Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Feature - zfjADE

Meet zfjADE! She has an amazingly creative and fun shop on Etsy that sells funky clothing, accessories, and plush animals.

Her work is incredibly detailed and high quality. The finishing in her "furnoggins" is amazing, including a hidden pocket inside for ID, etc. (check out youtube link below) Super cool!


"i'm zfjADE & i make things. when i am not making things, i think about how things are made. i like to take them apart in my mind & reconstruct them. i think about the proportions & angles, the relationships between bits of matter in space. the planes & pieces that make up a whole. i look for better methods, better techniques. i love craftsmanship. everything i create has been made in my mind many times before it physically exists.

there is something about focusing on design & execution that makes me feel better. usually some part of my brain is creating discord between me & the rest of the world. but in my world, in my zone, there is perfect harmony. as an adult on the autism spectrum- i need to make things in order to function. i have been sewing for a very long time & i love the combination of calming repetition, total control & endless creativity it affords me."


She has also started a youtube channel and posts videos of her creations, the stories behind them and how they are made.

Love it! Thanks for adding some fun to this Friday zfjADE! Cheers!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Did you ever wish you were boy?

Do any of you remember this multi-page ad Nike ran in 1992. I do. I had it ripped out, and displayed on my bedroom wall. Still love it!

Did you ever wish you were a boy?
Did you? Did you for one moment or one breath or one heartbeat beating over all the years of life, wish, even a little, that you could spend it as a boy? Honest. Really. Even if you got over it.
Did you ever wish that you could be a boy just so you could do boy things and not hear them called boy things, did you want to climb trees and skin knees and be third base and not hear the boys say, Sure, play, but that means you have to be third base.
Oh ha ha ha.
But did you ever wish you were a boy just because there were boys, and there were girls and they were them, and we were, well, we weren’t them, and we knew there must be a difference because everybody kept telling us there was. But what was it?
You never knew. Like you knew that you were a girl (you run like a girl you throw like a girl you girl you) and that was great, that was swell, but you couldn’t help wondering what it would be like if you…had been…a boy.
And if you could have been a boy, what difference would it have made? Would it have made you faster, cuter, cleaner? And if you were a boy, this incredible bouncing boy, what boy would you have been? All the time knowing no two boys are alike any more than all girls are.
So you wake up. And you learn we all have differences (Yes!) You learn we all have similarities (Right!) You learn to stop lumping everybody in the world into two separate categories, or three, or four, or any at all (Finally!) And you learn to stop beating yourself over the head for things that weren’t wrong in the first place.
And one day when you’re out in the world running, feet flying dogs barking smiles grinning, you’ll hear those immortal words calling, calling inside your head Oh you run like a girl and you will say shout scream whisper call back Yes. What exactly did you think I was?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A little Me time!

I'm feeling like I'm needing a little break. A little 'Me" time. So during the boys'nap time today I did a little online window shopping for shoes.

One of my favorite sites to play around on, and instantly cheers me up is Shoes of Prey. Where you can custom design your dream shoes! So much fun. One day I will spoil myself and purchase one of my creations. It's on my "bucket list"!

I also love TOMs shoes, and their One for One concept. For every pair of shoes you purchase they give a pair to a child in need!

"Hint hint"...a pair of Toms Classics are on my Christmas List. I wear size 9.5. 

Oh I feel better already! Nothing like some shoe therapy!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Feature - Studio Regency

Today's featured Etsy shop is Studio Regency.

Shop owner Christine is a fellow stay-at-home Autism Mommy. She has two children on the Spectrum (a boy and a girl). Her shop features some beautiful Renaissance inspired jewelry. And each month she donates 10% of her sales, or $30 whichever is greater to the Autism Society of America.

Not only do I love her jewelry, but I also love her philosophy when it comes to Autism.
"Understanding, Accepting and Embracing Autism"

You can also find her on facebook at: Studio-Regency or on Twitter: studioregency

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thanksgiving Fun

This Thanksgiving long weekend we traveled out to Bon Accord, Alberta to Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm.

We had a great time conquering the gigantic corn maze, petting some farm animals, and tasting some yummy goodies! I highly recommend making the trip (about 30 minutes north of Edmonton) to take in all the outdoor fun with your family.

Here are some pics from our adventure:

Thursday, October 6, 2011


I love this video for so many reasons. This is a recently updated version.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; 
you can only connect them looking backwards. 
So you have to trust that the dots will 
somehow connect in your future. 
You have to trust in something — 
your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. 
This approach has never let me down, 
and it has made all the difference in my life.” 
- Steve Jobs -

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Frosty Isn't the Only One With a Magic Hat!

Had to share this story from a fellow Autism Mommy on Etsy. It is actually a post from late last fall, but I had to share it. It made my day!
Here's a link to her shop in case you are interested. 
Let's consider it my Friday Feature since I didn't post one last week! ...oopsy! 

Frosty isn't the Only One with A Magic Hat! 
By Gayle Timm 
(A True Story) 

For those of you who didn't know Max has been in Tappin' Dumplings for the past several months...

Yes, you read that correct... Tappin' Dumplings!

Tuesdays have become fondly referred to now as "Tappin Tuesdays"

Okay So, Yesterday Max as usual I pick him up from school, drive home in a hurry, change into his tap uniform (camouflage sport shorts and matching tank) and off to tap....

Tap runs about an hour and most Mommies leave, run errands or have their special time, but I have not felt comfortable leaving. This is Max's first unattended typical activity and so far so good, but it's always a roll of the dice.

Door swings open, Miss Marsha appears... Max takes off - no care to say goodbye, he loves tap!

I have become use to "NSAS" (No Separation Anxiety Syndrome - I don't know if this is a real term, but I use it...often) which I'm telling you can be hard on the Mommy who's kid appears to not care if she is there or not.

So next time your kiddo has a crying fit because you are leaving them; Give them a big hug and think of me... and feel glad!

Miss Marsha asks "Did he use the bathroom?"

"Yes Miss Marsha" I reply like a good Mommy.

I get a slight nod of approval and she 1/2 turns in a swift and gracious movement as door is shut - slam.

20 Min's into tap... door swings open.

Max with Miss Marsha AND the first I've seen of his recital costume a black plastic top hat.

"He has to use the bathroom" Miss Marsha tells me with one hand on Max and one eyebrow raised at me...


Off to the bathroom... Black Top Hat rolling forward, backward and sideways on Mr Max's head...

I'm waiting to see it fall into the toilet and I'm thinking maybe I should limit the Gatorade before tap AND why didn't he take off this Black Top Hat before coming to use the bathroom...dunno... Max pee's.

Back to tap...

Tap, tap, tap on the door he goes back in... I go back to my seat.

5:30 Tap is over.
Miss Marsha comes out I am the first one she comes to.

Uh Oh...

Miss Marsha begins "We had a melt down the last 5 Min's of class..."

I nod, wide eyed and hanging onto her every word.

Miss Marsha continues "He got very upset and was on the ground and refused to participate"

I nod, frowning...

Miss Marsha continues "I left him alone to work it out and he threw his hat..." this point I am visualizing the Black Top Hat crushed beyond repair and wondering how late party america is open and it's close to new years right now it is it shouldn't be that hard to replace a top hat, right?

Then refocusing and about to apologize profusely, but before I had a chance...

Miss Marsha continues in the most Matter of Fact, Understanding, Just how it is, statement I think I have ever heard...

"I believe Max was mad at his hat." 

Miss Marsha said staring me square in the eyes and as serious as a heart attack. No jokes, no fluff, no excuses... just that one statement.

That one beautiful statement!

She got my kid - awe now I gotta get a tissue!

What just happened... what, what !?!?

I'm thrown for a loop, no judgment, no stress, no excuses, no explanation required from me...

Miss Marsha finishes by "telling me" to pin his hair back.

She believes between his hair and the plastic hat they are causing "Static Friction" and Max didn't like it.

I Believe Miss Marsha is Right!

The End. Literally.
No crappy feeling then or when I went home, no need to cry later in the car... it was done and no biggy AND Miss Marsha handled it.

Miss Marsha turns with the grace of an angel and is off to give the next dumplin' report.

Not everyone "gets my kid" and when someone does WOW you wanna take 'em home and never let them go... I wanna love you and hold you and call you my own!

I LOVE MISS MARSHA! ... And Max loves tap!

On our way out Max and Mommy signed up for Tappin' Dumplins till March 2011!

I LOVE the Lion King!

Oh, I so wish I could have taken Gavin to this! What a wonderful idea!

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