Friday, June 29

Forget about the boyfriend - The War is over

Ok, first of all my apologies to my sweet blogger friends.. But I have a reason for my absence.
The lovely and cool boyfriend wasn't so cool and lovely after all.. huh! Who knew? :)
Turned out that he cheated on me and I NEVER want to see that creature again.
I will not go into detail because they are so mondaine, so boring, and are nothing new in any way. Been there, done that, move on!
So, Corpsetlames, sorry if I didn't answer your emails, I was in this state of temporary blindness.

What bugs me the most thinking about my three weeks of visiting lovers lane, is the fact that I didn't create anything during that period. Isn't this weird? And right after the night I broke up with him, I was making all kinds of things again.
As you know, I work in a crafting suplie shoppe here in Ostend, and I've taken some pictures of my working place. Hope you like them:

This is the back-part of our shoppe, my little kingdom!
I'm responsible for this part of the shop. (I share it with Martine and Anne-Marie, two of my favorite collegues.

This is my desk, where I make things and sell things.
It looks kinda messy right now, due to the sales that are starting tomorrow!

Here's the corner where we have all the DMC embroidery threads and stuff..
I hate it when it's not tidy, but let me tell you something, people can be very messy!

Our button closset.. I love to look at all the colors.. mmm.. don't they look just like candy?

The zipper closset.. looks like a rainbow of zippers.. doesn't it?

Sewing thread in all the colors you can imagine!

When we make bracelets our earrings or other jewelry we hang it on our plastic creativity tree:

The Creativity Tree

The first three necklaces I've made after the break up with the boyfriend:

The orange fruity necklace

The full colored happy necklace

The green apple juicy necklace

The coolest glass beads, fantasy fruits!

crochet pearls.. nice and soft..

I've got two big tubes full of leftover buttons today, here they are:

So many buttons! So little time!

Julz, my lovely adopted sister, who supported me during my breakup with the boyfriend and me in the elevator, getting ready to have some fun in the city!

And here's another picture of Julz in my living room.

Love you Julzy Wulzy!

On a side note; breaking up with boyfriend doesn't mean crying myself to sleep.. oh no!
Not me Sir! It kinda means.. something like this:

So, I'm back into business.. Be back tomorrow with some goodies I've got on pre-sale from the shoppe. Trims, trims and even more trims!
Bye, Cupcakes!

So glad to be back.

Friday, June 8

My Blue mini-bike!

This was such a great and prosperous day!
Martine - my favorite collegue from work - gave me a...
Blue Mini-Bike!

Yes, out of the blue, I've got a bike! I'm so happy with my new bike. It is a marvelous piece of genius, it has a iron basket at the front (I just went shopping for groceries and it's sooo practical), the lights work, and I even got a lock to protect it from bike-thieves (there are alot of them here in this town), and it has a mirror (so I can check my hairstyle even on the bike! I didn't know they made mirrors on bikes, it's sooo practical!)
I've made a new friend today. But more of her on another post.
I've made greek salad with feta, and green peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and lots more greens to tickle my tastebums.
And I'm making - finally! - a felt donut. I've made the glace with pink felt, and I've used Güttermann's pink pearls for sprinkles! (I'll make a picture of it so you can see it), I've made this today at work, but there's still some more work on it. I will try to find some strawberry pot-poeri to mix with the stuffing, so it even smells of strawberry donuts!
The new Polly Paulusma cd is just amazing, and the new Tori Amos cd is the greatest!
Tonight I think some of my friends will visit, so it's gonna be quite a short post. I have to take a relaxing bubble bath first, it was a very busy day..

Wednesday, June 6

How about... a celebration!

This song is about everything I've been through today, it's magic.. and I so believe in magic, and all things alike.

What to do about living as a budhist in a commercial world?
What about the ever so demanding little wishes of every single person?
What about the difference between you and me?
What about the light that hits the corner of my eye?
and, what to do with all the money.. to spend on stuff you don't need?
What about building rockets and spaceships, big enough to hold our biggest dreams..
What about fingers and thumbs, in an ancient movement, with hands that create..
we play the piano,
we draw the illustration,
we sew the blanket,
we use our hands,
and, how can we overflow without drawning the other?
What about the forest, the woods, the rain and the clouds, the bow of rain
What about the colors, the light that gives them life?
How about..
a celebration?

And here's my favorite video of the day;
I think she's so hot!
June must have been growing some new flowers this Summer!

Don't mind my little poem here, but I've had a very long day at work.. :)

I've been blogged again, on a very strange but beautiful website..
The only problem is, it's in Spanish (I think, and to tired to use Babylon's translation robot to find out)..
But anyway here's the link..

Os presentes de Natal que mais gosto de receber são aqueles que são feitos à mão por alguém. Às vezes, nem é preciso ter grande jeito mas boas ideias. Neste video, ensinam a fazer coisas muito giras que se devem fazer com antecedência para se oferecer no próximo Natal ou até num aniversário, para quem aprecie trabalhos únicos e pessoais.

If someone knows Spanish, please let me know what this means?!

Tuesday, June 5

About the disintigration of YouTube

Last month, my dear friend Eva was suspended from her YouTube acount.
If you read this blog often, you'll know her 'The Deadbeat Club' channel, if not, I'm very sorry but it has been suspended and there are only a few places on the web where you can still watch some of the most funny, witty, and beautiful episodes EVER made for YouTube.

Eva if you read this, here's a vid for you.. (the only thing I use YouTube for nowadays, to watch ILLEGAL copies of videoclips)

The thing about about YouTube is that they suspend you when you are messing with the copyrights. In this case it means that she used some extracts from movies. Who doesn't??!! The hipocrisy of this act is so clear. We all use extracts of movies sometimes in our montages (a word Eva is most familiar with), so what's the big deal here? It's plain stupid and YouTube wouldn't have been so big as it is as a speak. So what the f*@&$ is YouTube thinking?

Here's an extract from the sad post about the suspending Eva wrote on the DeadBeat Club blog:

I never was too good with goodbyes - or endings for that matter, especially abrupt ones.

As of Saturday night, my evadeadbeat account was suspended due to copyright infringement. I am still a little numb - kind of feels like I got sucker punched in the gut.

After one year, almost 200 videos, 1700 subscribers (granted, most were just thanks to dumb luck), and countless hours spent building and working on my YouTube home - it is all gone in the click of a mouse. Poof.

I almost expected my Blogspot, Gmail and MySpace accounts to be deleted as well. It seemed like the invisible and all powerful internet gods had deemed me unworthy to exist in this strange new world and kicked me back to dull ol' meet space to pay penance.

Is this what life is like without YouTube? Colorless and gray? Generic and tasteless?

Do they make Hallmark cards for this sort of thing?

"Sorry to hear your YouTube account was suspended due to copyright infringement. Bummer. Now all those videos I embedded are worthless black holes of meaninglessness. Damn you."

According to the rules of YouTube, once you are suspended, you may never open another account ever again. Who knows how strictly they police this or if I will bother to try to get around it.

Maybe it is a message from the gods that I need to spend more time in the garden and less time clacking away at my computer. Perhaps this is the excuse I need to make time for knitting and baking?! After all, it is almost summer and think of all the outdoor time I could soak up if I wasn't glued to YouTube all day long!?

Still, I think of all the internet friends I made who share similar interests to my own (Digibudi, Junk Thief, Tonci, James, Tony, Parisa, Zach, Sadia, a Japanese school teacher) - all these people from all over the world whom I never ever EVER in a million years would have met had it not been for my little slice of the YouTube pie.

After just one year of existence on YouTube, I had become accustomed to an email box full of comments and messages and YouTube notices. My lonely email will feel funny without YouTube crammed inside it.

It is sad to think those internet socializing days are over. My home away from home on the internet was washed away in a flash flood, never to be seen or heard of again. Do they do disaster coverage on this sort of thing? Is there national relief aid on its way? Perhaps a benefit concert organized by Bono is in the works?

It remains to be seen how this major life change sinks in. I am too busy caking on make-up and rehearsing steps, lines and costume changes to think about it too much.

I would love to have a totally open networking community where you can post, use and reuse or even repost every single thing that's out there. Every little extract of a movie should be allowed. It's not the whole damn movie, for Christ sake! And if YouTube wants to get bigger in this cyberworld, than it's got to be free of those rediculous laws and hypocritic rules.
I'm very sad (first I was upset) about The DeadBeat Club being suspended. And I wish that there was a way to still watch this wonderful channel.
But at this moment, YouTube is the boss, and we have to find another way to publish our montages!

In the meanwhile you can still visit The DeadBeat Club here.

The DeadBeat Club is not dead! Oh no sir!
It is even more alive than it was when the channel was still on the web..

We will not be defeated!
I'm just a little sad about the whole thing.. and if you are too, please contact Eva and tell her that, because when something so wonderful is lost, a sweet comment could possibly heal the wound. And she is so lovely, she doesn't deserve this at all!