Wednesday, August 23, 2017

These are a few of my favorite things.... Etsy Finds

I haven't done this in a while! And NO, please no .... do NOT buy anything on this list for me (husband, you are included in this). I just wanted to showcase some things I love and of course would love to own, but paying the bills gives me a feeling unlike that of accumulating things.

However, if you have a birthday or other special day coming up (like, oh, Thursday), maybe these will inspire you to treat yourself!

This beautiful agate is sooo amazing. My problem -- it's a cabochon, and I haven't the capacity right now to either prong bezel it or seed bead bezel it. But it's gorgeous, isn't it?  Look at the bits of druzy!
 By SemiGemstone.

I love houses -- old houses with lots of potential. We very nearly bought a 120-year old Victorian when we moved to the Eastern Shore until we got a structural engineer in and as the saying goes -- "You don't old an old house -- it owns you." With me seven months pregnant, ripping up floors and sanding and all of that normally fun stuff we would have loved to do had to go to the way side. And I also believe that everything happens for a reason, because that teeny tiny town is 20 minutes from where we live now, and life would have been a LOT different, especially where Zack and school is concerned.

So I can love this polymer clay piece by Ms Place.

It's fish cakes night! Yay!

I just love FishCakesOhBoy!! In fact, I bought a lot of magnets for teachers over the years and received a print as a gift (oh boy!). Zack has two magnets on the fridge -- "I love bowties" and "RAWWWR!" -- which if you know Zack -- well, they're perfect.

I absolutely LOVE this print. MUST put on the Christmas list. After all, who doesn't want to know The Meaning of Life?

Oh my! People think I'm crazy for buying Other People's Jewelry (but I do, or did, a LOT). I wish my things were innovative enough that other jewelry designers bought them (the ultimate compliment!). Anyway, this is an amazing necklace -- anything this style I'm in love with. This is made by MayaHelena.

And one final lovely! I would love to try my hand at making one of these from Heidi Kumli's kits, but she's taking a break from Etsy at the mo and I have no idea if she's gone gone or if she's on a Facebook group, but I'm sad. No idea how much it cost but I waited too long! AGH! But isn't it pretty?

So there, eye-candy day! I hope you enjoy and visit the artists to see more of their beauties!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Austism -- a post by Zachary Anderson

Recently Zachary had to write an essay on the following question. He wanted to share it with you.

Describe an experience that had a significant impact on you. The experience can be an achievement, a personal challenge, a failure, a trip, a realization, etc. What did you learn from this experience? How has this experience influenced your development as a person?

For the longest time, I didn't know what was wrong with me. I wasn't the same as other kids and other kids didn't seem to understand me. In 3rd grade, though, I found out I had Asperger's Syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum.

When I found out that this was a syndrome other people had, I realized I wasn't weird, and that made me feel more positive and confident because I knew I could do whatever I wanted in life.

While I was in 3rd grade, my mom bought me a book called "All Cats Have Asperger's Syndrome" and I read it to my class. After I finished reading, the teacher asked if anyone felt they had any of the traits mentioned in the book, and almost everyone did. This made me feel more connected and at ease with them because they understood me better.

When I found out about famous people with Asperger's Syndrome, including Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon, I knew that I could be great in life because many people with Asperger's Syndrome already are.

I learned that anyone, no matter what, can make a difference in the world or in someone's life.

I made my main group of friends in 5th grade, and I've been friends with them ever since. I've invited them to my house get togethers and even had a birthday party. My mood has improved drastically since 5th grade.

A personal challenge that changed me was at an overnight camp called Echo Hill. I had to climb 45 feet up a tree to get to a zip line. I'm afraid of heights, but I was determined to zip line. About a quarter of the way up, I started to panic, even though I had a harness. My group, though, knew I could do it and they kept encouraging me to keep going. I kept going but I couldn't see through my tears. My group told me where to put my hands and feet so I could keep going. I reached the top, but without the encouragement of friends, I couldn't have done it. I'm so glad I managed, because the zip line was amazing!

I've overcome many physical and social challenges and made many friends. Doing this was no easy feat. Many hardships got in my way, but I overcame them. My friends, teachers, and parents helped me through any trouble....

... all of this because I found out I had Asperger's Syndrome and realized that I was wanted and not weird.