Friday, February 18, 2011

Tralalalalalalala! OWOH Winner Announcement!

Being a night owl, I kept my comments open until midnight last night, certain that I could choose the winner immediately after.  Alas, the weather gremlins had other plans and were out in the snowstorm knocking down power lines and running the poor electrical company crew workers a merry chase.  Let's hope the workers appreciated both the overtime pay and the magical sparkling snow illuminated by a full moon.


Here she was last night peeking out between a thin spot in the clouds.


Lighting up the icicles clinging to the roofline and shrubbery.  (Ni! Ni!)


 And look, I wasn't kidding about the sparkling snow.  You can sorta kinda see a few sparkles (in particular, look at the bottom left hand corner).  You have to trust me, in real life, it was dazzling.  And I took these photos on a regular camera setting with no flash.  The shadows were even sharper in person as well, at 1 am-ish in the wee hours.

Other than a quick dash out to let the chihuahuas do their thing and snap a few photos, I was inside eating brownie sundaes and playing a fierce game of Scrabble by a card table near a roaring fire.  No heat.  Certainly no internet.  And as much as we adore our cyberlives, sometimes it's  good to get back to the most basic of experiences. Oui? 

Well, enough already with the backstory.  The point being, there was no online random generator to select the winner.  No problemo.  I happen to know a few fae folk who are willing to guide me to the once and future king... no, wait.  Wrongstory.  To the rightful winner.  And, so they did.  In their typically wise and amusing way.

The winner of my door prize is -

Marianna of Vintage Arabesque (love the name of your blog!)  

The faeries say YOU must be the proud new owner of a handful of Butt Roses.  Please let me know what color(s) you would like me to make your roses.  Choose up to three colors.  I'll email you backchannel for your mailing address.


Postscript: I have mixed feelings about another OWOH event being over (and although it is indeed the final OWOH, check out Lisa's post announcing a new and, I believe, IMPROVED event beginning next year!).  On one hand, I only managed to visit a fraction of the participats this year (but I won! I won one very perfect prize - tell you 'bout that later).  On the other hand, I was spending all my spare time online.  And let's face it - "spare time" - SPARE????
Now the prize deadline passed, the pressure is off.  Whew.  I do still plan to find snippets of time when I can lace up my cyberboots and spend time wandering through the links, discovering more new blog friends and returning to some of my old favorites.  And I want to spend an equal amount of time here, preparing new posts for other creative travelers who may knock on my blog doors.  (My other blog is here.)  I also want to spend time doing some major revamping on both blogs.  To say "Yeah, they need it." is an understatement.  To say "Oh really, I hadn't noticed." is a clear sign that you need to go visit your friendly neighborhood optometrist.) It'll be nice, to slow down the pace.  I look forward to many cups of tea together.

Friday, February 11, 2011


I am slipping in just under the wire to participate in this,  the LAST year (sniff!), of the blogging community's open house - One World One Heart 2011.  Participants and guests go from blog to blog meeting each other and entering in all the lovely giveaways offered by creative bloggers around the world. (I'll put the link to all the participants at the end of this post for you.)

Although my blog has been around for many years, 2010 found my posts far and few between.  Not sure why.  It was an unplanned hiatus.  Might have something to do with launching our last child from the nest.  It was a busy year.  If you haven't visited here before, a wee bit of info about me -  I'm a creative soul with too many ideas and not enough focus.  I am undoubtedly part corvid, always distracted by the flash of something new and shiny to pull me off in another direction.  But I'm hoping this coming year will be one of creative focus and growth for me, and that will mean an unprecedented amount of artistic endeavors to post about in 2011!  I'm making a public declaration, right here and now, to help me follow through and be a creative Goddess.

At the moment, life is crazy and busy.  My creative plans of the coming week are to finish some much needed room painting.  I've got myself a willing, I mean friend, to help me.  Wish me luck!

And my giveaway?  I'm giving away some Butt Roses!

Right now voices all over the globe are saying "Butt Roses!  Yay!  I've always wanted some Butt Roses!!!  I LOVE Butt Roses!"

Well, in my imagination you're all saying that.  What you're really saying (if I didn't frightened you and you've already clicked away to the blog of a less crazy person) is "What in blue blazes are Butt Roses!?"


Here I am in one of my many alternate personas as a Rose Fae, proudly wearing my Butt Roses on a green bustle.  Hehehe.  See!  You DO want some Butt Roses, don't you!

Here's a close up of some of them.   They're very shabby chic and organic.


And here's a photo of a rose in the hand to show you the size of a medium one.


I'm offering three roses to one lucky winner - one each of small, medium and large.   My roses are in cream, taupe, and pink,  but I can make your roses in a color or colors of your choosing.  And no, you don't have to wear them on your butt.  You can stitch them onto a headband or hair pin.  Or a favorite cardigan or jacket?  A purse?  You could even just display them nestled into a bowl or scattered amongst your perfumes and combs.   

Just leave a comment on this post with a link back to your blog or an email address so I can contact you if you win.  Deadline for leaving a comment is midnight PST on February 17th.

As promised, here's a link back to the participant list for One World One Heart 2011.  Please enjoy cyberflying about, meeting the many wonderful and creative bloggers around this blue globe.  I hope to find time to visit old friends and meet new ones in between spilling paint on my kitchen floor and running to the store for more paint rollers.

And when you're tuckered out from your travels, I'm hoping you will come back for another visit.  I'll put on the tea kettle.  You can pull out a chair, knock a cat off the seat, and have a cuppa with me.  Do you take sugar?  Milk?  No, not that one, that's an old paint can!!!!  Well, I'll have it all cleaned up by the time you get back again, right?