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Welcome, my name is Sylvia Smiser. I am a self taught artist. I enjoy creating one of a kind art dolls and sculpted figures. Vintage Halloween styled artwork and Dia de los Muertos art dolls is what comes naturally to me and what I am most passionate about creating. I am a proud member of the wonderful art groups EHAG (Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild) and PFATT (Primitive Folk Art Talk & Tea). I am a participating artist at Ghoultide Gathering. I am honored to have been published in Art Doll Quarterly, Dolls magazine, Somerset Studio Gallery and Celebrate 365 Magazine. I am also a Physical Therapist and Mama to 15 year old Boy/Girl Twins. My husband is a wonderful man who is very supportive of my art and together with our two doggy fur kids we make one happy, busy family.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Halloween Adventure, A Halloween Party, and A Giveaway!

I was walking in the woods yesterday morning searching for Witchberries.  
What's that you say? You've never heard of Witchberries before? 
Well let me tell you, you can make the best Chocolate Witchberry Cupcakes from them and the most satisfyingly magical tea as well.  Delicious! 
As I was walking along I found some of those delicious Witchberries everywhere I turned. 
It's the best time of year to collect Witchberries you know.

Suddenly, I heard the most alarming cackle! 
and I had to go see what or who it was coming from...
I followed it through the woods until I came to a clearing where I found this...

Sweet little cottage. 
 I was so enchanted that I thought I would find out who lived there. 
So I walked up to the door and knocked 3 times. 
But there was no answer.
So I went around the back and I found another door. 
But nobody seemed to be home.  
I know this is bad manners but curiosity got the best of me and I had to look in the window. 
This is what I saw.  It was such a cozy little cottage.  Just full of charm.  
I so wish the owners were home so that I may visit and get to feel what it was like inside. 
There was movement! 
And that Cackle Again!!!

The chair at the window began to rock fiercely and I had no choice but to run as fast as my feet would carry me! 

Much to my relief, I awoke with a start.  I was home (Phew!)
I just sat for a moment to relax before the Halloween Party and I guess I must have dozed off. 

Yes, that is what happened. 
Here are my treats all ready for the Halloween Party! 
Wait a minute. That plate was full of brownies...

Oh I see, Eudora and one eyed Jack have arrived.  I think those brownie's are one eyed Jack's favorite. 
He seems to want to blame it on the plate and cups.  
But that is quite alright I can put more out.  There is plenty for everyone. 
This little scarecrow and his crow friend prefer the Witchberry cupcakes.
And the Witchberry tea, but those tea cups sure are ornery and like to play tricks before allowing you to have your treat.  

I'd like to send a special Thank you to Ms Vanessa Valencia of A Fanciful Twist for organizing such a magical gathering of kind spirited folks! 
I always enjoy this annual, wonderful, blogland event so much!!!

I'm so glad you were able to stop by and join us for this small but intimate Halloween Party. 
In gratitude I would like to offer a giveaway! 

You see Mr. Scarecrow is looking for a new home.  He was just fired from his last position for being too kind to the crows. 

If you'd like a chance to win him:
1. leave me a comment
For a second chance: 
2. Follow my blog, by clicking follow, up on the right side of this page
And For yet another chance 
3. follow my Facebook Page 

I will be picking a winner Saturday November 3rd. 

Happy Halloween Partying!!!


  1. What a lovely party...I had the brownies....delicious! But the cup bit me when I tried to drink from it....haha!

    Thank you so much for having me :)
    My best,
    Paint Myself Pretty

  2. I had a great time at your party. Your treats were amazing along with your photos. Thank you.
    Please visit me:

  3. Thank you for having me at your wonderful party. I have some of those witch berries on the side of my house and never knew that is what they are!

    Your cupcakes are delicious and your tea set is perfectly ornery.

    Please put me in for your giveaway...the scarecrow is delightful!

    Happy Halloween!

    1. Melissa!
      I just went to your party and I did not know you were the Melissa from Ardoria Studios that painted my cake plate/cupcake holder. I'm so glad you stopped by and got to see how I am using it. : )
      Thank you it is beautiful and as you can see lot's of admiring remarks on it.
      Happy Halloween!

  4. I am also now following your blog

  5. I also liked your Facebook page

  6. Hello! What a spooky house you stumbled upon there ;) I adoreeee your party, lovely treats you've presented us with. I also adore Mr. Scarecrow! I am commenting, I followed, and I liked your Facebook!

  7. Haunting party and yummy treats !!!!!!!!

    Come see my party at Mr. Beets

  8. Scary scarecrow man, and what a great witch! Your pictures remind me of when I was living in Tennessee :)

  9. What spooktacular fun visiting you here! Such wonderful creations you create! Cheers!

  10. What a wonderful dream story you created. I love all your creations.

  11. I am swooning over that cozy witch cottage! And witchberries are most mystical of all berries!!

    Happy Halloween

  12. Thanks for the fanciful story and spooky treats! :-) Happy Halloween!


  13. I would run, too!!!
    Thanks for the invite to the party.

  14. Great party Sylvia! Mr. Scarecrow would feel right at home wih me!

  15. A sweet Halloween party and loved all the goodies.

  16. You have convinced me. We are going out looking for witchberries and cackleberries this evening.

    I do not see a blog follower thing on the right side of the blog.

  17. but I do like your facebook page.

  18. refreshed the page and the follower box is back!

  19. Witchberries! hahaha! You have such pretty party table place settings...and treats..thank goodness one-eyed Jack left me a brownie, I likes me chocolate! :)

    Happy Halloween and PArTyiNg!

    xoxo and boo To You From Roo

  20. Hey those witchberry chocolate cupcakes sounds amazing! Can I have one? What a magical halloween post!

    Happy Halloween! Please come party with me at my 2 separate Halloween parties:



    See you there for cackles and cake!

  21. Ooooo my oh me!! I think I have to live in that cottage! Oh the cauldron!!! Looooooooove!

    Oh scarecrow, waaay too awesome!

    Thank you so much for being a part of this extra magical season!!

    ♥ Vanessa

  22. The witchberry cupcakes on the gorgeous plate! WOoo! I so enjoyed my visit , it was quite spooky, just the way I like it! Happy Halloween!

  23. Hi Sylvia! Great Halloween party post! Love your tale! Glad it was just a dream...or was it? I can still hear the cackles. Your treats look yummy! Thanks for inviting me! :)

  24. Eudora and one eyed Jack were such graceful hosts -I had such fun at your party.

    Please come and visit my Haunted girl at http://queencreative.com

    Happy Hauntings...

  25. What a wonderful tale, Miss Sylvia! Love your decorations and creations, and am also now following you!
    Happy Halloween!

  26. So many yummy treats and I love your pumpkin plate, that is delightful.

    Thanks for a wonderful party.

  27. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind remark!

    I loved your Halloween party post and i would be honored to be entered in your giveaway. I have signed up to follow you and I would love for you to follow me too...


  28. Thank you so very much for the brownies and witchberry tea! Edgar and I enjoyed them! Those rascal teacups kept running away between sips!

    Your blog is marvelous! Im a new follower!

  29. Delightful! I enjoyed visiting you here and peeking in the little house in the woods.


  30. Dearest Sylvia,
    I had a delightful time. I have to admit I loved the brownies too. It wasnt all One Eyed Jack to blame. I must take some Witchberry cupcakes with me on my journey tonight. Yummy!
    *becoming a new follower
    *following on facebook
    Thanks for these opportunities to be the new home for such an enchanted guy. He would love the crows at my farm.
    Thank you for the Wonderful party. I had a spooktacular good time. I would love for you to drop in to Wonderland for a Ghostly tale and a few Halloween treats. See ya there
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

  31. That was a perfect Halloween story.I think I could say My favorite visit so far :)Yeah! I have 3 chances to win. I've been a follower of your blog,and now I'm following you on FB.I really didn't know I could share My FB address with My bloggers.If you have a min.,could you tell me how did you find your FB address to share with us?

    1. I just went to my Fb page and copied and pasted the web address including the http and used the link option when writing the blog.
      I hope this helps. : )
      Thank you for stopping by Denise. So happy you enjoyed your time here!
      Happy Halloween!

  32. Wonderful Party! I simply adored that tea pot and those cups are so wonderful! Happy Halloween!

  33. Thanks so much for inviting me :) I was just in time for a witchberry cake YUMMIE ! I love your Halloween decorations and your cottage, it's beautiful !
    Happy Halloween to you :)

    thanks for visiting mine


  34. I must say that this has been the most wonderful Halloween party I have been too yet! I had such a wonderful time and the witchberry tea and cupcakes were delicious. You must share your recipe with me. :)

    Please enter me in your giveaway. I have followed your blog and loved (liked) your facebook page. :)

    Have a most enchanting day.

  35. What a great Halloween party, I had a wonderful time. I love all your decorations and the spooky story of your dream. Thank you for your kind comment on my party post...have a Happy Halloween!


  36. Hi Sylvia! Thank you for a fantastic party! Those witchberry cupcakes look AMAZING (I have quite a cupcake addiction). :) I would be delighted to give your scarecrow a new home. I follow (via email) and am a FB follower. :)

    If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by for my party and giveaway...

    Happy Halloween! Theresa

  37. Wow... what a scary dream. But what a lovely party. Thank you for sharing such wonderful treats!!

    Happy Halloween!!

  38. Hello Sylvia!
    Very spooky indeed! Thank you for inviting me to your party and thank you for visiting in The Tearoom with me! What with coming down with a cold and then, the storm here on the East Coast last night, I am still catching up on visiting everyone!

    Wishing you a good day,


  39. What a lovely tale, delightful treats, and adorable scarecrow! Thanks so much for the wonderful party!

    Thanks for stopping by my party offering as well. :D

  40. You now have a new follower! I love finding new artisans to visit and adore your works.

  41. Witchberries, too grand! what a lovely party...I love all the chairs.....

  42. That was fun!
    I am now a "liker' on GB...I think I am already a follower of your blog...but NO sidebars are coming up on your page for me to even try...I have refreshed several times. :(

    come meet my Coven, if you haven't already.

    Thanks to Sandy...I am still making the rounds..I live in the dead center of landfall...we got hit hard, and my hubs is in the hospital also...was CCU, no Telemetry.

    Happy Halloween, Blessed Samhain and Happy Dia de Los Muertos!!

    1. Hi Susan,
      Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you! I hope your hubby is doing better! Will be praying for you and everyone around you that are struggling with Sandy.

  43. LOL, after I commented your sidebar popped up :) as I thought i am ALREADY a follower.

  44. Great work... i'm just crazy about witches and pumkin'.... love it!!!


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