Book Review-Baba Yaga The Flying Witch

04 Feb, 2010 by in book review, usborne 1 comment

Published February 29th 2008

by Usborne Publishing Ltd (first published January 2008)

details Hardcover, 48 pages

isbn 0746085605

4 stars

Story summary from the back cover

In this fantastic Russian folktale, Baba Yaga zooms through the forest on her flying pot. Her hair is greasy, her hands are arty. Her nose reaches down to her chin. And poor Tasha has been sent into the forest to find her…

First of all, let me say that Usborne Books are my very favorite in the whole world. Their editions are sturdy and withstand my children’s manhandling, chewing and reading. This one I picked up from the library. It has a cushioned hard cover and a ribbon inside to hold your place. I was interested in the subject because of the YA fiction book “Dreaming Anastasia” by Joy Preble. The folk tale of Baba Yaga was introduced within the story and I wanted to learn more.
The Usborne version is easy to read with beautiful illustrations and my children have all passed it around.  They are picky readers, so any book that holds their interest is impressive for me!  I can’t wait to pick up the other fairy tale book in the Usborne Easy Reader series.
To see images of Baba Yaga and the matryoska doll on Flickr see the photo galleries here:

Fortune Cookie Charms Giveaway

04 Feb, 2010 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Congrats to Erica @thebookcellarx for winning our Fortune Cookie Charms Giveaway! Email me your address so I can ship them out to you! For the rest of you who entered, thank you so much for checking our blog and adding our button! Send me your street address to and I will send you a free autographed CD 🙂 We will be posting more toy charms in March so check back!


Whymsical Musings Giveaway

04 Feb, 2010 by in etsy, whymsical musings 13 comments

Today’s giveaway is for a beautiful 5X7 Photo collage along with an Artist Trading Card with a Faerie on it by Etsy artist Whymsical Musings.

I Love art in all of it’s forms. I live in rural Oklahoma where nature Inspires and Enlightens me. I am a Mother of 4 grown children and a Grandmother of 5 precious angels. I have 3 dogs and 4 cats. My pug Buddah is my very best 4 legged friend. I have a wonderful husband of 30 years we were high school sweethearts. I love to read and write and I can cook a mean meal.

Come explore my artwork and artistic Collage Sheets:*

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Contest ends March 4th and is open to International Entries

Waiting on Wednesday "13 To Life"

03 Feb, 2010 by in paranormal YA fiction, shannon delaney, St martins griffin, waiting on 4 comments

Our Waiting on Wednesday is 13 to Life by Shannon Delany
To Be published June 22nd 2010 by St. Martin’s Griffin
details Paperback, 320 pages

isbn 0312609140 (isbn13: 9780312609146)

Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide–secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early

SQUEE! I love the cover and of course the werewolf. Can’t wait!!!

Paree Photo Fix Contest

03 Feb, 2010 by in Paree, pareeerica, photoshop 7 comments

I found Paree while adding her photos to my Alice In Wonderland gallery on Flickr and instantly fell in love. She is Amazing with Photoshop Fantasy fixes. I could spend all day looking through her photostream and handmade textures. I contacted her about a giveaway and she has offered to primp a photo for our winner! You send her a photo and she will put you in your favorite fantasy.

About pareeerica / Parée
Currently: Newcastle, Australia
I am: Female Occupation: Entertainment Consultant

I have always been interested in Photography & Design. I love Photoshop, I have been using Photoshop CS3 Extended for around 2 years now, I am self taught. I have learnt all of what I do from online tutorials & also by “fiddling”~ I feel this is the best way to learn anything ~ keep trying until you work it out………I can’t get enough of it. I find it is a great creative outlet. It lets me go places I only dream of.

I hope to travel to Egypt one day

Treat others as you would like to be treated

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Contest ends February 27th, 2010

Doodle Bird Tiny Toadstool Terrarium

02 Feb, 2010 by in etsy, toadstool 23 comments

Doodle Bird Designs on Etsy is giving away her

Teeny Tiny Toadstool Terrarium

My name is Patricia Buzo, and I am owned by my perfect little feathered baby Nani – a Black Headed Caique parrot. I had owned my own mural painting business for 8 years. However, after a a shoulder injury I was no longer able to do large scale work and needed to come up with something new. After purchasing a small terrarium I decided to try making another, then another. Pretty soon I listed them here on Etsy and the rest is history. I thoroughly enjoy the great outdoors and working with live plants. I’m overjoyed that I have found something to be excited about once again. (and of course Nani loves to be outside with me as much as possible, she’s my little helper)

I can’t seem to stick to just one thing, so I invite you to check back often for new curiosities and creations I come up with.

Please visit my Doodle Bird Blog at to read about life with a Caique, including videos and photos of my silly bird!

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Contest Ends February 24th
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Alice in Wonderland Tag Giveaway

02 Feb, 2010 by in etsy, pinkcherrymama 21 comments

Today’s giveaway is for 8 Alice In Wonderland Tags/Bookmarks from Etsy seller PinkCherryMama! She has over 100 Alice items in her shop so check it out at

PinkCherryMama’s Bio
i am a stay-at-home mom of 3 beautiful kids. i have the most awesome hubby in the whole world and God has blessed me more than i can express! i love to create pretty much anything and everything!

some random facts about me:

i am a stay at home mom of 3; ages 3, 15 and 16. in my “spare time”, i am a youth leader to the teens at our church. our home seams to have a never ending stream of kids coming and going…which we LOVE, but can get exhausting at times!

i love all things vintage! my brain never slows down. i am a never-ending journal keeper and have to keep journals in every room of my house and car, just to keep my ideas from overtaking me! i am hispanic, but i can’t eat spicy things and I am an only child…go figure!?!? i collect african violets, vintage furniture, vintage jewelry, vintage buttons, vintage books, vintage bottles and teenagers… my most favorite fairytales are “alice in wonderland” and “peter pan”. i love marie antoinette’s style…she was so…embellished! i have my cosmetologists license…my hair usually has some shade of pink, blue or purple in it…

i have been creating since i was 4 years old, thanks to my very supportive family and their belief that i am the best at anything and everything i do, even when it is not true 😛 !

I love to travel and, although, i have not traveled much, i had the awesomely rad opportunity to visit russia—while it was still the USSR….one of the best experiences of my life!

my hobbies include baking, cake decorating, scrapbooking, art journals, book making, jewelry making….oh, let’s be honest, if it’s creative, i probably do it, have done it or would like to do it!

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Good Luck Contest ends March 1st, 2010 and is open to International Entries.