My tribute to Amy Winehouse

Halloween is almost over.

I was going to dress up as Miss Piggy but...I didn't have anything pink and I was too cheap to go out and buy something I won't ever wear again. Plus me...going as a pig....well, that's just too easy.

So I picked a different costume.

I was going for the just got out of rehab...stopped drinking and began munching....put on some weight...should now attend Weight Watchers.


I haven't inhaled this much Aqua Net in 25 years!

Yes. this is all my hair. *snort*

"All I need is my booze and my fag and I'm cool."

The aftermath of that rat's nest and black eyeliner.

Oh, hop on over to Babycenter so you can check out Xixi's homemade Frida Kahlo costume. She looked so good!


Why zombies have scarred me for life

Since its Halloween time, you cannot escape the endless ads for scary movies that run incessantly during October. If I see another Paranormal Activity 3 ad, I think I will gouge out my own eyeballs. Late at night seems to be the only time I watch TV, thanks to a mountainous pile of laundry and six chil'rens who control the remote.

That seems to be the exact time TV programmers decide to run scary movie previews. Whenever commercials for AMC's show, The Walking Dead come on, I duck and run for cover. Eeeeek.

I just posted about accidentally stumbling onto a zombie movie with my kids right there on Friday at Babycenter's MOMformation titled, Do you let your kids watch scary movies?

You see, I am not a big fan of horror movies. Especially zombie movies. Zombie movies just take me over the edge. I don't know what it is, but the thought of the human race decomposing or mutating and dying and coming back to life as a monster that wants to eat you just freaks me the hell out. The gray color of their skin. The blackened blood coming out of their mouths. The rotting teeth. The way they walk.



I blame my dad. When my little brother and I were five and six years old, he thought it would be fun rite of passage to let us watch Night of the Living Dead. It was so not fun.

Who does this?

To this day, the movie creeps me out, especially in the beginning when Johnny and Barbara are at the cemetery and you can see a zombie walking in the distance. The horror. It just makes me want to kick my legs like an egg-beater. Even though the movie itself is pretty cheesy and way less bloody and scary by today's zombie standards, it traumatized me quite thoroughly.

I would never let my five and six year old watch a movie like that. I wouldn't even let my teenager watch it! Even if they begged me. They wouldn't sleep for weeks. Believe me, I know. I don't care how old I am, I will always believe a zombie will rise from the ground, chase me down and feast on my brain.


Are you a fan of zombie movies?


Don't mind me, I'm just going insane

Twelve more days until Day of the Dead and in true procrastinating artist fashion, my stuff is far from done. Granted, I've gotten tons of work done since I've been working on it for about six months straight but I'm nowhere close to being done.

The part that sucks the most is I've run out of money to invest. I still have prints of my artwork left to order--which happens to be the main reason why I wanted to have a booth to sell goods on Day of the Dead in the first place. But I don't see how I'll be able to. I also have scarves and tees that are on my worktable that I still have to finish.


One of my problems is, I suck at asking for "money from investors".  When I met Kathy the Crafty Chica, her advice to me was I shouldn't be so caught up in the creative aspect of it all--the business side is just as important. Well, I've got years as an artist under my belt but I'm a total new booty when it comes to business. But seriously. Most days, I'm just a mom with six kids who's been doing artwork at her "studio" which is really just a glorified desk in the livingroom.

I'm just.
I'm just.
I'm just.

Everything I do, in reality, is me working on my art after and around all of my other duties--cleaning my home, cooking three meals a day, laundry, homeschooling my kids, blogging for Babycenter and being a wife.

If I make it until the end of the month in one piece and with my sanity intact, I'll let you know. But today, right this second, I feel like I'm going to crack. But then again, how is that different from my everyday scenario? I always feel like I'm barely holding on by a string. I haven't blogged and vented in a long time but this just happens to be where I'm at right now.

The artwork above is a collage of sugar skulls that I created for these really cute and tiny wooden plaques that are about 4 x 4 inches in size. I featured a pic of them in the post below. I haven't decided if I'm going to sell them individually or in sets of four. There are nine different designs. My brother Josh was a contributing artist.

He told me to tell you to follow him on Twitter. Heh.

Anyhow, I put together all of the designs just to see what they'd look like and to me, it resembles some really cool Dia de los Muertos fabric. Hey, people over at Alexander Henry Fabrics, peep it.

And now, I must return to the salt mines. Hope you have a restful weekend.

P.S. Should you care to donate to my cause, there is a handy dandy PayPal donate button in a widget on the left side column. There is also a donate button in a page under my header. If you donate, thank you and you're awesome. If you can't donate, I still think you're awesome.



My week in pictures

Here are a few random glimpses of my life these days. October has been a blur thus far, and we're only eleven days in!

Wood carved design on my DIY headboard.

Why must the chil'rens insist on eating cotton candy-flavored ice cream?

When the day gets rough, the power of these words get me through it.

Is it weird that I wanted to use the El Pato enchilada sauce can on my desk? I love the colors!

Skulls, skulls, skulls get yer skull right here! Been working on these all week long. Mod Podge for the win!!

Eenie meenie minney moe.

A respite from a long, hard day.

About to add some special sauce to this already awesome painting from Sandals Church
 Art of Authenticity series.
I made candles. Woooohooo! My artwork looks amazeballs on the glass, iffa do say so myself.
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