Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Planning 2015

    We are already in the last week of January. This month seemed to go quickly for me. Sylhouettes by Sylvia has been busy planning for the year ahead and several event dates are already booked for 2015. This month started off slow and ended with a bang! Even though, we still have one weekend my calendar is free. I'm not booked. However, I do have plans to garden and prepare my backyard to plant veggies for the spring and summer months.

    Wedding receptions and birthday parties are the bulk of my gigs. The first event booked this year was a wedding reception for Marie + Jose at the Sky Room in Long Beach, CA.  Built in 1926 in the city of Long Beach, CA the Art-Deco style also has some celebrity history which included Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Babe Ruth and other celebrities.   The views are magnificent. You can see the Long Beach Shoreline, the Queen Mary sitting in the Port of LA and on a clear day you can even see Catalina Island. To the north, on a clear day you can see all the way to the San Gabriel Mountains. At night or during the day, it's a spectacular view. The Sky Room staff invited me to join the preferred vendor list. Sylhouettes by Sylvia will participate in future "Bubbles and Bride" events held each month for engaged couples to attend. I'm looking forward to a lasting relationship  Sky Room. I'm grateful for the opportunity.

    I'm always very pleased and excited when industry peers appreciate my work and invite Sylhouettes by Sylvia to participate at their exclusive events The biggest compliment is when I'm asked to join their efforts reaching out to potential clients.



    Jose + Marie




Monday, January 19, 2015

Keep Dreaming with a New Start

    Blog post Jan 19, 2015

    Happy New Year!! We can always start new. Traditionally, the first of the yearis the time for a fresh new start. It's January 2015 and I'm ready for some new habits.

    I'll begin with the title of my blog. Sylhouettes by Sylvia and more. When I began this blog, I'll admit; I thought of so many things to write about, which included more than just writing about silhouette art. Silhouettes were introduced to me at a very young age. I had the privilege to have the opportunity to learn from someone who had a passion to carry on an art that was important enough to her to share with others and eventually she became my mentor. Over the years I realized I too, want to share the art from my own experiences. One of my new habits for 2015 will be to post much more regularly.

    Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous "I have a dream speech" in 1963 still carries a strong message today.  Martin Luther King's dream is still alive. I thank Martin Luther King Jr. for the opportunities that became available for many. He worked hard for his dream and lost his life for his dream. We continue to carry the torch and pass on his dream. Share his dream with others by fulfilling your dreams and creating a path for others to follow.

    My dreams continue to be fulfilled personally and professionally. Through my art and the opportunities I've experienced. Sylhouettes by Sylvia is pleased to have received several awards and recognition in the past. In 2010 and 2011, Sylhouettes by Sylvia received Gigmasters Rising Star Award. In 2011, Sylhouettes by Sylvia received recognition as a 5-Star Performer. It's wonderful and fulfilling to be recognized as a Gigmaster 5-Star Performer since 2011. My efforts are entirely motivated by sharing my talent as an artist and It's even more rewarding to receive my third Rising Star 2014 Award and Gigmasters Best of 2014 Award in my Category. Thank you, Gigmasters.com for making my dreams come true and for those who appreciate it.

    -Sylvia-









Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bay Area again and I love it!!

Traveling to the Bay Area is a long drive from Orange County. I have done several events in the San Francisco area. A Red Egg Party, a corporate holiday party  (the same corporation twice), a beautiful wedding reception at the Historic Presidio which has captivating view of the bay and San Francisco. I am back in the bay area of Sunnyvale.

Getting a late start was not on my itinerary. However, it happened due to having my car at the mechanic. I realized taking my car in, is like going to the doctor. My appointment time is never at the time indicated, resulting in getting done later than anticipate.

Once again, it is an honor to be a part of a special and memorable day for a wedding. (No photos.)

As always....

time goes by so quickly. I get busy, life and technical issues. All is well. I'm updating today just to say, I'm still here. So many events, weddings and more. I love what I do. 
Catta Vedera, Roseville, CA near Sacramento, CA
More to come

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Coming up... this weekend

It's Thursday and I am already preparing for the weekend.  I need to make sure I have enough cards to mount the silhouettes, paper to cut the silhouettes, glue and bags to put them in. And one more thing, a Scrapbook.  I believe most folks love added value. I try to do a little of added value. I will provide a scrapbook at no extra cost. The scrapbook is used to mount the silhouettes of the guests and guests sign their names and leave a note. This way, my clients will have something tangible from me to remember their special day or special event.
The handcrafted silhouette is cut out by me, Sylvia aka Sylhouettes by Sylvia. This is something special my clients enjoy and I have receive only  positive feedback.  A little added value is something the clients deserve. And...not only do the guests receive a special memory of a very special day. The client does too.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

I just keep sayin'

I am going to keep up with this blog and I continue to procrastinate on sharing events, I am at every weekend.

I am going to post a few photos and make sure that things will get consistent.
Events are so worth sharing. I always have a great time and enjoy meeting friends and family.

So here are a couple of photos of a birthday party. Birthday parties like this one is at the park. Mom and Dad are keeping things fun and simple for their little guests. Here you see a mom signing the guest book for the birthday girl. The guest book is filled with silhouettes of guests so they can sign their name and leave a birthday wish for the birthday girl. Guests take home their silhouette too. Everybody gets in on the fun.

At another birthday party a mom made the banner and then she gave it to me.



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Anne+Cory in Style Me Pretty Little Black Book I posted this wedding in August. This wedding was amazing and the back story is a fairytale come true. Anne + Cory wed at the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club  especially remodeled for their wedding and featured in Style Me Pretty "Little Black Book".

Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Been a Long Time... since my last post.

Yes, it's been a while and I am back up again. In the sense that I haven't blogged much. The silhouette events are still strong and as they continue to come up, I will post the past and current events. Udating my posts should keep me busy for a bit. I received the Gigmaster 5-Star Performer Award for 2011. Thank you to all who have booked Sylhouettes by Sylvia via Gigmasters. This is my second award. I love my connection to Gigmasters. I  am focused and hopeful, I may acheive  another one!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

September! So Much! So Beautiful! So Amazing!



September has much to be said for, amazing weddings, events and connections. A great summer I had indeed. So many wonderful experiences.  And as we go into the fall season, I don't even know where to begin except for at the beginning. Aurora and Eugene wedding began the month of September to a lift off of amazing! Another great wedding in the first of the month of September was at the Darlington House, La Jolla Alicia + Jeremiah Wedding. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and work with Zapher Dajani, Founder of The Abbey Catering and Design.

September 8th, introduce the second week of the month with another fabulous event hosted by  The Knot ,"Cocktails and Connections" showcased several unique wedding ideas, including Sylhouettes by Sylvia. I can't say enough about the venue- Rancho Las Lomas, one word-"stunning"! Property owner Jeanne Lawrence, equally as stunning and such a gracious host. Natalie Good, her talents amazed everyone! A Good Affair Events and Productions provided the most amazing decor, florals, colors,  vendors and need I say more.  No wonder they are The Knot's 2011 Best of Amazing Picks. Amazing!
And that is it for the first part of the September. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Labor Day Weekend 2011

End of summer signified by a Labor Day holiday. Hot days are still ahead of us. I like that part only a little bit. Great for outdoor  events and long evenings. Events I cut silhouettes for  this weekend were eventful and fun. Very impressionable, Eugene + Aurora wedding on Saturday, September 3. Guests were memorable and absoluetely friendly.   I found out some history and quite romantic about this wonderful villa.....
Villa Collazzi

Villa Collazzi


The Alverno Villa is a duplicate of the Villa Collazzi located on the outskirts of Florence Italy. Villa Collazzi has been occupied for several centuries by the Bombicci Fomi family, and legend has it that the Villa is the only one ever designed by the immortal Michelangelo. The Villa del Sol d’Oro is one quarter scale to the original. Nestled at the foot of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains in the picturesque City of Sierra Madre, the Villa was built in the “pure” Italian Renaissance Style in 1922 by the famous Pasadena architect Wallace Neff and was completed by 1928. The estate wasbuilt by Dr. Jarvis Barlow for his wife, who had visited the Villa Collazzi and wanted a house just like it. This design was a radical departure from the Mediterranean style that that Neff perfected in his other homes. He used entrance rotunda and iron work in several of his later homes. Originally built on thirteen acres of trees and flowers overlooking the entire San Gabriel Valley, the Villa had five master bedrooms, four bathrooms, and ample help quarters, one of the first electric elevators in the area, porches on three sides, and spacious patios. On the grounds were garages, stables, caretaker’s home, swimming pool, bath house, and tennis courts. The building is comprised of two stories and a tower. It is said that the walls aremade of two rows of hollow tile to keep the building cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The lower story houses the reception rooms, dining room, drawing room, and library. The upper floor includes the living quarters and a spacious ballroom. The tower was built to obtain a better view of the valley.
Alverno Villa



Dr. Barlow himself supervised the planting of the trees which included: orchids, tulip, Japanese Magnolia, strawberry tree, flaming eucalyptus, monkey tree, camphor, sapoitas, English Yew, coral, and carob. To frame the southern fa├žade, a sunken garden was added, lined on either side by Italian cypress. The Villa is now part of Alverno High School, a private Catholic girl’s school, which
has been educating young women since 1960.