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Exposure

With the internet growing bigger and bigger everyday.  And Big Brother seem to be more and more intrusive, our privacy seems to diminish.  I started to wonder of how much do I allow myself to be expose?

With Original Things, I do post pictures of what I am made or working, and when and where my sales are.  If I don’t do that, then I don’t make a sale.  That is common sense.  That I understand.

And yes, I have posted a few personal details of my life in this blog.  But how much do I open myself up to the world while still retaining my privacy?

My boyfriend forbid me to show pictures of his children on this site or any other site.  I can show pictures of what I made for them, but that is about it.  If I do post pictures of children, I admitted, I lied about them.  I lied about their age, where they lived, everything.  Even when I post about my friends, I always posted their first initial.

However several of the artists had told me I need to expose myself even more in order to make my business work.  And that is what is perplexes me.  How much can I expose myself without getting into trouble?

Many years ago, Geraldo Rivera exposed child sex ring where the molesters would post pornographic pictures of their victims, children on the internet to share.  He basically said that it was going to haunt the victims in years to come.  A perfect example, he gave was if one of them was going to run for office, someone can easily google his name and boom, there are the pictures.  His career and life is over before it even began.

That has stuck with me ever since.  I am DEFINATELY NOT a child molester or any other monster like that.   However I am born with a condition called achondroplasia dwarfism, which means I am a little person or midget.  By the way, I freaking HATE that word midget.  I had a MySpace page where I did actually posted a picture of myself and holy catfish, I had several offers of men wanting to have sex with me.  Not because I was pretty, or kind or I make the best fudge. It was because they all had a midget sex fantasy.  Seriously I don’t get that fetish.

Several month ago, a group of teenage girls wanted a selfie with me, and take a big guess why?  Yup, because I am little person.  To be honest, I was very grateful that my boyfriend wasn’t there with me because trust me, he would have chewed them out.

Which is why I am extremely hesitated of showing my face online.  I rather have my work speak for itself.  Does it really matter that I am short, that I have dark hair or blonde.  Or my eyes are brown or blue?

Nevertheless I am still perplexed by the question of exposure.

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Road Trip

I have been busy trying to get Mother’s Day, Graduation, and Father’s Day cards done before my holiday.  And I had a last minute order for more wedding and sympathy cards which I have one more wedding card to do tomorrow.  I am trying to get everything done because I am planning to go on a little holiday.  To be honest, I would like to go on this holiday for several weeks, but I have a feeling that I can afford a week.  Afford as not in money, afford as in time wise.

One of my hairdresser’s customers is having a craft sale down in Pigeon Lake and she wants to sell my cards and teddy bears for me.  And all of the stuff needs to be done by mid-May.  The sale is at the end of May which means after Mother’s Day, but it is in time for Father’s day and Graduation.

Anyway, I have been thinking and watching videos of what to bring art journal wise.  Some people had good ideas and good advice when you are planning to fly.  I am not flying, my destination is Edmonton, a couple hour away from here.  I want something to doodle while watching tv.  I know of what not to bring, like my acrylic paints, my Cricut machine, and paper cutter for example.  But that still leaves a lot like my watercolor pencils, pencils, eraser, pens.  I am thinking of precutting a few watercolor sheets to one of my art journal sizes and card sizes.  Maybe I will paint a few pretty pictures for my cards.

Other then that, everything else has been going crazy to the point where I am going to lose my mind.  I definitely need a holiday.


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Realistic Expectation

We all have that little voice inside of our head.

There is a nice apple in the fridge for you instead of that cookie.

Come on, 10 more minutes of studying then you can have a break.

Don’t put your hand in boiling water, you will get burn.

Right now, my voice is telling me that since I was born, I have a curved spine.  And I also have arthritis in my lower back and hip so I am bound to have pain.  It is also the middle of winter and having colds is common.

So it is realistic to have back spasms and it is a coincidence you caught a cold on the same day.  Except the only coincidences that I believe are I showed up at a party wearing the same outfit as another person.  Or I have pizza for lunch and my boyfriend takes me out to dinner and we ended up having pizza.

Anyway, so after I was finally able to moved the heavy boxes down where I can sort them out, my back started spasming like crazy.  And on the second day, I caught a bad head cold where my ears were even hurting.  So I spent the last two days in bed.  I am still sick today, but at least my back is much better where I was able to move around.

So back to realistic expectation, I should have expected my back was going to give me grief while I was cleaning out and sorting out my arts and crafts despite that I was careful and took it slow.

And Rome wasn’t built in a day so why should I expect my art space to be organized in a week.

I’m starting to think that for my New Year’s Resolution for 2018, should be eat more chocolate, drink more slurpees, and do more impulse buying.  Those are easier to keep than this.


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Back Pain and Mixed up Schedule

Hello,

I am sorry that I haven’t blogged in a while.  It wasn’t for the lack of trying or coming up an idea of what to say.  Roughly two days after the last sale, I suffered from back spasms for over a week.  And holy cow, did they hurt.  I ended up taking strong painkillers for it which made me sleep during the day and night.  So now, my sleep schedule is kind of screwed.  As in I can’t sleep until 7 am.

Once my back was almost better, it was time to get organized.  Along with the aches and pains, it was interesting.  I found stencil that I didn’t know I had.  And yes, I did threw out some stuff which made my mother happy.  I am still cleaning up the craft table, coffee table and the couch, but now, I got them into bins.  Which is good, because this Sunday, I am having friends over for dinner.  And nothing like having company coming to get your butt in gear to clean.

So right now, I am asking myself, what is the plans for 2017 for Original Things?  I honestly do not know.  I have a few ideas, but nothing is set in stone.  I would like to do another draw, but I don’t know of what the prize should be.

I would like to figure out the portfolio here, and I should clean out the my photos.  I need to set up an online shop, but I have problems with etsy.  So maybe find something else.

I would like to take Original Things to a new level, but I don’t know of what that level is.  As well my boyfriend has some big plans for us which is up in the air.  I don’t know if they are going to come true or not.  He said that they are, but I learned a long time ago, to not get my hopes up.

So I will wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year and  see you next year.

 


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Making time

I am still knee deep with all of the sale stuff.  But yet, I managed to make time for a get well present for my boyfriend’s daughter.  I crochet a little bunny, threw in some monster socks, hair bands, a sucker with the label saying “Surgery Sucks”.  I even made a beaded bracelet.  That was interesting since I haven’t made one of those in over 20 years.  Thank goodness for YouTube.

The bunny pattern from Leelee Knits. Here is the link to her pattern.  http://www.leeleeknits.com/free-crochet-bunny-pattern/

The hard part of this was my boyfriend.  He was expecting was this package.  He didn’t know that I was sending this to his daughter so I had to stall.  He know of when I am lying to him.  So I did what any insane person would have done in my situation.  Ate food knowing full well that it would disagreed with her and fake a migrane.

Here is what I made for her.

http://www.pictaram.com/media/1350910079045750481_1751627017

this is the bracelet I made for her.

http://www.pictaram.com/media/1350911391049338267_1751627017

Ok, I don’t know of why I can’t get the photos up.  And I don’t have to time to figure it out. I have a bunch of cards and two albums to finish.

I also gave my boyfriend a candy bar.  If I was sending him a parcel, it would be nice to give him something.  Well this is the part where I want to either hug him or punch him in the arm for.  He gave his candy bar to her.  How am I suppose to spoil my boyfriend if he keeps giving it away.

The sale is less than two weeks and I am in panic.  And I know I am always like that every year so it should make a big different.

So that is the reason of why I am ending this blog.  Hope everyone is ok.

 


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Cheap Art Supplies – My 2 Cents

Disclaimer:

I do not represent any company that I may mention in this post.  No company has asked or offered me money to give them my opinion.  The only company I do represent is Original Things.  I am doing this post based on my opinion and experiences in hope to help you all.

Now that part is done with.  I noticed that most of the people who are participating in this Cheap Art Supply Challenge had also voiced their opinion on them.  I thought I should do the same.

With cheap art supplies, it is a love/hate relationship for me.  I love the price, but sometimes the quality stinks.  So why do we use it?  Money is one reason.  When I was teaching, I used to show my students options of using less expensive supplies or doing it less expensively.  I would tell them;

We are not cheap.

We’re broke.

Almost everyone of us have bills to pay, rent, food, gas, and etc.  So sometimes, we can’t afford to buy Coptic markers or Prism pencil crayons. 

Second reason is experience.  The best way that I can describe this is by this example.  You had never driven a car in your entire life.  You never taken any lessons or even been behind the wheel.  And no, the video games that have driving are the worst example.  I know a 3 year old who plays those games and she gets a kick everytime when she crashes into the wall or run over someone.

There is no way on this entire planet I am going to hand you keys to Lamborghini or an Aston Martin to learn how to drive.  I will hand over keys to a less expensive car that may be considered a “clunker.”  Because you will hit the curb, you will hit the cement bars in parking lots and etc.  And don’t get me started on parallel parking.  In my parents’ home, there is a dent on the garage door railing from me in my first year of driving.  And our neighbour’s tree still has damage when I ran into it (that one, the brake pedal fell off).

It will be at least a year from the day you get your license before I even consider of handing you over the keys.  And you have to know of how to drive in extreme weather conditions like blizzards and tornados.

So that basically why you would use cheap art supplies, to practise your skill and get the experience.  I have been drawing and painting for over 30 years and I still use cheap art supplies.  Yes, money has been tight.  But I used them for my art journaling, sketching out ideas for cards and such.  Or practising shading and coloring.

However back to the example, some of the “clunkers”cars are actually good cars.  The rich and famous people may see my car is a clunker, and yes it does have a dent when I hit the sign last year.  I should stop talking about my driving.  Anyway, but my car is good, it is great on gas, looks nice (minus the dent), and it gets to me A, B, and C.   Would I love to drive a Lamborghini, heck yes.  But I do not have a couple of million dollars in my bank account.  Nevertheless, I am willingly to bet you driving that car will feel and act the same as my car.  Granted I never driven one, so I am just guessing.

In yarn world, there are good and inexpensive yarn like  Vanna’s Choice, Bernat Supersaver, and Michaels Impeccable yarn.  I have personally used all of those yarns and been very satisfied with them.  There are yarns that are cheaper than the ones that I name, but they are so scratchy, and uncomfortable to knit and crochet with.  In fact, I would love to use a flame torch on them and be rid of them once and for all.

In the art world, we have Artist’s Loft, Recollection, and even Crayola.  Again, I used all of them and I have almost nothing against them.  All good and less expensive brands.

But this is where the hate comes in for me.  As long you follow the care instruction of the yarn, things should be ok.  But with the art supplies, that is a different story.  I cannot speak for Artist’s Loft or Recollections, but I have been told this about Crayola.

Crayola is not light safe. What that means in time, the colors will fade, even under glass.  I am not sure if fixative will work.

So if I was doing a painting for my boyfriend, or for a family member as a gift.  (By the way, that would make one great present)  I would go with the expensive art supplies, the one that I know is light safe.   I want 20 or 30 years down the road, someone points out my painting to someone, they can say, “Your grandma Lesley did when she was your age.”  I want that painting to look the same as the day they received it.

I hope this helps you.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


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Outside the Box

A couple of weeks, I was hanging out with my friend W, where I told him about the “Cheap Art Challenge” and what I was planning.  Even though, he did like the sketch of the horses I showed him, he told me the idea of a challenge  is to think outside of the box.  Which is true, however to me, it means portraits.

Portraits are not outside of the box for me, they are more like I am standing in the middle in the dark, scary forest being chased down by monsters and my flashlight is going out.

Apparently, his words were stuck in my mind because the next day, I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up some more aluminum tape.  They were out, so I ended up picking small magnets for album closures.  While I was walking around, I found this.

20160817_222748[1]8 inch circle canvas.  That is definitely outside of the box because I never used a circle canvas before.  So that with these markers, I also ended up picking up poster board.  I need a cover for an upcoming album.  But that for another post.

Now I am facing the “White Background” syndrome again.  Even though, I am planning to use the markers as sprays, but then what.

The circle reminds me of one of those portholes, (I think that is what you call them).  Anyway, it remind me of either on a ship or in a submarine, where you are peeking out to see life underwater.

Except Vicky Papaioannou from http://www.clips-n-cuts.com/2016/08/art-journal-layout-vitamin-sea/  .  I don’t know of why I can’t insert that link.  She is a very good artist when it comes to art journaling and cards.  She is one of my favourite channels on You Tube.  Anyway, she recently did a journal piece of a the porthole.

You see of where I am getting at.  Even though, they say imitation is the best form of flattery.  But kids also say,

Lesley is a copycat.

Lesley is a copycat.

Good grief.

The other day, while working on my order and feeling like a cooked turkey.  The temperature was 29C and my AC was broken.  I could feel my brain frying.  Which could explain my next idea.  I thought of finger-painting for the canvas.  Then giving melted crayons another chance.  Explain the brain frying.

Finger-paint is out side of the box and free, but again, what do I paint?  I kept thinking pumpkins. Why am I obsessed with them all of the sudden is a good question.  I don’t have the answer to that.  Finger-paint, I can do flowers, but I can’t do small detail work.

I am going to let it sit for now.  I want to work on the horse one for a bit.  And do a couple of tests on the poster board.  Here are some cards that I recently complete for an order that was due today.