A Masterpiece of Loathing

The Family of Carlos IV hangs in a place of honor in Madrid’s Prado Museum. At first glance Goya’s painting doesn’t seem exceptional, just a bunch of self-satisfied people dressed in finery while having their group portrait painted. But if we look harder we can see what prompted Ernest Hemingway to call this painting a masterpiece of loathing. Francisco Goya (1746-1828) held the position of First Painter to the King of Spain, and was his personal friend. In fact, the two ...

Yes You: Blogalicious Babe, You!

“Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.” Benjamin Franklin Blogalicious Babe: Art by Stephanie Smith via biffybean.com see credits below Who knew… I was checking out blogs on Freshly Pressed when I came across a post that caught my attention. It was a post by my Britishhomeboy; TheBoyEllis Blog.  He gave his blog a bit of wellie by sending out feelers to test the Blogging buddy avalanche that has been part of the DailyPost: ...

Guest Post: A Gardening Grandma Grows with her Grandkids

By: Nanci Wilson I might be the stereotypical grandmother. I bake for my grandchildren. I spend a lot of time in my garden. And I’ve made it very clear that though the yard is a free zone to run around, the flower beds are not to be trampled on. Yes, my hobbies are predictably grandmotherly, but I just do things I enjoy- things that make me happy. Flowers probably make me happy because of my memories of my own grandma’s house when ...

Inspiration: What If…

“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving” Kahlil Gibran Inspiration: What If... Be a blessing to all... A few days ago, I was reading a blog post by blog buddy Jane of PlaneJaner.com, when I came across the following question: What if you woke up this morning with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? It had me thinking about how well or poorly we express our gratitude and/or thankfulness for everything. If ...

Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails…

“Optimism is the light of God. It is a form of grace which allows you to be much more perceptive and to look at life with greater clarity.” Amma Reflections: In Hindsight, Optimism Prevails… Monkeys at rest in an outdoor spa When I started my blog, back in 2008, I was a deer in headlights. I had no idea where it would lead or if it would last but, one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to add a ...

From Potholes to Works of Art!

Drivers despise potholes, cursing each and every time their car hits one. Potholes never seem to get filled. So Steve Wheen decided to take matters in his own hands. As a guerrilla gardener, Steve started to fill these unsightly potholes with eye catching miniature gardens. Steve uses a mix of live plants with props to create whimiscal scenes for passerbys to enjoy. He explains why he became a pothole gardener, “For me, it’s turning something crappy into something happy. It’s making ...

Fun Flower Facts: Hosta

Hosta, also known as plantain lily, is a genus of about 40 plants native to Eastern Asia. It is a flowering plant, producing spikes of lily-like flowers in lavender or white, but it is more valued for its attractive, showy foliage. Hostas can be found in a variety of colours, including: green, blue-green, and yellow, with many varieties being variegated. Leaves also come in a variety of shapes and sizing, ranging from heart-shaped leaves to sword shaped. The flowering period is ...

Easy Poinsettia Crafts!

The festive poinsettia is the flower of the season! There is no better way to celebrate the holidays and to pass the time during those cold, wintery days than to make some poinsettia crafts! Not only will these crafts keep kids entertained during the holiday break, they will add colour and holiday cheer to any home! And unlike fresh poinsettias, these flowers will last indefinitely. Here are some of the best, easiest video tutorials I’ve found online: Poinsettia Wreath Get a wreath form ...

An Ethical Condiment Conundrum….

I’m not going to lie about it. I may have a borderline addiction with certain types of food condiments. My most serious predilection is with Frank’s RedHot, so much so, that my mother-in-law-to-be ensured that there were bottles of the spicy red ambrosia on the head table when I wedded my wife – I knew I married into the right family! The next orbit of my condiment love comprises: A1 Steak Sauce, Famous Dave’s Georgia Mustard and French’s Worcestershire Sauce. This is a ...

Begin at the End

Fall leaves photo by Jonathan A. Rutter A statement that sounds askew until you think about it is “Begin at the end.” What ended for you recently? Are you ready to begin something new? Fallen leaves end life on the tree, and start supporting life in the soil (if left to do so). When we finish reading a book, that book ends for us, but we begin a life that has that book running in the background. At the end of my blogless life I started ...

Out of Control

The eagle had landed; her rolling talons gripped the Florida tarmac, screeching while grabbing hold of the spinning earth. I held my breath for a brief moment; tucked snuggly between my two gentlemen seatmates. I got to chat to both of them although they never acknowledged each other. I was the female partition between two alpha males, which made me wonder if they didn’t speak because there was some sort of macho competition going on (although that’s hard to imagine ...

Author Connections at “Books In Boothbay 2012″

Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine A happy, noisy, interactive book event occurs on a Saturday each summer at the Railway Village in Boothbay, Maine. I’ve been twice now, each time with the same friend–so it’s now an annual routine for us (right?). She goes because she’s an avid reader and book-gifter, and I go because I need to make the acquaintance of other authors and read more books in my chosen genre (cozy suspense). The reading occurred in the Railway Village’s Chapel ...

Living Shadows

How well do we really know each other? People tend to hide their deepest thoughts, and conceal feelings that are as sharp as silver and capable of exposing the raw nerve of who they really are. Some people will dive head first into the depths of love, and then suddenly retreat…because needing somebody makes them vulnerable and the potential for heartache is too terrifying to bear. Other people never do much of anything…all along wishing that they had. Over the years their ...

Wedded BlissTors – Part 5: Vacation Blues – Funny Movie Short

Wedded BlissTors - Part 5: Vacation Blues - Funny Movie Short

Here is part 5 of my Wedded BlissTors animated, movie shorts. The premise of these cartoons is that marriage is bliss, but couples often experience blisters (or "bliss-tors") along the way. Now that summer is here, this 2-minute episode deals with the different expectations that can accompany a family vacation and the great lengths that must sometimes be taken to avoid skin cancer. If you liked this episode, check out the links to the rest of the series which are linked below: Wedded BlissTors #1: Guys ...

Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, Part 2

Everyone in our novels workshop commented by week’s end what a terrific group we had. This was my first writers’ conference, but I’ve read enough commentaries by published authors to surmise that this was an unusually focused and compatible set of people. I’m sure I’ve been spoiled for life. Instructor Lily King, whose books (see prior post) have received much critical acclaim, kept us on track all week. We read and commented on two writing samples each day, concentrating first on ...

New Tabbed Section of My Favorites

I have succumbed. I decided to take advantage of Amazon’s template for displaying and commenting on my favorite books. It’s just a neat way to see the covers and read a quick sentence by me about each, then to click to read more about the book, and then, if you want, to add to the shopping cart and go from there. Or, of course, to make a note to yourself and go support your local bookstore! I’ve named favorite books in ...

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts
October 21, 2012, 9:30 am

Fun and Creative Flower Halloween Costume Ideas!

For the young and the young at heart, the best part about Halloween is dressing up! It’s the one day of the year, where you can wear a silly/scary/sexy costume and not feel weird about it.  Halloween is less than 2 weeks away! Here are some costume ideas (with flowers, of course!) to get you inspired and excited for Halloween.

High Fashion Model?

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Images from: style.com

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Katy Perry

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Image via Google

Lady Gaga

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Photo via: theblemish.com

Flower eyes

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Photo credit: ladiesmakeup.net

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Goth Princess?

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Venetian Carnival Costume

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Garden Fairy

An easy costume idea! Pin some flowers on a pretty dress. Wear some flowers in your hair. Carry a bouquet if you like.

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Photo Credit: sheknows.com

Hippie

Another easy Halloween costume idea. Wear something retro. Add some flowers in your hair. Done!

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Frida Kahlo

This costume idea would also work for adults! Pull hair into an updo. Add some flowers. Draw a unibrow. Carry a paintbrush.

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Banksy Graffiti costume

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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