Saturday, May 29, 2010

No More Excuses...

Today is the start of a change here at the Betterly Compound. We took the first step in taking back the control of our bodies! Whoo hoo! (Well, we've always had control of them, we've just done a really crappy job! lol)

We do a lot of things as a family; we think it's important. We go swimming, play board games, go to the movies, visit a park or two, spend a day at the beach, etc. We recently bought new bikes so we could all bike together when it isn't 9000 degrees outside.

Having said all of that, we're still pretty inactive. I work from home so I get very little exercise unless I deliberately "go" exercise. My husband works outside of our home but he has a sit down job so... you know how that goes. He also had a back injury that he's just now starting to somewhat heal from so that has hindered him as well.

The kids, on the other hand, get lots of exercise. They are always running in and out of the house. On their bikes, scooters or just playing tag football out back.

A few years ago we rented a home with an inground pool. At first I thought that was awesome! Frankly, I very rarely ever swam in it and the upkeep and constant maintenance was not to my liking. The kids LOVED IT though, sigh. So, when our lease was up and we were looking for a new home, we deliberately looked at homes that did not have a pool. We didn't want the upkeep and expense.

We found a home with no pool and a huge fenced in yard! We were thrilled.......until........ summer came and we were in constant search of a place to swim. Sigh.... and yes, I do live near LOTS of water and beaches that are free to swim in. However, salt water in the mouth is no fun and neither is getting pinched by crabs or walking on rocky bottoms. It's also not very refreshing to get into 89 degree water on a hot day. It's like taking a warm bath versus the cool refreshing feeling you're looking for when it's 9000 degrees outside. We prefer to swim in a pool. we wish we had the pool again, lol. Never satisfied.

So this year we looked into a pool membership at our local Recreation Center. I almost passed out when I heard the price! Our local rec pool has very restricted "Open Swim" hours first of all. Secondly, most of the pool is sectioned off into lanes and the kids cannot be in those lanes at any time. So, the section of the pool they are allowed to swim in is very small. For the privilege of using that tiny section of the pool within about a 4 hour time frame on any given day, they want $30.00 per person per month!!!!!! There are 5 of us so $150/mo. for that is ridiculous to me! I didn't even want to ask what the cost would be to add on access to the workout facility. No way I was paying that! So, the research began...

The best deal I could find that would give all 5 of us access to pool and workout facility was at the YMCA. There are 2 pools and the hours are 10am until 8 pm!!! The workout facility has all of the machines and offers FREE classes, no extra fees to do yoga, pilates, aerobics, etc! Whoo hoo! The only extra cost is if I want to use a personal trainer. There's also a skate park and basketball court there. If we want to go to another YMCA in the county that has a feature that our Y doesn't, we can go to those as well. We get all of this for $73/mo for the whole family! SOLD!

So, no more excuses, no more whining, this Betterly is going to whip her butt back into shape or die trying! AND.... the kids get to swim until they're hearts are content. Win - win.

Hopefully you'll be "seeing" much LESS of ME real soon.

It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A.
It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-AAAAAAA.
Sing it with me now.... Y-M-C-A....

Back to work...


Friday, May 28, 2010

What Does Your Future Hold??

1:12 Scale Miniature Gypsy Table, NOW AVAILABLE.....

Come my dear, let me read your palms and I'll tell you your future...

This is a one of a kind miniature dollhouse gypsy table setting in 1:12 scale. The chairs were refinished and reupholstered, then sealed. The tabletop has been painted black and the base has been painted hunter green with black accents and sealed. The tabletop features a celtic wheel design.

Atop the table you will find handmade gypsy items. There is a Fortune Teller Sign on a brass stand, a crystal ball, a ouija board and planchette, a bowl full of tiny US currency and a vibrant, incredibly detailed deck of tarot cards.

The edge of the table has been decorated with a beaded fringe.

The first gypsy table of the year!
Back to work! Hugs!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A little water, a dash of sun and a WHOLE LOT OF WORK....

..... makes me a very exhausted girl!

I know my blog isn't very happenin' lately. Believe it or not, I'm actually doing A LOT. I just don't have anything I can show you yet. I'm working on some things that I'm not ready to launch yet, keeping up with the veggie garden, being mom and wife (aka SLAVE), preparing to travel in a few weeks, meeting some folks in person that I've been chatting online with for awhile now, recording videos, making stuff, etc etc etc.....

Since I can't show you anything I'm working on at the moment, how about a peek at the garden?

Here's a video I shot today of it. I didn't edit the video or make it fancy, no time. lol


Monday, May 17, 2010

Beezle is slow moving...but he's moving!

I gave Beezle hair tonight!

I became frustrated with the tiny BJD's arms and decided to walk away from it and come back to it another time.

So, I decided Beezle was spending way too much time on my work table while hairless and naked, so..... ta-da.. the hair!

Back to work...


UPDATE: Beezle now has a shirt too! Now on to his shorts, shoes and final touches... ta ta....

Saturday, May 15, 2010

On A Hunt For a Trickster....

My husband left to go to a client's restaurant and decided to take our daughters with him.  I was busy getting things ready to start sculpting and straightening up the living room and didn't see which one of these darling GREMLINS snuck into my studio to put a rubber bug on my keyboard!

So, they leave, I get my son and we head out to Taco Bell to grab a quick bite for lunch.  We come home, I pour myself a Coke and sit down at my computer to check my email before I start working.  I have one of those pull out keyboard drawers/trays/whatever.  I pull out the keyboard, see the bug, jump out of my chair while screaming like a little girl.  My son comes running thinking I surely had been shot, he sees the bug and jumps back about 3 feet with wide eyes. 

I took a second glance, realised it hadn't moved at all and then came in for closer inspection.  RUBBER!  A RUBBER BUG!!!

Oh those little Gremlins are going to have some answering to do when they get home!!!!!!  :O)  Turkeys!

Now that my heart rate has returned to normal, I'm going to continue work on my tiny BJD......


Friday, May 14, 2010

Tiny BJD in progress update

Things are going pretty well at this point.  I have now finished her head and torso..well... except for the sanding and drilling.  I think I'm going to call it a night because my eyes are getting heavy and I don't want to work when I'm not at my best.  I'll pick back up tomorrow and start on the arms.... wish me luck! :)

When I had finished the head....

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With the torso added....

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Goodnight Everyone!  Have a great Friday!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'm Working On Something New!

I have been looking into BJDs (Ball Jointed Dolls) for awhile now but couldn't really find a whole lot of info about them.  It was pretty clear how it all worked but i didn't know how to string them.  A great friend of mine sent me a link to a site that showed you how to string them and Viola! it all came clear. 

So, if you have been following this blog for awhile, you know that i like to do small and tiny.  So, why shouldn't my first BJD be tiny??  I'm working on it tonight, until I run out of steam and as of the typing of this post, I have completed the breast/chest piece - minus the drilling out of the center and arm holes. 

As you can see in the pics below, it's tiny!  I'm really excited about it and hope it turns out how I have it planned!  If you never see updates, you'll know it tanked!  lol.

Back to work.....


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Student Work Makes my Day!

As you already know, I recently launched a Folk Art Doll workshop. One of the AWESOME folks that signed up is Trish of Today she sent me a picture of the doll she made in my class and I think she did a fabulous job! She has two more dolls going at the moment and i just love it when someone is inspired by something I do! Without further ado, here's Trish's fab doll!

What will your doll look like?  Join in on the workshop and find out!