Oct 31, 2011

10-31-11

Well, it was fun!
We had a beautiful night-perfect weather, great neighbors and sweet friends.
Charlotte wanted to be a dalmatian from 101 Dalmatians
I secretly was so happy she wanted to make a hand-made costume and not do "store bought."
It was fun to cut and glue felt spots all over her sweats and she did much of it on her own so she was happy to be a part of it. And turns out, she won the contest for the best girl costume tonight, smiles.
Sweet little Sarah Grace was the American Girl Doll Kit
Easy breeze costume and one she'll wear over and over. 
They share a similar freckle pattern on their noses too------darling.
and my scary guy only wanted a mask and claw...
so I think this may have been our least expensive Halloween EVER! Yay!
Walker didn't dress up but came willingly to hang out 
and see everyone and even enjoyed a ride in our John Deer.
David took the lead on that as usual-bless him, good man!
There were hay rides too...
and our "green" was all decked out and spooky.
lots of families gathered for the fun...
And there were babies....(ok, how cute is this "wittle punkin'?"
I wanted to squeeze his precious cheeks...but he had just finished eating a bunch of pureed carrots the color of his costume, so I decided to wait.
But precious with a capital P!
there were tweens...
tooooootlally awesome tweens!
and rockin' out adults who wish they were still kids..
and my fun friend Martin and I always get a goofy photo together for Halloween 
(I usually do dress up but this year did not get it together)... we still managed a photo!
Just look at those muscles!
and our new neighbor, Jeff Gordon and his wife and kids showed up for the event too 
and then invited the kids back to their looooovely new home for candy.





He honestly could not have been nicer even though he was dressed to kill...
Most of the older kids were in awe to meet the famous Nascar driver who lives just around the corner
but my girls really had no clue....they were just excited about the giant candy bars he gave them. 
and I loved snapping pictures tonight of the amazing colors...
they are hard to miss right now.
Beauty everywhere I look.
Serious beauty this time of year.
I hope your crew had a safe and fun Halloween!
You can see the rest of the pictures here if you'd like.
Check back soon...some very exciting design news to share this week.
Soooooo much happening, so grateful!
big love to you sweet readers,
Caroline

Oct 30, 2011

fathers and daughters

This weekend these 8 lucky ladies spend the night camping and playing with their awesome daddies. 
These daddies are pretty lucky/blessed too.
exploring here
more smiles
proudly sporting her Indian Princess vest
Beautiful fall discoveries, all evidence of God's goodness this time of year.
everywhere they looked
and walks hand in hand with daddies, priceless.
memories made.
memories kept.
memories treasured.
Makes me think of this song:
click here if you can't view the video.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.
xo
Caroline






Oct 26, 2011

pumpkin fun!

We've been having fun with pumpkins over here....
 painting them, carving them, and toasting their seeds...yum! 
So here are some snaps of our painted pumpkins....it was sooooooo much fun!
We're planning to squeeze in a few more paintings before Monday!
I am not a big Halloween fan as you may remember me mentioning before
so this year I decided to make Halloween a bit happier and add scripture about giving thanks.











Then my sweet man helped carve these with the girls for their Indian Princess meeting the other night. 
They were so excited to bring them home! (yes he used a template!)
This wolf looks so great with a candle in it at night...
Then a basic happy jack-o-lantern....and I found this wonderful pumpkin prayer...
"Pumpkin Prayer"
{cut off top of pumpkin} 
Lord, open my mind so I can learn new things about you. 
                                                                      {remove innards}
Remove the things in my life that don’t please you. 
Forgive the wrong things I do and help me to forgive others.
{cut open eyes} 
Open my eyes to see the beauty you’ve made in the world around me. 
{cut out nose} 
I’m sorry for the times I’ve turned my nose at the good food you provide.
{cut out mouth} 
Let everything I say please You.
{light the candle} 
Lord, help me show your light to others through the things I do. Amen
By: Liz Curtis Higgs

You can peek back here at last year's post showing some other great carvings!
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Here are two of my favorites I found in a recent search!
this one was from the Grove Park in in Asheville!
and this one is a floral punch bowl carved from a pumpkin,
created by a business in Tennessee....lovely!
Can you even imagine how long it took to create this beauty?

and then toasting pumpkin seeds...
a great recipe here.
How are you carving or painting your pumpkins this year?
Would love to hear your ideas!
Blessings,
Caroline

Oct 25, 2011

feathers & apples

This is a new mixed media which will be replicated for products starting in the summer of 2012.
The original is available here and measures 16 x 20 x 1.5
I love the branch which reads:
Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers,
   and under his wings you will find refuge;
   his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
©Caroline Simas
And this granny smith apple original mixed media can be found here now
which reads:
Psalm 32:8
I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you. 

©Caroline Simas

Have a beautiful day,
Caroline

Oct 24, 2011

Coasterstone and January in Atlanta...

If you're headed to Atlanta market in January,
come see me here!
I was honored when Coasterstone asked me to do this fun event 
and it will be nice to meet retailers from all over the US who carry their fabulous products.
In the meantime...head over here 
where anyone can shop directly from their website!
Love their tag line..."Art that's truly absorbing" ...so true, they are beautiful AND they work!
The new monogrammed collection is great too!
Blessings,
Caroline

Oct 23, 2011

follow up photos

Hope you all had a glorious fall weekend. 
We did and it was FULL of sports, school fall festival, church youth auction event, 
and lots of pumpkin painting and carvings.
More family photos than you'd ever care to see 
but I'll be sharing the pumpkin carvings and paintings soon.
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I promised to share a few of the many pictures taken from last week's event
when I spoke and taught.
It was all so quiet and clean before the event began.
These ladies had such a great time. 
Many hadn't had craft time since they were in elementary, 
a couple were preschool teachers and one had been to art school.
So we had quite a variety but all were eager and happy to be there.
After a brief introduction from sweet Hannah and a short message from me, we began.

They did a great job of mixing paint colors to make their canvases their own.
After a bit of clean up, it was time to break, let our canvases dry 
and head into another room for dinner.
Dinner was catered by Catherine from The Musing Foodie....
it was yummy and she was so clever in having a SMORE'S BAR for dessert!
It was a big hit!
Then it was back to work...
As I taught them how to begin and plan their mixed media,
I gave a faith message about using our hands to serve God.
It was a fitting message because we used our hands to create every bit of this art.
I talked about discerning our God-given talents and how to try and figure out what that might be.
Enjoyed visiting with everyone...
We made a mess but it was worth it...
Each one was unique....




and my original I created for this event is now for sale on the front wall at FABO....
head on over for a peek this week!
Have a great Monday!
Blessings,
Caroline


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