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You Tube and COPPA

So I have less than 3 days before Bentley Christmas Sale on Saturday.  So instead of working on last minute cards or knitting a scarf, I have been fretting over You Tube.  A few months ago, FTC had fine You Tube for violating the COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act).  Whereas now You Tube had tighten its reins.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are some videos that I do not think that my nieces and nephews should watch.  To be completely honestly, they should never see them in their entire life.  And yes, I am an overprotective aunt and I will not apologize for it.

However because of the new rules that You Tube has set, it has turned the arts and craft channel into one giant grey area.  And they are saying that we used bright colors or happy music, considered child content.  Nothing is wrong child content except for two major things.

#1.  I don’t get paid.  I am not in it for money.  I have to have at least 1,000 subscribers and I am long away off.  However some of the channels do make money, and it is part of their livelihood.

#2.  You cannot comment in the videos.  So if someone has a question, they can’t ask me in the comment section.

So what did I do in the beginning.  Honestly, nothing computer wise.  Meaning, I whined to everyone who would listen to me in real life.  Ok, that was mature, I realized.  But I didn’t want to delete my channel.  I have heard some people had already deleted their channel.  I had thought of deleting mine, but then the question of what am I going to do now scared me.

And if I was in violation, I would be fined.  $50,000.

$50,000

Can we say oh crap.

Fortunately it has cleared up a bit where I had changed all of my videos to adults.  I honestly, I didn’t like it because my videos are not considered adult.  I don’t swear and the only bad things that happened in my videos is that I misspelled a work and the tripod falling over.  But it is better safe than sorry.

The other thing is that I am not allow to use copyright or fan art.  Like for example, I can’t paint a painting of Mickey Mouse or Channing Tatum.  I mean, I can, but it is a not allow on you tube.  I had two fan based videos planned out.

So right now, my plans are to get through Bentley sale, have that MRI on my knee and enjoy Christmas.  I am still going to make videos.  I have an idea on a penguin wreath, but right now,  Bentley sale is my first priority.

I hope every one is ok.


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November Christmas Sale 2019

You know when you had all things planned out and then it all goes topsy turvy?  Well . . . that kind of what happened to the sale.

Well, I mean nothing bad happened.  Both of my legs decided not to work and I was still unsteady on my feet where not only I was afraid of falling, I was afraid of breaking something.  And chances of breaking something expensive is extremely good.

However I didn’t sell much.  In fact, no one at the sale did good as well.  It wasn’t the weather.  Yes, it was raining, but compare to a blizzard that we had a few years back.  The other problem was that we don’t have interact.   We had to turn away 2 customers cause of it.  Nowadays, we can do it on the phone which I need to looked into.

Ghee, you can do everything on your smartphone.  I will be surprised 20 years from now, I will be telling kids, “In my day, we didn’t have our phones to turn on our washing machine or tell us when it was done.  We had to get off the couch to do it ourselves. If you want to unlock the car, you just press the button on your car keys.  I feel old now.

My next sale is next month and in all honestly, I don’t know of how we are going to handle it.  Mom’s hip is still bad and my legs are still not working.  Oh heck, it is Monday’s night and I am still sore.  Just this morning, having a shower was hard.

Which means both of mom and I kind of came up with a decision.  After the December sale, we are going on hiatus with craft sales.  We will still be selling stuff at Koda’s Kountry, and I still have YouTube, but until mom’s hip is fixed and the doctors know of what is going on with my legs and figure out treatment.  We can’t do the craft sales in our currant state.

Honestly, I do agreed with the decision, how the heck, can I help the customers or even walk around the table when we are in so much pain.   But yet, it still stinks.  I am trying to be positive in this.  Besides use this time, to work on You Tube, come up with new products ideas, figure out the online store (it’s the shipping part that is confusing me) and maybe do a book challenge.

That is all for now.

 

 


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So what has been happening.

Today, I was supposed to be at Bentley for the Annual Christmas sale.  But obviously, I am not.

Last Friday, I woke up in the middle of the night, very groggy.  I was stumbling like crazy.  My first thought that since I had a very headache and I took a painkiller, I was feeling the side effects of it.  I assumed once I slept it off, I would feel back to normal.  I didn’t.  In fact, my left side was completely numbed, where I needed help in getting dressed.  I couldn’t even put new batteries in my hearing aids without help.  I had dinner with my family where I had trouble holding a fork.

Afterward, my mom took me to the ER where I had a MRI.  Within a hour, I was in an ambulance heading to Calgary because I had a brain bleed.  They were talking about brain surgery.

Apparently, 2 months ago, when I fell out of bed, cracking my skull.  It caused bleeding.  The idea of brain surgery scared the craped out of me.  I made it crystal clear with my mom that if I ended up brain dead, pull the plug.  I don’t want to be a financial burden.

Fortunately, they put me on steroids which they helped me greatly.  My left side is getting stronger, but I am getting more winded.  Even typing this blog out, I am getting tired. My balance is still off a bit.  The bad part of the drugs or the bleeding is that I am seeing things.  Like giant red ants crawling on the wall or furniture moving.  So driving is obviously out.

Then it gets betters.  I posted on facebook of what has been happening.  At that time, I had a very hard typing.  You needed a decoder ring to read the post.  So I asked a friend of mine to explain, except it ended up in completely disaster.  They all thought that my friend had a stroke and was in the hospital.  Good grief.

So since I surivived a brain injury, what is next.  Simple, I treated myself to alittle online shopping where I know I spent way too much money.  Oh well.

I am still bummed that I missed the sale.  I am hoping to make it to Dec sale. But honestly, when I worked on a hat, I can only knit two rows before getting worn out.  But the money from the sales is my Christmas money.  Damnit.  Fortunately, Shirley and Angela who in charged of the sale told me that everything was fine.  Just get better and it will take time.

They were right.  This is going to be a great test to my patiences.  Yippee.

So the plan ahead is in a few months, I need to get a MRI scan.  If the bleeding is still there, I will have to have to have surgery which means I will be in the hospital in 3 months  Oh goody.  And my hair dresser will have a fit over this.

I also have to go into rehab, but currently waiting, for them to call.  Forunately, it is in my town.

Hope everyone is well.


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Bentley Spring Sale

Last weekend, was the Bentley Spring Sale.  I have to admit it felt strange of going there in complete daylight.  Usually it is before the sun hasn’t even rise.  Don’t worry, we weren’t late, it the time difference.

I did a quick video of the sale.  Bentley Spring Sale

Now for the starters, I didn’t film while drove to the Bentley Community Hall, that was my mom.  I am not that foolish.

The only bad part of the video was that I couldn’t filmed myself while doing the sale.  Short arms and all.  And my mother who helped me, she does not know of how to use her smart phone.  Hopefully in November, I can figure it out or teach mom of how to use the camera.

But the sale was ok.  The people who were in charged of it even brought pizza for us which was added bonus.

So if you are asking me if I would do the sale again, to be honest, I am not sure.  The cards sold well.  But I didn’t have any “spring” knitted/ crochet items.

So what is “Spring” knitting and crocheting?

  • Headbands
  • Crochet Flowers
  • Shopping bags, with yarn and plastic bags
  • Slippers
  • Dishcloths
  • Placemats
  • Bathmats — maybe bathmats with facecloths as a set
  • Toys

Well that is a start.

Meanwhile this week was suppose to be my holiday.  As much as I like the idea of sitting on the beach with those drinks with the umbrellas in it appeals to me, but it didn’t happen, due to the snow on the ground.  Everything that I was able to put off like taxes until after the sale, I had to do.  But I did do my own knitting, actually worked on my own blanket which was nice.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.

 


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Feeling Zen Lately

It is weird for the first sale, I am stressing out to the point where I don’t sleep and I ended up having anixety.  But the second sale, I felt totally.  Now granted, the zen could from the muscle relaxers and cold medication.

You know of what happened in the first sale, didn’t make much of a sale and hurted my back and hips.  Which is why I took the muscle relaxers.  Then I caught a cold which came with the cold medication.  So yes, the zen feeling probably being stoned.

Last week was my last sale of 2017 and it went really well.  That is my mother in the picture enjoying her bagel and coffee.

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I sold out all of the mini stockings, some hats, and scarves.  Then we gave most of our stuff to Koda’s Kountry for them to sell.  They are toying with the idea of doing an Easter sale which I am told them that I am all for it.

And this time, I was smart by taking advil during the sale so my back wasn’t killing me.  Although I was sure stiff as a bone when I left.  Our friend J stopped by at the end and she helped us packed us.  We were also smart of waiting until everyone was gone so we were able to move our car closer instead of walking a distance back and forth.  I know exercise is good for you, but not in the snow and ice.

So what are my plans now, you ask.  So beside enjoy Christmas with my family.  I am going to start looking for ideas for Easter and clean out my studio.  I have another idea in the works, but I rather not say anything yet.  I am still looking into it and trying to figure it out.

I hope everyone is ok and stay warm if you are cold.


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The Sale, A Week Later

So last weekend was the big sale.  It didn’t go well due to weather.  Believe it or not, I didn’t even sell a single card.  I did sell some slippers and hats.  Even the fudge lady that comes every sale to sell that delicious fudge wasn’t even there.  Bummer

My phone decide not to charged so I had to borrow my mom’s to take some of these photos.  She took the first one, the rest are from me.  She is the woman in the photos with the coffee.  She loves her Timmies.

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Unfortunately, with the sale, I hurt my back and hips.  I mean it was so painful just to get into the car.  And since today was Sunday, a week after the sale, it is the first day that I can actually move around without too much.  My back is still tender.

So I guess the good news is that I don’t have to do much, except now that I have no excuses not to clean up my little art space and bedroom.  Damn.

I do have an order from Lady L, which I like to get started as soon as possible.

Other then that, things have been quiet.  I have been resting and trying to heal.

I hope everyone is well and enjoying their weekend.


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Mad Dash to the Finish Line

It is that time of year again where I make a mad dash to the finish line.  The finish line is the Bentley Christmas sale on November 4th.

Except this time, I have several hurdles in front of me.  The first and big one is back pain.  It is still hurting and now, it seems the pain has increased because I have been rushing in getting things done.

Second one is that my boyfriend and I may be breaking up.  I know there is never a good time to deal with breakups, but this is an extreme example.  All I want to do is curl up in bed and cry, but I can’t even do that because of the sale.  I am trying to look at this sale as a distraction for now and deal with the pain later.   But it really suck.

But nevertheless, life goes on.  I want to come up with baby cards with dragons, but so far, nothing is working.  And I am wondering of how to make a “girlie” truck card.  There are some girls that I know that are “country girls” or not into pink and fufu stuff.  I also want to finish another scarf before the sale, but sitting down and working on it, is hard on my back.

T told me that after the sales, I should come up and see her.  Take a holiday.  I think, she may have the right idea.


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Don’t Let the Boxes Fool You.

So in amidst of cleaning, I finally sorted out my scrap paper box and got it organized.  I think that is the second hardest thing to organized in my little art space.  Stamps are still number one.  However you will be happy to hear that I finished going through the wooden stamps and gave the ones that I don’t used anymore to my friend J.  She really loves me now.  But I digress again.

So last Monday, I picked up the scrap paper box as I have done before several times.  Except this time, something happened.  I pulled a muscle in my back.  Ouch is right.  So after my shower, I took a couple of muscle relaxers and the worst case with them, I ended up talking to furniture.

Well not this time, I ended up being sick as a dog for the next three days.  Although I am kind of thinking that it might have been stress that made me sick.  I have been dealing with stress of my boyfriend’s daughter health problems, orders and now with Halloween coming up.  And the biggest stress is the upcoming sales in Bentley.  As usual, I have that little voice in my head telling me that I don’t have enough.  I know, I know, “Lesley, stop listening to the voices in your head.”

Finally Friday, I dragged myself out of bed and went out to pick up some rubber cement for mail art.  My back is still sore, but very SLOWLY getting better.  It is testing my patience again.  And I can’t work on my cards or albums until my back is better because I am constantly bending down and picking up stuff.  I can however knit and crochet so I am working on a scarf right now.  But I want to paint and do some mail art.  I know, I know, I am never happy.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.


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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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Trying to Catch Up

I know it has been awhile . . . again since I last post.  I have been still dealing with back problems and cleaning.  This is my next big cleaning up project.

The clean stamps.  I foresee a few slurpees and chocolates just to get through it.  It is a complete mess.

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Although a funny note is while I was sorting out my buttons, this truck button was stuck in this jar.  I eventually got it out with a help from a friend.  But still that question still remains, how the heck did it get in there if I can’t get it out.  Good grief.

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However I have participated in a few art exchanges.  One was favourite quote on an ATC and we had to used a playing card.  This was mine and the second one was the one I received from the exchanged.  I went alittle overboard because I completely covered the playing card.

20170106_1442471    The quote is from Maya Angelou, “You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”

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20170216_170052120170216_1701311  These two are birthday cards for my nieces.  I cannot believe one of them turned 18, ghee, it didn’t seem so long ago when she was playing with Barbie.

I did do a delivery for Koda’s Kountry for Easter. And please excuse my big toe in the shot

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As for knitting, I just finished these two pieces.

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So that is basically it.  Now wonder my back hurts.