"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva

June 10, 2011

Guerrilla Art Los Angeles and Giveaway

Before I get into my little Guerrilla Art adventure, I wanted to share with you an interview I had with Cherie Burbach of  Working Writers and Bloggers, you can read more about Cherie here  . She is an author, blogger and poet.  She is the author of six books and online columnist.  She has written four poetry books including Father's Eyes which received the 2008 Editor's Choice Award by All Books Review.  She stumbled upon my blog and, to my surprise, was impressed and wanted to interview me.  After I stopped blushing, I humbly accepted her request.  It's truly an honor that someone with such honorable standing in the writing world would want to interview me.  If you are interested, you can find the interview here.

It's time for another Guerrilla Art adventure.  I'm joining Marfi Bradford of Incipient Wings in her Guerrilla Friday, Random Acts of Kindness.  The concept is simple, you make something crafty and nice and leave it behind for someone else to find.  But actually doing this is not that simple.  First, you second guess yourself if who ever finds it might actually not like what they find.  Also, when you're looking for the perfect spot, sometimes no spot is perfect.  Finally, when you do find the spot and you begin to take pictures, you wonder if the people around you think that you are up to something bad.....I've done several of these the last few months and that always goes through my mind.  Lastly, it sure gets my adrenaline running and heart pounding as I don't want to get caught leaving it behind.  Then you're left wondering for a couple of hours who might find your little crafty piece...a business man/woman, a "lady of the night", a tourist....

I left behind that glass pendant I made yesterday:
you can see the tutorial here

Since the scrapbook paper, I decided to leave this one at the Los Angeles Music Center, downtown Los Angeles, which is the largest performing arts center in the United States.  And more specifically within the Music Center, I left it at the  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where I see all my favorite operas.  Placido Domingo is the General Director and James Conlon and Gustavo Dudamel are the music directors. You can read more about it here.

The following is a picture of the courtyard as you exit the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion:
In the distance, you can see the Mark Taper Forum 

Here's a picture of the back side of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion:
and below is a picture taken of the street behind he Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Disney Concert Hall is on the left:

Here's a look inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion:

and I left the glass pendant by the fabulous fountain:
A close up:

Now on to my giveaway

I have a fun giveaway for you today!!! don't you love blogland giveaways?
I'm giving away a complete kit for you to make your very own glass pendants two of them:

Here's how to win it:
The first two people to leave me the name of the book I talk about in the interview, will each receive the kit!! Please leave the name of the book in the comments below this blog post.  Facebook and Twitter don't count, it must be on this blog post.
You can find the interview here  Good Luck!

UPDATE: we have our winners, see comments below, thanks everyone for playing along.


  1. Sorry, if you've been trying to leave a comment for the giveaway but it will not post, it's because there seems to be something wrong with Blogger...technical issues.

    Just keep checking back to leave your comment. I don't know when Blogger will fix the problem. If it's not fixed in the next two hours, I'll post the giveaway another day.

  2. Hope to win .....Great pendant. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Hi Maria! Is it Isabella of Spain; The Catholic Queen? I HOPE so!!! I'd love to try making one of these very PRETTY necklaces!! ~tina

  4. 'Father's Eyes' which received the 2008 Editor's Choice Award by All Books Review.

    Her book 21 things families can do for diabetics sounded good too.


  5. Isabel Of Spain The Catholic Queen

    Can I have a second chance? teehee

  6. Thanks ladies for playing along. We have our two winners who posted the name of the book correctly, Isabel of Spain, the Catholic Queen.

    I loved reading this book and learning about the Queen. As I said in my interview:

    "Very few people her age are able to exude the confidence, courage, wisdom and leadership she revealed in her character"

    And the winners are:
    Beansieleigh and Chatty Crone

    I will be contacting both of you via email. Thanks again for playing along.

  7. Oops forgot to add The Catholic Queen. xx

  8. Have a nice weekend dear, kisses!

  9. Congrats to the winners and to you on the interview. We were there a few weeks ago to watch the red bull pine wood derby!

  10. congrats to the winners! that was a cool giveaway, Maria! I enjoyed reading your interview and went back and read that blog entry you listed as one of your favorites; what a terrible experience with being stoned and treated like that!!

    enjoyed your pictures of the Chandler Pavillion; I always like when you feature things in the LA area. Neat to see it through your eyes!

    enjoy the weekend!


  11. The building looks amazing. That is such a cool idea. I used to do one with books.

  12. Congratulations to the winners! They'll have fun making those pendants.

  13. I remember that music hall from the movie Get Smart. heehee

  14. Wow, Maria, what a fabulous gift to leave!!! I love the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. I performed there once for a special performance--I was shaking I was so nervous! lol What a perfect place to leave the gift...and so totally thoughtful.



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