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Monday, May 28, 2012

13 Goddesses Week 13- Chinese: Long Mu and One More

Hi Everyone ;o) Can you believe it's the last week of the 13 Goddesses Challenge ;o( I am so sad! I want to thank the lovely Simona for hosting such a great challenge! I had a lot of fun! I actually accomplished 17 Goddesses in this Challenge ;o) I couldn't help myself! I really enjoyed creating them with my crows ;o)

I would like to introduce to you, Chinese Goddess Long Mu ;o)

In Chinese Mythology, Long Mu, or Mother Of Dragons, was a Chinese woman who was deified as a Goddess after raising five infant dragons. Long Mu and her dragons developed a strong bond for each other and have thus become and example of parental love and an example of respect for one's ancestors and parents.

I had to do one more Goddess ;o) I love cats and I love crows, so she was calling to me ;o)

"Egyptian Goddess Bastet"

The Goddess of cats, Lower Egypt, the sun and the moon ;o)

Big Hugs everyone and thank you for following me in this creative journey ;o)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Vampire Challenge and Giveaway

Good evening everyone ;o) Do I sound like a vampire? LOL!

This week, I have a guest post on The Butterfly Effect Challenge Blog ;o) I could choose any theme I wanted to and I picked vampires ;o) I love vampires, but many of you know, from following my blog, that I also love Johnny Depp ;o) So, I knew why vampires was on my brain, it was because of Johnny's new movie, "Dark Shadows" ;o) So in honor of Johnny, I picked this theme ;o)

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You don't have to paint Johnny as Barnabas, paint whatever kind of vampire you like ;o) Actually, you can paint, write, bead, sketch, create as you please ;o) I would love for you all to join in ;o) You have till the end of the week ;o) Please go to The Butterfly Effect Challenge to find out everything ;o) There is one question you have to answer too ;o) Don't worry, it has nothing to do with math! LOL!

And, guess what? I created a little 4 x 4 painting for a giveaway too ;o) "Barnabas Crow" ;o) I hope you all like him and I hope you all join in the fun!!!

Big Hugs ;o)))

Monday, May 21, 2012

13 Goddesses Week 12-Australian: Gnowee

Hey everyone ;o) Hope you all had a lovely weekend ;o) It's a long weekend here in Canada. It's sunny and breezy today, but we are suppose to be getting some thunder showers, which I don't mind, because the ground is hard!

Can you believe, already week 12! This week I picked Gnowee. Her story is a sad one, but on a positive note, she did bring sunshine to the world ;o) Before I painted her, I looked at Aboriginal art from Australia and I noticed they use a lot of dots in there paintings, so I used this technique in my aceo ;o)

"Australian Goddess Gnowee"

In the mythology of the Aboriginal people of south-eastern Australia, Gnowee is a Solar Goddess whose torch is the Sun.

She was once a woman who lived upon the earth at a time when it was eternally dark, and people could only move about with the aid of bark torches.

One day she left her little boy sleeping, while she went out to dig for yams. Food was scarce and Gnowee wandered so far, that she reached the end of the earth, passed under it and emerged on the other side.

Not knowing where she was, she could not find her little boy anywhere, so she climbed into the sky with her great bark torch to get a clearer view.

She still wanders the sky to this day, lighting the whole world with a her torch, as she continues to search for her lost son.

For the last week, it will be a surprise ;o) Have a great day everyone ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hugs Kim, Hugs Donna

Hi Everyone ;o) Hope you're all having a wonderful day ;o)

I wanted to show some special gifts I received in the mail ;o)

First, Kim had a giveaway on her Witch Cats Blog ;o) There was 3 lucky winners ;o) And, you know what was really fun, Midnight, one of Kim's beautiful cats picked the names! Yes he did ;o) I know Kim wouldn't lie ;o) LOL! I even got a note from Midnight ;o) I am one of his Aunties ;o) I won an adorable kitty figurine ;o) My mom wanted it in her kitchen bay window and I told her no! LOL! Now don't think I am mean, I will share ;o) Big Hugs Kim and Midnight ;o)The beautiful black cat is Midnight ;o) I am a proud Auntie ;o) I had to show him off ;o)

Next, remember, how I was doing the pay it forwards at the beginning of the year? And, remember, I was the only one person who did it with Shelle? Well, Donna, contacted Shelle and did a pay it forward with her. When it came for Donna's pay it forward, I wanted to join in the fun too ;o)
Donna asked me to make her a Mary Crow. I have never painted a Mary Crow before. After, I finished her, I really loved her ;o) Thought she turned out beautiful ;o)

I asked Donna to make me something with St. Anthony ;o) I love St. Anthony. He is the Patron Saint for lost articles. Poor guy, I ask for his help a lot ;o) Donna made me a beautiful macrame chaplet with a medallion of St. Anthony. It came in a beautiful handmade pouch. One of Donna's friends makes them ;o) In the picture, you will also see a very unique pentacle pendant, that Donna also included. I love everything! Big Hugs Donna ;o)

Remember, my special post with Magaly tomorrow ;o) Have a great day ;o))

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Baby Crow Fish and Sunflower Love

Hi Everyone ;o)

I've had a fun time this week, painting for two different challenges ;o)

The first one is for The Butterfly Effect ;o) This week's theme is Under Water, picked by the lovely Natasha ;o) My idea was to make a "Baby Crow Fish" ;o) I think he turned out quite cool ;o) Enjoy ;o)

Next, The 7 Card Draw's challenge for this month is Sunflowers ;o) My aceo is called "Sunflower Love" ;o) I will let you all know, when it's time to vote ;o)

I hope everyone enjoyed both of these little paintings ;o) Big Hugs and take care ;o)

Monday, May 14, 2012

13 Goddesses Week 11 - African: Aida-Wedo

Hi Everyone ;o) Hope you're all having a wonderful day ;o) It's week 11 of the 13 Goddesses Challenge ;o) I am excited to see what everyone thinks of this Goddess. I love what she stands for ;o)

Let me introduce to you, Aida-Wedo ;o)

Aida-Wedo is the Western African Goddess of water, snakes, and the rainbow, represented by the rainbow python, a snake whose scales are iridescent.

She represents continuity and strength, integration and wholeness. Her message is one of healing and strength for the whole of the world ;o)

Next week Australian Goddess Gnowee ;o)

I would like to mention one more important item ;o) The lovely Magaly is doing a virtual tour to introduce the story she has just wrote. See on the right hand side of my blog, "AlmaMia Cienfuegos". The tour starts May 15th at beautiful Shelle's blog ;o) You know what, Shelle, also did the art work for Magaly ;o) Love what you did Shelle! Magaly comes to my blog on May 19th ;o) I hope you all can join in the fun in reading one wicked story! There is also a giveaway ;o) Please click on the link I have on the right hand side ;o)

Big Hugs Everyone ;o) Have a great day ;o)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Momma Crow Update

Hi Everyone ;o)

I have some news ;o)

The person who has mom's case in Ontario, has been told, there was a BIG arrest of Americans coming up to Canada, (Montreal), to do these frauds.

So every step we are getting closer ;o)

Mom and I want to thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts ;o) We appreciate it so much! Big Hugs ;o)

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Monday, May 7, 2012

13 Goddesses Week 10 - Norse: Hel

Hi Everyone ;o) Hope you're all fantastic ;o) I am behind in Blog Land! Sorry. Busy weekend and busy week too!

It's week 10!! Only 3 more Goddesses to go ;o) The lovely Simona, actually gave us a helper list to go by, when doing this challenge. I kind of changed it. This week was suppose to be a Sumerian Goddess. When I was reading about Goddesses, I thought it would be cool to paint "Hel", so I had to go with her!

"Goddess Hel"

Hel is the Norse Goddess of the dead. In appearance, she is said to be a fearsome sight. She is described as being half alive and half dead. It is told that when she was born, disease first came into the world. She was said to sweep through towns and cities, bringing plague: if she used a rake, some would survive, if a broom, non would.

Next week, African Goddess Aida-Wedo. Take Care and Big Hugs ;o) I almost forgot, Simona is having a giveaway, for having 300 posts! You have till May 15th to enter and there will be 3 lucky winners ;o) Her art is amazing! Please go to this link to enter ;o)

Friday, May 4, 2012

13 Goddesses Week 9 - Aztec: Tlazolteotl

Hey Everyone ;o) Hope you are all well ;o) We have been having major rain storms!! Last night, was scary!! I think we are suppose to be getting more storms today! I have to admit, nature needed this moisture! Everything is so green now! No water in the basement, so that's a good thing! LOL!

Can you believe it's already week 9 in the 13 Goddesses Challenge! Wow, this is going fast!

"Tlazolteotl" (This Goddess has a lot going on!)

Tlazolteotl is the Aztec and Toltec Goddess of guilty pleasures, who both inspires and forgives carnal acts. She is a Love and Earth Goddess who is said to remove sins from her worshippers by absorbing them into herself. The punishment for adultery under harsh Aztec law was death, but if the offender confessed to Tlazolteoltl, her or she was absolved and the law would not touch them. However, a person was only allowed one confession per lifetime, so people would leave it as long as they could!

Tlazolteotl is also known as the Goddess of Witches. She is said to have four aspects of her depicted riding broomsticks and wearing pointed hats. These four aspects were considered four sisters, from the eldest, to the youngest. They were said to tempt people facing decisions towards evil and vice.

Tlazolteotl is shown nude (except for her jewelry) on a red broomstick, holding a snake.

Tlazolteotl is also considered one of the Nine Figures of the Creation of the World. Perhaps because of this, Tlazolteotl is sometimes called The Mother Of the Gods.

"Her Aspects"
- The Eater of Filth
- Mother of The Gods
- Patroness of Midwives and Healers
- Our Grandmother, who represents Nature's Healing Powers

Next week, Norse Goddess Hel! Big Hugs ;o)