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If I haven’t said so before, I love to read. Love it love it love it. I will read from any genre and give anything a try. And many of the other people I know that love to read do not share one of my other loves and I kind of feel like I need to keep it hidden like some sort of guilty pleasure. But I’m here to confess..


Three years ago I bought my first house and with the house I signed up for Direct TV. With Direct TV, I received a free Tivo trial. We hadn’t had cable, satellite or anything for almost 4 years. It was sensory overload. I was lost in the fabulousness of the universe beyond network televisions. I drooled over Iron Chef, I laughed uproariously with Jon Stewart. I gasped in shock at Rome.

And the new fall TV season is about to start. I could just die of excitement. Here’s my lineup. Some have already started, and some are upcoming.
The Amazing Race
Top Design
Amercia’s Next Top Model
Big Brother

I also can’t leave out some non-reality faves that are about to start:
The Office
30 Rock

And also:
College, NFL, I don’t care. I am a huge UK Wildcats fan.

I also am a huge fan of:
Top Chef
Iron Chef
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report
The Closer

And many many others. Do I constantly watch tv? You’d be surprised. Start a show on your Tivo twenty minutes in and you can FF right through all those Shampoo commercials and Political ads. One rainy day and you can watch a season of 24 in 24 hours. Not having to wait until the next week is almost more satisfying than it should be. And don’t get me started on the Pause button. Thank God for the pause button when you are watching tv with a chatter. Some of the shows I don’t even have to watch, I can listen while sewing new pillows for my Etsy shop.

So go ahead…think bad of me…or message me and we can make bets on who will be the first couple to whom Phil will utter the words…”You are the last to arrive. I’m sorry to say that you have been eliminated from the race.”

Oh my god, I just got goosebumps!


 “From ghoulies and ghosties
  and long leggety beasties
  and things that go bump in the night,
  May the Good Lord, deliver us!”

It’s almost Autumn. The beginning of my favorite time of year is peeking at me from around the corner. Yeah, it may be 96 degrees here today, but Sunday it will be 84. Then later, 82…then cooler and cooler it will get until the sweatshirts get unpacked and stripy kneesocks unfurl. Leaves will turn, the trees will fall gently asleep. I can almost feel the crisp breeze. Hear the leaves falling. Crunching. Smell the woodsmoke.

And while many Etsians are already peddling their Christmas wares, myself included, my other favorite holiday is creeping up also. Halloween!!! (Samhain for some of my friends)  I love being outside on an Autumn night, with a big harvest moon overhead.

This all reminds me of sitting around listening to spooky stories told by my uncle. He loves the spooky, the creepy and the bizarre. That must be where I get it. He taught me the poem at the beginning of this post. He would read to us the stories of the Brothers’ Grimm and International Folk Tales from Collier’s. They were not nice with pretty endings like bedtime stories today. There was no Elmo. There was a witch in a gingerbread house who would cook children. There was no Barbie. There were the Hobyas that came out of the woods and ate the Woodcutter and his Wife after Little Dog Toby tried his best to warn them. They were creepy and frightening and just plain awful. How I love them all!

So, in honor of the creepy and eerie and a good old haunting, I present some of my Halloween Etsy faves…
Enjoy or I’ll TP your monitor.

From the eye of JacqleenBleu we have a scene that is surely haunted..

This drawing makes me wonder if KellieDrawsPictures has a big nightlight…

Look out! A witch lives here! But a very cool LilWitchy, she is…

And you won’t want to be caught here after dark…(by Crafterella)

It always fascinates me to learn how artists find their way in the world. Today’s featured artist Shellie Mitchell used her circumstance as inspriation and motivation. She took chances, strayed outside the realm of what is thought of as “traditional” art and paved her own path. Or rather, she covered that path with fabric and allowed herself to flourish. Yay Shellie! I admire you!

Shellie’s technique results in artwork that you cannot take your eyes off of. And then, when you do and look back, you see something new. She has a great eye for color, story, texture, composition and emotion. Not many people can successfully combine these elements into something “right”. Just one look lets you know that you’ve come across something pretty special. And I can’t imagine what one of her pieces looks like in person. (My painting teacher – Prof. Stomps would have loved you!)

Here are some of my favorites. Check her out!



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