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Reader Beware

I’ll say it, just so you aren’t caught off guard. This might creep you out. For some bizarre reason, there are those who don’t like this sort of thing. ūüėČ

This is my original doll.¬† Her name is Sara. Somehow her head became detached from her body and the body was lost. I was probably fourteen when I gave her a pair of earrings. Then it just took off. What I would make now wouldn’t be much like this. I feel weird doing this kind of stuff since I’ve had kids.

However, the two or three dolls I’ve made since I got married are of a different¬†sort. A little more artistic, a little less teenage rebellion. And what I¬†might make now will be even less¬†like Sara. And, if it just doesn’t feel right or natural, I won’t do it. I’ll find some other form of creative expression to dabble in again.

I’ll let you know how it turns out. ūüôā

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My kids are awesome

Yeah, they’re cool. People like them. I like them. A lot.

Ben had some frozen blueberries today in a little mesh feeder (that sounds weird, doesn’t it?).¬† Blueberries are messy. Ben is cute, even when covered in blue juice. Especially when covered in blue juice?¬†ūüôā

I tried to get a good picture of the oldest three at the table tonight. They were posed nicely, looking at the camera, when Erik got thirsty. Slurp, inhale, spill, cry. Comedic photograph as opposed to nice sibling love photograph. Even better!

Mike’s away for a few days for work so I’m hanging out by myself with the kiddos. I made a good meal tonight that he would not have liked but the kids and I loved, and I watched a chick flick that he most certainly would not have wanted to watch. Pat myself on the back for staying busy and trying to have a good time even though I hate being left alone.

Yesterday’s post was fun..and has me thinking more on number eleven¬† (if you didn’t read the list yesterday, check it out). I want opinions, people! Is it weird if a mother of four young children buys used dolls and paints/pierces them? Dresses them in strange things? Cuts off half of their hair? Tries to make a business out of it? It’s an art form I really and truly enjoyed when I was younger and even if I did some weird stuff back then, it would be a bit more tame now (no fake blood, for example). I just love the process of seeing them become something entirely different from what they began as. And I get the feeling that there are people out there who would pay money for them. For example,¬†this doll¬†is for sale on Etsy right now and the shop owner has had twenty-six sales of similar dolls. Some of¬†the stuff I found on¬†Etsy in this category¬†is downright creepy, and I can promise that I won’t be doing demons or dead babies or anything along those lines. Ew. But still, it’s a thought.

Anyway, I told myself I’d go to bed early every night this week. Apparently tonight is going to be the exception (let’s hope). I need sleep! Ben doesn’t sleep well, but I could make things better by simply going to bed earlier. So that’s what I’m going to attempt for a few days while it’s just me calling the shots. And that’s what I’m going to do right now: go to bed. Night, world!

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The Mission Statement of an Artist

¬†I was reading an old copy of the MB Herald (our denomination’s magazine) and found this article. It perfectly descibes my feelings on the subject.¬† If you are a writer, you’ll probably be able to relate to it, too.

I am a Writer, by Paul Esau

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A lovely surprise

Again, this is not about the baby….yet.

This surprise came in the form of a very large box.  First, the back story.

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been involved in a Frugal Living swap and then a discussion thread about frugal crafting on Craftster.¬† I’ve made quite a few friends there and enjoyed myself quite a bit.¬† In the middle of February, I got a message from the organizer of the swap asking if she could pass my address on to someone who wanted to send me something (a good something, she said).¬† I didn’t mind that so I gave her the go ahead.¬† And then I mostly forgot about it. I finished up that swap and got into another round of it last month and only occasionally wondered if that someone had ever sent me a package.¬† I mostly thought about it because I worried that it might have been lost.¬† It wasn’t lost. ūüôā

Yesterday morning, the doorbell rang and there was the postwoman¬†with a VERY large box.¬† I mean BIG.¬† I didn’t recognize the name on the box, but it was from Olympia, Washington¬†– and I knew one person from the swap was from Olympia.¬† I signed for it and brought it in and started to open it up.¬† There were two notes on the top of the box – the first one said that this was the idea of one dear friend of mine from Craftster and that they had organized it so that everyone would send things to one person and she would send it all to me.¬† It was a baby shower in a box.¬† The second card said that there were more packages coming from a few other people.¬† I still can barely fathom more when I think of what was in that box.¬†

I took the box into the living room and dove in with the kids.  All told, there were baby gifts (and a few things for the kids and me) from seventeen different Craftster friends.  And nearly all of it (98% probably) is handmade.  Knitted, crocheted, sewn, painted Рand all of it lovely.  I fought tears the whole time, feeling so incredibly blessed by this outpouring of love from people I barely know (and those I know better I only know over the internet).  I only hope I can pay it back Рor forward Рin some way in the future.

WordPress image uploading is being a pain in the neck – so I made a flickr album with photos and descriptions (including who each gift was from) – here’s the link: Baby Shower in a Box!¬† This is easily one of the BEST surprises I’ve ever received – I’m still in awe of the incredible generosity of all these lovely women!

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I need a hobby

Yes, I know.¬† I don’t have time for one.¬† I’m really pregnant.¬† All that jazz.¬† But really, I need something to take me out of the house on a regular basis (once a week?¬† once a month at least).¬† Something that would allow me to meet people and have a break from my children.¬† At Break Forth, I attended an elective on restoring the human spirit – one of the tips the speaker gave was to spend time with people who like the same things as you.¬† She said this was hugely important for our well-being.¬† I know this is both mental and spiritual.¬† Some people find this by playing a sport, some find it in Bible studies, but for me, I know I need a place (in real life, not just the internet) where I can be creative with others who love being creative.¬†

Sadly, our town is not full of opportunities of this type – most cost a pretty penny.¬† But it may be worth it to take one class or something just as a way to find people with similar interests.¬† Maybe then I could find some other outlet that wouldn’t cost me money.¬† The big question is whether to try to do it before the baby is born or to just wait until I can safely leave baby with Mike for a few hours.¬† That means waiting until summer at least, but it might be better for me than trying to do it while I’m so pregnant.

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Gingerbread house of doom

For the last three days, I have been working on one big project.¬† The city visitor centre (the same people who put on the photo scavenger hunt in the summer) is having a gingerbread house contest.¬† Extra points will be awarded for all-edible creations and for those that include sports themes – due to the upcoming winter Olympics in February.¬† So what did I do?¬† I made it all-edible and included a pretty huge sport theme as well.¬† When I was gathering supplies, I found out that Craftster is having a gingerbread house craft challenge in January.¬† This meant that I could make the house for the city contest, take photos of it and enter it into the online challenge.¬† The prizes for the challenge are pretty nice – this is one I really wouldn’t mind winning!¬† I have no idea what to expect of the city contest, except that they generally have some great prizes for the scavenger hunt in the summer.¬† As long as they don’t give me another cooler set if I win, I’ll be happy (that’s what I won for second prize in the scavenger hunt).

Anyway, fifteen hours or so went into this house along with four cups of flour, a whole bunch of spices, something like ten cups of sugar and/or molasses, nine egg whites, a box of sugar cubes and more candy than I can name.¬† What I have in the end is something quite lovely, if I do say so myself.¬† I’m only afraid that pictures won’t do it justice when I enter it online.¬† And, as much of a tease as it is, I’m not going to post pictures here out of fear that someone else who is entering the online contest¬†will steal my ideas (yeah, I know, I’m way too paranoid).¬† As soon as the house is entered online, I’ll post a picture here.¬† If you’re my friend on Facebook,¬† you’ll be able to see photos there sooner, as I’m not really concerned about my friends stealing my ideas (primarily because as far as I know, none of them is a member of Craftster).

The hardest part in¬†creating¬†something like this is knowing when to quit.¬† I had all sorts of ideas and plans and Mike helped to contribute a few, too, but at some point (specifically, this morning around one o’clock), I had to quit.¬† I have had three nights in a row now going to sleep at two in the morning and I’m completely exhausted, but it’s done and looks good.¬† And Mike paid me a huge compliment on the first night I worked on it, when it was still pretty bare and said, “Baby, you’re going to win.”¬† I don’t know about that, but it was a great encouragement to keep working on it.¬† He came in a number of times and was pretty impressed with my progress, so I feel good about turning it in as it is.¬† In about twenty minutes, he’ll come home for lunch and drive me down to turn it in.¬† I don’t want to risk having it sitting on the floor of the van and turning a corner and breaking it, so I¬†figure it would be a good idea to have him drive me so I can hold it.¬† It’s a bit more effort (namely, getting the kids dressed) but should be worth it.

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Life in these parts

Life as of late has been rather busy lately.  And a bit lazy as well.

Oh, you want more details, do you?

Okay, then.¬† I have had another bout of tonsillitis, thus the laziness, although it’s not really fair to call it that.¬† It’s very important laziness, leading to a full recovery.¬† I have also had sick children coming out of my ears (not literally – that would be really bizarre and I imagine quite painful).¬† As of my last post, Erik was sick.¬† I took him to the doctor and was told that he has asthma.¬† I was warned that he would probably develop it, but didn’t know it would happen so soon.¬† He now has an inhaler and a baby aero-chamber to get him to breathe it.¬† Thankfully it seems that he only has trouble breathing when he is sick, so it may not be something we deal with very often.¬† Jenny and Elias have both had ear infections, although Jenny’s seemed to clear up on its own without medication.¬† Elias is currently on antibiotics and a ridiculous schedule for taking them.¬† Whoever makes these things up has got to be missing part of their brain.¬† The amoxicillin I have to give Elias must be given every eight hours.¬† During the day, this is no big deal, but if I want to give it to him while he is awake, I would have to give it at six in the morning, two in the afternoon and ten at night.¬† I know there are people who keep their kids up late or get them up early, but who does both?!¬† I imagine that the person responsible for the dosing guidelines on this medication did not have children.

Anyway, rant over.¬† The productivity of the past few weeks has mostly been in crafting.¬† I’m signed up for a craft swap on Craftster..yes, I mentioned that already.¬† I’ve been working on the items for the swap with most of my free time.¬† I’ve now finished slightly more than half of my scavenger hunt.¬† I would give details, but in case my partner is stalking my blog, I won’t yet.

I haven’t only been crafting, however.¬† I have also dabbled in cleaning my house.¬† Dabbled is the word because I really haven’t done much other than upkeep.¬† However, last night, I cut the kids nails and didn’t bother putting them straight in the trash – this was a good way to force myself into cleaning the bathroom floor.¬† A simple vacuum or sweep turned out to be only the start.¬† I cleaned the bathroom top to bottom and managed to clear out quite¬†a few things that were really contributing to the mess in there.¬† When I’m on a roll like that, it doesn’t matter what time it is or how tired I get.¬† I didn’t go to bed until two in the morning, but my bathroom is practically sparkling.¬† Even better, I did it in a good mood, so it’s not a bad memory.¬† I have bad memories of cleaning parts of my house¬†that are completely related to the mood I was in when I was doing the cleaning.

Anyway, that’s all for¬†now as far as updates¬†go.¬† Now that I’ve¬†finished the most time consuming¬†part of my¬†craft swap, I feel like doing something a bit easier for a change.

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Back to business

A list of goals:

Clean up my house.  Yes, you read that right, no need to fiddle with the monitor.

Finish craft projects already started before starting new ones.¬† This is going to be incredibly difficult for me, but I’ve got way too many half-finished projects hanging about right now.¬† I have a list of them somewhere and I’m sure I have more to add to it by now.

Update Itchy Fingers with all the new crafts I’ve done in the last month.

Gradually work on the scavenger hunt craft swap that I signed up for on Craftster.

Blog somewhat regularly here without spending too much time on the computer…..and….

Spend less time on the computer and more time actually working on the non-computer related goals on this list.  As it is, I spend a great deal of the day on here and it is something I need to change.

We’ll see how well I do with this little to-do list.¬† I don’t have a great track record with check lists, but at times, I have been known to complete half of one.¬† Cleaning is at the top, so maybe I’ll get that far at least. ūüôā

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Craft blog

Just a little blurb to say that my craft blog is up and running, and other than links from here, should hold all my creative stuff, rather than cluttering this blog up with project descriptions.  My first project Рa banged up nightstand.  Go see it here: Itchy Fingers.

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Day 10: John 5:24

For a reminder of what I am doing this month, read this post.

John 5:24

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My
word and believes in Him who sent Me has
everlasting life, and shall not come into
judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

This is yet another promise Рif we hear His Word and we believe in Him, we will have eternal life.  We have passed from death into life Рwe were dead, but we can truly live now.  The beauty of this living is that it does not have to end when we die Рwe will live on with Christ.  What a great promise! 

One important thing I can say is in regard to “hearing His Word”.¬† When I give my children instructions, I usually finish off with, “Do you understand me?”¬† It is a test to see if they were listening and to find out if they understand the instructions.¬† There is an appropriate response to this question: “Yes, Mama.”¬† I think we could use a bit of this when we are listening to God’s voice – either reading Scripture or just hearing His voice in our hearts – we ought to say to God, “Yes, Father, I understand You.”¬† It is too easy to let it breeze through us and then forget what the meaning was.¬† I do this at times by keeping track of these things – in a journal or my Bible – by sharing them with others, or at the very least, by underlining verses in my Bible that¬†stood out to me.¬†

Belief and confession of belief are the most important parts of the process, but hearing His Word is such an important part of the walk that follows your first decision to follow Him.  We will have little or no growth if we do not commune with our Saviour on a regular basis.

My tonsillitis has¬†gotten worse and I have to wait one more day to start antibiotics, if my strep test came back positive.¬† My doctor and I are pretty certain it will, but¬†because of how many antibiotics I’ve been on this year already, we feel it’s best to wait and be sure.¬†Also, I have a consultation with a surgeon on Wednesday to talk about having my tonsils out – finally!¬† At this point, I just want to be better and not¬†be wincing every time I swallow.¬†

So there’s a new blog coming soon…one¬†devoted entirely to craft.¬† Yay!¬† I will post the link when my first entry is up.¬† ūüôā

This verse of the day comes from VOTD.  

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