Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rainbow Prayer Bear-Meet Gabby

My daughter attends a Baptist Preschool. We aren't Baptist-nor do we align ourselves with many of their beliefs however it is a dear sweet school and I feel good about my daughter attending. That was until Saturday-no make it Friday. Friday when my daughter got in the car with an extra school bag. I thought there had been some mistake- perhaps she had grabbed another child's bag. But it wouldn't take me long to understand. My daughter immediately began to explain-with great joy and excitement-that she was the lucky student entrusted with the weekend care of the class mascot "Rainbow Prayer Bear". SHIT! We just aren't the sort of family to be entrusted with anything-let alone a beloved class mascot.

I warned-I scolded-I reminded "keep Rainbow Prayer Bear out of the dogs reach" I said...but really...none of us truly grasped the actual "reach" of our new dog-she can reach anything.

The missing eye and nose are hard to overlook-as well as the long gash along the face. It took Gabby approximately .023 seconds to do this damage.

Well all I can say is thank goodness for EBay. Another bear is on the way-hopefully in time for the next little trustee to take the new and improved Rainbow Prayer Bear home for a weekend visit.

Naked No More

Annabelle now has a lovely dress. I can hardly wait to start on my next doll.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Doll Porn

At least that's what I was thinking as I took these pictures. Perhaps what I should say is: This is my first ever Waldorf doll. I just finished making her and I think she is lovely. I do need to make her a frock-but I'll work on that tomorrow. I am so pleased with her that I couldn't wait to post her photo. My son wants me to make a Shrek doll for him-or perhaps an alien....yeah....I'll work on that next.

This is how she looked last night
She is stuffed with wool and is made with all natural materials. Very crunchy-don't you think.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Big Foot-Little Footprint

Let me preface this by saying I AM NOT bragging. But I am really pleased with myself. Our family has been working very hard to recycle everything we possibly can. We have always felt recycling was a no brainier but we only made an effort to recycle what the trash company collected each week (which wasn't much). A "green" friend of my husband once bragged that she only threw out a small sized bag of trash each week, recycling everything else. I remember thinking "yeah whatever" but it planted a seed in my head.

Currently we recycle a lot-our real goal is to use less but in the meantime we try to recycle every bit of glass, plastic, metal, and paper, batteries, light bulbs, etc in our home. I have had bad composting experiences and I killed all the worms in my worm farm-but I will try again...which leads me to my original point.

Last week we didn't have any trash. OK I am not being perfectly honest-I did throw out a bag of neighborhood trash-things tossed out by some joy riding teens-but I didn't put out any trash from our home. Yea us! And again in honesty I'll admit the kitchen trash can was about 1/3 full and the various other cans around the house had a wee bit of trash-but nothing worth carrying to the curb. I think this was our first ever no-trash week. I hope there are many more to come.

While searching for an image to accompany my post I found the following designer trash bags...I'll leave the commentary to you.

Call Me Paris Hilton

I am concerned about the economy so I have been really watching my spending. I am trying to only buy the necessities, you know, gasoline, groceries, electricity, and puffy pink dog jackets.

Yes, I know they are quite ridiculous. But...Gabby has short hair and I really thought she needed a little something to keep her warm when we walk on cold days. Molly has fur like a Husky-so I really doubt she needs a coat. But could I resist? No, wait, don't answer that.

From dog shelter to high fashion

"Gimme a break"

Gabby: "What is this thing"? Molly: "How the heck should I know"