Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Faces

Remember these guys??

Well, they now look like this....

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Invisible Man

Liu Bolin is an expert at camouflage. He will paint himself, sometimes taking up to 10 hours, to 'fit into' his surroundings. To read more about Lui Bolin and to see more of his work, click here.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

TAG! You're IT!!

Suzie of Cat in the Pumpkin Moon has tagged me!

I am to show you the 10th photo in the first album  in my collection of pictures. Hhhmmm....you're probably thinking that it will be some artwork. Especially since I have my albums arranged alphabetically. But nope!
My first album holds the pictures that I take when Hubby & I go 4 wheelin' with the puppies!
So here it is...

This is Boreas, our youngest Alaskan Malamute, when he was about 4 months old and all feet and ears.

And now to tag 5 other bloggers!
Mama Feoneafey

Let's see whatcha got!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I have to Brag!

About my Hubby ~ The Computer Geek! (And yes, he even calls himself that!) 

He is currently enrolled in our local college to get a degree in (Computer) Information Technology. Plus a certification in Computer Forensics.
He made the President's List last semester with straight A's! WooHoo!!  And he was recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

I'm so proud of you!  
And he's not only smart, but good looking too! 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Blog Awards!!!

I recently received the Beautiful Blogger Award from Wikked Wit . THANK YOU!! 
Please blop on over and say HI! She has some of the cutest kids! And her son's smile will definitely perk up your day!
I do feel honored. It never ceases to amaze me that someone finds my rambling interesting! 

So here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic!
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.

So here's my 7 things ~
1. I'm a fern fanatic!
2. I enjoy bird watching.
3. I dislike the color pink.
4. Algebra totally eludes me.
5. I can't carry a tune - even a bucket!
6. I LOVE Iced Animal Cookies!! (you know, the ones with sprinkles?)
7. Yes, I am a redhead (natural) & was teased incessantly while growing up. Which definitely gave me an attitude!

And because I think ALL OF YOU are fantastic! And I enjoy reading SO MANY blogs (I do that every morning with my coffee!), I am leaving this award here for you to pick up. Just leave me a note, so we can come visit! 

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AND Mama Feoneafey bestowed the Sunshine Blog Award upon me. THANK YOU!!!! Do stop by her blog and say 'HI'. She's a lot of fun & has some wonderful recipes!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Adam!!

Today is truly a wondrous day! It is the first full day of Spring (which began yesterday) and it is our Son-in-law's birthday!!  Happy Birthday Adam!!

Adam is our miracle child. Almost a year ago, he fell over 20+ feet off of a roof and survived (he was an ironworker and his safety rope failed). He survived the fall but was seriously injured and has subsequently been through numerous surgeries to repair what was broken and has several more surgeries to undergo. He has a wonderful wife (Jenny, our daughter) and three small children who have helped him through these rough times. Please keep them in your thoughts in the coming months.

Adam is Irish to the core and this video is just for you!
Happy Birthday Adam! 
We Love You!
Ed & Jeanne

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Giveaway Winner!!

A huge THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart goes out to everyone who stopped and entered my giveaway. And Thank You for all the lovely comments you left - their warmth definitely chased away the winter blues!

And now to announce the winner of these Spring Fling goodies ~   ELSIE (pumpkinlady430)
Watch for an email from me!

As Spring unfolds,  may the coming days bring warmth and joy into all of your lives!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Red Hair Myths and Facts

Red hair is a genetic mutation.

Red hair is seen on the heads of only four percent of people. Most of these exist in the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, and Australia.

The highest percentage of natural redheads in the world is in Scotland (13%), followed closely by Ireland with 10%. In the US, about 2% of the population are natural redheads.

The color Green tempers red. Look at a color chart. This is why redheads are taught as children to wear lots of green. As if red hair is a shameful state of being.

In the early 1600’s, at the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the belief of Pixies (aka fairies) emerged in southwest England. They were then and have since been strongly associated with red hair for their mischievousness and otherworldly talents.

A 2002 study found that redhead are harder to sedate than any other people requiring twenty percent more anesthesia. Inadequate doses cause people to wake up during surgery and have increased recall of procedures. 

Adults have about 120,000 hairs on their head; redheads have fewer, blondes have more, brunettes have the most.

Red headedness is, genetically speaking, a recessive trait. It may appear after several generations of darker hair.

Redheads don't turn grey. Red hair turned sandy, then white. They are also found to loose their color later in life than people carrying other hair colors.

The first human redheads walked this earth about 50,000 years ago in Africa and then spread throughout Northern Europe.

The country name of Russia means "land of reds" in honor of a redheaded Viking by the name of Rurik.

In the late 16th century, the fat of a redheaded man was an essential ingredient for poison.

Adams first wife Lilith, always depicted as a redhead, is known to have refused to lie beneath Adam during sexual intercourse, and stated” why should I lie beneath you when I am your equal since both of us were created from dust” –Patai

The first redheaded British monarch was a woman. Boudicca was a Celtic warrior was led her people, the Icenti, against the Romans in the C.E. 60’s.

Belief that redheads are witches is a folk belief in Germanic culture. From 1483-1784 thousands of suspected witches were nearly always stripped and searched for “marks of the devil”. These included any “abnormality” such as freckles, moles, warts, and birthmarks. Red hair was certainly considered an abnormality. Considering the freckle factor for redheads this was a deadly and shocking horror. Somewhere around 45,000 women were tortured and murdered usually by burning at the stake or by drowning.

The Egyptians regarded the color as so unlucky that they had a ceremony in which they burned red-headed maidens alive to wipe out the tint-  Claudie De Lys.

British Press recently reported that that the MC1R (redhead gene) will be used in DNA testing to rule out, or in, if suspected killers in crime scenes are redheads. This will narrow a search if the gene is found to a small percentage of perpetrators. The hope is that next skin color and physical features will be detectable.-Marion Roach

Archaeological digs in the Chinese desert of Takla Makan found mummified redheads dating back 3,000 years.

An Irish judge in 2001 fined a man for disorderly conduct stating “I am a firm believer that hair coloring has an effect on temper and your coloring suggests you have a temper.”

Redheads have always been thought untrustworthy. Judas is most always depicted as a redhead displaying the prejudice against red hair. 

The Romans kept red haired slaves, and at a higher price.

Adolph Hitler reportedly banned the marriages of two redheads as he feared their children would be “deviant offspring”.

“I'll beat you like a redheaded stepchild”. This phrase was born out of the American south and implies the status of illegitimate offspring with a white master.

In France, to be redheaded is thought to be a fate so dire that some women have formed a “Proud to be Red” association.

Red haired children have been historically branded as offspring of “unclean” sex. This has earned them taunts such as “red-knob” or “tampon tops.”

Bees are thought to sting redheads more than others.

In Denmark it is an honor to have a redheaded child.

In Corsica, if you pass a redhead in the street you are to spit and turn around.

In Poland, if you pass three red-heads you'll win the state lottery-Sylvia Stevez

In Greek Mythology, redheads turn into Vampires when they die.

During the Spanish Inquisition flame colored hair was evidence that its owner had stolen the fire of hell and had to be burned as a witch.

Russian tradition declares that red hair is both a sign that a person holds a fiery temper and craziness.

A Russian Proverb warns “There was never a saint with red hair.”

Folklore in Liverpool states that meeting a redhead at the beginning of a journey is a terrible luck and bad omen. If you came upon one while still on dock or aboard the ship, you are smart to return home.

In English and Scottish tradition when the New Year arrives, your “first caller” will bring you luck. Brunettes bring the best luck. Blondes bring no luck at all. A widower brings bad luck. A redhead brings the worst luck. This “first footing” custom was so strongly practiced at one time that some homes would hire first callers.

Aristotle was known to believe that redheads were emotionally unhousebroken.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Fling Giveaway!!!

In celebration of the Vernal Equinox, I am holding a Spring Fling giveaway!!

This giveaway is for a bundle of items including a Journal, Plant Stakes, Flower Seeds, & Sachets.

 - The cover on the Journal is hand stitched by Moi! And it is removable so when you have filled the book up with all your deep, dark secrets, you can replace it with an empty book. For more deep, dark secrets!
 - The flower seeds were harvested from my flower garden - echinacea & hollyhock.
 - The sachets are filled with Lavender and are shaped like strawberries.
- The butterflies on the stakes are cut from aluminum cans. And look great stuck in a flower pot or in the flower bed!

There are two ways to enter ~ 1. Leave a comment on THIS post. 2. Become a follower of my blog. (If you are already a follower, then you already have one entry)

I'll announce the winner on March 20th.

***Limited to USA Residents Only***

Saturday, March 13, 2010

March Fantastic Follower Winner!

This month's Fantastic Follower winner is
She has the most awesome blog, DABBLED!

Please take a moment and cruise on over to check out her site. It's a wonderful experiment in art, craft, & food. She has a nice assortment for everyone's interest!

Send me an email Dot with your snail mail addy & I'll get your little chick flapping your way!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

~ ~ ~ Tree Goddess ~ ~ ~

Here she is..... finished and currently listed on eBay. Click here to go to the auction.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Jadin!!

Today is our oldest Granddaughter's birthday! She turns 6 !



Grandma Jeanne & Grandpa Ed

This video is just for you!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

PWGL Giveaway!!

My art group, the Prim and Whimsy GirLs, is having a giveaway on their blog. A basket filled with arts & craft supplies is being given away. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on their blog and then for another entry, search for the Golden Egg which is hidden on one of the PWGL members' blogs. When you find it, leave a comment on the blog it is hidden on. A winner will be announced on Monday March 15th.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Simple Pencil~

Playing with pencils can be more fun than I thought!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fairies in the WildWoods

The Fairies here in the WildWoods live in trees. Making them a house would have been impractical because I'm afraid it would've sat empty. And what brought this on you ask?? A friend recently ask me if I had ever made a Fairy House after viewing several of the Fairy Doors I make. And the February challenge for the Year-Of-Enchantment Swap I am in, was to make a Fairy House. So......

I made a Gazebo for all the Fairies! And it seems that it didn't take long before someone came along to enjoy it!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What's Blooming in the WildWoods???

Here in the WildWoods, Lady Spring is trying hard to push Ol' Man Winter back into his room.......

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

An Award ~ For You!!

Brenda of Wicked Wool Gathering has very graciously bestowed the Sunshine Award on me! 


This award is given to bloggers whose positiveness and creativity inspires others in the blog world! I am so honored! And flattered!

The Rules for accepting this award are:
1). Place the Award on your blog or within your post.
2). Pass the Award on to 12 Sunny bloggers.
3). Link to the nominees within your post.
4). Let them know they received this Award by commenting on their blog.
5). Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this Award.

But I can't pick just 12! There are soooo many of you wonderful Bloggers out there in Blogland that inspire me with your cheery, witty words and comments. So, please, take this award and pass it on. The World needs more SUNSHINE!  

February YOE Swap

The February Item for our Year of Enchantment Swap was to make a Fairy. And here is the Fairy that I made for my Swap partner.  She is about 2 inches tall. Her name is Blu.