Archive for the 'Art' Category

What’s Really Scary About Halloween

Image

This Halloween has been kind of, well, scary.

First, while researching Halloween costumes for little girls, I google-imaged female comic book characters. Oops. Mostly erotic fan art of our beloved princesses, heroines and lady sidekicks. It breaks my heart a little seeing one objectified female character after another online. The geeky art lover in me and the protective, feminist mom in me are torn. OK, there was that one somewhat tasteful, cartoon pinup of April O’Neil, though.

Secondly, that Fargo, N.D., woman and her fat-shaming letter to parents of obese kids? (I’m not even going to link it – google it if you have a burning desire to be angry today.) Mission accomplished. She’s a troll and she won. And even WAY before the actual holiday. People, please stop perpetuating people like her by reposting their stories. She’s literally one in 314 million Americans. Stop making assholes Internet infamous.

Third, if your town is banning teens from trick or treating, that’s super lame and I’m sorry. Slow clap for the people in charge of your town who made that rule. I don’t know the magic age, but 12, 13 and 14 year olds? They are kids. Let them enjoy the day. I was still playing with Barbie dolls at 12. I was certainly trick or treating.

Fourth, let’s talk about news outlets posting sex offender maps this time of year. It’s public information being used as a scare tactic on a slow news day or to boost online content. Pretty sure those losers are not opening their doors to trick or treaters today (by law). How about a useful story about coming up with a game plan for trick-or-treat scenarios like a creep inviting them into the house? Or what to do if they get separated from their group? Oh wait, you can’t simply grab that off of another site, lazy, mediocre journalists? (Yes you can.)

We have a lot of Halloweens ahead of us. I love this holiday and I refuse to let the media, and a very insignificant group of “authorities” and creeps take the fun out of it for my family and me. I hope the same is true for you and yours.

On a lighter note, and speaking of creepy stuff, this year I have been obsessed with vintage Halloween pics. If a gang of shorties showed up at my door tonight in some old-timey masks, I would surrender all of the candy. Enjoy!

And Happy Halloween!

Photo: http://horrorhomework.com

Rockin’ Gift Guide Part 5: All the Rest …

Okideoke Sing-Along Mic: Psychobabyonline.com

Yellow Owl Workshop City Stamp Set: Buyolympia.com

Retro Pedal Cars: Myretrobaby.com

Wind-up and Pull-back toys: Zwindups.com

Melissa & Doug Band in a Box: Psychobabyonline.com

Portable Electric Guitar: Firstactdiscovery.com

My First Music Science Kit: Shopwonder.com

Baby Corn: Etsy.com/shop/SteffBomb

Teddy Bear Parade: Holgatetoy.com

Chalkboard Matryoshkas: Spoonsisters.com

DIY Recorder: Uncommongoods.com

On Making the World Worthy of its Children

Pablo Picasso. Girl with a Boat (Maya Picasso). 1938. Oil on canvas. Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, Switzerland.

This:

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.” –Pablo Picasso

Fun for All, CONSTRUCTOR-Style – Craftaholics, Cupcakes, Tunes and More!

The annual CONSTRUCTOR Craft Fair Saturday promises DIY goodness.

Saturday!!! Saturday!!! Saturday!!! Prepare to get CONSTRUCTOR-ated!

It’s the “bad-ass” 4th Annual CONSTRUCTOR Craft Fair, an all-ages, free admission gathering in beautiful Berwyn, Ill., with something for everyone – homemade goods, grub, music, booze and CUPCAKES!

Organizers Norah Utley,  Fly Bird’s Julia Nash and 45 like-minded crafters gather to share their wears and eats with fellow craftaholics. The first 50 folks who show up receive a free swag bag full of goodies. The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at FitzGerald’s Nightclub.

Find jewelry, soap, house wares, clothes and accessories, plushies, earth-friendly creations and baby goods made from crafters nationwide – plus food trucks  stocked with fresh, locally made yums, including everyone’s favorite – CUPCAKES! Check out the vendor list.

No fair is complete without some jams (would you expect any less from Utley, Ms. Shit Sandwich Records herself?). Show goers enjoy performances by Girls Rock! Chicago (GR!C) campers (Woot! Our April Charity of the Month!). Indoors, the grads of GR!C June DJ camp spinning records (on the very same stage graced by Elisabeth Shue in “Adventures in Babysitting,” as a matter of fact). The outdoor stage will feature performances by camper band C4 at 3:30 p.m., and GR!C solo superstar Alex Lund at 4 p.m. GR!C’s booth will be selling posters, drink coozies, tote bags and more! Don’t miss it!

March Charity of the Month: The Awesome World Foundation

It all started with an idea. Then a book. Then a sequel. And now a world tour.

LA artist Dallas Clayton wrote a book for his son “about the idea of dreaming big and never giving up,” he explains. “I put it online and my whole life changed forever.”

He’s talking about “An Awesome Book” (which you can now get in hardcover and I urge you to do so if you haven’t already!).

I got this for Ollz when he was a baby. It’s all about following your dreams, no matter how crazy or unpopular. Kids of all ages love his whimsical illustrations and his message is abundantly clear: be true to yourself, have confidence in your ideas and don’t get caught up in the rat race (in a very kid-friendly way, of course).

Clayton started The Awesome World Foundation to give away one book for every copy sold. The giveaways are distributed to schools, hospitals, libraries, camps and shelters both domestically and worldwide.

His second book “An Awesome Book of Thanks!” compliments the idea of dreaming big with the notion of being thankful for all that you have. Another simple, but important life lesson told in Clayton’s trademark playful style.

The Spring 2011 Awesome World Tour kicks off this month. Clayton is looking for book reading venues from traditional places like school and libraries to, well, pretty much wherever a group can gather, in the following states: Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Email info@veryawesomeworld.com with your ideas!

Donations to the Awesome World Foundation can be made by clicking here. No donation is too small. With your help the Awesome World Foundation can reach more kids and inspire more dreams!

Cool Coloring Books for Your Lil’ Arteest

All books available at Amazon.


Enter your email addy to subscribe.

Join 21 other followers

Bettie Page Kids Clothing

140-Character Musings

Archives