Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween!

Welcome to my Halloween post
where I will be announcing the winners of the giveaway!

Firstly, I'm sorry for taking so long with today's post.
I've been having a few computer issues
and it's taken me all day to get these photos up

These Halloween tags are gorgeous arn't they?
They are made by Kath of Out on a Whim and
I treat myself to some of Kath's tags every Halloween

I had fun sourcing the photo backgrounds
I chose pages about old English Halloween customs
and seasonal recipes for pumpkin soup and Autumn Pudding
(a variation on Summer Pudding using apples, plums and blackberries)

I think that next year I'm going to find a nice twiggy branch
to hang the tags from

I had a lovely week!

On Wednesday I met up with Lesley and we had lunch in the cafe next to Art Space. I made one of my stitched textile hearts for Lesley and she gave me this beautiful print of one of her paintings that I admired. Lesley has captured perfectly the feel of the country lanes around this part of Cornwall. I know exactly where this is and I love it! Thank you Lesley ♥

High road to Ludgvan
Later, I visited a few galleries and saw some friends
and we had white iced buns with spiders on

With my computer playing up all week I managed to get a lot of "other stuff" done. I made some huge progress with my Brooklyn Sketchbook, stitched a St. Ives Alfred Wallis Cornish cottage heart for another friend, got some more natural dyeing with hydrangea petals underway, lots of housework, lots of walks and made this mosaic for Halloween

* tHe WiTcHiNG hOuR *

The only thing I didn't manage to do this week
was visit Paul Wadsworth's "Black Cloth Project"

It's an interactive exhibition where the artist photographs
and draws people posing anyway they like robed in a black cloth

During the exhibition it's possible to pose for the artist
in a black box that is installed in the exhibition.
I was hoping to go last Friday but it was
a very dark, wet and blustery October day
so I stayed home and sewed instead!

The exhibition is on in The Crypt Gallery, Old Mariners Church, St. Ives
until Friday 5th November so that's on my list for this coming week
If I'm brave enough to go in the box I'll let you know!

music and magic
Our Halloween has been wet and dark!

The clocks went back an hour this morning
and at 4pm it's already getting dark
We've had the most beautiful Autumn this year but now the days
are getting damper and the best of the leaves probably gone for this year

* pretty pumpkins *

Jo and I have had a couple of Crow Days recently that I haven't yet mentioned and these pumpkin photos reminded me that we had a fun day dyeing buttons and threads in shades of pumpkin orange and witchy purple

* hubble bubble *

We were just like a couple of witches (nice ones, of course!) huddled over our pan watching our plain little buttons turn colourful and cackling with laughter every time Jo said "you're turning violet, Violet" ;o)

Well, I shall not keep you waiting any longer, except to say I will put a few of our special magic buttons in the giveaway packs along with the beads, shimmery heat distressed sheers and the natural hand dyed fabrics

tie dye with onion skins
Thank you for the overwhelming response to my giveaway!

I am so pleased to hear from my dear blog buddies that visit regularly
and all of you new buddies that have left a comment for the first time!
I know it was a big thing for some of you to come out from hiding :o)

Thank you!

For doing so, I have decided to come out of hiding too!
I don't like pictures of myself much
but I was messing around with my camera
a few weeks or so ago and here I am ... this is me!

see ... I put a nice texture on so you can't see the wrinkles!

and now the bit you have been waiting for ...

I listed out all the names so I could see what number you all were
If you want, you can take a look at the list and
make sure your name is on it by clicking here

Then I used a random number generator thingy to pick:

33 - Clare Wassermann
69 - Mano

Congratulations and I will be in touch with you soon!

Thank you for all your comments
I'll be back tomorrow with a new calendar for November
Have a lovely week!

Carolyn ♥


Chris Gray said...

...another interesting...

..great pics as usual...

...AND exciting post!

Lucky winners!

Joanna said...

Wonderful post again, Carolyn. Many congratulations to the lucky winners. Love the buttons (and image of witches....).


Catharina Maria said...

Carolyn , you are a lovely woman and your photo is great !
xox ♥RINI♥

Sherry said...

What a lovely interesting post - and it's lovely to 'see' you too!

Your photo background vintage pages are great - as well as the tags of course.

Congratulations to the two lucky winners - and Happy Halloween x

jan said...

Lovely post as always. Well done to the lucky winners! Happy Halloween.

artymess said...

hi Carolyn good to put a face to the name .....Lovely post as always I love visiting ....x

Penny said...

What a fun post -- filled with great pictures and all sorts of creativity. Happy Halloween!

Pom Pom said...

Hi Carolyn! I know I say this over and over (smile!) but you create such amazing pieces and you produce so much! It's totally inspiring all the time! And your photo - YOU are gorgeous and such a sweetie pie! We turn our clocks back next weekend. I really thought it should be this weekend but I guess I'm glad. Stay warm! Have a creative week! (BIG HUG!)

dosfishes said...

Congrats to the winners and a Happy Halloween to you to! xox Corrine

Elizabethanne said...

Congratulations to the winners of your swap Carolyn. And it is lovely to see you☺Thanks for yet another great post. Your Friend Elizabeth

Julie said...

What wrinkles?! You don't have any! Lovely enjoyable post and congratulations to the giveaway winners. Happy Halloween. xxx

Clare Wassermann said...

Wow I never win anything - I am thrilled and have to say your pictures are better than ever today but then again I am a pumpkin freak. I've just dressed up as a kind of Cruella Deville with my kids and been trick or treating! I shall be very sad when they become too old to play Halloween!!!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

I will treasure the heart Carolyn - and am so pleased that you like the print. Love 'Music & Magic' and the richness and contrasts of the pumpkins and buttons. Have a good week. x

mano said...

wonderful news! I'm just back from a little trip to hamburg and now I read that I won one of your beautiful giveaways. GREAT!!! thank you so much - now I'm very curious...
wonderful post - I especially love the funny and lovely witches with the big hats. and it's nice to see your self-portrait!
happy halloween!! mano

A bird in the hand said...

Wot wrinkles? You don't have any anyway. I can tell ;)

Happy Halloween.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Happy Halloween to you too! Congratulations to the winners and thanks for posting your photo - now it will be even easier to comment because we 'know' who we're talking to!

jo mcintosh said...

Didn't our buttons turn out well!

When shall we two meet again!

You look good in the photo so don't worry about any wrinkles because you don't have any as you shine from the inside!

See you soon - happy halloween.

umelecky said...

Lovely post. Congrats to the winners of your giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

sweetmyrtle said...

your work is exquisite, so lovely to put a face to your blog too. i love the onion skin cloth.
happy hallowee'en!

Jude said...

OOOh lovely buttons - but dyeing buttons? How dos that work then? More info required hehe. Well one to the winners.

bad penny said...

Hi Carolyn - nice to SEE YOU !!! ( There is a pic of me up at the Hen House if you want to see me ! )
I love your attention to detail in your backgrounds & those Halloween labels are to die for !
Speaking of dyeing - how on earth do you dye buttons ? I wouldn't have thought the dye would take unless the buttons were fabic.

I'm glad I didn't win your give away .... ( ! )because I had such a lovely lovely parcel from you with the beautiful heart stitcherie. I adore it & it's hanging on my dreser so I can keep looking at it. Thank you so very much.
When I ( finally ) get back to St Ives - will you take me to some of those fabulous galleries ?
Go - on get in that black box !!

Diane said...

So my luck has run out!! Great photos Carolyn - I wishy I could have joined you and Lesley for a cuppa. xxxxxx

Chrissie said...

Peep-bo! Yes, want to see you posing in a black box now!

Buttons came out well and love the tags you treated yourself to.

ger said...

Pleased to meet you...;) - I enjoyed that wonderfully encyclopaedic bye-bye to October...

Jan said...

Congrats to the winners and thanks for letting me anticipate that I might be a winner. Love those tags and the pumpkin/squash photos. And the photo of beautiful Carolyn!

Menopausal musing said...

Loving the idea of the tree with tags hanging from it. Great to "see" you..........

Julie Shackson said...

I've only just spotted this post. love the onion skin dyed textile; gorgeous marks on it.......and a lovely series of images to browse. Fab pumpkins!

Sian@moonravenart said...

First time I have ever commented to anyone! Decided I needed to get blog savvy!! Understand things are difficult at moment..sending love n sunshine from Saudi to help you on your journey. You are certainly helping me on mine such a long way from home in Wales!Hope its a pink day today.