A Shared Journal

Bullet journals & Heffalumps

2017 ended with a lot of promise and a lot of planning and like every year previously, I have to start with a new planner.  Now I have always had a journal where I would write out random thoughts, short stories, poems, ideas, etc. but I noticed that over time and as I found myself disciplining my thoughts more to tailor towards my goals, I found that my journals were feeling more like a “security blanket”.  I was reading back through my writing and it was becoming more random and sadly I was even writing less frequently.  I can freely admit this was most likely due to depression from fighting SJS, but I also feel that my writing instruments were getting a little outdated and boring.  I came across the one bullet journal video and then before you know it I ended up watching a string of youtube videos for the entire day.  I did some research on some different dot paper notebooks, art pens, art markers.. I placed my Amazon order, stalked it and waited impatiently for my new bullet journal adventure to begin.

Yes, I am a gadget girl and I do use my iPhone calendar for appointments, alarms etc. but guys, there just isn’t anything in this world that can ever compare to the power and magic of the pen to paper.  I am and always will be a writer they are my favourite tools in the world.  Since I’ve been using the bullet journal system, while adding some creative touches of my own, I’ve managed to be a lot more productive and inspired in my artwork as well.  I kept my creative energy flowing and decided to move into a new studio with bigger space and amazing lighting.

Since I’ve been doing some much needed redecorating, I decided to include some of my art dolls into my room decor.  Now, reborn doll collecting is a fairly new so displaying them is left in actual baby furniture, etc there are no stands for them.  So I found a pillow in the shape of an elephant. I was so excited to find it because who doesn’t want a heffalump pillow?!

It’s definitely the right time for big moves!

SS

 

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Getting more creative

I’ve been sick lately which has forced me to slow down on a few time sensitive things such as poster and media, designs, target dates.. it was getting to be a bit much. I guess this cold is somewhat of a double edged sword.

I get a lot of questions about my dolls. I used to be really stand-off-ish with everyone because I really wasn’t confident in my work. Like most artists I know we are our own worst critic but it wasn’t until the last 3 years that I finally let go and embraced what I’ve learned and continue to learn about my craft.

For the next part of my journey I’ve decided to get a little more artsy fartsy. Now this won’t be just a road of making and selling dolls, I’ll be documenting more if my personal journey as an artist. So let’s begin tonight.

It’s 1:43am and I’m waiting for the paint to dry while watching Netflix on my iPad. The house is nice and quiet and there’s only one light coming from my desk lamp. It actually reminds me of my childhood. When I was in either grade 1 or 2, I loved the Disney version of Pinocchio. There was a picture of Geppetto working in his workshop at night looking up at the sky wishing for Pinocchio. Haha I guess it’s eerily very similar. This took s very strange turn. Maybe it’s the paint fumes 🤷🏻‍♀️

More soon!SS

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Feeling comfortable

I can’t say how happy I am to finally be able to enjoy my artwork. I love what I do! I’ve been slowly building my doll collection, yes I’m probably going to be one of those women with a bunch of dolls. I did promise myself to not get crazy and go over 10 dolls in the entire house… ok well, I promised my boys.

It’s the beginning of the Christmas season and I can already hear the sound of crunch time. I have a few dolls to make before Christmas and few of my own I want to complete.

A couple of events happened over the last couple months that would’ve left me jaded about 5 years ago, but today is a very different day. I felt validated and self assured that I am on the right path. It’s funny what they say. When you feel adversity or opposition from others, it says a lot more about them than it does about you. I’ve learned that you do choose your future and things may look bleak but it must look that way temporarily in order to achieve what you deserve. 2018 is coming up fast and I am extremely excited! There will be lots of meetings, planning, coordinating, but my goal is worth it!

Let the Christmas songs, sweaters and Santa pictures begin! 🎄

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So much is happening

I couldn’t wait to update you on my new events and projects I’ve been working on.  As an entrepreneurial spirit, I have dabbling in all kinds of fabulous businesses.  It’s true what they say about business.  You have to find what you love and the rest will fall in place.  My life events have changed me so much, as simple as it may be, positivity breeds positivity and negativity breeds negativity.  After breaking free from negative influences I have received so much love and positivity.  I love my life so much that I can’t wait to share pieces of me and what I love.

I’ve been involved with many organizations and I feel the need to give back to my community who have helped me so much throughout all my trials.

I’ve been making reborn dolls for 7 years since I saw my first reborn doll.  As a huge doll enthusiast I loved how I could turn blank vinyl into a realistic looking doll.  Now, before you freak out, you have to understand.  These are art pieces, 3D art so to speak, just like people would display a porcelain doll or a limited edition Barbie doll.  I researched and practised different techniques and developed my own style as artists do in any medium.  Over the years there have been many people who love them, hate them.. but one thing in common with these opinions is that these dolls are intriguing.

These dolls look and feel like real dolls, most love them and some are fearful of them lol.  I’m proud of my work and the joy and smiles they give to people.  This community isn’t hurting anyone, these dolls are bringing joy to those that love them.  In that same respect, I have seen how much this helps people with Alzheimer’s and Autistic people.  I sent some dolls to a friend and her mother who live in the United States.  Her mother has Alzheimer’s and through FaceTime (gotta love technology) she saw the dolls I was making and her eyes lit up.  Before I sent the doll to her, she had already picked out a name.  When the doll finally arrived, my friend FaceTimed me to show the unboxing.  There are no words to describe how happy her mother was.  I had tears when I saw that kind of joy in her eyes.  Since her doll’s arrival, she changes the doll every day and her family even participates by taking pictures with the doll.  It was then that I saw the positivity of this artwork and how it can touch people and they are quite therapeutic.

These dolls help people with many ailments such as those who cannot have children, PTSD, bipolar, people with physical disabilities, Alzheimer’s and Autism as I stated above.  There’s just something about holding these baby dolls that changes their mindset even distract them from the difficulties of their illnesses.  Recently, they have been noted as an actual therapy for these conditions.  I am now dedicated to spreading the word and showing how positive this art can be for so many.  My hobby has now become my mission to share what they can do and how I can help.

I will be having small events throughout this year leading to a large scaled international event dedicated to Alzheimer’s and Autistic Awareness.  My goal is to hold the event in May 2018.  I have discussed this with many people from many different countries and they are all excited.  Many have asked me to start a funding page because they wanted to show their support.  I was a little hesitant at first, but in reflecting on my goal I felt that if my friends couldn’t attend the event this is how they  wanted to help and support.  To be clear, I will be holding this event using my own income because I am driven and motivated to make this happen.  As per request, I will make a FaceBook page to share the progress as this event unfolds.  This is very exciting and challenging but I love what I do and I love this cause.

I do have a link to my current FB page under Punkie Pie Babies which has all the information listed there until the event page is made.

This will be my major focus for 2017 and I can’t wait to share my progress.

Much love to all

SS