Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Old Painted Cottage: Grain Sack Purse Giveaway from 3 Fine Grains

What a fantastic purse! It is called the Alles bag, and it is a perfect tote for you readers to take back and forth to the library or your favorite Indie bookstore. Click on the link below and enter. And while you're there, check out Jennifer's lovely blog.

Forstall Art Jamboree

I love autumn, and one reason why I love it is because Forstall Art Center holds its big annual sale the last weekend in October.  It is time to stock-up, baby!

All Ampersand canvases are on sale buy-one-get-one free!!!  I have been using their claybords and gessobords lately, and they are wonderful!  I also purchased a small birch artist panel that I will need to prime first before painting.  I usually have fine details in my art, so the 30% off Princeton 0 and 2/0 paint brushes are a steal!

I am a sucker for Gamblin paint.  I have always coveted my friend Ellen's Brown Pink (although she shares).  So I bought Brown Pink and Phthalo Turquoise.  Aren't the colors yummy!

I had my daughter with me, and she was so excited about all the freebies. We were given colored pencils made from recycled newspaper,  tiny Ambersand claybords and gessobords, and little Strathmore drawing pads.

But we could not resist these adorable, collectible erasers:

It's time to get make-up on hippies and vampires.  Trick-or-Treating is tonight in our neighborhood. Is your neighborhood celebrating Halloween tonight or tomorrow night?

Until next time,

Ricki Jill

Friday, October 29, 2010

Autumn is in the air!

Today has been gorgeous: not a cloud in the sky.  What a relief after this week's storms!  I opened the backdoor and let the breeze drift through my kitchen.  I am so happy I washed my windows last week.  Come on in, sunshine!

Earlier in the week, we had record-high temperatures.  Now with the cooler weather our fall decorations do not seem out of place.  Look at these beautiful orange roses.  I love their color in the bright sunlight!  Do you decorate for fall?

This is my very first blog post.  I want to thank the bloggers I follow for their high standards. You ladies have inspired me more than you will ever know!  

My Westie-Angel, Bonnie, is wondering why I have been so preoccupied at my desk today. Usually she gets far more attention while the girls are at school. She decided to check-out the situation herself.

Bonnie will be Trick-or-Treating with my daughter and her friends tomorrow night.  She will be dressing-up as a ghost.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill