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Welcome, my name is Sylvia Smiser. I am a self taught artist. I enjoy creating one of a kind art dolls and sculpted figures. Vintage Halloween styled artwork and Dia de los Muertos art dolls is what comes naturally to me and what I am most passionate about creating. I am a proud member of the wonderful art groups EHAG (Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild) and PFATT (Primitive Folk Art Talk & Tea). I am a participating artist at Ghoultide Gathering. I am honored to have been published in Art Doll Quarterly, Dolls magazine, Somerset Studio Gallery and Celebrate 365 Magazine. I am also a Physical Therapist and Mama to 15 year old Boy/Girl Twins. My husband is a wonderful man who is very supportive of my art and together with our two doggy fur kids we make one happy, busy family.

Friday, January 14, 2011

What's in a name?

Recently I was talking with one of my good friends and she asked me what Anaboo meant. I then realized that she was the first to ask and I explained it as follows:
    You see one of my favorite memories of the kids when they were little toddlers was playing Peak-a-boo. We would giggle for hours (literally, at times) and if you say peak-a- boo many times it begins to morph and change. Especially if the peak-a-boos are coming fast and your trying to keep the magical baby laughter going. So Peak-a- boo became And- a-BOO! That morphed again into An-A- BOO! and finally a really quick ANABOO! In my artwork, I aim to incorporate some of this fun and whimsy, with a bit of the wonder and the magic of a child's laughter when they are happily surprised and just a teeny tiny bit scared/startled.
This is why I chose Anaboo Creations. :) I am still very happy with the name. 
Thanks for asking Angel!


  1. What a wonderful explanation, Sylvia. I can just about remember doing that with my children and feel the laughter again. Great name. :>)

  2. Thank you for leaving me your thoughts Trish and Caroline!

  3. What a lovely story behind your name. No wonder you still like it, it has such heart! I always thought if I picked a name for a line of Halloween products (yeah, I'm a Halloween (and all things Autumn) nut too!) I'd name it after a Halloween story my youngest son made when he was still quite small. Meanings and memories make powerful bonds. :)


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