Holiday Winner

Oh these comments were so much fun to read. The request to win the giveaway was to leave a comment about love. A quote, an unbearable experience, your heart pounding expression of joy ;) or some simple little ditty. 

And, you deliciously diverse stars of the universe wrote quotes from 19th century Romanian poetry to personal stories that made me laugh outloud. 

Well, I haven't yet learned how to use a random number generator to select a winner so I am still using the primitive method of names on slips of paper shaken about in a shoebox. And this is what I've randomly selected:

Jen, fellow gemini, adorable cosmetician, new blog friend and giveaway winner! Here was her comment on love

Jen said...

Cute contest, heres mine!

Don't fall in love with me yet
We only recently met
True I'm in love with you but
you might decide I'm a nut
Give me a week or two to
go absolutely cuckoo
then, when you see your error,
then, you can flee in terror
like everybody else does
I only tell you this cause
I'm easy to get rid of
but not if you fall in love
Know now that I'm on the make
and if you make a mistake
my heart will certainly break
I'll have to jump in a lake
and all my friends will blame you
There's no telling what they'll do
It's only fair to tell you
I'm absolutely cuckoo
-the magnetic fields


Holiday Workshop Giveaway

The time in the studio is a bit rushed this time of year. Yet, I like the excitement of a little bit of pressure. Although I can't say that I thrive on it. I feel a bit disorganized when there is a number of things on my plate. And of course there is the real job that keeps me away from the studio 11 hours a day.

Last night Nina and I were searching for the nostalgic Christmas music that helps sooth the spirit while working. With a mug of hot tea by my side I managed to frame a few items and am just waiting for a bright clear day (not happening today) to take photos that I can add to the Etsy shop.

I ordered a few cute little hand mirrors to add to the shop for some inexpensive stocking stuffers. So in the spirit of the season I'd love to offer a giveaway!

Leave a comment about love. A quote, an unbearable experience, your heart pounding expression of joy ;) or some simple little ditty.

I will pick a random guest to win one of the new little hand mirrors for yourself and another for someone you adore.

Starting Now!

I will announce a winner Saturday afternoon.


Etsy Promotion

I don't know about you, but I prefer to do my hunting online for that
perfect little something for family and friends this season.
If you find yourself relaxing with your laptop this weekend I am having a promotion on etsy.

For a 25% discount add this coupon code at the checkout

Happy Thanksgiving my buddies!

Above all else, I am so grateful to have met you all and I want you to know how much your posts and comments amuse me and keep me happy and motivated!!! Happy thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. Keep safe and warm and share the love!


Marly Got a Girlfriend

My friend Hagen wanted to surprise 

his friends with a little house warming 
present. Yes, he is, très agréable.

Hagen, I hope it's what you wanted. 

If you have suggestions or changes 
shoot me an email!


A Dream in the Woods II

This child makes dreams come true. She has the ability to make spring appear in the forest after a December snow shower. Now this child has skills!


Gabriella's Magic Ride

This curious, enthusiastic child, filled with mirth and joy. The world holds it's magic out for her to discover. Oh, she takes her play time very seriously. Who would lead the winged horse out of the woods to her sheltered meadow. Gabriella, of course!


We Have a Winner

All the names were printed from the give away post, cut from paper, carefully folded and placed into a shoe box.

Shakey, shakey

One winner, plucked from a box of carefully folded pieces of paper on which were typed the inspiration and dreams of 50 individuals.

And that winner is faerwillow.
I'm so happy to be sending these gifts to you! 

I wish that I had 50 books to give away. The dreams everyone shared are so excellent and inspired! So, what are you waiting for, it's time to fly!


Front Page News!

Etsy Treasuries are cool - really cool. Being selected by a seller to be grouped with talented craftsman and artisans is a distinction and it feels great. I've been in a number of treasuries, (some of which can be seen on my Flicker.)

Today was a huge deal for me. 
I was featured on this treasury that made it to Etsy's front page. Yay!


Give Away Palooza

She's gorgeous, kind, talented, a star. She's family, she sings like a tender cello and writes music prolifically. And today is her birthday!

In honor of Mary Beth's Birthday I'm giving away an autographed copy of her book, "Kick-Ass Creativity"

For the bit of sparkle that may be missing from your usual magic touch, MB's book has the enthusiasm, motivation and spirit that you are looking for.

As a super bonus you will receive a copy of "DIY, Design It Yourself" by Ellen Lupton.
D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself (Design Handbooks)

So leave a comment, and share what you would like to be if there was nothing standing in your way. On Saturday the 13th, I will choose one entry at random to receive these 2 inspiring books AND a Woodwings bookmark. Good Luck! Oh, and send out a beautiful magical birthday wish for Mary Beth!

A Dream in the Woods

A little girl shares her gift of joy and love with the family who adores her beyond words. This painting is for her from her mother. Who dreamed of a star, a twinkle in her eye, and now a jewel for all who know her.



I'm posting today to share the links to few lovely ladies that featured Woodwings on their blogs. It's an honor to the max to be pictured in these blogs. I wanted very much to give them  your attention too. For example, at Au pays de Marvielles... you will see the painting of "Your Heart".

This blog is in French, and worth studying the lovely language for. Yet, if you go to look at the pretty pictures alone you will be satisfied again and again by the dreamy photography, the beautiful vignettes and the well planned themes.

Here at The House in the Roses, a beautiful woman shares her beautiful surroundings. On this day she tempts us to enjoy a cup of tea from a true china cup (forget the disposable paper) and the print of "Flower Girls" is elegantly displayed in her photos.

Lifeologia has become one of my stomping grounds. I love her style. Her blog is full of fresh decorating ideas, a loving family life and scrumptious healthy lifestyle recipes. Thank you Ella, for including me in your Halloween feature!

And finally, darling Mirlette at Mexican Colors interviews bloggers every Friday on her kaleidoscopic blog and on this day there are a few words about Woodwings. She is so charming. Her stories about Mexico inspire me to paint vibrantly!


Midnight Ride

She was shy, gentile, almost dove-like. She favored four-legged creatures to the garrulous and judgmental kind beyond the wood. You could say that she hid behind the green curtain.

Day after day she roamed the forest not intimidated by it’s silence or darkness. This place was a comfort to her, like a home. 

One day as she walked with Deery, the air became stifling and motionless. She smelled something burning but couldn’t recognize the smell. Her friend was frightened, looked  at the girl meekly and ambled off in the opposite direction. 

Snowy joined her for a portion of the way to bring her strength. The girl carried Snowy over fallen moss covered trees and they travelled in supportive silence toward the fire but as the air grew more chill Snowy barnstormed over the treetops toward the full moon...in fear.

The dampness chills the girl from her shoulders to her toes. She just knew the mystery in the wood was uninvited, it was dangerous  but it drew her to it. It bewitched the girl.

The distant chanting pounded inside her as if it were her heart and although her face burned from a heat she couldn’t explain her body shook from a chill that gripped her bones.
She came to a clearing lit by the feverish moon but foggy from the damp ground. The chanting  echoed in her head, but there was no sign of where the sound came from.

All of a sudden she felt a swift breeze and the ground tremble as she saw a girl coifed in tangled ropes of black hair shoot towards the moon on a switch stick broom. Yet she  wasn’t afraid. The sight was familiar. She knew the girl.

At the moment of her realization the heat that burned her cheeks rose to her head and her hair transformed to a mass of silky crimson waves. She felt a part of something. She is a witch. I am witch. There is a little bit of witch in every woman.....wink.

The loveliest of all bloggers are all listed here at Fanciful Twist Truly one of the most inspiring places of all. Visit them all!


Halloween Special

I have listed a special treat for 
Woodwings Followers 
only on the etsy site.

When you click the link above it will take you to the listing I created for you. The page will be blank where the photo of the art should be so non-followers don't select it. What you will receive is the 4 postcard set you see here. 

For my followers the special price is just $10.00 instead of the listed $15.00. If you would like a better view of the individual postcards I have them listed individually on etsy You can click for a better look.

Thank you for being here and inspiring me.


Practical Magic seeps under the door jam....

"The reason you're here and you don't know why is because I sent for you." ~Sally Owens

 I hope I never fall in love, I hope I never fall in love, I hope I never fall in love. 

 "I can’t wait to fall in love."
                                                    ~Gillian Owens

"Sometimes I feel like there's a hole inside of me, an emptiness that at times seems to burn. I think if you lifted my heart to your ear, you could probably hear the ocean. I have this dream of being whole. Of not going to sleep each night, wanting. But still sometimes, when the wind is warm or the crickets sing... I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for. I just want someone to love me. I don't want to believe it but, there is no man, Gilly. Only that moon."                                                               ~Sally Owens      


A Fanciful Twist Invites You

and she and he and me. 

There's a tiny little witch that decorates and delights the desert, that instigates and inspires her sisters, that charms magic from the earth and from a ball of clay. 

This charming little creature sends an invitation to coax the magic makers and artisans in her coven and expands the invitation to all of us with a faintest glint of desire to create a chapter of magic in our own little neck of the woods.

Follow this link and join the fun! I will.......


Flea Market Finds

                  round sparkley buttons and pins 
  flesh pink pin looks like bakelite my guess, fakelite     -     enameled flower pin
       deerie for my woodland frame        -        resin leaves that look like carved bone 

                            rhinestone pins


Glam Pup


We went to the flea market Sunday and I'll share those finds tomorrow, but check out Emily! She is so Hollywood!


Buy One Get One Free Print Sale

Labor Day sale for those with enough time on their hands this weekend to support the Etsy-ers 
(namely mwah)

So, visit Woodwings

Buy one print and then leave me a "convo" (message to seller) stating which print you wish to receive for free. The sale runs Saturday 9/4 through Monday 9/6. Thank you in advance :)

For those of you with every minute packed with cook-outs and beach outings, family gatherings, concerts, fireworks and festivals...Have the time of your life!


The Best Things In Life Are Free

A little shameless promo...because it's Friday, and because it's an amazingly beautiful Friday, all shipping on all items purchased through the Woodwings shop on Etsy is FREE.

What a perfect time to stock up for birthdays, valentines day, to start a little collection, to get those bulky items. Any old reason at all. This is the day to do it. Until midnite tonight.


I'm Not Ready To Say Goodbye

The crickets, cicadas, frogs that sing me to sleep at night. I'm going to miss you. Stay for as long as you can okay....I'll keep the window open at night.


Finding a field of fireflies that balanced on the tips of grass blades and hovered there like magic, I won't forget that moment.


Peace, quiet, and the gentle air that teases the candles flame. Dang, I'm not ready to say goodbye.

                                        garden magic


Oh To Be 4 Again

These inspired lovelies are all created by Teeny Tini. Crocheted by hand and in yarns that are gentle beside babies peachy softy skin. 

Now... why can't the tou-tou come in my size. 


Shoes As Art

                                                                                                                 Magic Shoes

                                                                           French Panache
It's always the badly dressed people who are the most interesting.  
~Jean Paul Gaultier

                                                                         Guo Pei 
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.  
~Oscar Wilde

                                                                             Daniel Sheehan

What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?                                                                                  ~High Fidelity

                                                                           Japanese Culture
 a woman is a whole mystery.....

                              Junko Shimada
I don't know who invented the high heel, but all men owe him a lot. 
 ~Marilyn Monroe

Soft green meadows covered in clover.  Cool, pillowy pure sand at the temperate beach. Lake Michigan is like bath water after a long, hot summer. I'm ready for a soak in peppermint scented water, how about you