Thursday, March 28, 2013

"Mermaid Majesty:" Part 1 of the First Prize Winner's Prize

Enter AV's latest contest, and win this beautiful, mermaid-inspired necklace!  (Made with Sterling silver dolphins, silver and cat's-eye pendant, faux dyed pearls (in blue), AB-hued faceted clear glass beads, and genuine mother-of-pearl flat oval beads, dyed a lovely blue to match!  It all finishes with a silver clasp, and would look stunning dressed up, or dressed down!

For more info, see the blog entry, here.
And to enter (quick! before time runs out!), visit AV's Facebook page and "Comment" w/your poetry, or message me directly with it here. :)

Thanks for entering, and good luck!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Just One More Week!

There's just one week left to participate in Alternate Visions' Mermaid-Not-Manatee contest! Entries will be counted and judged beginning April 1st, and the new 1st and 2nd prize winners will be determined & announced by April 2nd!

First prize will be a BRAND NEW piece of mermaid art by AV, AS WELL AS a mermaid-inspired necklace, made just for you!  Second prize will be a mermaid-inspired bracelet, so enter soon for your chance to win!

To Enter: Just send AV a private message on FB, or post on Alternate Visions' page there (or ping me here), w/a poem of your own devising.  Poems can be in ANY form or style; but should be about a mermaid who's tired of being mistaken for a manatee.  Keep it KIND (neither fat-shaming nor manatee hate will be tolerated), and if you like, keep it fun.  (But if you choose, heart-tearing entries will be happily accepted too. :))  No matter what, just tell us about a mermaid who is tired of being mistaken for that other curvy, fair oceanic creature, and you could win some new AV goodies! :D

Good luck, and can't wait to hear from you! ^_^

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013

New Art!

AV has a new piece! Where shall we start the bidding for the -original?- ;D

"They Say She Carries a Scythe.  ..I Say; 'Run.'"

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Plus-Size Pride Project

I've recently had the idea to make a photo collage of bigger, beautiful people, and wanted to include.. YOU! ^_^

It's focused on people size 16+, and is all about showing the world that folks in bigger bodies can (and do) love themselves as they are, right now- regardless of their plans (or decisions not) to lose weight.  It's centered on showing the world how beautiful plus-size people can be- in ALL their forms, and that life is for living -TODAY,- as opposed to always looking to another day to live your dreams. :)

All folks have to do to take part is snap a photo of themselves (w/a cell phone, all the way up to having a fancy photoshoot- whatever they like), w/the intent of showing the world that they love & have pride in themselves -right now,- as they are. :)  Then you just send that photo my way, and I'll make it part of a collage, to share w/the world.  It doesn't matter what people share, as long as they're 18+ years of age, and don't show any major scenes of violence, nudity, etc.  It's supposed to be about love and pride at the core, so that should clearly come through in the pics. :)

For example: If you're a mom and have kids, and love.. say.. your arms because they let you hold your little ones, you could share a pic of you hugging your children. :)  Or.. if you're a bellydancer and the dance makes you come alive, share a pic of you in your favorite garb, or.. of you dancing! ^_^  If you're a painter, make your art a part of your photo, or if you're an author, photograph yourself w/your favorite book!  You can also just deck yourself out in whatever you choose, or snap an impromptu photo when you're feeling pretty.  Either way, anything goes, as long as you-love-YOU. ^_^  

If you like, you can also include a placard (i.e. something written on a piece of paper or cardboard, posterboard, etc.) w/a statement telling people how you feel, declaring something you believe in, or a message you want people to hear/learn/understand.  Just show the world who YOU are and why you love BEING who you are, and you're good.  The form is entirely your decision. ^_^  Folks don't need any fancy hair, makeup, or clothes (although yes, please have -some- clothes upon thy bod, as thiese should be PG-PG13), or people can do it up in a $6,000 outfit w/a team of stylists and strut their stuff down down a runway. ^_^  Either way, what's important is loving who you -are.- :)

Once you've snapped your photo, just me w/your pics, and they'll become a part of a 2D & moving collage. ^_^  One still version will be used online, & the other made into a slide movie, and will ultimately be shared on YouTube.  (-W/carefully moderated comments, of course. ;))

If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line. Or, if you want to read more, you can find the original post about my initial idea at here. :)   (Moreover, for proof that I'm a real person and not just some weirdo, you can find a bit of my art here. :))

Oh! Plus we also have a little group on FB, in case anyone needs help, ideas, wants to query me about anything directly, or would like some  general group support.  (It's in no way mandatory to participation in the project though.)  Just click the link above, and hit Apply/Join to join. :)  (I've got it set to a Private Group, so no trollers or nasties can come n' invade our safe space.)

Lastly, thanks so much for reading through all this. :)  I know it's a lot, but my hope is that it'll inspire people of ALL sizes who see it to live their lives for today, to realize that being a good person & loving life is NOT about ANY number on a scale, how much mass or volume someone has around their middle, or what their jeans size is.   Life is too short to go through it hating oneself- no matter -what- size you may be.  So let's show the world how beautiful we are, and inspire people of EVERY size to love themselves! ^_^


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