Monday, August 28, 2017

Suggestions Welcome!

Well folks, even though I have not been the most prolific poster lately,

I still enjoyed "A Little Fur in the Paint".

However, my photo "hosting" service, Photobucket, has decided that it must charge

 almost $40 per month to restore my photos and to 

continue "hosting", and that's kind of ridiculous.

And maybe Google/Blogspot isn't the best blog platform anymore, either.

So, I am open to suggestions ~ do you still blog? Read them?

Have a favorite (for the not-so-tech-savvy) platform?

Prefer just Instagram?

What are your thoughts?

(And thank you bunches to all the people who still check in on me!)

Please leave me a comment...

Thank you!


Monday, May 15, 2017

A Little Tree-Frog Visitor and Instagram... :)

I would love it if you visited me on Instagram! I have been "playing" there quite a bit, and trying to coordinate everything with my Etsy shop, which I am getting ready to update.

 My Instagram username is anne_octobermoon ~ :)

 This little fellow was watching me water my plants on the patio last night... I think he was looking for his complimentary color to perch upon!


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Monday, September 5, 2016

The Every Day or Two (or Three) Challenge

Yes, that's what this challenge should be for me! 

 I'm still having fun, though, and Leo is a willing subject.

 'Leo', watercolor on 300# Fabriano paper, 6"x 6"

 (I also do pet portraits; this size is $65. Message me if you are interested! 

Make sure to include your contact information.)

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 Here again is the *30 in 30 Challenge*! 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

"Cherry on Top", Part Two...

Well, I can already tell that my life is going to 'get in the way' of this challenge! 

 Second day, *right out of the gate*, I didn't do a painting... 

 (I packaged and FedEx-ed other artwork, though, so that was something!) 

 Back on track, now, with "Cherry on Top 2", in my old familiar medium, watercolor.

 Thank you for your encouragement!

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

"30 in 30" Challenge

Switching gears here a little (and it may make me a better blogger) ~

 Participating in this fun challenge, hosted by Leslie Saeta.

 The goal is "thirty paintings in thirty days"; every day for the month of September.

Of course, daily posting may not happen (although I rarely miss a day of painting now,

 I am usually so picky that I don't finish a project right away), but we will see...

 Here goes! 

 My first painting is acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas, titled "Cherry on Top" ~ 6" x 6"

 To see Leslie's blog and the rest of the "30 in 30" participants, click here!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Welcome to The Mad Tea Party, 2016!

Hello!! ~ Come on in!

Welcome to the 2016 Mad Tea Party blog hop!

First, I would like to thank Miss Vanessa for once again hosting

this delightful venture!
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Did you just fall through that dusty Rabbit Hole over there?

Oh, Dear!

Settle in with some cookies and tea!

Earl Grey??

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Our Tea Party cookies are courtesy of my sweet friend in Tennessee!

Aren't they wonderful?

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Even my tea pot girls have a Looking Glass!

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Uh, oh... looks like Someone left his hat!

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The Key to....Somewhere!

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Cupcakes won't spoil your supper if they are supper!

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Petunias and buttercream?

Yes, please!

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It is a little known fact that the heady fragrance of Tuberoses

lures folks towards Rabbit Holes, and then....

Well, here you are!

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Look at this little visitor to the Tea Party!

And he thought he was going to be late... (bless him)!

(He has been visiting my porch all week! Carrots and cool water there!)


Thank you so much for stopping by!

(Be sure to visit all the other revelers, if you can!)

Happy Mad Tea Partying!


(Some of my latest Alice art!)
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"The Mad Hatter's Tea" Cupcake Box
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An Alice Celebration!
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Work-in-Progress Alice & Flamingo ornament...


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fancy Words

The longer I live, the more I realize that I am not nearly as well-read as I once thought.
I love words and their origins, though ~ a "semi-Logophile", if you will ~ but today, on Facebook, someone used a word that I don't recall ever seeing in print (or heard, to my knowledge) before ~ "quotidian". And they used it in a very "quotidian" manner, too (wait for it, if you are as uninformed as I was) ~ they were not being intentionally pompous or anything.

I don't think.

Anyway, I felt kind of dumb (and I am willing to bet I'm not the only one who did, after reading that comment), and I immediately Googled it. (Because that's what I have to would not believe how often I Google things.)

I found the neatest site called "The Every Girl" ( ), and the subject was "Using Fancy Words" ~ it made me feel better about the whole thing,
I tell I borrowed the following information ~ (totally THEIRS, not mine ~ hope I am crediting correctly!) ~ (Also, the list of Fancy Words at the bottom must have been discussed at some point, and I was pleased to discover that I knew (and had correctly used) most ~ though not all ~ of them.)

Soooo....I will probably, at least, remember "quotidian" about you? Have you discovered and "new" words lately?

(All definitions via )

Fancy Word *EveryGirl*s should know: quotidian

Why we chose this fancy word: 
One of our writing interns, Clarissa Fidler,
stumbled upon this word while reading a New York Times article by David Carr.
She found the well-known writer's unique, poignant perspective on the topic of
plagiarism to be anything but quotidian.

Definition: quotidian (adj.) pronunciation: kwoh-tid-ee-uhn

1. daily
2. usual or customary; everyday
3. ordinary; commonplace

Use this word in a sentence: Martha's quotidian looks and shy demeanor were no match for Zoe's breathtaking beauty and charismatic personality.

Have you been using past fancy words?

insouciant = free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree

self-effacing = not drawing attention to oneself; modest

picayune = of little value or account; small; trifling

risible = causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous.

parvenu = someone who has recently acquired wealth or importance but has not yet developed the appropriate manners

usurious = charging illegal or exorbitant rates of interest for the use of money

blandishment = something that flatters or coaxes

innocuous = not harmful

fruition = attainment of anything desired; realization; accomplishment

libation = a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity

ubiquitous = existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time

chimerical = highly unrealistic; wildly fanciful

pithy = brief or forceful

euphemism = nice way of saying something unpleasant

loquacious = talkative, babbling

osculation = a kiss

resplendent = having a splendid appearance

pedantic = ostentatious in one’s learning

compendium = summary or account of a subject