Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Birthday To Mowgli



Dear Mowgli,

    Today you would have been 3 years old. I would have dressed you up in your skeleton costume, and taken you on a long W-A-L-K. I would have gone to the pet store with you, and I would have let you pick out your favorite toy. Just like last year. I wouldn't be mad if you peed on the floor like last year either, I figured you were just really excited, and you knew.. puppies can't get in trouble on their birthdays.  I would have made us both pizza for dinner. You would have sat up by my shoulder, keeping your mouth close to mine, just in case I forgot where my mouth was and accidentally put pizza in your mouth. 
Remember when I made you that cake? For your first birthday? It was a two layer dog food cake, with treats, peanut butter and cheese. Little dog bones were set up around the cake like frosting. It was very cute, but you didn't know what to do with it.

Remember when I took this picture? 
It was one year ago exactly. To this very day.
I bought this costume for you, years before you were even born.
I bought it knowing I would put it on my little baby dog one day.
You really didn't like it. You put your little fuzzy butt up in the air in distaste.
But we had a deal, you just had to wear it one day out of the year. 
Now it's in a box under my bed with your other clothes and some of your toys.
Except your Coon.
He snuggles with me on the nights where I miss you most.
Like last night.
I cried very hard last night. 
Very hard, I might have woken up the neighbors. 

I'm just a little irritated with you... you see, when you died, you took out 4 real big holidays.
You were born on Halloween.
You were given to me on Christmas.
You fell down the stairs on Valentines day. 
(This could have been a leading cause to your back problems)
And you passed away the day before St. Patrick's day.

You always were my "Holiday Doggie."
I said this before I knew you would pass away with two more holidays.
It's taken a long time to stop thinking about the pain and sadness you were in before you died.
It's a hard process to focus on the good and happy memories.
But I'm doing my best.

I really think you would get along so well with Charlie and Wicket. 
They are silly, crazy rascals, just like you.
You would have taught them some things, like how to chew on my underwear, 
and they would have taught you something, like how to dig big holes, and track in mud.
I think I'll take them on a Halloween-Costume-Mowgli's-Birthday Walk in your honor.
Happy Birthday Mister Mowgli.
I miss you, and I love you so very much.

Until we meet again..
Your best pal,
Rachael

Giveaway With Lisa


Happiest of Halloweens..
(Again, and probably not the last time you will hear this today.)

I'm very excited about this giveaway today.
This is one I wish I could enter! 
Lisa Leonard Designs is a beautiful collection of customizable and beautiful jewelry and decor. Beautiful, happy messages displayed onto silver. I'm in love, and have been since I first saw it. 
I'm a super sentimental gal, who loves all things heart shaped and lovey. 
So, this beautiful website captured my heart right away.


 Next week, two lucky winners will receive a $50 gift card.
Wonderful huh?! 



 
Here are the rules to win:  
Tell me what you would get if you won! 
(I would get a little necklace with Mowgli's name on it! It is his birthday after all. )

2.) Like her page on Facebook.
and leave me a comment telling me about it.

3.) Go say hello at her blog, and follow Her Blog.
and leave me a comment telling me about it.

4.) And make sure you are a follower of my blog!

Leave your email or a way to contact you in one of your comments!
Remember, you need to leave a separate comment for each entry you that you do. 

That's a total of 4 entries per person! 
This will increase your chances, since I will use a random number generator to pick the winner.


 The winner will be announced next Monday!

And here is the winner of last week's giveaway!

Congrats Mattos! I will email you shortly!

Winner Winner!

Happy Halloween! 
Halloween is my favorite holiday.. 
Or at least it used to be, I'm trying to make the best of today.
I'm excited I actually get to celebrate this year. 

Today is a busy day for this little blog,
but I wanted to announce the winner of the 
Pumpkin Carving Contest!

It was super hard to judge. 
But the winner(s) have been decided. 

First Place goes to
 My reasons for picking this pumpkin,
I love that the owl is cute, yet still Halloweeny. 
I love that it's done in layers so, there are technically three colors.
It's an owl in a tree! 
It was done and photographed so very well.

Wonderful job Chiara! 
I'll be emailing you shortly about your prize! 


I just had to go with a second place winner.
We all decided on R2D2.
First off, I LOVE Star Wars.
This actually looks like it would be very hard to do, especially the circle inside the square business. 
So, wonderful job Nikki! 
I'll email you shortly about YOUR prize!!

Late last night we received one more entry.
I posted it to the blog, and it was Brad's instant favorite.
He LOVES blue whales, and knows every thing about that.
Kayla's Pumpkin was awarded the "Special Bradley's Honorable Mention"
I'll be emailing you shortly about your prize!!


Thank you all soooo much for entering!

Please stay tuned because I've got a whole knew giveaway to announce (AND another winner)
in just a few minutes, and I think you will love this one! 
This next giveaway is one I wish I could enter!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Contest FINAL entries!

Halloween Greetings! 
Here are the final entries for the Pumpkin Carving Contest! I got SO many this week... I have no idea how we are going to judge all these amazing pumpkins. Every one I see, I think, "Yep, that's MY favorite." SO, we will have a board of judges. Bradley, Me, and my very own family. We will try to look at them all and decide the ultimate winner.. It's going to be hard!

Here are last week's entries, and after that I will show you all the other entries!
 Sara Goshenour's Owl
 Matt's pumpkin
Ron Swanson, From Parks and Recreation
(Definitely a way to MY heart, anything Star Wars.)
Another way to my heart.. DISNEY.
Julie's Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkins

Dinosaur- Sister's
Ghost-  Jake
Bat-  Tyler
Though Gentri didn't enter, I still thought it was sweet to enter her sister's and friends!!
Katelyn the soon to be mother of 2's pumpkin.


AND two more entries.. (My bad!)
 Nathan Ives
Katy Ives

Don't see your pumpkin? Still want to submit, you can submit any time today and still be entered!!

Kayla's Whale pumpkin!

That's it for the new entries, but check out the previous entries.

Mine and Destinee's Pumpkins, though they are not entered in the contest.
 Eef, or Erin of Eef-ink.com
Emily Connor and her Sister's pumpkins
 Spencer & Kylie's pumpkins.

Judging this contest is going to be tough! Thanks to all those who entered! 
I'm amazed at the number of entries.. it's been a wonderful month! 

Which pumpkin is your favorite?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Interview With Harmony!



Please give us a brief bio, where you are from, who you are, and how you started in this field?
 Hi, I am Harmony, a mixed media artist, mommy to a creative little soul with a new baby on the way, wife to an amazing partner, and lover of all things crafty, handmade, and DIY! I live in Florida with my family and recently completed my graduate work in Marriage and Family Counseling, but have no intention on working a single day in an office.  I am always finding new ways of seeing typical things, and this love has fueled my creative aspirations.  I started painting to heal my own soul and then grew passionate about inspiring and encouraging other "closet creatives" like myself to release their inner joy through color, texture, and creative play.




When did you first discover your creative talents?

I first realized that I had an eye for spacial design and color when I was 13.  I needed an outlet for dealing with all the angst and drama that comes with growing up as a teenage girl and discovered that through painting and art journaling, I could make some sense of all my emotions and begin to craft my own dreams.

What inspires you to keep going and how do you keep yourself motivated?
My greatest inspiration is my son.  He's only 3 years old and LOVES creating things.  His creative process is so free of all boundaries and rules that we adults put on ourselves.  He doesnt have to work at keeping his art fresh, nor does he struggle to hang on to the playfulness and joy of creating like adults do.  He helps me stay spontaneous, playful, and take risks in my work.  My motivation, however, comes entirely from my deep belief that everyone should pursue the passions of their heart and find inspirational goals to always reach for.  Even if I never accomplish all my hopes and dreams for my art in the end, I will have found unending happiness in the journey to get there.

How will you describe your style?
My Artwork has always had a very strong graffiti and abstract influence.  I love strong lines and stark contrasts with unusual pops of color.  I also would say that I exhibit strains of folk art with a shabby chic feel. 



Describe yourself in 5 words.
Seeker, Dreamer, Soulful, Creative, Playful






Anything else you would like to add? Favorite quote? Words of advice?

My absolute favorite quote of all time is one by author Ray Bradbury "Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.”  I always keep a copy of it penned on a bit of paper and taped somewhere close to my creating spaces.  It reminds me to create from my heart and soul and not my head.