Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, God knows I have so much to be thankful for. This year I started a new business, kind of reluctantly, but I started one! DiGiulio Project, LLC. It was not necessarily the thing I wanted to do NOW, but as life teaches me daily, it has its own agenda, and I must follow it whether I want to or not. And usually in the end, its what should transpire anyway, so just do it! Funny how the Universe has to constantly teach me things - or cram them in my ever questioning skull!

So after working for Jerry's Artarama for 13 years, I now still work for them sort of, as director of Art of the Carolinas. In addition to AOC, I now have a bit more "free time" to work on my own artwork, set Joe and myself up for workshops here and there around the country, and also come up with some new offerings through DiGiulio Studios. Lots of exciting stuff!

October and November were slam full of jam packed fun! Football, hockey, haunted houses, work, work and more work!
We took time out to go to Zach's haunted house in Wallace, NC. OMG! Way too much fun! Here are a couple of photos we took that night in Zombie Land...

Many late nights in the studio produced a long awaited showing of my baby doll presentation. I've had this idea in my head for a couple of years, but never really had the venue to show what I wanted to do. I had done one show back in 2007 at Riviera downtown, which is now Gravy. There I was able to show seven pieces of baby dolls and marionettes. Fortunately this year I was able to show the entire collection of artwork at World of Art Showcase downtown Raleigh at the Convention Center. Just hanging the show and stepping back was plenty of reward for me. My little "giddy" moment. It meant the world to me. Baby dolls, Barbie's and Marionettes, oh my! It was truly a very enjoyable experience for me. It was like being able to share my childhood with everyone. Great memories and very happy moments! Here are a couple of shots of the show.


That was Halloween weekend, Oct 31, November 1 and 2.

The next weekend was Art of the Carolinas! This year was year 13. I forget how much I put into the show and the planning for it until its all over and I crash. The older I get, the harder it gets. Seriously! The good part is I forget all the bad stuff and the constant push and pull of all the behind the scenes madness. Its a real challenge and all so worth it! I love when people come up to me and hug me and thank me for putting this show on. The funny part, is I feel the exact same way! I could not put this show on without the support of all the artists out there who come to share their passion with the rest of us! It really is such a wonderful four days. Everyone is there to learn, to teach, to discover, to share. Art magic at its finest! See, just another thing to be thankful for! And one thing that helps me so much is the football and hockey games. I get to go and root for my teams and yell and scream and whistle! Just another way to keep the balance...


Next on the agenda: Zach's 30th birthday. What??? Yep, that's right. My little preemie 3lb, 3oz. kid is now 30 years old and 6'3". Amazing, right? Who loves you baby? I certainly do! Enjoy life, make great choices and live your passion. Amen.

So now we are at Thanksgiving! After cleaning, rearranging, making up beds and grocery store lists, preparing and getting ready to host a feast at our house - it is finally here! Some how, some way, everyone will have a nice warm place to sleep and lots of good food to eat, and lots of family surrounding them on this Thanksgiving. So ready for a great weekend of love, family and friendship. This is what I look forward to so much! Thank you one and all for making my life more meaningful by being in it. xoxo