October 31, 2010

Fall Princess

Here's my petite ladybug at age 2

My Snow White at age 4

A masquerade princess age 7

My little Bebopper at 8

Pirate chick at age 9

This year she's a Fall Princess
( I love this burnt orange velveteen dress )

 Oh, if she could only turn this pumpkin 
into a magical carriage that would take her 
Trick-or-Treating tonight

Or better yet...

Daddy said, "not on my watch"!

And who is this yummy little snack you ask
I have NO idea!
This tiny Musketeer came a knocking on our
door a few Halloweens ago and I just had to
snap a picture of him.  Can you believe his
mother wouldn't let me keep him to be Jesenia's little brother!?!

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend 

October 29, 2010

La Llorona

The Mexican folktale of La Llorona or
The Wailing Woman was a part of my
childhood that I could have done without.
But since IT IS  Halloween weekend, I thought I
would share the tale with you so you can have an
insight to my messed up childhood.
 The tale of La Llorona has been passed down through
generations for the past 500 years.  I don't think there
is a single soul in Mexico who hasn't heard it, not to
mention the millions of Latin-Americans who reside in
the U.S. who have also learned it from their parents.

La Llorona

Don't go down to the river, child,
Don't go there alone;
For the sobbing woman, wet and wild
Might claim you for her own.

She weeps when the sun is murky red;
She wails when the moon is old;
She cries for her babies, still and dead,
Who drowned in the water cold.

Abandoned by a faithless love,
Filled with fear and hate.
She flung them from a cliff above
And left them to their fate.

 Day and night, she heard their screams,
Borne on the current’s crest;
Their tortured faces filled her dreams,
And gave her heart no rest.

Crazed by guilt and dazed by pain,
Weary from loss of sleep,
She leaped in the river, lashed by rain,
And drowned in the waters deep.

She seeks her children day and night,
Wandering, lost, and cold;
She weeps and moans in dark and light,
A tortured, restless soul.

Don’t go down to the river, child,
Don’t go there alone;
For the sobbing woman, wet and wild,
Might claim you for her own.

 In most versions of folk legend La Llorona, as a result
of betrayal, killed her children in revenge.  Her spirit is
forced to wander near the banks of rivers wailing "mis 
hijos, donde estan mis hijos?" ("my children, where are 
my children?") in search of her lost progeny.
"Be good or La Llorona will get you" is a warning heard 
by most Hispanic children who grow up in fear of the woman who has violently transgressed the role of mother.

Her story has even been turned into a movie.
Yes, I know, it's a horrible tale.
I'm sorry that children, including myself,
have, are, and will be subjected to that story.
What are parents thinking, or are they?
I never nor would I ever pass it on
to my girls" the Llorona ends with me"

So now, let me show you the inspiration to my post.
 (look at image for a minute)

This is the pic that my beautiful and talented cousin,
Ana,  from A Petite Cottage posted on her blog and it
gave me flashbacks of my childhood and La Llorona.

The image is appearing in her lovely home, by the way.
I don't know if I can go visit her anymore after this. lol

For those of you who have not visited Ana's lovely blog,
please take a minute to do so.  You won't be disappointed!
Have a Wonderful Weekend!

October 22, 2010

Don't Judge Me

Anybody who knows me...knooows...that
I DON'T DO Halloween!
That being said...(here comes the confession)
I gave in...I gave in...I gave in okay...there I said it
but don't judge me!
I just found it too hard to resist all the 2010 halloween
decorations that were calling out to me at all my favorite
stores.  So I caved and bought a little here and a little there.
I secretly took them out of the trunk and snuck them in my
house while nobody was home.  I had so much fun putting
all my goodies together that I thought I'd share some pics  with my blogging friends who..."won't judge me" right?

I bought the wreath above at the thriftique for $12.
The EEK sign and the burlap ribbon came from Michaels, also half price, and I only used 2 yards.  All the other 
goodies came from the Dollar Tree.
The skull, believe it or not, was a Ralphs buy, you can just
imagine what that looked like sitting in my grocery cart.
The glittered crow I found at Tuesday Mornings.  
All the other things were hanging around my house.
BTW: white pumpkins make me smile!
This silver tray with glass dome was the first thing that sold at the Flea, I didn't even charge extra for the creepy crawling critters inside. lol
This tombstone got me with it's glitter in colors of green
and black and bronze.  How cute is that crow with it's
fancy top hat?  Wait, did I just use crow and cute in the
same sentence?

Happy Halloween

 I'll be selling at the Jamestown Flea Market
in downtown Tustin if you'd like to come visit.
It's going to be a beautiful weekend!

October 08, 2010

Glitterfest 2010

Wow, you know the "day late and a dollar short" thing, well I'm at a week late now, and I won't even get into the dollar thing. lol

I know that most of you have already gotten an eyeful of the  incredible show they call GLITTERFEST , but if I may, let me tell you about my experience at this magical event!

I have been attending Glitterfest since they put on their first show. 
Who are "they" you ask...
  They are these two lovely sisters Sheryl and Dianne
   who are the owners of Whimzy in Old Town Tustin.
I actually went to High Scool with these ladies
Class of 19nevermind.
The first lady I saw, was the beautiful Angela from
she had all her french inspired decor, handmade bags,
and hand painted rooster art!
Next, was Carolyn Carrara from Twigs
and her absolutely gorgeous pieces of jewelry,
these bracelets and cuffs were my favs!

At the first show I purchased this beautiful
Love Birds canvas from the very talented
Christie Repasy of Chateau de Fleurs
I had loved them since I first 
saw them a few years ago
I also purchased this crown
for Jesenia

This time I was taken by her
brand new roosters
 of course she still had her rose 
paintings which she is known for
and all kinds of other
great rose treasures
but my absolute fav was this
stunning framed painting!
Doesn't it take your breath away?
(This pic does not do it justice.)

At that first show I also purchased
this stunning bottle
 made by Eloise Medina the Junk Fairy
talk about being CREATIVE!
I LUV the detail...vintage door hardware,
a skeleton key, a little vintage bling, and
a bit of GLITTER of course!
And here is the QUEEN of all things
beautiful, herself, Miss Rita of Mammabellarte!
Doesn't her booth look Christmasy?
Rita walked away with Best Booth Award!

Oh, and we mustn't  forget the lovely
BELLA who was sporting her
Christmas best!

At the last show, my sweet and
very generous MIL gifted me this
crazy fun handbag painted by
Lori Gutierrez of
Decorating With Art  
(click on name)

here is the shot of the back
and here is some of the Beautiful Bling
she brought to Saturdays show
aren't these fun?

her Mermaid paintings are
show "I MUST" have one of her
handpainted chunky bangles! 

So now let me show you what
my Mil gifted me this year
 isn't it GORGEOUS?
 I wish the pic could have captured
all the glitter bling on the crowns.
 Look how perfectly it adornes this
bottle I purchased at the IVF, a couple
of months ago, from a very talented lady
that was selling across from my booth.
The metal finial is sooo heavy. 
Here a some more of the yummy 
ornaments this talented lady created!
Her name is Martha Kenney of
(Thank you MJ for my awesome ornament, I love it!)

And last but definitely not least,
here is the display that took my  breath
away, it's hard to believe they fit so much
 eye candy in such a small space...but they did.
Sara and Abbey, owners of
I didn't know you could create so much
from vintage lace and crochet.
 these necklaces are made with antique
hardware and vintage finds, and just 
look at the chandy with it's flickering 
lights and sparkly prisms. The blue wall
made a perfect backdrop for all their gold
and cream merchandise!
Here are their GLITTERED paper roses.

 these whimsical pumpkins made of linen
and burlap and vintage tablecloths.

There are soooo many talented vendors at
the show that it's difficult to single one out
amongst the rest, but we are all drawn to
something that captures our heart and this
booth was it for me!

A big "thank you" to all the amazing ladies
that shared their talents and hard work.

To view a great slide-show of this event
please visit Rita @ Mammabellarte

Till next GLITTERFEST!!!