Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Halloween Paper Plate Eyeballs

Another "Wubie and Me" craft at the Stuff and Giggles household...Monster Eye Balls!

We used Styrofoam plates, colorful foam sheets, glue, Martha Stewart craft paint and some torn up squishy ball toys from Wubie's collection.  The green one was an Incredible Hulk ball and it looked so much like a furry monster eyelid all deflated like that. The orange furry soccer ball reminded me of a spotted cat or something, so we used it too. Plus they were both great Halloween colors! 

Oh yeah, used glitter glue on the iris. Glitter makes everything better!

Ugly front door on rental works out well for Halloween...


Friday, September 27, 2013

Tropical Coasters/Trivets

Nine tropical coasters / trivets read for the shop. That's 27 little hand-painted yellow stars. Ugh!

I used Martha Stewart Multi-surface High Gloss paints on ceramic tiles and baked them in the oven to set the colors against damage and moisture.  Finally, I glued some cork sheeting on the backs and used me beloved Dremel to grind the corners into a semi-rounded shape. Viola! Trivets!

Monday, September 23, 2013

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Approaches

It's that time of year again.  While I'm surrounded with fall colors and Halloween decorations in shops, blogs, and social media sites, all I see is pink.    Yes, I'm following my pinkified head hair tradition again this year.  Here's a quick pic from today...

I don't want to nag you.  You know what you need to do.  But, if it's been a while you can find a list of low-cost screening locations near you at the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month'swebsite and often local providers will have special deals to commemorate the month.

O.K. now run go take care of yourself because I said so and I'm smart.  See, I have glasses...


Seriously, do it for you and for your family.  I miss my mom everyday.

Hugs and stuff!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Keepin' it Retro!

Took The Wubie shopping yesterday.  We didn't find anything he liked and the clothing selection was lacking in the young men's department. (Gads! We have to shop for him in young men's. ) But it was only an outlet store, so no worries.  We just needed an outing.

I did pick up a great Breast Cancer Awareness Month shirt.  I'll post a pic soon.  As we were checking out I spied these peeping back at me from across the aisle...

Rockin' the Cat Eyes

I'm not kidding it was like one of those movie scenes where the hero and the heroine spot each other from across a crowd and the music swells and the camera shot does some weird perspective trick where they seem to be coming toward you even though neither of them are moving and everything else fades in the background to a blurry gray and the other noises disappear.  THAT happened to me.

So, I walked floated over to them before the cashier could say, "I'll get them for you ma..." and *angels singing* picked them up from their perch.   THEN, be still my already smitten heart, I saw the temples! (Note: Glasses arms are called 'temples'.)  They had flowers on them! FLOWERS! (so very me) Pink and purple flowers! (also me) TROPICAL pink and purple flowers! (me, me and me) Tropical pink and purple flowers on a background of green ferns on the sides of WHITE CAT EYE SUNGLASSES!!!  I just...I...just...EEEEEEEEeeeeeeee!  I literally fangirled out over these things.  

But wait, that's not even the best part.  *Breathe* They. were. only. 6. dollars.  Youheardmeright. Six smackeroos.  Yes, please.   I'll take those. Snatch.

I plunked those retro bad girls down on the counter and lovely cashier lady said to me, "Aren't you glad it's Friday and you're getting an additional 15% discount on everything?"  She might have some something else after that, but I think I fainted. 

It was a good Friday. (The Wubie had lots of fun too.)

edit: Why do I always insist on putting up bare-faced pictures of myself online?  I swear I do wear makeup. I really do.  There is something very very wrong with me.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

First Evah Bowl of Spaghetti* !

Lot's of effort, but worth it!

He takes a bite and uses both hands to push the food into his mouth. It's a technique in flux.
Too bad the garden hose doesn't reach the kitchen table.
*GF/CF of course.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

So...I've been busy

Rockin' and Rollin' on my art projects for the shop.  Actually sold some larger pieces. (Yay!)  This is a new experience.   I don't have to sell the items myself.  They do that for me at the gallery.  I'm beginning to really like this delegation of tasks thing.

Seashell Valentine Garland

As I have been creating and moving things along for sale as quickly as possible I, unfortunately, haven't been blogging.  I have been taking pics though, fully intending to have lots of lovely posts and spiffy tutorials up by now.  So...I've been busy.  Don't be mad.  I'll make it up.

This is a little seasonal thing that I whipped up for the shop.  The garland is simply a thicker natural jute braided and some thinner jute tied to it with seashells, beads and wooden letters and hearts attached.  The letters and large heart were plain wood ones from a craft store painted red and glittered. (Important: Glitter makes everything better!)  I used my Dremel with a diamond bit to make holes in the seashells, regular bit to make holes in the wood and used a bit of jewelry wire to string the letters and beads together before tying to the jute.  Oh yeah, I used a smaller heart for the "o" in "love".  Adorable, no?

Many more pics and projects to come.   Hugs and stuff!

Now where should I stick these? 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I'm baaa-aaack!

Just in time for Halloween and whatnot. Effie's blog. In scare-o-vision.  Ahhhhh!

It's been scary around here folks. Way scary.  Nothing to do with Halloween ghosties and goblins, nevertheless the theme fits.  What happened? I fell off the planet.  Now, that may seem kinda kewl. I mean astronauts do it all the time on purpose.  Well, those folks have training...and a spacesuit.  Let me tell you, zero gravity can be very disorienting without even so much as a point of reference such as the Big Blue Marble looming majestically over your shoulder. I had nada, zilch, nothing. Except hope. Hope was enough. 

Have you ever had so many things go wrong all at once that you just stopped being upset and began to laugh? I found myself shaking my fist at the Universe defiantly taunting, "Is that all ya got?!?"  I'm no wimp my friends.  I'm a from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks, do-what-you-gotta-do, kick-useless-people-and-pursuits-to-the-curb sort of a human. I've been there, done that and then some.  Homelessness: check. Poverty: check. Abusive people: check. Physical illness: check. Motherly angst: check check. 

This time was only different in one way; it all came at once. Perfect storm. Perfectly awful.  My hobbled together defenses and reserves were quickly overrun and my remaining wits and on-the-spot-whipped-up solutions were breached and I was left alone with the onslaught gravity. 

Some a lot of it was my fault.  Not helpful in the moment, though we are on this planet to learn aren't we?  The obvious blame could go to my insufficient financial preparedness and my organizational deficiencies. It could, however that would be a ruse. The fact is I'm a rather capable and talented person. *Whew, that took a lot of self-growth to be able to say out loud.   

I am just overFRIGGINwhelmed. 

So, where is the "my fault" part?  Really, it's about how I choose to self-medicate.  I don't use drugs, alcohol or other typical choices.  I use isolation.  I am a heavy user.  When things got difficult I relied on myself to handle it.  When things got scary I started cutting off the supportive people in my life due to my weird need to turn down the noise in my own head and to feeling a bit embarrassed.  When things got terrifying...I disappeared.  

Like other sorts of self-medications the temporary relief that isolationism grants only gives way to bigger and badder problems and ultimately to rock bottom.   Only my rock bottom resembled being launched from a Thermosphere orbiter into the black vastness of space. Hey, rock bottom is subjective. 

So there I was, sitting in my car at a Winn-Dixie having just dumped all of my son's piggy bank coins into a Coin Star machine in order to keep the electricity on for another two weeks.  This was the piggy bank that we had been putting coins in all year to pay for his Christmas present: a train that would go around his room on the wall.  Not an expensive one. Mom can build the wall shelf. Just a cool train that has a remote that he can understand.  I didn't want to do it.  It hurt.  Then the surprise (one of many) the machine only gave me half of the amount I had in the jar. HALF. I emptied my son's Christmas money and still didn't end up with enough to pay the bill, plus I was running out of gas. Sitting there watching the gauge and calculating how we would get through the month with no power, no gas, and no water. I finally gave in. I mean, I just...gave in.  There's really no point in trying to breathe in outer-space anyway.  

There was nothing left to try. Nothing that I could pull off with my own resources, anyway.  Keep in mind, I am with my son who is a 24/7 job and do not have the options that others have in these circumstances.  I am not above asking folks if they need some housework done or light handy-woman work. It's just that I'm not free to do those things with my Wubie in tow. He has simply not been able to be in school much.  Hardly at all. But, I digress. Point is, I was out there, holding my breath and out of tools to launch in the opposite direction to propel me closer to Earth's gravity.  (Physics reference.)  

Back to the "my fault" paradigm.  I am a stubborn human. I am prideful and strong willed.  I want to not be looked at as "that person" who always needs help in one form or another. So when resources (such as any form of respite care, medical care, and financial means) kept disappearing one by one, I just kept going on and not asking for assistance.  I'm not being too hard on myself here. The only way for a person to grow is to look their negative characteristics in the eye and name them. First step, anyway. 

What I did NOT want to do is to admit to anyone that I couldn't handle it. God had other plans.  (Isn't that always the case?)  Everything that I tried; everything that SHOULD have worked didn't.  I did a lot of things that I would still advise others to try in my circumstances.  Smart things.  Hard working things. Honest things. Well, that was not what the Creator wanted me to do.  So, I was in rebellion.  Did you know that you can actually be doing the wrong thing the whole time you are doing the "right" things?  I was supposed to be reaching out.  I was supposed to be opening up a little.  I was supposed to be relying on old friends and making new ones. But, I was being the prodigal mom. 

Then I took a tiny step in the right direction, just a tiny little space walk, and BANG things changed.  I called my cousin.  She is one of several people that had been trying to get in touch with me for several months and I've been regretfully causing to worry.  I did toss out a couple of texts just to let them know I'm alive, but that was it. "I'm alive. Can't talk now."  

The day before the Winn-Dixie incident I had reached her and she was obviously disquieted to the point of calling several resources in my area.  I don't really remember that conversation except that I know I wasn't making much sense.  Stress can make you sound like a psychopath.  While I was in the store explaining to three different managers that I knew they didn't have anything to do with Coin Star and couldn't get my money back, howeverI thought they should know the machine was ripping people off and that I was not a person in a financial position to be ripped off so nonchalantly and  my nearly twelve-year-old, non-verbal, 90-pound son was having a classic Autism melt-down though the experience which helped to emphasize my point...breathe...I missed a phone call.   

So there I was sitting in the parking lot after the massacre was over  contemplating how much A/C we could experience from the remaining gas in the car and I noticed that I had missed the call.  I don't know why I even looked, hadn't heard a thing, but there it was.  It was a local pastor.  He asked me how I was doing.  I told him I was having a bad minute.  I quickly tried to get through the story of what was happening. There were tears.  I don't often do tears. Yet, I wasn't in that moment embarrassed.  I was at the end of me. Embarrassment disappears when you are at the end of yourself.   He gave me short simple instructions, "Get home. Call me. We will take care of one thing at a time."  I think he was concerned about my state-of-mind driving home.  He was right to be concerned.  I told him, "I would say that it is a tremendous coincidence that you called at this precise moment, but we both know better than that."

That was last week. Just last week, but when I let go and stopped trying to do things my way gravity kicked in. The bills have been paid enough to keep the lights and water on.  My son is beginning to get a short amount of respite care (3 hours a week which is way better than nothing).  Most shockingly (for me) I've been accepted into a downtown art gallery for absolutely no good reason as most of my previous work has been sold or given away so I don't really even have much to show an owner.  I am still being inundated with challenges, Wubie is still not in school much, I still have a ton of work and now a giant deadline to meet with the gallery opening and I'm not feeling well (another issue unresolved), yet I don't want to fill up my blog space with a litany of negative statements. What I'm experiencing now is 'peace in the midst of the storm', well, in the midst of space.  Only now it's not outer-space anymore. I'm earthbound again.    I'm still in the Stratosphere, but heading in the right direction and while I hold my breath a while longer I am taking the moment to appreciate the peacefulness. In space, Someone can still hear you cry. 

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