Saturday, September 29, 2007

Here's something for a real couch potato!

Here's something cool I found at Towards 2012. I think I'm going to make some lawn furniture like this. I got the "how-to" from Ready Made Mag and I have included it here along with observations and comments of my own.

Before you begin, figure the dirt you need by multiplying the dimensions of the couch you plan to make. That would be the "length" x "width" x "height". Next, locate a suitable spot. Think it through because you won't be able to move it once you've got it done. Clear the area of grass and weeds until you have level ground, then sketch the shape of the couch into the dirt with a stick.

Drive wood stakes into the ground along the perimeter of your sofa-shaped sketch, every 18" or so, to a depth of about 12". These will secure the form.

Attach waferboard to the stakes to create the walls of the form (illustration 2). Use a handsaw to trim the waferboard to size. Drive in a nail every 4" along each stake to secure the boards.

This looks like the hardest part to me. And I think that it might be easier to lay it out first, then attach the wafer board to stakes. You would then be pounding in a premade "wall" which would be easier than trying to nail waferboard to stakes driven into the ground.


Start shoveling dirt into the form. Here's where things get messy. Once a foot of dirt is in place, water lightly and compress by stomping around on top of it. Do a good job of compressing! This thing is going to have to stand up on it's own!

Once the basic shape is in place and secure, carefully remove the waferboard form. Praying the whole time that it holds together and doesn't slump into a big pile of wet dirt!

Mold the shape to your liking. Remove any loose debris and sprinkle the sofa and other areas you'll be sodding with a healthy layer of fertilizer and gypsite. (Is gypsite the same as gypsum? I wonder...) Water lightly. You don't want to water it too heavily or it will begin to "melt".

For extra support, lay strips of poultry netting over the arms and back. It will be really helpful if the poultry netting is already bent to the correct shape. Don't try to bend it over the arms and back of your "sofa". Poultry netting can be very ornery at times - I can just see it destroying all your careful work. So, measure and bend it and then lay it on.

Now it's time to lay the sod. Press down the edges to create a smooth surface clear to the ground. Stagger the rows so the seams don't fall in a line, and use chopsticks or planting stakes to keep them in place over the wire. If you want to plant anything else on your sofa, now is the time to do that too. I was thinking how cool it would look with flowers trailing down the back...

During the next few weeks, water your sofa often, soaking it thoroughly. Once the sod has taken root, remove the chopsticks or planting stakes. Trim as needed.

And, of course, keep the sheep off of it! I wonder if it would be a good idea to shore up the sides and the back with some big rocks around the base of the sides and the back...

I'm thinking how cool it would be to do a whole little outdoor living area. Maybe even have a "coffee table" complete with strawberries and mint growing out of the center of it. I wonder how well something like this would hold up.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

What does your name mean?

I was fiddling around today, following links, looking for cool mandala art and over the top pictures for more cool pictures... when I stumbled into this little place on the world wide web.



Here are the results for my first name: Shirley

  • Although the name Shirley creates an active mind and a restless urge to explore new ideas, we emphasize that it causes a superior, interfering expression whose favorite expression is "I know."
  • This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the solar plexus, worry, and mental tension.
  • As Shirley you seek change, travel, new opportunities, and new challenges.
  • Your active, restless nature demands action and you dislike system and monotony.
  • As you are versatile and capable, you could do any job well, although you would not like to do menial tasks.
  • Having considerable vision, you could be adept at formulating new, more effective ways of doing things.
  • You could organize the work of others, though in your impatience to see the job done efficiently, you would likely step right in and do it yourself.
  • You could work well in sales and promotion, and would not be afraid to risk a gamble as the name gives you much self-confidence.

Your full name creates the overall conditions in your life as well as your destiny. It is a very important factor. Click here for a report on the impact your first and last names combined have on your life. You will be amazed at the accuracy of this report!

Wasn't that fun and interesting? Amazingly accurate too. Why don't you try it? Let me know if it's accurate for you?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I got a toy for my blog!

It's a virtual tiger! I think he's kinda cute, don't you? If you click on the "more" button you can get food out and if you put the steak by his mouth and click, he'll take a bite out of it. LOL.



Ok, I know it's dumb...
I just wanted to be 7 years old again so I could rethink my goal of emmulating that spartan boy! Besides, I think my granddaughter will love him.

Monday, September 17, 2007

My Etsy Store

I was on a website today, and I noticed that they had this really cool widget with their Etsy stuff in it. So, I dashed over to Etsy... spent an inordinantly long time trying to remember my user name and password. Finally got that figured out, and went in and looked at my store.

I hadn't been there in a really long time, and was surprised to see how nice it looked. I think I was expecting cobwebs and dust and stuff... Anyway, I then uploaded 2 new mandalas, and found the script for this cool little widget. I'm going to put it in the sidebar over at Mandala Madness.

So, what do you think? Is it cute or what? Doesn't it just make you want to BUY one?

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cool Folk Art from India

The Goddess Kali, isn't she spectacular?

And check this one out! Such power!

These are Madhubani paintings. Madhubani means "Forest of Honey". I think they are just incredible. If I had money, I'd buy one of these for me for my birthday! Instead, it looks like I'm going to try to copy some of them and see how that goes. They don't look that hard to draw - and maybe I'll end up with more new and cool paintings.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Look what I managed to do!

Check this out! I asked for a review of one of my blogs, and here's the reply I recieved.

Hi Shirley,Your web site review of "way cool pictures" will be posted on Tuesday the 18th at 6 am. It will be there for the whole day. I would like to wish you continued success with your blog. We enjoyed it. Phil Matson your-relevant.com


Isn't that cool?
Here's the email I sent.


On 9/12/07, SHIRLEY GIBSON wrote:
I was hoping you would find the time to post a review of my blog.
It would be deeply appreciated.

My name is: Shirley Gibson
The name of the website is: Way Cool Pictures
The URL is: http://waycoolpictures.blogspot.com/

This is a picture blog. New images are uploaded daily. There are funny pictures, adorable cute animals, odd houses, interesting art, amazing nature photos, etc. Something different every day.

The coolest thing about Way Cool Pictures is that: Nothing offensive is ever posted . I put all the offensive, over the top, shockingly ridiculous and raunchy stuff on More Cool Pictures ... and then combined the two together in One Cool Picture After Another.

Thank you so much for reading my email and considering my blog for a possible review.
Blessings,
Shirley

Monday, September 10, 2007

Creating banners for Sandra



Today I have been working on banners for a website that a friend of mine is putting together. This is my favorite one so far. Once I get a feel for the way she wants the web pages to look, and after we decide on the banners and the landing page, I'll probably be making some buttons.

I'm not really an expert at web design, nor am I all that proficient in photoshop, so I went looking for tutorials and found some great tutorial resources over at Dennis Plucinik's blog on E-commerce and Web Design. He has free photoshop buttons for download, a long list of photoshop tutorials.

Other resources for tutorials include:

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

I made a sale at Cafe Press

I made a sale at Cafe Press! How cool is that?
Here's what I sold. It's an I Love to Paint Sticker.



Now, admitedly it's a cool design... but why doesn't it say "I love to paint"? That's just stupid! I have a whole bunch of designs with this same image - all tagged with the title of "I love to paint" and not a single one actually says that ON the item itself.

Clearly, I need to get in there and redo a whole bunch of stuff! If I can sell that sticker, with no advertising, and it doesn't even say "I love to paint" on it... then I can sell the rest of the cool stuff once I get the words on there and the design advertised.

So, interestingly, instead of being happy and excited about making a sale - I'm freaking out and embarassed that the item I made wasn't even better than it is. And that's just dumb! Maybe even as dumb as NOT putting "I love to paint" on the acual items!

I think this calls for a six pack of beer and a movie! maybe even two movies!

I did it!

Hey, I did it!
I am now a "Micro Lender" at Kiva.
How cool is that?

Maria Caicedo is the person I am lending to. If you want to, you can check out my profile page.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Pain Free with Abraham Hicks

From The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent by Abraham Hicks

  • It is natural for my body to be well.
  • Even if I don't know what to do in order to get better, my body does.
  • I have trillions of cells, with individual Consciousness, and they know how to achieve their individual balance.
  • When this condition began, I didn't know what I know now.
  • If I'd known then what I know now, this condition couldn't have gotten started.
  • I don't need to understand the cause of this illness.


  • I don't need to explain how it is that I'm experiencing this illness.
  • It doesn't matter that it got started, because it's reversing it's course right now.
  • It's natural that it would take some time for my body to begin to align to my improved thoughts of well being.
  • There's no hurry about any of this.
  • My body knows what to do.


  • Well-Being is natural to me.
  • My inner being is intricately aware of my physical body.
  • My cells are asking for what they need in order to thrive, and Source Energy is answering those requests.
  • I'm in very good hands.
  • I will relax now, to allow communication between my body and my Source.


  • My only work is to relax and breathe.
  • I can do that.-I can do that easily.
  • This sensation of pain is an indicator that Source is responding to my cellular request for Energy.
  • This sensation of pain is a wonderful indicator that help is on the way.
  • I will relax into this sensation of pain because I understand that it's indicating improvement.


  • My body is flesh and bone, but my body is also vibration.
  • The way my body looks and feels is a result of my vibration.
  • My body is as it is right now, and that is alright.
  • My body is continually changing, and that is alright.
  • My vibrational offering affects the changes in my body.


  • Physical decline is about vibration, not about passing through time.
  • It is possible for me to pass through time and improve my vibration.
  • Physical decline is neither natural nor necessary.
  • I do not have to wait for others to know this or demonstrate this.
  • I can begin now, or whenever I choose, to demonstrate this.
  • A shift in my vibration won't give me instant physical evidence.


  • A shift in my vibration will give me instant emotional evidence.
  • Once I achieve a vibrational shift and stabilize there, I'll see evidence.
  • I'm willing to shift my vibration and wait for the physical evidence.
  • Feeling better emotionally will be adequate evidence for now.
  • Finding and maintaining positive expectancy is wonderful.


  • I can feel my body benefiting from my new found ease.
  • I can feel the stability of my physical body.
  • I can feel the life-giving qualities of my new Energy alignment.
  • I can feel that I'm coming into Energy Balance.
  • I can feel how much my body enjoys my Energy Balance.


  • All is well with me right now and getting better still...

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Me at Southpark

I found a nifty little website with a really cool tool that allows you to create your own Southpark persona. I had a lot of fun playing around there. And so now I'm sharing. The link is: http://www.sp-studio.de/

The instructions on how to save your person are a little bit confusing. Basically, what you have to do is use a screen capture to grab the image, and then you have to take that screen capture image into a graphics program and crop out your little person. Which is a lot easier than it sounds.

On your keyboard somewhere there should be a key that says "print screen". Press that key when you have your person just how you want them to be. Nothing will happen when you press the key. Then open up a graphics program like Paint, Microsoft Photo Editor, Adobe, Paint Shop Pro, Gimp, whatever graphics program you happen to have. Once you get the program open, you may need to open a "new" file, at which point you can "paste" your image.

I'm sure that's about as clear as mud.

But wait... there's more about me!

We are all in this together -- by ourselves.
~Lily Tomlin



A small (ok, maybe it's not so small) personal history:

I was born in Ecuador SA, where my parents were missionaries. (more about that can be seen here if you are interested). When I was 17 I ran away from home (Cali, Colombia) and ended up in Kansas City, where I lived on the wild side in communes and flop houses, practicing "free love" and pretty much embracing the "flower child" lifestyle. Eventually I settled for less, and got married, raised children and ended up living a rather mediocre and unsatisfactory life.

To stay sane, I practiced transcendental meditation and spent a lot of time taking care of chickens, dogs, ducks, flowers, children,cats, rabbits, and whatever else came my way to take care of. I took care of everyone except for myself. Then, I had a series of miscarriages, planned a number of suicide scenarios, had a dream that I saw God, and then woke up realizing that I was done with life as I had been doing it.

I enrolled in the toughest dog training school in the midwest, and learned how to confront my fears under the strong arm and eagle eye of former army marine drill sargeant Frank Catania. It was the most terrifying 6 weeks of my entire life, worse even than being sent away to boarding school at the age of 5. But I got through it, and for several years, worked as a full time dog trainer. I trained a lot of dogs. It was very hard work, and almost very satisfying. Key word being "almost".

Being self employed allowed me to explore all sorts of different things, and during this period of being financially secure (still married - albeit unhappily)I delved into Native American Spirituality, studied Reiki became a Reiki Master, and a hypnotherapist, walked on fire, dug up crystals, visited shamans, had visions, worked in the dream time, read a gagillion books, and discovered that I was an artist.

And then I got divorced, my financial security immediatly disappeared, and so I got scared, and went out and got a "real" job and embarked once again on a life of not quite doing what I really wanted to do, and not quite being who I really wanted to be. I did continue to practice the native american spirituality, and I did continue to pursue shamanic training, but I rarely found time for art, and I spent most of my time trying hard to convince myself that I could be "good enough" and looking for that reassurance in the eyes of other people.

I hated my job.
I hated it so much that I wanted to throw up, literally, whenever I thought about going to work. I made elaborate suicide plans. I went to counseling. I hated myself almost as much as I hated my job. The therapist wanted to put me on medication. I refused. She said, "but Shirley, if you had cancer, wouldn't you take medication for that?" and I said, "no, if I had cancer I would be happy, and I would die." That's how bad it got.

A number of interesting things happened after that conversation. I quit my job. Found a job I really loved. Lost that job when business took a nose dive. Was unemployed for almost a year. Got into very bad financial situation. Realized that I was getting old. Fell into a terrible depression. Was immobilized for months. Finally, I found a job doing the worst possible thing with the worst possible schedule for the least amount of money. It occured to me that the job was going to actually kill me. It occured to me that I didn't care.

To satisfy my sister, who was worrying about me, I started an art project. Middle of the Night Art. Every night at work, I would draw and color a "mandala" of what the inside of my heart looked like. It was the most intense spiritual work I have ever done. I decided that I didn't care if the pictures were stupid. I decided that I didn't care if I was stupid. I decided that I didn't care what other people thought of me. I quit looking into other people's eyes for validation.

Life sucked. I sucked. And that was OK.

One day, I watched The Lord of the Rings and decided to change my life altogether. I decided to pick out who I wanted to be, and just act as if I was that. I decided to recreate me in the image and likeness of my best me, which would have to (of course) also include the image and likeness of the worst me. And that's what I am working at right now. Finding out how to be at peace with the best and the worst of myself, the best and the worst of life on earth as a human woman.



From other facts we may run away, but after every consciously or unconsciously maneuvered escape, we find ourselves back where we started, with ourselves on our hands.
~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Still talking about myself

He flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.
~Stephen Leacock



"Leap"
by Shirley Gibson



Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
~Agnes de Mille




"Flow"
by Shirley Gibson


Personality is not so much like a structure as like a river - it continuously flows, and to be a person is to be engaged in a perpetual process of becoming.
~Harry Emerson Fosdick

-oOo-


This is my flow,
my leap after leap in the dark:

Way Cool Quotes, Mandala Madness, Question of the Day, Way Cool Pictures, The Prosperity Project Green Dolphin Studio, Green Dolphin at Cafe Press, Gospel Missionary,


-oOo-

Talking about myself - again....

Hmmm.. what shall I say about myself? Well, I am an intensely creative person. I love working on big impossible projects. And I get insanely bored with routines and stuff that happens every day - like dishes, and laundry, and full time employment.

Writing about myself is always just.. well intimidating. Let me see.... I am an artist currently exploring gypsy magic. I am also a Reiki master, a shaman, a mother, and a grandmother. I am currently working on a number of seemingly totally unrelated internet projects.

My art can be found at Green Dolphin Studio and also at Mandala Madness at Etsy . I also have a store front at cafe press where you can find a lot of cool stuff with my art on it.

I have been working with some friends of mine, exploring various approaches to prosperity. We blog about it at The Prosperity Project and if you are interested in joining us, we would be delighted to have you. So far we have tried prayer, acts of kindness, feng shui and decluttering, Steve Pavlina's million dollar experiment, a Ganesh mantra to remove obstacles, and putting God First. We are just finishing up 30 days of "Gratitude", and have not yet decided for sure on what's coming up next. It has been a life changing and awesome experience.

I have been exploring and practicing Gypsy Magic and made a little blog site to share the spells I have been using and my experiences with them. It's been a lot of fun.. and works really well for me, although I do not update there very often. Come see it, and try a spell or two.

My parents were missionaries in Ecuador South America. And I grew up there, and in an effort to assimilate and make sense out of that experience I collected my dad's photos (he is an awesome photographer) and made a line of greeting cards from them. I am now working on getting a little website made and in the mean time, when I have time, I am blogging the images and other stuff from my childhood at The Gospel Missionary Message, while at the same time creating cool stuff at yet another cafe press shop. This one is the Gospel Message at Cafe Press.

You might wonder how it is that gospel missionary and gypsy magic are both projects that I am deeply immersed in.. I wonder that too. One of the things that I constantly struggle with is that my core beliefs are often seemingly in direct conflict with one another.

This has been a big struggle for me until recently. And I have been able to resolve it in a way that really surprised me. I happened to take an online test just for fun, to see what my religion was. When the answer came up that I am a Buddhist, something delightful happened. I decided to be a Buddhist! And now, whenever life gets troublesome, or stuff happens, I just remember that - Oh yes, I'm a Buddhist. Life is suffering! But it's an illusion, so it doesn't matter. And then I smile, and breathe, and laugh at myself, and the troublesome stuff just dissapates. It's been like a miracle for me.

My sister has been adding some really awesome poetry to my series of mandalas, and I have uploaded some them here for you all to enjoy on my blog here at Zaadz. I have also made a small website them, and for all things mandala that interest me. It can be found at Mandala Madness the blog. And I have been blogging my favorite quotes at Way Cool Quotes, and tons of really neat pictures at Way Cool Pictures.

So, I don't know what else to say except. Hello and Goodbye..
And that reminds me of an old Gypsy saying, the english translation goes something like this:

Go with God!
Stay with God!
Go, for God's sake!
Stay, for God's sake!
By God!

LOL

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