Today I should have been preparing our home with ballons, garlands and a table filled with treats and a big birthday cake for Camila’s Birthday, but instead, year after year, I buy flowers, a new wind chime and a pinwheel to decorate her little headstone at Greenwood Cemetery.
She would have been 7 years old today. Perhaps a beautiful little girl with big brown eyes like her daddy, curly brown hair like her brothers and a crooked smile like mine. But we’ll never know aside from a glimpse in a dream or the memory of the brief moment when we held her in our arms.
On May 8th, 2006, Camila was stillborn at 40 weeks of pregnancy. It was the most devastating day of my existence and even today, if I think too long of the details of that sorrow-filled day, I crumble.
I owe my life to my husband Abdias and our sons Sal & Pablo because they have made me smile in my darkest times and loved me when I slipped into my most unlovable moments.
We have spent many years recovering from this blow and we’ve embraced that it’s part of our history and a journey through our future. It is a wake up call that lead us to persevere, to only do what we love for a living and to never take our time here for granted.
Our little family has been through a lot, but we’ve stuck together, we’ve grown together. We have learned to have Camila in our hearts and we feel that her spirit lives in the gentle breeze that sweeps through the trees, the colorful butterflies which greet us wherever we go, the art we create with our hands and in the music that we write and share with the world.
We love you Camilita, happy birthday my beautiful butterfly.
One of my biggest joys in being a Face Painter is having the privilege to be invited to face paint at the parties of really awesome children year after year.
One of my favorites is always a cool and playful little girl sweetly nicknamed “Buggie” by her family.
I started face painting at Little Buggie’s parties when she turned 5 years old and this past weekend I got to face paint at her 7th Birthday!
Her latest party theme was a “Fiesta” and included an array of colorful decorations, clever desserts and of course the classic Burro Piñata. Buggie’s mama, Amy, is one of the most amazing party planners and decorators. She makes almost everything and concocts some of the most breathtaking parties I have ever been to — and this one was just as amazing as ever.
I made a special design menu to cater to the theme and got to paint Amy as a half Sugar Skull, her Hubby with a smooth Mustache and teardrop, lol and Buggie with a cool little Bird over her eye as well as a little Sugar Skull on her Cheek. I usually paint something on her little brother Bean, but the little man was very busy at the party and I owe him a spider tattoo and Michelangelo full face since I had to leave before he was ready for a face paint.
As life would have it, about a year ago, Amy realized while looking through her photos that when Buggie was only 3 years old, I happened to give her her very first Face Painting at a Family Festival in Winter Park, FL. I always feel so honored when children choose me to give them their first face paint, it’s a big deal! =)
It is a true joy and an honor to get to know and share with families such as Buggie’s who have embraced me and my Art over the years. I am always thankful to folks like they for their support and patronage.
Be sure to check out Amy’s blog to see all of her amazing creations and follow her journey of a crafty mom extraordinaire.
Credits on Photos:
Photos courtesy of Amy H.
Face Painting by Carolina The Doodler
Party Decorations pictured by Amy H.
Yes! It’s amazing how time flies and to realize that I am celebrating 4 years in business as an independent Face Paint Artist in Orlando, FL!
I owe so much to all of my wonderful clients for always keeping me in mind, for inviting me to paint at your events year after year and for your referrals to friends, families & businesses. You are the fuel that keeps my little one-woman business going strong.
I also want to thank my family for being so supportive. Running a small business is a big task and their love and encouragement is a big reason why I am able to do this full time and with such great energy!
Some of my favorite events last year, aside from all of the super fun birthday parties, were the UCF Tailgate parties, the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run, the Orlando Science Center’s 4th of July celebration and the Gucci Children’s line launch party amongst many others!
So far, this 5th year has been excellent and I look forward to many more years of awesomeness to come. Thank you so much!
This week we traveled from Orlando, FL to Del Rio, TX.
We are here for a vacation/gig all squished in together, which is a really fun way to travel.
The road trip was great, I have lived in the United States for almost 19 years and have never gone west, so this is a big deal for me. We are staying with our cousin Pucho, his beautiful wife Roxy and their very cool daughters.
So far Pucho has taken us to visit a few staples in the community and this morning we had breakfast at Chinto’s Mexican Restaurant. When you first walk in, you notice the decorative Papel Picado in the patio and the colorful entry that leads to the restaurant. Inside, the walls are covered with Luchador masks, Sombreros, Papel Picado and traditional Piñatas. It’s a very homey feeling.
To put things in context a bit, my husband Abdias traveled to Del Rio with our son Sal and a group of musicians and artists back in January of this year. While there, he met a lot of the locals and was inspired by those he met and the places he visited. There are at least two songs in his new album (Mas Colores y Menos Horrores) which were inspired by that trip to Del Rio.
One of those songs, is titled “Cumbia Del Rio”. It is a lyrical interpretation of places and people in Del Rio including: Casa de la Cultura and Chinto’s.
Today when we visited Chinto’s, Chinto was showing us immense gratitude for including his family owned business in Abdias’ music. It was so amazing to connect with them and have a delicious breakfast at the same time.
Right before we left, Chinto pulled out a stack of Luchador masks and offered them to us as gifts of gratitude.
This is our son Sal, myself, our son Pablo and my husband Abdias wearing our masks outside of Chinto’s.
Can I just say that this was one of the best breakfasts EVER!
Thank you Chinto!
Check out the photo album from the opening party of Carolina The Doodler’s Frivolous Fruckery!
The opening party for Carolina The Doodler’s Frivolous Fruckery Art Show this past Friday at Little Fish HUGE Pond was a big success! We had a great turnout and I sold A LOT of art! Big BIG thanks to everyone who came out and supported my wackiness and especially a BIG thank you to Moe and Liz from Little Fish Huge Pond for your awesomeness and hospitality…oh and for all the wine you hooked me up with! lol
I got my first feature ever in a Newspaper Publication this week! It’s such a cool feeling and even more, it’s very exciting to be able to share my story with everyone. Check it out!
The opening party for Carolina The Doodler’s Frivolous Fruckery Art Show is TONIGHT!
Join us for a fun art exhibit:
Carolina The Doodler’s Frivolous Fruckery Art Show
during the Sanford Art Walk at ‘Little Fish Huge Pond’ (Sanford’s craziest little urban pub).
All of Carolina’s wackiest and most frivolous artwork will be available for purchase including and array of exclusive limited edition prints on opening night!
Live Music ALL night provided by Tacatantán Records featuring Sr. Silencio, Abdias Ernesto Garcia, Trop Montune & Urbe Prima.
AND there will be delicious Aji de Gallina provided by Moe at Little Fish Huge Pond, yummy plantain chips and of course, Candy!
Ages 21 +
Drink Specials all night! (wooo-hooo)
401 S Sanford Avenue Sanford, Florida 32771
Flyer created by Reina Castellanos
So you are are looking for something cool and original to hang on your wall or a super weird and cool gift for your grandma who is into that sort of thing…well, I’ve got just the solution for you!
Check out the my Carolina The Doodler Art Store on http://carolinathedoodler.bigcartel.com and get your Limited Edition Prints of some of my favorite original illustrations!
…and check in often because I add art work regularly.
Thanks a bunch and Doodle on!
Carolina The Doodler
Although I am hoping to Blog my story in some sort of chronological order, this morning I felt compelled to share a bit about a love story…my love story.
In 1998 I was walking to the bus stop early one morning to catch the bus to school. The time had recently changed and so the stars where still out. I had been through a tough time in my teenage years, had no direction and felt a huge disappointment with boys altogether. They all seemed so immature and ridiculous. I was only 17, but as any girl can dream, I hoped to one day meet a man with essence, someone who wouldn’t waste time playing games or making me feel bad, someone who I would fall madly in love with and share a great life with. I recall looking up at the stars and making a heartfelt wish, more powerful than any wish I had made before. I wished for true love.
Just a few months after making that wish, I met the love of my life. It was during a job interview at a new restaurant in the City of Weston in South Florida. I was walking in for my interview and a young man by the name of Abdias Ernesto Garcia was walking out from his. The owner of the place introduced us and we shook hands politely. That moment was so much more than a simple handshake, it was the beginning of our love story.
Abdias had recently moved back to the U.S. from his homeland of Puerto Rico and was getting a fresh start with a new job. I was in 11th grade in high school, going through a tough financial shift with my immediate family and getting a job to help out my mom and contribute to our family as we had lost everything we had.
We worked together at the Restaurant where I did everything from hostess to serve drinks and he was a waiter and eventually a cook. We became good friends and he taught me one of the most important lessons of my life, how to improvise.
After a few months of giving me rides home and hanging out at work, we went out one night. We met at an IHOP and ended up at a 24-hour Walmart to buy a CD he wanted. (having only lived in the states for a few years, I had never been to a 24-hour Walmart, lol). At the end of the night I gave him a ride home.
That night was magical. We talked all night, as if we’d known each other our whole lives. He read to me from the inspired pages of his journals, played some songs that he had written on the guitar, showed me some of his favorite music and I told him about my life, how I loved art but wasn’t sure of how it would ever amount to anything, about how my family was falling apart at the seams and about all the trouble I’d been getting into recently since no one was paying attention to me. We showed each other our toes because it seemed to be important at the moment and we laughed and sighed at the stories that we shared with each other.
Time seemed to fly and before we knew it, the sun rose and we welcomed the morning with a perfect kiss that bonded us for life. Like I said, that night was magical.
After that, we were inseparable. What I appreciated about this new love was that we not only shared a bond in what we had been through and felt a true comfort in each others arms, but we both knew that there was a deep meaning in our relationship.
One night we sat on the swings at a Playground and again, had an amazing conversation that set out the foundation of our future plans. He told me of his goal to one day be a music producer and how he wanted to be able to live off of music, be a full time musician and go on the road. I admitted to wanting to be a full time artist and to stop being so shy about my love of music. That conversation would forever change our lives because it was the beginning of a journey that got even more and more interesting. It all began with a wish upon the stars…