Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Winner of the fifth give away is.........

Marlene of Marlene's Musings!  Congratulations, Marlene.  Send me an e and give me your address and I will get this dooleybobber out to you in the mail. 
See how happy we are that you won?  Actually, this picture is from last year, but still, we are happy that you won, Marlene.  

Today we gathered at April's but it was only 3 of us.  April, Karen and Jan still managed to have a good time, even though Pinky and Mary were missing.  And Lyla too was not in attendance.  April and Jan worked on their crocheted rag rugs and Karen made cards.  She is gathering her give away items, I will post them later in the week.  No cameras recorded today's activities, that is why I put up the old photo.

Hopefully there will be more to post about soon.  In the meantime, in case any of you are interested in purchasing one of Lyla's collaged books, they are for sale in Jan's Etsy shop.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Laughingdogarts.  Get one now, before she becomes famous and her prices rise.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Winner of the fourth give away

We seem to be getting less people signing up for each give away.  Why is that?  These are all great gifts with no strings attached, you don't have to do anything but leave a comment.  Well, the less comments means the better the chance of winning for those who have left a comment and this weeks winner is................


Congratulations Candy!  I will see if I can find an email address for you and write to you there to request your mailing address so we can get this off to you.

You can still sign up for our fifth give away, which is here:   Fifth give away page.  It is one of Jan's dooleybobbers, soon to be a collectors item!  Sign up for your chance now!  Go!  Please!  don't embarrass me by not even wanting it.  I will have to retire to my studio in shame if I don't get any comments.

In the mean time, all of us at S&B seem to be scattered about for spring break and did not get together this week.  So no new photos to share.  I will share this one of Pinky, the Bird Whisperer.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fifth give away-a Dooleybobber

For our fifth give away Jan has contributed this Dooleybobber #13.  It is a felted and embellished small art work.
A sheer heart with beads and sequins is incorporated into the piece, as well as small ribbons and plenty of hand stitching.  After the hand work was finished, she stitched a piece of brown kunin felt to the back.
A small shell was added near the pebbled bits off center.

There is a little dooleybobber face!  Where did he come from?  This piece measures about 9"X7" and has a small bamboo rod attached for ease of hanging.

If you would like to win this give away, leave a comment on this post.  If you are a follower you will get two chances to win.  We will draw a winner on March 29th.  Sign up now!  This is a one of a kind piece of art by Jan Brattain, a legend in her own mind.

Good luck!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lyla's Books Came!!!! Yea!

I am just showing you a few of the pages from Lyla's altered books. She can put the neatest combination of goodies on a page to make it just shine. All of us were so thrilled with the books that we ordered. They are wonderful!

Pic #1 Page from Lyla's book with raven.

Pic #2 Another page from a different book. I'm just trying to give you an idea of what she does...amazing!

Pic #3 This is the book Mary chose. It has a Fox theme...how coooool is that???

Pic #4 Another couple of pages from Mary's book.

Pic #5 Jan's heart rag rug that I absently left off of the previous post. This one looks hard to me, but she makes it look easy...

We Tried Crocheting a Rag Rug...Fun!

April and Jan had taken a class to make crocheted rag rugs and helped us all get started on one of our own. It is really different than working with yard, but very fun.

Pic #1 & 2 Jan is showing us her new needle felting machine. As you can see...it is very light. Jan used her regular machine to sew together the strips that Pinky was using to start her rug. Pinky, April, and Mary helped rip the sheets to make the strips.

Pic #3 is of Jan and Karen trying to get serious about starting their projects. Note that Karen is not crocheting!...I think she likes that as much as I like knitting socks :>))

Pic #4 is of April's circle rug in 3 colors. It just looks fantastic. She tells us it takes ripping two - three sheets to make a full rug...more if you want it really big. I think hers looks great! I thought I had the pic of Jan's heart shaped one on her, but see it didn't get posted. I will try to put it on the next post.

Pic #5 is April teaching Pink how to crochet. The rest of us had done some, but I sure needed some refreshing and Pinky was just learning. She was doing fantastic!

As usual, it was a fun day together. You couldn't ask for a nicer bunch of friends.

Winner of third give away and fun at Jan's

Two weeks in a row we were able to get together!  That has been rare this winter in spite of our efforts and desires.  We met at Jan's and our first order of business was to choose a winner of our third give away.  It was April's turn to choose a number, she chose 7 and that made Nita our winner!!  Congratulations Nita, April intends to deliver the altered cigar box and goodies in person to you.  Nita is our second local winner.  Our first winner, Anja, lives clear over in Germany, so these last two winners will be easier to deliver.
April took over Jan's camera and snapped this shot of Jan and Mary.  We had all ordered more of Lyla's books after seeing the one she contributed to our first give away.  They arrived in time for us to pick out our favorites. 
As you can see, Pinky is very pleased with her choice!  Just try and take it away from her!  On second thought, you better not.

Here are the books that Lyla sent us.  We picked our favorites and Jan will list the other one in her Etsy shop for sale.  If you want it, better hurry on over and buy it because I don't think it will be there for long.   Here is a link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Laughingdogarts?ref=pr_shop
I haven't listed it yet but am going to do so right now. 
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fourth Give Away!!

Look at all this loot Mary has donated!  Yowza!  One of her hand made cards, stickers, a scrabble tile saying, chip board letters, a huge bag of blue glass beads and sequins.
A pair of wire wrap earrings that Mary made with blue glass beads.
The scrabble letters are glued to the tile holder.

Beautiful hand made card.

If you would like to win this give away, leave a comment on this post.  If you are a follower you will get two chances to win.  We will draw a winner on March 22nd.

Don't forget to sign up for our 3rd give away, you have until March 13th but you need to leave a comment on that post.  Here is the link: http://foxontherunarts.blogspot.com/2011/03/third-give-away.html  
Don't be shy, we just want to share our bounty.  You only have to write a little comment.  Did you see the wonderful box April decorated?  It is full of goodies and you can use it to store your own goodies, or use it as a wonderful gift box for further gifting.  Share the love!

Good luck to everyone. 
P.S. I wrote this a couple of days ago, before the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan.  We are all praying for those poor people effected by these horrific events.
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011


It seemed like a 100 years since we have all been together. Snowy days and icy roads, flat tires, and other conditions prevented us from meeting at Pinky's for several weeks. It was just so nice to be together again. As usual, there was lots of laughing going on. I have to tell you that sometimes I laugh so hard, I cry! When they (whoever they are...)say laughter is the best medicine, they are soooo right! On Tuesdays my blood pressure always behaves itself :>)) It was just so good to be together, working on projects, and just laughing. You couldn't have asked for a better day.

Pinky made us a lovely lunch and even put the leafs in her table so we could really spread out.

The pictures I am including this time are of April's cards she was working on, Karen's cards she was making, Jan's friendship bracelet (which we are hoping she will show us how to do one of these days), Pinky's newest iris folding cards, and Mary's cards. The card makers were on a roll for sure!

Felted Flowers...

Last time we all met, I gave each of us a felted flower to alter. Quite frankly...I forgot to finish mine, but did get it started. April used her finished flower on our next give away...using it for the latch on the box. It just added such a nice touch to the already beautiful covered altered box. Karen also finished hers and made it into a pin with birds on it. It is always fun to see what we do with a challenge no matter how small.

Pic #1 Karen's bird pin
Pic #2 April's Altered Box
Pic #3 April's Altered Box again :>)) Can you tell I haven't done this in awhile???
Pic #4 The felt flower pin we all started with
Pic #5 Mary's started pin

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Second Give Away Winner!

We were excited to choose the winner of our second give away donated by Pinky.  Today at our group meeting, we asked Pinky to choose a number between one and 20 and she chose 16 making the winner Nonerightnow , AKA Linda!  Congratulations Linda!  April will be contacting you to find out your address so we can send you your gifts.

This was the first time we have been able to get together for 3 weeks due to weather conditions.  We met at Pinky's and shared some hilarity and some delicious lunch, prepared by Pinky.  Mary took photos, she will probably share them later.  She also gave me a big bag of more give away gifts.  I will photograph them and post towards the end of the week about it so stay tuned.  Don't forget to sign up for April's give away of the altered cigar box full of goodies.  Go do it now or I will have to sic Charlie cat on you. 
As you can see, he is the terror of the town.
We do appreciate everyone who has stopped in and left comments.  Our joy is made more so by our sharing of it.  I hope you enjoy the sharing.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Third Give Away!

Now we come to our third give away and this one is donated by April.  Pinky had given us all some small cigar boxes to alter and April has already finished hers and decided to donate it as a prize. 
April filled the box with all these wonderful scrap booking items! Looks like stickers, cards, papers, ribbons,  alphabets and who knows what all wonderful items are stashed away in this marvelous box!
As you can see, there are some very usable and cool items in this beautiful altered box.
To enter our giveaway, please leave a comment on this post.  Make sure we have a way to contact you in case you win.  We will pick a winner on March 15th at our meeting.  It will be a random choice, we will pick your name out of a hat.  If you are already a follower you will get two chances, or if you sign up as a new follower that will give you a second chance.  

There is still time to sign up for our second give away, we will be picking the winner on the 8th.  You can view that post here: http://foxontherunarts.blogspot.com/2011/02/second-give-away.html#comments and don't forget you need to comment on that post to be entered in that give away.

We were unable to get together last week again, due to snow.  It is finally looking good for our get together this coming week.  I miss you girls!  Looking forward to seeing you, catching up.
We are having fun with this give away month, thanks for playing along and I wish you all good luck. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

First Winner!!

I am so excited to post the winner of our very first blog give away!  We had 21 people sign up for it, and with many of them being followers and getting two chances at this, it became 35 possible winning tickets.

I used the scientific method of asking Karen to pick a number between 1 and 37.  She picked 23 because that is Lyla's birthday, and since this is Lyla's give away gift, it seemed appropriate.

So, without further ado (what the heck is "ado" anyway?) our first winner is............


Anja has been a follower for several months now.  She blogs from her home in Germany, here: just-a-moment-in-your-life.  I'm so excited for her!  I know she really hoped to win this.  Well, I know you all did.  Please, go sign up for our next give away which will end on March 8th.  In case you missed the post, here it is again: http://foxontherunarts.blogspot.com/2011/02/second-give-away.html  You must add a comment to that post to be eligible to win the second give away.  There will be more, throughout the month of March, so keep checking back here.  Good luck!  We will be watching out for you.