Friday, July 25, 2014

Curiouser and curiouser.....

It's been busy around here! Etsy, life, and coming up with new and awesome things to add to the TinyDynamine catalogue. Add the fact that Bug is home for Summer Break, and things have been quietly hectic.

I am going to start offering Cake Carriers & various other home goods. I am starting with the Curious Cake Carrier! Here are pictures of the work in progress:

And with the decals applied to the carrier:

Now I just need to add the ribbons, and it's ready for a Tea Party! Or a potluck, whichever comes first. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

You, Me, and Dancing.

We made it to the end of 4th grade! Such a huge relief!! Bug made A/B Honour Roll two semesters in a row, and got the highest average in Social Studies. Woot. He got suspended several times, his behaviour has gone from bad to good, to terrible to excellent, and WE MADE IT THROUGH. I can now exhale.

Until next Fall, when we get back on the rollercoaster.

We made teacher gifts last night, to show our extreme appreciation of what these folks have done for Bug. They seemed to really like them, when we gave them this morning.

I've been crazy busy, making and selling loads of things.

I even made one for my car!

While I am definitely not looking forward to the hot and humid of the coming Summer, I am looking forward to doing awesome stuff with the Bug. Teaching him to swim properly, $1 movie club, book reports--it's going to be good.

Monday, December 9, 2013


There's been so much going on! I'm a terrible blogger, at the best of times, true....but add a ton of projects, customs, crazy personal travails, and the first show I've been to since Nick Cave in 2008.

September-early November was awful. The Bug, now 9, has been having the worst issues of his entire academic life. Acting out, having a hard time adapting to 4th grade--math has jumped to the big leagues of long division, and just being miserable for the most part. His behaviour progressed to the point where he was sent to an "alternative to suspension" school environment for a few days. While there, he was fine the first day, but was out of hand the second. Out of hand for this school is generally violent or drug-related--it's a tough damn school. The Bug? He simply would not sit down, in his chair. That's it. No hands put on teachers, no threats, just....wouldn't sit down. The school has a zero tolerance policy, and they have to call upon resource officers. Resource officers are simply Bowling Green PD, but they come for whatever the school calls 'em in for. Well, the teacher calls them, stating that Bug has a pencil, and won't put it down. The dispatcher heard "pistol". The police arrived, guns drawn. Possibly one of the more terrifying moments of my life as a parent. Up to that point anyway....He would not cooperate, talk to, or look at the officers, and they cuffed him. My baby, my 9 year handcuffs. Second terrifying moment of the day. After several minutes of him spinning in circles, and scooting around on the floor--still handcuffed, mind you--the police tell me that they are going to take him to a crisis unit for children. Third terrifying moment.

My boy, who has never been away for a night without one of us, spent 7 days at this crisis unit. During this time, we received details on the mountain of paperwork I'd been filling out for the school district psychologist. Summary--he is? He has? He is on the Autism Spectrum. Or has an Autism Spectrum Disorder--leaning towards Asperger's. All of this could have been avoided had the alternative school known, maybe? I still don't know. Now we have a court date looming, and I am very scared of what can happen.

He is now attending a new school, wherein he has been mostly mainstreamed, but does check into a special class twice a day, to see how behaviour is going. He has a time during the day wherein he has to learn "social skills". He has an IEP.

All of these things are so new to me, and I'm overwhelmed. I am just trying to focus on the kiddo, and not the DX. I am reading all I can on the subject, and I am trying to not let Bug see how much I am freaking out. I'm trying not to treat him like anything has changed. I am trying to be a better parent for him.

November 22nd was good. We went to Nashville, and saw Johnny Marr play. For the first show I've been to in years? It was a GREAT one. He played several Smiths songs, and most of the new album. Fabulous. I even drove all the way there, and back--in the dark! Personal victory!!

I've been so busy....reading about ASD/Asperger's, making things, doing a LOT of custom work, and getting the house in shape. I am trying very hard to be positive about life, in general. It's uphill, both ways, in the snow.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

...and there's a perfect kiss somewhere out in the dark.

1987 was an absolutely fantastic year for music. I really have such a hard time making short playlists, as far as the guidelines of year/45 mins/etc when it comes to '87. Silly...SO GOOD, though.

It's been a hot, weird, antsier than usual sort of summer. I want, simultaneously, all of the changes, and none of them.

And the world don't stop, indeed.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Plastic Passion.

I've been collecting Blythe dolls for....oh, 8 years now? I was just going to get one back in 2005 . Just ONE! Did you know that is an impossible feat? Well, it is. Here I am, 14 girls later....oops.

My first girl was Stella, and I've fashioned her over the years into my mini-me. Well, my idealised mini-me, more accurately. I got Stella via eBay on New Year's Day, 2005. She was a Lounging Lovely, which This is Blythe assured me was a good starter girl. And, right they were. I still love her to pieces, even if I haven't changed her outfit in 2 years.

stella, my mini-me.

With this lovely girl came all sorts of things...I started re-teaching myself to sew, I did swaps with other dolly folks on Craftster, started taking my camera with me everywhere again; I just really had a lot of fun with her, and the girls that followed...

stella in LPB

Stella Frankenstein. ♥

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

I couldn't save you.

Per the calendar, Spring is here. Per my thermostat, not so much.

Still....there are buds peeking out hither and thither, and that gives me a tiny happy spark.

Yesterday marked Day One of being laid off. I wanted to crawl into bed and moan, and did not. Instead, it was dentist and errands and running to keep busy. Today has been laundry, the child cleaning his room, and cleaning the kitchen. I am hoping this is temporary, as I need to work. My brain can't handle a non-routine.

There's been a lot of listening to things with banjos & neo-americana. There's been a lot of organisation. There's been a lot of staring out the window. There's been a lot of planning this year's garden--herbs! flowers! more veggies for the mister! There's been a lot of throwing away the unnecessary, and holding close the needed.