and even for crowns as shown here on my almost finished – just need wings – birdcage fairy:

Birdcage Fairy

As anyone who creates knows you can never have enough bits to play with. About a year ago our area got its first large scale bead shop which was so cool! The people are fantastic, the selection is great and the prices are much better that when I had to fly to Las Vegas to visit a similar store :0) but they don’t have everything I need so I do shop online. The bummer of that is I have to wait for my stuff and I really don’t like waiting.

However, one of the coolest places I’ve found online for beads and findings is Auntie’s Beads. Their selection is unbelievable and their prices are about as close to wholesale as you can get without having a business license. I was so excited with the quality of their merchandise and the super fast shipping that now I don’t worry quite so much about waiting.

Soon I’ll be showing you what I’ve done with my latest Hatter. He is almost done. Here is a sneak peek of his in-progress hat:


Soon he will have a jacket, shirt, cravat, pants and so much more! I can't wait to finish him. Once he is complete I’ll show you the details I’ve added that I think make him super special!

Monday, July 21, 2014

And the Winner Is...

And the winner is #31 - MagicLoveCrow! Congratulations! If you would email me your mailing address to
AutumnWindReno@ I'll get you towels mailed out to you asap!

Thank you so much for stopping by my Mad Tea :0)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dad Update

Thank you all for the good thoughts and healing prayers. Dad came through the surgery like a champ, it went well and hopefully he'll have a swift recovery!