Sunday, May 31, 2009

My craft room

I took these pictures a while back, to show you where I create. I know, you are asking, "what do you create?" I have had full intentions for MONTHS now to get some jewelry listed for sale, I have lots of pieces to show you...but so little time....this summer it is definitely a pet project of mine to get pieces photographed and online at icraft.ca, etsy.com and a new site that I have joined and not participated in, artfire.com

Anyway, so here are some pics of where the magic happens....



My Wall of beads! I know, I know, I have way more beads than I'm ever going to use.....perhaps I should sell some of them! I used to store everything in beadboxes -- small opaque containers, however I find this setup soooo much easier for a visual person like me!!!



And of course I need some jars of beads too....these are all the vintage and leftover beads I have been collecting..it's like candy!



Everything is stored in these boxes from IKEA....an organizers paradise! All my wool is stored down below, miscellanous stuff up above:



More kitchen gadgets -- this time lazy susans -- holding all my Swarovski pearls and stones. And of course a TV, because if you know me at all you know I watch a LOT of TV!



And lastly, an easy way to store my tools -- handy and at my fingertips:




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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Let's stroll down memory lane, shall we?

I was reading June's blog the other day (and if you don't read her, you really should, she is quite funny!) and she was discussing this product:



do you remember it? I sure do, what a blast from the past....I can remember how it went on all sticky, and you had to hold your arms up in the air forever until it dried.....oh, those were the days!!! Anyway, her blog comments got me to reminiscing about a whole bunch of products....


You can try hard, or you can try soft....but soft will get them all the time......come on, don't pretend you don't remember the jingle!!!

Or how about this?


All the fashionable Barbies of my day lived in one of these. Not my Barbies mind you, they couldn't afford the rent...they lived in a tent.....but my best friend down the road had one, and boy, did I ever covet that townhouse!!!



Can't you just smell the sunscreen right now? And do you remember Elke Sommer???? WHO DOESN'T!



Did your hair REALLY smell terrific? I don't remember, but we bought it a lot, so it must have!

Now, this one, I DO remember...and it did smell good!!!




And who didn't want to look like Dorothy Hamill? I had her haircut did you? And for some reason, I felt I must use the shampoo too....can't recall if it made it as bouncy as hers was in the commercial though!


Remember the taste of these? Yummo!!!! I love the 7-UP and Root beer flavours....




Do you remember these little dolls? They smelled like a mixture of perfume and plastic....and I loved them!



Weren't the 70's great!!!???!!!

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

The hardest part about raising a child on the Autism spectrum

It's hard to find out that your child has a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Your world turns upside down at that moment. It's hard dealing with the very wide and varied behaviours that are associated with autism. The tantrums alone can sometimes require medication and/or vast amounts of wine to get through (for you, not your child). It's DEFINITELY hard trying to navigate your way through the mountain of paperwork and red tape associated in trying to find the right help, help that will work for your particular child. Doctor's differ with their advice, therapists have other ideas, play therapy, music therapy, IBI therapy, there's so much out there to try. Doctor's appointments, occupational therapy, speech therapy, sensory rooms, chiropractic, your busy running from one appointment to another, sitting in waiting rooms hoping that THIS next expert might have some answers that you are looking for. Jenny McCarthy says she cured her son -- maybe what SHE is doing is the way to go -- who am I to not listen to Jenny -- she's been in Playboy for Pete's sake!!! And she is always on Larry King -- this MUST be the answer!

It's really, really, REALLY hard dealing with the public school system! You educate yourself, you know what your child's rights are, you know what the school system, the school boards are SUPPOSED to be providing for your child -- and you see how they are failing miserably. You sit in meetings with officials that clearly haven't got a clue what to do, and you think to yourself "what is going to happen to my poor child?" It's hard.

But the very hardest thing, in my opinion, when dealing with a child on the autism spectrum, is having to deal with the public, and their perception of everything. There's just nothing that compares to the steely glances of other mothers in the supermarket, mothers of typical children, who observe your child behaving badly, and, with one sweep of their glance, deem you unworthy as a parent.

The hardest thing is standing in the school yard, watching your child walk around in circles in the kindergarten class, waiting for the bell to ring, hearing other children talk about him --one boy saying to another -- "do you like that kid? Nobody likes that kid"....those are the moments that sting the most -- the moments that don't seem to affect your child, but that stick with you throughout the years. Standing on the sidelines during a soccer game, hearing a coach make comments about the "kid playing in the dirt" while your child, who is fascinated with the patches of mud on the field, not the game going on, remains unaware.

The very hardest thing is standing on the side of the playground, watching other children exclude your child from their play. For me, that is the very hardest thing about raising a child on the autism spectrum. Yesterday Limefreckle Jr. was at the park, and he approached a group of children playing with a soccer ball -- they were playing a made up game that looked like a cross between tag and dodge ball. Limefreckle Jr. so wanted to be part of the game -- he approached the kids and said "hey, can I play with you?".....he followed them around, asking " can I have a turn now?" he faithfully ran off to fetch the ball everytime it went out of bounds -- only to be told "hey kid, give us back the ball"......it was hard to watch. In 8 years, he has struggled socially on the playground. Yesterday I clearly got to see the benefits of all the therapies and effective schooling paying off -- he was on the playground, behaving pretty much like the rest of the kids, as much like them as he can be at this stage of his life, and he was still being ignored. He has learned how to "play" the way other children do -- yes, that is something that has to be taught. "Play" in the way Limefreckle Jr. sees it, is not acceptable to most of society -- so he needs to be taught to "play" like the other children, the "NORMAL" children --- and he is doing it --- he is following the rules, he has learned it. We live in a neighbourhood of fairly well off families, and by watching their children on the playground, it shows. The children travel in cliques, just like their mothers do, their quick to judge the others, and even quicker to exclude. Many of these children are students of the school Limefreckle Jr. used to attend. A "religious" school, a school where one would think the children learn the teachings of the church, where children would be taught to be kind to others. You only need to go to the parking lot of this school at the end of the day, and listen to parents yell at each other, and fight for spots, to see that some of these teachings may not really be sinking in, to parents or to children. I guess this is the life of middle class suburbia, this probably isn't too uncommon in all parts of the country, probably in the same neighbourhood that you lived in -- "It takes a village" isn't a phrase most people around here are familiar with!

But it's most definitely the hardest part of my journey -- other parents, other mother's, other children and their judgements -- that is the hardest part!


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