|Blood and Crumpets by Austin Hillebrecht|
First up is Yvonne from Winter Moon blog. Way back during the Yuletide festivities she sent me this gorgeous little ornate mirror. And isn't the card just lovely?!
She also sent me a print of Jessie Larson's cover artwork for The Outsmarting of Criminals by Steven Rigolosi. Yvonne and I are both admirers of Jessie Larson's art and she knew how much I would love it! Thank you so much, Yvonne! ❤
Those of you already acquainted with Yvonne know full well what an utter sweetie she is, but if you haven't had the pleasure of meeting her yet, do pop over to Winter Moon for a visit.
Another Blogland sweetheart is Debi from Easel & Quill. Debi is actually hosting one of the aforementioned blog parties (more on that below), but I also need to thank her for this beautiful art card she organized to have sent to me from Suziqu, an Australian crafter. Thank you, Debi! ❤
I also recently received a lovely package of goodies from the adorable Bec of Gothic Flamingo, but I'll be sharing more of that with you in an upcoming post... once I've had a chance to take some photos.
And now, to the blog parties...
If you've got a blog but have never participated in a blog hop/fest/party/challenge, I encourage you to give it a whirl. They are brilliant as creative prompts and you meet fantastic people mingling at these virtual gatherings. Some of my favourite Blogland buddies were discovered during blog parties.
The Vampire's Day Soiree (February 14) is hosted by Holly of Holly's Horrorland. This will be the fourth year for this annual event and it's bloody good fun! Click on the link to sign-up or to get more information.
Shadow of Oz (April 11) is hosted by Oma Linda from Olde Baggs N Stuffed Shirts. Shadow of Oz is the theme of this year's annual Celebrate 0z blog party. Once again, just click on the link to sign-up or to get more information.
By the way, the artwork for Shadow of Oz is by another wonderful bloggy pal, Shelle Kennedy of Sunshine Shelle.
If you aren't able to sign-up to participate in a blog party, you are still very welcome to come along and just enjoy the posts. Hope to see you there! :)