Christmas Mercado

November 25, 2008

I have been so busy preparing for the Mercado, I have not had time to do much else. Yesterday, I began working on my artwork at 8:00 am and did not quit until midnight. Today I took a few bottles to work to have them closer to Louie’s Backyard and my co-worker Charlie, “Charlie’d” them up. They looked fabulous. He gave me some tips on how to showcase them on Saturday and I went right out to buy what he suggested. We have spent over $300.00 on supplies easily. Well it wasn’t spent easily, believe me. It is easily over $300.00 with the suede, various paints and brushes, all kinds of stuff.

The good news is my boss LOVED them and said that he would buy every single last one of them if I did not sell all of them. They are beautiful and I had an idea of what people want here. It is an island. Everybody wants tropically-themed art and I have what they want. I have worked my butt off and I can’t wait to hear people fawn over them. I have learned alot, ruined a few bottles, burned my fingers, ruined cups, brushes and what not but now, it has gotten to the point where it is fun. I just pulled the tube of glue out of the glue gun to see how much was left… OOPS. I hope I didn’t just ruin it and fill it full of glue on the inside. I am going to wait til it hardens and knock it out of there. I have learned alot while on this artistic venture. I learned that to remove glue off something, you can put it in the freezer and it will break right off. Also, to clean bottles from the inside, you put raw rice in them with vinegar and let it do its magic. I was so pleasantly surprised to see how sparkling clean they got with the vinegar from the inside. I hope I am a success on Saturday. We pulled all my bottles in from drying outside, then it began to rain tonight. I felt so good when we bypassed all that possible damage to my works of art. It seems like for once, I have the chance to be a success, a real success at an art form. I envy those who can watercolor and do oil painting. I saw a guy once do paintings in 5 minutes flat on tv. It looked so easy. It is not the same when I try it. This time, I am seeing the beauty that I envision come to fruition and that is a great feeling.

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A Beautiful Beginning

August 17, 2008

This will be the blog I have wanted for so long. Things are finally coming together.  This blog is going to be a place where people can come and learn interesting things, read fascinating facts and stories, poetry, local events and such in paradise and especially come to be inspired when things are  going rough and life seems hopeless. Believe me, there are few people who deal with having to focus on happiness and being successful than me. I need it to survive. I live for it. I need good in my life and to feel good by doing good so this is the place I have chosen where in Spanish “todo padre” means all things are beautiful. This is my happy place and it will be the happy place for many others. I live by the beach in paradise but have to overcome much darkness in my mind: thoughts of failure and loss, regret and guilt. This is the place where people will come to get recharged, get a dose of God again, focus on love and goodness, hear stories of others who have made it through bad times and encourage others to do the same. You never know how your experience can help others. This is a place of hope, an everlasting spring of goodness and hope and love. This will be a safe place where you can come in and let me make you feel better. This will be our place.  Everyone needs a place where “todo esta Padre”. “Todo Padre” means all is beautiful in Spanish and this will be our beautiful paradise. Padre Island paradise and the paradise in our minds. We have the power to create a paradise in our lives. It will take work, hard work at times, but happiness is possible and can be the norm. Welcome.