June 30, 2010

And the winner is.......

Congrats to the winner! New Creationz!
Big applause!
I will contact you to get your address, my new friend! And send you the pretty ACEO



Sorry, it's not in fast speed! :oP
Keep your eyes open for the next giveaway coming in August!

June 29, 2010

Frida Kahlo Doll challenge

Do I have fun news! I am running the ADO mini monthly challenge of July from the 1st till the 31st, and my theme is Frida Kahlo! You don't have to be part of ADO to participate, just make a Frida doll -any size, any style or materials- and post her in your blog! Send me a link and I will post them all here, and we can have them in the ADO blog as well.

Pretty Banner made by Dorote from Lithuania

July is Frida's birth month, and she is a great source of inspiration for women, people dealing with chronic pain, artists that like Folk, or Latin styles, and more than anything, she inspires to keep going even if life goes weird on you.

Yes, she has a lot of drippy red paintings, sometimes uses gross details, I do not agree with her political views :oP her life was very hard most of the time... but her intricate self portraits, the smaller size format she preferred, and the subject of her art, so local and unusual for the time, is what made her popular and famous.

It is always interesting to me, to see that the artists are the reflection of their time, country, era... not only of their own self and their own individual needs/ideas, but of their whole generation.

I can't wait to see what dolls you all can come up with! :oD

And while I'm at it, why don't we make some paintings as well?

June 25, 2010

Dolly update

OK, I worked on this baby's hair, and eyebrows, doesn't she look completely different? I hope Rhonda likes her! Dory made the dress but I had to trim it to size because this little baby is so tiny :o)


If you want to see more of the babies in their tour, come to the blog to see them all HERE

June 22, 2010

Summer days...

I don't know about your part of the world, but here, the summer starts early, fast and hot. And unless you are in the south of the world, you are probably enjoying some hot weather as well. The only part I don't enjoy is when the electric bill gets here... ouch! Electricity in California is very expensive, at least in my county.

Well anyway, I have been keeping the kids busy, and slowly but surely working on my artsy craftsy projects.
For my "Touring baby" I have visiting my friend Rhonda's baby, isn't she cute?


I will give her some hair and a cute dress (same fabric as her shorts), then ship her to Idaho, an she will keep her travels all the way back to NC. Check the Babies Blog HERE

Also, let me tell you: My Frida doll was included in a very pretty treasury! HERE 
Made by whisperings13 in Etsy, thank you! That made me very happy :o}

I have a cute picture to share too. Former enemies, now nap partners, Panzón and Scruffie:



And before I go, don't forget to sign up for my ACEO Giveaway!

June 16, 2010

Almost 200 giveaway!

Wow... I am so thrilled to see my list of followers is close to 200, I will start a spontaneous giveaway.
I have no icon for you to share, nothing else to do, just come and say Hi, post here tell me you want to be part of it, and your name will be entered in the drawing.

Hhmmmmm.... what to give away? How about an oil painting ACEO?
I guess depending on how many people sign in I can have a second item for give away.

Well, Thanks so Much to the people who come to read my postings. It certainly is way different from the 4 readers I had when I started blogging, one of them being my cat. (And mostly because the old monitor used to get really warm!)


I will close the giveaway at the end of June and pick a winner!

June 14, 2010

We dream, we change, we adjust.

Today I have a question for you. What were your dreams then? What are your dreams now?
Warning: if you don't like long posts, skip this one! :oD
I got this on an email recently and made me think of my dreams and what it takes: 

First I would have to say, I don't want to be on TV, I don't have what it takes (which is a lot of time, distance from family and lose of anonymity) and I love my privacy. Talent? I have some :o)
But I'll cheer anyone that has that goal.

When I was little, my dream was to be an opera singer. I was going to grow up to be the bestest and greatest performer. Spent my time preparing accordingly, singing full blast every day, standing on a chair.
I was always in the Monday assembly at school, in every school I ever attended. Since we moved a lot from N to S, E to W, I was in a lot of schools, always having the wrong accent for the wrong town. Oh well.... But I was in every play and anything that would place me in front of people.
Later on,  my thing was acting. The main interest was making people laugh, cry. Feel. Oh the drama....

I won awards in high school for best actress, (just don't ask about my math grade) and I always had the equivalent of a sugar rush after a performance. Took classes for reaching high levels of drama, classes for coming down from a drama-high at the end of a performance; pronunciation classes, breathing lessons; sounds, lighting, makeup classes. Learned to paint backgrounds and make props as well.
I loved the theater. I loved the people, the energy. I loved the magic of creating an atmosphere and a feeling. I still love a good play and enjoy a good production. Heck, any production! From Kindergarten up, there is always effort behind any show, and I love all parts of it.

Participated in a  bunch of experimental movies in college, for my friends that were taking film classes.
I did a bit of TV, with one of my college friends who kept going in that direction and now he has a solid name in that media. But my thing was the theater.
It was a fun part of my life: my graphic design studio during the day, ceramics on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings; acting from Thursday till Saturday, twice on Sunday. It was a bliss, but not enough. I wanted a family.

I was a professional actress until a week before my wedding. Then we moved to a new place in a new city, country, language. I tried for a while to keep connected to the theater but I didn't want to spend my time driving to the next town where they had the group and I didn't want to use my husband's weekends away from him, so little by little, trying to find ways of expressing my need to create, I turned more into ceramics and painting and left my great love for acting on the side. I don't regret it, I simply adjusted my plans.

Then came one baby. Then the car accident. Years of back pain. The back surgery. Back to health. Second baby. Tried to still do some clay work but one kid was throwing the clay to the walls, and the other one was eating it. So I packed my clay and became a night time painter and a daytime pencil sketcher. With the occasional wall scrubbing from my little artists LoL (I wish they had my grandma's wall like I did!) Then came the computers and the Internet. Fast forward 15 years. I am still painting and sculpting.

My dreams are different now. I really don't want to be every night at rehearsals and weekends in a theater.  I get more pleasure to spend time with my family (loud music and all) but I still love making people laugh or feel something when they see what I created. I definitely would not like to be on TV, but I like doing things for youtube.

My dream would be to be able to sell my art without spending so much time promoting. So I can create more art without over-stuffing my house with it! Dream on, right? LoL

What are your dreams? What have you changed? What have you adjusted to your present life?
If you have a long answer and there's not enough room in the comment space, feel free to post your link here too! I would love to hear your thoughts.

June 12, 2010

Alice in Wonderland challenge WIP

Well, I have been busy finishing projects and starting other new projects. So much fun!
The one I just finished is my tiny Alice for the challenge in ADO Blog.
Here are WIP pictures, and I still have to take the very last one, but have to wait for the best light outside.

She started like this:

Then we moved along fast, as she herself was helping me to sew!
The skirt is ready:

Adding sleeves and trimming:


Now we work on the hair!
 

Creating this sweet little Alice was a lot of fun!


Thanks for visiting!

June 8, 2010

Victoria's hat and tutorial

I finished a fun story for Victoria (Raedell's doll from the TDP in ADO); I made her a pretty dress, gave her a companion (to be shown later on) and a fabulous hat!
 I can only give you a little peek today. Just her hat.... but I made a tutorial too so here are the pictures!
Click on it to see it in a big size:


Victoria is having a lot of fun here, and if you have read her story in the Traveling doll blog, you know she was feeling a bit lonely... but not anymore!  We are going to wait for Luna to get here, have a party and the she will go to Florida.

June 4, 2010

The pitter patter of little feet part 2

Remember the preview a few days ago? It is a fun project for polymer babies and we have a blog too.

So here comes a baby from California on the way to Idaho! I have to say, sending a baby in parts is strange! I didn't have the heart to take a picture of the parts alone LoL
But for our project here, where each participant works on each step of the production, it is easier for the one that will paint the baby to get the parts separately.
Doesn't it almost look like a finished baby on  the blankie?  :o)


So well, here is my baby ready to be worked on. From Idaho, to Michigan, then North Carolina, Georgia and finally back home!
If you want to visit the blog, this is the link: http://touringbabies.blogspot.com


See how she look NOW!

Don't forget to leave a comment! I'd love to hear from everyone, thanks!

June 1, 2010

Victoria is here!

What a cool surprise last night to get Victoria in the mail! She has a bit of a pillow head, which is expected, coming from England in a long flight.... in a box. LoL
Her journal is so pretty!  Originally created by Raedell in Florida, then pampered and wigged by Trace. They have done such a wonderful job!

I will fluff her hair, select some colors that match her shoes for a nice dress, write her a fun story and will give her a little companion when the time comes for her to leave.


Talk to you soon!