Monday, September 26, 2011

Texture Tuesday "Love" and Party Announcements!

This is for "love" because I love to photograph clouds! Back in the day of old-school film photography I would fill roll after roll of black and white film with pictures of clouds. The texture is "if only", soft light 76%.

Now for two party announcements:

There is a Halloween party on October 22 at "A Faniciful Twist", click here for details.

And on October 29 and 30 there will be a Witches Tea Party, click here for details.

My broom will need a tune up after all these parties...

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Merry Meet and Practical Magic!

Time for a party! Step inside and join the Practical Magic blog fun.

It's fall...

Time for apples and golden leaves...

How about a brownie? Mexican Hot Chocolate brownies to be precise - would you like the recipe?

Heat oven to 350, grease 8" pan
1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 t vanilla
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/4 t cinnamon
Bake for 25 minutes or until brownies pull away from pan

1 cake of Mexican hot chocolate - see the picture above, Ibarra is my favorite brand.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 T cocoa
3 T butter, softened
1/2 t vanilla
1 t - 2 T milk

Cut the chocolate cake in pieces and put in a metal mixing bowl and place mixing bowl on top of a saucepan of boiling water - like a double boiler - stir until it's soft, it doesn't melt smooth, remove from hot water. Add powdered sugar and cocoa to melted chocolate, mix with an electric mixer on low to blend, add butter and mix well. Add vanilla and enough milk for spreading consistency. The frosting will be a bit gritty from the hot chocolate cake, spread on cooled brownies, cut into squares and enjoy. These are crumbly, plate and fork brownies.

What lovely outfits - I'm sure the Owens sisters know their neddlework. They must have magical sewing boxes!

Of course they do - a magic fan, crescent moon and even a purple dragon!

Crocheted herb and popouri bags...

Stiched charms with lucky spells!

Pins and needles and secret boxes...

Let's see what the cards say - visiting friends bring gifts of fun and frivolity - sounds good to me! Walk in peace and Blessed be!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Texture Tuesday!

Whooo,whooo! My little owl tea-light holder says it's fall. The texture is "warm sun", multiply 100%, erased over the owl.

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Dare to Dream

Dare to dream, dare to fly...

Kelly Rae Roberts offers an e-course called "Flying Lessons: tips and tricks to help your creative business soar" (link in the side-bar) and if you're interested in starting a creative business or just being more creative - I highly recommend it. It's more of an experience than a group of lessons and it'll take a while for it all to soak in, but I'm glad I took it. The "flyers" were mostly women and it never ceases to amaze me how much crap society dumps on us, all of us. Leaning to be clear about who you are is so imporant and so difficult and it's something I've been working on for a long time.

I made the necklace above for a friend - she's bold to defend others and stand up for what's fair, but she doesn't defend herself. I wanted her to feel the encouragement and acknowledgment of her own self-worth, dare to fly!

You, who are reading this, are valuable! Find your wings, jump out of the nest and soar!