Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saint James Garfield and the Taxidermied Bunch

This holiday season was filled with challenges. As they usually are, but this particular season has been tough because we moved to Big Bear, which is a resort town. The winter season is great, but brutal economic wise for the town folks like myself. Having been laid off from my gig I was already making plans to have Christmas in January, which is when I expected a check.
See, I was hired for a job but it took 2 weeks to start and then another 2 weeks for me to receive a first paycheck. Since my kids are little, I figured they would understand. The important thing is that we're together and healthy.  Right?

Well the generous spirit of Saint James Garfield appeared. On a whim I created an Amazon wishlist and commented. Now, I didn't imagine what would happen, or even expect anything. I was just doing my best for my 3 girls.

What happened next, blew my mind. Slowly, the items on my wishlist began being purchased. Not just one or two, but several!  I broke down crying.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine my children receiving anything, or even that much!

I am so grateful for the Secret (& not so secret) Santas!

I am dedicated to paying it forward,  slowly and as I'm able.

Thank you!

May this year bring miracles, kindness, and joy into your life.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I Loved the #Cantinflas Movie!

I learned a lot about Mario Moreno. As we type I'm also looking for Around the World in 80 Days.  The one with Cantinflas in it. 
This movie reminded me of my home. In the way that we spoke to one another. The double meaning, and innuendos that went back and forth like a tennis ball during Wimbledon. I learned to be quick witted without ever skipping a beat. It became a dance.
Which I witnessed in this movie. In one scene specifically they go back and forth and it was awesome. The second thing I noticed were all the sayings.  They were sayings I heard as a child, and continue to hear, and resonate with. Lastly, I learned so much about Moreno. He won a Golden Globe for Around the World in 80 Days. I had no idea he was even in American Films. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have watched the life  of my paisano on the big screen. It was long overdue.

I met the actor who portrays Cantinflas, Oscar Jaenada (pictured above). He really molded himself to both personas. A truly talented actor. The Director, Sebastián del Amo did a fantastic job of bringing the story and puzzle to life.  Bravo!



"Charlie Chaplin once commented that he was the best comedian alive, and Moreno has been referred to as the "Charlie Chaplin of Mexico"."

I am so excited to watch this film. I grew up with Cantinflas in my home. My mom was a child when he was in his young comedic days. 
I will never forget the saying my mom.always said to us, "Ahí está el detalle, dijo Cantinflas"
Which was originally "Ahí está el detalle! Que no es ni lo uno, ni lo otro, sino todo lo contrario." 

I shall report back my perception and views of the movie. I look forward to seeing his life unfold on the big screen. 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rules for Sancho

Read this article.

Friend who posted it asked:

"Where are the rules for the side men?"

I was all, right? Where are they?
(In my head)...


Here's my version.

Rules For SANCHO

1. You are my cousin, if anyone asks. Act accordingly.

2. My time is mine. Be grateful I share it with you. Don't ask me questions. Ever.

3. Remember, you're my cousin. Especially in front of bae.

4. I might meet you at the 7 11. Might. Don't get excited. It's when I want. Not you.

5. Let me do all the talking. The less you say the better. Shhhhh.

6. Don't fantasize a life with me, it will never happen.

7. You know this is just for fun, right? Don't get caught up.

8. No, Bae never makes me quiver like that. Ever.

9. Do not try and impregnate me to keep me. I'll never leave bae.

10. The moment I decide it's over, respect it. There are many Sancho's in the sea. I wanna meet 'em all.

Oh ya, you obviously must be in call at all times. Be grateful I chose you. Many people would love to be in your position.

Sancho Lyfe forever.

OjO - In case it's not obvious, parody. But that article was not. Sadly.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

#Icad Week 3

Week 3 just flew by! This week was pretty simple for me. I'm trying to minimize my concepts into two or three steps max. I tend to overdue and layer in my normal creations, so I'm going for something different for this challenge. We'll see if I can continue the trend. 

Prompt #21
Repeating Pattern
I began with pearlescent watercolors for the background. I then added the OM and symbol. Simple but to the point. I love the color.

Prompt #20
Candy Wrapper
We attended a birthday party and this was in the bag. It's pretty normal for parties to hand out Mexican candy. I love all the spicy candies. Yum! I used one staple, then colored in the background with color pencils. I then used a marker to add doodles, text and border.

Prompt #19
Harry Potter
I had no inspiration for this prompt so I went of the grid and used a mantra I enjoy putting into practice. The background is ink, and the drops are as well. The chair is a rub on sticker, and the text are also stickers. 2 brads were added at the end of the card. 

Prompt #18
I used one brad here with scrapbooking paper. Added stickers at the top and bottom for some shine. Used my calligraphy pen for the text. This was easy. I am really enjoying the one staple/one brad creations!

Prompt #17
Polka Dots
Used a map of the brain for the background. Added the word polka dot from a dictionary. I used 3 punch outs and gems on top of those circles. Added text and voila - done. 

Prompt #16
Roll the Dice
Drawing those 3D cubes was so challenging. At least one came out good. I then used color pencils to fill in the background. I am really digging this process.

Prompt #15
I used a map of Los Angeles as the background, added stickers and words. This was real easy and the color combination just came together. 

I'm so happy that I'm keeping up! Hope you are enjoying this series!!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Icad week #2

I did it! Second week completed! While I am finding I'm not keeping up daily, I am keeping up weekly. The size and prompts allow for the creation of these to simply manifest. So, without further ado.

This is Prompt #14. Magenta. I used my new watercolors for the background. I then cut out some magazine images and began gluing. This was easy and fast. 

Prompt #13. Book Review. Watercolors again. I drew the book first though. Then wrote in my review. Finished with watercolors.

Prompt #12. 
I suck at drawing these. I tried and tried, to no avail. so I cut them out and glued them to the card. I then added gesso and took a heat gun to it. Doing so added some awesome texture to this. I ink sprayed with brown and green and added some text. This was my favorite as far as technique, so far.

Prompt #11
Toy Camera
I was at a total loss for this prompt. Had no idea how to interpret. Then, boom. Stamped the background and added a Lion charm which reminds me of my daughter's favorite toy. Text was added last. Easy. 

Prompt #10
The Beatles.
I drew my girl first. Used color pencils on her. Then added some magazine pages. Finished with some text. I need to practice my faces way more. I have 40 or so more cards to do so. Haha! 

Prompt 9
I began by gluing down some scrapbook paper. Then added the book page, which I misted with ink sprays. I colored in the background with green Prisma Art Stix. Added the text and voila. Done. 

Prompt #8
I used magazine paper, and found this great image of Buddah surrounded by a mandala, which I layered. Used a white gel pen to outline and continue the mandala. Filled in the mala beads. 

I'm loving this. I can't get enough of these little index cards. I think this might me thing now. 


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Icad #2

Day 2 was a prompt which included circus tent. It brought to mind cotton candy and pastel colors. It also reminded me that life is to be enjoyed, and that is found with a positive outlook on life. Love in one's heart and joy on one's lips. I used acrylic paints and an old credit card to spread the paint. I then added gesso to mute the colors, but I forgot to take a picture (oops), I was in the throws of creating. 

I then thought to make a mask of a circus tent. I figured I could stick a phrase in there at some point. I used spray paint and a hand cut stencil. It puddled a little bit on the left so I used a paper to scoop up the rest. I like how it gave it a gritty texture. 

The phrase came to me and I pulled out my stickers. Since this is going to be a positivity and inspirational deck of cards for me, I felt the words and the circus tent go hand in hand. 

I then added some washi tape to break up the monotony of the card. I also added a pink punched out circle.

Used a black ink pen to add accents and finish the page. I really enjoyed how this came out. Nice and simple.

I'm having so much fun with these I've already made the next two! I highly recommend if you have a bug to create, draw, collage, paint, and are intimidated, start with an index card. They are the perfect sized canvas.

This phrase really resonated with me. Life is made of moments that are strung together, like Christmas lights. At the end of a journey we look back and we can see the lights strung together, and having that "Oh-Yeah" moment but in the thick of it we loose sight of that. We step to close and become devoured by life, by Maya, by the illusion. In this life I've chosen to love. Unconditionally. See myself in others. I also want to help other people find their healing power. I have been healed many times. There is more healing to do, and I look forward to it. To the growth. To the expansion. To busting out of the seed and spreading my roots.

I was able to blog both days because it's the weekend, however, I think I'll only be posting my cards on Friday, I have seven to show you (5 this Friday because I've already showed you 2).
Be well.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

I Joined ICAD with Daisy Yellow!

Tammy, over at Daisy Yellow, hosts a yearly event in which we create one index card a day. #ICAD has resonated with me this year. I was inspired to create a positivity deck with this project. It runs for 2 months and at the end you have 61 official cards. More if you create extras, such as I've done here. I began with the brad. The topical prompt offered was Prism, and my mind went to sparkle, and then to glitter. This brad had a nice shine to it, and flashed it's brilliance at me, as it to say, use me, please!

This weeks theme is text. I added the affirmation that I am currently manifesting in my life. I used two different gel pink pens and a silver at the bottom for the mantra to the Goddess of prosperity, Laxmi.

I then pulled out my puffy paints to add another layer to the card. I really like how it turned out. None of it was planned, which is why I'm loving this project. Teaching me to simplify my art, and fly by the seat of my pants.

The card below was the first one I made. I wanted to try and use the lines, but was not happy about how it distracted from the message. Adding to the extra pile. 

Then I created this one. I started out making the triangle doodle and went from there. I really like how it turned out. I'm adding it to the extra pile.

If you should feel so inclined, hop on over to the FAQ page and join me!  xo


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Exercising Based on Dosha

As the warmer air permeates our life, our quench for physical activity increases. Our physical bodies are inherently designed for physical activity. To move, breath, and commune with our environment. Physical exercise brings a lightness to our being. This brings elimination of toxins, impurities, and stimulation of the digestion. Regular exercise promotes a healthy body, mind, spirit. It relieves stress, and aids in reversing the aging process. Exercise allows the body to maintain it's peak condition, and fortifies the immune system. Ayurveda views exercise as a means of expressing oneself in a gentle manner. Exercise should leave on feeling happy, invigorated, and ready to begin a new day. Exercising according to one's Dosha allows us to focus on the areas which affect us by nature. Using our knowledge of our Dosha allows us to balance our self appropriately. If we are aware of our true nature, we can find a method of exercise which we can stick to and succeed.Go here to take a simple Dosha quiz. Kapha Dosha
  • Kapha types have strong, steady energy, and physical strength. They excel at endurance sports such as aerobics, dance, soccer, rowing, boxing, and so on
  • All aerobic activity that works up a good sweat is powerful and necessary for clearing Kapha congestion and sluggishness
  • Predominant Kaphas find the biggest challenge may be finding motivation to exercise. If you are finding it a challenge to begin, a brisk walk may jump start your routine
  • It is very important that Kapha dominant people experience some sweating during exercise, which may be achieved with layers of clothing. Gradually increase your exercise to include more aerobic type of activities 
Pitta Dosha
  • Pitta types have a strong drive, prefer challenging sports such as skiing, hiking, and mountain climbing. They have a competitive nature, and need to have care in being gentle with self, being aware of not increasing their stress while exercising
  • Pitta predominant types, tend to enjoy winter sports of all kinds because they handle cold better than Kaphas and Vatas. Pittas are likely to  have moderate endurance and will benefit from taking a leisurely walk outdoors in nature. This allows you to experience nature’s beauty
  • Swimming is an ideal exercise for Pitta dosha. The water cools the heat of PItta and relieves the accumulated tension of the day
  • Pittas should NOT exercise in the sun or do hot yoga! 
Vata Dosha
  • Vata types enjoy exercise which require quick burst of speed and agility. They tend to tire quickly, due to the low reserve of energy, and must take care in not over exerting themselves
  • Grounding exercises such as yoga, light walking, dancing, and strength training are beneficial to Vata types. These aid in developing strength, balance, and agility, which is much needed for Vata types
  • Variety is key for Vata types. They tend to become bored easily and need new and interesting to keep their attention
  • Avoiding too much cardio is crucial for Vata types. Too much cardio will increase the already swift motion (air) in their mind-body and will stiffen muscles and joints 
As we enter Summer, the key to beginning and maintaining an exercise routine is find something you love, make it fun, and move your body. Developing a routing will allow you to experience the flow of life energy, and fulfillment. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Has Arrived!

Spring is here!

The warm sunshine has arrived, allowing us to shed our winter gear, extra pounds included.  Most of us find it challenging to lose weight, let alone extra winter weight. Ayurveda states the best time to cleanse and detoxify is Spring. As soon as temperatures begin to warm, our internal cycle shifts from building to releasing. Late Winter and Early Spring are ideal times to begin a new diet, exercise regimen, or fasting. Spring fasting helps cleanse the blood after a long winter of fatty, heavy foods.

Spring is called Kapha season in Ayurveda. Kapha dosha traits are wet, cool, damp, slow, heavy. Kapha disorders prevalent in Spring are coughs, colds, allergies, sluggishness, dullness of the mind, and weight gain. Knowing this we can balance all of the above with a few changes to our routine.

4 ways to help you ease into Spring

  • Start moving - begin an exercise routine to shed the extra winter weight. There is nothing more refreshing than a brisk walk on a Spring morning. Sweating is the best way to remove toxins that we stored during the winter months. 
  • Sleep - the best time to sleep is a 10 pm bedtime with a 6 am wake up. These hours are governed by Kapha dosha and allow for a restful, deep sleep. Anything outside of these times can disrupt the sleep cycle causing one to create toxins in the body.
  • Nutrition - Eat a dry Kapha pacifying diet which favor bitters. Add spice to your diet with pepper, fresh ginger, cumin, fennel, jalapenos. Make sure to eat 3 warm meals a day. Kapha is naturally cold and we want to balance this with warmth. Drink Kapha Balancing tea as well. Recipe below.
  • Fortify your Immune System - This can be done a variety of ways, whether you choose food, or herbal supplements, fortifying the immune system allows the body to combat all external forces much more efficiently and easily. There are Ayurvedic herbs which will help support your body’s natural response to allergens by helping to eliminate existing toxins, which aids a smooth transition into Spring. Turmeric, coriander and cumin are effective spices for helping to cope with allergens, as they improve digestion and immunity.

Kapha Balancing Tea
4 cups water
1 Tablespoon cinnamon sticks, crushed
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon fresh grated or chopped ginger
1 Tablespoon of sucanat or other natural sweetner (optional)
Procedure: Heat water in a pot. Add slightly crushed cinnamon sticks and turmeric powder. Boil for 3 minutes. Add sweetener and grated ginger and boil for 2 more minutes. Strain and serve hot.
Tea is originally from here.

Let food be your medicine, and your kitchen be your pharmacy.