Posted by Kathy at 12/20/2009 Labels: child hat, Christmas hat, crochet hat, Lady bugs, Ladybug hat, toddler hat
Posted by Kathy at 12/13/2009 Labels: http://red-herring-games.co.uk, Murder Mystery Games, Murder Mystery Party Games
When I embarked on writing murder mystery scripts, I never dreamed that within a year and a half I would sell this many games! Especially keeping in mind that it takes about 6 - 8 weeks to write each one and another few weeks to go through the editing process. So far I have written 10 games, eight for adults and two for children. My ninth and tenth are still in editing, but they should be out sometime this month.
I love the creative process involved and there is such a feeling of accomplishment when I type the final words, "Case closed.". My husband has a new pet name for me...Agatha Kathy. He is always getting roped into reading some of the lines aloud or being my guinea pig for some of the puzzles within the games. If I have a mental block in an area of a game, he'll make a suggestion that will spark a new twist or turn that I hadn't thought of. He's been right at my side and my biggest supporter.
I can't thank Joanne Smedley, the Managing Director of Red Herring Games, enough for her kindness, patience and for giving me a chance to express this other side of my creative nature. She opened a door to a whole new world for me!
So, off I go to contemplate my next cast, plot, setting and the all important "who-dunnit?"! In the meantime, you can peruse my published mysteries and I hope you'll take the opportunity to play one of my games sometime! Happy sleuthing!
(Image courtesy of www.demonfox.net)
Posted by Kathy at 12/12/2009 Labels: Christmas, Christmas Crocheted Scarf, Christmas Scarf
Posted by Kathy at 10/20/2009 Labels: Murder Mysteries, Murder Mystery Games, Murder Mystery Party Games, Red Herring Games
Some things might prove to be a bit “twisted” at the Transylvanian…
Posted by Kathy at 10/18/2009 Labels: Indianapolis Marathon 2009, Indy Marathon 2009, Josh Bland, Joshua Bland, Joshua Bland wins Indianapolis marathon, Winner Indy Marathon 2009
Sorry to toot the family whistle, but we are all so proud of him! Way to go, Josh! Hope you can come home for Thanksgiving!
Posted by Kathy at 10/14/2009 Labels: newest murder mystery party
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Posted by Kathy at 10/10/2009 Labels: Altered Halloween, Pumpkin Head Barbie, Spooky
Yeah, Right! :>) Hope you weren't expecting something X-rated!!!!! It will be fun and looking forward to both Halloween Parties, as well as the Birthday Bash for our daughter tomorrow!
Gearing up for a busy 3 day weekend. Daughter's B-Day is this Monday, so family is coming in for a dinner over the weekend. Two Halloween party costumes to prepare, plus a bunch of other stuff and that puts the pressure on ol' Craftola right now.
I LOVE it. October is my favorite month because it is so busy and fun! Until next time....
Curiosity got the best of me, so I signed up as a Turk. I wanted to see the types of jobs that were offered and I did some Turkin' for 3 days. Here are a few of the Hits I accepted:
-Went to the listed website and found the email addy of the person in charge. Copied and pasted the addy into the form. (Pay 1 cent per Hit - But this person had over 12,000 hits available for this task!)
-Compared pictures to see if they were acceptable to the requester's standards (2 cents a hit)
-Reviewed words as to if they made sense or no sense to me (nonsensible-pay 1 cent a hit)
-Rewrote a sentence with the exact same meaning, but used different words (2 cents)
In short, if you have a few minutes to waste and want to help someone on a huge, daunting task, the program is a great thing. On the email Hits, it went from over 12,000 to 8,000 in just a couple of hours. There must of been hundreds of people helping this poor soul out. Pay is lousy and Amazon doesn't payout until you have at least $20 in your Amazon equivalent of Pay pal. On the upside, it is quite interesting to see the types of jobs listed and when you take a hit, you get this feeling that you are helping someone out.
When the weather gets cooler my interests shift. I want to bake, knit, do more crafting and concentrate more on my writing. It must be a "nesting" syndrome, getting ready for the colder weather yet to come before the renewal of Spring.
Enjoy your weather...what ever it may be or what it inspires you to do!
I love it! The cooler air, the beautiful colors and the smell of burning leaves make this season a favorite for me. Its almost more of a renewal to my psyche than the coming of Spring. I always feel more inspired when the cooler weather hits, as far as my art and crafting goes.
Take a little bit of this and a little bit of that ~ what do ya get? An Altered Art Collage'! I started this project right before school began, on a muggy August day, then got busy with preparing to go back to work. I put it aside to finish when things slowed down and I could get back to it.
The photo above captures the true colors with actual depth, layering and sheen of the work. Keep in mind that the water was collage using different colors of tissue paper. I employed one of my favorite photo transfer techniques for two vintage photos used and the actual boat scene was a torn up print that I decoupaged into this. The background was paint, my own handwriting and tissue paper, too. The key was to layer, layer, layer! I love the way it turned out. With collage, there are no mistakes ~ you can always "fix" them.
Perhaps I will be able to offer a workshop on all of the techniques I used in this piece, someday. Let me know how you like it!
This is my daughter's Halloween Costume for this year. The pattern is from Simplicity - #3685. Of course we had to substitute fabric, as an exact match wasn't available in our local fabric stores. Once the jacket grommets are in to lace up the red ribbon and she adds a can-can slip under the full circular skirt of the dress, it will hang just right and be so cute!
Beware though - this pattern is NOT for a beginning seamstress. They are very fitted and experienced level of knowledge in sewing would be necessary to complete these garments. Even though I am a very experienced seamstress, the garments took over sixteen hours to complete and that was with my daughter's help on cutting the fabric and pressing seams open.
Despite the weather, I wasn't deterred from my project this week. I've been working on a 16" x 20" Altered Art canvas. On this particular project I have taken a pix of every step along the way so I have a record of the process. Stay tuned, folks. I think it might be finished tomorrow??? I'll post a pix when it's finished and framed.
Posted by Kathy at 9/22/2009 Labels: Fun Fall Giveaway 2009 Drawing October 1
After two weeks of work, my Altered Halloween Book is finished! Hands have cramped, fingers are numb, but I really feel I captured the Halloween remembrances from times past and the jovial spirit of Halloween as a child. I have many more pixes, but it's a big hassle to put them all up at once.... Stay tuned - tomorrow even more photos of my be-dazzled, be-stitched, be-ribboned, be tagged Bewitching Book!
I can not begin to explain the amount of work that went into this endeavor. Each piece was precisely thought out and meticulously cut to into place. I struggled with the placement of the handmade beads but decided to include them into the front spine of the book to add a hidden sparkle. Putting them all along the front and back covers was just too "over the top".
Posted by Kathy at 9/17/2009 Labels: Altered Halloween Book, Halloween Project 2009
The base of the book is completed inside with two niche' front and back. My plan is to have hidden pockets within the front cover that hold 4 over sized decorated tags. The book front and back are about half-way completed with the bead work, applied fabric to the spine that overlaps the front and back. It's all here in my head and I can see it as I type, but hard to explain. I'll try to take a quick shot of it tomorrow to share with those who are interested. For now, I must bid ado.
Started a "new" project today...another altered book. This one will only have two pages, one of which will be a deep niche' for a very embellished 3-D element. I'll keep you posted on the progress, but I don't want to give away any "spoilers". The only hint I'll give out right now is that the main colors will be black and orange.
My progress on the "Transylvanian Twist" mystery script has been slow but sure. I managed to spend a few hours over the weekend doing some edits and have advanced on into the next two characters. It is my goal to have the main body of work completed by the middle of next week. I hope to have it out in time for Halloween sales.
Lots going on, here, so stayed tuned for further developments!!!!
This week I finished an altered art book. What started with a "bind your own book" kit, this evolved into a Gypsy's Journal. Maybe because from my travels this summer and feeling free to roam? Who knows, but it was a fun project for me.
I used some techniques in this journal I've never tried before, including hand sewing a sound element with the bells and matte medium transfer with heat. I was very pleased with the quality of most of the transfers. My Gypsy journal is not only pretty, it has the sound of a tambourine when you pick it up.
Here are some pixes from my "Gypsy" book. I am going to also post these to O.G. in this week's challenge. Enjoy!
"Mayday, Mayday....Murder" was just published last night! This was a custom written game that I revised for the general public a few weeks ago. For those of you who are not familiar with the writing process, it takes several weeks from completion to the actual publishing of the work. Here is the premise of the game:
What started out as a routine flight to the Galapagos Islands ended in disaster when, as the result of unforeseen weather, the aircraft was forced to crash-land on an uncharted island. Due to the skill of the pilot, Captain Skyler King, everyone survived unharmed…at least, that was the original situation.
Not long after the survival tents were pitched, the Captain was found dead in his tent. Was it from natural causes or will the next radio message be, “Mayday, Mayday…Murder”?
Here is the link so you can read all about the interesting characters and who knows, you might even want to play it, sometime!
Posted by Kathy at 7/06/2009
I'll try to keep you posted on all the happenings at the Transylvanian as it goes, but at the meantime, so far, so good.
(photo courtesty of http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/3403038219/)
(Photo courtesy of the Food Network)
Blueberry Sangria Lemonade:
- 1 1/2 cup Frozen blueberries
- 1 12 oz can frozen pink lemonade
- 1 bottle (750 ML) Chardonnay
- 3 cups lemon lime soda
- 1/2 cup Cognac
Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher. Refrigerate one hour before serving.
Caution: This is a "sipping" drink. Too much could cause dizziness.... *LOL*
So if you find this post boring, so be it... the Summer gods dictated that I write my feelings on the subject. Old Craftola deserves some R & R with the end of year I've put in. I'm sure I will share some different projects I'm working on all summer. Cheers to all to a great Summer!
Posted by Kathy at 5/30/2009 Labels: Opus Gluei Challenge, Scrumble
For this week's challenge over at Opus Gluei, I decided to share this bizarre piece of knit and crochet scrumbling that I created. It is perhaps the oddest thing I have ever made! It started with a bag of vintage yarn my Mother found while she was cleaning out the attic. Most of the yarn was mine that I had bought in high school. I'm surprised it wasn't rotted! Anyway, I never use varigated yarn and this bag had such weird colors I felt challenged to put something together that made sense of all the unusual colors. I made two squares measuring approx. 12 x 12 inches and somehow I think the colors turned out working together...if nothing else they are very textural and interesting. Haven't decided if I will make a purse or a throw pillow with them. Hummm.....time will tell!
Posted by Kathy at 5/24/2009 Labels: Mayday Mayday Murder, Red Herring Games
Posted by Kathy at 5/23/2009 Labels: By the Sea, Opus Gluei Challenge 9
Posted by Kathy at 5/15/2009 Labels: Decoupagedf Box, Opus Gluei Challenge 8
I guess classic styles and colors are always in vogue! A black and white combination is my inspiration for Opus Gluei challenge this week... :>)
- Newest Murder Mystery Party Game!
- Joshua Bland wins Indy Marathon!Winner of the 2009...
- Things are Tumbling around...like the tumbling tum...
- 100th Post and a Birthday....OMG!
- Opus Gluei Challenge... Copy Cat
- sURpRISE sATUrdAy.... :>)
- Rainy Days and Thursdays....
- Are you Turkin"?
- October 2009 is here, finally!
- Fall is here!
- Altered Art Collage'
- Opus Gluei #25 Challenge
- Rainy Days
- HAPPY AUTUMN - FUN FALL GIVEAWAY!
- Two New Murder Mystery Games...
- More Halloween Altered Book.... :>)
- Altered Halloween Book...FINISHED!
- Sneak Preview...
- Productive Monday
- White Elephant Auction Today... :>)
- A Monday Feeling on a Tuesday...
- Labor Day Resolution!...And a finished project!
- Sunday and starting Vacation....
- Off Color - Are ya ready to "scrumble"?
- Whew....Deadline met...now for re-writes....
- Opus Gluei Challenge 9 - Getaway
- Oh my...very hectic week!
- The Fiesta and A Birthday
- Opus Gluei Callenge 8 - In Reach...
- Wow...the Kindness of Paying it Forward!
- Black and White - Again!
- For My Mother....
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