I am blessed

Look at this very special gift I received from a very special friend.

I met Lonnie last year at Art & Soul. An amazingly creative artist, she is lovely and so genuinely nice. Her gift touched my heart and reminded me how blessed I am in so many ways.

Yummy florals, velvet, and glitter mixed with Lonnie’s special touch of vintage sweetness.

Thank you, Lonnie! Thank you for the Valentine. Thank you for your friendship!


Charm swap – sneak peek

Here is a peek at the charms I’m working on for a swap with the JouJou Girls. The theme is Valentines and who doesn’t love roses for that particular holiday? I am so excited at how they are turning out – even better than the picture I snapped with my cell phone (if I do say so myself). I just have the wire wrapping (ala the Deryn Mentock technique) left to do. I made some extras for other uses… maybe an addition to my OWOH giveaway!

New on Etsy

Here are my latest listings on artful bliss, my Etsy site.

One World – One Heart

I am so excited to be participating in this worldwide giveaway: One World – One Heart, created by Lisa Swifka. This is a fun way to get acquainted with new people. All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. You’re not even required to have a blog or host your own giveaway (unless you wish to). On Thursday, February 12, I will draw a random participant to win the prizes below! Make sure you leave your email or a link to your blog so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

That’s it… that’s all you have to do… although I do hope you stop by the blog to say hi every once in a while.

If you would like to host your own giveaway, learn more about this event, or if you’d like to meet other participating bloggers, they are listed at the One World – One Heart site. Clicking the logo above will take you there.

UPDATE: If I get 200 entrants, I will add another set of prizes!
Stay tuned!

Here is what the lucky winner will receive: one vintage German doll torso, one frozen Charlotte doll, and five antique medicine tin lids.

These dolls are perfect for creating unique works of art. They are beautiful as the focal piece for a pendant. Add a bit of lace and make a special ornament. Alter and art them up… the possibilities are endless. Because these dolls were dug up from an old doll factory, the amount of detail, distress, and dirt will vary. The doll torso has holes for the arms and legs and measure about 1 3/4 inches tall. The frozen Charlotte is about 2 inches tall. The jewelry box and the hand are not included in the giveaway and are used for display only.

The small tin lids are very old. There are no bottom pieces, only the tops. The color is a deep yellow with very decorative trim. These would be so perfect for making ornaments or charms. Find small treasures to encase in resin. Attach to a chain and wear as a pendant. Or paint it and make a mini collage. Each tin is about 2 inches in diameter.

Had to join the fun

New artsy site

Has anyone heard of ArtFire? It’s similar to etsy but with some big differences… This site seems much more techie than Etsy. You can link up with facebook, twitter, and google analytics. The listing portal is much simpler (one page!) than etsy’s.  And the best part, there are no listing fees and no commission fees. As soon as word gets ArtFire is going to give Etsy a run for their money! Here is a link to my artful bliss – the cupboards are kinda bare but you’ll get the idea. Click on the graphic below to learn more about the site’s features. Or check out their FAQs.

THE absolute best

Sunday I was dying for some good old comfort food. You know… something with grease and carbs! Well, I was introduced to the best junk food ever: Five Guys Burgers and Fries. They’re located in Beaverton and it was SO busy… even for a Sunday afternoon. The hamburgers are 100% beef and hand pressed. The fries are hand cut and fried in peanut oil. All goodies and condiments are added at no additional charge. I had a cheeseburger with grilled onions and grilled mushrooms and an order of fries. Next time I’ll be ordering a smaller sized burger because the thing was huge. The fries are delicious and a definite guilty splurge! The ambiance isn’t anything special but the food was great  (check out their no-frills menu) and more than makes up for it. If you happen to be out and about and find yourself traveling near Cedar Hills Boulevard and Walker Road, stop in for a bite to eat and tell me what you think.