Thursday, September 30, 2010

Halloween tags with free motion stitching!

I just finished a batch of Halloween tags using free motion machine stitching, vintage washes and printed images from my previous work.

They're a very limited edition and are available in my shop now.

Want to learn how to make your own? Join me in my workshop.
I'll be teaching this and many other techniques to make your own projects!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Puppets and more puppets!

Last Friday I went to my daughter's school to read them a book and we had to make an activity from it. The book she chose was "A dad who measures up" by Anna Laura Cantone and the activity was paper bag puppets. It was so much fun!

Have a great week!

Friday, September 24, 2010

AAAAAHHHHH!!! The Horror!!!!

What a week..... Yesterday I picked up my daughter from Ballet class and she's usually very talkative. Yesterday was awfully quiet and did not say a thing. When I asked what she did at school, she told me she'd not rather talk about it, because if she told me what she did, she would have to tell me that she cut her hair and that I would not be very happy about it and she did not want to upset me....

I drive home not knowing what to expect.... I undid her ponytail and I was terrified when I see this:

What in the world?!?!?! It turns out that they wanted to look prettier and one of them cut her bangs or something and my daughter wanted to give herself an extreme makeover!!!! I was so shocked when I started pulling all the hair she cut and made a BIG chunk of hair... Look!

I really had to get creative while styling her hair today... Don't know how am I going to fix this.
Got any ideas?????

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Look what I found....

I was looking for a book this morning and I found these drawings, made by me almost 30 years ago... I think I've always enjoyed Halloween and Harvest time!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Halloween is coming!

And I'm getting ready!
Pack of 3 mini prints with Halloween tricksters.

"Carving time" 8x8 inches Collage on Wood

"Witch with pumpkin #3" 5x7 inches on wood.

"Witch with pumpkin #2" 5x7 inches on Wood.

"Candy Corn Witch" 6x8 inches on wood

I'll also be updating the shop with prints and goodies.
Just click on the titles and they'll take you directly to them ;)

I'm also restocking prints mounted on wood and I made new and beautiful fabric brooches, the brooches are unique, don't miss them!

Make your picks!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Drumroll please...Announcing my very first online workshop: Free Motion Personas!!!

I'm sooooo excited! Finally the news can be revealed and I can tell you all about what's been going around here. Remember this post? I was getting ready to shoot the preview pics for my new and very first online worshop:
Free motion personas!!!

Being self-taught many times I've found myself learning new techniques and trying new stuff that I've read in books wishing I could see how it is really done because when I try it at home it doesn't look like the results in the book. Has this happened to you? The books only show you about 6 or 8 pics of a project and it usually skips the part where you get to the result. With an online workshop you will get to see me in action in every step of the way. You'll learn how to get to that result you're trying to achieve and you'll get close up pics to see it better. You'll learn how to make a finished work of art from start to finish and even get some problem-solving tips in the way.

What does this workshop is about?
  • unique tips and tricks on how to create art fabric papers and your own unique patterned papers
  • unique tips and tricks on how to free motion stitch with papers and fabrics
  • Unique tips and tricks to have a perfect printed image for quilting
  • unique tips and tricks on adding color to art quilts
  • instruction on how to finish a final mixed-media art quilt to keep and many more ideas to use your art quilts
What do you need to know to take this course?
  • If you know how to thread a sewing machine, then you're all set. You don't need to know how to draw, or how to paint or how to sew. All you need is the desire to learn new techniques and have fun!
How long will it take?
  • 4 weeks of creative instruction in video plus written material.
When will it begin?
  • Monday, October 18, 2010

What supplies do I need to take this class?
  • You will receive a free Danita kit including most of the things necessary to start working right away, all you have to provide are the tools: a Sewing machine with a free motion foot (useful but not required), basic sewing supplies, PVA glue (white glue), acrylic paints in assorted colors, a big old brush or foam brush for applying glue, scissors, wax paper or a big plastic bag, and instant coffee.
Ok, you got me. How do I enroll?
  • Just follow this link and click on the add to cart button at the bottom of the page and follow the easy steps. Early birds receive a 10 dlls discount until October 1oth!

See you at the lab!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A fun weekend...

Yesterday to the Zoo, today to the fair... this weekend was fun!
How was yours?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Getting ready for my Sister's Wedding....

This weekend is my little sister's wedding! I'm so excited about it (Even though I'm sick with the flu and I'll have to travel 4 hours and I'm retaining water like a sponge). But looking at her in her wedding dress, happy to join her life with the life of the man she loves will be priceless.

Of course I've been helping her with the handmade details of the party!!! She laughs at me that I want everything handmade...She says that no matter what she chooses I'm going to be there saying that it's nice but it would be better if it was handmade... but isn't handmade just better? At least for me it is! And I think I convinced because many of her thing were made by her artist sister (that would be me!).

First the invitations. I made them a custom portrait and use the image as focal point.
The main text was covered with a page from a vintage book, tied with a pretty silk ribbon (some in orange, the favorite of the groom and some in turquoise, the favorite of the bride) and from it the cards for the party are hanging.

Here's the view of the full invitation. I'm very proud of them, can you tell?
So far everybody is loving them.

But that's not all. I also made the wedding cake topper and the boxes for the rings and the coins.
I'm so dying to see everything put together!

Here's the close-up at the kokeshis. They're dressed just as they're in the painting. The only change was the groom's bow tie, it looked kind of sad in brown.
Anyway, I'll be posting more pics soon of everthing from the wedding. This have been so much fun I'm thinking I may offer custom wedding stuff later. In the meanwhile, I'm off to prepare my luggage!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


I think it's been a while since I offered ACEO prints. For the ones who are not familiar with them, they're standar size (2.5 x 3.5 inches) cards that you can collect and trade. They're very affordable and they're a great way to start collecting art. They are printed full bleed in the same paper and with the same quality as all my full sized prints.

This time I thought it would be so much fun to make sets of some of your favorites... so here you go:. The first one is Alice in Wonderland and it includes:
"Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum", "The Queen of Hearts", "Mad Hatter", "White Rabbit", "Cheshire Cat" and "Drink Me".

The second one is The Frida Set. It includes "Viva la Vida", "Frida with blue flower" and " Frida y su Calaverita".

They're titled and signed on the back and are available in my shop.
Have a great week!

Friday, September 03, 2010




Wednesday, September 01, 2010

2 more...I'm in woodland mode.

A thank you gift....

I while ago I was requested a custom piece from Tracy (Junk Posse). She wanted me to make something special for her, a portrait of her 2 little granddaughters. The main reason she wanted a custom piece was because her little girls are very special and unique. They're not blood sisters but even better, they're soul sisters.

I did not only got the commission and the joy of painting the little angels, but I even got a little gift in the mail the other day:

It was totally unexpected and I was so excited when I received it!
For me, that means only one thing: She loved the painting!

Well, I love the beautiful gift too. A Sterling Silver & Precious Metal clay necklace with one of my Frida stamps on it and "Danita" in the other side.

It is really beautiful, I'll treasure it forever Tracy!
Thanks so much!