Saturday, December 18, 2010

Oh look it's almost Christmas again...

How did that happen? Well, I'm still getting bigger and bigger. Things seem to be progressing nicely. Here are some more ponies and some belly pics. :D

Ibexxie:

Springlet:

Oaken:
I'm really into the woodland forest creature thing and experimenting mixing beauty with the grotesque. I realized that after baby comes I really won't have time for this hobby for maybe a year or so. Each pony requires undivided attention for certain things (painting, putting hair in), chemicals, and sharp blades; not so baby friendly. I'll have to do what I can now. Hopefully I will finish the dragon pony before I pop. I've been having trouble with the wings... only two months left!

I thought I might as well post the chronology of my every expanding tummy. I admit I have not kept up with my original plan of a picture a week.. funny how busy life has been, even though I'm not working these days!!


8 weeks:
20 weeks:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

What's this? More ponies? You bet! I actually started making them again after a long dry spell. Being pregnant has not left me with a lot of energy; but the creative juices are finally flowing! It might also help that I'm officially on maternity leave now too, LOL!

My first couple are obviously Halloween inspired.

Pumkin Pie:
Whisper:

The next couple I made for the lovely miss Tanya Day who pleaded with me on facebook to make a gypsy and a pirate couple! I called them 'Tempest' and 'Truly'. I really enjoy how Tempest turned out (the boy). I had this great idea of tentacles reaching out of the stormy seas and I think I pulled it off okay! :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

So I went on a lovely photo shoot with my sister in law, courtesy of the talents of Tanya and Kelsi. (www.tanyadayphotography.com). Here are a few glamour shots!

It's actually nice, because I have been struggling with body image the past couple weeks concerning my weight gain during pregnancy. These photos really helped me to feel beautiful again; especially since Doreen is so fun to be around! We were like gypsy princesses!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sustainable apartment living?

Okay. So we are all aware of the state of our planet by now. Plastic in the ocean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en4XzfR0FE8), giant oil spills, dependency on petroleum products that are quickly running out, global climate change etc etc etc. One of the arguments I have held fast to for many years is that all the bad news is so disheartening that I simply didn't know where to start; especially living in small apartment spaces. (Most sustainable options call for a large garden space and a house). So, I'm compiling a list of ways that us apartment and small space renters can help reduce our negative impact on our environment, beyond recycling (which has been contested by some, including the famous Penn and Teller's Bullshit episode - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzLebC0mjCQ).

#1 Potted plants: grow your own food! Herbs and salad greens and even fruit such as lettuce, strawberries, oregano, and thyme are easy to grow in indoor pots or window boxes, and out on your deck. You can easily find information on how to grow your own edible and medicinal herbs, and even how to prepare them all over the internet. If you're into making your own medicine, I recommend http://www.learningherbs.com/. They have an excellent, easy to understand course and you can join their mailing list for new recipes every week.

#2 Compost: DIY compost bins:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbjX2tt-oQw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxhEQEA0GN8
You can use dew / bait worms or earth worms just as easily as red wigglers, and add a little soil in the mix! I keep mine out on the deck and use the compost for my deck garden.

#3 Turn the lights down low: hand wash your dishes or only run your dishwasher when full, keep the thermostat low by layering up in the winter instead. I'm sure we're all doing this already anyways to keep our bills low, right?

#4 Water waste reduction: adapt your toilet to reduce the amount of water used when flushing by putting a device in the tank to displace some of the water (something as simple as a milk jug filled with pebbles). I've seen this done with empty plastic tobacco cannisters - they are the perfect size. You can buy add ons for your toilet from your local hardware store as well, generally your landlord won't complain as long as you can undo your modifications before you move out (or convince your landlord to upgrade all the apartments?). You don't need to go out and buy a whole new toilet. If you're going to do that, you might as well get a composting toilet! Or you could always try the 'if it's yellow let it mellow' rule.

#5 Use less plastic: Get a reusable stainless steel or glass bottle for your drinks! There are tons of reusable water bottles and travel mugs in you local grocery store these days! Use a lunch pail and reusable sandwich bags! Bring them with you when you go out to eat and ask the server to pack your leftovers in them. Remember to bring your tote bags with you when you go shopping! You could even make your own. There are also biodegradable dog-poop bags - please pick up after your pet! There are a ton of eco-friendly products available these days, even biodegradable pens!

How about a list of eco-friendly crafts you can do with the kids and your friends?
http://www.chicaandjo.com/category/green/
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/eco-friendly-crafts/

David Suzuki has also recently done an excellent series with his daughter about new technologies and ideas that give hope called 'The Suzuki Diaries':
http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/natureofthings/2008/suzukidiaries/


Anyone else got ideas? Let me know!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Moar bigger

;) Well, so far I've gained 20 lbs... staying steady at 160-ish... At least I have fabulous breasts now... without all that expensive plastic surgery! Today I decided to use some of my (non-toxic) craft paints to make belly-art and take pictures, since it was rainy and cold outside today, wich makes me feel sad sad. Fall is pretty much upon us; the season of rubber boots and rain jackets, wool socks and umbrellas, at least in BC where fall and winter are endless months of grey and rain. I am excited for colourful crunchy leaves under my feet and mushrooms! (gee, mushroom soup would be perfect right now... with added chanterelles, and chives from the garden...mmm)

Week 16:


Work has been taking up a lot of my time - big change happening with new contract owners and such. The contract's social worker has hinted that I will probably be offered a management position, (with more pay and benefits) since I am already pretty much managing the home I work in (actually, there are only two of us there currently; it's a nightmare). However, I am going to have to go on maternity leave at some point... We can't just tell baby to stay in there until it's convenient for MCFD (ministry of children and family development) to get their sh*** together. December at the latest (I'd like at least one month to myself before baby pops out). That said, work is stressful right now (obviously), and that is bad for baby. I was originally planning on leaving in November on stress leave, because as my belly becomes larger it becomes a target for aggressive clients.

As for ponies.. I have been slowly working on this lovely girl:


I don't know when I'll actually finish her... probably during that month I'm off before baby comes, LOL!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Ola follower! ;)

So here is belly @ week 12 (though we are almost at week 14 now, I am too lazy to take another one)


So at week 12 the midwife was able to find baby's heartbeat with the Doppler machine. She had to chase little bean around because s/he kept dancing away!! It was exactly double time to my own heartbeat! Yaay!!

Here is baby's lullaby. I hum it in the bath. :)

video

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy August!! Want another belly pic? Of course you do! ;)

10 weeks:
So, I have been very tired lately. No modifying ponies, no music. Mostly, I have been trying to keep enough in my belly that I don't feel ill (lots of smaller snacks vs big meals). I am also starting to get headaches; but I am hoping that is from allergies, and will stop soon! I'm still working, but have gone down to two shifts a week (a 24 and an 8). Maybe I will finish dragon pony this week. At least tomorrow I plan to make a little music. Baby is a dancing bean in there; though I cannot feel it yet! :)

Here are some pics of these pony toy mods I was talking about:
Sleepytime Tea the Wizard

My Little Cthulu

Blue Beholder


Here is one of my tunes (you can follow my rare updates on youtube should you feel the urge):

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Let's update shall we? Well, where to start? Lets start with the whole PTSD thing. Yup; I'm a loony tune. And I'm pregnant! What a crazy soup! :D

Upon my first midwife visit, who should enter the waiting room, but a past abuser from about 10 years ago! I'm sure you can imagine how enjoyable it was to be trapped in a room with a man who previously tried to drown me in a bathtub, while he doted on a little girl and his partner breastfed their twins. Other than that, the appointment went well. I have since had my bloodwork and ultrasound! :) I haven't seen the m/w (Sadie), or my Dr since, but have appointments this week and will learn the results.

The ultrasound was... intense. I have a preexisting condition that caused this to be rather uncomfortable, but it was worth it! Having read too much on the internet and successfully terrified myself about all the things that could be going wrong, seeing the baby's heart flickering on the monitor was a relief. Actually, the tech wasn't saying anything or even facing the monitor to me, but I mentioned that I saw it and she said "Oh, you can see it?". LOL! I had to wait until the Dr came in, and my husband, before they would tell me, yes, that is a baby, and there is the heartbeat!

So, without further ado, here are pictures:

Here is my 8 week belly (mostly bloat I think, considering baby is the size of a raspberry):


Here is my 8 weeks ultrasound:


I am very excited about our little jumping bean, and am putting all my good energy and thoughts into her/his continued health. As far as my health, I'm a little backed up and I don't want to eat (I think it's called 'food aversion'), especially chicken. I am, though. It's all normal. I am also extremely exhausted. I have to go back to work tomorrow, and I'm not sure how I will be able to handle working night shifts away from home as my pregnancy progresses. I have filed for day shifts (well, a 24 and a day, so I get the rest of the week to myself), but we'll see how that works out. There are never enough staff to work the shifts. :S