Friday, 26 October 2012

Soon....are you ready??

Are you getting ready for the festivities this weekend? I love love loooooove a good Halloween party and this weekend's blog event is sure to be so full of creative Halloween spooky fun that it will take days to recover from all the creepy goodness! I can't wait to see what everyone has in store :-) If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then perhaps you should run (don't walk) over to Vanessa's blog at A Fanciful Twist to see what all the hoopla is about! Ok, not physically run, that would be just silly....digitally run that is.

 In the midst of getting ready for the upcoming blog event, I've also been painting up a storm. I've been having fun with new holiday themed pieces, but in keeping with the Halloween spirit, I did do this little whimsical watercolor and acrylic painting. She's dressed in her favorite purple dress and mask and is headed to the Halloween ball. 

Now it's off to finish up some last minute projects before the spooky fun begins. I've got a fun giveaway as part of my party post, so I hope you can visit over the weekend to say hello and check it out! See you son!


Monday, 22 October 2012

Totally Smitten!

Happy Monday everyone! In spite of the gloomy, rainy, English weather here in my little part of the world, it's a lovely day inside the Whimsy Ways studio. I've got homemade beef stew simmering in the oven, I have every candle in my house lit, and my newly carved pumpkins are glowing softly......and if that isn't enough to make a girl happy, my hands are covered in paint from the fun new mixed media piece I've been working on this morning, and I have a goofy old Halloween movie on in the background. Oh's a good day indeed!!

I wanted to pop in quickly to show you something so adorable, so AWESOME, that it just has to be shared. Remember me mentioning that I had won the recent blog party giveaway from Julie of Pippins Nest? Well...her lovely package arrived over the weekend and oh my goodness, what a wonderful bunch of goodies she sent! First there was this gorgeous handcrafted ticket that was part of the theme of the carnival blog party. You can't tell very well from the picture, but it has lovely silver sparkly goodness all along the edges. So pretty!

Then there were these totally and completely adorable little handmade miniature pumpkins. Perfect for adding autumn goodness to little spaces!

And then, last out of the carefully wrapped package was this gorgeous handmade art doll. It was love at first sight. I mean...just look at her!! I really was truly smitten as soon as I'd unwrapped her and gotten a good look. Her quirky expression, orange hair with little tophat, and black lace dress are so much fun. 

She is now in a place of honor on my mantle and every time I look at her it makes me smile. Big big thanks to Julie for her generous giveaway and for sending her gorgeous handmade creations. I will truly treasure them!!! If you have not visited Julie at Pippins Nest, please do pop over and say hello!

Now it's back to making a mess with paints for me. Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, 11 October 2012

And The Winner Is.......

Today is the day to announce the winner of my giveaway for the wonderful Carnival Mysterieux event from this past weekend! What a wonderful time I had visiting everyone's blogs and seeing all the fun, spooky, and creative posts. I love discovering new blogs to follow and visit, and I think these types of events are such a great way to do that. Another big thanks to Anna of Frosted Petunias, and Marfi of Incipient Wings for hosting the festivities! you may or may not remember, I offered this vintage style gemstone and lock and key necklace as a giveaway for my lovely visitors.

I used's random number generator to choose the winner, and the number that came up was lucky comment number 21 from Mina of Green Witch With Fairy Sparkles! Mina, I'll be contacting you directly to get your info so that I can mail you your treasure! Thanks again to everyone who visited and commented, it was wonderful to have you all here!

Now that the carnival event has passed and we are full on into autumn I am getting totally excited for Halloween. I've mentioned more than once here on my blog how much I love this time of year and I can't wait to get out into the forest this weekend to get some autumn photographs. I've got several new autumn themed watercolor paintings in the finishing stages, and will be getting some pumpkins this weekend for pumpkin carving fun. Yayyyyy! My lovely hubby has never carved one and I plan to show him the ropes. Can you imagine??? He's never had the fun of scooping gooey pumpkin and seeds from the center of a freshly cut pumpkin, lol. Here in England, they don't "do" Halloween in quite the same way they do in America, so I feel compelled to share all of my American Halloweeny ways with him, lol. Ohhhh, and I can't forget to mention....there is a wonderful spooky Halloween blog event coming up in a few weeks! The lovely Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist is hosting her annual Halloween blog party and it is going to be so fantastic. Be sure to check it out!

I'll be back in a few days with some of my new creations and hopefully some lovely photos of my adventures in the forest this weekend. Hope you're all having a great week, thanks for visiting!


Saturday, 6 October 2012

It's Time.....For Le Mysterieux Carnival!

Can you feel the magic in the air?? It's finally time! Won't you join me? Come with me into the deep dark woods for a carnival unlike any you've seen before!

You'll need your silver ticket. Oh you don't have one? Take one of mine, I have plenty!

Oh my, I almost forgot....there is one other thing you need before we go. You must have a little taste of my magical popcorn. It's really quite delicious! Just a little sprinkling of autumn forest magic to help you find your way though the deep dark woods. 

I know that popcorn can make you thirsty, so help yourself to some pumpkin spice punch.

Are we all set? The carnival can be quite tricky to find, but if we follow the path past the sparkling fairy pond.....

And follow the jack-o-lantern trail......

We'll soon find ourselves in the enchanted forest of Le Mysterieux Carnival!

There will be such sights to see and curiosities to explore. Magical carousals, and the most amazing characters you can imagine!

And of course, no visit to the carnival would be complete without having your fortune told by the wise and enchanting Mz. Sofinia...

If you listen closely as you near her sparkling wagon, above the tinkling music of the ferris wheel and carousal, you'll hear the mysterious soft whispering of an old folk poem....

There is so much more to see and do, and the night has only just begun! So stay with me in the forest and we'll bob for apples, drink fizzy drinks by the light of glowing pumpkins, and enjoy all the strange and wonderful magic of Le Mysterieux Carnival!

And when the music fades and the festivities are through for yet another year, I hope you'll leave a comment and say hello. For I have a special gift for one of the lovely people that have visited the carnival with me today! It's this charm and amethyst gemstone necklace. A special lock and key for opening magical carnival doors and unlocking all the rides!

No need to do anything special, just say hello below! If you'd like to follow along as a friend on my blog, that would be lovely too, but certainly not a requirement! :-) I'll announce the winner on Thursday morning when we've all recovered from the carnival fun. I want to say a big thanks to Anna of Frosted Petunias and Marfi of Incipient Wings for hosting such a fun party! Thanks so much for visiting!!

~ Angela

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Rolling WIth The Punches

What a week it's been!! I've had so many unexpected things happening this week and have had no time to pop in here and tell you about it! Normally Tuesdays are my days to feature other wonderful artists in my Tuesday Treasure Hunt feature, but since I've been on a twirly whirly rollercoaster ride of a week, I will hold off on this week's treasures and save them for next week's feature :-) Instead I thought I'd just share this little inspirational image with you. When the roller coaster slows down in a few days I'll be back to tell you all about the exciting happenings of this past week. There has been fun art stuff, scary sales opportunities, and the start of new and unexpected projects. Life is such a jumble bumble mix up sometimes isn't it?? 

I look forward to slowing down and catching up on all my favorite blogs and of course we can't forget that this weekend is the super fun Le Mysterieux event. If you have not heard of it yet, pop over and check it's going to be amazing!!

See you soon!