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Harumika

Way back last summer, when life was only halfway crazy, instead of completely exploded, Brandai’s public relations agency contacted me and asked me to review a new toy called Harumika. I’ve had it now for *ahem* 9 months. Sorry, Michael.

Now, this is a very neat toy. He sent me a starter kit, which includes a little mannequin which is roughly the size of a Barbie torso and three fabric swatches, along with a tool that you use to attach the swatches to the mannequin. There’s enough in the kit to keep a 3 or 4 year old busy for about an hour. BUT, over Christmas, we stocked the expansion kits at work, and with those, there is enough to keep ME busy for several hours at a stretch. The possibilities are not endless, unless you are a knitter. I think with sock yarn, you could make swatches that are thin enough to use with the mannequin base……do you see the possibilities here? Mmmm, hmmm. I thought you might.

I think I’d actually like to get some of this for Diva. At 14, she is very fashion conscious, and half crafty now, so I think she could be turned on to sewing with just a little bit of a push. And it would make a far more interesting present than even best acne treatment, considering how clear her complexion is.

Now, that’s interesting

As some of you may know, I work two days a week in the pharmacy. I really enjoy it; the counting and attention to detail really appeal to my innate desire to be regimentally organized (yes, you may certainly read that as an anal retentive tendency, it won’t offend me at all). I have to say, though, that in 10 months time, I have never filled a prescription for Viagra for a woman. Not ever. I have, however, filled a goodly number of antidepressants, and have even considered them for myself. (I decided against it for reasons of my own, but I did consider it.) Which brings me to the subject line of “Now, that’s interesting.”

According to this Web MD study,

”Seventy-two percent of the women on Viagra vs. 27% of the women on placebo got to ‘much improved’ or ‘very much improved’ on a scale [of sexual functioning],” says Harry A. Croft, MD, medical director of the San Antonio Psychiatric Research Center in Texas and a co-author on the study.

Now, I had no idea antidepressants did that, especially since I know that depression also lowers libido. OTOH, since I’m ….um….not exactly married anymore, perhaps antidepressants might be an option for me after all. But without the side order of Viagra!

In crafty news, I finished a hat for Diva, since she asked for one. I gave it to her before I took a picture, and well, who knows where it is now. Basic black cotton-ease, go ahead and visualize it for youself.

In non-crafty news, I have a lot of blogging to do, good stuff on books and products and such and such and such. I’ll try not to flood your feed reader too much, but I do have about a six month backlog of stuff to talk about. Which, amazingly enough, roughly corresponds to my extended period of silence. Welcome back into my world, dear friends.

Halloween Scoop

Halloween will be here before you know it., so it’s a good idea to start looking for kid’s costumes, today. Selected themes and characters are limited in quantity and based on demand, could run out of stock very quickly. This is particular true with kids sizes 4-6 which is by far the most popular. Determine who you will be buying for; baby or toddler costumes, girls, boys and what their size is. What is your childs favorite character…is it a princess or a super hero? There are many different styles, sizes and accessories available now in stock. So if you don’t get a start on it now, your child will undoubtedly give you that frumpy look of dissatisfaction as they wear a costume two sizes too big.

Instead of purchasing the same old regular style costume, pick up a deluxe style costume package, which includes extra accessories such as tiaras and muscle chests, and make your child’s Halloween a day to remember. If your daughter likes Hannah Montana, there are several types of costumes for you to look at. Hannah Montana costumes including a gold metallic jacket with the Hannah Montana logo, a matching tunic top, black cropped leggings, and a glittery belt. Costumes come in different sizes ranging in sizes from 4-10. Stars Wars costumes are always a very popular year in and out for boys and girls, babies and toddlers. A Jedi Knight is great for the hero, but Darth Vader is by far the most popular for Halloween. Kids love the dark mask, as well the light saber accessories. Princess Leia is still a classic choice for all girls and little princesses. Star Wars costumes all are available to babies, too! http://HalloweenCostumes4Kids.com/

Christmas Shopping

Yes, I know it is only February, but see, I made up my mind the day after Christmas what I want next Christmas for the kids. I want a Wii. And not just a Wii. I want extra Wii games, and cool wii accessories. I’ve already been warned about using the straps to keep the controllers in little hands, but other than that, do you have any advice? What game or accessory rawks your sawks? And is it ok to use super glue instead of velcro straps for the little ones?

In the category of did you know

Ok, I don’t actually have a category called did you know, but I should. Except I already have a slew of categories, and don’t really want to make my blogging life even more complicated, but DID YOU KNOW that Mama is cleaning out her house? And DID YOU KNOW that way back in my sister’s old closet, she found the helmet we used to wear when we rode on the motorcycle with Daddy. Talk about a blast from the past. And DID YOU KNOW, she threw that unroadworthy thing away? Guess she’s haoping that will keep me from needing to shop for motorcycle accident attorneys further down the line.

The Finnished Pink Helmet
Image by Cramit via Flickr

Shhh. Don’t tell her that I know where the bike shop is now, and I can go buy a new one. In pink.

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Lighting and other issues

ceiling rims pr So, obviously, I have been quiet here. I have a lot going on, most of which will probably never make the face of this blog, but will eventually make it to my personal blog in one form or another. Today, though, I want to talk a little bit about how to set up a craft area in my room.

001 shuttersRight now, I have my storage bench in there to hold stuff (plus 2 big wicker baskets. And a three shelf rolling cart. Oh, and an old microwave cart. But, HEY! There is zero craft stuff in my living room. Unless you count hocks. And the yarn for same. Sigh. Oh well, back to my POINT!! Which is a craft area in my room. Right now, I have CF lights in the overhead, plus 2 lamps. The thing is, my curtains are heavy, and I get no actual sunlight in there. It’s great for sleeping, but not so much for crafting. Or putting on makeup for that matter. Should I get lighter curtains and rely on shutters to deal with the light when I don’t want it? I have long toyed with the idea of wood blinds, and here in hurricane alley, shutters actually serve a useful function, ykwim? I like these Charlotte Shutters from Inviting Home, but I’d want them for the whole house.

As for containing the stuff, aside from using it up and then not buying so much, I don’t know what to do. There’s only so much prettifying you can do, even with decorative hardware. But in order to use it up, I have to actually craft, which isn’t much happening for me lately. Sigh.

In search of kids t shirts

Yesterday, my mama and I spent several hours at the mall. Now, we have been to the mall *cough* more than once in the past week-ish, and it has been for the most part a great deal of fun for both of us. Crowds have been minimal, stress has been low, and we have laughed and giggled and had a good time. Until yesterday. When we were trying to find shirts for my three sons.

Ultimate Fighting Championship
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Now, my boys are 7, 9 and 10. They are hardly hardcore trouble, and yet, everywhere we looked we saw skulls and such on the clothes. Yes, even in sizes 4, 6 and 8, which is what they wear. Now, I could have understood this, if we were looking at UFC t-shirts, but we were at Sears, looking at CRB and TKS. Call me a fuddy-duddy, but I’d much rather have my kids in johnny cash t-shirts than skull and crossbones. Unless we are talking pirate wear, for which I make an exception.

Of course, my all time favorite is the stripe. Preferably in red or blues. I’m a sucker for a striped shirt. Or plaid. I love me some plaid. I love plaid better than the crazy hair guy on Seinfield. You know the one—he appeared in plaid shorts all the time? Of course, you don’t see very many seinfeld t-shirts in the kids department anymore. No room for them among all the macabre, I guess.

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It’s all about the texts

Or not. Usually, it boils down to customer service, at which my provider does not excel! Last week, I noticed that Virgin Mobile had charged me $20 three times, and I thought to myself, “well, this isn’t quite right”. I checked my account at the library and discovered that I was paying by the message, and honey, with no internet at home, I am all about the texts! I’d burned through about 40 bucks worth at ten cents per in 8 days, except that I had purchased a messaging pack. Or so I thought. Apparently, it didn’t go through, and the website says only press the button once, so I pressed it….once.

So, I called them. I wanted credit for all those texts! Since I thought I bought the messaging pack, and I followed the instructions online, I thought that it would be fair if they reversed the individual charges and just billed me for the pack I thought I had purchased. Let me tell you, it took 2 representatives and over an hour of my time to gain any ground, and even then, they only gave me one month of free unlimited texts. If I had one of those unlocked cell phones, I would so be on my parent’s plan now, because I totally threatened promised to leave them if they did not make this right.

So I am texting my little heart out, and so are all my kids. And I am still so very in love with the Kyocera Wildcard I bought last year. Too bad it only works with VM, because I cannot give up my qwerty keyboard.

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