Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Down on the Ranch...

We have new feet!  Stella the Shih Tzu and Ghost the Flame Point Siamese (very posh eh!)
Stella was picked up off the road yesterday by my husband, Jesse - she was munching on a rancid deer carcass, she was covered from head to toe in dirt and smelt so bad!  Her fur was so matted, it was harbouring a million fleas and ticks - no joke - she stood patiently in the bath for an hour whilst I bathed her, and cut out all the matted fur.  Like me, she no longer has long hair (not that mine was matted with fleas!!tee hee) I wished I had thought about taking a 'before' photo...
She is settling in well with our other five dogs, and she loves the cats...  I'm not sure what Stella and Onray were looking at....

Ghost, cat number 10, turned up on our doorstep, very hungry but well kempt!.  I guess he either got dropped off, or re-homed himself.  Either way, he is the most adorable and playful young cat ever!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


The beautiful Dionne of City of Dionne, is a wonderful artist and hosts giveaways on her blog (amongst other delightful things!) this week she's featuring me!  I'm giving away a jewelry mannequin of your choice, so if you fancy one to hang your precious jewelry on.... go say hello to Dionne to enter....click here

There are currently 10 styles to choose from - but if you want one in a particular color... let me know.
 An Angel At My Table

**********ChRiSTmaS OrNiE**********

This is Olive...The Christmas Ornie I made for Moriah (I think she liked her!)...we are holding a swap over at ADO.  Moriah co-ordinated the event - I don't know who is making one for me yet, and as you can imagine..the suspense is killing me :O)

Monday, November 9, 2009


Look who arrived!  isn't she fabulous?  Thank you so much Pattee, I love her!  Pattee is hosting another give-away right now.... go check out her wicked blog and Etsy shop - her art is superb :O)
Blog: Odd-Dolls

Whilst you're visiting Pattee, also check out my latest Etsy Treasury, full of brilliant Dolls from the Art Dolls Only Team:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Jakey and Jenkins

Good bye Jakey and welcome Jenkins

Our beloved one-eyed Jake suddenly died a couple of weeks ago, and we still can't quite get used to him not being around.  Two days ago Jenkins arrived on the doorstep.  He has no tail but, he is a very happy little soul and has made himself very much at home!  guessing he was another 'drop off'. 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Freaky Little Things....

My talented friend Yve has just launched her new website and what a treat it is!  She hosted a fabulous Ball last night and many Art Doll Only guests attended (I wish I had got my behind into gear - so my 'in progress'chick could have attended)  Anyway, please go and see for yourself - you won't be disappointed!              

Saturday, October 31, 2009



Lori Earley's oil painting of Ms V

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


This is Ethel, a gorgeous pig who lives at Pigs Peace Sanctuary.  Please check out the Sanctuary http://www.pigspeace.org/-  it's lovely. 
She's also in my latest Etsy Treasury....

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Freaky Little Things....and more awards!!!

This is going to be a blast Yve! contact Yve for more info - Freaky Little Things
You can't miss it!!
~ Awards ~ yeah! Thank you Linda for my new award! I'm loving it... Not sure I'm loving the rules though!.... The rules are: Answer the questions with only one word, award six people the award and notify them that they won...
1) Where is your cell phone? unsure
2) Your hair? red
3 )Your mother? delightful
4) Your father? dashing
5) Your Favorite food? chocolate
6) Your dream last night? perculiar
7) Your favorite drink? coffee
8) Your dream/goal? success
9) What room are you in? lounge
10) Your hobby? art
11) Your fear? rattlesnakes
12) Where do you want to be in six years? younger
13) Where were you last night? bed
14) Something that you aren't? tall
15) Muffins? blueberry
16) Wish list item? horses
17)Where did you grow up? England
18) Last thing you did? eat
19) What are you wearing? pj's
20) Your Tv? flat
21) Your pets? loads
22) Friends? missing
23) Your life? full
24) Your mood? good
25) Missing someone? yes
26)Vehical? solstice
27) Something your not wearing? gloves
28) Your favorite store? belleandboo
29) Your favorite color? cream
30) When was the last time you laughed? today
31) Last time you cried? never!
32) Your best friend? Jesse
33) One place that I go over and over? loo
34) One person who Emails you regularly? Yve
35) Favorite place to eat? Italian Phew, that took some thought! ok - the six people I pass this on to....

Dessa Rae from Dessa Rae Original Dolls Deena from Fabby Dolls Yve from Freaky Little Things Nancy from A Little Bit Wired Dewfall from the Workshop of Tireless Artist Catherine from One of a Kind Art by Catherine Thank you so much to Dewfall, for the Kreativ blog award - you must go check her blog out - she is one of my favorite doll artists :O)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Not Missing :O)

Thank you everyone - Guess who was looking at me this morning? My beloved black cat! I can not tell you how relieved I am! 48 hours of Abi panic is not good - I nearly hugged him to death! he of course wondered what all the fuss was about! I think you are right Yve - he has just turned into a mature cat, and I guess he found a girl to hang out with? who knows. It's just that he has never left the property before - and if I couldn't see him, one call and he'd be by my side! Jesse thought the same thing, but I didn't believe him! I have never owned cats before, and they are so independent aren't they? I'm intrigued to learn more about the October V black cat thing - is that to do with Halloween or something? he is totally black, with brilliant green eyes, and is the most lovable chap ever. I hoped that if I posted about my concerns, he would come back - it's worked so far - what with Doves healing extra quickly and learning to fly etc etc - must be due to everyone's prayers and good wishes! T H A N K Y O U :O) (now I feel a bit silly for over-reacting! :O)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Missing :O(

One of my once-apon-a-time stray cats (black cat) has gone missing :O( He has never left the property since he and his sister claimed me to be their owner just under a year ago! and now he is nowhere to be seen. His sister doesn't seem at all bothered... but me? I am devestated, and feel so sad. I just hope to god he is not injured or suffering anywhere, my worst nightmare quite frankly. As you can imagine - my mind is doing overtime on all the what ifs........

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Ok, just before everyone tells me how wonderful this photo is... I did not take it! But, it does tell you that we successfully released our re-habilitated Dove today... and he flew up and away... lord, it was a magical and honoring exprience. I was waiting for the right time, and today felt like the right time....
Another Treasury to browse too:

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

Thank you Essie, from Van Essie Art Dolls for this lovely award!
Here are the award rules:
1. Thank the person who gave this to you
2. Copy the logo and place it in your blog
3. Link the person who nominated you.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that no one would really know
5. Nominate seven 'Kreativ Bloggers'
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.
Wooah, this is a lot of rules! who's going to be the first to break them? :O)
Ok, my answers:
1. I used to be a Vegan
2. I have my ears, nose and belly button pierced!
3. I hate cooking
4. I love the smell of washing powder
5. I used to suck my thumb until I was 19 years old!
6. I am a Registered Nurse for people with Developmental Disabilities/Mental Health (QMRP)
7. I used to own a horse in the UK, and my first experience of Western style riding in the US, left me unable to walk properly for a week! ooh, the pain.
7 kreativ bloggers:
1. Deena from Fabby Dolls
2. Connie from Lilies & Dolls
4. Sue from Barton Originals
5. Kaci from Daydream Retreat
6. Christine from Du Buh Du Designs
7. Miss Pearl from Meandering Pearl
I fully understand if you guys don't have time to undertake this task, but I hope you will accept the award anyway :O)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dove update and new Etsy Treasuries!

My wounded Dove has started to fly! Yeah! Hope he will be strong enough to get his freedom back soon ............fingers, legs and wings crossed! :O)
You must check out Scots Porridge Birdy Bird (he is totally adorable) and needs a new home..... He is currently in this Etsy Treasury, along with some mighty fine artists. http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=69418
He is the creation of Sally from StitchyWooWoo
I think he is magical!! this is his direct link:
Karen Leonard - have you bought my Birthday present yet? hint hint :O) he currently resides in your neck of the woods!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Deena is the lovely cloth doll artist of Fabby Menargerie on Etsy and here is her blog fabby Dolls. And here is little Amy, my favorite ~

Last year Deena's 3 teen sons were diagnosed with Choroideremia. This is a rare eye disease that results in progressive, and eventual vision loss.. At this time, there is no treatment or cure for this disease. Shocking eh? I simply can not imagine how my life would be without my sight.

Deena has set up a fundraising site to donate to the Choroideremia Research Foundation. Any donation would be gratefully received - $1 makes a difference. I can't buy my favorite chocolate for $1!

So, if everyone made a donation who visits my blog - look how much $1 would turn into! Please go visit Deena's blog Fabby Dolls for more info and she has the links to donate, if you are able to :O)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Dove

On Saturday, we found a Dove in the road, with a broken wing from a bullet. We expected he would not survive, but 5 days later, he is still with us. After numerous phone calls to wildlife centers etc, we were given no help apart from 'you need to kill him'. Yeah right, that's really going to happen. (if he was clearly suffering, then yes, that would be the best thing, but he doesn't appear to be)
The day after we picked up the Dove, we had to rescue a Cardinal with a broken wing, from one of our cats, but unfortunately, he didn't survive. A first time for everything.
Anway, does anyone have any experience with Doves? are we doing the right thing? he still can't fly, but he continues to hobble around ok. I have no clue if he is in pain, but having read a thousand sites about ill Doves, he appears to be in good health, apart from his wing. I have emailed a few Dove lovers for help, but as yet, haven't had a response. I'm worrying that he will be lonely? If he is able to fly again, then he will obviously be set free, until then, I think he needs a safe environment.
We think he is a male Mourning Dove, and he is called Coo! :O)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Etsy Project Embrace & Paper Piglet!

BannerFans.com The above cute little piggy is my new banner for my new shop I'm going to open - it will be specifically for all my greeting cards, paintings, sketches, anything paper really! I think my other shop, which is so successful (cough, splutter, gulp)will be just for jewelry mannequins and art dolls. Not sure where to put my clay hearts etc?........... :O) My first Treasury for the Etsy Project Embrace group..... please visit these amazing artists: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=80119

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Thank you Sue!

The lovely Sue from Barton Originals has passed an award on to me.... Thank you so much! :O) Now I will follow the rules and pass this award on to another 3 lovely people.... well I can think of 300 lovely people, but rules are rules!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Etsy Project Embrace

I've just joined a wonderful group of Etsians who have come together to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Etsian Laura from Creatively Tangled was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and is currently on a Chemo programme.
To get more comprehensive information please visit Laura's blog.
Members of Etsy Project Embrace donate a percentage of sales to the Society, and you can see the progress by clicking the link on Laura's blog.
Cancer scares the hell out of me, so I figured that if I could contribute to raising funds, I would be facing my fear, to some degree!
The button above takes you to the Etsy forum thread for more info! (if you click on it that is!)
Thank you to Dionne from City of Dionne for adding me to her wonderful treasury: Here is the link: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=79380 Don't foget to check out Dionnes beautiful shop too!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

New Etsy Treasuries.....

This is the latest one I created for ADO, added some guests too:
My Treasury Buddy, Rose from Janelizabeths also created a lovely one at the same time! ~

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Halloween Challenge & Treasuries!

A sketch of where my thoughts are going with my ADO Challenge ~ not very far really! I'm trying so hard to make it Halloweeny, and the best I can come up with is a velvet pumkin handbag, a fancy corset and a venetian mask, and a grey silk coat with an orange lining!
Oh where is my imagination!!! LOL
Check out this weeks Treasury...
Another divine treasury from Noblegnome, featuring one of my mannequins:
Thank you so much! I think I have found some fellow treasure hunters!
Merritt has just created another stunning treasury, and included my hearts! check out her gorgeous Etsy shop as well as the treasury:
Merritt makes her art from reclaimed tin and wood. I love all her pieces, and I now know what everyone will be getting for Christmas! :O) it's not far away ya know!

Monday, August 24, 2009

MoNdAy MoRnInG

Words don't look right when they are mixed up in high and low case do they! Lester's going to be mixed up later, he went to the Vets for the snip this morning, poor thing. But! I had 3 lovely surprises today... Look who it is! My Tony Bear!! Oh I love him so much! he is utterly adorable! Thank you so much Grace. Go check out her wonderful creations ~ Little Black Crow Studio Oop, I didn't straighten out his little sailors collar before I took his photo - better make sure you visit Grace's store to see much better photography skills! Talking of photography..... I received a stunning print from fine art photographer JC Ritchie I love it ~ Image below. Click on his name to visit his Etsy shop - it truly is worthwhile. Or, click on the image to visit his website...... Ideally, do both! Today JaneElizabeths featured one of my mannequins in her lovely treasury... Thankyou! http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=78120

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday Stuff

Thank you to noblegome for adding me to your Etsy Treasury. It's another beautiful collection. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7149846 Above are a gorgeous pair of earings Noblegnome created. My favorite!
And also thank you to MarciG for adding me to her treasury too! Check out her delightful works of art too!
Three in one weekend! (Merritt's is at the end of this post and made it to the front page! well done) I feel very honored. Thank you. ~ This wonderful doll reminds me of me! tee hee. She even has a little cat! Go check out this artist ~ she's amazing. Lesley-Anne Green
Also, check out the ADO Blog - I have just added some video clips of 'Bagpuss'... I know Yve from Freaky Little Dolls knows of the TV programme, but does anyone else? Truly magical. This is Onray, one of my 8 cats. I could hear him meowing, but couldn't see him until I looked up! he thought the pergola was a great play spot. I wondered who had been messing with my hanging baskets!
One of my new Jewelry mannequins and boxes added to my Etsy shop

Thank you Merritt for adding me to your stunning treasury ~