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January 2012

Work in Progress.

2012 has been such a busy year for me so far! Bill's Mom is visiting. We haven't stopped doing things every single day. Bill came back from his trip to Europe. Natalie and Diego have more homework this year so they need more support from me (they're both doing really well!).

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Picture: A little advance of my latest miniature book. The title is: Visionary. I can't wait to finish it.

Everything is great except that the lights inside my head are always on. That means that I cannot sleep well because I am sooooo inspired this year! I turn off the lights in my bedroom at night so I can go to sleep but then I cannot turn off the lights inside my head. I can't stop thinking about what I want to make as soon as I have time. This sounds positive but the problem is that I wake up so tired. Getting a good sleep is very important. I need my brain to slow down at night instead of the opposite.

But I have great news! I got a super nice app for my iPad and it's really helping. It is a beautiful voice telling you all the right things so your brain can finally take it easy and let go. When I use it I fall asleep easily. Well, that's exactly the name of the app: Sleep Easily. Now I have to convince my brain to use it more often. You know how it works, sometimes you REALLY want to do something but your brain refuses to follow the plan. Making our brain do what we want will always be a work in progress :)

 


Five amigos. The power of a smile :)

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Everybody has a mission in life. The mission of these five amigos is to make people smile :) Each member of this family is one of a kind, but there is something that they all have in common: their ear-to-ear smile.

I know that scientists have been studying the response of human brain to smile. It seems like smiling has some super powers. But you don't need to be a scientist to know that. Here is a simple experiment that someone did on his way to work.

These five amigos have been making me smile for several months. They have been sitting close to my computer desk for a while. It amazes me how happy they are all the time. I haven't seen any of them cry or have a serious face, ever. I wonder what their secret is ;)

After doing such a great job in my studio I have granted these five amigos permission to move in with a new owner. If you would like to adopt any of them just let me know. The adoption fee is $55 per amigo. Just drop me an e-mail @ elsammora@gmail.com

They don't need a lot of room since their height is about 3.5" only.

UPDATE: ONLY AMIGO #3 IS AVAILABLE NOW.

Update: amigo #3 is already sold.


Beyond the Horizon.

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Here is a photo taken by my beautiful niece Camila from my brother's boat in Miami, Florida. I find it so inspiring. It made me think about the future and about the quote below:
 

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Alan Kay.

 

 


Bee Brooch

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This is a bee brooch that I made last year using linen as the base fabric. For the wings I used some vintage trim that was just perfect for this project.The piece is now in my personal collection.

The other day I met a stubborn bee while I was washing the dishes. She was convinced that if she pushed hard enough she could get through the glass of my kitchen window. The window was open but this little bee kept trying to find the best place to get through the glass. I ended up giving her a hand so she could go back to work. She said something like: Bzzzz. I think that that means "thanks a lot" in bee language :)

 

 


Hijos de la Tierra.

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Here is a hand fan that I painted for a project that Gustavo Orta is developing with a group of Cuban artists. Each one of the artists painted a fan. I can't wait to see the other ones.

The title of this piece is: Hijos de la Tierra (something like: Sons of the Land). I thought that the shape of this fan was perfect to represent the idea of the cycle of life. The person-bird goes from one side of life to the other. From being born to being dead. (There is some kind of humor in that sentence, doesn't it? :)

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We accept life easily but struggle with the idea of death. Different cultures have different ways to look at death. I admire the cultures that look at it in colorful ways, like the Day of the Dead in Mexico.

But while we're still alive let's keep the quotation below in mind:

Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life. (BERTOLT BRECHT)




My Friend's Story. Helping one Another.

To purchase the original drawings and papercuts that you see on this post please follow THIS LINK. Your purchase will be highly appreciated. One hundred percent of the sales will go to Rosa and her 3 children. Please read the story about my friend below:

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Title: Mother Bird.

Rosa and I met for the first time in Diego's school playground. We became instant friends. Rosa comes from Mexico. She's tall, svelte and has a very friendly expression on her face. Her personality is soft and calm. She is such a generous and wise woman. Rosa is the mother of 3 children age 6, 9 and 12. They all go to Diego's school. The six year old boy as well as the 12 year old girl are Autistic just like Diego. They're very high funtioning in the spectrum so they attend regular classes. They are great kids, very well behaved and sensitive.

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Title: Good Morning.

Before the holidays Rosa's husband had a stroke. He has been in a comma ever since. Unfortunately his brain is so damaged that he won't be able to come back from the comma. He will be disconnected from artificial life sometime this week. Rosa wanted to wait for the children to be back to their normal routine after the winter break. As you can imagine there is no easy way to deal with something that difficult.

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Title:The World in my Hands.

Rosa is an amazing mother, she has strong instints about how to do in order to help her children deal with this tragedy. But then, there is the pressure of life. She works as a maid, as you can imagine her income is very tiny. Her husband's contribution to the family economy was key. Now she finds herself alone and responsible for taking care of her 3 children, 2 of them with special needs. The feeling is overwhelming. 


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Title: Self-Reliance Exercise.

I talked with our school principal yesterday so very soon we will start organizing a fundraiser in order to support Rosa and her family. I don't think that we will be able to raise a lot since the majority of our school families have low income. But anything will help. I also want to contribute a grain of sand with my art. I found a group of original artworks in my studio that I have already listed on Etsy. See all the images in the body of this post in case you would like to purchase one. 100% of the profits will go to my friend. The sooner she gets this help the better.

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Title: Best Friends.

Based on their age, Rosa's children have reacted to this tragedy in individual/different ways. The first reaction was of course hope: Mom, do you think that maybe Dad will get better? Rosa has been very honest from the beginning so she said, unfortunately no. The 12 year old is confused and a bit angry: Why? Why did this happened? The 9 year old has been very concerned about the future: Are you going to bring a stepdad to our house? The 6 year old is still trying to make sense of everything. But in general non of them have really gotten to the point where they really understand that Dad will never be back.

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Title: Eight Small Friends.

I have offered Rosa to help as much as possible with the children. They will be coming to my house this weekend. I want to take them closer to the bright side of life through art. They need to do activities that help them express their feelings in  a way that they enjoy. Aftear reading several articles about how to deal with children that lost a parent I have a much better idea about how to help.

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Rosa and I talk every morning, she needs to feel the support from her friends so I will always be there for her, it makes a great difference. Somehow we're always able to find a little bit of humor in our conversations so when we say good bye she goes to work with a smile on her face. That tiny smile means the world to me.

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As we know it is impossible to control the things that life brings to us. Rosa couldn't do anything to stop that tragedy from happening. But thank God there is the healing power of time. When tragedy hits we need to understand that little by little things will get better. The mind will adapt to the changes and one day we will feel like we're back to normal. I know that that day will arrive for my friend and her 3 children. In the meantime I will do everything in my modest power to ease their pain. 

If you want to write a little note to Rosa in Spanish (she can read a little bit of English as well so feel free to write in English if you don't write Spanish) please send it to my e-mail: elsammora@gmail.com  Just write ROSA on the subject. I'm sure that she will appreciate them very much.

Thanks a lot in advance!

I deeply appreciate the fact that you took the time to read this post.

Love and peace,

Elsita


Brave and Fearless.

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CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO SEE THEM LARGER.

See the original story here: Lion Cub Rescued by Mother.

These dramatic photographs were taken by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot in Kenya in August of 2011. When I saw them for the first time my heart experienced many emotions.

In the pictures you see a small cub in danger to lose his life. The mother is desperate knowing how extreme the situation is. Other brave members of the group try to save the cub but only the mother takes the risk to go down the cliff. She goes down to rescue her baby and then with great struggle she goes back up with her treasure.

That mother Lion represents one of the most amazing and beautiful aspects of nature: the potential to take risks for something that is really important to us. The most crucial moment in this sequence of photographs is when the mother lion goes down the cliff. She had the courage to risk her own life in order to save her cub. I want to keep that picture in mind forever.

Now let's think about the things that we want to do in life but we're not brave enough to go for. How many times do we stay at the edge of the cliff, afraid and unsure about taking risks? If we love something hard enough, not only our kids but our ideas, our dreams...we will gather enough courage to jump into any adventure, not matter how risky it could be. If I ever find myself in a situation where I'm afraid of pursuing a dream I am going to think about the lion mother going down the cliff. A good dream, as much as a child, is worth risking everything.


Cameo Pendants.

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Here I wanted to show you 2 cameo pendants that I made in 2011. They were adopted last year. The bezel is the one that you saw before, I carved it myself in wax and then someone cast 50 of them for me in brass. 

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I love making these tiny works. The paper part was coated with a heavy layer of resin to make it strong and hard. I hope that I can make new ones sometime this year. See you later!

Elsita :)

 


Pushing the Envelope.

I am so grateful that Bill got this book for me. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. This extraordinay man was way far from perfect, as the rest of us, but his qualities and accomplishments are such an inspiration. I highly recommend this book, particulary to creative people. 

Jobs

If I had to name a single practical lesson from Steve Jobs that I learned from this book I would say: Stay focused. Get rid of innecessary distractions and define exactly what is it that you want to accomplish in your life. He had the ability to put all his energy, heart, soul and body on a clear objetive until he got the best results possible. His search for excellence inspired lots of people to give the best of them as professionals.

There is a common feeling that we all have as humans beings, we know that we can do better than we're doing right now but sometimes we lack the self confidence, willpower or the strenght to push ourselves out of the comfort zone in order go after more ambitious horizons. Steve Jobs was constantly pushing the envelope and seeing ahead of his time. He was fearless and never stopped following his dreams. He was a visionary. 

I invite you to watch his inspiring speech below, it is very moving: