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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Zombies in the Nursery - a Handmade Zombie Doll Swap Hosted by Yarnigras Swapper Spot


I just joined the Zombies in the Nursery swap being hosted by Val over at Yarnigras Swapper Spot. I am so excited to be participating in this swap. Val's swaps always challenge me artistically and are so much fun. If you have never participated in one of her swaps you really should check out her site.

Here are the Hatter in Zombieland and Zombie Red Riding Hood which I made for previous Zombie doll swaps hosted by Val. I can't wait to get started.

Hope to see you there!!

I'm Back!

San Francisco as seen from Treasure Island

The View from outside Cliff House, San Francisco

Above are a couple of pictures from my weekend trip to San Francisco - more to come soon. My wonderful guy and I went there to celebrate my birthday and for a fabulous botanical buying trip! I got to visit the beach and while it wasn't the Atlantic of my youth it was lovely all the same.

After 3 weeks on the mend and a much needed weekend away I am happy to say that I am finally feeling better and will be back to my regularly scheduled posts beginning in May - why May - well, here is what I have discovered - April is the busiest month of the year at both my day job (I'll be traveling to Las Vegas for work this weekend) and at home (My birthday plus numerous Friends and Relatives Birthdays and this year my baby got his driver's license!) and as much as I want to post I just can't do it properly. So rather than trying to rush posts and run the risk of them being sloppy, I am choosing to take a breather and wait until the dust settles to begin my regular posts again.

Soon I will be posting about my recent herb/botanical buying expedition to San Francisco. I am so excited about these new items which I'll be stocking in my Etsy shop beginning in May!!! I can't wait to share all the fun I'm having with them. With the addition of all the great herbs/spices and botanicals in my studio I had to make a beautiful batch of bath salts - which I'll be sharing the how to's for on an upcoming Witchy Green Wednesday. These bath salts are quick and easy to make, smell wonderful, leave your skin soft and they are so pretty to look at.

Coming the first week of May I'll be posting an easy Wire Wrapped Pendant technique on Artsy Monday and I'll be updating you with some of the progress I've made on some of my works in progress that I've had laying aroung the studio. I have so much I want to share and soon I'll have the time to do it!

I miss you all and will be posting soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Autumnwind


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

On the Mend

I am slowly healing!

Thanks to everyone who has sent me healthy thought and prayers. I am on the mend after a week of ICK! I am almost over the spring cold I came down with last week (probably caught it while sitting in the DR.'s waiting room LOL) and my leg is still achy but much better than it was. I've been resting it (no working out!!!) and taking the prescription that I was given.

If it is still hurting after I complete the medicine I will find a new doctor before I have it checked out, one whose philosophies are more inline with my own. I don't want to be given medication to treat a problem without knowing the cause of the problem! today I am hopeful that I am on the mend.

I will begin to look for a new physician immediately so that next time I have a problem I have someone to go to.

I should be back to posting this weekend!

Autumnwind

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Prayers and Healthy Thoughts Please

Greetings my friends,

I wasn’t going to say anything but then I realized that the more people who are thinking good, healthy thoughts for me the better, so , this afternoon I am heading in to the Dr. to find out what is going on with my leg. I have a small lump and my leg is aching. I am an active person and recognize what a pulled muscle feels like and this ain’t that! So, I would appreciate all prayers and healthy thoughts you can offer!

While I am generally a “Glass is Half Full” kind of girl, when it comes to my health I tend to freak out over the tiniest things. So, since I have an ache that won’t go away and a lump I, of course, automatically think the worst :0)

I will update with the results as soon as I know. Hopefully I will be telling you all that I was an idiot and that it is nothing – fingers crossed! Once I find out, regardless of the diagnosis, I will be back here and posting again.

So please think healthy thoughts for me and if you pray I would really appreciate a prayer or two!

Sincerely,

Autumnwind

Monday, March 24, 2014

Artsy Monday Post Delayed!

Due to unforeseen events the Artsy Monday post on Tea Lite cakes will be delayed! Darn it! Check back soon,

Thank you

Autumnwind

Saturday, March 22, 2014

What I've Been Working On Lately

Mendhika Medallion Tarot Bag

I've been busy embroidering things for my Etsy shop this weekend. This is one of the silk, hand beaded, zippered, Tarot bags that I just added to the shop. These are so much fun to make and so pretty. This one can be used for all sorts of things but a standard Tarot deck fits beautifully in it.

Purple Tarot Bag

I've got a couple of different zippered bags listed right now. I've had such fun making these that I just had to share!!

In April, I am heading to San Francisco for my birthday and while there I'll be picking up a selection of herbs and other magical supply items to add to my Etsy shop. I can't wait!

This week on Artsy Monday I'll be showing you how to make an adorable tea light cake. These little light-up treats are easy to make and super cute and best of all - NO CALORIES! :0)

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Hues of Oz


A big thank you to Oma Linda over at Olde Baggs and Stuffed Shirts for hosting this awesome blog party.

With so many amazing colors to choose from it was almost hard to pick just one but there is one color from the Land of OZ that is truly dear to my heart and that is Ruby Red, especially when it is on slippers. 

When my daughter was a little girl she desperately wanted to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz but at that time (she just turned 26) there were no readymade ruby slippers or Dorothy costumes so I was on my own.

Being a creative soul I decided to make ruby slippers out of little girl ked sneakers. So, I painted them with sparkling red glitter paint, added a red satin bow with a big red jewel in the center and my daughter was thrilled. Easy Peasy! Unfortunately I have no idea where those original shoes are but today I am going to show you how to make your own Ruby Red Slippers – Adult Style

Materials:
Red shoes (Or any light colored shoe)
Red glitter paint
Red Glitter
Red Ribbon
Red Jewel
Sealant
Masking Tape
Newspaper or Plastic Grocery Bags
Sponge Brush



First find a pair of red colored heels in your size. You can use lighter colors of white and tan but you will need to do a base coat of red paint before you apply the glitter due to the slick nature of the shoes. If you are using canvas sneakers you can use white and then add several coats of the glitter paint. The canvas takes the paint much better than the leatherette/vinyl does.


Stuff newspaper or plastic grocery bags inside the shoe and mask off the areas you do not want painted.

Using a sponge brush cover the entire shoe with red glitter paint and let dry completely. If you need another coat or two to get the coverage you like be sure to let the paint dry completely between each coat. 

Red Glitter

 Now here is the secret to glittery ruby slippers, on your last coat, right after you apply the paint, sprinkle red glitter over the paint and then let it dry. BAM! Ruby Red slippers, just as glittery as Dorothy’s. Once the glitter dries there may be a spot or two that you need to touch up, just brush on some paint and add more glitter. (Another option is to use modpodge glue instead of paint.



Red Shoe is on Left, Vream Shoe is on Right

Once the glitter and paint are dry, seal the shoes with a sealant and let them dry completely. 

Take a length of ribbon and sew or hot glue the ends together so you have a loop of ribbon. Take a shorter piece of the same ribbon and do the same. Laying the shorter loop on top of the first, longer loop then lay the loops flat and tie a knot in the center using string. Take a small piece of the original ribbon and wrap around the center, covering the string. Lap the ends and secure with glue.

Glue the bow to the shoe and then add a matching jewel

Voila!
Comparison

Sealed and Ready to Wear - Once I make the second one!

Ruby Slippers