5 Day Countdown…

It has been a very full year already! It has been an incredible rollercoaster ride but I figured I should take you with me.

I have been working on an international doll show for that over 2 years. I’ve had my share of challenges through this journey but I didn’t give up and I am now 5 days away from a new piece of Canadian history! As a Doll Maker and craft doer I’ve been self taught in everything I have done in my million years of life. I’ve made quilts, stuffed animals, costumes for my kids… I have always been interested in how things are made and adding my flare when I give it a try. After my bout of health recovery and a note from my doctor stating I could never return to work, I felt like I needed some kind of purpose in life. My family was my motivation for my career but those few words and a disease telling me I could no longer have the lifestyle I lived was utterly devastating. My family members, as supportive as they are, were also going through their own kind of mourning and loss of who I used to be. It was a reality that was so hurtful and they struggle with it daily. Basically, I was given a lemon farm and I had to figure out what to do with myself.

After getting through my loss of normalcy as I had known it, I found myself alone in a quiet house and I had nothing to do. Aside from dishes, laundry and mopping I spent most of my time in bed with my laptop. It was 2010 and adjusting to my new world was going to take some time to get used to. Of course my depression was in full effect but YouTube opened my world of isolation. I didn’t have a lot of friends, by choice, I didn’t want anyone in my home and I just couldn’t cope. After watching videos of quilt making and clothes making I stumbled upon a video made by the Secrist company where they were demonstrating how to sculpt a baby head, lips and eyes. I continued on and binged watched everything from painting to rooting hair and I was absolutely hooked. I accepted that my days of having an actual baby were dwindling so I devoted all my time to creating these lifelike looking dolls.

I’ve been doing custom order work and practicing my craft paying attention to fine details for over 10 years and I finally found my “voice” through my artwork. I met the most amazingly talented fellow artists and have many customers/friends who appreciate what I do. After many years of creating, I want to give back to this loving industry and community.

After 2 years of planning my partners and I created the IAC Doll Show. The first one in Canada and the most anticipated in the reborn doll community. Many world renowned artists not only live in Canada but have supported my vision for the entire venture. I will give back to this community and the people who have supported me.

As my favourite Disney princess sings:

“…no matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true”

I hope you all have a fabulous week and I will update you as the countdown continues 🥰

SS

5 Day Countdown… so I bought stuff

Productively Positive

I must say I’m uber proud of myself! Not only have I had so much success with my event planning, but I have been sticking to my schedule by uploading and posting on time with my doll channel. I have an amazingly strong team behind me full of energy and positivity!

My Creative Director has left me gobsmacked with her ideas and proactivity, I feel truly blessed. We had some early bumps in the road with some hits and misses with my team, but we finally have our footing and the right people who are ready for 2019!

It’s an amazing feeling to see my ideas and goals come to fruition. As an entrepreneur I admit I was afraid that my vision was misunderstood. My advice to those preparing to run a business is to hold on to that vision until the right people come into your life. I held on for the right time and boom I’ve had nothing but positive results and I’m now surrounded with strong professionals that are self motivated and love what we do.

In this sea of competition, I believe that many people lose sight of what really matters. When dollars and cents are involved it can clash with the pure love of the art. I’ve seen many people blur the two things and end up in competition with each other. Well, my fellow indie artists, the only challenge you should ever accept is the one with yourself. Art is interpretive some will love your work some will like others’ work don’t let that discourage you! There are billions of people on this earth you will find your “people” you will find your niche.

I find it very sad when I see people envious or jealous. Those are 2 horrible traits to have, let those things go! They serve no purpose but destruction of relationships and contribute to the destruction of your soul. Steer clear of poisonous people and their venom and never second guess yourself. Sometimes the most venom comes in the form of a friend, a coworker and even a family member, you will rise above and you will recover. Trust your instincts, you know, that voice in your head or that knot in your stomach even the warnings of others. I love the saying “listen to what people tell you about themselves because they’re right” not sure if that was Dr. Phil, lol, be aware that you do have a choice to ignore, deny or accept those warnings to be true. I admit to ignoring those warnings in my past and sure enough the outcome was not a good one.

Going into 2019 with a heart full of happiness and a plan is the only way I choose to start this year off right. I hope you all find your footing and wish you a positive and productive new year!

SS

IAC Doll Show

The End of Probibition – Canada 10/17/2018

*CLICK FOR PODCAST* The End of Prohibition

Today was an interesting one it is now officially legal to consume cannabis and it marks the beginning of so many more opportunities. I discuss them in my latest podcast episode below. Enjoy and share your thoughts!

Much love

SS ❤️

Check out my episode “Episode 8 The End of Prohibition – Canada 10/17/18” from Stiletto Moments on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/stilettosupermom/episodes/Episode-8-The-End-of-Prohibition—Canada-101718-e2ava0

I can’t contain myself!

I think about all the struggles I’ve had and I can now laugh at them. Things were so intense and I gave myself unwarranted stress for no reason.

There’s nothing better than being able to look back at my accomplishments and know I really busted my ass for this moment. Everything family and friends have said to me “you have too many kids to make good money” “you can’t afford…” etc. was the fuel I needed to get me out of that self-doubting mindset. I had to really sit down and analyze myself as a whole.

People don’t see your vision and they definitely don’t see your efforts. Rather than gloating, I choose to extend my hand and help others achieve their greatness while I have attained mine. This is the whole reason I have been active on social media and offline functions and events. We all have a voice.

I have found my purpose and I’m proud of it. I leave you with this:

“Control” is a lie. You can only control your own reactions. Once you set your goal, you will experience joys and challenges. The challenges are Life’s way of redirecting you back on your path when you’ve slightly wandered away.

When you want something. The universe has only 3 answers for you:

1 – Yes, you can have it now;

2 – Not yet;

3 – I have something better

-The Secret

What just happened?!

I can’t believe how blessed my life has been lately! It feels like everything I’ve done up to this point has finally come full circle. Through the struggles and disappointments, I’ve definitely learned that those were all life lessons to redirect me back on course to my goals and the positive person I am. My goals are finally in fruition and I’m ecstatic!

It took a few years however they were years well spent in learning about myself while making my business “base” secure. I feel a wave of more fun happening with my loving family and my beautiful friends. I’m completely surrounded by positivity and I can’t help but smile every morning. 😊😁

Since I’m a dedicated to make blog dedicated to reborn doll artists so if you’re interested in what I do and my artwork come and check it out! ❤️. My Reborn Artist

Over already?!

It's the Civic Holiday weekend and it feels like the summer months passed by so fast! I blame most of this on the weirdest weather I've seen in years! It would rain so hard it sounded like hail against my windows, thunderstorms at least once a week followed by extreme heat where I could hardly breathe. Although, I'd rather have this weather than the upcoming winter months.

The back-to-school supplies and clothing are in all the stores, I can almost hear my bank account cry for my school shopping days that are just around the corner. It will be an emotional school year for me as my last little pterodactyl will be leaving the nest to go to school. So far, he knows his numbers up to 10 and backwards, but he refuses to sing the alphabet song lol. Thanks to the iPad he does know what the letters are, but he just doesn't like the song. I'm guessing that he thinks the song is dumb, he rolls his eyes every time I ask him to sing it.

Lately, my days are filled with doll orders and event planning. It's a truly exciting time for me. I have found what I love in all aspects of my life from the kids, social life and now my artistry. They often say that when your personal life is good everything else around is chaos. I am living proof that the saying is NOT true. We all need to find the balance in our own lives or things get harder and harder to do. It's like the universe makes some things in our lives difficult in order to accept something better in our lives. "Out with the old, in with the new" has a deeper meaning than we think. This whole year has unraveled many important life choices for me. My family relationships have been stronger now than ever, financial security is finally here, reuniting with my childhood best friend, maintaining deeper relationships with my friends from all over my online world and forming new amazing friendships who have cleared my mind and settled my soul.

Yes, you can have it all, yes abundance is attainable. If you want these things, you have to release everything that you know is holding you back. It will seem so difficult to let go, but it will be worth it and those difficult moments you are experiencing right now, will be in your distant past. Right when you're about to give up hope is when you have to gather up as much strength as you have to get through the rough moments. You will see your end goals, not when YOU want to see it, but when you're ready to accept it.

SS

24 hour Artistry

I've been painting and creating some beautiful baby dolls lately. It takes me about 30 hours to complete one doll but the funny thing is my obsessive compulsive tendencies goes into overtime. I've been painting until the early morning sunrise. When I do take a break I keep staring at my projects thinking what my next move is. My insomnia friend visits me often and painting helps to keep my mind busy.

Last night, I painted for hours listening to some R&B and live streaming on Periscope. I finished the painting so now I have two dolls that need hair. I have a third doll that is ready to be painted. I'm trying to time how long it would take me to make multiple dolls at once. I love a good challenge so why now put myself through one 💁🏻.
After 6 years of practicing my painting skills, I still find myself learning more about the sculptors and doll kits. What started off as a hobby is now a huge part of my life and somewhat of a therapy. I like to think that these dolls that I create can actually help many other people and that's why I love what I do.

I'm going to meet with the societies for mental and emotional health. I will be donating some of my dolls to these causes that I feel so strongly about.

For now I'm gonna keep on painting 😊 🎨

Hope you're enjoying your summer nights, if you're having trouble sleeping feel free to join me and my friends on my late night live streams via Periscope.

Much love
SS

Review: Urban Decay’s Alice Through The Looking Glass eyeshadow palette – Mad Hatter look

Mad Hatter makeup

What a crazy and productive week, I held a birthday party and in the process of getting the shopping done for the upcoming Back to School.

I’ve managed to find a few things that will help with the boys’ lunches and backpacks and I even have some fabulous snack recipes I’ll be sharing with you in the weeks to come.

During all my running around, I got inspired to practice some great costume ideas for Halloween and Comic Con (I can’t wait to attend this coming October in New York).

But first.. let’s discuss this eyeshadow palette…

I purchased the palette for my makeup collection for the main reason that it had all the vibrant colours I could turn into both costume and wearable makeup looks.  The packaging is GORGEOUS and is reminiscent of when I was a kid playing with plastic lipstick and powdered eye makeup, ahh those were the days.  The palette shipped and arrived in 3 days which was pretty impressive, but Urban Decay Cosmetics  sent me samples of all 24 of their new Vice lipsticks, which I haven’t opened yet.

My first look is my favourite character in the story, the Mad Hatter character.

Mad Hatter 2

First, I primed my lids with NYX Jumbo eye pencil in the colour, Milk, then I started with the orange colour, Paradox, in the crease and also placed it on my lower lash line.  I placed my favourite colour and name in the palette, Cake, which is a vibrant pink.  I placed Cake in the inner and outer corners of my eyes, leaving a space for the green colour, Hatter, at the centre of my eyes.  I staggered both Cake and Hatter lightly on my lower lash line.

I used a Lorac blush colour in Flaunt, which is also a bright pink and I loaded it onto my cheeks and added the Tartiest lipstick in Hangry (this is a product I regret buying ).  For a special touch I added the lipgloss Candy Yum Yum to the centre of my lips.

Urban Decay still provides pigmented colours in their shadows and I know I will get a lot of great use out of this eyeshadow palette.

So far, I haven’t seen this palette anywhere but on the Urban Decay website .

I can’t wait to do more looks so make sure you follow my Twitter and Periscope for the next time I’ll be live streaming my makeup and shenanigans.

Click below to watch how I got this look:

Late night music n makeup with Stiletto – Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette by Urban Decay

Final Mad Hatter look with Stiletto

Much love

SS

 

Dusty Coins

I’ve paved my path with gold, but the path lead to deception,
I filled my heart with love, but my heart ended up breaking,
I built my castle with all I had, but it crumbled under my tears,
I pressed on with all my hope, but I’m tired after all these years,
Like a vine on a trellis I’ll keep climbing even when things look bleak,
Like a dusty coin I’ll keep shining and one day I’ll find my peace.

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