Tuesday, May 24, 2011

La Casa Azul of Frida Kahlo

You know how some people seem to infuse everything they do with their personal style? 4 Years ago I made my first visit to Frida Kahlo's home: La Casa Azul (The blue house). I was shocked. That house is so beautiful and it screams "Art" in every room and in every corner of the big patio. I can easily imagine her painting and working in her journal in one of the beautiful corners of the patio. This house was her. This place is pure magic. And you could spot it from miles away. Frida was one of those persons who really had style and she imprinted in everything she touch. And that just one of the reasons of why I like her so much. And this painting means just that. She is her paintings. She is her home. She was pure art.

Friday, May 20, 2011

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and wear a ring.

"Three wise monkeys" 8x10 on Stretched Canvas

In a Japanese temple, an image of a meditating Buddha is seated on a lotus blossom. In front of him are three little monkeys, one with its hands over its eyes, another over its ears, and the third covering its mouth. What do these three monkeys signify? By its gesture the first one says: " I do not see evil and folly." The second one says: "I do not hear them." and the third: "I do not speak them."

In the same way, the wise man is prudent in what he looks at, in what he listens to, and in what he says. He considers the consequences, thinks of the morrow, and if he does not know his way, he asks.

From TheThreeMonkeys.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Me and my dog... or the story of my daughter and her little friend.

When my daughter was a baby, we gave her a plush cow. It was her favorite toy for a while so we decided to get another one just in case something happened to that one and then another one to leave at my mom's so she had one there when we traveled and stayed with my parents. That only lasted for 1 and a half years. In her second Christmas, my cousin gave her a little dog that looked a lot like my parent's dog (which she loves). His name is Buzz.

The moment she saw him she totally forgot the cows and Buzz has been her faithful companion ever since. He's seen a lot of action from all the adventures they have together and has been trough the washing machine and under my needle too many times, his eyes are in the brink of falling off and his filling is almost gone, but she would not change him for the world. We even made him a real dog tag with our phone number and a money reward in case he gets lost, and all the other animals in the house are named after him (Buzz Fish our Beta fish, Buzz Whale a plush toy, Buzz Bird, Buzzy (a pink dog my husband gave her in Valentine's day) and so on. So in my series of "Me and my animal" something was missing, and I think this is it. Me and my dog. I'm sure most of us have some special animal. Buzz is the one for her and no other will ever replace him. What's your most favorite toy of your childhood? Do you still treasure it?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Crochet classes...

I've been having lots of fun at my crochet classes. I mainly go because I spend a lot of time alone in the house and I was craving company and there I have the girl talk , but I also go because I think crochet is so fun! So far I've made some scarves, a hat, an amigurumi water drop and my biggest and more complicated project, this super cute dog! My mom says that I'm crazy, I work making stuff and my hobby is making more stuff haha.... but it's the way I am ;)

It was originally a panda bear but when my daughter saw it she immediately said she wanted a dog (she's a dog lover since she was a little baby)... so a dog it is. She then took a look at it and said it needed a tail, so I added a tail. Now she wants a collar and a dog tag. She reminds me a lot of the Little Prince when she does that... (like when he was asking for his little lamb) ... anyway, she's called Blue and it's the new favorite toy. Now I need to make one for my little baby... a lion perhaps?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's late, it's late!: Alice au pays des merveilles!

I'm super happy with my mother's day gift from Mr. Danita! It was a belated gift because it came all the way from France but it was so worth it! It's Alice in Wonderland (in French) illustrated by the great and unique Rebecca Dautremer! She has been one of my favorite artists and I already have a book from her and I like it a lot... but this is ALICE illustrated by HER!!

I love everything about her work, but I think that what I admire the most is her skills to draw absolutely everything and make it perfect and dreamy.

Another thing that I loved about the book is that she drew the actual Alice instead of the usual blonde... This book has revived my love for Alice and I think I'll have to paint her myself too ;)

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

5 years ago I had the blessing to become a mom for the first time of a beautiful, healthy, funny and smart girl. Last year my second child was born, this time, a happy little baby boy who brings a smile to my face every time I see him. They are the butter to my bread and I love them dearly. I can't imagine life without them and now that I am a mom I finally understand my own mother and I love her even more and give thanks for all she has done for me.

So for all the mothers out there and for the ones who are not longer with us but live still in our hearts, I hope you enjoy this day and celebrate.

Love, Danita.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Arte en el Parque

I just realized I haven't posted anything in about 10 days.. and that's a lot! I hope you haven't forgotten about me. I have a good excuse for being absent: I was preparing for my first selling booth at a local event called Art in the Park. It is hosted the last Saturday of each month from April to September in a park and there a lot of events for people of all ages. There are crafty things to do for kids, lots of yummy food, music and an array of different vendors. I've been a visitor to those events for many years and this one I finally decided to be part of it and invited my cousin who make the bags to come with me. We didn't know how much work it is!

There were lots of difficulties and we weren't prepared for everything but it was a great experience to be our first. The main problem was that we were told we were going to get a 10x10 feet space and we got a 7x5... the canopy didn't fit. Do you see the tree? Well, from there to the bush to the right was all the space we had.

We had to move everything to the side because other person was going to use the space next to us and we used the tree to display most of the bags and the person next to us was very rude :(
But luckily everything fit in that small space!
We're going to ask for the promised 10x10 ft space for next month and we are already planning how to decorate better and add a banner (which we couldn't use because of the space). There were lots of things we didn't consider even though we planned it very well and we're going to be prepared for next time. Things you only get with the experience.

I was a little nervous because nobody knows me here and it was so nice to hear the feedback from the people and the nice comments. Everybody had a great time and I was dog tired by the end of the dead but very happy!

Now I'm going to resume my normal activities and I'll be back next month. If you have suggestions or ideas please share!

Have a great week!