Mizna Wada Halloween Witch Pin
I thought it would be fun to do a Handmade Halloween Gift Guide this year and so here we are with episode one! Usually people do handmade gift guides around the winter holidays, but I’m really more of a spooky girl, so I’m covering Halloween instead. Mizna Wada is a go-to shop all by herself so she is the subject of my first gift guide.
Above is her adorable Halloween Witch Pin ($8) made out of shrinky dink, made special for Halloween 2015. I ordered one myself because I collect handmade pins, and you can also buy this cutie as a ring.
Mizna Wada Bottled Girl in Red
Next up is this spooktacular Bottled Girl in Red ($10) which I am also the proud owner of (and the blue). With three designs in four colors the bottled girls are cute and unique. They’re made with a piece of clear plastic inside so it looks like the girl is floating; it’s quite clever actually. I got some early versions and I think they’re even better quality now.
Pastel Chainmail Necklace – Hidden Helix Pattern
Happy Monday everyone! I took the day off of work for a maybe-thesis-advising appointment at school which means for the first time in ages I 1) slept past 5 AM on a Monday and 2) had time to post a listing in the Walter and the Coov shop! About a month ago I convinced Walter to buy some beautiful pastel chainmail links and now that I’ve stolen the prototypes, new versions of each necklace have appeared in out shop! Above is the Hiddden Helix necklace, which you can wear in either a twisty or non-twisty state.
Pastel Chainmail Necklace – Shag Pattern
Next is my favorite, the Pastel Shag Necklace, which is so fun and lovely and unique. I really love pastel goth stuff and these, to me, are too beautiful. I really hope you like them too! Enjoy your Monday everyone, mine will be chaotic, but I’m hoping to get a lot done.
How to Quit Your Job
Note: Below is a very personal article about some struggles that I’m having as a public High School teacher. If you don’t teach High School this will probably not be interesting at all. Stop back later for our regularly scheduled programming.
I am contemplating some huge life changes. Last night, when I couldn’t sleep, I found myself doing a newly familiar Google search: “teaching sucks.” Hilarious because a lot comes up. Turns out that teaching public school is incredibly grueling, barely rewarding, and stressful beyond belief.
When I worked at a corporate job years ago (why did I ever leave) we had personality profile tests that we had to complete. It was fun actually, my chatty office bestie had to socialize to be productive, others have to innovate and experiment in a safe environment, and I, I have to be right. Sounds strange, but basically what the profile said was that I have to know exactly what my job is and I have to be able to execute is perfectly every time, otherwise I get recalcitrant. It’s completely accurate. My house is a mess, but at work, I’m an organized, obsessive perfectionist.
When you teach public school (any maybe this is only for Florida, which is as specific as I’m going to get for fear of retaliation) you have no real, specific things to do and no perfect, accurate way to execute it. “Do a Marzano scale board configuration,” they say three days before students return after a summer of silence, not giving us an example. “Do we add it to our standard board configuration and essential questions?” “Yes.” Except I have three different class preps that each needs two dry erase boards full of space, I only have two boards, and it has to change at least weekly? Only I have about 20 minutes before work to work, during which kids want to socialize, and 30 after work, during which kids want to socialize, so I have about zero minutes a day to change my board. Is my board right? Is it wrong? Someone came in, photographed it, and left silently. What is that? I can’t care about something I can’t do right, but I’m not apathetic, I’m pissed.
It’s been two weeks since High School (work) and graduate school started up again for me and it’s been very hard to find studio time. I know the next few months will be crazy so I’m just trying to soldier ahead as best I can. Above is an older Pullip custom I decided to finish, Space Babe, inspired by Rudy Fig. She’s very different from my normal style and I tried to do more with pastel blushing and colored pencils in addition to my normal acrylic paint. She’s almost finished and I’ll put her up for adoption when she’s done. Because of the chalk pastel I need to seal her with MSC but Florida has a constant 80% humidity when it’s not flat out raining (at least that’s what it feels like). I worked so hard on her now I’m scared to seal her.
Over the last few weeks I decided to go through my Monster High collection and get rid of a few dolls while reorganizing the rest. This is my “during” photo and everyone is almost organized now. They’re all out in our library, but the boys in the house keep touching them and messing up my meticulous arranging. They secretly love dolls, but are too manly to admit it, or so it seems. I’ve also been buying more custom dolls than stock dolls lately, have to support my doll customizing brothers and sisters, don’t you know.