Moved blog!

Posted December 30, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art

Please note this blog has been moved to another site… please come follow me at

www.themagicsleigh.blogspot.com

The Magic

Posted December 24, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art

IN THE MOMENTS OF OUR LIVES
BOTH THE JOYOUS AND THE TRAGIC
IF THE TRUTH IS TO BE TOLD
WE ARE ALL PURSUING MAGIC

AND THE MAGIC THAT WE SEEK
AS WE’RE SURE YOU HAVE DISCOVERED
CAN BE FOUND IN CERTAIN PLACES
FAR MORE EASILY THAN OTHERS

IN THE SAND BENEATH THE SPHINX
IN THE DREAMS OF CANDLELIGHT
BUT THE SUREST PLACE OF ALL
IS IN THE FORGIVING WORLD OF NIGHT

AND OF ALL THE NIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
THAT COME AND GENTLY LEAVE
NONE HOLD THE DREAM OF MAGIC
LIKE THE EVENING, CHRISTMAS EVE

-Paul O’Neill

Christmas Eve and other Stories

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Merry Christmas from Kira and Scampi!

Posted December 19, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art

Yes, I am Virginia….

Posted December 14, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge — myth is more potent than history — dreams are more powerful than facts — hope always triumphs over experience — laughter is the cure for grief — love is stronger than death.”-Robert Fulghum

I actually received some complaints on
this quotation. Some people do not understand that these are thoughts and wishes. Like faith, without a little faith, we tend to die a little. live a life a little less fulfilled. My favorite quote ever seems appropriate now.

“DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

“Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
“Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
“Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

“VIRGINIA O’HANLON.
“115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.”

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Custom Orders

Posted December 1, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art, Finished work

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Today is the last day I can accept any more custom made figurines for the holiday season. While I will do theses year round, can not guarantee that they will be completed by Christmas after this date. To get your own custom ornament or figurine, the following must be provided, photos and or description of your pet, including any unique characteristics, (white tip at end of tail), that may not show up in photos

From your photo, I will make a dog or kitty in your choice of pose- Sitting or rear up,
and style.

Choose from -
-Angel
-with a candy cane

-with a ball

-with ribbon

-with bow

-with toy (please specify)
-with lights (lights do not light up)
Figurines can also be made with no ornament hook and a favorite toy or pose added,
dogs or cats can be made with any of the poses or styles

Please be aware that due to drying and firing times of the porcelain clay allow 3 weeks for your item to be finished,

Link to my Etsy Store for custom ordering

$20.00 plus $5.99 shipping

Dog Tuna Training Treats

Posted November 25, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art

Tuna training treats for Dogs (Cats love them too!)

This tuna cookie is a great reward for teaching your dog something new, It stays soft so it is a easy and quick reward. This is a really great training treat. It has a perfect texture so it’s firm,  Works well in a bait bag during agility or obedience training.
You will also notice our pets hanging by the the oven door waiting for the treats as they have a distinctive odor while baking… forwarned!!!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients with an electric mixer until well blended.
  2. Spread mixture into a greased, (I spray it with Pam) cookie sheet. Roll out or flatten with fingers until 1/2″ thick
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes covered and then another 15 minutes uncovered. .
  4. Let cool and cut into slices or bit sized pieces, I use a pizza cutter, works great
  5. Store in refrigerator or freeze in ziplock bags, make sure they are labeled, Hubby and kids don’t like Tuna treats!

Alterations and Disclaimer!

Make sure your Pet has no allergies to any of the ingredients, For dogs that have allergies to wheat , you can replace the recipe with gluten free rice flour, which also works.
the garlic may be omited, I have made them without the cheese, with no problems, they may be a little drier, but my dogs haven’t noticed or really care! I have also used salmon or mackeral instead of tuna.

Uptown Altamonte Art festival

Posted November 21, 2008 by themagicsleigh
Categories: art

I will be at this art show, this weekend come visit me!:

Art on the Boulevard in Uptown Altamonte

Saturday – Sunday, November 22 – 23, 2008

Show Hours: Saturday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Free, no gate.

Uptown Altamonte in Altamonte Springs, Fl.Flyer Revised 10-17-08 Final wo


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