Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This is where I mentally spent a LOT of time today. Let me explain....
It has definitely been that kind of day. I knew I had an appointment at an imaging center, so I tried really hard to get all of my ducks in a row last night.
Then morning dawned, full of possibilities and grandeur. I gently swept into the kids' rooms to wake them and... my daughter's lump in her neck (swollen lymph nodes) was a LOT worse today and my son woke up with...wait for it....PINK EYE! Where did THAT come from? The shopping cart? Yikes!
I had an MRI scheduled for today to take a look at another lump in my jaw area and to check my sinuses. Apparently I have had chronic sinus infections for years that have mimicked tooth pain, so I never realized what was truly going on. The teeth are fine, the sinus isn't. The doctor also shared that I must have a high tolerance for pain. Yep, that one is true. Always have, hopefully always will. The downside of that is that I often let things go longer than another person might.
Surprisingly, the MRI was actually pleasant. Having done this once before, I knew to bring earplugs to tamp down the noise pollution. I also realized from my "experience" last time to keep my eyes closed. Eye opening is an invitation to Panic City, which is not a great place to visit and don't get me started about LIVING there.
With eyes closed and ears plugged, it is easy to imagine being somewhere lovely. I was in a forest, I meditated, I prayed, I planned some dolls...Pretty productive, really. I should probably look into going about once a week. I would get more done!
The repetitive "clunkclunkclunk" sound was conducive to mind wanderings, too. A bit like being in the womb, I'd bet. I drifted off at one point. It is SAD when a trip to the hospital is like a spa day! Woof!
After about an hour, I was free to toddle home and get the kids from the grandparents. Aren't grandparents wonderful? Who else can one call at 6:00 AM and say, "By the way, I need you to watch two kids; one is lumpy and one has goo running out of him. Sound good?" and have them not run away screaming? Thank God for grandparents.
Two more doctor trips later and I am ready for a stiff cup'o'joe and to tune up the sewing machine. I'll try and post the new dolls later in the week.
Thanks for popping by! Happy health!
Friday, March 27, 2009
and mushroom piece on ebay. Wasn't super happy about the price, but I was glad to know that it sold.
I will be listing three more pieces this weekend, including the Merbaby. Hopefully she will fetch a good price. I am going to have to start her listing at an acceptable level and hope for the best. If she doesn't sell, she doesn't sell, though I have a good feeling about her.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here is a picture of a merbaby in her egg. We used to think that mermaids had live births, but we now know that female mermaids lay soft shelled eggs. These eggs are then carefully tethered to long strands of seaweed that grow in sheltered coves along the coastline.
While still an infant, the merbaby's tail is not bifurcated. It remains a single narrow strip until the merbaby is old enough to take her first swim outside of the egg. At that time, the powerful propelling motion causes the tail to split into the "fish" tail that we see in most mermaid images presented in today's media.
Often, a starfish "nanny" can be seen guarding the egg. The nanny's job it to make sure the tethers hold firm during times of ocean upheaval and to cover over the egg's opening, which becomes wider and wider as the youth inside grows and develops.
Until next time, happy crafting! Thanks for popping in!
Monday, March 23, 2009
So, to bring things up to date...
Last time I was here, I mentioned how I was trying ebay because etsy was slow. Can you guess what happened? Of course! I sold something on etsy the same day that I posted the blog! Then, as I sadly watched no one looking at my pixie up for sale on ebay, someone finally bid on that. Then today, someone bought another doll off of etsy! Now I REALLY don't know what to do, except maybe a combo of both etsy and ebay.
Both items that sold on etsy were hand sewn dolls, not needle felt. Hmmm.
When I figure things out, I'll let you know. Until then, I will just muddle along, making my own idea of art and the messes that go along with it.
Thanks for popping in! Until next time, happy everything!
Next time you pop in, I should have some good pictures of my baby mermaid, still in her egg.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
It began, of course, at the beginning. I woke up at 5:10 and did my normal morning routine; coffee, granola bar, news...more coffee. At 6:20, the troops got up. As usual, my middle one took a BIT longer to wake up. (He sits and stares off into his cereal for a few minutes each morning. I like to think of it as a morning meditation on the meaning of life. Unfortunately, it usually makes him a bit late getting ready.) I told him, very calmly, that he needed to be ready by 7:00 or that he would not earn the use of his electronic devices for the day. I also let him know that I wasn't going to nag, remind, or prod him in any way. And I didn't! What is more, I didn't feel overly compelled to do so. Wow!
So, at 7:10, when he was still futzing around, I told him that he had done pretty well, but that I hoped tomorrow would be a bit faster because I know how much he likes his video games. His jaw dropped a bit, he looked at the clock, but there was no whining. No grumping. Whew! Personal responsibility. Gotta love it.
My youngest one is a bit easier. His issue right now is a small bit of whining. He is generally such a good natured kid that it isn't that big of a deal. A few small reminders today were all he needed to keep on track and it was easy to keep my cool. It isn't easy, however, not to laugh at him. He is SO funny. He knows it, too, which only makes it worse.
My oldest's issue is sassiness. To offset this, I have a chart up on the fridge with all of our names on it. When any of us is overly unpleasant, not much is said about it, but a check mark is added to the list. When the weekend comes, when she asks to do something, we will check the list and see if her behavior over the week warrants the privilege of her participation in whatever activity she has chosen. So far, things are going pretty well.
My thoughts are as follows: the kids know what they need to work on, as do we all, and it shouldn't have to be a struggle. They should do the right thing because they are good people and choose to do so. When that fails, they should do it because their parents expect them to and would be disappointed if they failed to live up to their potential.
Oh, did I mention positive praise? That is happening a lot, too. Big help.
Now, on to the diabetic hamster....In addition to my artistic endeavors, I have been busily researching diabetic hamster food. Let me 'splain...
My daughter had a hamster at her bio dad's that she has been dying to have live at our house. We thought the pet should stay with her dad, as we had a cat and her dad was the one who bought her the hamster, but her father was getting ready to move again and she was worried that something might happen to the hamster. It did. It got out (again) and was lost. My daughter was beside herself. Trying to be a comfort, I told her that if they found it, she would be welcome to bring it to our home. Famous last words?
Well, you can guess what happened. I noticed very quickly that all was not a rosy hamster paradise. The hamster was drinking and drinking and urinating like crazy. I checked for a bladder infection. Nope! It had DIABETES!
So over the past few days I have been researching the most balanced diets for diabetic hamsters. I have been hand blending food, looking for appropriate protein sources, and using keto-diastix to check his glucose levels in his urine. Luckily, the change in diet is usually what most hamsters need. No expensive vet bills....I feel like we dodged a bullet on that one! Whew!
I am hoping that tomorrow will be a good day for creation. I have a monster in mind, a fetal mermaid (I know, I know! Don't ask. I will probably post it by next weekend.) and some more pendants to make.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Here are some pictures of the wood sprite I mentioned yesterday. The lighting wasn't much better today, so you will just have to forgive me for any poor ones.
I was trying to work on moving away from "cute" for a bit. I used to do all kinds of work, some sweet and some scary. This one falls in the middle somewhere, I think.
My wondering for today is this: Are my standard posts WAY too long? It seems that most postings I read are short, though I didn't think about that fact until today. Something for me to consider, I suppose, when I sit down to write.
Until next time, happy crafting!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
OK, I usually am pretty family oriented on the weekends, but I have been on a "me" jag the last week. Every few years I feel a little stagnant and feel the need to get out and stretch my brain a little bit. Meditation has been helping, but I felt the urge to learn a new skill.
On this page are two of the tiles I made using vintage images. This last one is an image transferred to watercolor paper. Doesn't it just cry out for watercolor pencils? It is saying, "Please, make me even MORE charming!"
Until next time!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Isn't the color of the bark amazing in the back lighting? It is a really vibrant magenta hue. I had never noticed this in the previous years. Maybe I wasn't looking...too much thinking, not enough noticing? Could be! It wouldn't be the first time.
As luck would have it, the kids were out of school early today and thought a picnic sounded like a fine idea. My youngest and I had anticipated the positive response and arrived to get the older two with sandwiches, fruit and drinks in our beat up Trader Joe's bag. (I swear, I couldn't live without those bags. Especially the canvas ones.)
Off we went to the park. Not just any park, but the one with the giant pumpkin carriages, like something straight out of Cinderella. Even I can't resist getting into a pumpkin carriage.
A quick bite, a look at the progress reports that came home today (good progress was made, luckily) and then KITES!
My youngest one had never actually flown a kite. He had tried a few times last year, but it seemed that we never had the kite in the car on the really good windy days. I tried to be more proactive this year.
The wind was perfect. I could launch the kite without having to run. The breeze just grabbed it and up up up it went. It is a darling little kite shaped like a colorful, stylized owl with really long chartreuse tails that flutter and flick in the breeze.
Everyone had a turn. The flying styles are as unique as the kids. My daughter grabbed it and jumped in with both feet. No deliberating. No checking wind direction. I guess you could call it intuitive kite flying. Either that or interpretive, as there was much spinning and leaping as well. My older son, in contrast, found the wind direction, rewound the string, untangled the tails, and took a run, just to make sure that things would go properly. He is more like his dad, who is responsible for everything sane and organized in our lives. The youngest one, the most excited one, burned bright, felt what it was all about, and quickly had his fill.
Me? I was happy just to feel that glorious air on my skin. It was positively luxurious. Ahhhh!
Look at what I found! I can't remember what it is, but I was worried I had killed it off last year. Apparently not, as here it is, blossoming, no less. Yay! I love the foliage. Very unique.
I came home to work a bit on some new brownies/pixies and I have a request for some squirrels that I need to get started. Maybe I'll put a brownie on a squirrel. That would be a hoot!
Thanks for popping by! I'll post my new items before the end of the weekend!
Until next time, happy crafting!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Some days are just like this, I guess. The trick is remembering to slow down and notice them.
I hope lots of blessings come to everyone today and if they don't, may the lessons learned at least be worth the cost.
Here is a quick sneak peek at a new brownie. This one has fallen into a fruit on the bottom yogurt. Italian yogurt, no less. Not quite done, but a beginning.
Until next time, happy crafting! Happy parenting, too!