Causes CardCastles Supports

With all of the gloom & doom a Friday the 13th can bring, I figured I’d brighten things up a bit today.

If you’re a regular here, you may’ve thought some of the sidebar areas have disappeared. Well darlings, they haven’t. I just did some spring cleaning.

There is a new tab/page underneath my About section dubbed: Causes CardCastles Supports.

There you’ll find a donation page for my dear friend Rara, Bloggers for Peace, and last but most certainly not least, Blog for Mental Health 2014.

All badges will take you to these respective destinations so you could read more about them.

As a side note, I’d like to thank all of you for your overwhelming support so far in 2014. CardCastles is growing & now has a life of its own beyond me. I can’t wait to see how much more this place can flourish.


I titled this art: Empathize

For this month I wanted to create art that was a little outside my realm (such as the following challenge suggests) but not impossible. I wanted to see things from another artist’s perspective and it was a fulfilling experience. This was how my cousin who used to draw up comics took on art. I tried best to evoke his style of approaching a scene like this.

To match this art I also wanted to make a “gratitude list” of sorts like my pal Kozo has done for over a year now.

  • I’m thankful for my son’s willingness to try new things.
  • I’m extremely grateful for the progress he has made.
  • I’m thankful for my family.
  • I’m thankful for finding a way around road blocks.
  • I’m grateful for new friendships.
  • I’m grateful for you
  • I’m always grateful for a roof over our head.
  • I’m thankful for the healing power of music.

This post was in response to this month’s #B4Peace challenge: Empathy Blogging.

Other People Full of Empathy This Month




A Silent Pause for a Minute

I seriously had to take day off from blogging/writing because one of my dear friends the ever-so-well known Rarasaur was in some trouble over an incident everyone believes (including myself) she was falsely accused of. How could a person as sweet as her, who has brought so many great writers together do anything wrong?

It’s a serious miscarriage of justice and a statement about our legal system. (But don’t get me started on that!)
If you could please donate & help her loving family.
The Queen Creative | Thank you

Going “Home”

As an artist, I think drawing up your ideal self causes mental blockage in my world. When thinking of this month’s Monthly Peace Challenge: (Wo)man in the Mirror, thoughts clouded over in my head. Art seemed like the logical choice for this challenge. However, some of my more desirable ideas were best described with music in the past.

This all got me thinking. Memories flooded back from when time was simpler. There was a point during childhood where stress was minimal. Life, (for the most part) was joyous. It was a time when I was in my purest form.

The following song was not created from back then, but rather from more modern times. Somehow, the way it sounds still takes me back to that time, though. Maybe it will do the same for you.

Gustavo SantaolallaHome

Other Dreamers:

Peace Child

Peace Child
This is my take on my dear friend Kozo’s Monthly Peace Challenge: Peace Child. I wanted to create art that evoked peace in the eyes of not just adults, but children as well. Aside from my writing, some of you may know I design art for homes/lifestyle. One of those parts of the home I specialize in are children’s rooms and nurseries. So, I give you “Peace Child”, inspired by my dear friend and all of my fellow Bloggers for Peace.

Other Peace Children: