Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hey Chickie - Blog Hop & Giveaway

Can you believe it's just a week until Easter? THAT IS CRAZY TALK.

I thought this spring was wide open - I wasn't traveling much, I had all these things I was going to get done, and POOF - three months gone already.

So let's talk about Easter, shall we?

I'm not much of a dress person, but I was when I was little. For a long time, my mom made our Easter dresses, and they were always very fancy. Easter was definitely our dressiest holiday, right down to the often white patent leather shoes. We even wore hats and gloves!

However, Texas threw a wrench in every Sunday, and especially Easter.

See, we had these little things called Blue Laws. These laws were intended to keep all of us from the wickedness prowling the aisles of the grocery stores on Sundays.

At about 11 PM on Saturday night, the employees at our Safeway would unfurl heavy plastic curtains over the sinful aisles that were off-limits on Sunday. The toy aisle was a fast track to hell, so it got covered up. So did the beer - that's just the devil in a bottle. Books, magazines - nope - there's only one book you should be reading on Sunday.

But the real crime was pantyhose. Any God-fearing Texas woman would be ruined forever by soiling herself with a shiny silver L'eggs Egg with un-ripped pantyhose in them on a Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, the last thing any God-fearing Texas woman was thinking about on Saturday was blasted pantyhose, so what that meant is that me and my sister often sat in church hearing about the wonders of the resurrection with giant ladder-style runs up the back of our pantyhose, ruining the effect of our lovely, handmade Easter dresses. Thanks a lot, Texas.

Now that no one wears pantyhose anymore, we can actually purchase them on Sundays without the devil bursting out of a L'eggs egg to steal our soul. But we still can't buy beer until noon, which is apparently the end of Satan's workday these days.

I just had to get that off my chest. #pantyhosePTSD

I'm taking part in a big blog hop today with the team at my sweet friend Jen's company - Reverse Confetti - and the My Sweet Petunia team.

She has the CUTEST spring stuff.

I decided to sit down and focus on a simple, classic Easter image - a new chick in an egg carton. I started with my magical fadeout ink, and painted it with just a handful of Daniel Smith watercolors - New Gamboge, Aussie Red-Gold, Ultramarine Blue + Burnt Sienna for my custom Jane's Grey (from this essential book), and a touch of Indanthrone Blue for the shadow on the bottom of the egg carton.

I framed the little scene with Daffodil Delight cardstock, cut with these fantastic frame dies. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.
No-Line watercolored chick by Understand Blue








Fadeout No Line coloring Detail Ink
[ INK ]
Carton Cuties – Reverse Confetti
[ RVR ]
Reverse Confetti Cuts ALL FRAMED UP...
[ SSS | RVR ]
The Ultimate Mixing Palette: a World...
[ BLR ]
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
[ BLIC ]
Da Vinci Cosmotop Sable Mix F Brushes...
[ BLIC | ELH ]
Burnt Sienna - Daniel Smith Extra...
[ BLIC | SSS | ELH ]
Aussie Red Gold Daniel Smith Watercolor
[ BLIC | ELH ]
New Gamboge - Daniel Smith Watercolor
[ BLIC | ELH ]
Indanthrone Blue - Daniel Smith Extra...
[ BLIC | ART | SSS | ELH ]
Daniel Smith Ultramarine Blue Extra...
[ BLIC | SSS | ELH ]
Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. Cold Press...
[ AMZUS ]
Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" X 11"...
[ SUP ]
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock by...
[ SUP ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | SBC ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | ELH | CST | ART | SBC ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Multipurpose Liquid Glue by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Nesting Porcelain Bowls - BLICK art...
[ BLIC ]
Meeden 48 Half Pan Watercolor Palette
[ AMZUS ]

And yes, I have a video in which your favorite feline may or may not be joining me. Also, if something about this card is bothering you, that is also covered in the video. :)

Watch below or click here to watch in HD on YouTube, and then come back for the blog hop info & giveaway!



Now - on to the blog hop! Below is a list of the people participating. If you leave a comment on all the stops, you'll be entered to win one of our two prizes - a $60 shopping spree at Reverse Confetti, and a $60 shopping spree at My Sweet Petunia. So enjoy all the projects and thanks for stopping by!

Go buy yourself some pantyhose! :)

 >> You are here Lydia Fiedler << You are here

Loveyameanitbye.

71 comments:

  1. WOW! Blast from the past, L'EGGs pantyhose! Do they still make those? I cannot remember the last time I wore pantyhose. And that's a good thing, I think.
    Your card is adorable. Thanks for the opportunity to win such generous prizes.
    Happy Easter!

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  2. This is just the cutest!! I have to say -- we collected those eggs for all sorts of crafty things, and my mom had a whole drawer full. And---- I sometimes wear pantyhose. Still. But just when I am onstage in a show. :)

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  3. ohmygoodness...pantyhose. Thankgoodness we don't wear those anymore. Your card is darling. Love that Chickie!

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  4. This is SO cute! I have that problem where I don't celebrate Easter, but I LOVE the Easter/Spring images out there for stampers!

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  5. Your tales are certainly reminiscent of the past :) Thanks for the creative goodness!

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  6. OH, Lydia, you just made my morning with your pantyhose story and your adorable chickie card!! Double love.

    BTW, I used to love using those L'eggs plastic shells to pretend I had boobies, lol!

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  7. I love this little chickie and your watercoloring. All I can say about your Easter dress story, and the blue laws, and the pantyhose - once again, you nailed it all!

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  8. Wonderful story....a great laugh to start the day! Your card is adorable!

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  9. Still laughing over your snarky post..."noon, apparently the end of Satan's workday these days..." And what a great card. As ever, I am in awe of your watercolor prowess. Thanks for the tip about Ink3.

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  10. I love the sketch effect on your card.

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  11. Very cute card! And a fun post, as always.

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  12. Loved the pantyhose rant and the chickie card is adorable. I read your post to my non-crafty husband - well, just the Blue Law part - so he'd get a laugh, too. And took that opportunity to blame you for the pens I just had to buy.

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  13. Belle aquarelle pour cette jolie boîte à oeufs, j'aime beaucoup de set parfait pour Pâques !

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  14. Such an adorable card! Love the sweet images and your gorgeous coloring! I'm still chuckling over the L'eggs eggs story :)

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  15. Blue Laws and tarps? L’eggs pantihose! No beer sales now until noon? Really?!? Not that I'd be purchasing beer on a Sunday morning! You are as talented a story teller as you are an artist. How many purchases will I make today? The card is adorable ��

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  16. your post absolutely cracks me up, pardon the L'eggs egg pun. so very true! and I miss those pantyhose eggs because of all the crafty things we could do with them afterward..... sigh....

    but your card is precious as all get out! love the way those edges blur every so slightly. will watch the video now to see how you created it.

    thank you for the giggle and trip down memory lane. thanks also for the amazing blog hop!

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  17. Perfect recycled-grey egg carton, and the cutest chick!

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  18. Hey Chickie Thank you for taking the time to make your video.

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  19. Oh my gosh, my dress wasn't hand made, but I had the hat, gloves, shoes and even a little white purse. The picture is from 1964. I've been trying to scan all my old photos onto a portable hard drive. What's a card without a few cat hairs, Lucy always tries to contribute to mine. Love your Easter card and memories. We got our L'eggs from the Piggly Wiggly :)

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  20. Oh man. I'm totally hot and sweat and panicky just THINKING about putting panty hose on. AHHH. For real, PTSD. yuck.

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  21. Such a cute card with that egg carton!,,

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  22. Adorable chick! pantyhosePTSD--Ha!

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  23. What a cute card. I always enjoyed the flair of Easter as well.

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  24. Adorable chick! I have this set and love it!

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  25. As always, your card is adorable! I had not thought about those darn pantyhose in a LONGGG time! I had to laugh to read your blog today. :) I think we all have pantyhosePTSD!! lol

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  26. Fabulous painting - thanks for sharing!!

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  27. New Jersey didn’t put up tarps, they just closed on Sundays, pure and simple. Not a loaf of bread or a KIND bar to be had on God’s day. This little chick is adorable!

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  28. My mom made our Easter dresses too! I made them for my daughter (and a matching one for her Cabbage Patch Doll) as well. I love your chick card! So CUTE!

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  29. My mom used to make our Easter outfits too. And I remember Leggs eggs too...my mom would still wish we wore pantyhose. She didn't get the memo we don't wear them anymore. lol. Your card is so cute. Love all the details, colors, patterns, and design. Just lovely.

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  30. Love your card! Always love your reminiscent stories. I kinda miss those Leggs hose (just cause the eggs were so fun to play with..lol). I do not miss the pantyhose! The only thing they are good for these days (at least in my house) is tying up tomato plants :-D

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  31. What a cute chick. Thanks for the video.

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  32. What a cute card! Loved your pantyhose rant...so glad they are a thing of the past, but I did love those giant eggs!

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  33. Your story cracked me up! :-) I do remember the days of dressing up for Easter Sunday, stores not open till noon, no alcohol sales on Sunday and Sunday dinner for lunch! And I am so thankful pantyhose days are gone! I just love your Easter card and I have never heard of the Fadeout ink! Where have I been? Your coloring always amazes me!

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  34. What a cute little card! Just perfect for a Easter card idea for sure! I think the carton is such a neat little idea. There is so many ideas i can think that i could do with that stamps set. Thanks so much for your time and ideas.

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  35. Adorable image. And I loved your story about the Leggs - Haven't thought of them in a long time. Today we would probably do something crafty with the plastic egg they come in. HA!

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  36. so sweet - thanks for the ideas:)

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  37. so cute. I like your coloring. Our chicks should be hatching beginning of next week.

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  38. Didn't think much of the egg carton stamp but the designers have made it so cute.

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  39. If that card doesn't make you smile, I don't know what would!

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  40. Enjoyed your story of life experience! And the card video as well.

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  41. Adorable card! I enjoyed the tutorial, especially the part on watercoloring. Your cat is beautiful! She reminds me of my cat, Buddy, who's also black and sleek (and an attention seeker)!

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  42. Lydia, your Easter pantyhose story brought back tons of memories of our homemade dresses, "laddered" stockings peppered with nail polish to make it through the day, patent leather shoes with scuff Mark racing stripes, and white gloves that looked beautiful until the minute we walked out the front door!! LOL

    Beautiful card, BTW!

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  43. Shall I start by saying I genuinely have ocd lol but I had no probs with your fun video or meeting Maddie. Super fun, sweet card, love all the colours you used and how well your card turned out, really enjoyed your video and the pantyhose story ! X

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  44. I loved your Leggs pantyhose story! Lol! I grew up in a small town in Illinois and our stores were just flat out closed on Sundays. You got what you needed by 6pm on Saturday or you went without. And we saved the Leggs eggs too and had fun playing with them for years growing up! Your card is WONDERFUL! Love your coloring!! Thanks for sharing! Jill

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  45. Such a cute card and I love this little chick. Beautiful coloring!

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  46. What an adorable card! Love that cute chick in the egg carton!
    Enjoyed your pantyhose story! I always remember applying clear nail polish to stop a run that started when I was wearing a new pair, and how it stuck to my leg....

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  47. Love your hey chickie card. I enjoyed your blog!

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  48. That is the cutest little egg carton!!

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  49. that is one darn cute little card!!

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  50. Cute little chickie card!!! Love the egg carton!!

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  51. Enjoyed the video. I love watching you watercolor. You make it look so easy! Such an adorable card.

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  52. LOLOLOL! Great rant... love it! Well, thank goodness for the abolition of panty hose... they got one thing right...lolol! this is adorable! Love that sweet chick in a carton... this is the end of my hop so I must go fill a cart... thanks for the fun and inspiration!

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  53. Love the little chickie -- so cute and great design to make her pop! Love it!

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  54. Such an adorable card with that sweet little chick!

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  55. I'm laughing so hard at your pantyhose story. My aunt almost got kicked off a flight for not wearing pantyhose about, oh, 20 years ago. (Because she was flying on her sister's airline credit and representing the airline required wearing pantyhose?? I never quite understood what the world's snootiest agent's problem was.) So yeah, apparently the devil lives in pantyhose, but you have to wear them to fly! And yeah, there was a card somewhere? :) Actually, I love watching your paint; I always learn something from you. I'm going to have to look into the Aussie Red Gold, because I haven't found a yellow shadow shade that I'm happy with yet. Thanks for sharing and for giving me a giggle before going to church tomorrow!

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  56. Cute card! I love the little chick in the egg carton!

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  57. Precious chickie card and I loved your Easter narrative. I remember the Blue Laws and even when the stores were closed on Sunday. I too, had to wear a fancy dress, gloves and a hat on Easter. The dress part was OK but I hated the gloves and hat.

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  58. This is one adorable card!!!

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  59. Love that sweet chickie! Your card is so darn cute, Lydia

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  60. I watched the video while exercising yesterday! You cracked me up! Your water coloring is exquisite and I enjoyed watching you paint!!

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