A2Z Blogging Challenge - Letter D - Driftwood Alpha

April 4 2018, Letter D


These files can be found on DeviantArt at the following links:

Thanks for your interest in our D entry for the A2Z Blogging Challenge, we hope that you will continue to follow us on this journey. 

A2Z Blogging Challenge - Letter C - Cosplay

April 3 2018, Letter C



Our family has great appreciation for dressing up in costume but the opportunity to do so, and maybe the dedication too, might be limited to Halloween or annual visits to a Medieval Fair. 

An exception to this would be with Ashley. 

Ashley seems to be a magnet for opportunities involving costume and cosplay. She also seems to be for the most part, the most dedicated of our family members, where costuming and cosplay are concerned. 

I have lots of admiration for her and many others that cosplay. The creativity and ingenuity that goes into making each cosplay come to life can be rather amazing. 

One of my favorites of Ashley's cosplay efforts so far is her mashup of Poison Ivy and Little Shop of Horrors. 

I think the best part of this cosplay is the plant prop a.k.a. Audrey II. 

The rest of the cosplay was pretty cool too, but...

I ♥ this prop! 😍

I have included a few of Ashley's process pics below (with her permission) so that you can also admire her crafty work.

The main image at the beginning of this blog post includes the wig from the Poison Ivy portion of the cosplay with one of the completed images of Audrey II. 

I think you really have to see this thing up close to fully appreciate it, so here you go, a close up of Audrey II. 

I think the detail on this prop is bloody awesome, don't you!?! 

The only downside that I could think of was that the prop was not animated or vocal. 


How we can't offer up our enemies to this Audrey II. Then again, if you've seen Little Shop of Horrors, you know that could turn out to be problematic after a while, so it's probably better that we couldn't feed this plant. I guess. 😈

Even without it being animated, I think Audrey II is awesome and would make a great home decor item for Halloween, or any other time of the year. We might have considered commissioning Ashley to make additional Audrey II's but she is already busy working on her next cosplay.

If you'd like to see what Ashley is working on now or see more pictures of this cosplay, you can check our her Facebook page: Hallow Cosplay & Crafts. The Facebook page is new but Ashley's interest in dressing up in costume whenever she can, is not. If you want to be updated on all of Ashley's cosplay and non cosplay crafty efforts feel free to like and follow her page. 

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you have enjoyed this Letter C entry as part of our participation in the A2Z Blogging Challenge.

A2Z Blogging Challenge - Letter B - Old Fashioned Banana Bread

April 2 2018, Letter B




2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 - 3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 large or 4 small bananas (mashed)
2 whole eggs
1 Stick of Butter (softened)
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp vanilla


Preheat your oven to 350. 

Grease one 9x5 or two 8x4 loaf pans. 

Tip: You can use a brush or the discarded butter wrapper with the shortening to grease the pan for less mess on your hands.


Mash bananas in a bowl, blend in the brown sugar and vanilla extract, set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.

Add the eggs to the butter / sugar mixture 

and blend together until fluffy

Combine dry items together.

Mix together the dry and wet ingredients.

Add banana mixture, and mix until well combined.

Add Chocolate Chips and stir by hand.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes and then lower the oven to 325 and bake for another 20-25 minutes, keeping an eye on the bread toward the end of the baking time. 

Bread is done when a toothpick or cake tester has only a few moist crumbs on it. 

*If more baking time is needed, bake an additional five minutes, adding more five minute increments, as needed until bread is done. It can take the bread an hour +/- to completely bake.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes. 

Remove from pan, let cool completely on a cooling rack. 

Serve with coffee, tea, or your other favorite beverage.

This recipe is a favorite at our house and we hope that you enjoy this Old Fashioned Banana Bread as much as we do.

A2Z Blogging Challenge - Letter A - Apple Candy Alpha Freebie

April 1 2018, Letter A


digital scrapbooking alpha set

The upper case, lower case, numbers, and symbols of this Apple Candy Alpha set can be downloaded at the following links:

It's been a while since I've made any digital art but these should all work the way they are suppose to, as long as you know what to do with them. 

I will leave the comments open on this post, for anyone who has any questions about this freebie or wishes to share links to art work that makes use of this set.

Thanks for visiting!

Julie at jmdvC