Monday, May 5, 2014

Traveling Gypsy Series dolls and living in tranquilty..

Gypsy dolls

I know that Gypsies don't have a very good reputation. As a matter a fact they have a horrible reputation. But I've always been someone who has moved around a lot in life and have lived out of a vehicle mostly in my 20's by choice. Some people used to call me a Gypsy because of that lifestyle. I did some research online about Gypsies and found some very interesting photos. this one in particular from the website called "Up For Anything"

           Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
 I think the information given is pretty interesting. and it's very interesting to see how people lived back then and why they lived that way. 

Here are some photos from a website called  "Vintage Everyday"
of Gypsies

 Not a whole lot of glamor going on is there?? Well of course not, they were very poor. That's just the way it was and still sort of is for many gypsies these days.

Anyways, I decided to make a cute group of traveling gypsy dolls. This one below is the first one of the series. I really had no idea what I was going to do with this doll. I always have a plan on what kind of doll I'm going to be making, but it never, I mean it NEVER turns out the way I plan it to. I always change the doll to a completely different theme all together.  I went online to find a cute Gypsy name for a girl. I have to say most of the names I found I didn't like and I couldn't pronounce. I did find the name "Freedom" which is supposed to be a name derived from England. So here she is so far..       


Freedom is an old Romani Gypsy name for a girl. I still need to add some beads and sew some parts. After that I'll be working on another one. I would like to make a group including men, children and babies. I'll be using light soft colors and sweet facial expressions.

 I'm using vintage linens and laces that I picked up at my local thrift shop which supports the Human Society in Prescott Arizona. I also purchased sweaters for repurposing for doll clothes. I always get asked by the clerk behind the counter on what I plan on doing with sweaters during the summertime. And I always say, "I make doll clothes". They always tell say "Why don't you just use baby clothes?"  Then I say "Because it's not the same, they won't fit right. Besides these clothes are like ultra mini adult clothes for adult type dolls not babies". I guess people won't understand unless they actually make dolls themselves. 

Besides the Gypsy dolls. I came across a really great find online. I found an article about how to start writing "Morning Pages". A morning page is actually three pages of long hand writing that you do in the morning. You let out exactly what you are thinking before doing anything in the morning and this in turn helps you not carry around anger all day long. It also helps you figure out things that you have questions to. I like to write, I enjoy it but I never did that in the morning and just "let it all out" so to speak. There are a lot of people who have gotten great results in other areas of their life because of doing morning pages. 

 Till next time,

Wendylee says BYE!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

You with the sad eyes

don't be discouraged oh I realize..

I grew up with 80's music all around me. Those were very sad times but being 40 years old now it just brings back happy times with myself and how music took pain away while I was in a secluded room all alone with just me and my thoughts. Although I was too young to really get this song at the time, it completely resonates with me now and how the world is so judgmental towards others. I think that's why it's so hard for people to really be themselves because people are afraid of the judgement and rejection that society will put on them.

Wish we grew up in a world where people could be what they feel without fear of judgement. I think I would dress in Gypsy costumes daily just for the heck of it walk around bare foot and live in a little RV selling my artwork out of it. I don't know why that's so appealing but it is. I've always wanted to travel, see NY City and walk down the crazy streets that I've only seen on T.V. Then travel to the mountains and sit on a rock near a bubbling brook with my feet in the water just listening to the birds and other wildlife that might creep me out.The creepiness of not knowing what is out there just adds on the adrenaline rush. Curiosity might get me there someday.

I'd love to live in a cottage like this one next to a stream

like this one. You get the picture.

Don't get me wrong, I love my life. But can't you just see yourself viewing the ocean or the mountains in this Class C RV!! Just traveling around without a care in the world and nothing and nobody to worry about but yourself and your dog.

I just love to dream of adventure from time to time :)

This all makes me realize that if you want to do something in this life you can't wait on others to take the plunge with you and have the same desires as you, you just have to do it on your own and be brave about it. After all we only live one time and this life is short. 

 Anyways, enough about that. I wanted to come on here to not only talk about that, but my Etsy store, and my doll making adventures. I'm really trying to build up some stock before I reopen my store again. I would hate to just put a couple of things in there. I'd rather have a variety of things. I mean, I like shopping online at Etsy and seeing more than a few things in a store. It sort of gives me an idea of what type of artist the person is, that's if they sell art and not vintage items. I have a few dolls right now and some jewelry but I just need to make more before I feel comfortable putting anything in there. 

I'm working on a "Traveling Gypsy doll series". As you can clearly see in this blog, it's the feeling that I'm getting right now  "Traveling, moving, exploring, adventure, living on the edge so to speak", so why not make dolls to showcase those thoughts and feelings right? Isn't that what art work is? Self expression.

So, I guess that's all for now folks!!


Saturday, May 3, 2014

about this "diet" thing...

My Nutribullet experience..

A few days ago I went online to try to see if I could find reviews on the best personal blenders. I found that many people on the website called "Myfitness Pal" really recommend the Nutribullet. Even compared to other blenders such as the Ninja, the Nutribullet still came out to have much better reviews. So I took the plunge and bought one.

This is the exact one that I got from Walmart which set me back a little over $100. Not bad.

Anyways, I tried it out for the first time today. I really like it but it's going to take some getting used to because there is a certain way you work this thing. What I mean is there is a recipe book that states how you put the veggies and fruits in. I really didn't know that it was this way, I thought that it was just a blender and you can add whatever you want in any order. But unfortunately you have to put the food in a certain order. That's fine and all but again, I didn't expect that. 

So, here's my plan:

Breakfast: Detox smoothie
Lunch: Detox smoothie
Dinner: Anything sensible

That doesn't look like a lot does it? I do plan on eating more than that, it's just going to be a variety daily so I don't get sick and tired of eating the same things over and over again.

My main reason for wanting to lose weight is because I'm about 40 pounds overweight and I managed to get type 2 diabetes because of it. Can't blame anyone but myself.

So, I'm putting forth both feet and taking a stand against obesity. I know this isn't going to be easy but I have to be honest with myself and do what I need to do in order to get healthy and take this weight off. 

I'll update this blog often.

Love to myself Always,