Thursday, December 28, 2006

Moving Isn't Pretty



Believe it or not...this is the cutest image I have of my moving experience. The rest of the house is a mess and I'm not sure how I'll pull it together by Sunday when the movers arrive (yes, I'm moving on New Year's Eve)! It seems...the more I sort and pack...the bigger the mess!

Plus...Daisy isn't feeling well....





And Dexter is dirty and stinky





Both are not happy with all the packing..which suprises me. Usually, when the suitcases come out, they are very busy "packing" their toys!

We "hit the road" Monday morning and start the new movie Tuesday.

I think I need more boxes....

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Not a Totaly Grinch Christmas!





This has to be the most Grinch like Christmas I ever hope to have. Not only is my bank fraud problem yet to be resolved...I'm making a big life move to boot! I'm moving from LA to Santa Fe on the 31st and starting a new job Jan2. My entire life is being packed, donated, or thrown away. Ouch.

However, I can't help but have a tiny Bit 'O Cheer...so this is my (danglie) holiday card this year.
The back (which refuses to be photographed) has the four Metta Phrases;

May you be free from danger
May you be happy
May you be healthy
May you live with ease

And so may you all!

Merry Christmas!
Cindy-Loo Who

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Best Birthday Present!



I've seen my name splashed 35' wide across movie screens more times I've ever cared to count...but this is the biggest thrill I've ever had! When I look at the gorgeous artwork in the rest of the book ....I can't help but think they made a mistake by including mine.

I feel such gratitude to be included in such a beautiful book about what I hold so dearly.

Here is my eeny attempt in full...



The funny thing is...all my friends and family can't understand why I'm so excited. They all say, "That's nice, but it's not like when your costumes were in (fill in the blank) or when you won (fill in the blank).

Only you, my friends, will understand my excitement!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Beautiful Danglies



Look what arrived in the mail today! Beautiful danglie ornaments from Melissa's "Winter Solstice" swap. I've draped them over my fireplace where they glitter in the firelight. Thank you all for such beautiful ornaments. I'll be enjoying them for years to come!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Wow!



Feast your eyes on this my friends. All this arrived for ME today from the fantastic Michelle Ward! I can't even believe how generous this goodie box was. All I did was enter her Crusades and get my name pulled out of the Top Hat...and you can too!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Michelle!!! I'm just so thrilled!!!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

She's Published!



This piece was chosen to be included in a book published in the UK called "Your Planet Needs You". This is a first for me and I'm uber excited!!! I guess you could say... I'm sitting on thop of the World (ok...bad pun)!

Friday, December 01, 2006

La Muse



Oh gosh...how I've struggled with this. I thought I knew what I wanted to do (happy music)...but it fought me every step of the way. I finally gave in and just let it be how it wanted to be. At least I got a "mixed" CD in there!

Woo-Hoo!!!



I've never won anything before so I'm super excited!

Thankx Michelle for drawing my name out of the Top Hat!!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thank You World




The second of Michelle Ward's Crusades asks us to create something inspired by music. In honor of Thanksgiving, I selected an old World Party tune, "Thank You World"

Lyrics;

Colors, scents and symphony
Fall on me like tears.
And time around me stretches back
And forth across the years.
Was I sent to see your beauty
Just to please my aching heart...
Well I want to say good morning
But I don't know where to start.
Thank you World

Thank you World

Well, I'm lying in the dew
And I'm staring at the stars.
Yeah, he laid me down this blanket
Now I call this blanket grass
And the sun is my alarm
And the Moon, she makes me dream.
And my food is wild honey pie
And water from the stream.
Thank you World.......

Thank you world.

Ready To Go!



Normally I wouldn't write a post about mailing things...but getting this one out was a HUGH deal for me (see below). I'm going through so much stress right now, art has been a double edged sword. On the one hand, it's kept me sane. On the other...getting things out has added a little bit to the stress.

But overall, it been good. At least there is one thing in my life I can control!

I can't believe how excited I am to mail these out!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Danglies

I make myself nuts. Really. Nuts. I signed up for a holiday Danglie swap which is 10 for 10. No problem. Or so I thought. First I made 10 of these....




Than I read on somebody's blog that glass slide danglies are sooo passe. So I made this.....



But the colors were all wrong and I realized, as they are three sided, they would be difficult to mail. So I made 10 of these...



At this point I'm not even sure I like them.... but the deadline is arriving fast and I'm out of ideas. Maybe it's because I still haven't resolved the whole stolen identity mess and therefore am totally stressed out....or are swaps always this hard?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Bird Journal/Owls



I forgot to add this little boy and his owls to the stuff I was doing while waiting for my computer to get fixed. I love how serious he is with his two birds in the hands.

Here is the left side of the page. I'll bind them together with chunky copper wire and turquoise beads in the journal.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Finally!



Three looong weeks later...She's back! I can't tell you how hard it was living without her. Generally, the last three weeks have been awful...and not just because my computer was sick. I also lost my ipod (a tragedy), got stiffed by my last employer (there's thousands of $$ I'll never see), AND got my identity stolen! Bank accounts emptied, credit cards maxed out...the whole thing. I'm assured I'll recover everything in time....but what to do in the meantime?

OK... enough whining. Here's what I've been doing while I waited...




I finished the two remaining gift boxes....



and made this for a friend who's trying to get preggers...



It didn't photograph well...but it's really cute and she was thrilled with it.

I also made 10 "dangelies" for the Art Erratica holiday danglie swap. I'm not sure what the etiquitte is for posting photos of swaps before they've been mailed so I'll hold off posting the photo.

So...here's hoping November treats me kinder than October did!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Missing You!





My computer is in the Hospital and I really miss her! You don't realize how dependent you've become until you have to live without... I hope to be back online next week (fingers crossed)!

Until then...((le sigh))

Monday, October 16, 2006

I *Heart* Romeo!



I was so curious about these stamps (from Michelle Ward's new line "Wayward") I cut out two images and stamped them before I cut out the rest. Wowser...talk about "bang for your buck"! My mind is reeling with ideas! I love that you can do something simple and "modern" with them. Now...back to the foam to cut out the rest...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

First Crusade/Ghosts



Michelle's first crusade asked us to do something using her new (incredible) line of stamps. I had a harder time with the foam paddingI mounted them on then I expected... so I kept it simple! I'm progressing though the learning curve and already show an improvement...but I've still got a way to go.

I've been looking at these scary kids for years. They are in one of my costume books "Children's Fashions of the Past", and really creep me out!. I can hear that "Deliverance" banjo playing now ...

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Bird Journal/Parrot Page



I bound the first signature into the little journal and already it won't close! I guess I'm going to have to rethink having three signatures....

Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Rubber Has Arrived... and it's Beautiful!

Not too long ago those words would have meant nothing to me and this image would have meant less....




But that was "then" and all that's changed. My new rubber arrived from Michelle Ward today and I'm over the moon! Gotta got mount 5 rubber more pages on garden kneepads so I can get to playtime!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Bird Journal/ The Key



The quote reads "The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it".

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Join the Crusades!



That uber talent, Michelle Ward, has started a Street Team over on her newest blog! Click on the icon over on the right sidebar to join the first Crusade....this is gonna be sooo cool!

Thanks Michelle!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Bird Journal/ Poulet Page



I've started adding to the pages in my little journal

The huffy-fluffy chicken pulls out to give a French lesson!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Bird Journal



I took Celine Navarro's "Bird Journal" class today....what FUN!! This was only the second class I've ever taken and I can't even believe how enlightening classes are! Just looking at Celenie's "easy breezy" example was a big leap forward for me. Celeine is soo nice, encouraging, and *tres groovy*!

Even though the class was 6 hours...it was FAST! I think this alone was a huge help as I tend to "over fuss" and end up losing the very effect I was going for. Having to move so fast without thinking about it was HARD!!! I have tons of crazy-fun pages to work on....can't wait!

Merci, Celeine!!!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sunday Play




I bought this papier mache trunk box (one of three) a couple of years ago and it's been sitting around, taking up space ever since. My little studio space is tiny ...so every box HAS to stack. So, what to do with these big dome shaped boxes? I decided to make gift boxes to stuff presents into! This one is gianormous...I could pack a sweater (with room to spare) in there!

Friday, September 22, 2006

New Banner




I've really got the autumnal thing going on these days. This is my favorite time of year... and even in Los Angeles, things are changing. I sit, looking ot the windows in my little upstairs loft studio, watchingh the afternoon sky turn smudgy grey as night creeps ever-so-slowly closer each evening. It's "light the fire and and get cozy" season at last.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Birthday Girl

It's my friend, Sarah's birthday today!




I've got one of those presents that defy wrapping, so it's the handy-dandy gift bag option. But I had to do *something* cute...so I quickly whipped up a little hanger for her. I love the wary look on the little Birthday Clown's face....it's kinda like Sarah and I are starting to feel about our birthdays.. EEEK....again?



Thursday, September 14, 2006

Boo I Say...Boo!



It's still early for spooky Halloween stuff...but I was going through my books (trying to organize...Ha) and found this cranky little witch. I just had to share her with you!

BOO!!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Peace



In honor of 9/11/2001

They walk with Angels now

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Little Bookworm


Once-Upon-a-Time, originally uploaded by Ma Vie en Rose.

Dulci asked that we remember something we loved about our childhoods and incorporate a picture of ourselves for her journal. So here I am asking to read a story. I'm still a bookworm!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Nature Girl



"Nature Girl" is for Heather's Journal. She's so much cuter "in person"! All the butterflys are '3-D' (only thier little spines are glued down) and seem to flutter across the page.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Silly



I'm soo happy to be back home after nearly four months away! Greeting me as soon as I got back were three journals awaiting my marks. The first one I tackled was Amie's beautiful "Magikal Women" journal. No matter how hard I tried to be "serious", things just kept turning out silly. I finally gave up and just went with the flow!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Blue


The movie is winding down and Sara's mommy has "wrapped". It's lonley without Baby Sarah and we miss her!

In fact, it's so quiet...Daisy and Dexter got into BIG trouble when they decided to "go exploring" and got captured in the parking lot. They arrived back to the workroom with suspicious doughnut looking powerded suger around their mouths.
humm

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Power of Puppy Love

It's been a tough week so far. My car got broken into for the second time in three weeks. This time they only got my down "set" coat, but it still costs $300 to replace the window. Then, our fantastic production designer left the show as it was waay too stressful for his taste.


But look who arrived in my little costume department!



Her name is Sarah, and she's only 5" tall! Her Mommy is my illustrator, Izea, who wanted a little dog sooo badly! Of course, I had to make baby Sarah a "little something", and as I've been drooling over Pamela Garrison's banners....I whipped up this for her with Pam's yummy vintage wallpapers.




I wish I knew how Pam does it...and I can't wait to get my hands on the new Somerset Studio magazine to see!

But I think I know why I preserver ....it'she power of ....PUPPIES!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

When the Going Gets Tough....




The Tough Journal....

I brought (to Vancouver) well over 200 art books from my library to glean inspiration from. I carefully selected each one for it's relevance to the project at hand. So... Imagine my surprise when I unpacked the many boxes to discover Julia Cameron's book "The Artist's Way", in the midst of them! I've owned this book for, what....10 years?...and never got past the first few pages. Once I discovered I would have to...yikes..."journal", I put it well aside.

How did it sneak inside one of the boxes?

I've managed to ignore it for the past month...waaay to busy for such stuff. However... last night, I had a dream about it....

I'm a firm believer in that "When the student is ready, the Teacher arrives", so I guess I'm ready! Today...I bought one of those little black composition books and made a simple cover for it (harder to ignore).

So far, I'm aghast at my poor spelling...let alone my petty thoughts....

Friday, June 02, 2006

Book of Dreams



Pocket insert for the Book of Dreams project. Things are so K-RAZY just now, all I can do is work on bits and bobs. I found some peacock feathers this week and wanted to add one to this little "Princling"!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

I Got Mail!



How happy was I to find this on my desk this afternoon! Inside were two fantastic packs of vintage wallpaper and other goodies from Pam Garrison. So much proshness...thanks Pam!