You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' ~~~Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

DragonDreams TAG IT ON Challenge

The Theme this week for
"Willow Pattern Story"

Here is my entry:

 I loved this challenge and the story was so sweet. 
 I  would like to make a mini-book about this theme! 
I will post the story as soon as I turn my entry in
so that you can read it and understand
what our theme was all about!

The Willow Pattern Story

The Willow Pattern represents
a beautiful love story....

....In ancient China a powerful nobleman lived
in a palace with his beautiful daughter.
The Palace was surrounded by gardens
with fruit trees & a lovely willow.
But the daughter fell in love with her father's
humble clerk, against her father's wishes.
The clerk was dismissed & they were forbidden to
see each other.  A zig-zag fence was built around
 the gardens so that the poor clerk could not enter.
However the two lovers fled & escaped
across a bridge, with her father chasing them.
The lovers traveled to a distant land but the
 nobleman sent his men to kill them.
When the Gods saw what was happening,
they transformed the couple
 into a pair of lovebirds....

Thanks for looking at my art work
and have a pleasent evening!

Here is the link back to DragonsDream TIO Challenge:

The teal background on the tag
 is from Gary's free images at :

The Japanese images are from Julia's free images at:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Macabre Monday Challenge

The Theme for
 Macabre Monday Challenge
"Oh You Devil" 

Here is My Entry:

"Oh YOU...  Sweet Little Gothic Devil"

 Thank you for looking at my
and have a really "Spooky" evening!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Darkness Inspiration Challenge

The Theme for this Challenge is
"Scary Clowns"!
I made this a 3-dimensional piece of art! 
I'm afraid my pictures do not
 do this project much justice!

The front of the piece has a canopy
that stretches out about two inches
from the images on the inside of the image!

Maybe a better view of the canopy!


"Little Anne" just had to have her
picture taken with the clowns!

I wanted to build a small
stage to attach to the
 bottom of the  piece to
support it's edges
 and give viewers a better
 look at the unique features
of the clown images
 I simply ran out of time!!!
  Oh well, another day, perhaps?

I couldn't leave out this beauty! 

Dulcamara's Fierce Feline!
Mr. Pied Piper

Thank you for looking at my entry
 and please have a great day!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hello to all Smeared and Smudged Members!
We are having  our 1st Annual Blog Hop!!

Isn't this so much fun!
I am having a great day today!
Thank you for stopping by
and visiting my blog !
I hope you like my art work and
I am looking forward to visiting your blogs
to see all the great pieces of art you've created!

A "Special Thank You"
goes out to Terra, our Host,
for organizing this super event !
I am so glad that I joined this group!

YOU guys made me feel
so welcome and comfortable!
I am looking forward to all of the
art tutorials and challenges that
we will be doing in the future!
Have a great day!

I am so glad that you
stopped by today to visit my blog
because you will get the chance to
learn about this fanastic
new group I just joined!
If you especially love
creating art with stamps,
then this is the group for you!!

We create Alternative art,
Gothic art, and Vintage art
but with one condition...
a stamped image must be
placed somewhere on the project!

Here is my PROJECT that I created
just for this "SPECIAL BLOG HOP"
for everyone to see!

I first found out about this group
from one of my dear friends,
Lyn at Blackdragon's Crafts!
I knew I didn't want to miss out on
all of the fun and immediately posted to join!

There are so many interesting sub-groups to join
to spark our imagination with new ideas
for creating mixed media and altered art!
There are also challenges and contests to enter,
which is my all time favorite thing to do!
 I love art challenges!
Especially their challenges--very cool!!
They also offer classess and tutorials
on the latest art trends and ink /stamp/ projects.

What I liked the most about the group
was the warm welcome from the other members
and the willingness to share ideas and knowledge
about techniques that some of us newbies
may not know about or had much experience with!

If you want to begin a journey on the
Path of Fulfillment as a successful artist,
 you join in with the others that
are going down the same path.
Your life will become enriched by the
 encouragment and inspiration you
 will receive from your fellow artists!

As they begin share their
 different perspectives
and feelings about their own art,
you will feel the urge to delve deeply
 in your own soul to explore your talent
and examine your own true convictions
 about what makes your art
 such a big part of who you are!

Go back to when you felt that first
  "LITTLE NUDGE" to pick up a paint brush,
 paint, ink, glue, scissors, paper, etc.,
to create what you soon learned
that you couldn't live without!

That's why joining a group is so important!!
Everyone has one thing in common
--it's huge--

We love to create
We create what we love!

No Holds Barred!

Here is a list of the MEMBERS of
Smeared and Smudged
that are participating in the Blog Hop!





Just click on the blog address
and go visit these talented ladies
to see all of their wonderful
art work and their amazing blog sites!!

If you'd like to join our
"happy art smearing ink smudging "group,
just click the Smeared And Smudged blog button
at the top of the post and it will take
you to the home group where you can sign up !

Dear Friends, leave me a comment...

Dear Friends, leave me a comment...

Life Is A Witch And Then You Fly!

Life Is A Witch And Then You Fly!

The Poem "Dark Rosaleen"

O my Dark Rosaleen, Do no sigh, do not weep! The priests are on the ocean green, they march along the Deep. There's wine from the royal Pope upon the ocean green; and Spanish ale shall give you hope, My Dark Rosaleen! My own Rosaleen! Shall glad your heart, shall give you hope, Shall give you health, and help, and hope, My Dark Rosaleen. Over hills and through dales have I roamed for your sake; all yesterday I sailed with sails on river and on lake. The Erne at its highest flood I dashed across unseen, For there was lightning in my blood, My Dark Rosaleen! My own Rosaleen! Oh! there was lightning in my blood, Red lightning lightened through my blood, My Dark Rosaleen! All day long in unrest to and fro do I move, The very soul within my breast Is wasted for you,love! The heart in my bosom faints to think of you, my Queen, My life of life, my saint of saints, My Dark Rosaleen! My own Rosaleen! To hear your sweet and sad complaints, My life, my love, my saint of saints, My Dark Rosaleen! Woe and pain, pain and woe, are my lot night and noon, To see your bright face clouded so, like to the mournful moon. But yet will I rear your throne again in golden sheen;'Tis you shall reign, shall reign alone, My Dark Rosaleen! My own Rosaleen! 'Tis you shall have the golden throne,'Tis you shall reign, and reign alone, My Dark Rosaleen! Over dews, over sands will I fly for your weal; your holy delicate white hands shall girdle me with steel. At home in your emerald bowers,from morning's dawn till e'en, you'll pray for me, my flower of flowers, My Dark Rosaleen! My fond Rosaleen! You'll think of me through Daylight's hours, My virgin flower, my flower of flowers, My Dark Rosaleen! I could scale the blue air, I could plough the high hills, Oh, I could kneel all night in prayer, to heal your many ills! And one beamy smile for you would float like light between my toils and me, my own, my true, My Dark Rosaleen! My fond Rosaleen! Would give me life and soul anew, A second life, a soul anew, My Dark Rosaleen! O! the Erne shall run red with redundance of blood, The earth shall rock beneath our tread, and flames wrap hill and wood, and gun-peal, a slogan cry, wake many a glen serene, ere you shall fade, ere you shall die, My Dark Rosaleen! My own Rosaleen! The Judgment Hour must first be nigh,ere you can fade, ere you can die, My Dark Rosaleen!