Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!! I'll Miss My Family This Year!

Hi All!

Hope you are having the best of days today, enjoying your family and friends. I posted a little poem below, I like to share each Thanksgiving.  It makes me laugh!  I hope you are all laughing too with your families close and making memories!

Twas the Night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep, 
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat and white,
but I fought the temptation with all of my might!

Tossing and turning with anticipation,
the thought of a snack became infatuation.

So, I raced (me and my little dog, Jake) to the kitchen,
 flung open the door,
and gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore!

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes,
pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.

I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
'til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky,
with a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie!

But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees,
"Happy eating to All, pass the cranberries, please!"

"May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump,
may your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump."

"May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize,
may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!"

 This year, I am spending Thanksgiving with my in-laws.  I love them dearly and am happy to be going to their house this year.   My family, Mom and Dad, sister and brother-in-law, are all in Monterey celebrating together.  I will miss them.  Below are a couple of pictures of my sister and daughter laughing at last year's Thanksgiving 2013. 

 Love looking at the these pics and remembering the laughter!  I hope you are laughing a lot today and enjoying being in the company of those that love you!

Do you see Jake photobombing!  Too funny.  He is totally food driven!!  A typical man!  

 I also wanted to take a minute to wish Everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!   During this Holiday, take time to count your blessing, thank the Lord above and take comfort that he is always near.  Say a prayer for those in need, those who need love or those who are neglected.  Pray for the sick and those who are hungry.  Pray for our troops and our country too!  

 If you have love to give - give it to Everyone, everywhere ... all the time!   IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.    I am thankful for you!! 

May God bless you and your family!  XOXO LeeAnn, Jake and family

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Last Call on Halloween Charmed Confections

Hi Everyone!

Well, it has been a whirl wind of fun so far this Halloween season, hasn't it?!!  I am sitting here just smiling as I write this, feeling blessed to have had such a wonderful time preparing for my beloved holiday.  My sweet doggie, Jake is sleeping under my chair.

This was my first year participating in two national Halloween shows, Hallowbaloo (in Seattle, WA) and Halloween and Vine (in Petaluma, CA).  I have done lots of shows in the past, either working with another artist or showing my art, but both of these two shows specialize in high end Halloween art for the collector.  I was, and still am, so excited to have had my Charmed Confections there.  It was such a wonderful and memorable time.

My sister and I drove to Hallowbaloo.  14 hours from where I live, but my sister and I had a great time.  Laughing all the way there.  If you follow me on facebook, you might have seen all our posts on the trip.  I tried to keep you all with me by posting our journey there.  So much fun!  Check out my Facebook page and see for yourself.   Meeting all the artists there, was so fantastic!  I have admired them from a far and now, I am so happy to consider each and everyone of them my friends!  Such a great, wonderful group of talented, and super kind people.  It was a great experience.

Halloween and Vine was the following weekend!  So it was unpack from one show and repack for another.  Crazy it was like being on tour ... ok ... in my dreams, if I was a rock star!  LOL!  Halloween and Vine is such an amazing show.  If you live in the area, you sooo need to go!  I took my Mom to the show with me this time and we met up with my sister in Petaluma.  I have to say, that I loved being with both of them.  It was work, but we had a wonderful weekend all together!  The show was Fantastic!  A huge crowd, fantastic art and artists!  Wonderful show hosts that I just love to pieces --- they made me feel so welcome!  A frenzy of customers and collectors!  It was a cyclone of Halloween madness that I was swept up in.  I could have stayed FOREVER!!!  There is such a thing as Halloween Heaven!  Been there!!!

When those two shows were over, I came home unpacked and got ready for the next show the following weekend.  I know ... three shows - three weekends in a row!  The last show was held in Sacramento, CA.  A fun show that I do every year.   My inventory was really low, but still was happy to have something to offer the folks.  It is funny, I have done this show a few years now and meet those sweet customers who keep coming back to buy something new from me.  Such a treat!  I am beginning to remember their faces and names now.  How nice to have someone actually look for my booth spot!  It's crazy to me!  

So, to wrap it all up with a pretty, wicked bow, I have to say that this year is one I will never forget.  The Lord has truly blessed me in my endeavors!  I am so thankful to all the friends I have met along the way, to the collectors who continue to amaze me that they even want a piece of my art, to my family who is always there .. come hell or high water ... I know you got me, and to the rest of you who would take time out of your busy day to read this.  I so appreciate you all!

Lastly, thought I would show you some of the pieces I still have available in my Etsy Shoppe or on Giggleswick.  I made a ton of art this year and this is it!  WOW!!  To think all my pieces are in others homes.  Now, that is something to smile about!

The two scaredy boys above are still available.  
If you are interested in them.  
Message me at

This Ghastly Ghost is SOLD!  Posted and he didn't last long!  Thank you, Elizabeth!!

This Ghost is gone too .... WOW!  Thanks, Peggy!

This guy is still available.  I love his face!  He is just sweet like candy!  Go to my Etsy Shoppe to see more on him.  Here is his link.

This guy is still available.  If you like purple, he is the last one!    Go to my Etsy Shoppe to see more on him.  Here is his link.

This Ghostie and his sweet lollie are SOLD!  Thank you, Susie!  

This one is SOLD!  Thank you, Christine!!

Ooops ... this guy is still AVAILABLE in my Etsy Shoppe.  Here is the link:

Well, it is slim picking at the candy store.  I hope you enjoy what is left!  Have a wonderful rest of the week and YAY!! for Sweet Halloween.

Until next time,

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2nd Annual Giggleswick Halloween Blog Hop WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!

and the WINNERS are .....!!!

from The Primitive Skate!!!

You have won my Ghastly Ghost pictured above!! 
 YAY!!!  So thrilled that he will be flying to your house this Halloween!

Please contact me, LeeAnn, at to claim your prize!!

See below for a list of all the other winners!  If you have won, click on the link to take you to the blog of your artist and contact them to claim your prize!

Carly Smith
Winner -- Lori Platt

Arlene Sander
Winner -- Lynn from Life on the Wienee Ranch

Becky McClure Federico
Winner -- Crystal Bowen

Brenda Griffith
Winner -- LeeAnne E.

Chuck McClenning
Winner -- Chickzilla

Cortney Arndt-Rector
Winner -- USA Gypsy

Darla Walk
Winner -- T. Johns from SC

Margo Noschese
Winner -- Dogsmom

Lisa Ammerman
Winner -- imsteelefullofscrap

Karen Blevins
Winner -- Joe M

Jean Wheelock
Winner -- AutumnWind

Heather Milliott
Winner -- Sara Anderson

Debb George
Winner -- Janice Moore-Petty

Susie Krichbaum
Winner -- Wendy at Ravenwood Whimzies

Sheryl Parsons
Winner -- Fran Caswell

Karen Brady Hammontree
Winner -- Kimberly at GriffinWyse

Patrick James Gill
Winner -- Wicked Faery Queen

Joyce Tenay
Winner -- Deenna Ward

Jorge deRojas
Winner -- Brenda from Pumpkin Hollow Primitives

Faith Conroy
Winner -- Cheryl Barcus

Congratulations to all and thank you to all the Giggleswick (Charmed Confections) followers and customers out there.  Without you, my art would have no home and no love!  

Thank you!  Thank you!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today is your Last Chance to Sign Up for the 2nd Annual Giggleswick Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!

Today your last chance to sign up for the Giggleswick Halloween Blog Hop Giveaway!  To sign up, click the link below and follow the instructions.  It's easy and you have 21 chances of winning an original piece of Halloween art!!

But time is running out my Pretties!  
You need to get through all 21 blogs by 12 midnight tonight to be in the drawing!

Did you hear me?  21 chances of winning! 
 Run now with those ruby slippers of yours and sign up!

Friday, October 3, 2014

READY TO WIN!! Enter to win on of the 21 Prizes in The Witches of Giggleswick 2nd Annual Halloween Blog Hop Starting NOW!!!

Welcome to the 2nd Annual 
Giggleswick Halloween Blog Hop!!

The blog hop starts today ... Sunday, October 5th and runs until Wednesday, October 15th.  

The winners (and there will be 21 winners) will be announced on Sunday, October 19th!

Here is what you could win!!

Welcome to my blog!  

My name is LeeAnn Kress and 
I am the artist here at Charmed Confections.  
I love sculpting my sweet confections!  They are all made from mixed media, but mainly polymer, apoxie and paper clay.

I will be giving away one of my ghosts in my Ghastly Ghost collection.  
He is hand sculpted and one of a kind!

Here is a picture of him below.

To be entered into the drawing you will need to visit all 21 participating artist's blog sites and do Steps 1 and 2 below. 

It is not hard and you will be visiting incredible 
blogs along the way!  Ready?!!

STEP 1:  Follow my blog.  You can do this by clicking on the blue Google "Join this Site" button.  You can find this on my right hand side bar.  Click on the link and sign up.  If you already follow my blog you are already done with this step.

STEP 2:  Leave a Comment.  Please leave a comment below this posting.  Look for the work "Comment" at the very bottom of this post click on it and tell me that you are following my blog and that you would like to be entered into the giveaway. 

It's that easy!  

PLEASE NOTE - On Sunday, October 19th winners will be announced.  Make sure I can reach you - by this I mean make sure when you sign up on my blog your email is attached for notification -- or mark your calendars to check to see if you have won by coming back here and looking for the winner's post on Sunday, October 19th.  
IMPORTANT -- Make sure you visit all 21 site and do steps 1 and 2 ... if not, you do not qualify for the prizes. 

Below are a list of the giveaways with links to the artist's blog sites!  
Click on the link below their picture and hop to their blog, follow their blog, leave a comment and hop to the next one!

Carly Smith

Arlene Sander

Becky McClure Federico

Brenda Griffith

Chuck McClenning

Cortney Arndt-Rector

Darla Walk

Margo Noschese

Lisa Ammerman

Karen Blevins

Jean Wheelock

Heather Milliott

Debb George

Susie Krichbaum

Sheryl Parsons

Karen Brady Hammontree

Patrick James Gill

 Oooo and I LOVE SURPRISES!  Weeeeee!

Joyce Tenay

Jorge deRojas

Faith Conroy

Good luck and happy haunts hopping
 from one blog to another.

If you would be so kind (when you have some time) ...

Like me on Facebook!  Here is the link ---

If you love Pinterest - I have some cool boards you might be interested in ... find me here!

If you have a blog, add me to you favorites list and mention this giveaway.  This Giggleswick witch would be most grateful!

Until Sunday, October 19th!!!