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Patrick is performing out of town tonight and at first, I had an entire to-do list planned for the night. But then…I just didn’t feel like doing anything. Seriously, who tends to a to-do list on a weekend evening?

So here are some random artful thoughts!

This summer has been nuts with events – cool events, nothing at all to complain about! In addition to running Mucho Mas Art Space, I’ve been working on a couple new product lines, traveled to California for some pop-ups shops and Disney press junkets, and have been making art like a one-woman sweatshop.

My latest obsession is making these handmade, hand stamped clay bowls. I used my Crafty Chica Sizzix cling stamps and they worked beautifully. I’ll have a tutorial soon!

That’s why I haven’t had as many DIY posts, I hope to get back on that soon!

Last week was the highlight of the summer so far.

We had our annual Phoenix Fridas birthday party, it took several months to pull it together, I’ll have a post on that soon. Check out this new video we made! By the way, did you know there is a Phoenix Fridas website?

Phoenix Fridas: Arizona Latina Art Collective - YouTube

That wrapped up last Saturday night, and then I had to be at a speaking event early Monday morning for Facebook Community Boost Phoenix. It’s a new program Facebook is rolling out all over the country. Their team visits different cities and offers two days of free Facebook and Instagram training for small business owners.

If you have a small business, check out their new educational platform Facebook.com/Blueprint. It has a series of free online workshops you can enroll in and learn to boost your biz. I have yet to try one out, but I will soon.

Okay, July is also Crafty Chica consulting month. It’s an annual service I offer. This year I had 12 wonderful clients from all over the WORLD. I spend 2-3 hours on each brand – going over all their business angles and I work up pages of notes, feedback, and suggestions. I LOVE doing this, I love comingup with ideas for people!

I put out a lot of energy and by the end of the night, I’m exhausted! I had 10 consultations this week, and two on Monday. These businesses are amazing, and I admit, I picked up a lot of inspiration for my own brand!

THEN…yesterday was the first day of our annual Phoenix Latino Bloggers Bootcamp, which I co-founded with an organization called Collectivo.

Here is this year’s roster of bloggers!

Jenny Quezada https://jennyquezadatkd.wordpress.com/

Stephanie Vasquez http://www.azfairtrade.com/

Elizabeth Leon https://www.exclusivelyego.com/blog/

Perla Farias http://www.chicanamama.com 

Joe Ray https://omgpetart.com/omg-blog/

Vanessa Nielsen www.bilingualbookworm.com

Fabiola Rodriguez https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQpbNHkXXGTLyKEHCqnganA

Carla Chavarria and Maximo Guerrera https://ganazapparel.com/

Jasmine https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMoTGi_LV40hYlhA4mJz8Kw

Aside from that, I was recently approached by two different book editors about authoring more non-fiction titles. I had put my book career on hold trying to finish my third novel, but I am now moving forward. I miss working on books. I miss writing and journaling here on this blog, I plan to post more.

So last night I set up my to-do list and began to organize my work area when all of a sudden, I stopped and thought – “It’s flippin’ Saturday night! No work!”

And then I pulled out my watercolors! I watched The Mountain Between Us and LOVED that movie! Much different than I expected. It’s a love story! I had no idea (I hadn’t seen the trailer), I even cried at the end.

The Mountain Between Us | Official Trailer | 20th Century FOX - YouTube

It helped me clear my mind and just let myself go with the flow. That’s the best kind of creativity.

After I finished her, the phrase “seeing is believing” popped into my head. Maybe the movie about people struggling for survival in the snow pushed me in that direction. Anyway, it worked!

When it comes to scaling up a portion of our lives, we first have to have the end goal vision in our minds. That’s how I roll. Before I invest my time and energy into any project, I always come up with the end result I want to see.

It really helps me stay focused. This image captures the feeling of visualizing the end goal!

I realized when I paint women, I often go for a smooth, even skin tone, and this time I played around with different shades in random places around her face. That’s what I love about watercolors, they are so blendable. I feel like I’m forever practicing my drawing skills, trying to improve, but it’s a slow process. And it can be discouraging when other people make it look so easy!

I don’t let that get to me, I just love to keep creating and sharing the process. Life would be boring if we only shared the perfect end result, right?

Alrighty, now it is Sunday morning and I’m going to dive into this book project. If this gets the green light, it will be my 10th book – and maybe even the one with the broadest reach, it’s a very beloved subject matter. That’s all I can share right now.

Ohhh! And if all goes as planned, I should be leaving one week from today to Oaxaca for the annual Guelaguetza celebration. Our blogger group will also visit indigenous textile designers, a food tour, shopping, the ruins, and more.

GUELAGUETZA 2018: 3er Convite (Macuilxóchitl y Chinas Oaxaqueñas) - YouTube

I’m a wee bit nervous because we don’t even have our flights yet, they are supposed to come tomorrow. I am going with the flow, not stressing, praying for a smooth and fun-filled adventure of a lifetime. Two of my favorite blogger amigas are also attending so I’m really looking forward to the trip.

I have NO idea what to expect. I’ve been to different parts of Mexico many times, but mostly day trips from the cruise. And then we had out San Miguel trip, but that was a personal vacation and we went at our own pace. So we’ll see how this all unfolds. and I’ve blocked off the entire week, so if the trip does fall through, I have seven free days to relax!

Have you been to Oaxaca? If so, please leave me some tips in the comments, I’d love to read them!

One more thing – have you read the book Crazy Rich Asians? I listened to it on audiobook last month and loved it! The movie version comes out in August, here is the trailer. It looks pretty fabulous! It’s about a wealthy bachelor who falls in love with a middle class girl and brings her home to meet his family, which doesn’t go over quite well. I didn’t love the ending of the book, I felt it needed a bit more wrap-up. I hope the movie version handles it better.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS - Official Trailer 1 - YouTube

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As artists, we’re always looking for easy ways to monetize our work. I’ve been looking for an easy DIY canvas method and it was right under my nose – Canvas on the Cheap!

Last month a representative reached out to me to give their service a try. I started with seven prints of one of my paintings and they just arrived yesterday! OMG! Game changer!

Here’s a discount code so you can try it too!

It didn’t long for me to sign up as an affiliate. I’m going to be using this service to print my art on canvases to sell and give as gifts! Here’s the link. (Click the link or the image below) 

TIP: When ordering you’ll see a screen that shows wall hangers, click on “no thanks” or it will charge you for those. There is a shipping fee, so the larger the order the better the price on that.

Even if you don’t want to sell your canvases, you can order your art on a canvas to give as a gift or hang. Maybe photos of your family, pet or favorite city! What a fun way to personalize your art and home decor!

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One thing I love about attending the annual craft convention is checking out all the new products! That’s how I found out about ColoriQue. It’s a new paint developed by artist Lisa Marie Jimenez and manufactured by ClearSnap.

I watched Lisa demo it at the show (Creativation) and after seeing me ooh and ahhh, she offered to have ClearSnap send me samples. I decided to give them a try on some large metal charms I had that I wanted to make into keychains.

Mucho colors to choose from

ColoriQue comes in 14 hues, all blendable, then permanently dries! It’s cool that Lisa came up with a nice selection of shades, my favorites are the red, orange, pink and lime green!

Each comes in a small bottle that you have to shake up before using. I just squirted out dots and that was more than enough for my keychains. The idea is to paint it on, let it dry (or use a heat gun), and then wipe or sand off the top color to leave the metal showing through.

You can see above the difference in color! It really transforms the piece! Now it looks like a pop art Virgin of Guadalupe! ColoriQue also comes with a clear sealer which gives the look of resin!

Next time I’ll add more layers of color and then sand. I bet that would look pretty!

Here’s how my pieces turned out! The above photo is without the sealer. And the one below has the sealer.

Even though you can use Colorique on all kinds of surfaces, I’m saving it for my metal items! The formula makes the surfaces come alive in the brightest way possible and I love that!

RELATED: Metal Stamped Milagros

Thanks for reading, and thank you to  ClearSnaop for sending me these wonderful samples! You can buy Colorique in select craft stores or here on Amazon (affiliate link).

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I’ve always wanted to make copper roses and after watching a variety of methods on YouTube, I went for it! This was a perfect opportunity for this month’s Bernzomatic Torchbearer project! 

Alrighty, I’ll be honest, there is a bit of a learning curve on this one. And it takes a lot of patience and stamina – but it’s totally worth it. And once you make one copper rose, you’ll want to make a dozen. I used a micro torch and solder to fuse the copper pedals together – you’re also going to need a strong set of pliers!

This is the torch I used!

Designed for precision work including fine soldering, jewelry repairs, craft projects and heat shrinking wire, the Detail Torch for Hobby and Household Use features three interchangeable settings: fine soldering, hot air blower and pinpoint flame. An electric ignition makes lighting quick and easy, an adjustable flame control knob allows for a fine-tuned precision flame, and continuous flame lock keeps the torch lit while in use.

This is always my go-to because it has so many features. I can use it as a soldering iron, a micro torch or even a mini-heat gun.

Let’s get rolling on this copper rose, shall we?

SUPPLIES to make a copper rose:

Bernzomatic ST500: 3 in 1 Micro Torch

Bernzomatic Lead-Free Solder Wire & Flux

24 gauge copper sheet

Tin snips

Marker, pattern

Hammering block, chasing hammer

Copper wire or skinny tubing

Third-hand tool

Goggles and gloves

Draw out a pattern to the size you want. I kept mine small since this was my first time. Now that I know the process, I’ll definitely make a larger rose next time! Use your snips to cut out about five or six pieces. Peel away the protective skin from the front side of the copper sheet.

This portion takes a bit of muscle and stamina! Use your chasing hammer to flatten each piece. This will make the copper soft and pliable and will give your pedals texture. Punch a hole through each one.

Time to put them all together. Gather up the rest of the supplies. I twisted copper wire to feed through the holes to connect the pedals. You want to stack them alternatively, and if you want you can make the leaves that are under a rose.

Set the rose upside down in the third-hand tool, and apply flux and solder. Time to light up your torch! Follow the manufacturer’s direction. I used a medium flame for this.

Slowly circle the flame around the piece to warm up the medal, rather than aiming it directly at the area. Go around in small circles and the solder will melt and fill in and connect the stem to the pedals. Drop in a cup of water to quench.

For the top, I twisted a portion of the wire to secure the pieces. Polish as necessary, then use needle nose pliers to bend, shape and curl your rose to your liking!

Related: How to make copper statement rings

And there you have it! These are so cool and fun to make once you get the hang of it. I’m excited to play with idea more and try bigger roses!

From the Bernzomatic site:

“Find Your Fire. There’s a fire in each of us. Waiting to ignite. We believe in carrying the torch ignited by our founder in 1876—whose quality craftsmanship and progressive mindset are what blazed the trail that got us here today. We believe in awakening the innovators in all of us—inspiring a culture of creators who can break boundaries, mark new territory and go where no flame has burned before. We believe in empowering those who’ve found their flame and dare to follow it. Because the ones who do are the catalysts of bold transformations that redefine the limits of what we can achieve.   We believe in our fire and in your fire. It’s time to ignite.”

Thanks so much for checking out my project!

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Bernzomatic. All ideas, opinions, and the excitement to work with this new art genre are 100% my own.

Be sure to follow them!

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Thanks for checking out my post!, let me know if you try this project!

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Here are five easy car tips for when your car starts making a funny noise or doesn’t work as well as it should. you know, those moments when you sit there and think, “I wish I knew how to fix this!”

Trips to the mechanic’s garage can be expensive, even for some of the seemingly insignificant repairs. If you take your car to the shop, you’re not only paying for the new parts but you’re paying for labor which, more often than not, costs more than the parts.

So, to save you from another big expense and a trip to the garage, here are some easy car fixes you can do yourself!

Scratches

Body and detail work can cost you a lot of money. The average car will typically have three owners throughout its life, making dents and scratches something that most vehicle owners are familiar with. However, with a little bit of ingenuity and a few tricks, you can avoid the trip to the auto body shop. For a simple and affordable fix-it-yourself scratch solution, try this!

How to Remove Scratches from Car PERMANENTLY (EASY) - YouTube

Overheating

Your vehicle operates via combustion, which means the engine block gets extremely hot while in use. To keep your engine at an operating temperature, your car needs a working radiator. If your radiator and cooling system are not working properly, your car can overheat and break down and cause severe mechanical issues. It’s recommended that you perform a radiator flush every so often to ensure your car’s cooling system stays in check. Here’s how you do it.

How to Properly Flush Radiator Coolant - YouTube

  • Make sure your car is sufficiently cooled down before starting. A good time to do this is after your car has been without use for a few hours, particularly in the morning.
  • Place an empty container underneath your vehicle’s radiator drain plug (you can find the location of this in the owner’s manual) and remove the plug. The coolant will drain into the empty container.
  • Once it’s drained completely, replace the drain plug and remove the radiator cap.
  • Add radiator flush cleaning solution into the radiator, and then fill the rest of it up with water. You should use clean distilled water, the same type of water that makes up the world’s 1% of water that’s suitable for drinking. Dirty or tainted water can cause more problems.
  • Put the radiator cap back on, and run the car until it reaches normal temperature.
  • Put your heater on full blast, at the highest temp it can go, for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the car off and let it cool back down to the same temp as when you started.
  • Drain the radiator once again, making sure to replace the drain plug after doing so.
  • Refill the radiator with new coolant.

This process can cost you a good chunk of change at a garage, but by doing it yourself all it costs is maybe $30 and some time out of your day.

Oil

You see that sticker on the upper left part of your car that tells you when your next oil change is due, and you don’t think twice about it. Rather than spending anywhere between $50 to $100 on an oil change in the garage, you can do it yourself for the price of oil. It’s a relatively simple process that only takes moments to complete.

How to Change Your Oil (COMPLETE Guide) - YouTube

  • Again, start with a cool engine. Locate your oil pan underneath your vehicle and the plug.
  • Place a container underneath the pan and pull the plug. The oil will empty into the container. Typically, the oil you see will be dark in color. If it sparkles, then you have a bigger problem that you will need to see a mechanic for.
  • Once the oil pan is empty, replace the plug.
  • Locate the oil cap on your engine, and making sure you have the correct oil (usually 5w-30 or 10w-30 for standard vehicles), being pouring the oil.
  • You’ll need to stop and check the oil level every so often to avoid over filling. Perhaps after every quart, pull the dipstick and check the oil level. Continue this process until the oil reaches the full mark on the dipstick.

This process is pretty straightforward, and even if you want to change the oil filter, it is relatively simple. A good synthetic oil may only need to be changed every 10,000 miles or so.

No matter your level of automotive expertise, you can save a lot of money with these DIY repairs. Many of these can be translated to motorcycles as well, and while the median age of motorcyclists is 47, any aged rider or driver can save some money with these tips.

When your car starts making a funny noise or doesn’t work as well as it should, you’ve probably sat there and thought, “I wish I knew how to fix it myself.”

Trips to the mechanic’s garage can be expensive, even for some of the seemingly insignificant repairs. If you take your car to the shop, you’re not only paying for the new parts but you’re paying for labor which, more often than not, costs more than the parts.

So, to save you from another big expense and a trip to the garage, here are some easy automotive fixes you can do yourself.

Windshield wipers!

How to Replace Windshield Wipers on Your Car (Easy) - YouTube

Air filter

Tips for Replacing ANY Car's Air Filter - YouTube

No matter your level of automotive expertise, you can save a lot of money with these DIY repairs. Many of these can be translated to motorcycles as well, and while the median age of motorcyclists is 47, any aged rider or driver can save some money with these tips.

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Lola’s Cocina has started a new annual tradition – Paleta Week! And I’m so honored to be a part of it with my Spicy Glittered Paletas! There is a score of talented bloggers who have contributed very impressive recipes to Lola’s series. I love them so much, I even created a round up of 25 paleta ideas!

But for now, let me share my spicy, glittered paletas!

Here’s the deal. If you are in a hurry, but still want to impress – just buy the fruit juice paletas from the store. This is what I did to save time! The real treat here is to also buy some edible glitter.

In the past, I made edible glitter to make glittered conchas – and it made me test out different types of edible glitters and this is my favorite: Bakery Bling! I used a combo of the metallic gold with Tajin to give the spiciness some sparkle!

Whether you make your paletas or buy them, cut up some lime and run it all along the top of the paleta – the lime gives another kind of zing…trust me, it works! If you don’t want lime, you can cut up any other kind of wet fruit and use that to coat. You want to make it nice and juicy so the glitter will stick.

DO NOT use lime on a cream-based paleta. I think it might not work as well. It might curdle. Then sprinkle on the edible glitter, as little or as much as you want. It’s sugar. I also used another blend they have that has little metallic stars.

So then I went a lil crazy with my combos. This is the one with Tajin, lime, gold glitter on a strawberry paleta. OMG. My fave right here…

This one is a lime paleta with strawberry juice and gold glitter., the one at the bottom is cantaloupe with lime and gold glitter. When I bought my Bakery Bling a few months ago, I saw they had different grades, I bought ultra fine and chunky. Neither really has flavor, except for that they are very sweet. They come out looking so pretty! You can add a little or a lot. I added a lot because well, pictures!

The Tajin, lime, strawberry was my favorite!

Don’t forget to check out my other post of the 25 paleta ideas!

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Tis the season for frosty, icy treats that melt in your mouth! How about 25 paleta ideas for you to choose from? Lola from Lola’s Cocina recently sent out a call to bloggers to post their favorite paleta recipe and called it #PaletaWeek2018.

Well, you know I was excited. So thrilled that I not only made a paleta to contribute to the festivities but I also created the round-up of all the other ideas from others in the group – they are all so fabulous! Please go through and visit all these wonderful blogs, you will be so inspired – and refreshed, I promise!

So, suit up, sit back and get inspired to chill out in a tasty way!

Click on the titles to go to the recipe link!

Spicy & Glittered Paletas, by Crafty Chica

Ginger Cantaloupe Paletas

Lime Coconut Paletas by Presley’s Pantry

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Sophia Bush, Incredibles 2 co-star, walks in our interview room and everyone sits up a bit taller than usual. And just when we’ve adjusted, she levels up – again.

“Oh I don’t need this,” she says, pushing away an unopened bottle of water. “I’m on a 30-day – well hopefully forever – 30-day no throwaway challenge.” She then affectionately waves her metal water bottle at us and smiles.

Everyone in the vicinity can’t help but grin back. Her energy is so positive, it’s infectious. We know the next twenty minutes are going to be memorable. I was one of 25 bloggers chosen by Disney to attend the Incredibles 2 press junket, and the 35-year-old actress is on our Q&A roster.

She plays a new character in the Incredibles universe – Voyd. A young superhero-in-training with the power of dimensional teleportation. Homegirl can pop in and out of different dimensions with the flick of her glove-lined fingers. But what she is most known for is her admiration of Elastigirl.

We’re talking hardcore fangirl!

Connecting with her character

Sophia says in real life, it was more Brad Bird who served as her inspiration for the gig. She looked up to him as a genius mad scientist to pull everyone’s voice tracks together to create an incredible Incredibles 2 movie. But she knew it wasn’t all up to him.

“I had to think a lot about who this girl is,” she says about her character of Voyd. “She represents, to me, so many of the girls who I spend so much of my life talking to, girls that are in high school, college, post-college, trying to figure out who they are.”

RELATED: Incredibles 2 free printables and coloring pages

“And the way that I related it was this, I thought a lot about being a young girl in this world of the Incredibles, who has powers, who thinks it’s the coolest. And then you see people like you become illegal. And your parents tell you – you have to hide who you are because you could be jailed. You could be killed. You could be subject to harassment. But you grew up looking up to Elastigirl. She was on your TV.”

TAKING THE WHEEL — In “Incredibles 2,” Helen aka Elastigirl is called on to help bring Supers back. Her mission comes with a brand-new Elasticycle, a state-of-the-art cycle that is designed just for her. Meanwhile, Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home. Featuring the voices of Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson, Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Her passion shines through

Sophia’s passion makes us all stop and realize this more than just voicing an animated character to her.

“I think about what the struggles are in society for people who are not accepted or people who are bothered because of their race, because of their gender, because of their sexual orientation. Elastigirl girl is Voyd’s…idol who made this girl, who had to dim her light for so long, feel like eventually everything was gonna be okay. And you see her expressing her identity. Like, she has turquoise hair and a side shave. This is a bold expression of her inner radicalness, but she’s had to hide her biggest magic. And she gets to meet the person who made her feel like one day it was gonna be okay.”

Incredibles 2 Official Trailer - YouTube

She mentions that writer and director must be psychic because of the film’s story fits the #MeToo narrative of women speaking up for themselves and owning their power. In the film, the parental roles are reversed. Helen Parr (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world, while her husband Bob (Mr. Incredible) has to cook, clean and care for the kids at home.

SUPER DREAMS – When Elastigirl is called on to lead a mission to bring back Supers, she meets a group of new Supers who aspire to join the ranks, including Voyd, a mega-fan whose superpower is the ability to divert and manipulate objects around her. Featuring the voices of Holly Hunter as Helen aka Elastigirl, Sophia Bush as Voyd, Phil LaMarr as Krushauer and HeLectrix, and Paul Eiding as Reflux, “Incredibles 2” opens in U.S. theaters on June 15, 2018.. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Sophia calls out the director on the topic. In many interviews, she shares how he goes light and says he just thought it would be funny to see Bob Parr freak out by the domestic challenges. But she says in reality, Bird considers his own wife as the ultimate superhero.

“This movie manages to talk about identity and empowerment with not an ounce of tension, with so much humor,” she says. “It welcomes everybody to the table. I’ve not heard a single guy be like, oh, that’s like a woman’s movie. They love the movie.”

I asked Sophia how she landed the role of Voyd. How did that perfection come together? Her eyes brighten and we know this story is going to be interesting. She adjusts herself in her chair and tells us about sitting in a restaurant one day, having a casual lunch with a friend when she received a text to open her email.

She tapped the screen on her smartphone to find an email from her agent… and an attachment.

“It was the actual letter from Brad Bird on Pixar letterhead offering me the part, telling me who Voyd was, asking me to come and join the Incredibles family!” she says. “And at the bottom of the page are all of the Incredibles family in, like, this beautiful 2-D drawing. I screamed so loud the whole restaurant turned and looked at me. I was morbidly embarrassed and also very excited!”

She explains how a while back she visited Pixar Studios. Little did she know the crew noted her signature raspy voice and vowed to find the perfect role for her to voice in a film.

Her fans already know her from her work on One Tree Hill, John Tucker Must Die and Chicago P.D., but what they might now know is she is into women in tech, investing and social good. All of which she was able to talk about in our short interview.

“I’ve actually been investing in tech companies for about ten years,” she says. ” I think we have a problem in that women when they make any money at all – they’re encouraged to donate to charity, which is something that I do. But men, when they make money are encouraged to become investors. And this is a major point of disparity in our society. There are ways to get women in the financial game that we don’t talk about because we don’t talk to women about money.”

Next thing you know, we are all being coached by Sophia Bush, and we’re loving it.

“You don’t have to be Warren Buffet and be a billionaire and be 65 before you can be charitable or before you can start investing,” she says. “That is a lie. Like, you can invest a couple hundred dollars here, a couple thousand dollars here.”

Tech is also an area she holds dear to her heart. Which is why she loves her role as Voyd even more.

“My character is a woman in STEM,” she says. “She literally manipulates space-time. It’s so cool to me! So, to talk to women about how science, technology, engineering, medicine, these are fields that they should be in. They should be owning. That is very exciting to me!”

Incredibles 2 is now playing in theaters nationwide.

INCREDIBLES 2 Movie Clip - Voyd Loves Elastigirl (2018) Disney Pixar Animated Movie HD - YouTube

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These past few weeks have been such an emotional ride for everyone, everywhere. Not only the news headlines, but it’s this time of the season that my dad’s health began to decline nine years ago. I can’t stop thinking about that time period. The only way I can process it all… is to power down, lock myself in the studio and make stuff.

This time around, I cranked up my sewing production.

Here’s the deal: I want this site to be a safe haven for everyone – I want you to come here to seek positivity and solace from stress. However you choose to respond to all that is going on in your life, sometimes it’s good to take a deep breath and collect your thoughts.

That’s where crafting comes in as therapy.  If you don’t want to go it alone, connect with friends and/or family. Sit down, create and just talk to each other. Doodle in a blank book, decorate a coloring book, sew, paint, collage, whatever settles your nerves. Anticipate the needs of your loved ones, release expectation.

I know it works for me, I feel much better these days, stronger, with a clearer focus. I use my creativity to burn off a lot of anxious energy.

That’s all I wanted to share, my mega stress release sew-a-thon!

How do you handle mental struggles, do you use art and craft to work through it as well?

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“Are they good or are they bad?”

That question will pop in your mind from the moment you first see the characters Winston Deavor and his sister Evelyn in Incredibles 2. Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener voice the roles of the mysterious siblings who take quite an interest superheroes.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS – In “Incredibles 2,” siblings Winston and Evelyn Deavor are huge fans of the Supers and start a campaign to improve their public image and ultimately bring them back. Featuring the voices of Catherine Keener as the brilliant and laid-back Evelyn Deavor, and Bob Odenkirk as the ultra-wealthy and savvy Winston Deavor, “Incredibles 2” opens in U.S. theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

I, for one, kept thinking, “He’s bad. No, she’s bad. No, they both are scheming! No, they are both good!”

That’s a sign of success – when the viewer can’t pick up on the character’s intention. Keener and Odenkirk keep us guessing right up to the end of the story. Now imagine meeting these actors face-to-face! That was the situation when I was one of 25 bloggers Disney chose to attend the Incredibles 2 press junket.

I’ve always been a fan of Catherine Keener, she is an indie movie goddess!  And she lives to up the radiance she projects on screen. I loved how her face beamed as she entered the hotel suite, delighted to chat with a room full of women.

Recording a winning scene

Both actors divulged a lot of backstory on the process of recording their parts. Little do we know the real drama takes place behind the scenes. Catherine admitted she spent so many hours recording her scenes, she lost track of what made sense and what didn’t.

Luckily she and Bob had writer and director Brad Bird at their side.

“It was like one run-on tape for hours,” Catherine chuckles. “I would start and I’d be, oh, wait, wait… and Brad was like, ‘That was good! What are you doing?’ Sometimes you feel honestly, okay, I was in the pocket there. I’m gonna walk away.”

“You have to trust Brad, she explains. “Because he’s putting that movie together, obviously, up at Pixar. You’re not really seeing that. He knows the tone of it all and the other characters, and it’s changing over time. So, you could feel it changing in the script, the tone, a little bit, but you don’t know really know where or how. And you never have the whole script. But you really just gotta — you’re guessing at what might work. So, you give him what he wants, get that first – and then maybe say what if I tried this and that.”

How to Draw Evelyn Deavor from Incredibles 2 - YouTube

Bob says his portion took almost a year-and-a-half to record, and he enjoyed how his character, millionaire businessman Winston Deaver, evolved.

“I felt like he kinda changed tonally between the first and second and second and third a lot,” he says. “He was more like Saul and that when he started, if you know that character I do on Better Call Saul. And then he became more innocent and genuine, which I love.”

Even so, he and Catherine must have felt at least a wee bit of superhero envy, since their characters have no powers, right?

Superpowers of choice

So we asked how they would change that. Out of all the superpowers in the world – what would they choose?

“I would like to be able to eat whatever I want and not gain weight,” Bob says, smiling bright and patting his flat belly. “It’s an obsession. It’s a part of my life too much, and that’s what I wish I could have.”

Catherine nods and takes her turn.

“Teleportation,” she announces. “One direction though.”

Bob speaks up to give context.

“Like, she’ll still go to the airport, wait in line… but then going home is always – he claps –  like that!

She nods in agreement. “And I’m home!” she says. “I’m in my pajamas. My bed’s made. Clothes are off the floor. And I’m ready to go to bed, you know. It’s like I’m set.”

I’m not sure if those powers will qualify them to join the Incredibles family, but at least they’ll be fed and comfy. Which is a pretty incredible way to live too!

Incredibles 2 is now playing nationwide. 

Incredibles 2 Clip - "Meeting The Deavors" - YouTube

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