Children of the Virgin Islands Gain Support from U.S. Friends & 5-Time Grammy Winner in Nashville

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2/4/13 At The Ronald McDonald House in Nashville. CrindelStar cards arrived for the children & will also be placed at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in the RMH Family Room.

2/4/13 At The Ronald McDonald House in Nashville. CrindelStar cards arrived for the children & will also be placed at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in the RMH Family Room.

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REACHING OUR CHILDREN : Your $6 Donation FUELS this AND you get the Album that Grows Wildflowers ! Think VALENTINE’S DAY for All Ages ♥ -“…The original song, “Believe”, Featured on the Planet CrindelStar album – was produced for the L.I.A.T.I. (Love Is All There Is) Project, for STB USVI, Inc. The LIATI Project is a collaborative music venture that seeks to motivate young people of the USVI and the Caribbean, and hopefully globally, to choose a life of non-violence and embrace each other’s individuality, creativity, and capacity for meaningful and substantial contributions to their respective communities.” CLICK HERE TO DONATE – Get Involved – SHARE This *peace & love*

Mailing CrindelStar MP3 Album cards out on Valentine's Day 2013

Mailing CrindelStar MP3 Album cards out on Valentine’s Day 2013

NEW Limited Edition Wildflower-Seed-Embedded MP3 Cards with a Virgin Islands Purpose!

Welcome to CrindelStar ~ Where The Universe Dreams. We have lots of exciting news & events happening for 2013. What better way to start this year than by reaching out to children and showing our love? That is what CrindelStar will be doing as her story, song, and new picture book travel to elementary schools this year! Her journey begins back home in the U.S. Virgin Islands this Spring, after years in development, great reviews & endorsements,  & being introduced to children all over the United States (thank you Mom Bloggers!). With many new friends, artists and contributors to her creative evolution, this is the year we are adding New Songs PLUS the picture book many children & parents have asked for.  Thanks to graphic designer T.C. Keith, we will have it published by Spring/Summer 2013. We’ve included some sneak-peek preview images here already because they’re so beautiful we couldn’t wait to show you! Notice the island theme? CrindelStar is an island-born unicorn!

CrindelStar Picture Book Pre-Orders will be made available shortly, meanwhile, the NEW Limited Edition Album of “Planet CrindelStar” is available on those phenomenal Wildflower Seed Embedded download cards ~ with a purpose!  Get yours today & be ready to grow Spring Flowers ! These are new cards with more seeds & guaranteed to grow flowers! How does it get any better than that? Buy in bulk & gift them to classrooms! What else is possible? We’ve come up with a few ideas of our own, what else can you think of? Let us know & we’ll help you achieve them. Remember you can “Share” this post for CrindelStar at the bottom of this page – & we thank you for your Unicorn loving friendship ❤

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CrindelStar 2013 The Flying Unicorn Comes to Life !

Welcome Unicorn lovers to 2013 ! HAPPY NEW YEAR !

CrindelStar - an island born Unicorn

CrindelStar – an island born Unicorn

CrindelStar was recently seen  playing on her beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands preparing for a magical year with boys & girls from around the world ! The  winged-unicorn has traveled the planet  into the lives of children and adults bringing her message of  joy – including meeting children in South Africa 9 years ago! How time flies when you’re sharing a message of peace & love!  CrindelStar decided to make a trip home for New Year’s Eve, and landed on a beach named “Fortuna”, on the Caribbean island of St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  This is where you might say CrindelStar was “born” in 1985  (28 years ago) as a story delivered to the heart of her author, Gigi de Lugo. Gigi will be the first to tell you that she didn’t create CrindelStar, rather, she met CrindelStar and the two began a life-long friendship. Not everyone could hear or see the magical winged unicorn, so Gigi agreed to help share CrindelStar’s story and introduce her to those whose heart longed to know her. This began a 28 year journey through true love while Gigi shared and also experienced CrindelStar’s powerful message,  to “believe“….

Gigi read CrindelStar’s story to children and adults, sharing copies of  the story text until 1997 when it was time to find a way to add pictures. Hiring an artist, she began with Green Bean – CrindelStar’s first identity as a vibrant green parrot who we meet at the beginning of the story, but those drawings were unsuccessful and remained unused . As for CrindelStar, how would you describe a unicorn? Do your unicorns have wings? What color is their horn?  For years CrindelStar  flapped her wings explaining that “they are the same as a white dove’s”, and bowed  her regal head showing off her horn of gold with “purple spirals” as Gigi described CrindelStar and Green Bean to talented artists, illustrators and co-creators attempting to capture this one-of-a-kind unicorn’s likeness. Several times it seemed CrindelStar herself was deliberately not allowing the artists to see her or depict her image accurately, as though her identity was to remain a hidden mystery, reminding Gigi that her story explained “why”.

“….that is why we don’t show ourselves except to those who believe” (CrindelStar , excerpt from the story)

The first person to bring an image of CrindelStar to life was a wonderful woman named Judith Escalante, a graphic designer from Mexico who Gigi met in Nashville in 2001. In order to understand CrindelStar’s wings, Judith spent many hours gently holding, examining and communing with two white doves named “Love” and “Laughter”, that were Gigi’s office mascots. Below  is a photo of the painting Judith created which was used for the next 9 years as the primary picture for all things CrindelStar. Judith was also able to design an image of CrindelStar “morphing” into Green Bean, the parrot, as Gigi described how that looked.

CrindelStar Morphing 2001 by Judith Escalante

Painting of CrindelStar by Judith Escalante 2001
Painting of CrindelStar by Judith Escalante 2001

This is the image the children of South Africa received along with c.d.s of CrindelStar’s narrated story and song in 2004.  A professor from Vanderbilt University in Nashville was preparing for a trip to visit South African clinics that her church supported and asked if she could bring CrindelStar to the children there. CrindelStar’s theme song and narrated story recordings were completed just in time to be included in their trip! From that point on, CrindelStar’s narrated story gave Gigi the ability to share her reading of CrindelStar in a whole new way, growing more versatile as digital files and the use of the internet became a mainstream resource as well.

By 2010, Gigi had discovered an innovative way to deliver the audio tracks of CrindelStar’s story & theme song using download cards of handmade paper embedded with wildflower seeds. As preparation was made to print the first cards, world renowned artist and illustrator, Ryan Obermeyer, agreed to create a new image of CrindelStar to be showcased on the mp3 download cards. (seen here) The cards were gifted free to children at festivals, fundraisers, and across the U.S. for the next 3 years.

Handmade paper, embedded with Wildflower Seeds

Mp3 download cards, embedded with wildflower seeds. Plant Unicorn Wildflowers

CrindelStar - an island born Unicorn

CrindelStar – an island born Unicorn

Enter *2013, the year CrindelStar, the book, music video,  plus more will be landing on planet earth! At last the real magical unicorn can be seen thanks to all who “believed” in her for so long !

In addition to her inspirational story book, she brings with her an album of songs “Planet CrindelStar“, which includes her original theme song, new songs,  new voices, & contributions by Award winning artists/musicians & unicorn loving friends.  Planet CrindelStar will also feature “BELIEVE“, an original song recorded in the Virgin Islands for the L.I.A.T.I. (Love Is All There Is) project, with a portion of  proceeds from album sales to benefit (STB USVI Foundation) for children of the U.S. Virgin Islands, CrindelStar’s homeland.

More NEWS Soon! Be sure to subscribe to this blog to be among the first who receive news and updates about CrindelStar’s incredible 2013 adventures and continued journey of Peace & Love throughout the world & Where The Universe Dreams !

* 2013

See 2013 International Album ” Voices United For Peace” – Planet CrindelStar, created for International Day of Peace Sept 21, 2013 & released Internationally

FREE ! STORY & SONG ! Planet CrindelStar new mobile website for phones, ipads, & desktop!

What to do with the kids during upcoming Holiday breaks from school ? Whether you are traveling or at home ~ Planet CrindelStar is NOW MOBILE ! With FREE audio of CrindelStar’s Positive Self Esteem themed Narrated Story & Song!  Endorsed by Teachers, Child Psychologist, Grammy winner, & most of all PARENTS & KIDS !! Sing along to CrindelStar’s song ~ sure to make the kids smile and parents too!

Find it at all on PLANET CRINDELSTAR !        Join us on FACEBOOK too !

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A Gift For You ~ from CrindelStar ~ Where The Universe Dreams

“Grandma Gigi”, author of CrindelStar ~ Where The Universe Dreams, has created a gift for all young ( & young at heart) Unicorn Lovers! As an added celebration of her granddaughter, Lily, turning 8 on July 27, 2012 ~ we are Gifting FOR FREE! the narrated Story mp3 download to everyone from now through Friday, July 27th !

“A few weeks ago I asked Lily what she would like to do for her birthday party this year” explained Gigi. “Without a second’s hesitation she proclaimed, ‘I want a CrindelStar Party!!” Well, that gave Gigi something to think about, since this will be the first CrindelStar themed party she has attempted creating! While she’s been noodling that idea around her creative mind, Gigi came up with one very special gift that could include everyone! She quickly designed a unique code that can be used at The CrindelStar Store  (in the checkout area upper right corner you will see a green tab that says REDEEM & “enter promo code” – that’s where you want to enter the code: LILY8  doesn’t matter if it’s in caps or lower-case, just no spaces please) Your CrindelStar Story gift will be instantly & immediately  available for a FREE Download ! Happy Lily’s Birthday everyone !

Gigi also created a cute little video surprise for Lily – CrindelStar themed too of course! In this video Lily’s grandma Gigi added some recent pictures of Lily being Lily all around Nashville, TN.- which is to say, she’s a totally CrindelStar Kind of Kid !  We hope you have fun watching her birthday video & hearing the CrindelStar song that plays along in it.

Here’s a picture of Lily climbing a mountain! with her Daddy – (Gigi’s son)  last winter – he’s a CrindelStar kind of  Dad ! (see how that works? *grins* I believe you’re getting the idea moms & dads ~ it’s all about believing & being isn’t it?)

Lily & Carl at Blue Ridge Mountains 2011 – a BIG hike to the top of the ridge line!

Well unicorns, ~ that’s about it for now, we do have more BIG NEWS coming soon ~ our music video !! for CrindelStar’s Theme Song will be in production soon! We will be posting about that here along with Planet CrindelStar News ~ from the Galaxy of those who Believe!  All you unicorns & unicorn lovers, be sure to subscribe to keep in touch , we’ll be sending out invitations for some really fun ways  you can contribute to our video! First though….you probably should know the story ha? Fly to it — it’s waiting for you & be sure to tell your friends too so they can get their story gift !  Lily8 Be sure & get your gift BEFORE July 27th , 2012 when the code expires!

” I am so inspired by the magic and hope that CrindelStar story evokes…I too have always loved Unicorns…Thank you and Bravo !!!”

Roy “Futureman” Wooten ~ 5-Time Grammy Winner, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, The Black Mozart Ensemble, Inventor of The Drumitar &The RoyEl

We would love if you would help us share this gift by clicking the social media “share” links below or by re-posting this on your own blog, website, or Facebook page. How many CrindelStar story gifts do you think you can give away?