Monday, June 22, 2015

Dog Days of Summer

Meet our new family memeber

We have been playing around with getting a dog for the boy for a long time.  I just couldn't commit.  With my allergies and never owning a dog, I knew it would be a lot to fall on me.
But when we met Tucker it all changed.
He is the sweetest boy ever.
He doesn't bark, he doesn't nip or drool.  He is super calm and super smart.

We are training him to become a companion dog for the boy.

The boy still has some issues with showing affection and recognizing an animal is even in the room.  I am hoping it will all start to sink in that he needs to feed him, love him and play with him and become BFFs

Never say never.  I can't wait for him to be a companion so we can take him with us every where we go.

So this is keeping us super busy this summer and we are still finding time to swim everyday and the visit new things.

  Like the Las Vegas Comic Con.
The boy was in absolute heaven meeting his heroes and super villains to attack.  

The goal of summer fun is happening, except for that stinkin' cold thing that hit us last week.  That I could have done without.  I am still trying to recover some energy...

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer of Fun

It is HOT here already 111* coming this week.

To live and get through summer we are focusing on doing new things and finding fun.

The boy attended his first "CAMP" last week.  Art Camp.  It was a full week of learning about artists and doing their own versions of the famous works.
It was a learning experience for me and my boy.  While all the other moms got the freedom of kissing and dropping their kids off for 3 hrs, I was the only mom that had to stay and hover. When you have a child with special needs, no matter how much you want them to be part of the crowd, it becomes so apparent when you are in a camp full of typicals that your child is definitely not typical.  Let me tell ya, those feelings of jealousy for the other families come roaring in and it takes ya down a rabbit hole.  We had our ups and downs and it was a long week.  But overall I am so glad we did it and that he really did learn some things, Like he can't stop talking about Andy Warhol.  A big thank you to Mary Beth and Dave for having us to Art Camp.  

With this learning experience for the both of us, we are trying hard to get him into more and more activities to learn to be around others and how to socialize with others properly.  And hopefully get him back to where he was a year ago before the public school system let us down.  My boy used to be the first one in a room to say hello and make a friend.  Now, it is hard to even get him in the room.  Bullying and being treated differently by his old classmates and staff really took a toll.

So I am always happy to find a new place for him to explore and find a bit of happiness.  Yesterday we stumbled on to CAMP MACYS.  We had to run to the mall to fix my hubbys watch and it was at just the time that Macys was hosting a "CAMP" for kids.  Storytime around the campfire, arts and crafts, dance party, photo booth and prizes! all for free.  He had a great time.  And I loved the slogan  ALL ARE WELCOME.  It really made him feel he could be himself and fit in.

With the slogan of our summer "SUMMER OF FUN"  we will be traveling to Cali this July to take an art class with one of our all time fav Artists Paul Frank.  I cannot wait to participate in this fun day of arts with my boy.  It is a dream come true. 

My goal is to make summer go by fast and be one of the most memorable for him.

Oh we are also into the Summer Reading program at our library.   It is very disappointing this year.  Sad to see they are really cutting corners and not doing any great activities or story related days.  We always look forward to the summer reading program.  I guess we will just make it fun for ourselves and set our own goals and activities.

As for me I am still crocheting the evenings away.

I am done making cacti for now and have moved on to making floral garlands.  I have a huge stash of yarn from a previous project last year.  It is yarn I don't usually work with and would not have a use for it in a typical project of mine.  But it works great for brightly colored layered floral garlands.  I should have this stash thinned in just a few days if I keep this up.  I am thinking of bundling them and selling them in my etsy shop...totally fun bohemian summer decor.

Well, this is the kick off to our summer and we have a big surprise coming later today.  I have to get off this computer and get ready.

More to come, summer of fun!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Gypsy Backpack

We are all dreamers, some of us have bigger dreams than others.  The dreams stay with us all day, everyday.

I dreamed of this design the other night and couldn't get it out of my head til I made it.  I forced myself into the studio and didn't come out until it was finished.

Dream catcher backpack.

Made with all super soft vintage cotton fabrics. Lush velvet pink ribbon straps and streams of gorgeous fabrics flowing as you walk.

A one of a kind design that would make any boho gypsy girl swoon.

This one will be in my Etsy shop this week.

Next up is the follow your dreams bag.  Its still in the process of being made but I love how it is taking shape.  Another great boho bag.  I have used parts of a 1940s kimono with amazing pink feathered arrows on it for the main focus.  I should have this one finished today. 

I think your bag should be a reflection of the person carrying it.  What does your bag say about you?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Gypsy Pouch and A giveaway

I am so excited about my Gypsy Pouch being included in Sew Somerset Magazine's June Issue.

I have had so many dreams come true since dedicating my art to making these bags.  I am in boutiques, had high fashion shoot editorials and now in a respected craft magazine.  There really has been some pinch me I must be dreaming moments in the past year.   For that I am grateful.  Hard work really does come back 10 fold.

To celebrate all my success with these one of kind, vintage fabrics and reclaimed fabrics bags.  I am launching the Rock n Roll line today in my shop.  

I am also giving one Custom made gyspy pouch backpack away for those that help spread the word.  

I feel it is so important to reuse and give new life to things that have we already have or have been given in life.  Less waste, make some thing new out of something that was once loved and discarded. 

I call my bags Gypsy Pouches because of the materials I use have traveled for years around the country and have lived for decades with others gathering age and stories that we may not know but love them and give them a new story to tell and purpose.  

They are like carrying an old pieced quilt in your hands.  Soft, durable and made with love.

Help me spread the word and win your OWN gypsy pouch backpack.

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Thanks to all of you that have supported my dream