Is just around the corner!!!!! I truly can't wait!!!  Halloween is our prompt for you this week at Our Beautiful World.  Yes I put decorations out for the whole month to enjoy, but the actual day, well we go all out, fog machine, cauldron with candy, cauldron with "smoke", eerie music, it's just too much fun.
To me it's also a time to enjoy with my kids, we dress up, sometimes I am the seamstress in charge of all the special requested costumes, sometimes we just buy them, this past year this is what we did
the little Miss and I baked some cake pops and lfet them ready for the kids to decorate

ain't she the sweetest candy corn, I could eat her up!

these were yummy!

check out this cool dude to greet you home

of course that is until he moved and freaked out the kids that though he was for show!
ahhh the bliss of having a creative teenager in da house!
helping light up the night

posing for the show

even dad wears orange, his fave color

before going out

with one adorable avenger to protect us on our candy hunt

and them for show

and all dressed up

and even though it was a school night, our crowd was small leaving the house, we only do this on the 31st!
So how is your Halloween, can't wait for your share!!!!
The winner of the Piña Colada ingredients is
Julie Tucker!!!!
Julie, please leave me a separate comment with your address, since I moderate comments it's perfectly safe, I won't publish it!


# Happy

Hi everyone! Today is reveal day at CSI!!! we have a brand new case out there for you of soothing, pretty blues, so onto my page.  I used a glorious mask by Finnabair for Prima, painted my modeling paste with paint .  After it dried I used 3 different gelatos on my background and then I started layering the yummy papers and stickers.
I decided to apply a light coat of inka gold (in silver) for more shine!
I chose to document a mix of old and new as my daughter took this photo of me on my moms steps.   Looking at the photo and the surrounding I had such fond memories of my childhood, playing around the backyard and fantasizing like a kid her age!

love the new Optimist collection!!!!!
here is the yummy palette
and the fab sketch
2013 October BAP KK
Hope you make some time to play!


I am your Master

Hi everyone! Sorry for the MIA...busy, busy, busy...plus I was working on something I can't reveal yet...
so here's the new case at CSI, and did you hear the news I am soooo thrilled to be a CSI detective

So Proud of this!!!

This is one of those out of the box palettes for me, out of my comfort zone.  But I hve to admit I had a lot of fun with it.
You see I have this totally awesome photo of my cat Cobito
it is {in my opinion} worthy of the cover of Cat Fancy, LOL
here are some closies for you to see
this is another one of our rescues

totally digging the bloom...

and the new Prima paper from the Optimist collection

I worked my title and the chalkboard feel using a white pen by Prismacolor

I used a sketch by Michelle Singh from C'est Magnifique
October Sketch Challenge
 And the CSI case

So glad to see you here!!!



Is the word this week at Our Beautiful World and we have a guest designer.  Our beloved Linda will be our guest this week and I truly can't wait to see what she has in store for us.  I just adore perusing over her blog, she has such a keen eye for photography and she is as sweet in person as she is on her blog!
Now for my photo of today
I used Picasa , black and white with a red filter for better contrast.  He is the man I love, my soul mate, the father of my children, my everything!
Other things I love you have seen here my children, my pets,  flowers, cooking, scrapbooking, sewing, photography...I guess I love too many things, LOL
I am a blessed and happy person!
here's more of my love of photography, taken on a trip to Italy
On our first night in Rome we stumbled walking on this magnificent piazza, my patient husband sat there watching me for almost an hour while I used different settings in manual to capture a perfect image.  Since this was unplanned I didn't had my tripod with me and here I was improvising, changing the aperture, counting seconds, going back and forth until I was absolutely happy with the results. 
f/11.0   2.5s

This was inside the Vatican, this magnificent spiral staircase is a mirror image to a second one, given to the Vatican by the people of Firenze.  You can see my DH going downstairs, such a cool view!

this serene view is from the bridge that takes you to Castel di Sant'angelo

classic Venezia

with this magnificent view in front of us!

Piazza San Marco from very high ground
I can't wait to see what love means to you, please do share!
I will come back shortly with the Piña Colada winner



Hi everyobody!  Happy Sunday to you all
It's Shahrul's word this week at OurBeautiful World and she picked chill!
Something cold comes to mind when I hear the word but it's probably not your kind of cold but the one needed to placate the heat.   You see our temps are in the 90's still and our favorite way of chilling is with a drink in hand as in a Piña Colada.
This world famous drink was invented in 1963 at Barrachina in Old San Juan Puerto Rico
This marble plaque is on the streetside of the building in Fortaleza St.
 pretty close to the Governors Mansion
the courtyard
the street view and now the drink
it all begins with this, locally grown it produces the best juice I have ever tried

the brand is Lotus and it has been in production since 1862, the cream of coconut, another puertorican concoction was developed in 1948

here's the recipe

FIY the pineapple is the fruit of a bromeliad

so if you clean cut the top and you pit it in water it will root

on the windowsill and barely touching the water

this is a plant I have had for almost a year now, they take a long time to bloom, need a lot of sun too

so juicy and fresh and delicious

now isn't this the life... a perfect glass of piña colada to chill your afternoon, I prefer mine with no alcohol, but nothing beats puertorican rums...Bacardi, Don Q, they are all perfect for it


And nothing is complete without  a sweet escape...
Since you need to try the real thing, the perfect blend of juice and cream of coconut I am going to give a lucky reader the chance to blend its own.  All you have to do is leave me a comment, become a follower and I will pick a lucky winner and send some ingredients your way!
Good luck and hugs to you from Sunny Puerto Rico



Hey everyone, I am baaack!!!!
Just spent the morning pouring over all the AMAZING entries over at Our Beautiful world
the word is October and it is incredible to see all the different takes.  Pumpkins mingle with spring butterflies according to the appropiate hemisphere! go ck it out and share it with your friends.
Now for what we came the girls at CCCB have MY kind of challenge going on this week
drumroll please a : Halloween project!!!! wooohooo!!!!!!!
And so here's my project!
a full villa
Spotlight Artist Badge
Can you picture it at dark with the tea lights inside....
Gorgeous Teresa Collins!!!!

 this one is the work of my daughter, she is 9!!!!
and of course her roof and trims are glow in the dark!
loving the chandelier drops....


Thanks for stopping by
and spooky hugs from me to you!!!!
Milagros and Mercedes
Just found out that the new issue is out, I posted the link in my side bar, go grab a cup of coffe!