Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thank you, thank you and thank you!

I know you must be very busy preparing dinner, enjoying this day and the company of your loved ones so I won't take much. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all the blessing I received this year and as always, for your continuous support and your loyalty.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Taking it personal or not?

Work in progress.

I was talking to a friend the other day that is very business savvy and It hit me. I'm never going to be rich, and that's fine. Let me explain: She was telling me that I should take my business as a business and not as something personal because I told her that I still felt all excited if I made something and it gets sold right away not much because of the money, but because that means that someone out there loved it so much that was willing to spend money on something I made and was actually waiting for me to post it for sale. That could only mean love. The same thing happened if something I made didn't sell. I get sad. These last 8 years have been a roller coaster of emotions because I get the same feeling EVERY SINGLE TIME.   She told me that I should stop feeling that way, the what I made was not who I was, just something I made. Although she's right in a way, I just can't help it.  Take for example my dolls.  When I finish them I usually sit them together, while they wait to be picked and go live in a new home. I can't see them as products.  When I make 5 and one of them doesn't sell (for some estrange reason It's usually the yellow one), I look at them and they seem to change their face for a sad one. And I feel bad for them because they didn't get the chance to go travel the world and find a forever home (they're welcome to stay with me but they weren't made for that).  And I start doubting myself. Is it that I'm not good enough? Doesn't people don't like what I do anymore? Weren't they as cute as they should be? Did I miss something? And the list goes on and on. I can get very irrational with this.  It never occurs to me, for example, that people is out, busy and they didn't see them when I post them in my Instagram account. Or that people is already sleeping like a normal person and it's not working and checking their Facebook or Instagram while I post my work in progress at the insanely time of 2:00 am in the morning. Nope. That doesn't cross my mind until Mr. Danita kindly reminds me that they're not all crazy like me and stay up until 3:00 am working when they could be resting.  

Am I wrong? Is it wrong to feel that way about what you do? After all, art is very personal. I can't see it just as a product that you make and let it go.  I could just sit and paint a lot of stuff that I know for sure will sell but that wouldn't have soul. I don't release as many original paintings as before because I want each of them to be special. Every single thing that I make I make because I love it. And I would hang it in my house, and I would wear it, and I would play with it. And when I make something a little piece of my heart and soul goes straight to that creation, and if you love it or hate it, then you love a bit of me (or hate it). And as much as I'd like to not take it personal I don't think I would be able to do that. And when I do, I think I will stop making art.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Little boxes

 This last week has been crazy busy around here. I've spent my week days working and my family came to visit this weekend so that means I don't do anything but enjoy their company. We even had our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday because they went back home today and I don't get to see them until Christmas :(  It is always so nice to have them here but unfortunately they live in another city so they have to get back to their normal lives and so do I.

So... getting back to normal, I made a set of little papier mache boxes. It's been a while since the last time I made a batch... I don't even think I made boxes this year. I even made some that are a little smaller than usual (and so much cuter by the way) and since one can't get enough sparkle during the Holidays I added glitter to the Holiday related ones.  The ones that aren't Holiday themed have crackle medium and most of them are decorated with stamps and drawings.  They're perfect stocking stuffer, a container for some small item or cash or even a gift themselves.

Right now I'm preparing the listings so they will be ready for purchase Wednesday morning. They're available now just click here! Remember than each of them are one of a kind and there's only one box of each image, so start picking your favorites!

BTW I played this song a lot while I was cutting, pasting, painting and repeating. But my boxes are original and they all DON'T look all the same :)


Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Hand to Hand Swap 2014: I'm in! (Intercambio Mano a Mano 2014)

I was invited this year to be part of a Holiday Swap  by Daniela from Pomponsparty and Rous from Que Tramas between artists and crafters from USA, Chile, Mexico and Spain.  The best part of it (besides the gift, of course!) it's that I get to meet other artists that speak Spanish and see what they do, there are so many good things out there but sometimes they get lost in the huge internet world.

Here are the links of the participants so you can see all the cute stuff they do:

Mandarinas - Danita Art  (Chile- USA/México)

Musgoamigos - Gimena Romero (Chile-México)

Fuga  Kennya Comesaña (Chile-Chile)

Sawa hecho a mano – Creame y mas (Chile-Spain)

Deliriosa – Triki (Chile-México)

Daiverdei – Snowybeanies (Chile-Spain)

Chunchitos and Co – Mis Manitas (México-Chile)

Isabel de Lara – Tilde (México-Chile) 

Florula - Supercursi (México-Spain)

Quetramas  Mamawolf (Chile-México) 

Casa Taller Circolor – Titina Accesorios (Chile-México) 

Llueve Diamantina – Telaria (México-Chile)

Pomponsparty – Mitimota (USA/México-Chile)
Now I'm off to prepare my gift. 

I'm so excited! I love swaps!

Monday, November 11, 2013

New Calendars!

The 2014 Calendars are here!

They are perfect for your cubicle, your desktop or any other place you want to have a tiny calendar that does not take too much space to remind you of important dates and events and inspire you through the year.

Get your favorite on my Etsy Shop!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Charity Wings Seaside Soiree 2014 Recap

Well Hello!!! I'm back from San Diego from the Seaside Soiree 2014 Event organized by my friend Elena Etcheverry and her amazing team at Charity Wings.

I get to see people I already had the pleasure to meet and also meet new amazing people. It's an event that it's fun and so relaxed you don't feel like you're working at all.

Me and  Norma Rapko, the inventor of the Crystyler which she showed us how to use and gave us each of the attendees one to take home!

And here I am with my new friend Krysten Robinson, whom I have admired since I first discovered the mixed media world and Stampington magazines.  She's so sweet we became instant friends from the moment we met at the airport.

And here I am with Elena, all dressed up to go to the Auction Dinner themed with Day of the Dead. It was so much fun! Can you believe this is the first the first time I painted my face!?
And here are some pics of my talented students! They all made a great job making their own beeswaxed journals. And they had fun too! 

It's just so great when you teach to a group of talented, joyful people!

I feel so lucky to be able to have this experience! Thank you all for going and share this experience, thank you Elena for inviting me this year and thank you to all of the volunteers for helping make this event a reality!