Monday, April 30, 2012

Doodlebugheart is in Larchmont!

We have officially launched Doodlebugheart in Larchmont, NY! Although we wish Deborah and her family weren't moving to Texas, we are *thrilled* with the fabulous women who welcomed us! Everyone opened, unfurled, crafted, ate, toasted, and laughed. Thank you, women. You are amazing!
Deborah's welcome toast

"Studio B", was a-buzz!
Betsy chose pretty papers for her "10 Things" envelope
Nancy tracing the template
Rebecca playing with patterns
Patricia chose vibrant colors
Little dabs of paint
Rebeccas' sweetest details!
"10 Things" slips of paper
Patricia and Heather's beautiful contrasts!
Virginia -- fabulously unfurling!
Laura -- giggling too
Susan pale pretty contrast
Dr. Kristin's Happiness!
Even art therapists unfurled! (Debbie)
And the winner is...
Rebecca won the Basic 'Bug Box!
Andrea won the Travel Kit!
After we came together, shared, bonded, and took a breath, we were so so happy. 
Isn't that what it's all about?
Of course, there was dancing!
(Special note to those not pictured here... I'm sorry. Many of my photos were blurry -- there was a lot of laughing and giggling going on! But don't think you're safe. I'll get you next time. :)
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***What's next?***

Doodlebugheart is hosting the super creative, ahh-mazing artist/teacher/guide Erin Faith Allen in New York!

Email us immediately for more info and to register: this class is filling up fast!

June 9 and 10, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Larchmont, NY
Info@Doodlebugheart.com
1.855.687.3284 
(1-855.OUR DBUG)
$200*  (*sign up by May 5 and get $20 off!)

Erin Faith Allen ~ As an international mixed media art teacher, I act as a guide inward ~ to the innate creative genius spark that lies within every one of us.  An artist and empath, I experience the world on a supernatural level.  I make art to understand and process my self, life, and the planet I live on.  My work conveys the delicate dance between light and shadow, and I believe we must know our depths to know our heights: we must howl in wild stark exposure at the moon in order to know true bliss in the glow of sun. 
My artwork can be found on www.erinfaithallen.com
SOUL PORTRAIT EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP 
Is your soul a stream of consciousness word parade that flows across your surface?  Does it swoosh in gentle abstract harmony, or blaze it’s way vibrantly across the page?  Have you ever created a piece of art with direct connection and intention to express this pure and unique essence of self?   In this soul-full hands-on collaging workshop we will dive into the depths of our very being, to find our own unique soul signature and express it through mixed media collage. 

The clarity of self-image will assist greatly in manifesting your dreams, desires, and circumstances that are your hearts desire.  To hold a self-created image of WHO YOU ARE is a talisman for growth, a gift that keeps on giving for years to come!  You will be given tools of self-awareness that can be utilized in your studio and career, to unleash your potential through this creative process at any time you need to connect with yourself for answers, guidance, or fun.

With guided visualizations, music, and stream of consciousness writing we will create at least one Soul Portrait, and as many as time allows! See some examples of Erin's work below:

by Erin Faith Allen
by Erin Faith Allen
by Erin Faith Allen

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Goodbyes


Today I told my commercial agent that I am moving and will no longer be available to work.  I have been with this same agent at this same agency for about 17 years.  Longer than I've been married.  Longer than many of my friendships.  She was, as always, gracious and kind, asking caring questions and listening intently to the answers.  She said she was sad to see me go, that she enjoyed working with me, and wished me the best of luck.

It is a final nail in the coffin of who I used to be.  Who I was, the career I had, before I married and had kids.  A person who was a performer, who loved performing with a fierce passion. Who worked hard and had many failures and a few amazing successes.  Who drank in the theater like lifeblood and who stayed out late, studied with great teachers, got to eat at great restaurants, and meet amazing creative people, and travel, and date a variety of interesting men.   A person who now seems completely foreign to the suburban wife and mom that I am today.  This chapter of my life has been ending for some time.  I married.  I had kids.  I got older, and gained weight, and got busy with family instead of dance and acting and voice classes.  My tv and film agent retired.  I moved, and moved again, and now am moving again.  Still, I would occasionally trek into the city for commercial auditions, and it was a modest little vestige of that former self I could hang onto.  I did well at my auditions, with several callbacks and a couple of "holds" although I haven't booked a job in some time.  With the announcement today that I was leaving, that part is finally over, too. 

It's probably time.  I'm happy.  I love being a wife and mother, and want to devote this portion of my life to doing those things well.  And being a mother isn't always going to be this intensive.  Their childhoods will be over in the blink of an eye.  It is appropriate for me to let go and embrace my roles as wife and mother.

But it still stings.  It saddens me.  To finally acknowledge that this is no longer the truth of who I am right now.  It is my past.  A wonderful, valuable past that I wouldn't trade for the world, but it is the past, it is not the reality of who I am, what I look like, and what I am capable of right now.

It is a passing of my youth.  It is a passing of career.  It is the nostalgia felt for a city jammed full of memories for me.  It is the passing of a fulfilled childhood dream.

I still have friends who are married and have kids and are sticking it out in the career, and making it.  I admire them and envy them and part of me wishes I had the guts to do it, too.  But I also see the sacrifices they are required to make in a profession that is all-consuming, and I am clear that those are sacrifices I am no longer willing to make, because I would no longer be the only one making the sacrifices--my husband and children would be as well.  Not to say that my friends aren't making the best choices for themselves and their families, just to say that I recognize it's not a choice I am prepared to make.

So I have to say goodbye to the person that I was.  She formed who I am now, and certainly will always be a part of me, but I am someone different now.  I am defined by other things, other identities, other people.  Good things, good identities, good people.

Still hurts to say goodbye.

As I drove home from my "break-up" with my commercial agent,  I was brooding over this final release of my former self.  Feeling the sadness of the end of an era.  I stopped to pick my two kids up at their school and tagged after them as they ran into the office to say goodbye to one of the staff members.  She hugged them goodbye then looked up at me, studied me a moment,  and then asked, out of the blue, "Were you ever a Rockette?"

I was floored and unable to answer for a moment.  This is a woman who knows nothing about me, whose only experience of me is when I dropoff and pickup my kids, usually in my sweatpants with no makeup and hair back in a ponytail, who knows I'm a stay-at-home Mom.  There is no way she could have known I used to be a dancer--my kids don't even know--and I most certainly have never mentioned it to her.

Before answering I asked her, "Why do you ask?"  And she shrugged and said, "I don't know, you just look like you could be a Rockette."

Yes, I told her, I had been a Rockette for four years, and she was surprised and impressed.  And I felt like even 15 years, 15 pounds, and 2 kids later, a little bit of that former self was still visible in me. 

Felt good.

Felt even better to walk out hand in hand with my little girls and take them home to who I am now.

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**What's new?**

Doodlebugheart is moving to Larchmont, NY! Come play with us this Sunday, April 29.
We are celebrating, so there will be champagne, cupcakes, and *free gifts*! There will be crafts available and a special give-away. It's all free! Come by, say hello, and start unfurling!
Sunday, April 29, 2:00-5:00 p.m. 
3 Highridge Road, Larchmont, NY  10538
~Please RSVP at: info@doodlebugheart.com~
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Doodlebugheart is hosting the beauty-filled, super creative, ahh-mazing artist/teacher/guide Erin Faith Allen in New York!

Email us immediately for more info and to register. This class will fill up fast!

June 9 and 10, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Larchmont, NY

Info@Doodlebugheart.com
1.855.687.3284 
(1-855.OUR DBUG)
$200*  (*sign up by May 5 and get $20 off!)

Erin Faith Allen ~ As an international mixed media art teacher, I act as a guide inward ~ to the innate creative genius spark that lies within every one of us.  An artist and empath, I experience the world on a supernatural level.  I make art to understand and process my self, life, and the planet I live on.  My work conveys the delicate dance between light and shadow, and I believe we must know our depths to know our heights: we must howl in wild stark exposure at the moon in order to know true bliss in the glow of sun. 
My artwork can be found on www.erinfaithallen.com
SOUL PORTRAIT EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP 
Is your soul a stream of consciousness word parade that flows across your surface?  Does it swoosh in gentle abstract harmony, or blaze it’s way vibrantly across the page?  Have you ever created a piece of art with direct connection and intention to express this pure and unique essence of self?   In this soul-full hands-on collaging workshop we will dive into the depths of our very being, to find our own unique soul signature and express it through mixed media collage. 

The clarity of self-image will assist greatly in manifesting your dreams, desires, and circumstances that are your hearts desire.  To hold a self-created image of WHO YOU ARE is a talisman for growth, a gift that keeps on giving for years to come!  You will be given tools of self-awareness that can be utilized in your studio and career, to unleash your potential through this creative process at any time you need to connect with yourself for answers, guidance, or fun.

With guided visualizations, music, and stream of consciousness writing we will create at least one Soul Portrait, and as many as time allows! See some examples of Erin's work below:

by Erin Faith Allen
by Erin Faith Allen
by Erin Faith Allen

Monday, April 23, 2012

Erin Faith Allen is Coming to New York!

Erin Faith Allen
Three cheers!
Doodlebugheart is hosting the beauty-filled, super creative, ahh-mazing Erin Faith Allen in New York! She's coming to lead a workshop June 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 - 5:00) ~ one of her last, before she has a baby this fall. Hip, hip, hooray!!!

Email us immediately for more info and to register. This class will fill up fast!

Info@Doodlebugheart.com
1.855.687.3284 
(1-855.OUR DBUG)

Here's what you need to know:

Erin Faith Allen ~ As an international mixed media art teacher, I act as a guide inward ~ to the innate creative genius spark that lies within every one of us.  An artist and empath, I experience the world on a supernatural level.  I make art to understand and process my self, life, and the planet I live on.  My work conveys the delicate dance between light and shadow, and I believe we must know our depths to know our heights: we must howl in wild stark exposure at the moon in order to know true bliss in the glow of sun. 
My artwork can be found on www.erinfaithallen.com
SOUL PORTRAIT EMPOWERMENT  $200
Course description:
Is your soul a stream of consciousness word parade that flows across your surface?  Does it swoosh in gentle abstract harmony, or blaze it’s way vibrantly across the page?  Have you ever created a piece of art with direct connection and intention to express this pure and unique essence of self?   In this soul-full hands-on collaging workshop we will dive into the depths of our very being, to find our own unique soul signature and express it through mixed media collage. 

The clarity of self-image will assist greatly in manifesting your dreams, desires, and circumstances that are your hearts desire.  To hold a self-created image of WHO YOU ARE is a talisman for growth, a gift that keeps on giving for years to come!  You will be given tools of self-awareness that can be utilized in your studio and career, to unleash your potential through this creative process at any time you need to connect with yourself for answers, guidance, or fun.

With guided visualizations, music, and stream of consciousness writing we will create at least one Soul Portrait, and as many as time allows!

Day One:  Technical / conceptual dialoguing, opening up, and getting into the flow, with hands on creative play time.  
Day Two: is devoted mostly to full-blown artmaking.  I am very hands-on and give a lot of one-to-one time :)  My teaching style is loose, and while technical education and information is part of my class, my passion lies in diving deep into the soul for conceptual and energetic information and inspiration.  

Recommended Supply List:
  • A minimum of 7 photographs of yourself in a variety of sizes, distances, and/or poses so that you have a lot to choose from.  (It is best to work with self-portraits when possible).A minimum of 7 symbolic images that reflect your interests and personal nuances.  These can be colors, shapes, favorite animals and other things in nature, fairy tales, characters, hobbies, beliefs, textures … the sky’s the limit!
  • If you do not wish to use photographs of yourself (though this is highly recommended), you can collect imagery from magazines, ephemera, or hand-draw/paint them to assemble your soul portrait.
  • 11x14 or 11x17 paper, as many as you feel you will fill. This can be scrapbooking paper, watercolor paper, xeroxes of old books or ephemera ~ anything! Gel Medium or preferred adhesive
  • Calligraphy Pen and Ink in any colors that you choose 
  • Any other mediums or accessories or images that you prefer working with – this can be (but is not limited to) acrylic, watercolor, paint pens, stencils, text, found images from books or magazines for collaging, scrapbooking papers for backgrounds.  The more the merrier! 
  • Brushes and tools that you prefer and are comfortable with. 
  • Scissors or Xacto knife

On a personal note... I can tell you, I took class with Erin at ArtFest 2012, which is why I am so excited to bring her to New York! She is intuitive, energizing, insightful, and gorgeously talented. She has a calming presence that allows your true thoughts and feelings to come through -- no judgements, only honor. All levels of ability welcome!

I am thrilled with not only the work I did in the class (it's hanging in my bedroom!), but also I'm touched by the depth of sharing everyone had and the friendships I cherish from it. I cannot recommend her class highly enough. She is wonder-full! You can see her work at www.erinfaithallen.com or just look at these!


SIGN UP NOW!
Info@Doodlebugheart.com
1.855.687.3284 
(1-855.OUR DBUG)
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**What's new?**
Doodlebugheart is moving to Larchmont, NY! Come play with us this Sunday, April 29.
We are celebrating, so there will be champagne, chocolate, chips and salsa, and *gifts*! There will be crafts available and a special give-away. It's all free! Drop by and say hello!
Sunday, April 29, 2:00-5:00 
3 Highridge Road, Larchmont, NY  10538
~Please RSVP at: info@doodlebugheart.com~

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Little Kindnesses


I am not a morning person.  Never have been.  My mother can attest that even as a very young girl, I resisted bed time and happily slept late in the morning.  My natural body rhythms just rev as it gets later, and I am sluggish in the morning, no matter how much sleep I have had.  Now, with a 4 year old and a 2 year old and a husband who has to be at work at 7:15am, there is very little sleeping in in my life anymore.  As in, I don't.


However....My husband gets up in the morning, takes his shower, and then collects the girls from their rooms.  He dresses them, takes them downstairs, and they all sit at the table together and have cereal.  The girls love this routine.  This is their special time together, their ritual with their father, whom they adore, and they both love to sit at the big table and eat breakfast with him, just the three of them.  Meanwhile, I get to stay in bed.  I get a precious extra 15 minutes to doze or slowly wake up or maybe go to the bathroom by myself.  This little kindness means so much to me.  It is something my husband does that makes us all happy.  I get to ease into my day before the barrage of little girl needs and demands assault me, and the girls get private time with Daddy.


It is a measure of how much your life changes with children that I am so grateful for the extra 15 minutes of sleeping in.  That sleeping until 7am counts as sleeping in at all would have been hilarious to my pre-child self.  But I am grateful.  It is a little thing that makes a big difference.

I try to find little kindnesses to return to him.  I try to keep his favorite iced tea stocked in the fridge.  I try to notice when his hair gel or deodorant are running low and resupply it for him.  I try to take the lion's share of late night treks into the girls' room so he can get enough sleep.  I try to say thank you for all the things he contributes.  I keep track of his family's birthdays and help with presents and mailing when he doesn't have time.  One of the main things I try to do is to remember stories from the day with our children to recount to him so that he will share in their adorable, funny moments with me.

I would love to do more.  So I'm wondering, what are the little kindnesses that you do for your beloved?  What little things do others do for you that really matter?  Inspire me, and help me be a little kinder.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lisa Myers Bulmash!

Teesha Moore's 2012 ArtFest introduced me to many wonder-filled, incredible people. One of whom was the fabulous, hilarious Lisa Myers Bulmash. Woo-eee! That girl rocks. What first struck me about her is her easy, open, "Let's play!" spirit. She is beautiful, super creative, and ready for anything. She showed some of her ArtFest creations the first night I talked with her, as she shared with me the consciousness that went into her pieces. Amazing.
Isn't she beautiful? Even without makeup, she just glows. Check out her blog to see some of what she did -- there's some really interesting, consciously made pieces: www.bloggingqueen.com
That first night, she just up and popped out her little briefcase...
It's a just little something that her loving husband made her. (Can you believe this guy?!) It's a Doodlebugheart Travel Kit to the extreme.
It's so cool: the simple red felt straps hold everything in place.

Separate compartments for all her stamps, fabrics, heating tool, and doodads.
This is the top of the briefcase -- perfect for papers, stencils, journals, photographs.

Again, here's Lisa blog: http://www.bloggingqueen.com/. She's a beauty of a woman, well worth following!
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**What's new?**
Doodlebugheart it moving to Larchmont, NY! Come play with us Sunday, April 29.
We're celebrating, so there will be champagne, chocolate, chips and salsa, and *gifts*! There will be crafts available and a special give-away. It's all free! Drop by and say hello!
Sunday, April 29, 2:00-5:00 
3 Highridge Road, Larchmont, NY  10538
~Please RSVP at: info@doodlebugheart.com~

Friday, April 13, 2012

Things I Want


With our impending move comes the promise of being able to decorate a new home.  Suddenly all those catalogs that went straight to recycling have become must-reads as I dream and fantasize and imagine all the things I would like to have.  I doubt I actually will end up purchasing most of them, but it has surprised me how much I have enjoyed the exercise of imagining I could.  Here are a few of my favorites:


I don't need any more dining chairs, I have more than enough.  But oh my goodness I think these wooden chairs are just gorgeous.  My absolute fave is the carved vines chair.  I would love a whole set of those.


I'm not sure what it is about this clock that I love so much.  The vintage look, the balance of circular face set in the rectangular shape, the wood finish....it just looks romantic and historic and handy, and I picture it on the bedside of an artist's garret in Paris.  So pretty.


I envision designing a mudroom of benches and baskets with these setting the tone.  I love the industrial look but also how useful they are. 



I'm not sure what the recycling program is where we are moving, but we have a really good one where we live now.  I have plastic bins outside at the moment, but these are so cute I could leave them stacked in the corner of the kitchen, which would be much more convenient.


This would be adorable in the master bath, but it would also work in the kids rooms or even in the pantry.  Lots of uses, especially since it's fairly compact.  Alas, it seems to no longer be available.  In which case, this was a runner-up for the bathroom:



Today, pretend you won the lottery, pull out some magazines and pick out what you would really like to have.  Nothing wrong with occasionally wishing and imagining.  Pull out those pages and keep a wish list.  If you revisit the folder in a few weeks and realize you still like things just as much, maybe it's worth saving up for that item.  Meanwhile, enjoy your unlimited imaginary budget, and decorate that new home in your head!

Monday, April 9, 2012

I survived Easter! (and all I got was one lousy burn!)

For some {crazy} reason, I thought it would be a good idea to host Easter dinner for my husband's family. What was I thinking? I'm not ready for that! My dear friend Tracey Clem (stay tuned for posts from Her Cooking Master Craftiness!) kept sending me recipes of unequaled delight, but to no avail. They were not to come to pass. I can't handle the truth!

I over-planned! I created a menu with enough food to feed 24, not 10, only 6 of whom were adults. I lost sleep! Not good when you're trying to keep a clear head for timing, planning, and coordinating. And I tried to do it all by myself: cleaning, shopping, and cooking? I'm not a pioneer woman! What was I thinking! 

Everything boiled to a head at 3:00, a scant 2 hours before guests were to arrive, and I decided to get my craft on and make place cards. I wasn't dressed! I wasn't done cooking! Why, oh, why...

(fabrics and papers and scraps, oh my!)
Just a little part of the mess I dug up. (Did I mention this was less than 2 hours before guests were to arrive?!)
I couldn't find my stencils or my tool punch-thingy, so I made my own templates.
I cut out egg-shaped pieces of fabric for backing, and cut pretty paper eggs for the front, and little tags for everyone's names. Since I had so much extra time (!), I decided to personalize each one with fabric and papers specific to each guest.

About this time, my son went into the bath and my husband took a nap. (!!) I started sewing the egg pieces together, in between running (literally) up and down the hall and stairs to check on my son in the tub. Panic and mayhem were rampant! In a frenzy, I stamped birds and nests, inked in names, and threw it all together with clothes pins -- miniature pins for the kids.

When my mother-in-law soon arrived, she immediately assessed the situation and gently calmed me -- gracefully, and with the help of a glass of champagne! She got me organized; we cranked up the oven, and by the time the kids (and I) were just about to fall apart, everything fell into place. 
The final place cards

The ham was perfectly salty, the scalloped potatoes were (finally) cooked through, the mac and cheese wasn't dry, and the place cards were a hit! *sigh* I did it! I survived Easter! (And all I got was one lousy burn!)
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**What's new?**
Doodlebugheart it moving to Larchmont, NY! Come play with us Sunday, April 29.
We're celebrating, so there will be champagne, chocolate, chips and salsa, and *gifts*! There will be crafts available and a special give-away. It's all free! Drop by and say hello!
Sunday, April 29, 2:00-5:00 
3 Highridge Road, Larchmont, NY  10538
~Please RSVP: info@doodlebugheart.com~

Friday, April 6, 2012

Favors, Redux


Is it just me, or do I spend an inordinate amount of time making and writing about party favors?

My Oldest has her birthday on Easter Sunday this year.  (Fun drinking game:  drink every time someone wishes her a "Hoppy" Birthday!)  We are having her party on Monday so that we don't interfere with anyone's religious holiday and family time.  We are hosting it at a local party place with inflatables and games and ball pits that promises to be loud and exhausting and overwhelmingly fun.  Best part is I don't have to clean my house, set up, make food, or clean up afterwards.  I just show up with a cake and my checkbook and they do the rest.

They even provide goody bags, but I decided I would put together one of my own as well.  Oldest loves dinosaurs and dragons right now, so I picked dinosaur favors, ordered from the mecca of kids craft and favor products, Oriental Trading


I plopped two squishy dinos and one lollipop into each bag.  Since the favors themselves aren't handmade, I wanted to have semi-cute packaging.  Here's my quick solution:

All you need is pretty paper, favor sacks, stapler, and a punch (mine said "thanks").


I cut squares from the paper, folded them in half, and punched the crease. Then I folded over the top of the bag, topped it with the punched square, and stapled everything in place.  Turned out cute, with the added bonus that the contents can't spill out of the bag now.


Definitely not my most handmade attempt ever, but with everything else going on in our lives, I'm content with this.  Do me a favor, and let me know what some of your favorite party goodies have been!