This year I get to spend the holidays in sunny SoCal with my favorite person of all, my lovely mom (who is also very cute and funny), my stepfather and my grandmother Madge who is flying in from the east coast! Years ago, when I was living in Pennsylvania, the family all gathered for the holidays at my Aunt Peg and Uncle Bob’s house. We ate so many pizzelles and Peg made me my first snickerdoodles! Those blew my mind. (my love for cookies has always been very very strong) One of my favorite memories of that trip was when we all woke up in the morning to discover that in the middle of the night my Grandmother Madge had taken her sister and snuck off to Atlantic City. A woman after my own heart. I’m really excited to spend some quality time with Madge this Christmas.
And now! Tattoos.
Bianca was a very inspiring lady and I had so much fun working on her Manchester Rose!
We tied a few different elements into this tattoo to remember special places and times. It is such a sweet and fun tattoo, just like Bianca.
Speaking of lovely ladies, I had the honor of working on a new piece for the most lovely lady Heather.
Last year Heather and I worked on leopard spots on her hip that fade into grey. (which you can see a hint of in the bottom left corner) She asked me if I would expand on the grey spots to turn into two swallows. I had fun with the design challenges of working of off her leopard tattoo, creating a flattering negative space with the existing tattoo on her upper shoulder as well as curving the design on her body in a way that would compliment the loveliness that is. We did a lot of the design in grey which softens as it heals. I can’t wait to show you what that will look like. I am so excited to finish this piece!
And in the categories of both lovely ladies and things I am excited to finish…
Annie brought me a print of the lady with her deer and asked me to create a gilded frame for her. I love pretty ladies and deer as well as gilded things so this is pretty dreamy! I can’t wait to show you what she will look like when she is all done!
Can you believe that the holiday season is here? Hot Chocolate and snowflakes and the smell of pine and christmastume and cookies! and shopping and holly and glitter and men dressed in red and green adidas suits and stockings and cozy things and spending time with people I love. Christmastume (the annual christmas costume party) is This Weekend! I’m still not sure what my costume will be for this year. Last year I was Fe-Lisa Navidad. I know. Genius. I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, Brandy and I took her boys to a Christmas tree farm! They had baby cows, chickens, bunnies!!!! and ponies! (although cute, the ponies were jerks. i never thought i would say that but it’s true) We went on a hayride, got holly to deck halls with and had a jolly time. As usual, my nephew Jack and I had a blast.
Lots of love!!!