Sunday, July 29, 2007

For Mom

Summer at Stricker's Pond
Originally uploaded by Mingfong
My mom is in the hospital. These flowers are for you mom.


Friday, July 27, 2007

Isn't it ironic?

Ok this is insane. I wrote the post yesterday about getting all my replacement music from when my basement flooded a few months ago and you will never believe what happened yesterday. My freakin' basement flooded AGAIN. I thought I was going to lose my mind. The exact same thing happened as before. I put in a load of laundry, came upstairs to hang towels on the clothes line and then started dinner. About an hour later I went to wash a few dishes and noticed there was no hot water. I could hear the wash downstairs still going and all of a sudden I got a sick feeling in my stomach. I opened the basement door, walked downstairs and proceeded to scream "Oh no not again" at the top of my lungs. The entire basement was once again flooded with water. This time it wasn't as bad. We had almost 6 inches last time. This looked more like 2 inches but still it covered corner to corner of the basement. I started freaking out and the kids started freaking out. I felt so bad that I could not stay in control.

This really came at a bad time. I just had contractors here the same day telling me how much I was going to have to spend to fix extensive window rot I have going with three windows in our house. Now I have a deductible to pay and a new washer to buy. Also JB has been working 7 days a week until midnight and now all of a sudden we have to both be available somehow to clean up the basement. That won't go over very well at his work. So Serve Pro came out once again and installed a pump last night. All the water is now gone but we now must have their industrial sized dehumidifiers and fans going down there for several days until it is all dried out.

So I am pretty much a stress case. I feel overwhelmed. I really didn't need to add going to the Laundromat three times a week to my already hectic life. I don't need another thing I can't afford to pay for go wrong with this house. I need things to calm down. I need my husband to not have to work so much so we can share the load more. I need a vacation.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

New Store for Subsixstudios

Music to my ears

A few months ago my basement flooded. The bad news is we lost many boxes of books and cassette tapes. The good news is we got insurance money to replace them. Since cassettes are no longer being produced we were able to spend money on CDs. I haven't bought much new music in the past few years. One of the luxury items I had to give up when I chose to quit my job. So you can image how exciting it was for me to be given a dollar figure and told to go shopping on Amazon. It was extremely hard. There was so much pressure. How do you choose what to get? Well I just got my shipment in. You might be surprised by the selection but here we go.

Pearl Jam - the latest one
Wilco - Sky blue sky
Son Volt - The Search
Modest Mouse - Good news for people who love bad news
Neko Case - Ffox Confessor brings the flood
Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
Sarah McLachlan - Surfacig
Neil Young - Prairie Wind
The Donnas - Gold metal
Evanescence - Fallen
R.E.M. - The best of the IRS years
The Postal Service - Give it up
Tori Amos - Bee keeper
Built to Spill - There's nothing wrong with love
Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
Norah Jones - Come away with me
Bob Marley - Legend
Belle and Sebastian - if you're feeling sinister
Brightblack Morning light
Pink - I'm not dead
My Morning Jacket - Okonokos
Tori Amos - American doll posse
Modest Mouse - We were dead before
Ryan Adams - Rock n roll
Cat Power - The Greatest
Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
Bright Eyes - I'm wide awake it's morning
Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
Kelly Clarkson - My December (ok shut up)
Heavenly States - Black Comet
Joss Stone - Mind, body soul

Now I just need to find time during the day when I can safly listen to some of these without my kids picking up some new bad words.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Empty heads

Some days I just want to check out. unplug my tv, move to the country and try to find a better balance of nature and technology. The other day I was desperate for a hair cut. I couldn't afford my normal place so I took a chance on a new “cheaper” hair cutting place in my neighborhood. I made an appointment, packed some toys in my bag, brought the two kids and hoped for the best. My plan was to have the littlest on my lap and the oldest could hang out in a chair next to us. When we got there I was the only customer. I first noticed two small flat screen T.V.s on the wall in-between the mirrors for customers to be able to watch. There was also a large bench area perfect for my kids to sit on. I immediately asked if we could shut off the T.V.s because they were blasting the news. The last thing I want is my kids sitting there watching the violent news. The hairdresser told me no. She said she needs the back ground noise. I asked if we could at least change the station. We were able to find PBS but I was not pleased at all.

First of all it was incredibly annoying to sit there getting my hair cut with the loud TV by my head. Secondly, I was not stoked that my kids ended up watching TV. We stick TVs everywhere now to numb our children and ourselves. TVs in the grocery store line, in our cars, on the plane, in restaurants, in bars, in the living room, the kitchen and the bedrooms. We have stupid TVs everywhere we go so that we are not having to stand and god forbid have a second to think. We have stupid TVs everywhere because we can’t believe that our children can actually get by in life without numbing their brains at every possible moment. I was bummed. She gave me a good haircut but I will never go back there because of the damn TVs.

I have one TV in the house and yes my children are allowed to watch some television. I just worry how fast our society is changing. TVs everywhere, computers, cell phones, and video games are taking over. It reminds me of so many science fiction books I have read or movies I have seen where the future ends up being humans controlled by machines. People walking around like droids with empty heads and empty hearts.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
-Robert Frost

I am inspired today by nature, green, recycled, deconstructed, reconstructed, lost objects, found objects, stories yet to be told. I am seeking truth, awareness, and responsibility. My new path is to find the beauty in existing objects, breath new life into them and watch them continue on.

I have a mission. open your eyes. seek the truth.

My new collection will be coming soon . . .

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Strap it on

I bought myself a new guitar this weekend. I am quite thrilled. When I moved to CA in 1998 I had to sell my cherry red Fender strat because I had decided to only take my acoustic with me. I have been without an electric since then. This weekend E an I headed to our local music store for a big sale they were having. Our mission was to get him some drum sticks because he started taking lessons. Well we came home with a bit more than drum sticks. I also found a great deal on a Fender Squire that came with a mini amp and I just could not pass it up. I am in love. It is actually the inspiration I needed to practice more and practice differently.

Saturday, July 21, 2007


I dug up my hastas last fall and since then the side of my house has been bare. I thought with the cart load of flowers I bought the other day I should use some to fill in the space.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Flower score

This was my cart at the end of my trip. It barely fit in my car with two kids and a dog.

Claussen's is having a All-U-Can Carry sale starting today.
All you can carry for $20.00 or a cart load for $40.00

I chose the cart and ended up with probably hundreds of dollars worth of flowers.

It felt like Christmas today.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

This I believe

On October 7, 2006 Michelle Gardner-Quinn was brutally murdered. She was a UVM student. She was taken from our downtown streets and forever taken away from us. I did not know her personally but the crime shook up our entire community.

Two days before she was murdered she submitted an essay to her environmental studies class. This video made for Live Earth contains experts of that essay. The essay is read by Tipper Gore, Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of York, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Sheryl Crow, Meg Ryan, Emily Proctor and Michelle's Mother Diane Gardner Quinn.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

World Breastfeeding Week is Coming!

Burlington's Celebration, sponsored by the Chittenden County Breastfeeding Promotion Coalition and La Leche League of Burlington, will be held on August 4th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, at Contois Auditorium in City Hall, on Church Street, downtown Burlington.

Read more info on the event here.

I attended the event last year and it was wonderful and empowering. I will attend this year for sure.

Please pass this info on. Spread the word. Get involved.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

In support of all the strong women out there I know I give you this.

My friend over at Vinceland wrote this amazing post called

Girls are the New Guys

I think it is fantastic and so is he.

He gives a shout out to me in it too so I thought I would return the favor.

Give it a read.

Friday, July 13, 2007

The other side of the fence

I wanted to touch on the decline of family values in our society again here for a moment. Another sign that Americans are having to work too much is the increased need in all day childcare programs. When I quit my job 2 years ago I had to pull my oldest son out of the wonderful preschool program he was in because we could not afford it anymore without me working. We loved the preschool but they only offered full day spots. Part time to them was three full days a week. Granted your child did not have to be there from 7:30am -5:30pm but you did have to pay for that time. So we pulled him out and kept him home the first year. By the second year I really wanted to find something part time for him since he was 5 and due to his birthday could not start kindergarten until he was 6. It was nearly impossible to find a preschool that actually offered a part time program. It used to be that preschool was a 2-4 hour program. Not any more. I am sorry people but preschool from 7:30-5:30 is not preschool it is daycare.

Then the push for full day Kindergarten happened. Why? Because the kids supposedly have great academic success? Give me a break. They are in Kindergarten. Are we really pushing academic success in Kindergarten? I have also read some reports that say it lessons the number of transitions the child must face in a day. Very true. So now they only have to get shipped off to two locations instead of three?

When are kids going to be allowed to be kids again? When are we going to stand up and say enough is enough? When will we unite with the schools to say we don't want the government No Child Left Behind testing anymore in our schools. We want second graders to have more than 15 minutes a day outside to play instead of being cooped up prepping for the tests. It is bogus. I have had enough.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


This might cause a stir. I mean no disrespect. Just spewing my opinion here.

Yesterday in my local paper I was flipping through the classifieds and I came across this gigantic ad (one of only 4 on the page) that was titled Assistant to Working Parents.

The ad went on to describe how they are looking for someone to help manage their household. The responsibilities include driving the kids to school and picking them up after school, helping with homework, getting them to activities, starting dinner and managing the household while the parents are at work. They want someone to help with the household chores, grocery shopping, laundry, errands, keeping the house tidy. The job requires this person do school drop off and pick up, stay until around 6pm most days and be flexible for overnights an late nights if they parents are traveling or working late.

To quote one of my favorite kids books Lily's Purple Plastic Purse

"Wow, that is all I can say is wow."

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


So I wanted to apologize for getting all crafty on this blog lately. I have been toying with getting rid of my studio blog and combining it into this one and then changing the name. I have decided however to keep them separate. I will continue on here with my opinionated rants and raves regarding parenting, products and sometimes politics. My studio blog will continue on its own as my creative space.

see you back on the dark side soon.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Exciting News

Starting Wednesday I will be selling earrings at Studio STK's Art to Go store in Burlington VT.

These 5 will be the first pairs I deliver on Wednesday. If you are not local do not worry. They will be launching an ecommerce site soon. So stay tuned.

Stop in if you are local or check back on the site for the launch of their new online shop.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

New wooden earrings available for sale tomorrow evening at the Studio STK show. If there are any left they will up for sale in my Etsy shop this weekend.

Monday, July 02, 2007

I am

I am an artist. It has taken me almost 20 years to be able to finally use that label. Since school I have dabbled in so many different things only half doing them well that I never felt worthy of that title. I have been writing poetry since elementary school, taught myself guitar, took up photography, pottery, singing and jewelry making in high school. Through college and beyond I still did many of these hobbies in my spare time but I was always jealous of friends of mine who had one direct interest.

Becoming a parent has changed me. It has given me the confidence I needed to pursue my dreams and finally see myself as a creative soul. Many people believe that having children will hurt their creative edge. For me it sharpened mine. I now have more drive to embrace my hobbies and own them as my own. I now find creativity in areas I never imagined. Cooking, gardening and home improvements are other areas of home inspired creativity I immerse myself in on a daily basis. Whether it is making homemade pesto from our garden grown basil or painting my front door purple I choose to make my home a place of inspiration through color, design and lots of flowers. All of this feeds my current passion for designing jewelry and also keeps me writing and playing guitar as well.

I am an artist. I choose wear this title with pride. I choose to be whoever I want to be. I choose to never back down from my dreams. I choose to show my children the importance of finding their passion.

I am creative, strong, weak and driven. I want to dream and weep, write and scream, play lost songs to searching souls. I want to raise my sons to be anything but the ordinary. I am a seeker, a dreamer , a dancer in the darkness.