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I hate going so long without an update, I really do.. So I figured i’d do a bit of a mashup of what i’ve done this week.
I set up my ring light and started playing around with it. It’s amazing how even the lighting is!
I couldn’t resist snapping this photo of my beautiful Buddy Boy. He is so nice!
I made a new piece of art. I wish my liquitex pens weren’t so streaky. I may have to do some additional purple layers on the background…. of course, i’m my own worst critic.
Made a video about new packaging for Neal Brothers! It’s one of my interests.
I want to start out this post by thanking Langley’s own Randy Caine, founder of Hempyz for sponsoring me by giving me the opportunity to have a booth to showcase my art and my even bigger message about being Autistic.
I got dropped off at around 8:05 and got some great help setting up the tent, table and chairs (thanks to Randy again) and then I began setting my art up . Truth be told, I have little experience (other then those two times I set up outside Arts off Main) but I focused and got myself motivated.
Nothing was priced yet. I grabbed some spiky-oval type fluorescent paper cut outs I had got from Dollarama and used some washi (rice paper tape) that was fairly low tack and folded little circles that I affixed to the corner of some of my pieces. Depending on how the art was set up, my placement varied. I had purchased them ages ago and was pleased to actually use something I bought! (Artists and crafters know this can be a rare occurrence!!)
I honestly don’t know why i’m holding my wrist in this shot, I think it was my nerves getting the best of me.
I reorganized my table several times. I did sell a few small items, magnets being the most popular. I’m not sure if i’ll want to do this kind of thing again for a few reasons but if I do I would focus more on small 5.00 items like the magnets–a proven seller. They seem to be a way to get people to display my art in the easiest way possible, displayed on their fridge!
I felt lucky to have started the conversation about Autism by having my banner up and my information signs.
If anything my sign on the left would stop people as they were walking by. I feel like I met some incredible individuals by really putting myself out there. Some of the connections I made were absolutely invaluable. Of course, with all that positivity I did hear some ones’ negative comments to their spouse while walking by, but I had to try to breathe and relax.
Another highlight was meeting my Autistic inspiration Amythest Schaber. They are responsible for making informative and insightful videos and blog posts that help educate those who are neurotypical and even those on the spectrum. I believe everyone would benefit from spending time watching the videos.
Cats were the most popular, I SHOULD HAVE FIGURED! I’m not the only Cat-obsessed weird individual out there, I suppose.
Nothing will stop me from making Art. I will NEVER stop being Autistic.
Today, I stumbled upon a video shared by Eve of International Badass Activists. It was Jenny McCarthy promoting a hateful book and spreading the idea of #endautismnow on September 20th, the release of the book.
Transcript of her video:
“Hey Guys, Jenny McCarthy here. I’m back! With my 2nd call to action.
1st off, thanks you so much for coming in droves to support my 1st call to action: Which was to pre buy jb handleys book, how to end the autism epidemic.
The power we have when we all come together with common goals is immeasurable! And what better common goals than to bring us together then the health, the safety, the love of our kids AND wanting to prevent this from happening to future families.
The more time passes the more difficult it is for us to tell our stories and it’s only going to become more difficult.
SO WE MUST ACT NOW, which leads to our next mission, SEPTEMBER 20TH IS THE date of the book release and we want to see hundreds of you at bookstores across the country, where we will facebook live holding up copies of this book
The book that will reveal the truth behind the autism epidemic and most importantly, help end the autism epidemic.
Now this is how we can make it happen:
There’s a page I called, that it started, hashtag ENDAUTISMNOW
This will be an ambassador sign up page and what i need from ambassadors will be to represent your city and bookstore along with creating a facebook page so people in your city know where to go and once you’re accepted in the group, i will be filling you in with more details, now the goal again is to reach out to as many people as possible in your area to pre-buy the book, “how to end the autism epidemic” and then gather as many people as possible to that bookstore on september 20th and we will all facebook live from hundreds of stores across the country. They might have silenced many of our kids, but they ain’t gonna silence us. The groundbreaking information in jb handleys book could lead to the end of the autism epidemic. But that’s only the first step! It’s up to us, we’ve got to come together, unite and make some noise! Kim Kardashians’ ass didn’t really break the internet, but we can! Will you join me? Please send a request to the facebook page, hashtag endautismnow to be part of this massive event to help end the autism epidemic.
Thank you so much
Here’s my response. I really hope you have a chance to watch and interact with me.
I honestly apologize for my lack of updates. I have been feeling absolutely horrible lately! I had the worst cold I have EVER experienced and now I have another ailment that i’m awaiting a diagnosis on so I can treat it. My energy has been entirely lacking and i’ve become more lazy. I have had a list of things to get done – INCLUDING BLOG REVIEWS but i’d be awfully drab in videos! Don’t you think that someone who lacks energy and enthusiasm would be a bore to watch? I do!
I went to Lake Tahoe and had a good time. We gambled on penny slots and stayed in our air conditioned hotel room. I don’t fare well with the heat as much as I would like to.
I have Teva shoes to review, a steamer, chewigem and more things to work on. I sincerely apologize for the delay, I really, really do!
Now it’s time to take a nap….!
I think squishmallows are incredibly sensory friendly and a great tool for anyone who is autistic! They are squishy, great to hug and very soft.
Thank you Kellytoy for sending me these to test out and keep ❤
I’ve been working on new patterns while we wait for our fabric tags for retrophiliac and co.
I am very anxious and I have been really internalizing my stress. I’m trying not to, but my appetite is gone and my sleep patterns are all screwed up. I’m napping a lot and I haven’t gone outside as much as I should.
I’m going through a dramatic change. I have a job interview next week and I am crossing my fingers that I get it. It’s something i’ve done before and loved immensely. It’s also walking distance from where I am staying and right down the street from where my sister works.
Making friends or having a social life and getting involved in things that this city has to offer is something I would like to do a lot more of. I feel incredibly lucky to be back here, surrounded by family. I never felt like I spent enough time with them.
Please bear with me. I am growing as a person!
I have been hyper focused on creating my “Retrophiliac & Co.” Product line with my Mum. I also quit my job and moved to Vancouver. I’m currently sleeping on a couch and living between my Mum’s & my older Sister’s place. I do have to say, i’m happier.
This is more information on what we’re working on, I would love for you to share & if you’d like, pre-order.
Thank you! Would love to hear from you.