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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Crazy crazy days of summer

Well nationally and just in my own little world it has been a crazy week or so. Hence the painting that you see. Recently I find myself asking a lot more what and how do I want to spend the time I can choose what to do with. So here is my short but sweet question for all of you out there. How do you want to spend your time. Not just your down time but your life time. I would love so comments on this.

Friday, June 26, 2009

My Giveaway Update

Hi all only 4 days left to enter. You can win one of 3 prizes. Simply go to one of the links provided in this post. Once your there come back here and link your favorite item from one of my shops. Also leave a way to contact you if you win. I will draw a winner on the 1st. Please remember I will only ship in the U.S. Thank and good luck.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Magical Garden

Well OK so maybe my garden is not so magical. Maybe it was really humid so the lens fogged up. But again I have been very busy and spent a little time in my relaxing place the garden. So I hope you enjoy these magical look pictures of my tomatoes and squash.
I think I am going to just delve into paint world today and let myself forget every thing else. I hope you have a chance to relax today or soon where you can loosen up you collar and just breath. Have a great day yall.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Winners OF The Giveaway Soaps Are !!!

Here is a list of the 3 names chose I wrote all 10 entries down on folded up pieces of paper and pulled 3. Congrats to you winners and thank you all for entering. Please remember that even if you did not win Ljctrees lovely giveaway mine goes until the first just scroll down my blog to find it. OK enough of that here are the winners and I will pass your contact information on to Ljctrees.
1. Mariannblake
3. Julieshiel
Thanks again and congrats. Please keep your eyes peeled for contact from our lovely giveaway shop. I will pass on each of your e-mail contacts to her today.

Featured Etsy Shop Of the Week Ljctree Bonus Giveaway

OK This shop might be my favorite on Etsy. Her soaps are some of the best I have ever seen. The Name of shop is Ljctree. Getting soap from this shop is not just a purchase it is a experience.

When you go to her shop and read her profile you get a real look at what type of person makes these wonderful soaps. Each soap has a wonderful description that truly gives you a impression of what inspired it and what you will get. Then comes the happy day when your package arrives. Always packaged pretty and the soaps themselves are so cute you could just hand them out the way they show up. I love this as I am a terrible wrapper. The smell of the soaps is just wonderful.

Recently I got one of the ones shown above the peach. When I smelled the peach it was as if I had opened up a perfectly ripe peach on a warm summer day. It has already taken up residence on the side of my tub.

I also Want to point out that the customer service is great, always came in good packaging, always a fast response to questions. I simply cannot be happier to recommend a shop. If you don't believe me look at all her positive feedback. So on to the giveaway.

Giveaway: Here is a link to Ljctree shop

simply go look at her shop and come back and say which soap is your favorite. After I get 10 entries I will draw out 3 names. Each of the lucky winners will be sent a sample bar of Ljctree shops choice. please leave a way to contact you with you comment.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Going To Spend Time With The Family

Well I made a similar little charm for myself. Then my niece fell in love with it so this is not for my shop but for her. I am preparing to take her and each of my nieces and nephews a small little summer fun item. Recently my sister and myself have gotten very into trying to spend more time with the whole family together as we lost several folks the last few years and really want to enjoy these times together.
So today I go visit my brother who I don't see to much because I am a planner he is not so we rarely are ready to hang out at the same time. I see his kids plenty but that is because we both try to schedule that time so he gets a breather from watching 4 hooligans and I get some one on one with the brood. He is going to show me his garden. I am going to take my camera I think just for fun.
My father will be there. He has a pie plate he wants to return me and a windshield wiper for my hubby to put on. Don't know about my sister but we will be getting together sat for are girls chat time if at all possible.
Not one of these things is very important on its own but if we can work it out where we have a few hours of drinking iced tea and sharing stories all the better. So my little thought for the day is to really try to make life sweet where you can.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Happy Weekend of Busy

Well this was a really busy weekend. Now most of the time I don't go 3 days with out blogging. Also forgot to get my featured Etsy shops permission this week so I need to wait on that. But what makes it worth while was I had a wonderful busy weekend.

The busy weekend has taken a terrible wrap. Oh I had no time to wind down. To busy to enjoy any thing. So on and so on. However if you only allow them to swoop on you every once and a while they are very fun.

Friday was me and the husband doing errand upon errand. So that by night fall we were asleep faster than your average chicken. Of course that is a joke as I don't know how fast they fall asleep.

Then Saturday we bought a used car in the morning. We washed the dogs in the afternoon which is a several hour process with furry lunatics jumping out and trying to run all the time. And to round up the night we family out to celebrate Fathers Day with my father. It was a good time laughing and carrying on.

Sunday we gave the care a once over, up keep on the yard which also resulted in a water fight. Grocery shopped, oh and I broke into our garage because we accidentally locked the keys in there. By evening I had some time to paint and hubby had time to do what ever it is he does when I am painting.

My reason for listing all of this is by the end of it you can be just exhausted but if it is workable that not every weekend is like that. Then I think it is some thing you can mark as a fun event . Just my little way of trying to find the positive. Now I am off to do my catch up with a happy smile. Have a great day all.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Third and final Prize

These are two very different bookmarks. They are small matte board paintings given clay frames all glazed then have a added bit of raffia string to keep your place in a book. Kids would love them or many adults. No one will have one like these as both are totally one of a kind. Please remember it is easy to enter and here's the rules yall.

1.Go to any of my shops you see on the blog find you favorite item and come back here and post it. You could also twitter my giveaway or a item and post a link to it here as a entry. must follow the blog to win and leave me a way to contact you like your blog or a e-mail what ever you chose.

3.I will draw 3 winners 1st name drawn wins first prize on down the line. That will be done on July 1st.
4.I will contact you and ship it to you any where in the United States.

I hope this sounds like fun to you. You are welcome to enter once a day if you like.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Second Prize

These are both hand made by me and who know I may even end up throwing in a extra one. The first tough chick is a image I painted as a 5x7 shrunk and essentially decoupaged to a clay tablet. I love that go get em attitude.
The second is a Abstract hand painted tile that I just love the pops of color on. It is a hand shaped clay that I glazed after painting. It is also a one of a kind. No one will have one exactly like this.
I hope this makes you want to enter it is easy to do so. Tomorrow I will talk about the 3rd prize then I am hoping for a awesome surprise featured artist the next day.
Have a great day
Cappy Sue
oh If you would like to see more of my charms just look here this is my new little shop
and if you would like to enter contest the rules are in the post directly below this.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

First Prize in the give away

I thought my first listing for this giveaway seemed a bit jumbled so why not do a feature on each item. This is a print from my main Etsy shop. I took this photo during a ice and snow storm. I love how you can follow the line of every branch. My last giveaway had lots of entries for the print so I thought why not add a few prizes this time.
The rule are easy here they are.
  1. Go to any of my shops you see on the blog find you favorite item and come back here and post it. You could also twitter my giveaway or a item and post a link to it here as a entry.
  2. you must follow the blog to win and leave me a way to contact you like your blog or a e-mail what ever you chose.
  3. I will draw 3 winners 1st name drawn wins first prize on down the line. That will be done on July 1st.
  4. I will contact you and ship it to you any where in the United States.

I hope this sounds like fun to you. You are welcome to enter once a day if you like. Tomorrow I will focus on the pendants then the bookmarks you can win. Have a great day all.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Yay the garden is Growing

Today I got this nifty little picture of some of my tomatoes. There are a few bigger but it was hard to get a good photo of them. I just wanted to share some thing growing and happy. It seems so important that we all get things done fast these days. I like to sit back and relax with my garden. So I hope you get to have some fun and enjoy a break in your day to.

Oh don't forget to enter my contest to win one of my 3 prizes. It is very easy. Tomorrow I will do a feature on each of the prizes so you can get a better look at what you could win.

Monday, June 15, 2009

My Second Giveaway

Hi all this time I am going to do it a little different. The rules are easy though. All you have to do is go to either of my shops and find your favorite item. Come back here and post it along with leaving me a email or your blog some thing of that nature. Also you can enter by tweeting my giveaway or some thing from my shop then coming back here and posting a link. You can enter once a day if you like. I will ship any where in the United states. On July 1st I will draw three winners. Remember though you must follow the blog to win. Now here is the cool stuff from my shops that you can win.

  1. First prize will get the print shown above from my shop and a suprise pendant.

  2. Second prize will get the two small pendants featured above.

  3. Third prize will recieve the one of a kind set of two bookmarks. That could also be turned into pendants if you chose.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sunburnt and frustrated

I used this work because it is cheerful and currently I am not. We went this morning and did the farmers market. It had almost no promotion and very small turn out. I did not sell much. Oh and as a bonus I messed up buying a box for a purchase made from my etsy shop and have to mail it out late. Now I am just hoping the person is OK with that. I wrote and told them what happened but still I feel very unprofessional. Well I am off to rub in some aloe on my sunburns and then a big nap. Hopefully this will be followed with a action plan of some kind. Well have a great weekend all remember Monday I announce my new giveaway item.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Featured Etsy Shop Of The Week Muncheys

Now this week I wanted to hit on a more masculine shop. With Fathers day just around the corner I think this would be a great way to get some thing special for dad. Muncheys is a very nice shirt shop on Etsy.

A few weeks ago I got my husband a couple of the shirts I am showing and he loves them. They wash well and look just as pictured. The thing I really like is the sayings on them are not all the most mainstream but really fun and creative.

The shop had excellent service. I wrote them to ask about customizing and with a general question on my order and both inquiries were answered promptly and with very polite professionalism.

I will definitely be back for more shirts. I may get some for myself. While it is a great place to find some thing for Dad the shirts also work great for woman. For instance I stole one of my husbands and wore it just last week.

Well I just like to say so when I find a great little shop. I hope you can take a few minutes to look it over and enjoy the shop yourself. Here is a link to Muncheys

PS. Have a great day all and keep a look out our next giveaway starts in less than a week. I think your really going to like this one.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dreams And What They Mean

Well last night was one of those up all night because dreams kept waking me nights. I dreamed that my mother was still alive and drove a tiny car into a huge truck but was fine. I dreamed that she literally magically then reappeared behind me and said hello. I took her home after we filed a police report and there she was excited to pet her cat who is also no longer with us here in the waking world. I was so excited she was there but she told me it was time to go and I woke up.

The next dream I was in the woods and a huge rainstorm hit. I ran into this cave to wait it out and fought a animal I think was a bear. It was tearing me up pretty good but I woke up biting it back. Sadly in reality it was my husbands shoulder that I bit and left a pretty good mark on to.

The last dream was trying to save children from a compound where they do testing for all kinds of crazy science experiments. I just about had them out when I woke up. That dream had me almost balling from some of the things I saw while trying to sneak out the ones I could save.

So my Question is what do dreams mean. I am going to look up some of the symbolism in these today and try to come back with a answer by Friday. Tomorrow I am going to do my new featured Etsy shop and it is a great place to shop for Fathers day.

Thanks for reading my rant all I am going to go and try and get a nap before my nieces come over this afternoon. Also I would love to know what your dreams are like.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Kindness follows

Yesterday was one of those days when I really wanted to be cranky. This was broken that was bugging me blank was rude you know. But I really really hate being in that mood so fought it off almost to a point of comedy. Well first thing that finds me when I log onto my Etsy shop this afternoon is that I am featured in a treasury. I love it when some one likes my work enough to think it should be on the front page. Here is a link to the treasury for any who would like to check it out. . My thought is how very true the whole you get what you put out there thing is. So I am going to try and be extra good today hehe.

Well I am going back to the farmers market this weekend supposedly no rain. So I am off to work on some little extras and take pictures for my shop of a few things. Have a good day all and remember to be nice :)
Oh the image above is of a girl I saw at a coffee shop that I found hilarious. She pouted and acted very cranky the whole time she was there. I could not get the cranky face out of my head so I painted it. I thought it went well with this story.

Monday, June 8, 2009


I was up today and saw on one of the morning talk shows it was Best Friends Forever day. It of course made me think of mine. So as opposed to my usual blogging about the whatnot's of life here in my little world I'm going to go write her. I hope you all can do the same. Have a great day. Oh I hope you enjoy this picture of some other Best Friend Forever I know.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Oh Happy Day

This is just a happy picture of a cloud to match my mood. It is not new just one of my favorites. Yesterday I finally found a very nice home for that little stray I was working with. I checked vet references and every thing so I am very comfortable witht he lady I let have her. I did feel horrible seeing her go because you could tell she was a bit scared and I am sure she still is but at least now she is off the streets. So I just wanted to share that happy thought today. Have a great day all.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Inner Strength

As any one who knows my blog knows I have a major love of clouds. This cloud I found particularly gorgeous because it looks to be lit from inside. They look like the background to some renaissance painting. But what makes it magic is that I took this picture in my own front yard. So any how the reason I used this was to talk about inner strength.
So many times recently I have seen people just give up on things. Now we all should know when to walk away but some times it happens to fast.
Well here and now I vow not to be one of those people. I truly believe as soon as you give up once it gets that much easier to do the next time. I am of course not talking about relationships and abuse or any thing like that just plain old determination. No we will not all end up in our dream jobs and challenges will come. Some times dreams will have to be let go and replaced by new dreams that fit a new life situation but one thing is for sure we will not get there with out embracing our inner strength. Just some thing I had in my head today. Have a great day yall.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Cupcakes and Marshmallows and Palm Trees

OK I have been working very hard on some new products with lower price points for my farmers market and maybe my shops. I just wanted to share them and hope you would get a laugh or giggle from them. The three charms are all made of clay and hand painted. I just love being able to bring out the little shapes I want. It has also inspired me to make my first art doll. I will show you pics as she comes along. Then the little palm tree jar is a small jar upcycled into a stash for cash jar. It has a little vacation sticker on the front. I thought with the economy like it is a small jar would be better but hey we should all still do our best to have little get aways so there should be a jar. I made it totally out of upcycled stuff except for the paint and adhesive. Well I am off to take some new pics then time to relax in the garden a bit. I would love to know if any one would like to see a couple of these charms as my next giveaway or maybe a small painting. Have a great day all.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My Muses

These are two kitties that I raised as orphans. They now live with me and well work as kitty models. They help me out with ideas all the time. Like last night when I was making a pie crust. I turned away to answer the door and some stinker hopped up on my counter and walked in left paw prints in my dough. So after throwing that out and making a whole new crust I got to thinking about a new line of jewelry I am working on for my shop. These are clay pieces. Now thanks to that paw print I may also do a line of dog and cat collar charms. So my thought today is about how grateful I am to my little muses. The pictures of them above are after we had had them for about 2-3 weeks. This is them big. When we got them the ears had not even popped up yet. The reason for the little photo shoot setting is we were still trying to find them homes and these were pics to entice a family to want them. Hope they made you smile.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Visits From Family

Well I wanted to write about a visit with my father yesterday. Right when he got here as he was just stopping by to pick up some thing I printed out for him a rain storm hit. The cloud picture is from just before he got here. With rain pouring down and winds pretty fierce I insisted he stay for lunch. We had some left over homemade vegetable soup and a cool whip Gram cracker treat. We laughed and talked for about a hour and a half. While I talk to my father every day or so just because we like to keep up and have lots of family time as a whole with him. This made me realize some thing. That is how special alone time where family is important. We always try to get every one together at one time and this really made me think about how nice it is to get to have one on one time with your family. So today I am calling my father to see if we can make a weekly lunch date. So my little thought for the day is to make sure you spend time with the folks who matter to ya.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Featured Etsy Artist Of The Week Mine9eye

This lady has fast become a friend in the Etsy chat rooms and I love her work. She has beautiful photography that just seems to light up the page. My favorite is Beloved. It presents the flower in such a way that the beauty of it is overwhelming. Now a little about the lady known as Mine9eye. She is a Mother of two little girls and a wife. Which I think shows in her pictures celebration of life. She says also she just does not have the time right now to do more that photography but loves doing many different artful things. Well after seeing these I can't wait to see whats next. I have used her photos above and here is a link to her whole shop if you would like to check it out. Have a great day yall.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Animal Shelter Update

Hi all I am adding a picture of a stray because I thought it would match well the story. I am donating 10% of the profits from any sales each month to a different animal shelter. This month we raised $11.00 to give. It would have been more but I got rained out of the farmers market. Well I am thinking of donating to the Granite city no kill shelter and will get it in the mail today. I just wanted any one who got some thing it know where the money was going. Thanks all I am sure it will help them a little :)

Have a great day

Cappy Sue

The Sky Was Raining Black Hearts

Hello all and thanks to my new followers. The last few days have been fun and challenging. I am a lady of routine I like to do things when I have them planned but none of that happened. What came out of this was a great few days. My to do list of art projects has a fresh adding of about 15 things. My crafts to go to shows etc are all ready at a moments notice and best of all tons of new dreaming inspiration.

I love the dreams with the images I must commit to paper or canvas. Yesterday morning I dreamed of running threw a park to a street light in the distance. There were storm clouds swirling heavy and some thing big and wet far to big to be rain drops was falling upon the ground. As I got to the street light I could see illuminated stood this woman with little curls falling just one per side out of her hair. Then I realized the things flopping to the ground were tons of human hearts all wet like with blood but black.

So yesterday I set to painting her face as I could not make out her clothing. I also painted it with the traditional love heart not the human heart but may do another version. When I woke up I was hearing the words in my head "she just stood there while the sky was raining black hearts". I just thought this was weird funny little story of inspiration to share.