Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Days

This month has a been a busy one, one of my postcards from my Etsy shop was featured on the regretsy advent calendar and resulted in a bunch of sales and tons of views :D
so i have been busy busy wrapping and shipping. I still to buy and wrap all my presents yesterday, there are now resting under the tree :)

On another note. The New Year is very close too! wow 2011... that's going to take me a while to get used to.

Has everyone though about their goals for next year?
The new year is your opportunity to start fresh!
I hope the new year fills all my readers with lots of happiness and success!


This is a piscture of Chicago covered in snow that I found while browsing the web. I just wanted to share its beauty with you.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Warmth for Fuzies


Happy Day after Thanksgiving Everyone! I Hope you all had a good time.
My turkey dinner turned out Great! Who wants leftovers?

Im here today to request everyone's help for Warmth for Fuzies!
Warmth for Fuzies collects old blankets and donates them to local animal shelters for homeless dogs and cats in need.

This time we will be donating to "Orphans of the Storm" which is a great non-kill animal shelter here in the Chicago suburbs.

If you are in the Chicagoland Are please contact me to schedule a pickup, if you are not local but wish to donate her is a Paypal button. 100% of the money will be used to buy on sale blankets to donate!











Thanks for Helping!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Who's ready for Thanksgiving? Not Me!


Seriously! Im lost! its the middle of November already!
Thanksgiving is in less 2 weeks away and I haven't bough or planned anything, the one thing i do know is that were cooking a turkey for the first time...
There's so much to do!

Unless I find a fresh turkey I'm gonna have to get a frozen one and that has to defrost for like 12 hours and then its got to get rubbed and marinate for a while, then it has to get stuffed, then bake for 6 or so hours and in the process i have to baste it to keep it moist... maybe ill cheat and just buy one that's already cooked hehehe :P

Either way I hope it comes out alright, and if it doesn't I can always do a secondary dish like ham or something, I cant wait to pig out w the family!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers! I hope you all have a great time with your friends and families.

PS: Are there any Turkey recipes you recommend?

Monday, November 1, 2010

So Halloween is Over



Don't you just hate the feeling that comes after every holiday is over?
all the anticipation, decorating and preparing that lead to it and then... Baam!
Its just over! Gone, not to be seen until next year
Farewell Halloween, now its time to get ready f Thanksgiving and Christmas :)
This carved pumpkin was made by my lovely friend Mimi, it turned out Great!
She Won the Pumpkin Carving Contest!

In Other subjects, I recently injected new life to my old etsy shop, I made some new pieces of art using watercolors and acrylics on pages from a vintage Cop book, they turned out very neat


This one is called "Time to Retire Officer Brady"


This one is called Alarm Clock


This one is called "Trouble at the Chatham Towers"

These are all for Sale at my LinearsDesignBoutique Shop

I Hope you all had a Fun Safe Halloween!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dance Classics

The other night I was laying in bed trying to sleep, and a song that I haven't heard in a long long time popped into my head. I grabbed my droid and looked up the few lyrics i could remember and to my surprise I Found it!
The song is named "never" by Tina Arena. Apparently this song was HUGE on 2003 and 2004 so it has literally been years since I heard it,Omg I was 16 back Then! Oh the beach memories :D



Here are a few of my other Oldies Classic Dance Hits :D
Enjoy!

Saving Mary


Moony Dove

Great Song horrid Video Lol

Sophie Ellis Bextor - Murder On The Dance Floor

I Loove this video :)

Are there any Dance Classics That you recommend?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I discovered Re Nest.com

I was scrolling through my facebook news feed and I saw an interesting link posted by one of my friends. It was a link to a site filled with "green home design" ideas, it is full of neat do it your self projects like this very cool ballon and yarn pendant lamp



Or this neat yarn wall tree mural



Or this cool home made tiki torch from a wine bottle



or how to make your own tea set!




All of the ideas are GREAT! here is a link to their top 30
link

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Perfect

Here is one of my all time favorite Songs courtesy of Alanis Morissette

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Visit my New Vintage Shop Chow Chow Vintage!



Yes u heard it right! I was cleaning up my desk a few hours ago and then BAMM! inspiration hit me! so I created a new little shop!

I invite everyone to go visit my cool little vintage book Shop!
its only got 5 collectible books for now but they are all in fantastic condition and full of colorful vivid vintage watercolor paintings. :D They are all at least 40 years old so this is your chance to get a hold of some true vintage!

Visit Chow Chow Vintage HERE!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

I just opened a Bigcartel Store



I was browsing through my fb's friend's updates and I noticed that a couple of them were advertising items on their "bigcartel" stores. so i clicked on a few and did a little research and it turns out that you can open a basic account w 5 listings f free, and best of all, THERE ARE NO FEES no posting fees, no ending fees! Zippo! im loving it hehehe, so I was up all nite and made myself a little store and it is now open for business
Visit it HERE!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Hump Day

Here goes a mindless ramble.
Is already the middle of the week and it just seems like the weekend was yesterday. on the good note,tomorrow is my day off so I ought a make something fun out of it.

Here is one of my favorite songs at the moment, its by Telepopmusik, it reminds me of France for some reason



I hope everyone has a good middle of the week

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Garage Sale


Later today my friend Siri is having a mega Garage Sale!
She asked me if I wanted to sell some of my paintings and I immediate jumped in.
I looked through my cabinets and i was able to find all other kinds of goodies like bookmarks, jewelry and picture frames!

I hope lots of it Sells!

I also took the time to relist a couple of items and some new ACEO in my Etsy Shop!
feel free to stop by!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Farewell Summer



is it just me or does any one else get the feeling that this year is going by extra fast, its already September!

This summer has treated me very well and to celebrate a couple of friends and I decided to trow a "Goodbye Summer/ Fuck Fall BBQ" lol it turned out Great!
There was a lot to get done for the party and we managed to pull it all together in one weekend. The invites were done through Facebook, I invited about 50 people at the end 25 were able to make it in such short notice.

Everyone had a great time! To drink we had home made Sangria and Mojitos and lots of other goodies that our guests brought like sake, beer, and handles of liquor :)
To eat we had hot dogs, grilled chicken and grilled salmon mmmmm.

Unfortunately the party was cut short because the police showed up lol, apparently we had our music too loud and it was a Monday night. I learned my lesson and next time ill trow the party on a weekend and ill start it earlier

Anyway I want to thank all the people that showed up! See you again next year!
Here are some of the pics we took:



That's me! wearing the blue shirt in the middle :)






Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Visit my Etsy Shop!

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
Blakenetizen.etsy.com


Lots of new Creations of my imagination have been born lately, including watercolor paintings and doodles on canvas :)
I have been adding some of them to my Etsy shop! Come check them out !
Mention my blog at check out and get a free gift w every purchase :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

How to make a Kitty ACEO -Tutorial !


Hi there! its Monday again and its time to forget about all the troubles and terrible things going on in the world with this fun little tutorial.
Are you ready???

Today where gonna make this cool Kitty ACEO collectible art card in 7 easy steps.

Step 1
Where gonna start by cutting out a piece of paper thats specialized for acrylics or a piece of card stock into 2.5 x 3.5 inches (ACEO standard) and sketching out our design in pencil





Step 2
paint all the big "background" areas like the sky so that they dry and can be detailed later.





Step 3
Paint the yellow pedestrian and paint the red curtains!











Step 4
color Kitty's cushion choose a color that contrasts the color of your curtains and fill in Kitty w a light gray





Step 5
With a thick round brush dilute some black and give Kitty some dark "patches" to add texture, also give Kitty a nice collar :)





Step 6
With a fine tip brush grab some more black and add quick thin brush strokes all over Kitty to simulate "fur"











Step 7
finish of the details like the umbrella tip and the curtains with a fine point sharpie and.... UR DONE!


I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, have fun making your very own Kitty ACEO!
I would love to see how yours turns out!
But if you don't feel like going through the trouble this ACEO is for sale at my
ETSY SHOP

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Please Support the Movement Protect The Wildlife Impacted by the BP Oil Spill


The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the April 20, 2010 explosion of an offshore oil rig has put local economies, wildlife and the Gulf's delicate coastal ecosystem at risk.

The National Wildlife Federation is on the front lines, assessing the damage and laying out a plan to protect wildlife as best we can. Be a part of this effort by joining the cause, recruiting your friends and donating to help fund NWF's work to help wildlife survive.

http://www.causes.com/causes/479547?m=9e4cc0c7&recruiter_id=61266858

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Painting & Week Recap!


Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend, the weather has been great.
Last thursday i sat down and started this painting. Im trying to venture more into the abstract field, it seems to be on the rise :)so far this painting reminds me of "sherbert ice cream" lol I shall keep u updated to see in which shop it ends.

recently I read a blog post by Talk2TheTrees in which she tough us how to make a Bonsai from a Juniper bush, here's one of my intents :p


Now I need to get a nice bonsai pot, maybe one from my Etsy Chat Buddy BigSkyArtworks check out her SHOP


Monday, May 24, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wok Time!


Last week I hit IKEA! I love going to the Swedish home store Mecha hehehe!
Every time I go I usually spend Hours in there but this last visit was pretty speedy, I was on a mission to get some plants to my always expanding garden.
I ended up getting 6 little palm trees for a 1.50 each, i also got 2 really neat " lucky bean trees" I will be posting up picks soon.

The thing that made my day was running into the kitchen section and finding a "Wok Cookbook" on sale! I had been eying is for some! So on my free time i have been reading it, there are So Many possibilities! frying, stir frying, steaming braising! its insane! the whole philosophy behind it is to make fast simple and nutritious meals, the cooking times are kept short so that the ingredients maintain their nutrients. Im not much of a cook, but I am really looking forward to try out some of the recipes!

Friday, May 7, 2010

May 8 th is the USPS Food Drive!




Don't forget that tomorrow is the USPS National Food Drive! Don't forget to leave all your non perishable food items in a bag next to your mailbox and your mailman will collect them!
In these tough times Help out those who need it most!
So hit the pantry and donate as many cans as you can!
More info at LINK

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gardening!



Sorry that I haven't updated in a while but its just that I have been so busy lately!
for example lately I have been spending a lot of time (and cash) on Gardening!

I have hit all kinds of stores and I have gotten plowers, soil,mulch, shade trees, shade bushes, seeds,fertilizer,pots and I have some cactus and poppy seeds that I bough online on the way too haha!

Gardening is so complex!! Time goes by so fast when I'm Planting :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Weekend Featured Shop Lizbriggsdesigns



Let the Weekend Sales begin!

All the Way from Australia,
Today I'm featuring a fellow Etsy chatter.
The Lovely Liz Briggs!

Liz likes to drink coffee and make Beautiful Colorful Eclectic Jewelry pieces she also creates fun Art pieces too! like this unique Porcelain Tea Set


Check out all of her one of a kind creations at her Etsy Shop lizbriggsdesigns

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Featuring Casanova Design


The weekend is here peoples! Time to get some shopping Done!
Today I'm featuring my long time Buddy Roger Casanova!
Hes a Great person and a Great Artist!

He makes Beautiful Ink Drawings and very Unique Jewelry
I Love his Style, Simple yet Eye Catching.

You can find his Beautiful Elegant and Minimalistic Designs at his Etsy Shop

More Info on Roger at his Blog

To get his Sales train started I just purchased this Kickass Bracelet from him, I cant Wait to receive it :D

Friday, April 9, 2010

I'm featured on Mooshoopork's Blog

Thank You for featuring my Etsy Shop in your awesome Blog Mooshoo!
Go Check it out lINK

Friday, April 2, 2010

testing chat box

I was reading in the mafia Wars Forums and I ran across this "chat box widget" it seems pretty cool so I'm gonna give it a shot! I'm in the etsy chat a lot so why not make my own chat room for all my fellow blogger and followers :D

Get your own Chat Box! Go Large!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Grandma is Open For Business!



Today im featuring "Grandma Debbys Closet" on Etsy. a Beautiful Vintage Shop full of awesome pieces or as Grandma calls them "Treasures"
Everyone should go stop by and check out all her items like Spiffy Tea seats and Vintage Cameras!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GrandmaDebbysCloset

Friday, March 12, 2010

My New Fundue Pot!



Yesterday I finally went thrift store shopping and I got a bunch of super cool things including this nifty little fondue pot for a steal of a price! I cant wait to use it outside in the summer!
I also bough a bunch of cute little tea sets that I will be posting for sale at a new shop! ill keep you guys updated! I also have a bunch of fantastic little handmade bracelets that my friend Rocio Made, I will be taking pics of those and posting them for sale at my Etsy shop soon so stay tuned :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Weekend Recap

Its Monday Again! after a semi busy weekend at work its finally my day off.
I have big plans for today. Ill go get some steak! mmm steak! I also plan on going thrifting, maybe a new Vintage Shop will to be born from the treasures I find, any suggestions for the name? ill be sure to bring cash along because some of these places don't take credit cards.

I did some painting over the weekend and It resulted in the following pieces:

This Macabre Easter Inspired Skeleton ACEO that turned out Great that is now for sale at my Etsy Shop The backwash is made in watercolors and the rest is finished in acrylics. It looks so much better and brighter in person :)

I also finished another cool Skeleton "Zorro" inspired ACEO that I started a long time ago but had been procrastinating to finish.

Avaiable for sale at my Artcardswanted Gallery :)
I also finished a little surprise that I cooked up for my friend Bruce but I wont spoil it :) ill blog it next time



What else did I do this weekend? well yesterday we went out to breakfast with my family.


This is a pic of me with my Baby Nephew :)
So after after much painting, blog reading, Etsy chatting and tv watching here I am!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Lets Watch -GIA- The Movie

I cant sleep so I decided to look up old movies.
I found one that I haven't watched in a long time "GIA" a beautiful movie based on the complicated life of Gia Carangi, The first American Super Model.
If you don't want me to spoil the movie for you then stop reading here.

Long story Short, at the peak of her modeling career Gia
(portrayed by Angelina Jolie) ended up addicted to heroin and died of AIDS at the age of 26.
Its a very sad story. One of my personal favorite movies. If you haven't watched it yet I highly recommend you do. LINK

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I Want the Expedia Gnome!


Dont ask me why... I just do! I want it to adorn my soon to come backyar garden heheh!
I have big plans for the garden including a bird bath, a water fountain and maybe even a little pond :)
I know its hideous but isn't that the point of gnomes? to protect the garden.
What Should I call him? maybe Ted