Saturday, July 28, 2012

Welcome to The Tea Party!

 Down  Down Down the Rabbit hole we go.......


 Welcome! Do take your seat!


 We have the ever-so-lovely Miss Alice herself  here with us today

 And the ever-so-adorable Mad Hatter will try to help you keep an eye on the time for you today


 Hmmm...whatever shall we start with? There are so many goodies to choose from!


 Wait! Dear Alice, there is something you should know about that particular cookie before you take a bite!

 "Very well then," said Alice "I shall pour the tea now"

"Oh me too!" Shouted Hatter..."Tea Tea Tea...How I love pouring the tea!"

 "Oh Dear, a little feathered friend has just drank all of my tea"


 "Oh this is just silly!" Laughed Alice, "This bottle instructs me to 'Drink it'"

 "Well it will make you shrink quite a bit if you do!" Said Hatter "WHAAAAAAAAT?" exclaimed Alice. "I shall do nothing of the sort!"



 Hatter was too preoccupied to care what Alice drank or didn't drink...it seems a cupcake was tempting him greatly.


 "MMmmmmmmmmmm" both Hatter and Alice mumbled "Gooood Cupcakes"



Awwwwww....time for the party to come to an end.



But the good news is today is also The Mad Hatters Unbirthday celebration!
One he realized this he said "Clean cup, Move Down...let's start my unbirthday celebration! And then Alices unbirthday is also today...and yours....and then mine again....and doormouse...." 
{and well....he just went on like that for ages}

The End.

Thank you for attending our Mad Tea Party today! I hope you have had a lovely time! I know we did!

A very HUGE thank you to Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for hosting such a wonderful event. I tell ya I look forward to it each year. It never disappoints! (also I got the tutorial to make the large mushrooms from her here)
You can see the past Mad Tea Parties that we have attended with our own children by clicking on the year: 2011 2010 this year our kids opted out but there were other children delighted to join!

Please go check out the blog at A Fanciful Twist to visit more Mad Tea Party Goers this year. There is SO much fun to be had!

{All the photos were setup and taken by my husband and I. We have a new photography business that we have been madly working on in our city and it is going so well thanks to all the lovely people, some we have just met recently and some have known for years that were willing to take a chance on us and try something new. A link to the full session on our facebook business page HERE a new website is in the works} 

xoxo
Gioncarla

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Time for Tea? {an invitation}

It's time to go down the rabbit hole again! The annual Mad Tea Party hosted by Vanessa Valencia of A Fanciful Twist will be hosting it again there! Oh this is just my favorite blog party to attend. My girls and I usually go all out and have a blast doing it too!

 Please go to this page and get your invitation and post it on your blog if you have one. If you don't have a blog then you can just participate by leaving comments on all the other participating blogs, other than this one mind you ;), on July 28th 2012. You can find the list of attending blogs by going to her blog here and clicking on the blogs in the list of  Mad Tea Partiers 2012.

 See you there!

xoxo
G.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

what I've been up to

Well I have been quite the busy girl lately! I've been feeling great and the creativity has been opening like never before!

 In local areas I have entered a T-shirt contest held by my favorite local boutique 66 pin-ups! So if you are on facebook the voting ends on June 15th 2012 so if you could, log in, click on this link http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=384379218263891&set=a.382269248474888.73741.199361533432328&type=1&theater

and then click the 'like' button to vote for my design!

 Since then, I have had a streak of good luck with painting old school style pin up girls but with a modern twist- Tattoos!  Here are some of my new pieces...

Well that last one doesnt have her ink yet... I'm deciding on the designs still but I am just LOVING making these lovely ladies of way back when beauty looked healthy. I sure don't think the runway models of today look like they are happy and enjoying life. I look at them and want to feed them! LOL seriously! Its sad.

 So I am bringing back my own joy by reveling in  the art of the pin-up. Its been  a great journey so far!

Well I hope you are growing and exploring for the good of yourself as well!

I'll try to stop and share here more often!

xoxo
Gigi

Sunday, April 22, 2012

painting in a new/old style & being modified

Well since my last post I have to say again Art healed me it saved me from the usual pity party and temptation to put myself up for adoption at this age. As art never fails to do for me...but this time in a NEW way.  I am in most ways, an old fashioned girl. I consider myself spiritual more than religious. Very few things can I do "religiously" one being religion. I am a Christian. I believe there is a great God that loves me. And, much to the argument of my pentecostal relatives, I believe now God loves me now that I have been modified.....artistically.

I, at age 34, got my first tattoo. *checks that off 'bucket list'*


This is me I was concentrating on breathing as the first lines were stuck in...OUCH! **Breathe in**Breathe out**  I got tattooed by the coolest tattoo artist in town Jerrett of Electric Church Tattoo.

 I have always LOVED and admired tattoos on people. Certain ones have gripped my heart for a moment and then faded. For years and years I have wanted to get a tattoo but could never decide on one that I would want. Its pretty permanent, mind you, and also I really wanted it to have some deep meaning. I am not one that just gets a tattoo for shits and giggles. Its all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits...I don't know what that has to do with the tattoo story but I saw it on facebook and it cracks me up.....anyways back to my tattoo....

The shading is the other most painful part but its not all that bad.

 So I have a teenaged daughter now. My darling oldest daughter is 14 years old. People say girls are harder than boys as teenager and I have to agree. My only son is 15 and he is amazingly mellow. He takes advice without getting all pissy about ALREADY knowing everything. He rarely slips on his schoolwork, getting all A's and B's in the gifted program at school and he is just super responsible. Which means he, quite inadvertently, set the bar for teenage behavior around here HIGH.
  Then there is my daughter Savannah, that we lovingly call Nanni or Birdie. (Her brother called her Nanni when they were toddlers because 'Savannah' was a mouthful for him. My husband and I call her 'Birdie' or 'NanniBird' because as a toddler she would shove food in her cheeks and open her mouth for more much like a baby bird.)
 Nanni is a LOT like her mother. And that is the problem in a nutshell. I too once thought that people were all just like me and never saw danger coming, always gave everyone the benefit of the doubt, thought I could really save the unloved and troubled people of this world and NEVER trusted my gut instinct.  Lord knows I have paid for such ignorance. Have had my heart broken, my self esteem ripped to shreds, been humiliated, deeply hurt and have learned a whole lot, really fast, about having to be strong, not giving up and a lot about having to move forward through difficulty and having to do it alone.

 I see this same ignorance in her when it comes to boys. Good grief it seems the more troubled he is the more she likes him! So needless to go in in detail, we have had our battles. I stuck to my beliefs and EVERY time the boy couldn't wait for moms approval and moved on to the next victim and she would come back to me and say "you were so right about 'so and so' Mom", realizing that it wasn't her per say that he wanted to be with but her crotch. And well other girls have vaginas so he just went and found one that wasn't guarded by parents... Middle school has changed a lot since I was there!

  And the scene was replayed a couple of times and I am sure it isn't all done yet but she knows now that Momma and Daddy don't give up. We are on her side and we will get all up in her business and tell her the straight truth on what boys really want and what she thinks they want....2 different things! We are always on her side and will make sure she is watching out for herself or will do all the watching if she refuses to. 

Tough stuff. But she is worth it. I've never loved someone so much to make sure she gets through life as un-scarred and with the most idyllic life as possible. Kids do that to you. Even I am surprised at how much I really and truly care about their quality of life and how they will look back and remember life.

So one day, I saw this fat little cartoon baby birdie and instantly it made me think of my precious NanniBird. She is amazing, and Like the tattoo itself she has caused me a bit of pain as a teenager, but again- like that tattoo, she has made me better. So after a few months of still being in love with this idea as a tattoo I had it done. She and the tattoo are similar and both a part of me. It brought so many aspects of my life together, it was an amazing experience in this artistic heart of mine. I can't wait to get more! Some for the rest of my kids and for my love- my husband RL, and some just for me. So many ideas are flowing.
The day I got it, all fresh and bloody...lol

 So I started sketching one out that I imagined. and it became art. A new form for me to work with on a canvas or wood but I have always worked with the tattoo style and anything that looks like a vintage ad. Its just the first time that my mixed media passion and my vintage tattoo style have met and they are in love!


beginning to sketch



a bit of color and then I thought it needed some Roses



and voila! She is done! and hanging in my very pink and wonderful sewing room.


Now I have purchased cut and sanded a LARGE plank of birch wood and I am working on sketching today. If all goes as planned this one is gonna be the largest piece that I have ever done (excluding walls that I have painted on) and this will converge my new found "art" vintage advertising/ tattoo type stuff....yeah thats the ticket!

So I am off... to build myself up in paint and pencil and art. Gosh I feel so much better about everything. Kinda like, at all the people and events that ever hurt me are forgotten....this is what art can do!

Be back soon!

xoxo

Gigi







Saturday, March 10, 2012

A peek down the rabbit hole...

Here goes my slight obsession with Alice In Wonderland again.... here is what I got so far... I just love her.

I have been thinking.... and I think that my relation to Alice is due to my families dysfunctional dynamic.


Been dealing with them a bit more than I'd like, due to my Grandmother moving to my city to live with an aunt that hasn't spoken to me in 3 years due to whatever thought or paranoia took place in her own mind. Lets sum it up....The difference was, for the first time in my life, when I saw her putting up the "hoops" for me to jump through so that I can prove that I love her. I didn't jump. I'm tired. I have my own family that I cannot make jump with me anymore. Its wearing on them too. So she'll have to find love somewhere else OR accept that I love her and I shouldn't have to prove it by doing whatever unreasonable thing she demands.

The down side.

Other family members are still jumping. And at my aunts request, they MUST JUMP ALL OVER ME......ugh.

 Its all rather disgusting.

You see my youngest aunts are twins. Twins of which were born under the sign of Gemini (if you follow astrology you understand this next part very well) And on these twins' 10th birthday I was born, premature at that, mind you. Becoming their first niece and the first grandchild to their mother....

 So without further explanation it seems my birth was a bit inconvenient for them.

This all has been so far away from my life that its been hard lately to remember this sick dynamic, since I want to see my grandma I have to go get her from my aunts....so once again I am at her mercy. And her twin is just a literal reflection of her so you can gather that conclusion.
  Then they "friended" me on facebook. Then the one in town Unfriended me. Then got the rest of the family that listens to her to ignore me. Which is all very disappointing because I have been working hard to maintain relationships for YEARS now with certain family. Calling, writing and making the effort to show I care and then in one fell swoop- I'm back to being the 'difficult one' and being quite purposefully ignored all because of one bad apple...sheesh. I feel like I'm back in high school.

 So there, In a nutshell, I relate to Alice in Wonderland because in my family nothing is what it seems and though there are good parts its all very confusing at a times.


 On the bright side, I've made my personal and sad discovery into a beautiful piece of art! I tell you looking at her makes me feel like If Alice can get through it so can I and I am re-energized!

Its just wonderful. What art can do.

<3

on that note I leave you...because Im feeling like having an unbirthday celebration of sorts.... will you, won't you, will you, won't you, join me?

xoxo

Gigi

Sunday, February 5, 2012

...and life goes on.


...Rather happily at that. Sorry I have been away. The pondering of mortality kicked my creativity into gear and I have been working on SO many projects. But not as much Art as I wanted. I have started this cute little lady below and the background is working itself out in my brain....


And I have been working out the TREMENDOUS issues I have had with my large format printer....ugh...don't get me started. BUT in the end, I think I have got it! I love being able to offer large sized prints. Epson has wonderful large format printer and their quality is just wonderful! You get more bang for your buck in my opinion. This will have to do until I can get the giclee printer I want. You know, when I win the lottery and become crowned queen of all things pink and glittery...lol Hey, stranger things have happened. ;-)


 But until I can devote my full time back in the studio the piece I have started will progress slowly for a change, my husband and I fell into offering photography service in the Albuquerque area. We've been able to photograph babies (my favorite), children and Seniors so far and have a wedding shoot in June with 24 bridesmade and groomsmen....yeah I'm gonna need an extreme wide angle lens please?? LOL
 So as I dive into that new media of art I will still make sure and stop everything and work on my first love, mixed media art and oil painting. And  of course I can print on demand! Ahh if only I could clone myself.... but I was told that they broke the mold....stomped on it and burned it and buried its ashes at that. This crazy artist couldn't and SHOULDN'T be replicated...LOL

 and with that I hope I leave you with a bit of a disturbed yet amused half smile...;-) (if you know me you know this to be my usual goal)

xoxo
Gigi


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