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More Rag dolls

fourgirls

The “girls”, though we are NOT gender biased here, they can also be long haired boys or transgender dolls.

My Etsy shop is now stocked with my new “Love” ragdolls. These cute little dolls have been so much fun to make, I must admit I hug them regularly! I have to! I named them “Love” dolls for a reason. They are given tons of love before they are sent out to their new mommies and daddies, where they will give love for years and years to come.

fourboys

The “boys” and bald babies, like the “girls” there is no gender bias here, they can be whatever YOU want them to be.

They are made with multicolored fabrics and yarns to represent all the ethnicities of the world. Their bright colors are meant to make them happy, loving dolls. They all have a cute little smile on their faces and an embroidered heart on their chest.

I realized yesterday that I made my “love” dolls just in time for Valentine’s Day. What girl or lady wouldn’t want a cute, hugable Love doll from their Valentine? I would! πŸ˜‰

I am also offering a custom, “memorial” doll. What exactly is a memorial doll you ask? A memorial doll is made in memory of a deceased loved one, using a piece of clothing that belonged to the loved one. It is an upcycled doll that will keep giving love long after a loved one is gone. The doll can be made with the same hair color and eye color as your loved one and will also have the person’s name embroidered within the heart on the chest. These are special order dolls, so contact me directly if you are interested and we can work out the logistics, ie sending me the item of clothing and determining custom elements for the doll.

I am also happy to make regular custom dolls with specific colors. These dolls are selling quick! Get yours while you can! Thank you! πŸ™‚

Fab Bags!

Coloring Fab Bag with a bunch of goodies make a GREAT gift!

Coloring Fab Bag with a bunch of goodies make a GREAT gift!

I love to make things! I don’t like to confine myself to painting alone. Recently, I was feeling a little uninspired with my paintings, so I took a little break. As I posted about earlier, I decided to reinvent my website, my art and what the heck I’m doing with my creative expression!

During this time, I found a great website, Spoonflower, where artists can design and create their own fabric! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had someone tell me “your art would look great on fabric”.

 

Coloring tote bag

My first coloring fab bag with front pocket

I guess because I had just completed my second coloring book, I decided my first fabric project would be a coloring design. That of course, led to me thinking about what on earth I would make with this fabric. Tote bags were the first thing that came to mind. Why not a cool little tote that colorists could carry their coloring books, crayons, markers, pencils, etc. in!?

Coloring tote with cute recycled pocket

Coloring fab bag with cute recycled pocket

So far, I’ve made 3 coloring tote bags, the first used the coloring fabric for a front pocket and the next 2 I decided to change up the design and used the coloring fabric for the side panel of the bag itself. Other pockets were made with recycled fabric samples I got from an interior designer in my building.

These fab bags don’t need to be used only by coloring enthusiasts! Anyone with an creative flare would love to get one as a gift! Or buy it for yourself! Why not? Each Coloring Fab Bag comes with goodies as pictured above. (fabric markers, colored pencils and one of my new coloring books!) Bookmark my Fab Bags page to come back and see what I make next!

Complete Overhaul!

I have made a commitment to myself. I have committed to making a complete overhaul to my online presence and even the way I do business. My website, my Facebook page, my Etsy store are all going to be going through a major change. You may not see it on the surface right away. It will take me some time to rewrite bios and statements, reorganize my portfolio and create new branding before the changes will be seen online. I have gone through a major shift in the way I think about my art and selling my art. This shift changes EVERYTHING! I don’t want to go into too much detail right now, partly because I’m not exactly sure WHAT will change and partly because I want it to be a SURPRISE! Stay tuned…. πŸ˜‰

The Health Benefits of Meditation

I have been meditating for 8 years now and I couldn’t live without it anymore. It has so many benefits! I highly recommend giving it a try! There are many guided meditations on youtube to get you started. πŸ™‚

Shades of Life

Meditation is a form of relaxation and has significant health benefits. When meditating, your breathing becomes deeper which allows your body to receive more oxygen, your heart rate slows, all your muscles begin to relax, all aches and pains disappear for the duration of your meditation, your mind switches off from daily human problems and you allow your inner mind (the spiritual mind) to communicate with the inner you, along with your Guides and Angels. Blood pressure drops and doing a meditation everyday, is enough to actually begin to feel these health benefits.

When researching on the web, how to meditate, the consensus is to switch phones off, get yourself comfortable, listen to some soft music and focus on your breathing. Advise is to meditated for 10 -20 mins at a time but in actual fact, all these health benefits can be gains with just 2 mins a day.

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Having fun with taxes! UGH!

photo of Radiate Peace original oil painting

One of the new paintings for my February show, “Radiate Peace”, 16 x 16″ oil on canvas, available at Gallery Abq in February.

I had planned to start the year off with at least a blog post every week, maybe two per week. Obviously, that hasn’t happened. Now, I’m busy getting caught up with my taxes, so it may be another week or so. I just wanted to post a quick update until I can get around to a full post.

In addition to taxes, I’ve been busy taking down my art show in Los Alamos and then working on new paintings for a show I will be hanging here in Albuquerque next week for the month of February. I’m also working on getting back to my monthly enewsletter, which I hope to send out in the next week or two.

Above is one of the new paintings I finished this month. I will share more soon! Once I get the dreaded taxes done! πŸ™‚

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Today’s Artsy Quote: Gratitude

Today's Artsy Quote: Gratitude

Best Laid Plans…

Every time I get back into the swing of a routine, my life comes along and sweeps me up into it’s flow. I am grateful for my life which is far from boring! It seems like I JUST posted that last blog and now here it is over a month later.

love touches the heart finished oil painting

“Love touches the heart”, 18 x 18″ oil on canvas, SOLD

Lots of things going on in my life these days. As I mentioned in my last post, I just returned from a short tour with my group, Sunlight. We played three shows in Arizona and a couple in Las Cruces and Wednesday of this week we are playing again here in Albuquerque. Music has always been a huge part of my life, but now, being a performer, it has taken on a whole new meaning. I am coming up on my 2 year anniversary as a singer. Who knew it could be this much fun!?

oil painting in progress

“Generous, kind, hearts, shine”, 18 x 18″ oil on canvas, work in progress

Still working on my “Words” series, in fact, since my last post, I finished the painting I was working on (and sold it!) and started two more. One is an addition to the Words series, and the other is a new guitar painting.

guitar painting in progress

“Love knows no gender”, acrylic on wood guitar, work in progress

The guitar painting is inspired by the recent popular issue of marriage equality. I don’t like to be political here on my blog, but I have to admit that I support gay marriage! The ONE necessary ingredient for a successful marriage? LOVE! Hence the name for my latest guitar painting, “Love knows no gender”. πŸ™‚