Saturday, November 27, 2010

CYBER Monday SALE -- 30% off everything

If you missed my big SALE on Black Friday, don't worry you still can shop with great discounts.
Now till Monday 29th, 30% off ENTIRE STORE with promo code: CYBERMONDAY10.

Don't miss it this time!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Time to give Thanks

This year a have many reasons to be thankful.
First because God gave me a beautiful family and they are so healthy and lovely.
Second because I still have my parents alive.
To have wonderful friends that are a very important in my life
To have my fans and readers following my artwork, supporting my dream.
To have a supportive husband that with love encourage me to keep trying and never give up.
To all the artist that help me to create a great community and interesting blog posts.

For all of you,

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Christmas present

I love Christmas!!!
Is the season when all the family members gather around the table and have a delicious dinner. I remember the Christmas I spent when I was a kid, the smell of the turkey my grandma had in the oven, or the tasty pasta my mom was preparing.
Me playing with my cousins and the gifts we opened with such enthusiasm and excitement.

Now I tried that my girls have a special Christmas so they have good memories about it.

My new painting reflect that innocence of the my little girls, the excitment of giving and sharing.
Enjoy this Christmas Present

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Spotlight: Monjojo

Uff!!! This has been a busy week a lot of Holiday boutiques I've attended with soCuties and working in comission artworks. This season is really good for all sellers but also implicates a lot of work and time.

This Friday I have an interview of a brazilian artist: Monjojo

She is a graphic designer from Sao Paulo Brazil. Her art is gorgeous and unique.
Enjoy it!!!

Name: Andreia M.
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

1. Tell us about your crafts and how you came to make them

I started making journals to myself, since I never really found one I like where I live (Brazil). Later I started to make drawings for my journals and that was just a step away for making illustrations as well.

2. What do you enjoy most of being an artist?

I can control my schedule (not sure if that is good, I'm little disorganized) and to create things.

3. How did you get started selling and How long have you been crafting?

I've started as a hobby, and it was a natural path to sell on etsy. I've been on the craft world since I was little, I've always enjoyed doing crafts with grandma and aunts.

4. What does selling on Etsy mean for you?

It means to be on a great shopping window to everyone. I reach people I could never reach being only in Brazil.

5. Which is your favorite color and which colors do you use most in your work?

I like blue. In my work I use a lot of pastel colors.

6. How you promote your work?

I'm not really good at this...just try to renew a couple of times a day.

7. Can you share your #1 tip for success?

Be persistent. Sometimes it takes long time to show that your hard work actually worth it.

8. List 5 of your favorites blogs or etsy stores

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FREE shipping: Friday November 19

Only 1 day free shipping in all orders, only USA territory and Canada.
Offer ends: Friday November 19 11:59pm.

The amount of shipping will be refunded through Paypal.

Monday, November 15, 2010

My treasury in the Front Page of Etsy!!!

I really work hard letting all know about my shop, if you are also an etsy seller you know what I'm talking about and finally one of my treasuries was on the Front Page of Etsy.
That is something I need to post because I'm so happy about it.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

GIVEAWAY winner (Magical cube of Frida Kahlo's paintings)

Thanks so much for enter in this Giveaway.
I enter the 15 coments made on and the winner is: Lubasa.
Please email me your mailing address to : so I can send it to you.

If I don't have any response by Monday 15th I will choose another winner

As Lubasa didn't answer to this post I got a new winner and is: Efi Warsh
Please email me with your mailing address.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pre-Black Friday SALE: Friday November 12th - 15% off in EVERYTHING on my store

As Black Friday is coming I want to offer different discounts and promotions in the next 2 weeks.
For this Friday November 12 and Saturday November 13, I will have my Entire store with 15% off

The offer is valid for every single item in my store.
The offer expires November 13th at 11:59 pm.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

For those lovers of Mexican Folk art : my GIVEAWAY is for you

Hi everyone,
   This month is very busy for me and full of great things.
   My family is coming from Mexico and will spend 2 weeks with us and celebrate together Thanksgiving, so I'm really excited.

  I know that many of you love Mexican culture and specially admire Frida Kahlo's art, so I'm giving away this great "magical cube" with 9 famous paintings of her.

Just follow this simple rules and you can be the winner of this magical cube:

1. Visit my store and pic your favorite item. Please post a comment here with the link.

2. Facebook or tweet my giveaway. Please post a comment here with the link.

Offer expires November 12 @ 11:59 pm. I will post the winner on Saturday November 13.
Also I will have PRE- Black Friday Sales during the next 2 weeks so keep in touch for more details.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Spotlight: Dudadaze

It is an honor for me to feature a such amazing artist today. I can say she is one of my favorite one and also a role model and a inspiration for all new artists as me.
It has been difficult to have a positive response of all artist I ask for an interview so when they say yes, it makes me feel happy and enthusiastic. I know that running a business by your own implicate a lot of effort and time, so giving me that opportunity is so nice and I have only to be grateful with them.

Today's spotlight: DUDADAZE.

Name: Diane Duda
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

1. Tell us about your crafts and how you came to make them.

I wish I could say that I'm one of those people who has been drawing since I was old enough to pick up a pencil, but that's not the case.
The truth is I did not realize I had any artistic talents until about five years ago. And even then I'm not sure if I had any natural abilities. It took many bad doodles before I was confident enough to share my "silly little works of art."

There were two things that I can say really inspired me to do this. The first was Mary Englebreit's Home Companion magazine. I loved seeing not only her work, but also the work of all of the artists she showcased in her magazine.

Not long after that I discovered the wonderful world of art blogs, and decided "I think I'll be an artist!." :)
So I began with simple colored pencil drawings and have now moved on to mostly acrylic paintings on canvas and wood with touches of collage.

2. What do you enjoy most about being an artist?

Oh everything, really. I guess mostly it would be seeing an idea come to life on the canvas. Sometimes it turns out just as I imagined. Sometimes not as good. Sometimes better.
I also like being my own boss and working in my jammies. :)

3. How did you get started selling and How long have you been crafting?

In March of 2006 I started my blog so that I could participate in Illustration Friday. I thought it would be a good way to improve by challenging myself to create an original piece for each week's word prompt. After getting some encouraging feedback, I decided to take the next step and try selling on ebay. It took a little while, but I started to build a small following and went ahead and opened my Etsy shop in November of 2006.

4. What does selling on Etsy mean to you?

I probably would have given this whole thing up long ago if it weren't for Etsy. I'm a very shy person so I don't think I'd be out doing shows and such to sell my art. Online is really the only way to go for me. It enabled me to build a whole business from the comfort of my little old house by allowing me to share my art with people from all over the world.

5. Which is your favorite color and which colors do you use most in your work?

Oh I could never pick a favorite. I love them all! Which does become problematic when decorating my home. It's so hard to commit to just one color scheme when they are all so wonderful. I guess I have been better at settling on a soft color palette in my artwork though... mostly soft

6. How do you promote your work?

I mainly promote my work through my blog. I also share everything I create on Facebook and Flickr, and, if I remember, on Twitter.

7. Can you share your #1 tip for success?

Stay true to your style while still trying new things. And also be everywhere. As I mentioned above, an online presence is so important when it comes to building your business. Creating unique, original work is important, but no less important is making people aware that it exists.

8. How do you balance your life between managing your creative business and your work as a mom?

My kids are older, 18, 17, and 14, but it doesn't seem to make it any easier. Finding the time to sit down and paint can be difficult. There is always the cleaning, and laundry and running around to do. Not to mention all of the printing and packaging and listing of items involved in running an online store all by yourself.
There is a lot of multitasking involved. For instance, I'm filling a large print order as I answer these questions.
It's usually not until after dinner that I can actually find time to sit down and create something new.
But even with all that's involved in being a mom and an Etsy artist, there is nothing that I'd rather be doing.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day of the death celebration


The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to the indigenous cultures. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors have been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era, it was common to keep skulls as trophies and display them during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth.

The festival that became the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the god known as the "Lady of the Dead", corresponding to the modern Catrina.

In most regions of Mexico, November 1 honors children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 mainly as Día de los Inocentes ("Day of the Innocents") but also as Día de los Angelitos ("Day of the Little Angels") and November 2 as Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos ("Day of the Dead").

My celebration
Is fun to celebrate Halloween, my little girls just disguise perfect, I had a cute and tiny ladybug running around and a pretty little mermaid.
But also is important to teach them our culture and to keep traditions that last for generation. This day should be celebrated because it is a way of remembering who we are and where we have come to worship those that no longer exist physically and worship the memory of what they were. It is also a date that makes us reflect on the cultural richness of Mexico, since each region has its own perception of death and a very characteristic way of celebrating the holiday.

The best way to celebrate this day is simply to remind all those who have died and missed both. It is a sad day, however, have to be happy, because beliefs say that this day come and visit the souls of the dead to live with us, so it is necessary to prepare the place, put water and all those things that they enjoyed in life, in an offering or altar. This year I didn't want to put a photo of them, it is so painful to remember that they are not anymore with us, so I only decorated with authentic sugar skulls, papel picado, funny catrinas and catrines, water and pretend food.
Now inmerse in this photos of the celebration my fellow citizens made this day.


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