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Woah! Recent posts are great.

Hi Guys!  Wanted to share my recent posts on my new website and encourage you to follow that site.  If you are like me and don’t check your email often, feel free to follow my Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/yvonnezepedastudio/.

Color of the Year Inspired by Nature

This nature girl is ecstatic about the colors that Pantone, the Color Institute has chosen for this years palette!  The official Spring and Summer color……..see more below.

http://hercrackedhalo.com/color-year-inspired-nature/

Momma was Always dancing

That broom was her best suitor on Sunday mornings.  After Dad would leave to run errands, we could hear her humming to herself all her favorite Conjunto, Norteño and Tejano tunes. Daddy didn’t dance………see more below.

http://hercrackedhalo.com/momma-was-always-dancing/

To the Fuckers who don’t say Happy Mother’s day to their Wives

To all the dipshit fuckers out there who don’t say Happy Mother’s Day to their wives, because they claim that their wife is not their mother. I get it.  She didn’t give birth to you.  She didn’t……….see more below.

http://hercrackedhalo.com/fuckers-dont-say-happy-mothers-day-wives/

Thanks for reading and hope you will follow along on Facebook.  Much love and joy.

Yvonne

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I’VE MOVED! Finally Leaped to the Self-Hosting side of Blogging.

I did it!! Wow….. I feel like an adult now. I finally switched over to self-hosting for blogging and my website. So thankful for the followers I have here on this blog, but would love for you to continue to follow me on my new blog: http://hercrackedhalo.com/blog/ .  I will eventually delete this wordpress.com blog. For those of you who choose to follow me, please subscribe to my new email address yvonnezepedastudio@gmail.com and say something like “Old site follower”.  You will receive 3 free coloring pages as a gift of appreciation and thanks from me.  Much Love!

Gleaming ear to ear with joy. As a short story/poetry writer and an artist, I’ve always had a blog to keep track of all my writings and art I create. I started back in 2005 with Blogger, then in 2009 switched to WordPress.com (the free “limited” site).  But you know, I never quite committed to using the site to its full potential.  I mean, I would post once a month and share it on my 4 social network platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest).  But because I never really took the time to learn all about SEO, tagging, networking, hashtags, etc., none of these platforms really grew to huge heights.  Between the four platforms, I’ve got about 750 “live” subscribers. But again, no real action going on.

For the last 10 years or so, I was ok with that. Just blogging from time to time. I’m not sure why I stayed in that position? Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve always had a full-time job, that I didn’t feel the need to make blogging my full-time career? Maybe I wasn’t a “starving” artist? Maybe I didn’t want to sink a lot of money into something I knew I didn’t have the time to grow. Maybe I was just happy being hired by a few collectors I have, that kept me busy with small commissions here and there?  Maybe the exhaustion of raising 2 now grown children and currently almost finished raising a 16 year old and all the dynamics that come with that? Maybe it’s the fact that I’d rather lay my head on my Honey’s lap and just Netflix and Chill. Ahhhhhhh, waiiiit……. maybe it’s the fact that my 50th birthday is coming up in May, eeeeekkkk!

Something magical, scary but exhilarating has happened deep inside of me this year. It’s like, I’ve been riding a bike up a giant hill, sweating and struggling.  Kind of conforming to everyone and everything else around me as I go. And somehow I made it to the top and let out a huge breath of “I don’t give a shit about what anyone thinks anymore”. Saying to myself, “I’m gonna live….my authentic life”.  I think I once heard my Grandmother Margaret say to me as a child, “at a certain age, you can say and do whatever you wish, as long as it’s true to you”.  I’m not sure if she meant at age 50 “per se”, but because that’s when she began living her authentic life as a community activist and liaison in the City of Houston, I’ll take it as a bonafide yes (from her grave) that it’s good enough for me too.

Join me with a cracked halo and weathered wings in my journey of the second half of my life. Learn about and enjoy herbal tea, experience beautiful art, be inspired by poetry, learn about food from my Italian boyfriend, and occasionally check out the ebbs and flows of my chaotic, flawed, but blessed life.  And remember, we’ve already gotten to the top of a mountain.  Leave the bike behind. Let’s take the easy way now and coast down with gentle authenticity and see where we land.  Blessings, love and light.

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Smiling Pups Contest

Is there ANYONE  who doesn’t love when a dog smiles?  Contest Time! Submit a picture of your “Smiling Pup” to #drawmysmilingpup on Instagram. One lucky winner’s pup will be drawn in pencil, and the owner gets a FREE PRINT of the drawing. Rules: follow me on Instagram @hercrackedhalo, like this post (on Instagram), tag 1 or more friends (on Instagram) and of course don’t forget to upload your adorable smiling pup . The contest runs for 7 days starting now. Best of luck! dog-contest

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Today She Owns This Shit

Wrapped in scorched hope, the gifts are entrusted upon a new-born human girl. Everything good and bad about the storekeeper fit nicely in the marred hands of the merchant handing over the box of goodies of her new life. How much of it is accepted into her DNA? How much of who she is, truly is her own authentic identity?

She thanks him for the good. At a very young age, being able to draw and write beyond her years was astonishing to say the least. Her strength in character and loyalty are unwavering. The fact that she can cook better than most cookbook queens is also a huge plus.

She curses him for the bad. Inside the same perfectly wrapped box of strength and loyalty, sits the ugly offering of un-forgiveness and stubborn-ness. Also bestowed upon her is his “premium souvenir” that sits on her nightstand and greets her at 3am most nights with panic attacks and nightmares.  And the last offertory is the sweet “rite of passage” NOT to become an alcoholic.  A trait passed down through the last 3 generations, or as far as we can remember.

So, through the production line of quality controlled products that come out of the experiences in this life, she’s gotten really good at dodging bullets and avoiding obliteration of the physical self. Aware of her flaws, her mind fights against them daily. Her fighting causes her to have more of his “triple threat cocktail” of panic, alcoholism and un-forgiveness. Not Today!

Today, she owns this shit. Opens the box. Fixates on the gifts. Peers through it with that same “scorched hope” given to her in the beginning.  This time with gentler hands.  She Owns It.

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Are you having “political” burnout?

You know, you feel like you’re head is about to explode from all the political talks and rants on your Facebook, twitter, favorite blogs, news sources and television?  It’s everywhere!  But this week, I saw it.  A tiny creeping of people slowly burning out. They came online and demanded that we all just stop talking and sharing all this Presidential political crap.  And they offer suggestions for posting different subjects, such as puppies, love, positive affirmations….. and Oh My Gosh, one even said “Please start sharing what you ate for lunch again!”, Hahahahaa.  Hmmmm…..soon I felt warm and fuzzy.  But nope, “Bammmm”, 5 minutes later they were at it again!  Well, at least they tried.  But I have a nice solution for them.  They should buy these really cool mini coloring books.  They are so tiny they can fit into a small to medium size purse or man-bag.  Only 7 1/2″x7 1/2″ big and they come with a nice starter kit of coloring pencils.  Take it with you everywhere and unplug from all of your social media sites.  And every time you think about politics, just open the book up and start to color.  Super affordable at only $7.00. May not completely kill your political craze, but its a start :).

These and others can be bought at http://www.hercrackedhalo.com.

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What did “art” ever do to Trump?

I can hear the slam of the blade on the chopping block! What did “art” ever do to Trump! How can anyone dislike art and the many advantages and benefits it has? Its reported that our new President will be cutting out entirely the National Endowment for the Arts (N.E.A) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (N.E.H.).  My day job is working in the Curatorial department at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  The MFAH is funded partly by these two organizations.  I’ve held my position for 10 years and wonder what or where I would go after this?  Its a very scary and real thing, knowing that if the Museum doesn’t have funding, that cuts would need to be made and hundred of us would lose our jobs.  I think about Trump’s dilemma (which I whole-heartedly support) of trying to fix the budget, but it’s just completely absurd to think that the cuts for the arts would do anything to fix the deficit. We are talking about a measly .016 percent of the total U.S. budget that would benefit from the cutting of these organizations.

I’ve occasionally fantasized about being a full-time artist or writer and what would that be like? Would I be able to support myself and pay my bills if I didn’t have a full-time job? And if at all, I would have access to affordable insurance to continue to get my much needed monthly medications?  I think about all the programs that receive funding for afterschool programs in the arts, music, theatre, etc. for our school age children and how those will also be cut.  I think about every museum and cultural center, small and large that will go away. Then I have nightmares about our children learning only academics, science, engineering, logistics and POLITICS; like little stressed-out robots. And I wonder if not being able to nurture their creative side, as we’ve always been able to do…… will that change them as humans?  Would it make them less compassionate and empathetic?  The answers to these questions may come too late.

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Inspire Others?

Pre-2016 being an inspiration to others was an honorable and celebrated trait to have.  Creative entrepreneurs have always had free reign to draw, paint, make music and write stories to share ideas and opinions and give the audience “meat” to ponder on……good or bad, to your liking or not.  Because of how terrible 2016 was in our world, in so many ways (I won’t go into detail) people used their musical, literary and visual voices to express themselves in sometimes the worst ways……inspiring and giving permission for the audience to “then” turn around and express “themselves” and keep the movement of hate running in full force.  I know, I can hear some of you screaming at me “FREEDOM OF SPEECH!” and I’ll admit that a few times I created a piece that sneered hateful rhetoric and then immediately turned around and ripped it up.  I didn’t wanna be a part of that.  And here we are? 2017.  Lets see how we can inspire others this year.  Lets try and be a part of the solution and not the problem.  Soooooo…..I have something sweet to share with you guys.  Here is one of my coloring pages I created. And it was colored-in by 3 different people.  I love how each of them were INSPIRED in their own way.  Blessings all year long.

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What’s New In My World.

Hi All.  Happy Holidays. I hope you are enjoying the weather and not trying to kill people as you shop for Holiday gifts ;). I’m doing most of my shopping online!  Anyway, I wanted to invite you all to visit my new store with Shopify.  Its called “Her Cracked Halo”.  It’s fairly new and a little empty, but soon it will be filled with lots of goodies.  On the horizon are my own poetry and short story books, my own designed coloring books, fashionable clothing and accessories with my designs, etc.  Feel free to check it out and share.  https://her-cracked-halo.myshopify.com/ .  Also, along with the shop, I’ve opened up a Facebook group, also called Her Cracked Halo.  Feel free to join and share the group. I will be on Facebook LIVE next Thursday with a FREE Christmas gift giveaway. https://www.facebook.com/groups/209758842767538/   Much love and many blessings to you all.

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