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August 2008

Message from Elsita :) And a very tiny giveaway!

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Dear friend,

This post is to say good-bye for a few weeks. Life over here is calling for a blog brake and I am listening to the call because as I wrote in this post we should try to be good listeners :) Fortunately this will be only a temporary good-bye because I will be back on MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008 YAY!!!! In all these weeks I will be doing one million things family-related and work-related. I have to say that I am very excited about my to-do-list, I will share everything with you when I am back. Right now we 're getting ready for an important meeting about our little man el Diego. We are going to meet his shadow for the first time and we are so excited for him. This will be the person that, as the word explains, will become Diego's shadow when he starts school in a few days. She will be with him every minute during his school hours and she will have an important impact in his life. Diego doesn't have any sense of personal safety yet, he would run to the street if he could, with all the cars passing by and he doesn't realize how dangerous it is. His shadow will make sure that he is safe but also she will teach him many new things. I am crossing my fingers for Diego! You now how we all have a natural shadow and it comes out the way it comes out and there is nothing to do about it but in Diego's case it is important that he has the perfect match as a shadow :) It will make a big difference in his new life. Please send us lots of good energy, I am taking a purse with a big pocket on the outside for all the good energy. I wish you lots of good things in these weeks, and the best health possible to deal with a month like September. I will be back with good things to share with you, including how Diego and his shadow are getting along.

Lots of love and see you on Monday, October 6, 2008!!!!!!
Elsita :)

But before I go I want to introduce you to mini-bunny :) This is one of the tiniest papercuts that I ever made and it could be yours. Mini-bunny is 1 1/2" tall and it looks sooo cute in person! If you like him just leave a comment in this post and I will announce the winner as soon as I come back on October 6.

Little Things :)

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When life seems too big the best thing is to focus on the little things around us and enjoy them. I just got these two miniature vases (they're about 1 inch tall) and I am in love with them. They are on my desk right now, reminding me that little things can make a whole difference in your day. If you look at the mouth of these vases you will see how they are saying: I loooooooove Youuuuuu :)

Have a great day my friend!
See you tomorrow!

Elsita :)


Dorita, Dorotea and the Magic Blue Elephant :)

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Today I wanted to show you a little painting that I made a while ago for a very special girl that loves elephants and her name is Danita!!! Many of us are already familiar with Danita's etsy store. She is a painter a doll maker... and a wonderful human being. It is impossible not to love her. I am deeply enamored with all her dolls, let's take a look at them here. This little Frida Kahlo melts my heart.. As you can see, Dorita, the girl in my painting, is related to Frida Kahlo (see the eyebrows :) In this post I officially want to say that Danita has the best husband ever. He secretly got in touch with me in order to commission this painting for his wife's birthday. Isn't that wonderful?! I admire all the husbands that do special things for their wives :)

And now I am going out!
But I will see you tomorrow.
Elsita :)


Micky Mouse and his Cousins :)

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Today I just wanted to share this drawing with you because I think that is so cute!! This is a drawing by my daughter Natalie :) She got the inspiration from Diego's latest obsession. He is a lot into Micky mouse right now, he loves the original black and white version of Micky and all the other old characters (me too!) Bill got the whole Disney black and white cartoon collection some time ago and Diego just discovered it like a month ago. There is nothing more charming than those cartoons made with the primitive techniques, they look so organic and real! Because they come from the drawings made directly by hand. I also love the modern digital animation techniques, but the old ones are still my favorite. One of my dreams is to learn how to do animation in the future. I would really love to animate my own characters!!!!! But in the mind time I am just gathering ideas in my mind about some of the stories that I would like to animate... And now I need to stop dreaming because I have to go out and do sooo many things!

Have a wonderful day!
Elsita :)


Natalie's Creation :)

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I am so excited about sharing this piece of "jewelry" with you! I mean the red paper necklace with a green flower that you see in the picture. This piece was made by my 5-year-old daughter using paper, markers and a flower punch. She came to me holding the necklace in her little hands and with her super sweet voice she said: Look Mommy, now I have a necklace just like the one you made! (She was talking about this one) I gave her the biggest hug ever and I said that her necklace was the most beautiful one in the whole world!!!.

Natalie is such a gift in my life, her creativity is a daily inspiration for me to keep doing the things I do as an artist. I love my little girl so much! I am so lucky to have her in my life!

Elsita :)


New Life Starting in September.

When I started my first day of kindergarten I remember how my Mom just took me to school as if it was the most natural thing in the world, she gave me a hug and kiss and then she left with a smile. I didn't cry, I didn't feel anything negative. That day I spent most of my time observing other kids cry and scream and have huge meltdowns. I tried to understand why they were so sad and confused. I was so curious about them that I forgot about myself.

After becoming a Mother I started thinking about my how my Mom raised me. When I was little she was a huge figure in my life. She made everything look so easy and simple (even when it was really the opposite, she was a single mother raising four children all by herself and one of them had a serious mental illness). She was always so strong, positive and self-confident. I thought that leaving me at school that day was not a big deal for her but only now I realize that it wasn't exactly that way, she had all the normal concerns that every mother has about her children starting school for the first time, but she was just teaching me a great lesson by being so natural and calm and that lesson was: life doesn't have to be so complicated, let's just do what we have to do with a good state of mind and everything will be OK.

This philosophy really worked with me that first day at school. I am trying to do the same thing with my children. Natalie and Diego are going to start school in September, this is a new thing for both of them and I am full of concerns but I try to transmit them my best energy about this new step in their lives. Natalie has a little of social experience already since she went to a great pre-kindergarten for a couple of years but for Diego this is going to be his first real social experience, the first time that he is going to be in a group of children for hours everyday.

Starting in September my life is going to be a challenge for so many reasons. but I am not scared, I am just getting ready for it. My Mom had to raise four children all by herself, she never saw a disposable diaper when we were babies, she didn't have a washer machine, she never had a car or even a bicycle, she didn't have a partner to support her and she had to work full-time in the most awful jobs. And she never stopped showing her big smile to everybody. All I need is to put in practice all the lessons that my Mom taught me.

Have a great day my friend and a wonderful weekend!!
Elsita


A Necklace :)

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I wanted to show you this necklace that I made a couple of weeks ago. I had this idea of making a pendant using polymer clay, felt and resin and here you can see what it came out :) This is just a little something that I am happy to wear because it makes me smile. I am wearing it today :) And today I will be working sooooooooo much. There is a lot that I have to do before September starts. I have such wonderful news to share with you!!! But I should wait a little bit before I can tell you :) It is so exciting and it also requires lots work and creativity!

I wish you a beautiful Friday and an a peaceful weekend!
See you on Monday!!!

Elsita :)


The Six Papercuts Framed :) (finalmente!)

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And today I can finally show you the 6 papercuts for the show next month framed. They are already on their way to The Three Graces Gallery. I wish that I could attend the opening on September 5th, that way I could meet Kim Ferreira (the gallery owner) and the other artists in person but I will be so busy with Natalie and Diego starting school around that time! One thing is for sure: my heart is going to be over there with the pieces because I put lots of love into the making on these papercuts.

Have a great Thursday!
And let's wish this show the best luck!!!
Elsita :)


Bird Conversation or The Good Listener :)

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And here you can see my #6 and last papercut for the show at The Three Graces Gallery next month. I am sooo glad that I finished the series in a record time!!! Yay!!!! It was a lot of work but as we know hard work doesn't kill you if you really enjoy it, I AM A PAPERCUT SURVIVER! :o

This piece is about listening. The girl in the picture is carefully paying attention to what the little bird has to tell her. He has lots of wise ideas to share with her and she is treasuring every words. This papercut is a reminder to myself about the idea of listening, specially to my children. The truth is that we learn more by listening than by talking, that's why I am going to stop talking right now...

But before I do it I wanted to share these quotations about listening with you:

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
Frank Tyger.

“Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.”
Andre Gide.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Epictetus.

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Stephen Covey.

Sorry that I am still talking :0 :o :0 :o just wanted to say HAVE A GREAT DAY!

And see you tomorrow!
Elsita :)


The Ride :)

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In this new papercut for the show next month you see this nice cat carrying a whole bunch of small animals on his tale. The little animals are so happy to see the world from up there! By looking around they are learning lots of things and that's why they keep saying THANK YOU, THANK YOU friend for taking us for a ride! If it wasn't for you we would have missed so much!

The meaning behind this papercut is that it is always a nice thing to help other people (and animals and anything alive) whenever we have the opportunity to do it. When we do something nice for other people we are not only making them have progress but we are also making ourselves grow. The more we give the more we receive. We are nothing by ourselves because we need other people to function. We just have to look around to realize about this idea. From the food that we eat everyday to the car we drive or the house we live in there is always a large amount of people (and animals and plants) involved.

Now I am going out to do one thousand things. I hope that you have a great day!
And see you tomorrow!

Elsita :)