Countdown to Christmas : Budsies

I love a good business idea, one that impacts the customer and brings them happiness. And this one is a winner: Budsies!

Julian brings home a lot of artwork and I love seeing his skills growing ever since he begun school. He creates a lot of things home too, be it on paper, canvas or by building Legos. The trouble is where to keep it all? I try taking a photo of most of the things before recycling it and feel bad about gashing them. But the reality is you cannot keep things forever-just don’t tell Julian, you remember his hoarding ways…

And that brings us to this little gem of a company. Budsies will turn your child’s artwork into an adorable plush toy that will stay with him forever. Move over teddy bears, here comes whatever your child has designed. Brilliant right?

As I type this Julian’s stuffed toy is being stitched by hand by someone wonderful who looked at his picture of TIE fighter and designed a creation to his exact instructions. How amazing and powerful does a child feel to hold his own art? I told you this Christmas present is a true winner.

I know Christmas is near but fear not. The reason I decided to feature this in my gift ideas series is because not only is this a great gift for your child it makes an even more fantastic gift for a parent you know. Right now you can purchase a gift certificate on their website and leave it under a Christmas tree of your loved ones. Dear grandmas and grandpas, uncles and aunts have you ever found a more cute and faster way to gift your favorite family members in one go? I think not. Kids get a toy, parents get a project and an OK to clean out the art drawer and you get the gift of the year award. Yep, Budsies rock.

I am excited to share with you Julian’s creation as soon as it arrives. In the mean time let me show you what his drawing was ( I actually told him to create what would be his ultimate coolest, awesomest toy to cuddle with and naturally it was a ship from StarWars). You can also CLICK HERE to browse some fantastic creations they made lately. Happy shopping!


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Countdown to Christmas : My print

Hows this for a Christmas gift:


Settle down. I am not giving away Max!

As my friends will tell you I can pitch well for other people but I am terrible at self promotion. I will keep it short because I am feeling all embarrassed as I type but I figured I have gotten enough emails from all over the world asking me to please print what appears to be everyone’s favorite Instagram photo of mine. So here goes:

This is an 8×8 art print titled ‘Best Friends’. It is printed in Texas by a fantastic printing company on a archival rag paper, signed and numbered by me as part of a 50 copies limited addition. You can order it by emailing me at . I will ship it to you in exchange for $40 to cover my cost and I promise I will donate a portion of that to our local Animal shelter WAIF ( which if you are from Whidbey is a great place to shop for super cool vintage stuff). Thank you xo

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Boy flu

Yesterday I got a call from Julian’s school requesting to pick him up because he is running high fever.

I rushed from the farm and as I entered the nurse’s office my poor boy looked miserable. I could tell he was hurting. As we drove home I suggested we get comfy, make a cup of tea and watch some StarWars. He said ‘no thanks’. Clearly he was very sick!

Once home he started crying and whining and feeling really sorry for himself. I could see the man flu coming! It was now or never, it was my duty as a woman to stop the circle of self pity over a germ attack. I sat down and explained to my sweet 7 year old son that when one is unwell he must find ways to beat the sickness. To fight it, to listen to the people who can help him and to listen to his body. I told him that fever is good and means that his body is working overtime. We talked about the army of blood cells fighting against the bad virus inside of him right now and that it is his duty as a leader to give them all the support by resting and drinking fluids. He calmed down and fell asleep.

Over the afternoon Julian threw up often, battled high fever and caught loads. But through it all he was kind and polite, thanking me for everything I did, asking if he can help me clean up after him, offering to go back to bed so I can finish making dinner for the rest of us. He continues to be beyond wonderful this morning and is feeling much better.

I cannot believe that I managed to nip the man flu symptoms in a bud. Researchers have found that a positive attitude with a general attitude of vigor is associated with less severe symptoms of flu and cold*. I just wish other men would follow suit. In the mean time all girls 10 and bellow who one day might be my son’s chosen one: YOU ARE WELCOME!


* Turner, R.B. The common cold. In: Mandell, G.L., Bennett, J.E., Dolin, R., eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2009: Chap 53.

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