Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sending you my best for the Holidays :)

Another year has come and gone with great experiences and events for everyone, and Christmas  time always gets me in a contemplative mood, reviewing everything that happened to me trough the year.

It has been a year full of traveling and meeting my friends and fans on my classes, it's always a delight to meet you and share time with you while we learn to make beautiful things, living away from a strong art community, your company means a lot to me.

I've had to learn the balancing act of being a full time family head during the day and then a full time artist at night. It's full of compromises, long nights and little sleep. It's a tough act to follow but I would not change it for the world.

I've had to learn to let go. Having something you really desire within your grasp and then taken away from you in an instant, and then moving on with your life is a very difficult lesson I had to go trough.
But all in all, I am grateful for everything that has happened trough the year. Ups and downs are a part of everyday life and I have had tons of both.

The thing that always keeps me going is my love for creating beauty. I always come back to it when I am down, pour my soul into it and then I release it into the world, where you take it and give it a new meaning, a new beginning and a million possibilities in your hands.

Now that the year is closing, I want to thank you for that opportunity, creating and sharing my soul on everything I make means the world to me.

I hope the holidays bring a million hugs, endless love and countless memories, and that the new year brings new beginnings, new opportunities and many, many beautiful memories.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Announcing my new online workshop: A DOLL STORY

Sign Up To My Online Class: A Doll Story

I  love making dolls. With each doll I make, there's a story to be told, a character to emerge, a little creature that comes to life. She can be a mermaid, a famous character, a pretty girl, a sweet ghost or a completely new persona.

Each detail you add, each fabric you choose, each color you apply adds up to create a unique, one of a kind doll. Starting all from the same pattern, each finished doll is as unique as each person is.

If you share my passion for creating dolls, join me in this new adventure: A DOLL STORY: AN ONLINE WORKSHOP. 

4 weeks of doll making. I'll show you how a doll is constructed from the very beginning to the last finishing touches. Starting with a unique pattern we will cut, sew, paint, draw, embellish and adorn our doll and once she's finished, you'll have all the necessary tools to create your own, one of a kind creations. 

Registration is open today and early birds will have a preferred price of 99 USD. After January 1st, the regular price will be 129 USD. Class start January 20th.

If you have taken my previous workshop "Mixed Media from the Heart" you know I don't spare any detail!

Can't wait to see you there and create with you!

Monday, December 09, 2013

Christmas tree is up!

We have a very fun weekend here at my house. We (finally!!) decorated for the Holidays!!  I love the look of the house with all the lights and the decorations. One of my favorite things to do is to sit down in the dark and look at the tree lights... I usually find it very soothing.. until this year hehe.. it looks like disco tree with those bright led lights, but my children LOVED it this year so they're here to stay!

Even during the day the lights are super bright!

And we don't have a mantel to decorate, but we use any surface available... it's Christmas time!

Here are some of my handmade by other artists' collection of ornaments and figures.


And here's is what we hope, will be an ever growing collection of  snowglobes with my children's picture with Santa. So far we have 3 (the same as my little's one age).  One day I hope to have 20 or 30 of these... the only problem will be convincing them to go and sit on Santa's lap when they're old.

And we also keep the Advent Calendar I made for Somerset Magazine a few years ago. I loved that piece and couldn't part of it, so it's staying with us.  I'm on day 9 but my children insist on being on the top.

And finally, a Santa my aunt made that we hang inside the front door.  My boy was all excited when he saw it because he thought it was a piƱata...  He was a little bit disappointed when we clarify it wasn't but now it's happy because our front door is now Santa's door.

And that was a little bit of my house during the Holidays.
What about you? Do you have all your decorations up already? 

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Latest works from Danitaland!

Holidays are crazy around here. I bet they're are for you too. With 2 kids, a husband with a full time job that comes home to help me with my midnight job we're all pretty busy during the year, but when the Holidays approach things just go into crazy mode. And in top of that I've been having headaches (which I found, fortunately, are for my lack of use of eyeglasses. Problem fixed as soon as I wear them the whole day). 

So yesterday I was making some ornaments, and I was soooo tired that I ruined them all. Yep, not a single one survived. That hadn't happened to me in a long time, so it's kind of frustrating. But I'll try again today, I just need to find some tools I know I have somewhere in my mess, I mean, my studio. 

What turned out great were the pictures of the new kokeshi dolls! They were going to be something different but then an angel saved me the other day and I had to honor my guardian angel.

I was driving with my kids after picking up my daughter from swimming school when traffic stopped suddenly in the middle of a bridge because there was an accident ahead. We were slowly rolling in the traffic jam when out of nowhere a truck appeared on the lane next to me, did not brake in time and skidded out of control towards our car.

I was seeing myself and my kids pinned by the truck against the bridge wall when a hand guided my steering wheel, helped me swerve between two stopped cars and avoided the truck by mere inches. We saw the truck crash against the bridge wall exactly where we were as we got out of the way with not even a scratch.

The only way I can explain this is with knowing that my guardian angel is looking after me, it was very scary. when I got home, I decided I had to thank my guardian angel, and I had a set of Kokeshi dolls that were waiting for me to work on them... So I made a guardian angel! With a house to look after and all.

And being me, I could no stop with only one, So I made a set of hand painted kokeshi angels, with trees, translucent paper wings and a little touch of collage. They have been protecting me a lot, so it's time to share that love with you.

They're finally ready for adoption and I don't know which one to call a favorite... It is wrong that I say it but I'm amazed at how I can paint their tiny little faces and make them look so expresive... believe me, when I look at them I wonder how I did it...