Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Room to Bounce

Do you ever use up way too much energy on something that really wasn't worth it? Waste hours over something that made very little difference in the long run? Care too much about things that apparently matter only to yourself?

I find myself occasionally rushing around trying to fix everything that's wrong with my house, my kids, myself, etc., only to discover that they're not really broken after all.

When I get stuck in that pattern I know I need to give myself room to bounce.

Remember what it was like to bounce a superball when you were a kid? I do. I remember when they were invented...a wonder of modern technology. One little bounce and they'd fly up higher than the house. Do it inside and it would bounce back and forth between the ceiling and the floor until it finally lost steam.

And then you just had to try to catch it in an over-turned shoe box.

Holding your shoebox as high as you could reach, you'd catch it on its way up, watch it hit the floor again, then lower the box little by little till it was just a blur of motion as it beat up and down till there was no more bounce left in it.

I've had days like that.

I just need to find a way to get out from under the box and give myself room to bounce.

This blog post was inspired by this blog post.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mother's Day Coming Soon!

With Mother's Day just around the corner, one of my fellow EtsyMoms has blogged about some wonderful gift ideas...and she listed one of the items from my shop. Here are the flower button magnets she mentioned. Take a look at her blog and find more ideas for moms.

You can find these magnets here, in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

From Pink to Black

Pink & Pinker is gone! The bear I mentioned in my previous post didn't languish for too long in my Etsy shop before finding a new home.

The next bear I finished was a custom order that came to me when someone spotted my Blue Jean Bear on my Flickr and asked if I could make a black denim bear with scraps they had on hand. I'm always interested in doing custom orders like that, so they sent me one leg's worth of an old pair of jeans and here's the result (I added a red ribbon around the bears neck after taking these pictures):

This customer happens to be an amazing photographer. She sent me a couple of her pictures so I could turn them into pocket mirrors to include in her package with the bear. Here they are:

You should check out her blog here and see her work on her on her Flickr, too.