Ms. Ruin's Playthings

"The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates." -Oscar Wilde

Monday, August 13, 2012

Beautiful Sadness

"Is it any wonder I can't sleep? All I have is all you gave to me...turn to the gates of heaven, to myself be damned."

Photo Contest

There is a big contest underway at Through These Eyes Visual Art!  Join in on the fun or stop by and read all of the fantastic entries we have received to date.  I am super flattered to have a significant following as we approach 550 likes (just four people away) and I'm thinking up something fun to give away when we get there.  The contest details are below...follow this link to play!

Contest time and a fun opportunity to be inventive! Let’s pretend that this is the cover of a movie poster and you are the brains behind said movie.

How to Play:

• Provide your movie title and a short story/plotline.
• We will choose three winners who will get this print (11x14 for 1st place, 8x10 for 2nd & 3rd place).
• PLUS –qualify for random drawings for prints from this set when you share this post on your page .

General Housekeeping:• Contest ends Wednesda
y, August 22nd.
• You must be a member of Through These Eyes to win.
• Enter as many times as you’d like by messaging me your details or leaving them as a comment on this thread.

It's the little things

This is such a sweet and simple thing to do...when sending someone a package, throw in some paper confetti hearts.  It will make them smile and feel loved.  Someone did this for me a few weeks ago and everytime I look at this picture it brings a smile to my face.  Go on...make someone's day! 

Sunday, August 12, 2012


I've had a rough few weeks --likely the most challenging ones this year.  Luckily I have a lot of friends and family that care for me and that keep me going.  I think I am my biggest motivator, but it also helps to get nudges from loved ones along the way because maybe I just THINK that I motivate myself the most, but in fact it is the compassion of others that inspires me and prevents me from wallowing in self pity for too long.  Thank you friends.  :) 

You know what else makes this girl happy --mail!  Not just any mail...but swap mail, mail from my own backyard, mail from across the pond...mail, mail, mail.  Little morsels prepared JUST FOR ME.  That makes me so happy. 

One of those items was this box by Dee Dee Roe.  It's so not me, very shabby chic.  But you know what, I totally adore it and it made my day on Saturday.  I can't wait to display it at the office.  THANKS DEE DEE!

I received a package from the UK as well with a sweet treat inside and a killer book...but I will save that for tomorrow's post.  I am exhausted from showing off my killer dance moves.  :p  lol

We're off to see the Wizard!

Congratulations to Bobbi Short from New York and Lindsey Wolff from North Dakota for winning these Wizard of Oz themed necklaces from Ms. Ruin's Playthings.  A big thank you to the Hat Factory for asking me to be a part of the celebration.  :)  I hope to have new items in my shop soon and maybe even some giveaways? ♥

Just This One Secret

Just This One Secret is now available for download at!  I am excited that I had the opportunity to shoot the book cover, at least that's what the title page says.  But seriously, I am happy that I could play a small role in a labor of love for this independent author.  My cover is a portal to a story you don't want to miss.  Download it now!  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wizard of Oz Celebration

The Hat Factory is celebrating the 73rd Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz with a huge HUGE HUGE Giveaway!  Join their page by clicking here and check out all of the giveaways including TWO Land of Oz Pendant's by Ms. Ruin's Playthings.  Oh, and while you're there, LIKE my craft page as well! 


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