Saturday, January 03, 2009

Just a Laid Back Saturday

I think I mentioned that young Dulce was on vacation. :( She went to Mexico City to spend the holidays with some family friends. When she told us she was going to be gone I made her promise she would come back. Dulce is 17 years old and attempting to swim up stream. A major percentage of both men and women still feel that in order for a woman to fulfill her destiny she must marry young have children and only work outside of the home if she must help pay the bills. Many of Dulce's friends are already married, getting married, and having babies. Few have graduated from high school and many have never finished secondary school (jr. high) And that was exactly where Dulce was headed 2&1/2 years ago before she started cleaning for us. But as her self esteem and self image has grown so has her courage. She has realized that she is responsible for her destiny. That a woman can be fulfilled and also educated. Tomorrow school starts for the winter quarter and Little Dulce will be there!! :) Just like she promised she was here at 9:30 this morning!!
I spent the afternoon working on two challenges. I set a goal to participate in different challenges and swaps this year. I don't sell any of my creations so unless it's a gift for a specific celebration I don't have to stay on task. In some sense that is a good thing but in others it's not. It's all to easy for me to not work on a piece if my joints just don't feel like cooperating that day. It's much better for my head, heart and body if I have a goal to work towards. Meeting these goals challenge me to explore new techniques and mediums which in turn truly boost my confidence and self worth :) I have had to accept that the word can't really does exist, only on my terms. I have learned that it is not that I can't do it rather it's I can't do it the way I did before. :) Okay back to the challenge thing. I decided to participate in both Art Adventure challenge for this week and Mind Wide Open's Jan. challenge. Yep I know that's a lot of challenge to get created in 8 days. Not to worry being ever resourceful I've combined both so I have only one piece to create. For AA (not that one :} ) it's to create a charm and for MWO it's make a creation with their print of a ballerina and the word forever. Sooooooooo I'm working on a charm with the picture incorporated.

I'll keep you posted on my progress. Things are going a bit slow cuz I can't just run to Micheal's to pick up a couple of this or that. To get the base and glass for the charm I first had to deconstruct an old necklace :)

It's hard to see but it is a ballerina bending over to tie her pointe shoes. She she has her brown hair up in a bun?? :)
In case you were wondering about the picture above the title. That is Little Rubi Roo our smallest critter sleeping in my lap as I worked this afternoon. She is way way to cute, and you can't help but smile when she looks at you with her big brown eyes :)

Have a most audacious day or evening depending on what part of Bloglandia you are in ;)


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Olde Dame Penniwig said...

It's actually EASIER to get things done, I think, when you have a lot to do! As they say, "If you want something done, ask someone busy to do it!" so I think you will really kick into high gear and just be so creative & will meet your goals easily! At least I hope so! I always enjoy having a definite structure/timeline for my little crafts projects, too.

Rustic Tarts said...

Well done on joining up with the challenges Pattie - something I have thought about doing but still haven't. It will be interesting to see what you come up with!

Coastal Sisters said...

What wonderful thing that you are "guiding" Dulce' along the way. Rubi Roo is so preciuos. You know how I LOVE fur babies!


Castle in the Air said...

A pleasure to have found you!
What a splendid life you have there.
I shall try to post photos - the gnomes are ever reluctant to do what I ask... but I'll do my best.
Best wishes to you and yours and a happy New Year!

Charmingdesigns said...

Way to go!! Its lovely! Laurie

Linda said...

This is such an interesting idea Pattie and I'm really glad you are joining in with our challenge. I'll be back to see how you get on!
Linda x

Down the Rabbit Hole said...

Your charm looks lovely! I think it is great that you are helping Dulce. Rubi Roo is adorable...I want my dog to be a lap dog!

Coastal Sisters said...

Did my email make it through?

Wanna go shopping?


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