May 31, 2009

Ye Olde Witches Brew Celebrates One Year!

Ye Olde Witches Brew Magazine is celebrating one year!!!!

One year of very hard work bringing a dream into reality for our own Jennifer Toppel.
One year that I have followed along the path with many wonderful friends, artists and contributers as they came together sharing and supporting each other.

I am so proud of Jennifer, watching someones vision turn into a reality, especially someone you admire and love is very exciting. This publication was Jen's dream and she made it happen.
We must remember: "Always follow your dreams, for out of such fragile things come miracles"

I can only hope that this will continue to grow and flourish as it is such a wonderful source of inspiration and friendship to me and many others.

Check out the cover, isn't it beautiful? That is the wonderful work of Byrum Art I was also tickled to see the featured story: Celebrating One Year of Art and Fantasy which covers all the wonderful artists that have been featured in the magazine this past year. I am proud to say that I am one of them along with my wonderful friends Ron & Sherry Byrum from Byrum Art, Sarah Sullivan from Cottage Garden Studio, Carrie Hawks of Tiger Pixie Studio and many other talented artists who I share my inspirations with every day.

May 29, 2009

Buzz Buzz...

I am a glowing mother this morning. I just got a excited phone call from my son's 3rd grade teacher. I don't know which of us were more excited lol.

My little bee has now ranked in the top 5 of his school in the spelling bee, he goes on to compete more Monday...I am so excited I can hardly wait for him to get home and tell me all about it. I have to act surprised, because she wants him to tell me. I was cracking up, I am so thrilled that he has such a wonderful teacher that she could hardly contain herself and had to call me in the middle of the day.

Thats what makes a great teacher, someone who is always on top of things with her students. What really made me smile is the fact that she went on to say how proud she was of him and how excited she was to have him in her class this year and that he has been such a joy. She would like to keep in touch with him as he goes on to the other schools which he will be next year. I remember at conferences she told me He is one of those kids you want to watch throughout your school years and follow what they will become later in life. Me too, I can only imagine what great things he will do. Right now he has settled on the idea of being an arachnologist. I think thats pretty cool.

I am amazed more and more by him every day. Just when I think I can relax he shocks me with something new. I guess when he was a baby and I told him he could do whatever he wanted to and succeed, he took it literally lol.

Just wanted to share my excitement with all of my wonderful friends.

May 22, 2009

The Noblesse Award:

I am pleased to say that I got this wonderful blog award from Sherry at Byrum Art. I am a little choked up about it so bare with me please. Wow, I don't know what to say I guess I hope that I am worthy of such. I hope that my blog does inspire people to think, create, love and be open to new friendships. I feel that art is the best way for creative expression no matter what your art form. It is also the best stress reliever I can think of in this day to day busy life we all lead. I know that having this blog has enriched my life and brought me closer to people whom I may not have know if I hadn't had one. It has also brought me closer with my readers and my other wonderful artist friends who continue to inspire me every day of my life. It has given me a place to showcase my new work, and interact with other friends. Its also a great tool for getting things off ones chest and allowing to share my life with others. Thank you Sherry, I love you.


Details of Noblesse Award:

The recipient of this award is recognized for the following:

- The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervade
amongst different cultures and beliefs.

- Their Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage, and offers solutions

- There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding
on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Cultures, Sciences and Beliefs

- The Blog is refreshing and creative

- The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking

The Blogger who receives this award will need to perform the following:

- Create a post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse
Oblige Award

- The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post

- Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably
citing one or more older posts as support

- The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the
Award conditions

- Blogger must display the Award at any location at their Blog

So I'm going to pass this one on to the following:

Sherry (who already has it lol) because her art, friendship and blog inspire me all my days. I don't know what I would do without her she has made me strive to be the persom who I want to be.

Cindy Tevis from Halloween Spirit Shabby Hag Decor because she is an amazing soul, a wonderful friend, a terrific artist and one whom I will travel with some day.

Jules at Bead Bugs because she is a wonderful jewelry artisan and also a wonderful women to have as a friend.

Prims*By*Pam because her blog always is inspiring to others, she is a wonderful artist and she is also a 15 yr. cancer surviror!

Michelle from Enchanted Inspirations because she is an kind individual whos art is just as inspiring as well as she is.

I could probably think of half a hundred more I could pass this along too. You are all amazing people!

hugs to all,


May 11, 2009

OOAK Primitive altered art assemblage grungy book

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's day! I know I did, I had 4 little ones who were very creative and sneaky about surprising me this year. All of them came up with their own unique ideas of what to get me for the big day. I got some really special gifts and a party cupcake party too! I didn't even have to vaccume or clean up toys. I was made dinner, got a favorite book, movie, coffee cup and even time alone (which I would have spent cleaning had they not yelled at me lol) It was a really special day for me.

Because I have been down with a nasty cold I wasn' t able to see my mom on Sunday but I did call her and will be planning something for wednesday, this year her birthday didn't fall on mothers day so I won't miss out on that.

I was able to keep busy (while not cleaning lol) and this is my new creation though so I thought I would share.

My newest etsy listing a primitive and extremely sweet smelling, hand dyed, hand stained cloth covered book for display with my favorite photos of the witches tea done in sepia tone.
Here is the link to my ETSY click here to see more photos

Hope all you moms had a wonderful mothers day like I did! :)

May 9, 2009


I have to admit I became adicted, I loved Twilight and I also miss scrapbooking, I have been so busy with other things that scrapbooking my children's photos took a back seat to other work. So I came up with an idea to incorporate my scrapbooking and altered art projects into a themed book.

I am very pleased with how it turned out. I really wanted to show my love for the book and the characters by making an altered art photo album. It is still a little prim with a modern twist.

I listed it on ebay tonight, under one of my new art groups BWBA. If you are not yet searching BWBA (Because We Believe Art) you need to check them out. I am a proud member of this group as they have so many unique and creative artists who believe: Belive in fairy tales, Santa, the tooth fairy, the easter bunny and all things magickal!

Search BWBA on ebay.
Witch Hollow Primitives Ebay listings click here