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Admit it, our lives are built on it. Even online. After weeks of snow, after every storm, there are still hundreds of pics saying “look at my snow”. When we get to work, we say how’s the weather by you, rough ride? Plenty of little bit all day – like How are you? (when you really don’t care) and have a great day. That new haircut looks wonderful on you.
Why do we do it? Or we just mindless automatons who just spout out the words because we have to or is it something more. I think it is a little more. That meaningless chatter is the grease that holds it all together. We’re social animals and we all like to be acknowledged in some way. Those simple phrases you offer do that and open the way for more. We all seem to take it badly if we are ignored after we say hi.
So it opens doors, acknowledges others and makes them feel good. It also fills those awkward silences I tried to explain this to my daughter who is shy but trying to reach out. She was surprised that the guy she liked didn’t get turned off by her asking “So, how are you today” because it was so cliche. Even works for GenY.
Hey it even works when you don’t want to talk. So you offer the grouch in 2 cubicles over a (forced) smile and how’s your day when you walk past her desk, if only because it keep you from strangling her but you know later you will need her help and you might as well not start trouble. Maybe she is the who holds the keys to storage room and you know you need them.
Does the internet remove the need for small talk? Actually it just adds to it. Pictures of lunch, silly updates are all more small talk. The like button is the smile you give back. How many did you click like on friends’ baby pictures even though they post one daily but you know it makes her feel good. We give a little and we get some back.
It comes down to the small talk leads to real talking, real laughs and smooths the bumps on the road. It is like the soothing lotion to hold down the rough patches and to lead to more. So next time you think it is just inane blather, think about what happens when you do just stare and say nothing.
Once more it is a February Sunday where it seems everyone is focused on sports game that I have no interest in. Actually I’m not interested in any sports, but neither was my dad nor is my husband so it works out well.
It’s funny because the superbowl and I are the same age. But then seeing that number now makes me groan. I’ve watched a few times. For some reason, my sister and I watched Superbowl X. I remember cheering for the Dallas Cowboys over the Steelers because we liked the light blue uniforms better. A few years ago I woke up minutes before the Giants won over the Packers. As a New Jerseyian, I cheer for the Giants by default. And although I am not interested in the game, I would like people to remember the game is in Jersey and the Giants and the Jet play and are based out of Jersey. I’m more of a Jersey fan than a Giants fan or football fan or any sports fan.
So I’m sitting on my couch knitting, typing and watching Episode 7 of Firefly. I love when the find out Jayne is a “hero”. If you don’t know about Firefly, don’t worry, but their fandom is one you can really admire.
Untangling the knots in your life
I seem to get a odd joy out of untangling yarn or sorting out my beads when they get all messed up. And those messes seem to just build up. Yarn is particularly bad. No matter how hard you try, you always seem to get tangles and knots some where.
My last knitting project is the prefect example of that. It was only a one skein project so it seems so unlikely that it get messed up but it did. Worse the problem started with how I rolled the yarn originally so unless I wanted to cut the yarn and reattach, I just had to work my way through it. It was expensive yarn and lacy pattern so cutting it didn’t seem like a good idea. So I worked through it massaging and softening up when the tangles got tight.
Those tangles in my yarn seem like the tangles in my life. Sometimes the tangles are problems from the start, other happen later. How you deal with the issue can depend on what you have and the situation you are in. Will I cut it off or work through the tangles and issues slowly and painstakingly. That feeling of triumph when you untangle a mess can be so intriguing, it takes more attention to the original project.
How often does that happen in life as well?
Queen of Hearts Polymer Clay Doll
Polymer Clay Alice in Wonderland doll
I have been recently inspired by my daughter’s love of Alice in Wonderland. I went back re-watched the Disney movie and the original books. I know there are many other versions but I didn’t want to get too influenced by other versions. Disney’s version is sort of mishmash of the books but I still like to watch it. I love the music.
I wanted to keep my designs as pure as possible but it’s Alice in Wonderland, it’s hard not to get influenced. I started with some of the most iconic items and will be adding more as I make them, including jewelry and charms as well as dolls. Check out my Wonderland series here in my Zibbet shop.