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November 2011

New Project in Progress.

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I started working on a new exciting project with a french company. In this picture you see one of 6 papercut pieces that I will be creating for that project. The best part is that you will be able to purchase the 6 images sometime in 2012. I will keep you updated.

I'm sure that you're as busy as I am around this time. The end of the year is always so busy. But also fun.

Have a wonderful day!

Elsita :)

(Did you notice how I used some tiny glass beads in this piece? :)

 


I made a little doll that is also a pin and a pendant.

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I got inspired to make a "multitask" little doll. She is a pin, a pendant and a little toy :) I made her a miniature accordion book with tiny drawings in it, a basket with fruits and a sweet round box. This girl has been already adopted.

You can see more pictures on my blog about dolls.

And I want to wish you a very happy Dia de Gracias tomorrow!

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I made a Little Book for my needles and embroidery scissors.

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These are the tools that I use the most in my ebroidery projects. They have been such great workers that I built them a nice house to live in when they're not working. I have a deal with the cat on the cover. If he sees Diego approaching he has to say meeeooowwww. I know that  Diego is secretly planning to run away with my book, he likes it a lot. :o

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Wait! Did you hear that?

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My Embroidered Headband.

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Here is a wool felt headband that I made for myself. It's 1 1/2" wide. There are so many tiny embroidery details in it. Looking at the beads and stitches in this piece makes me happy :)

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A friend sent this to me. I thought that I should share it with you.

 

 

Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice. 

1. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.' 

2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the 'For' line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it. 

3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address.Never have your SS#printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get it. 

4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. 
I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.. 

Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more.  

But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know: 

5. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them. 

6. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). 

But here's what is perhaps most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.) 
7. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. 

The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.. 

By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks. 

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, if it has been stolen: 

1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 

2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742 

3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289 

4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 
1-800-269-0271 


 


Natalie and I made this doll necklace :)

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Natalie couldn't go to school yesterday because she was sick. Not going to school is something that she suffers a lot. She even cries. 

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What a day! My car got a flat tire...many things happened. But we ended up having fun. Natalie is a lot like me. In order to feel better all she needs is a little creative project. We made this little doll necklace with polymer clay and it changed everything. 

Everything is well now. And we are very excited because Bill will be back from New York in 2 days. Yay!!! He already finished shooting the movie that he's producing. Editing is next but before that he will spend quality time with us in LA.

We're so happy!!!


They're Here! 14 One of a Kind Handmade Brooches.

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Please scroll down to find pictures and descriptions of these pieces.  

Find the available pieces on my Shop.

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 All 14 pins together for blog

During a visit to my favorite bead shop the other day I found the cutest cat glass beads ever! They inspired me to start creating these brooches and necklaces right away. There are only 2 that don't have cats in them because they were made before I got the beads.

Making this kind of jewelry is such an enjoyable experience. While stitching these pieces I make up all kinds of stories in my mind based on each scene. I often catch myself smiling while stitching :) It sounds silly but life can't be so serious all the time :o 

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 Find the available pieces on my Shop.

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All the Pieces for my show in Puerto Rico.

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The name of the show is: GROWING.

 Below is the statement that I wrote for the show:

(I am so sorry! I haven't have the chance to properly translate it to English. But here you could read the Google Translator version. Y por favor, disculpenme porque todos los acentos en Espanol estan omitidos.)

Los seres humanos en algun momento dejamos de crecer fisicamente pero tenemos la capacidad de seguir creciendo en el aspecto emocional. La mente es un territorio infinito donde no existen limites cuando se trata de explorarlo y expandirlo. El tema de esta muestra que incluye pinturas, dibujos y papel cortado, trata de la capacidad que tenemos las personas de crecer emocionalmente. Con el paso del tiempo he observado que es practicamente imposible controlar la mayoria de las cosas en el mundo exterior. Pero cuando se trata del mundo interior los seres humanos tenemos poderes que muchas veces no usamos a plena capacidad. La mente es la parte de nuestra existencia que guia toda accion que tomemos y las acciones que tomemos definen quienes somos y a donde vamos. Por lo tanto, si ponemos energia en el fortalecimiento de nuestro mundo emocional y espiritual, estaremos construyendo las bases para una vida solida donde las acciones que hagamos haran del mundo (interno y externo) un mejor lugar.

 

For inquires please write an e-mail (in Spanish or English) to Carlos Garcia (the gallery owner) at: espacio304@gmail.com

Or call the gallery: 787. 763. 2231

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday. 10:00am- 6:00pm

 


My Seed Bead Dragonfly is Finished.

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I wanted to share this with you because it will give you an idea of how you can re-create expensive jewelry with seed beads. When I saw the amazing dragonfly on the left I immediately fell in love. The piece is available on Etsy but it really belongs in a museum. It's made of 18K yellow gold and silver and the stones are real diamonds, rubies and peridots.

Dragonfly 1 copy

When I saw the price I realized that I had two options:

1. Keep going and forget about it.

2. Or make my own modest version inspired by the amazing original piece.

Dragonfly 2 copy

I'm glad that I went with option #2 :) My goal was to create something that captured the spirit of the original piece and the Art Nouveau feeling. I love the result. I don't know the name of the artist that designed the original dragonfly but he/she was/is amazing. It makes me happy when I discover something that moves and inspires me.