Friday, October 11, 2013

Halloween Print Giveaway!! (Now Closed) ;)

A GINORMOUS Thank You to all who participated in my first ever giveaway!!
Are you all dying to know who won?!?
(Sorry for the delay, it has been a crazy busy day)
But without futher ado...

(drumroll please)
I know, it got real technical drawing the winner, just the classic pen and paper and Mr. B himself drew the name.  :)  So I guess you can thank Mr. B, Ginger!!  Congrats!!!   :-D
And I know you already know how to reach me, so no worries there.  ;)










I think I'm only like 11 posts into my blog thus far, and I'm already hosting a giveaway?!  I must be crazy... crazy excited!  ;)  Now, when I thought about hosting a giveaway in the first place, I had to ask myself why I wanted to do it?  It's not necessarily to build readers on my blog, but more as a thank you to all of those who have supported me in starting this blog in the first place.  Seriously, I was too chicken to just jump in this on my own; hearing everyone's words of encouragment really helped me to find my "brave side" and just do it!  So I'm going to keep this giveaway VERY simple.  Here are the rules:


This giveaway is for Utah State residents ONLY.
(It's not because I don't love everyone else in the rest of the world, keep in mind, this is my first giveaway, and I don't want to overwhelm myself, or get in too deep; I need to keep it simple, so my apologies to those not living in Utah.  We'll see how well this goes, and maybe later on when my blog is a little more established, I can host a more extensive giveaway.)  ;)  

What will you be winning?
Your choice of one of my chalkboard art prints (11x14), made by... ME!  :)
(frame not included, this is for the 11x14 print only)

You can choose from either "Witches Go Riding"...

 Or "Trick or Treat"...


How to enter?
Simply follow my blog by clicking the "join this site" tab on the right (You'll most likely need to be on a computer to view this, not your smart phone) If you don't have access to a computer, you could possibly view the "web version" on your phone to find that tab.  And comment under this post with which print you'd like to win!  "Trick or Treat" or "Witches Go Riding"

Contest will close tomorrow Oct. 12th at 6 PM Mountain Time.
I will randomly draw a winner and announce the lucky person tomorrow evening.  I will also leave info to contact me.  It will be the winner's responsibilty to contact me, so I can get your info so that you can recieve your free print!  If I don't hear from the winner by Monday, Oct 14th, a new winner will be drawn.  

Good luck everyone!!  And thank you so much to all of my amazing readers!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Children's Halloween Books, Round Two!

Here are a few more books for Halloween you and your kids are sure to love!

"Monster Museum" by Marilyn Singer, Illustrated by Gris Grimly.  (This is the other book I told you about in my last book post that's illustrated by Gris Grimly.)  Like I said, big fan of his work!  This book doesn't have a real story line, but rather super fun/cute little poems describing each monster.

"Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp" by Mercer Mayer.  Everyone knows who Mercer Mayer is, right?!?  If you know of the "Little Critter" books, then you know of Mercer Mayer.  He's certainly one of my top favorite author of picture books of all time.  I haven't seen/read a book of his I didn't love!  Now, Liza Lou isn't  strictly a Halloween book.  Infact, it may even be more for an "everyday read."  However, the way Liza deals with a "gobblygook" "witch" "Haunt" and more, I'd say it fits in rather nicely with my Halloween collection.  This book is definitely worth reading, so clever and cute!

"We're Off to Find the Witch's House" by Mr. Krieb, illustrated by R.W. Alley
this book was a gift to my daughter from her grandmother (my mom, the one the magnificent library to behold)  Fun fact: Mr. Krieb was an elementary school teacher for thirty years!  So I think it's safe to say he knows how to capture the hearts of children.  This was his very first children's book, and it does not disappoint.  You start chanting the words in a rhythm without even trying!  :)  (As if you were singing along to "We're going on a Bear Hunt")  Everyone knows of that, right?  If you've never heard of that, I'm so sorry you didn't get to grow up alongside me.  My mom introduced me to many fun things growing up.  :)

So there you have it!  3 more books to add to your Halloween "must read" list!  :)



Liebster Award!


I'm feeling super loved today;  My friend Megan over at Galumphing in High Heels nominated me for one of those little blogger awards called the Liebster Award.  It may not be a huge deal, but I was honored nonetheless.  Thanks Megan!!  So here are the rules, because you know I am so participating!
"Liebster" means dearest in German, and it's awarded, blogger to blogger, to up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.  The rules for accepting and giving the award are pretty simple.  Once you accept the award, you just have to do the following in a blog entry:

Answer the 11 questions posted by the nominator on her blog
Give 11 facts about yourself
Nominate 5-11 other new, up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers
Make up 11 more questions to pass on to the bloggers you choose to nominate
Thank your nominator by linking back to her blog
Upon your post going live, contact your nominees about your nomination for them

The questions I am to answer:
1. What is your favorite vegetable?
  Corn on the cob, green beans, and grilled asparagus.  YUMO!  And potatoes.  Potatoes are a veggie, right?  Don't answer that, dumb question, I know.  :)  On the opposite end of that question, I can't stand carrots!!  Unless they are super, super cooked.


2. What is your favorite childhood memory?
I had an awesome childhood, so I don't know if I can pin it down to just one favorite memory.  I guess I'll go with getting snow days in Maryland.  (You don't get snow days here in Utah.  Well, you do, if there's 8 feet of snow on the roads and still dumping.)  (slight exageration, but not really)  One snow day my older brother packed snow onto our slide, and we all slid down it on some plastic sacks.  So much fun!! 


3. What is one thing you cannot go a day without using?
My toothbrush.  :)


4. Which season is your favorite and why?
All growing up my favorite season was winter!  Infact, I dreamt of a winter wedding... January should've been  the perfect winter wedding, but alas it was 70 degrees on our wedding day, in the middle of January!  Yeah, no snow I know of sticks around in 70 degree weather.  Oh well.  Ever since moving up to the mountains, winter is no longer my favorite season anyhow.  I now love spring the most.  Definitley spring.  :)


5. What is your favorite movie?
I LOVE too many movies to have a favorite!  But some that I could watch over and over again: Ever After,  A Little Princess  (not the version with Shirley Temple),  The Secret Garden,  the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings series,  Mavrick, The Count of Monte Cristo, Second Hand Lions, The Italian Job,  A Knights Tale, Oceans Eleven, all of the Pirate movies... WOW, I got a little carried away, sorry.  I guess I'll stop now, I could probably go on for a while. 


6. What has been your favorite Halloween costume?
Um, I dunno.  I love getting to mix it up every year.  Halloween is so FUN!  But one of my most memorable costumes is when I dressed up as a pirate with Mr. B.  Why was it so memorable?  Well, it's the only time I can recall when Mr. B WILLINGINLY dressed up with me, AND it was also the same costume that my then future mother-in-law told me I looked like a sex kitten.  Yes, you read that right.  Should I be admitting that??  I was dumbstruck when she told this to me.  I think it left Mr. B speachless too.  LOL.  Not to fret, I absolutely LOVE my MIL.  This comment just made me rethink my costumes from then on.  haha!  And I don't know, I didn't think my cosutme was THAT scandalous  what do you think?  
Ok, forget I asked, don't answer that.  But man, look how young we were!  This is also the night we announced our engagement to the family.  And no, Mr. B didn't style his hair like Alfalfa, that's a split in the curtain behind him, no time to photoshop at the moment.  ;)

7. What is your favorite physical feature?
  I'd have to say my eyebrows.  So I think I have nice eyebrows, that's not weird or anything.  


8. Where is one place you'd like to visit?
Seriously, Megan, what's with all the questions that can't be narrowed down to one!?  ;)
New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland, just to name a few.


9. Chick Flick or Action?
Depends on my mood.  But generally a Chick Flick.


10. What is your most embarrassing moment?
I'm going to go ahead and count the answer to question number 6 as a double answer for this question. ;0)


11. What did you want to be growing up?
It changed all the time, but usually jumped from an artist/children's book illustrator/writer, Librarian, or Animal Trainer at Sea World.  I'm obviously none of those today, but I couldn't have lucked out any better in life.  Being a Mom is the best job in the world!  :)

Eleven facts about myself, (because you didn't learn enough about me already)  ;)
1.  I have favorite letters.  If you're curious, they are: E, Q, R, and S.
2.  I'm a big Disney Fan.  I've only lost once, or twice, to the game "Disney Seen It."  true story.
3. I wish I could go to Disneyland twice a year.
4. I should add a "Disney Princess" to the list of things I want to be when I grow up.
5. I love it when I suceed in making Mr. B laugh.
6. My favorite sound is the sound of my children laughing hysterically.
7. I'm HORRIBLE at spelling, and grammar for that matter.
8. I am a Mormon.  I know it, I live it, I love it.
9.  I'm well known as the "dumb blonde" in my family.
10.  Mr. B and I only knew each other for roughly 6 months before we were married.  (3 months of dating, and 3 months to plan the wedding)
11.  Mr. B and I have "matching" middle names.

My Questions for my Nominees:
1. What's your favorite smell, and why?
2. What was your favorite childhood toy?
3. Would you rather live in a cozy cottage, or an extrodinary castle?
4. Sweet or Salty?  Or both?!
5. Have you ever broken a bone?  If so, how?
6.  What has been your favorite age thus far in life, and why?
7. Were you named after anyone?
8. What is the first thing you notice about people?
9. What is the farthest you have been from home?
10. What was your favorite subject in school?
11. What is your favorite home cooked meal?

I'm going to go ahead and follow Megan's lead and nominate some bloggers who I think check this blog every now and again :)  Some of them may have more than 200 readers, but I'm going to break the rules here, infact, I'm going to allow my nominees to break some of the rules too if they wish to participate;  this took me a little longer to complete than I anticiapted (still grateful though!!), so feel free to cut back on how many questions you answer, how many facts you want to share, and how many questions you ask to those who you nominate.  And I promise I understand if you don't have the time to participate!  Just know that I love you, and your blogs!!  :)  Ok, so my nominees are:
Catherina at Catherina's Creative Corner
Lindsay at Country Girl Home
Nikkie at Adventure is Out There
Kelsea at Cody and Kelsea Our Happily Ever After
and last but not least, Susette at Heart Strings by Susette.

Monday, October 7, 2013

More Halloween to Share...

So you may be partially aware of how much we love Halloween over here, but seeing how I'm not done sharing more 'lovelies' of Halloween, perhaps now, you'll realize the full extent of just how much we {I} love it!  I generally put all of my Halloween decor up sometime in September, but then as it goes into October, I usually end up finding, and/or making new things to add to my ever growing collection.  :)  Ok, so I have the same problem with Easter and Christmas... (Just a heads up)  And I get so excited about such little things, that I just can't hold off to share the "new" stuff with you till next year.  I. Must. Share. Now!  :)

Today I went to Black Island Farms with my family.  Fun hay ride, fun hay slides, fun train, corn pit,  bouncy house, corn mazes... (you get the point)  ...AND LOVELY pumpkins!!  Of all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors... I was especially drawn to the tiny white pumpkins...
 (The large one is plastic, I was surprised when I got home to see how spot-on the color was to the natural ones!)  Aren't the darling?!  They fit in the palm of my hand.  And that white is just sooo perfect.  I glitterfied just a couple...
 Gold glitter on white pumpkins.  Yup, I'm in love.  :)

I was stoked to find a black pumpkin too!!  Ok, ok, so I think the actual color is a very deep green, but, I say it's close enough to black to just go ahead and say it is.  :)  The stem on the yellow pumpkin made me snatch it up real quick...
 I think they look lovely paired together.  The black pumpkin would look amazing with some silver glitter too.  I just didn't have any on hand.  Crazy, I know, coming from me the 
Glitter Queen.  I guess I use it more often than I realize, and used mine all up.  :(

And they of course had the classic orange Pumpkins.  And we couldn't resist a green speckled one either...
 Wow, who knew I could go on so much about pumpkins?!  But they're pretty, no?  Ok, enough of the pumpkins, I still have more I want to share!!

My latest embroidery project!  Have I mentioned I'm related to some crazy talented people?  I'm pretty sure I have at least once in every post... My sister drew the pattern up for me.  She's pretty awesome like that. :)  I had the easy job of turning it into some needle and thread art.

 EEE!  I just love it!  Here's a better close up...
 And when I "pan back out," you'll see the next item I want to share with you!  (We're more than half way there, please, stay with me!)  Do you remember that local seasonal boutique where I got my witches hat?  Well I went again this year, and returned with adorable potion/poison bottles...  This green one on the left is a bottle of "Baby Dragon Scales"  The two tiny vintage medicine bottles are a variety of "poisons"  I should have taken a close up of those... dang!

And here is the bottle of witches brew... don't you love the feathers, and that chevron burlap ribbon?!  I could NOT pass these babies up.  :)  I did however, add the bit of twine around the neck of the bottle, the one my sister bought had that detail, and I thought this one needed it too.  :)  My sister was originally planning on making some of these bottles on her own, but after finding such an awesome variety at the boutique, she graciously gave me a bottle she had saved.  (that would be the "Witch Hazel")  Mine isn't nearly as fancy as the ones I purchased, but I figured I had enough going on this little shelf, that less would be more.  I just slapped on a free label, messily added some twine, and called it good.  :)

Ok, that's all... for now.  Yes, I seriously have more Halloween fun to share; including more of my favorite Halloween children's books.  So be sure to check back in, friends!  :)