Monday, July 21, 2014

Waiting for Halloween & Other Stuff

I am soooo proud of my new blog banner!!! :)
What do you think?

As you know Summer is not my favorite season.
While sitting on the sofa, trying to breathe and not to sweat, I usually focus on the coming of Fall. :)
This month my social check will expire and there are no jobs on sight... it's very disheartening. Luckily, my hubby has been working a few weeks during the last 3 months and we could pay our bills and his heart checkups. On Thursday he'll know wether he has to undergo cardioversion or not. Cross your fingers!

Going back to my longing for Fall, I have drawn a sugar skull.

In my previous post I wrote about a handmade gift for my Daddy's birthday.
Now I can show it to you!
I have made a card and filled it with some mandala drawings and a card with wishes from all of our family.
The actual gift was a Smartphone (because mine is a technologic Dad... ehehe). So we made a cardboard gift box and decorated it.
And here they are!

As staying in front of my PC is almost impossible due to the hot weather, I have picked up my Doodle Moleskine and made some new pages.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Tutorial for Scrappin' Sisters and Daddy's Birthday

I have finally started massage therapy for my backache. There's a massive contracture caused by years of bad posture due to chronic pain, due to Endometriosis etc. etc...(it's a long chain). Luckily I have a friend who is an Ayurvedic therapist and she is treating me at a very special price. :)

This month was my turn for a TUTORIAL for SCRAPPIN' SISTERS.
The subject is Create Your Art Journal. It shows you how I make my art journals from scratch.
I wrote it in both Italian and English.

Today is my Dad's 80th Birthday!
My sister and nephews have come from Canary Islands and the whole family will be reunited tonight for a party.
I have drawn some mandalas to use for his birthday card.
But I cannot write more now, because he reads my blog and I don't want to spoil his surprise. :)

Being forced to lay down on the sofa for a week, I enjoyed drawing and coloring some bigger ones, too.

More to come! :)
Have a great week!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Going back to Mandalas: a Review

This last week has been a bit tough.
Migraines, backpains and bad news have been my companions almost daily. 
As I could not sit down on my chair, I spent most of my time on the sofa jotting down notes and playing with my pens. In a couple of days I made a new Mandala.
I have always drawn my Mandalas using round shapes and then adding lines and doodles by eye.

This time, instead, I used my friend (and co-migraine sufferer) Cindy's
In her blog you can find a number of FREE Mandala Templates for you to download and doodle, as long as patterns and tips about doodling.
Cindy's DIY Template System is a set of half circle grids that help you draw dozens of different mandalas.
You only have to download, print and cut the shapes, read the easy instructions and you're ready to go! You can create small and large templates and combine the shapes in many ways.

This is my first Mandala done with Cindy's Template System.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Freebie & Funding Campaign

It took me a little bit to write this post, because I had some PC issues last week.
Now (I hope) they should be fixed and I can give thanks to the AMAZING-AWESOME-WONDERFUL SOULS who helped me with my crowdfunding campaign! 
Toda y I went to the Post Office and shipped your rewards!
So, check your mailboxes in a week or two!
I hope you will like my artworks as much as I loved drawing them. :)
The crowdfunding didn't reach the requested total but, anyway, I'm happy with it and will be able to purchase some of the supplies I need. 
As soon as I receive them I'll write a post with photos! :)
So, thank you again

As for my updates, at least I have one good news to tell you this week.
My  hubby has been working for two weeks now and it seems that he has got work for another 2 or 3 months. I know it's not much, but it's a starting point.
Cross your fingers!! :)

And now let's talk about this week's FREEBIE!

Some of you already know that I am a huge fan of horror movies/books and everything strange, monstruous and unconventional. 
This time I have a little funny monster for you. :)
I created it starting from a PS action that I purchased some months ago.
I'm having a lot of fun creating these little furry monsters! :)

It's a PNG file with transparent background.
This clipart is for PERSONAL USE. Please, DON'T resell it or include it in personal or commercial collections.


My ETSY SHOP is growing bigger!
I have uploaded some new digital items.

 Printable Pennant Flags

 Printable Recipe Cards

 Printable 2x2 inches Small Owl Notecards

And last but not least, here are a couple more journal pages for 
JOURNAL52 Challenge.

Rain or Shine

Party Animals

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Update #5

Still 36 hours until the end of my FUNDING CAMPAIGN.
Next week I'm going to write a dedicated post about it. :)
Today I have checked all the shipping adresses and I'm almost ready for shipping!
And here we go with my latest updates:

1) Hubby is taking pills and having injections for his heart issues. At the end of this month he's going to a cardiologist and then we'll know wether he has to have cardioversion or not.

2) No jobs on the horizon. We are going towards Summer, and the chances of being hired now are very low.... Hubby is making occasional jobs, but the pay is not very good... We are going to bite the bullet and see if something will change soon. Fingers crossed!

3) I'm adding items on my ETSY SHOP on a daily basis.
I'm receiving hearts and visits, and I hope to make a selling jump soon! :)

4) With the last of my supplies I'm also catching up with JOURNAL52 CHALLENGE and creating some new drawings to put on sale.

A Day in the Life of Me

Where does your Garden Grow?
(This one is dedicated to Depression)

And these are some new Etsy Items (click images for link):

Printable Dry Erase Menu Boards

Printable Keep Calm Inchies

Printable DIY Love Coupons

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 6, 2014


Last week I was chatting on Whatsapp with my nieces.
One was telling me she wanted a nose piercing but that my sister didn't want her to, while the other was talking about her favorite TV series, Supernatural.
I wanted to make them something that they could print and hang in their rooms.
Now you can enjoy them, too.

These images are for PERSONAL USE. Please, DON'T resell them or include them in personal or commercial collections.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Catching Up

I have almost reached my goal of having 100 items on sale in my ETSY SHOP, so I can dedicate some of my time to catching up with journal challenges and drawing.
I am way behind with JOURNAL52. We already are at prompt 22 and I have just made prompts 10 and 11!! :)
Here they are.

Prompt #10: ART FOR A CAUSE
As I am now free of endometriosis pain, I thought about my other painful issue: Migraine. 
This is what came out:

Prompt #11: STARS
I love those stars templates I drew some time ago and wanted to use them again.
"When you think that everything is lost... Wish upon a star".


Monday, June 2, 2014

A Very Special CUSTOM Order

I'm very happy to write this post today.

I have already written about GNU SOLIDARIO - Education and Health with Free Software.
It is a NGO (non governative organization) that works on a global level for delivering health and education through FREE SOFTWARE

They have developed GNU HEALTH a free Health and Hospital Information System.
As they write: Our goal is to contribute with health professionals around the world to improve the lives of the underprivileged, providing a free system that optimizes health promotion and disease prevention. GNU Health is an official GNU Package, and the Hospital Information System adopted by the United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health, for the implementations and trainings.

Since 2010 they organize IWEEE - International Workshop on e-Health in Emerging Economies, a non-profit event that brings together a multi-disciplinary team representing NGOs, Academia, Government and Industry to share their experiences and to try to find ways to improve the lives of millions of human beings around the world.

 This year I had the privilege of creating for them a CUSTOM leaflet that I made for free. It is a very simple thing, but I'm glad it helped to sell their T-shirts and stickers for supporting GNU Solidario.

If you want to support GNU SOLIDARIO you can do it by donating ( or sharing this post .


Have a great week!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Update #4 and FREEBIE Friday!

Two weeks until the end of my CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN on Indiegogo and 11 FUNDERS!
I am so amazed by the generosity and love that you all have showed me. 
And I will put every cent at good profit! :)
 So, what are the news for the last two weeks?

1) I am still unemployed... It's not easy to find a job in Italy lately. I thought that with European Elections something would have changed, but it looks like it's going to be a real mess... I have sent Curricola everywhere, but no answers yet.
If you or someone you know are in need of translations (Italian to English/English to Italian), please, consider me!! :) I can also translate from Spanish. :)

2) Hubby is under medical treatment for his heart issue. In 40 days we'll know if he needs Electrical Cardioversion under general anaesthesia. I hope this will resolve the problem. The only positive thing is that because he is unemployed he doesn't have to pay for checkups and therapy. :)

3) I have added more items to my ETSY SHOP.
Had some sales, but I hope they will increase. :)

Check them out. 

Glossy Black Digital Alphabet

1 inch Owls

To the FREEBIE now! 
This week I'm posting a couple of fabric colored buttons in .PNG format (transparent background). Size is 3x3 inches and you can resize them at your will.
These images are for PERSONAL USE. Please, DON'T resell them or include them in personal or commercial collections.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 23, 2014


Here we are with a new FREEBIE!
This is a PRINTABLE .JPG file of my original hand drawn art digitally colored.
These images are for PERSONAL USE. Please, DON'T resell them or include them in personal or commercial collections and don't claim them your own work. © KAI-ZEN DOODLES. 
 A link back is not needed but appreciated.:)

 I have added new items in my ETSY SHOP and I am very glad that some of them have been featured in Etsy Treasuries. :)
And I have also had the pleasure of creating a CUSTOM ITEM for a very nice lady.

Printable ATC Backgrounds, Circles, Hearts, Tags, Ribbons.

Printable ATC backgrounds.
Printable ATC size tags - Jewelry displays

Have a great weekend!