Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Heads Up! | A Giveaway

Hullo, and welcome, me lovelies!  

Here's a quick post to say I'm sharing the news of a giveaway, hosted by the ladies of the SKG Fun blog and e-magazine.  Remember them?  Well, they are giving away a free copy of Heather Dixon's Illusionarium!!!  So, GOOOO!! Sign up!

If you read her debut novel, Entwined, a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses, then there's a high chance you'll want to get your hands on this one also!

Just FYI, it's a STEAMPUNK novel. *le gasp!*

May the odds be ever in your favor. *wink wink*

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hello, World | Update & Explanation for Blogger-Silence. . .

Apologies for the blogger silence!

It's been a crazy couple weeks.  I know that's an overused excuse, but it's true! One of the doings in my little corner of the world was the wedding of one of my little sisters!  It was such a lovely day and I know both she and her new hubby were more than pleased. 

Julia + Walker

Can you believe we are nearing the end of May??  This year has flown by so fast.  And it seems more so the older I get.  Adulting is rather difficult more oft than not, but I can honestly say I'm loving it!  Especially in having my husband Evan to share it with.  I don't know what I would do without him these days.  And guys, lemme tell ya:  Marriage is AMAZING.


Which brings me to this subject:  I was recently accepted as a writer for this girls' e-magazine entitled, "SKG Fun."  [Click here for the website!]  Within the next couple weeks, I'll be sharing a guest post.  But don't wait till then! It's a lovely magazine for girls, by girls.  The photography and design looks so very professional, in my opinion, and it's got much ado about books, which is simply PERFECT.


Not much more to add by way of update as of right now. . . But I am hoping to be back to normal posting by next week.  Thank you for your faithfulness, dear friends!  And don't forget to visit!

Also, here's an adorable hamster that plays dead.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Weekend! | and a Grand Opening!

Due to this being Easter weekend, there will be no A+A post tomorrow.  I can, however, give you a heads up as to some soon-to-come posts:  Overland Update!!! (LONG overdue. . .), Kool-Aid Pie recipe, a post on some Rated, Not Reviewed books, and some more author-ly posts.  Aaaaannnnnddddd possibly a GIVEAWAY!

For now, I wish you all a lovely Easter weekend.  May we never forget the reason our King came to us from Heaven's throne - What He endured and Why.  No matter your circumstances or situation in life, God is in control - and will always be.  Oh, what hope we have in that fact!  

Easter is not about candy and eggs and chocolate and cute little bunnies, whether furry or edible.  It's about an extraordinary Man, His path on earth, a battle with Death, and VICTORY.

There in the Night,
Before the Cross,
Before the Nails.
Overwhelmed, alone You prayed,
You met us in our suffering
and bore our Shame. 

Abide with me.
Abide with me!
Don't let me fall,
And don't let go!
Walk with me,
And never leave.
Ever close,
God, abide with me!
- Matt Maher -

Happy Easter!
May your life be a light for Him.


Hello again! and welcome to the
Grand Opening
of my Etsy shop!

Introducing, Penmaiden's Wordshoppe - where you will find original pieces of free-handed word art, hand-painted water-colors and acrylic canvases, with the addition of a wee bit of random jewelry.  

Swing by, if you've a mind to! and browse the [rather] small selection.  Within the next few months, I hope to offer custom orders, so spread the word!

Thank you for your encouragement and support, my bloggy friends.  (You know who you are!!) 

As mentioned above, I am throwing around the idea of a giveaway.  What do you think?  Did you check out my shop?  While there are still a few more items to post, including those adorable little cacti paintings and their mini easels, which item do you like the most, if any?  It's not a huge selection to be sure, so it shouldn't take you too long to find out. . . *wink wink*

Anyway, I thank you kindly for stopping in.  And again, I wish you a Happy Easter!  It's almost Friday, but Sunday's comin'!


Friday, April 7, 2017

A + A Friday!

  • Home alone AND in the shower when you hear hard knocking. . . (Turns out it's only your hubby and bro-in-law wanting a chocolate cookie bite and he forgot his house key.  Haha!  You can laugh now, but it was almost scary then.)  
  • Jeans that have No. POCKETS.  What is this???  Useless.
  • Watching your man swing around a big plastic sword whilst slaying borer bees.
  • Arm pit farts late at night.  O_o  And I do mean late. . . we might possibly most likely have been a little too tired and loopy. . .
  • When you randomly say that you'll dress as Rey for "Halloween" (we never do all the haunty stuff, but I do like dressing up!) and Evan says he'll be Chewbacca, but you blurt out: "You're not tall enough!" (when in reality he's at least six inches taller than my 5 foot 5. . . just not Chewie size. . .) 
  • Trying to a stamp and ink and the ink somehow splatters on you, your nose, and the wall.  "Yep.  Can't do this." *tosses stamp kit into Goodwill pile*
  • Stuck behind a flatbed truck hauling manure. . . 
  • Updating name and address at the DMV and you accidentally check a "yes" on a criminal question. . . O_O  "NOOO!! I'm not criminal, honest!" you immediately think worst-case scenario in that your license will not go through due to all this crazy stuff and background checks and etc. etc. etc. . . But, really all you had to do was circle the correct answer, "no," and initial it.  :]
  • My shop is now open!!!!  Click here to visit Penmaiden's Wordshoppe on Etsy.  (I'm still working out the kinks, so a nice jaw-dropping header is missing to draw you in and there's a few more items yet to list.  But it's open!)
  • Hosting dinners at your home--fancy or casual.  :]
  • Prepping and pulling off a sweet wedding shower for a sister--decor and everything!
  • The sweetest Disney TV show: Elena of Avalor.  Seriously, it's great!
  • This quote:

  • Trying new recipes and they become great hits in the family.  (i.e. Kool-Aid Pie)
  • Date nights with your man at home, eating homemade chicken quesadillas and watching Stargate: SG1, Season 2.

Thanks for reading! Gotta run!