Monday, December 7, 2009

Just watching can be exciting!

Now, get your mind out of the gutter people!
I am talking about the auction on eBay for an entire 6 FOOT tree with TREE TOPPER AND SKIRT AND 44 Ornaments !!

ALL ORIGINAL WORKS OF ART! What??? Such lunacy!

See for yourself...and PLEASE do watch.
It will help STJ more than you know by even just logging into your account and clicking the watch this auction link. Tell your friends and family to watch (and bid if they like) too. It could put STJ on ebays "pulse" which will certainly get the STJ artist's the recognition they SO deserve!

~Thank you Bunches~

Happy Watching and Happy Bidding ;)

Click to "meet" each piece in a slideshow!
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

My mind is a bad neighborhood to be in~

Yes, it is true at the current moment, my mind is a bad neighborhood. Where have I been, you may be wondering or not so much....I have been EVERYWHERE & absolutely F-ing NOWHERE. How is it possible that I have seemingly accomplished so much yet am absolutely nowhere near where I NEED to be?

I suppose this is a universal sentiment but when it is happening to me it seriously sucks and I am a tad bitter at the moment ;)

There is a reason my personal business name has "Ambition" in it. From the moment in my life (still remember the exact time and place when it hit me)the word AMBITION set off some sort of happy chaos in my mind. It felt like the word explained my whole purpose of being on this planet. Versus just being that crazy chick who always has something going on here, there and everywhere and OH..are you kidding me..she is doing what, now? The word ambition gave me purpose and therefor courage to follow through with my ambitions.

Now that purpose, that understood drive has been my constant companion for 10+ years now with the caveat being the occasional unwelcomed episodes that rear their ugly head at thee absolute worst time (One of life's curious mysteries)

My current quandary seems to be that I am pulled in 10 different directions and it is all of my own doing and I am not sure I would change any of it (well short of hitting the lottery and hiring oodles of staff).

No one thing is bad or even problematic accept that I am in the pooped out stage. I am behind on emails (back up to 370+/-Now 420 by post time of this!), I have very lil time to blog, sketch, write or create the art I need to create to be a happy gal. Christ, I swear am lucky if I see daylight and breathe fresh air once a week.

FM=Fibromyalgia is a serious pain in my f-ing ass. Ok, enough already, seriously..funny gag you pulled their fate but now it is time to reel it back in-please. You are f-ing up my mojo. Aging parents who enjoy testing me, Two teen boys who are great kids but still they are teens and 100% know how to irk me within an inch of insanity.

Well the list could go on and I KNOW we all have these random BS issues in our lives but I need a break so I can grab my dreams and goals for STJ. I have HUGE, I MEAN HUGE commitments and plans for in 2010 that I am hell bent on finishing and producing to help continue our world domination ;) I need this first for all of "my" STJ artist's but also to know that I CAN pull this off. Just that in itself is enough without the bunches of other variables that get thrown in.

My point is (in part;)...I miss talking, with you all. I miss the groups and other online communities that inspire me to be a better artist & person and to share my knowledge with others excitedly coming into this wonderful artful community we are so lucky to be part of.

I am hoping that this public venting (whining)will allow me to let the angst of the pressure that I put on myself-GO!

Now that I have done all that vomiting. I do want to seriously thank all of the artist's and supporters who have helped me keep my head above water during the last busy months. I 100% could NOT have accomplished a 1/4 of what we have done without all of you. The commitment and excitement you all bring to STJ is heart warming beyond compare. Thank you for turning STJ not just into a successful business but into a true family that I am so honored to be part of.

Heartfelt Hugs~

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Surprise!! 12 Extra Sales Days on STJ this December!!

~Click This Badge to go directly to the 12 Days of Christmas sales page!~
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Help countdown the 12 days of Christmas!
Beginning 12/1-12/12 we will be listing a few new ooak goodies each day!

Just look for this first avatar if you go directly to the STJ Main Page each day!
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It will take you right to all of the one of a kind handmade artisan pieces that make for perfect gift giving! Many pieces are under $35.00! Wow!

Happy Gift Giving!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Our Halloween Home 2009

~Here is hoping your Halloween is filled with nothing but sweet & spooky goodness~

Monday, October 12, 2009

HUGE ARTIST on SpookyTimeJingles tonite!!

Be sure to be at tonight at midnight (EST)
when we update with our newest goodies.

You will not believe who our surprise guest artist is!!

Also, here is my one Halloween piece offered for October 2009

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Halloween Jetsetters Unite!

Hi all! Happy Haunting is among us and as many of you know I have been jetting around to some wonderful Halloween destinations this year.

Brandi of She's off her Rocker coined me the Halloween Jetsetter and I loved it! It inspired me to start a blog with contributors about great Halloween destinations.

We will share our travels and experiences with you that we find along the way, 365 days of the year. Halloween never ceases for us and I am sure for many of you as well ;)

Please stop by and see us in our infancy and leave comments and or suggestions about places we must see.

Click below to jet on over there!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Halloween & Vine Trip 2009 !!

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I have just returned from The amazing Halloween & Vine, here are the deets! Ghoultide Gathering deets to follow in the next few days!

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I flew from Newark, NJ International on Friday, Sept 25th into San Fran. I met my friend Wendy of My Brain Child from Shrevesport, LA who also flew in and we were on our way!

We picked up our rental and upgraded for a nominal fee to a Nissan Altima Hybrid-we both Loved this car. We drove for 4 days all over and never went past a 1/2 tank of gas!

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After leaving the airport we started the 30+ mile drive north to The Hilton Sonoma. This drive took us through San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge! Very cool but so super foggy no pics were of any value on the way. Oh and the traffic...$#^@&*^@*&*^...enough said.

Our hotel was nice enough but we couldn't wait to check out Petaluma and to be ready for the next days festivities!
Petaluma is DELIGHTFUL! This town was full of great food that is very affordable and tons of charming shops with friendly staff and oodles of Halloween delights! Finally, the next morning we awoke early to get in line. We were 45 minutes early and still were at the end of the building almost around the corner!

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To be a part of the most famous Halloween show of the last 14 years was a truly amazing feeling!

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Jorge of HoHo Halloween and I vamping for Camera ;)

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Jorge reworking his table after many sales ;)

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And look at Miss Laurie Hardin's table of Monkey-Cats Studio! I missed the chance to get my pic taken with her (I am so blond sometimes)


Laurie sold her work like crazy and I was honored to help her and her sweet hubster Kelly along the way. Of course only when I wasn't walking around in a daze shopping!

Here is some of what I brought home with me!!

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Scott Smith 2 sided Ornament
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Kerry of Paper Moon
Needlefelted Sculpted Bat Boy!!

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Arbutus Hunter Paper Mache JOL
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When we returned from H&V and the local gift shops we put all of our goodies together on the desk in our room and had a lil photo shoot! We had a ball!

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The days following the show we were on such a Halloween high! We visited everything we could of visual interest in Petaluma and had a ball!

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Here is my roomie Wendy!

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And me, dani!
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We fell in love with the AWESOME Halloween Displays in the shops of Petaluma. Totally Inspiring!

*Petaluma Antique Mall*

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Oodles of Glitterville goodies with super kind owners who gave us wonderful attention.

This store is a do not miss!

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ILeoni also has this signed Glitterville piece! Only one in stock!!!!

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Look at this killer window display!

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PaperWhite has this great Day of the Dead collection~

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Of course I bought yards of fun ribbons and trims!

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20% off all Halloween goodies!! Yee ha!

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~Marisa's Fantasia-Halloween Store~

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And look they had a Janell Berryman of Pumpkinseeds Folk Art Display!

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*Heebe Jeebe*

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*Heebe Jeebe*

Also has an everyday artsy store of fun!

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After shopping & dinner on the water at Dempsey's,

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we even even went to a rock show to see these awesome young (very young) men named

~The Lost Boys Band~
From Lake County, California

While walking through Petaluma we saw TONS of moving billboards for these kids who looked like they were 12.

They were playing that night at McNears Mystic Theatre!

An Awesome Venue for sure~

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Anywho while walking down the street we met the father of the drummer and other family members who were taking the bands SERIOUSLY pro equipment inside the theater. They said you have to see them, you cannot believe how good these "kids" are. The short of it is we said no thanks as we were not convinced ;) They insisted on giving us free tickets.


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We came to find out they have opened this summer for 3 doors down, Kelly Clarkson, Lynard Skynard, All American Rejects, Toby Keith and other HUGE artists! WTH?

I have no doubt these young men will make it and continue to grow their sound which will make them world famous. I was the old chick in the theatre who went up and bought their CD from the Drummers mom..LMFAO!

During the show the Uncle came up and said " I TOLD YOU SO"!! They offered to have us stick around to meet the band (too funny) and get the CD signed. Wendy & I were wiped out and left after the show, just stunned by the talent. My hubster is annoyed that I didn't take them up on it and get it signed. He agrees they will be HUGE! Still laughing that a grown women (supposedly me) was totally crushing on these kids talent.

Oh and you HAVE to see the keyboardist..he spins on a rotating floor at like 20+ miles an hour while playing. Crazy good show.

Finally, After a Full Day of Shopping on Sunday we packed up our mess for our flights home...eep!

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And readied for the morning drive back into San Fran for our return flights ;(

We finally Got a few great shots in the fog!

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And even found an awesome cupcake store
(drove by the van and followed the

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I had them pack up some for the hubster and kiddos and flew them back to NJ! they were a lil banged up but tasted awesome!

This was undoubtedly a trip of a lifetime and I am so happy that Wendy was my roomie. She is not only a sweetheart but truly very easy to travel with. Good Stuff!

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