Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Forming Friendships: Mixed Media Arts on Facebook ART DOLL CHALLENGE

What an amazing exhilarating day yesterday was! As many of you might know already, I participated [and co-hosted] in our first challenge in our Mixed Media Arts on Facebook group, called "Forming Friendships" We were each partnered with another member and we each made an Art Doll to introduce ourselves to each other and start building friendships within our group.

I was paired with Roberta Laliburte, aka Prairie Fairie, from Manitoba, Canada! Already I was admiring her work and her online tutorials... so uplifting and creative! So I set to work on my first art doll, Caora Louise was the result of that...

Yesterday... My art doll arrived from Roberta... The moment I first glimpsed those heart shaped lips smiling at me I was hooked!! She is the most beautiful creature of all my own prairie fairie, Lilliana Rose!! She even came with her own lolly decorated with ribbons...

She is just exquisite!! So beautiful... So well crafted. Her paper clothing that is sculpted into place... Her sparkles... her fiery red hair... and those eyes.... Every time I look at her she seems to have a different expression!!

"In Celtic Spiritual tradition, it is believed that the soul radiates all about the physical body, what some refer to as an aura. When you connect with another person and become completely open and trusting with that individual, your two souls begin to flow together. Should such a deep bond be formed, it is said you have found your Anam Cara or soul friend.

Your Anam Cara always accepts you as you truly are, holding you in beauty and light. In order to appreciate this relationship, you must first recognize your own inner light and beauty. This is not always easy to do. The Celts believed that forming an Anam Cara friendship would help you to awaken your awareness of your own nature and experience the joys of others." - John O'Donahue

I am just so grateful. For this whole process! For this wonderful group of Artists. ♥ I LOVE my Lillianna Rose!! And all the processes that brought her into my life. What a Gift this truly is. ♥

Here, also, is a link to Lilliana Rose's official photoshoot: 

"Lillianna Rose" by Roberta Laliburte 


Also be sure to check out Roberta's own site and all her beautiful renderings!! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

mixed media art doll
 "Caora Louise"
oOaKindred: Art Doll  
Mixed Media

She was created for our first Art Challenge called  "Forming Friendships"  That took place at Mixed Media Arts on Facebook and my partner was the illustrious Roberta Laliberte! [aka Prairie Fairy!] I can't wait to see what she has created and will be sending out to me shortly! :)

"Caora" is the first, a prototype doll, in what I hope to develop into a line of Art dolls called oOaKindred: Companion dolls, rich with character, that sit easily close to you to keep good company.

If you are interested in custom design "art doll" please do contact me... I have a bunch more on the way that I will be uploading over the next while and making available for purchase if there is interest. 

Please check out:

Cherakee Photography 

Cherakee Stoddard is the photographer responsible for these photos! Her work is just so amazing!If you live in the Halifax/Maritime region of Eastern Canada you may wish to consider her for your next big event!

Friday, September 14, 2012

I am having so much fun this past week developing an Art Doll for the the first official Challenge in our Mixed Media Art Group called "Forming Friendships" .

The project is to build a figure, puppet, or doll no larger than 10-12" high, with some sort of movable parts. This figurine could be made from or incorporate anything really... Sticks - Found items - Metal - Fabric - Assemblage - String - Any technique you may wish to try, or your own area of expertise...

While there is no real theme, we thought this could be a visual way to share a little bit about overselves... Maybe a reflection of our personality... a Self-Portrait of sorts. Ultimately, it will be sent to our partner in the challenge as a a gift of friendship, the stepping stones towards building a new community!

Rest assured fellow challenge mates, this image is NOT the one I am making for my partner... I am not about to let that cat out of the bag yet... Or at least not until she sees it for herself. My partner is the very talented Prairie Fairy, aka Roberta, and I am so excited to make something for her especially as she faces some tragic family circumstance, maybe a new friend doll will offer some comfort. Be sure to check out her blog too! Such an amazing artist, and some awesome tutorials as well.Truly Inspiring!

I will post more, and some of the processes I am using as soon as I am able! :D Toodles!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


This first post is probably the hardest, as you are just setting up your blog for the first time... getting a feel for the layout, figuring out how things work, getting it all decorated up nice in time for the arrival of visitors! I guess this is an opportunity to just talk about what I would like to dream for my blog... my goals, my ambitions...

Well, first and foremost, I have been feeling more and more like I need to have a web presence all my own, a way to highlight my own work, but also to share in some of the trials and tribulations I have been facing these past years in the hopes that my own struggles, and some of the headway I have been able to make, might assist others. I will share more on this later on, but if you have been dealing with any sort of chronic illness you may want to pull up a chair. We are in good company! :)

This is an introduction more than anything else... I am a single mom of two boys... My eldest, Seoras [pronounced SHOR-is] is already well on his own life's travels away in Scotland  where his father lives, attending college this fall in Glasgo... My other son, Odhrán [pronounced OR-an], is still at home at home with me. We have three Peke-a-poos & Poodle X's, Murphy, Tara Belle & Eilidh [pronounced ellie] and our two black cats, Peru and Murah [note: Both feline names should be spoken with a "cat" accent or they will completely ignore you!]

I hope to share a little about my journey to a healthy lifestyle and losing a great deal of weight that I have accumulated along the way with my illness. Now, I am entirely focused on eating healthy, whole foods... Organic if possible... Avoiding all processed fats, sugars, meat... Not fully vegan, although I am almost there... Not quite raw, maybe about 40-50% of my foods are prepared uncooked.... I adore Smoothies of every flavor! Did I mention I have lost over thirty pounds since the middle of June! And, I eat chocolate sometimes even every day! [The NEW chocolate = 1Tbsp Cocoa + ½ mashed Banana] I will share more on this soon! :)

So as a reflection of me, this might be a pretty diverse blog. I would hope to share some of my interests and activities.I am deeply involved in a number of online activities... My current project is a group on Facebook called Mixed Media Art on Facebook that has been such a joy, more than I could have ever imagined! The new friendships that have emerged, the creative flow that has been shared amongst us, the opportunities that have opened before me on a personal level as well...

Mixed Media Art Group on Facebook

I feel like this post has left a great many dangling carrots... I shall share more as I get going on this. I am just excited to be here! Excited to get to know those that are following me! And to share in this great journey we call Life :) Welcome!