Saturday, November 28, 2009

Neat Little Marble Pendants

My daughter and I like doing crafts together, and the other night it was just me and her, so we decided that we should do some crafts. We did a puzzle first, and then she asked if she could be my assistant in making some jewelry. I broke out the little glass pieces that I bought at The Dollar Store and we spent the rest of the night making magnets and cute little pendants.
Each one is unique, and I looked all of them over and not a single one is perfect, but I really like them. I think that they came out lovely. My assistant is very proud that her work is one the computer for the world to see.






Don't forget about my giveaway! Click here to enter.

November Giveaway - Only Three Days Left!!

This is a short month for me. My whole family was sick, so I got a very late start. However, here is the giveaway for the month of November:









Two high quality 8"x10" prints with white matting, ready to frame. They are both very pretty and will make an awesome addition to any art collection. I sell these for $15.00 each - so that's a $30 giveaway.



You can enter as many times as you like, each entry will count as one, so obviously the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning.



Each action below counts as an entry. As you can see there are quite a few. The only thing that I ask is, when you complete one of the below actions, you come back here and comment on this post and tell me what you did. It is just so much easier to keep track that way.



*Follow me on Twitter.


*Heart Giggle Goddess Creations.


*Heart Daily Paint.


*Be a fan on facebook.


*Email me at RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com to sign up for my monthly newsletter.


*Follow this blog.


*Participate in the Creative Everyday Challenge.


*Check out either one of my shops Daily Paint or Giggle Goddess Creations and post a comment on which item is your favorite.


*Post a comment with a great idea for etsy sellers. It can be a link to an article, a photo you saw on flickr, or just a little tip you learned through experience. It doesn't matter what the source is, as long as it is helpful.


*Put a link to either of my shops on your blog, website or etsy store. One entry for each.


*Post a comment with a cheap and easy DIY home decorating tip. As above, the source doesn't matter.


*Post a comment with a great packaging idea or tip for etsy sellers. As above, source doesn't matter.


*Having an etsy holiday? Post a comment about something that you bought recently from an etsy seller. A link to a photo is even better.


Well, there it is - many different ways to enter. Please remember, when you do one of the above, please comment on THIS post so I can keep track.



Here is yesterday's painting of the day (video is not the best quality I am aware, it is my first attempt at a video like this one):









Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cyber Monday

Believe it or not this year is the first year that I have heard of this, about two days ago. So I know that it is last minute, but I am going to have a Cyber Monday sale in both my stores. Giggle Goddess Creations will have buy two pendants get the third free. Daily Paint will be 25% off of everything in the store. The sale will be from Black Friday to Cyber Monday (November 27-30)

Also, follow me on twitter, facebook or this blog and get an additional 10% off. YAY!!

Here are some other stores that are having some great deals:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/micielomicielo
http://www.etsy.com/shop/geeklingdesigns
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Stylishstems
http://www.etsy.com/shop/carolinasquirrell

Here is my painting of the Day for yesterday:

Speed painting video coming very soon.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Some Outdoor Time

Don't Forget about my giveaway!
Super easy to enter, click here.

Over the weekend my parents, husband, the kids and I went to our cousins to go hiking. Right across the street from my cousin's house was a long and beautiful trail. I love places that are alone and quiet. It was beautiful weather for the season and we only came across one jogger. There is a pretty big lake that we walked to and the little rock cliffs fascinated the kids (especially the littlest one).

Even the trees here are happier.
I'm glad my dad was with us, he doesn't get much time off, so he really deserves to relax when he does. Although, we hiked for three miles - so he probably didn't rest much.

The kids loved being with their cousins, we haven't seen them since we went to Florida at the same time last March.

Selene fell in love with their German Shepherd Hanna, who amazed me because she never once left the yard (no electric fence) and not once did she chase the chickens that my cousins keep. I would never even allow my dog the chance to prove to me that he would stay in the yard without a leash, but we live in a different kind of environment.


After our hike we came home and my husband's bff (he'd kill me if he knew I called him that) came over and helped him clean up the yard, and then the kids jumped in the HUGE piles of leaves. We have a decent sized yard and tons of trees so ... This isn't even the first time we raked.

It was a great weekend, we really spent a lot of time together outside in the unseasonably warm weather and it felt so good. I love to see my children playing outside and having so much fun.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Handmade Business Cards

I just ordered business cards through Vista Print, and although I've entertained the idea of making handmade business cards, I just haven't gotten around to it. I'm just not sure what design I would use or if I should use a stamp etc.

I found these inspirational little works of art (click on the picture to see who created them and how). They are all business card related. I think I will make my own cards next time around. My thought was to actually make ACEOs with my information on the back. We'll see, my wheels are turning.






Don't Forget about my giveaway.
In order to enter please read below.

What you will win:
Two high quality 8"x10" prints with white matting, ready to frame. They are both very pretty and will make an awesome addition to any art collection. I sell these for $15.00 each - so that's a $30 giveaway.



You can enter as many times as you like, each entry will count as one, so obviously the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning.




Each action below counts as an entry. As you can see there are quite a few. The only thing that I ask is, when you complete one of the below actions, you come back here and comment on this post and tell me what you did. It is just so much easier to keep track that way.




*Follow me on Twitter.



*Heart Giggle Goddess Creations.



*Heart Daily Paint.



*Be a fan on facebook.



*Email me at RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com to sign up for my monthly newsletter.



*Follow this blog.



*Participate in the Creative Everyday Challenge.



*Check out either one of my shops Daily Paint or Giggle Goddess Creations and post a comment on which item is your favorite.



*Post a comment with a great idea for etsy sellers. It can be a link to an article, a photo you saw on flickr, or just a little tip you learned through experience. It doesn't matter what the source is, as long as it is helpful.



*Put a link to either of my shops on your blog, website or etsy store. One entry for each.



*Post a comment with a cheap and easy DIY home decorating tip. As above, the source doesn't matter.



*Post a comment with a great packaging idea or tip for etsy sellers. As above, source doesn't matter.



*Having an etsy holiday? Post a comment about something that you bought recently from an etsy seller. A link to a photo is even better.



Well, there it is - many different ways to enter. Please remember, when you do one of the above, please comment on THIS post (or on the original November Giveaway post) so I can keep track.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


If this doesn't make you cry ... So sweet, it's so nice to see something like this. It's true, they are getting the welcome they deserve.

Recent Listings


These are all recent listings that are on sale in my shops right now. They are all on clearance.

"The Sunflower"
Original Oil Painting
on Canvas size 30"x30"

"Fairy Home" Orginal ACEO drawing

This is a 'Pay it Forward' listing, meaning that I only charged for the materials and shipping. With shipping this ACEO would only cost $1.60 of you live in the U.S., or $2.60 if you live elsewhere.

Earth Glass Pendant


"Crazy Butterfly" Glass tile ring



"A Wish" scrabble tile pendant.





Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Time Goes By - Too Fast

My babies are getting big. These were taken a few years ago. Selene's was taken in 2008, but the boys - I believe that was 2007. I can't be sure, but they looks so much younger. Clay, the second one is over 6 feet tall now and Wes is in preschool. Selene outgrew that sweater dress by spring that year.
I tend to not notice things as they are happening around me. I am always living in the near future, somewhere between what we are having for dinner tomorrow night and what I am going to do for the next birthday party.

It's difficult to remain present, at least for me, and I've been told by many people that they live like this too. The now is so precious, it it literally all that we have. The past is gone and there is nothing we can do to change any of it, so it isn't worth dwelling on it. The future is just a thought of what might be, and actually what we could do to create a better future is to live fully in the present.
For me, I don't even know how to begin living in the present and being fully involved with what is going on in the moment. I have made such a habit of spacing out and thinking three days - eighty years in the future.
This is my promise to myself, to live in the moment, and just notice. I don't want to miss these years with my children and I don't want to miss these years with myself. I will just make an effort to be more engaged and get my head out of the 'I should' and 'I wish I would have' state of mind.




Monday, November 16, 2009

Don't forget about my giveaway. The two following matted
8"x10" prints.

This is my second attempt at a speed painting video of the day. This was a very simple painting, so I thought it would be a good one to do.








Friday, November 13, 2009

The Real Friday the 13th - Are you Paraskevidekatriaphobic?

I have read that Friday the 13th was deemed unlucky by the church because Friday is the Goddess Freya's (Goddess of love) sacred day and there are 13 full moons in a year. The full moon was sacred to the pagans. So ... on Friday the 13th it was customary to stay home from work and celebrate the way that Freya would've wanted you to - by makin' love all day long. Sounds like fun to me.

The following was taken from articles I read on the web. Very interesting stuff.

Interesting facts about Friday the 13th (from several articles on the web):

*The ill-fated Apollo 13 Moon mission boldly took this in their stride when the mission was launched at 13:13 hours Houston time, from pad 39 (13x3) and had to be aborted on April 13, 1970. Apollo, you might remember, is the name of the ancient Græco-Roman Sun god, so in this light, the number 13 was sure to be more than a little problematic...

*LEGEND HAS IT: Never change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams. Don't start a trip on Friday or you will have misfortune. If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow. Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck – as in the tale of H.M.S. Friday ... One hundred years ago, the British government sought to quell once and for all the widespread superstition among seamen that setting sail on Fridays was unlucky. A special ship was commissioned, named "H.M.S. Friday." They laid her keel on a Friday, launched her on a Friday, selected her crew on a Friday and hired a man named Jim Friday to be her captain. To top it off, H.M.S. Friday embarked on her maiden voyage on a Friday, and was never seen or heard from again.

*Friday was actually considered quite lucky by pre-Christian Teutonic peoples, we are told — especially as a day to get married — because of its traditional association with love and fertility. All that changed when Christianity came along. The goddess of the sixth day — most likely Freya in this context, given that the cat was her sacred animal — was recast in post-pagan folklore as a witch, and her day became associated with evil doings.

*Various legends developed in that vein, but one is of particular interest: As the story goes, the witches of the north used to observe their sabbath by gathering in a cemetery in the dark of the moon. On one such occasion the Friday goddess, Freya herself, came down from her sanctuary in the mountaintops and appeared before the group, who numbered only 12 at the time, and gave them one of her cats, after which the witches' coven — and, by "tradition," every properly-formed coven since — comprised exactly 13.

*LEGEND HAS IT: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings don't have a 13th floor. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names). There are 13 witches in a coven.
*The pagan Scandinavian belief that the number thirteen signified bad luck sprang from the idea that their twelve gods were joined by a thirteenth, Loki, a cruel god, who brought misfortune to all.

*Venus was the holy goddess of love in the Roman World and Freya was the most holy primeval goddess of the north. Christian monks decided that her day, Friday, was unlucky, as indeed it was, for Jesus Christ, who was crucified and died on a Friday. The Christian religion has sought to overthrow the goddess in all her forms, but has simply succeeded in causing her to reinvent herself under other names.

According to Wikipedia:
Friday the 13th occurs when the thirteenth day of a month falls on Friday, which superstition holds to be a day of good or bad luck. In the Gregorian calendar, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. Any month's 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday. In 2009 this applies to the months of February, March, and November. The next instance of this appears on the calendar for the year 2015.[1]The following article was written by Slade Kepler.

Origins of Friday the 13th
ByPublished: Thursday, November 12, 2009
Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2009

Greg Beresford, senior General Education major "I have no superstitions because I was born on Friday the 13th, but I’ve never experienced any unnatural bad luck from it. I’ve never seen anything that makes me think the Friday the 13th superstition is true."

Ashley Geise, junior Photojournalism major "I guess I do have superstitions. I like to think a wish will come true if I make it at 11:11. The Friday the 13th superstition is scary, so I don’t like to think about it usually."

Andrea Hargis, sophomore Dietetics major "I believe in a lot of superstitions, like breaking a mirror gets you seven years of bad luck and don’t cross a black cat’s path. These superstitions had to come from somewhere; something had to happen to make people believe it. I believe in the Friday the 13th superstition because of all the hype about it in the movies and because there’s a history of a lot of bad things that have happened on Friday the 13th."
For the quixotic, there is no single day of the year more terrifying than Friday the 13th. As the popular superstition goes, bad luck is sure to befall a person on this day. Sometimes, in more extreme cases, it even ends in the death of that person or a loved one. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, up to 21 million people in the United States today suffer from a morbid and irrational fear of Friday the 13th. What’s more, each year contains at least one Friday the 13th, and for paraskevidekatriaphobics (people intensely afraid of Friday the 13th), 2009 was an especially dreadful year, sporting three: one in February, March, and November.The Friday the 13th superstition is thought to have originated from the Knights Templar, a military order established in 1118 to defend the Christian city of Jerusalem. After the First Crusade and the capture of Jerusalem from the Muslims, protection of Jerusalem and the outlying Kingdom of Outremer was left to the knights. When the city was recaptured by Saladin’s Muslim forces in 1187 and all subsequent attempts by Christian Crusades to retake the city failed, the Knights Templar found themselves out of work. However, they had become extremely wealthy and powerful from their military conquests, and they never disbanded their organization or changed the clandestine ways their meetings were held. Their power and secrecy attracted the attention and distrust of King Philip IV of France. On Friday, October 13, 1307, the king sent out an order to arrest all the Knights Templar in France, accusing them of blasphemy and witchcraft. Many were burned alive, including the group’s Grand Master, Jacques de Molay.“On Friday the 13th of October 1307, the Templar Knights who were in France at the time found the soldiers of the king knocking on their doors,” said Alan Butler, co-author of The Warriors and the Bankers, a book about the Templars. “Jacque de Molay confessed pretty much right away, but he was almost certainly tortured.”
It may be surprising to most people that the Friday the 13th superstition is a relatively new one, originating in the early 20th century. Before its relatively recent rise in popularity, the original 13 superstition, now all but forgotten, was that if 13 people sit together at a table, one will die within a year. This version has been documented as far back as late 17th century Europe in the memoirs of John Wilmot, the earl of Rochester. Many variations on this superstition abound, including that if the 13 sit together, the first to rise from the table will die, the group can avert death by joining hands and rising as one, and if someone sneezes, the oldest or youngest will die within a year.The reason the 13 at a table superstition gradually lost popularity is that unlike most superstitions, it is testable. If someone does not die during the year, the superstition can quickly be proven false. The 13 at a table superstition is generally thought to have originated from the Last Supper, where Jesus and his 12 disciples sat down for one last Passover meal, and Judas, one of the 13, betrayed Jesus to his death.“At the time, everyone knew the origin of the superstition, and it was the 12 plus one of Christ and the disciples at the Last Supper,” said Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, author of 13: The Story of the World’s Most Notorious Superstition. “It’s only in the centuries since that there’s been confusion and alternative theories that have come up.”Before even this superstition however, ancient cultures considered the number 13 by itself to be unlucky. Evidence has been found that 13 was unlucky for Native Americans, Mayans, Ancient Egyptians, and even Neanderthals. Today, we carry on this tradition by omitting the 13th floor from most skyscrapers and the 13th row from many airplanes. Friday has also long been considered an unlucky day, with Jesus’ crucifixion and death taking place on Good Friday. In the past, many public executions were only carried out on Fridays, making the day seem drearier and more dreadful. Separately, both 13 and Friday seem to constitute extreme unluckiness, so it was only a matter of time until they were put together to form the most powerful superstition of our age.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pay it Forward

I've never heard of this until about three days ago. I have a few ACEO drawings and a tiny little painting that I am going to be selling as 'pay it forward' in my new etsy store. I think it is a great idea and wanted to try it out.


If, like me you've never heard of "pay it forward", it just means when someone is kind to you, instead of 'repaying a favor' you show kindness to another person. It is a very nice way to spread a little love. I don't know if that made any sense, but I'm sure that you can google it and find out for yourself. On etsy, "Pay it Forward" means listing an item for no more than it takes to cover the listing fee and materials.


These are the items that I will be putting in my new store for $.50 each as "pay it forward" items:
















If you collect ACEO's - this is the time to buy these. They are all ACEOs and like I said - they are $.50 each. I will be adding links to them as I post them, so keep checking back :)




Don't forget about my giveaway, it's an awesome one! You could win these two matted 8"x10" prints (I sell them for $15.00 each)


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Painting of the Day






This is a short post, I have to get to a huge sale that my favorite store is having. I just wanted to share my latest painting of the day.






There is a story behind this painting. My two little ones, ages seven and three, love to paint. I was busy cleaning and getting the house straightened out and they wanted to paint. I put on their play clothes and a big plastic table cloth on the floor and let them paint with yellow, white and black paint. They spilt some water on the cheap canvas board I gave them and painted and scratched and banged on it. When they were 'finished' I was so pleased with how well they distressed the canvas that I asked them if I could paint on it too. So, I did a very quick painting with a tree, a moon and a few birds. I think that it looks good for a slightly creepy November.





Just a reminder - don't forget about my awesome giveaway (click here to see rules for entry). You could win these two matted 8x10 prints:


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November Giveaway!!

This is a short month for me. My whole family was sick, so I got a very late start. However, here is the giveaway for the month of November:









Two high quality 8"x10" prints with white matting, ready to frame. They are both very pretty and will make an awesome addition to any art collection. I sell these for $15.00 each - so that's a $30 giveaway.



You can enter as many times as you like, each entry will count as one, so obviously the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning.



Each action below counts as an entry. As you can see there are quite a few. The only thing that I ask is, when you complete one of the below actions, you come back here and comment on this post and tell me what you did. It is just so much easier to keep track that way.



*Follow me on Twitter.


*Heart Giggle Goddess Creations.


*Heart Daily Paint.


*Be a fan on facebook.


*Email me at RhiannonSTR@yahoo.com to sign up for my monthly newsletter.


*Follow this blog.


*Participate in the Creative Everyday Challenge.


*Check out either one of my shops Daily Paint or Giggle Goddess Creations and post a comment on which item is your favorite.


*Post a comment with a great idea for etsy sellers. It can be a link to an article, a photo you saw on flickr, or just a little tip you learned through experience. It doesn't matter what the source is, as long as it is helpful.


*Put a link to either of my shops on your blog, website or etsy store. One entry for each.


*Post a comment with a cheap and easy DIY home decorating tip. As above, the source doesn't matter.


*Post a comment with a great packaging idea or tip for etsy sellers. As above, source doesn't matter.


*Having an etsy holiday? Post a comment about something that you bought recently from an etsy seller. A link to a photo is even better.


Well, there it is - many different ways to enter. Please remember, when you do one of the above, please comment on THIS post so I can keep track.



Here is yesterday's painting of the day (video is not the best quality I am aware, it is my first attempt at a video like this one):