Sunday, January 11, 2015

365 Days of Dio Doodles

I was looking at my sketchbooks during my holiday break and noticed a pretty decent improvement in sketches over the last couple of years. Truth is, I have been drawing and doodling a lot more in recent years, but I am still not where I want to be. So, on January first 1 started a personal challenge which I call "365 Days of Dio Doodles." A promise to myself to draw daily, take time to hone my craft, make my art more polished looking and to get faster at it. You can follow my journey on Instagram by using any of the following hashtags: #365daysofdiodoodles or #paisleyinparis. See you there!




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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Glasses - Yay!

I wore contact lenses for many years, but about 4 years ago I started wearing them less and less, until eventually, I just didn't wear them anymore. I am nearsighted, and since I work on the computer 8 hrs a day, I had to wear reader glasses to cancel the prescription on my contacts, otherwise I'd end up with a headache at the end of the day. Now that was just silly, so instead, I started not wearing my contacts, and putting on my glasses for distance once I stepped away from the computer. I liked this system much more, especially when I noticed the savings in time and money. I didn't have to spend those extra minutes putting them on and taking them off in the mornings and at night, cleaning them, and I didn't have to spend as much money on contact solution and eye drops anymore - sweet! 
The only downfall, I live in the southern California desert and I don't have prescription sunglasses. Well, I didn't until now that I picked up my new pair of transition glasses - and I'm loving them! Nice and clear indoors and they transition to a darker shade when I step outside into the sunlight. Yayeah! Summer fun, I'm ready for you now!





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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Last doodle of 2014: Wishing You a Happy 2015

Happy New year my friends! May 2015 bring you lots of peace, joy, health and the making of many beautiful and unforgettable memories. Cheers!


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Monday, December 29, 2014

Last Monday of 2014

Today's the last Monday of 2014. How will you be spending your day? Working, vacationing or monkeying around?



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Sunday, December 28, 2014

New: Japanese Kokeshi Doll Note Cards

Hi there! Santa was very kind to me this year and brought me the one thing that has been on my list for several years now - an Intuos Pro Wacom tablet!
This is my first illustration created using the tablet. It was inspired by little niece, Asami. Her daddy is Japanese, mommy (my sister) is Mexican-American, and little Asamichan is just gorgeous!

My new Japanese Kokeshi Doll design is now available in my Zazzle shop, where you'll find it on note cards, blank greeting cards, compact mirrors (great flower girl gift), iPad mini protective cases, stickers and magnets!

So happy I'll be off work for the next few days, which will give me a chance to stay home, play a bit more with my tablet and add a few more designs to my shop.


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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas, my friends! Hope your holiday season has been joyful and full of blessings. May that joy continue through the end of the year and all the way through the next.

~ Dio

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

I know a lot of nice people...well, kind of.

Making tags for my coworkers' gifts today. Apparently Santa had to lower his standards in order to include them in his nice list this year - ha!

I didn't have time to bake anything but they all love treats. Well, don't we all? I bought cute decorated bags and filled them with store bought biscotti and Kona coffee k-cups. Coffee is brewed daily in our office, free of charge of course. However, if we want to use the Keurig, we have to buy our own pods.  Given that our office coffee tends to be bitter at times (or too strong, or too weak), I'm sure they'll be quite happy to get their k-cups.

Making the Tags
If want to make your own tags, here's what you'll need:
• 60-100 lb card stock
• Ribbon, string or twine to tie them on to the goodie bags



First I punched out the tags, then I doodled away. Since I was in a bit of a rush, I went went with the easiest thing to draw. A Christmas tree with stars. It's also fun to make tags out of scrap paper and recycled packaging. I'll share some of those soon. Happy crafting!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Recycled Wine Corks Holiday Wreath

Came home from work today feeling crafty, so I pulled out a bunch of corks from my stash and made a Christmas wreath - yay me!
Here's a glimpse of the creative stages. I'm letting this baby dry overnight, then tomorrow I'll finish it up with a nice big bow and hang it on my door. Will share pictures of the final product, promise!

In case you too are feeling crafty and happen to be looking for some wine corks to work with, you've come to the right place. I have more corks than I can ever use, so I've listed a few hundred for sale on my website. Check it out - while supplies last. http://bit.ly/1ynM3fU



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