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wowz!  the “inspired remnants, curious dreams” blog tour was an amazing hit and ever so much fun!  the winners are SUPPOSED to be announced in two day’s time, but i’m going to be super busy that day so i am posting them now (i’m not the first!).  without further ado, the winners of the fantabulistic blog tour prizes are….

book tour giveaways for inspired remnants, curious dreams blog tour

The winner of A) The book: Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams by Kerin Gale.
Lisa Gatz of her self-titled blog Lisa Gatz

The Winner of B) One Aves Power Pack
Katie Cahill of Evil Seamstress

The Winner of C) Fluid Chalks Online Workshop by Lesley Venable at
Patti Edmon of Altered Attic
(Ironically, I was the first winner as my comment’s number came up, but that would hardly be fair now would it!?  I was sad though — this looks fun!)

Winner of D) Two Digital Collage Sheets of your choice by Alicia Caudle (aka “me”) of Altered Bits at
Renate of Put a Little Magic In Your Life

Winner of E) Sample pack of Silputty 40 silicone putty mold mix from Silpak.
Barbe Saint John of

Winner of F) 1 OZ ICE Resin and a mixed metal bezel from
Sharon of Live Wire Jewelry

All of these prizes will be shipped directly do you by the manufacturer/publisher/etc. except he collage sheets which I will email to you and the online workshop.  PLEASE SEND ME YOUR ADDRESSES and I will forward to the proper peeps so you can get you your goods.

And, there are MORE!  I did an additional drawing for just my readers (whom I love and adore).

free digital collage sheet giveaway
The Winner of 5 digital collage sheets of your choice is Sharon Rowland of Alice’s Secret Door

And last but not least, the Winner of the “How to Crackle Charlottes” PDF tutorial and three un-crackled Frozen Charlotte dolls is Lisa of Vintage Glimmers

Huge congratulations to all of you lovely ladies!! (I like that there are two Sharons and two Lisas)  🙂

Contact me ASAP with your contact info and I shall get the ball rollin’ so you can get your goodies.  I will try to contact each of you via email today too, of course.


the one world one heart giveaway was so much fun… i didn’t get to make it to even a quarter of the blogs, sadly, but i enjoyed the ones i got to visit and the several people i was able to meet along the way.  i am still going to visit each of the participants’ blogs — it is important to me to say hello to all who participated.  thank you everyone for such a wonderful experience!

it will take me a bit to get a hold of everyone directly so if you see this before i email you, congrats!  i will need some of your mailing addresses but don’t fret — i’ll be contacting you by tomorrow.

free digital collage sheets, give away

each of you get to pick a digital collage sheet from my site ( and i will email the sheet of your choice to you (the little red * means that i have contacted you and sent your sheet — this will help me from getting too confused):

1. Marie of Art From My Heart in California, USA *

2. Constance of Rochambeau in Texas, USA *

3. Karen of Paper Fanatic in Ireland *

4. Janny of Tricolore Mixed Media in The Netherlands *

5. Katie of Katie’s Strange World in the UK (sadly i didn’t see your blog until now as you didn’t leave your link — your offerings were fantastic!!) *

6. Danit of The Letter Project in New Zealand *

7. Carapace of Cara Makes in the US

8.  Donna of Creative Journaling My Way in Georgia

9. Lynda of Taylor Made in Oz in Australia *

10. Abigail of Rusted Wings in Montana, USA

cracled window effect PDF tutorial


i will send you a link so you can download it from my server — it’s a huge print-quality file, sorry.

1. Tammy of Country Folk Art in New York

2. Gaby of Colorful Adventures in Germany


Kirsten of Fleur De Boheme in Denmark


Jacqui of OddDollz by Jacqui in Canada


Tristan of Enchanted Revelry in Connecticut
(please let me know if you want the man or the woman)

black and white man and woman, mixed media art, collage


because my finger twitched at the end there and i had a little guilt (double clicked the random generator just before the number displayed so it COULD have potentially thrown something off), i asked my son to come in and do me a wee favor.  i said “pick a number between one and one hundred eighty-eight”.  he said “twenty-nine”.

so…. miss sarah.  my dear sweet que sera, sarah of Hen Fruit, you win a non-framed 4×6 print of the black and white man.  it’s is perfect, too — i was so trilled that my little man picked your number because one of the projects next on my list to finish is that “house of fertility” piece that you said you loved and i said i would finish and send to you.  so you get two fetile pieces of art, my friend.  hope that’s not too many!

sarah and kerin — you have the same birthday.
it’s frida’s birthday too, right?

on a side note, i think next year i’ll keep it to two or three winners.  🙂  this took me almost four hours to post.  i say this with giggles and am sooooo not complaining — this has been fantastic and fun, and so great to meet so many new, wonderful people.  thank you, lisa!

it will take me a week or three to get everything out so please bear with me.

lastly, and on a pretty weird note, there was something eerily cool going on when i used the random generator to pick winners.  for every category i was choosing, the winner had specifically stated that they wanted that item.  it was pretty thrilling.

peek at alicia caudle's black and white art zine submission

not very many people have voted for the next altered bits zine theme but i’m pretty dang impatient so dut-duh-da!  i’m picking!  i’m allowed to do that.  okay, i lie — 20 people voted, but i’m still picking based upon the results gathered thus far.  there was a tie and the winners were: notorious (kerin!) and words and symbols (robert!).  so next zine theme for december is notorious and the next-next one is words and symbols… for marchish.  (then, print version!  but shhh.  can’t think about that right now.)   i picked that order because we just did numbers and… you know… letters and numbers are similar.  i like to keep things mixed up a bit.  kerin “wins” page one of the notorious zine and robert “wins” page one of the words and symbols zine — see!  you guys just committed yourselves!  (you don’t really have to play if you don’t want to.)  and i’ll also bundle up some goodies for each of you too since i think that was part of the deal.

as for the love page theme, the guys didn’t like any of the suggestions BUT i’m seriously behind on emails so there could be more that i didn’t show them yet in all honesty.  regardless, where’s the love?  hmmph.  apparently nowhere, at least until i get caught up.  they said things like “just call it artist interviews” and “why does it have to have a ‘fancy’ name?”  um, maybe i want one?  didn’t someone say plain ol’ “artist interviews”?  i’ll have to check.  speaking of which, i have three amazing artists lined up for september and beyond.  i don’t think i’m going to spoil it just yet though by admitting what/who is up my sleeve.  i will just say that you’ll be giddy with bliss when you see. promise.


my sweetsweet friend kim passed me the wonderfully kind meme award.  this, fortunately or unfortunately, requires me to reveal seven things about myself before passing it on to seven other people.  i’m weird and shy and don’t like attention so this will be tremendously difficult.  seriously.  i’ll try to keep it short for all of our sakes.  🙂  (this does not take away from the fact that i appreciate it so very much and want to smooch kim smack dab on the cheek!)  (funny update: took me three days to write the seven things.)


i am freakishly shy… at first.  social situations with large amounts of people i don’t know well oftentimes makes my tummy feel funny.  after that, beware — i’m just a ball of giggles and outgoingness.

(i just got really stuck there so went to ask my husby, saying “i don’t think there are seven things interesting enough things about me to share.  what do i do!?”  he rolled his eyes and said “there are over 700 interesting things about you, wifel”.  whatever.  he’s required by law or at least by paper so say that crap.  and he didn’t help at all.)


i’m absurdly allergic to anything even mildly chemical: bleach, varnishes, adherents, anything containing latex, etc. until just recently when my husby bought me a respirator (latex free!), i was unable to use many art supplies which always made for a fun challenge to find non-toxic solutions. i’m still a bit paranoid about some things, like epoxy resin, but i’m working on it.  the worst that would happen would be difficulty breathing to the point of blue lips, dizziness and huge oozy skin welts so i just need to get over it.  sheesh.


i love gardening.  if i could quit doing web design and just garden for a living, that would rock.  wait, no.  quit coding, keep designing and garden at the same time, while having time to create at least one art piece every day or three.  i’d be giddy.  too bad no one would pay me to dig in their dirt what i charge for design work.  so i’ll just keep building garden beds in my own yard (and a chicken coup and a tree house) while planting anything else i can get to fit.  ohoh, i think i’m getting two columnar apples (malus domestica) this weekend for the side yard!


see number 1.  i’m often seriously weird about my art, and only photograph about 1/3 of the things i create, or less.  i sell mostly unsigned pieces in three primary portland locations that i am not going to currently fess up to but will give a vague hint in case you want to go peek: a bar, a shop, and a gallery.  don’t even ask ’cause i have no idea what my issue is.  i once did a whole show of unsigned work and pretended just to be an onlooker and gave a blank stare and a shrug when this guy asked me if i knew whose work it was.  he bought two pieces so i later had to admit it was me so as not to be rude, but it was awkward.


i “collect” things that many people may find mildly creepy or weird, such as bugs, bones, chick/stingray, etc. fetuses, anatomical and medical curiosity/mishap related imagery, etc.  most of you already know that anyway.  if not, surprise, surprise.


i’m a secret math and science whore.  but in a good and un-creepy/un-weird sort of way.  mmmmm.  numbers.  grand unified theory.  yeah.  i could go off but i’ll spare you.


i’m a procrastinator and a pack-rat.  my studio’s work-space appears to be totally disorganized but typically know where most things are (except tape and scissors — always lose those).  i think it’s a pisces thing. the shelves and other places are meticulously organized and the contrast looks like multiple personality disorder.

and on to part two… i would like to pass this along to these seven beauties (in alphabetical order):

debbie: debrina’s diary
donna: layers
gaby: colorful adventures
jo: the crow road
joanna pierotti: moss hill studio
(i’d say KIM here but i don’t think i’m allowed to “give it back”)
leslie: snips and snails
lisa: mudhound primitives

i have art crushes on you seven, stalk your blogs often, and always feel endlessly inspired by you.  thank you.  🙂  and thank you kim!

i drew kim's name in the sand

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