Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hobbyaholics Unite!







I'm addicted to hobbies.
Big hobbies, little hobbies, hobbies no one has ever heard of before. Cross stitch, puppetry, sewing, computer animation, gymnastics, ice skating, cake decorating, ballet, miniatures, Dungeon and Dragons, cross country skiing, horseback riding, fishing, jewelry making, beading, sculpture, pottery, scrapbooking, video games--if it's safe, not too expensive, and lots of fun--I've probably tried it at least once. (Except for the bungee jump my sister tried to convince me to try many years ago) I can't seem to help myself. Don't even get me started on the different things I've tried collecting over the years. I haven't got much room for storage anymore so I try to limit myself to hard to find items these days. For example--as a child, I loved mermaids but was extremely disappointed in their lack of imagination when it came to their attire. Fairies had all the best outfits made of flower petals, dew-laden spider webs and brightly colored leaves. Why shouldn't mermaids have something just as fantastic? I collected figurines of fairies for years but as for the mermaids, none of them looked the way I'd always imagined them. It became an obsession for me to find and collect mermaids with fantastic outfits--and let me tell you, it's near impossible--but a lot of fun trying.

The other thing I've been dying to collect is a fine art doll of a full grown man. (G.I. Joe and Ken dolls need not apply) I've searched for years to find one but have had no luck. I recently discovered the perfect doll--the only problem was, I didn't like the clothes he came in. Did I let that stop me? Of course not, I'm the queen of hobbyaholics--hear me roar. Or perhaps beg would be a better description, because that's what I did to one of my dear, uber-talented co-workers who could sew fantastic costumes in her sleep if she wanted. She created the most stunning outfit for my elf prince doll from scratch. I'm including photos of the final product for your perusal. (Donna--you rock! I could never have done it without you.) Now if I could just get around to finishing that glow-in-the-dark ghost marionette in time for Halloween this year . . .

I'll keep you posted. : )

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I Can't Stop Smiling : )

This video just made my day. I was touched by her ability to not listen to the heckling and use her talent to bring the crowd to their feet. You go girl! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.(Disclaimer: Clicking on the links below will take you to an outside website. I have no control over outside content.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY&feature=related

This was another video that made me smile. Notice the reactions of those who are watching. There is a little bit of childish wonder and delight in all of us, just waiting to break free. I wish I had been there that day. I would have run out and joined in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkBepgH00GM

Are you smiling yet?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Have You Broken a Law Recently Without Knowing It?

Click the link below to see some strange laws from around the world. I would have been fined more than once if these things applied to where I live.

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-25686954;_ylc=X3oDMTF2cGM0ZGt2BF9TAzI3MTYxNDkEX3MDMjcxOTQ4MQRzZWMDZnAtdG9kYXltb2QEc2xrA3N0cmFuZ2VzdGxhd3MtMy0yNC0wOQ--

Dang, I can't kiss anyone before getting on a train? I'm taking the bus from now on.

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