Growing Up Little

A woman exploring the world of BDSM and sharing what she discovers…

Silent Words

Silent_Words_CoverMy Rating:  4 Stars

Four Stars

My Review

“The tiny word factory hidden behind her heart shuts down.”

Silent Words is not your average children’s book.

Zelda is a happy, talkative child, with loving parents, until a storm changes everything.

The futuristic styled illustrations are a diving board into a world of limitless imagination for a child to explore and become lost in.

While the story itself is a sad one, the ending is filled with hope and healing.

There aren’t a lot of great children’s books based around bereavement – this is one of them.

“LOVE, SAFE, HAPPY, HOME.”

If you are looking for a book to read to a child to help them with the loss of a loved one – I would highly recommend it.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Zelda loves to talk. She always asks a million questions and her head is full of words like apple, bunny, cartwheel and dwizzledoodle. But when a sudden storm turns Zelda’s world upside down, all her words go silent. Zelda must embark on a quest across mountains, forests and oceans to find her parents—and her voice.

This moving tale about loss and hope will tug at your heartstrings. Author Chantal Fournier’s poetic storytelling style and illustrator Nicolas Lajeunesse’s evocative artwork combine to create a poignant story in which a child discovers comfort in the power of words.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

TogetherChantal Fournier (Author)

Originally from a small-ish city not too far from Montreal, I now live in Toronto, Canada, after a long stint on the beautiful Canadian West Coast, where I taught French to university students.

Silent Words, the story of a girl floating on a peculiar cloud, is my debut book. It is the fruit of a long collaboration with my artistic husband, Nicolas.

Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator)

As the son of a sculptor and the grandson of a painter, art has always been a part of my life. After studying filmmaking in Montreal and working with my father for a few years, I left my French-Canadian roots and headed for the West Coast, where I discovered digital arts.

I live in Toronto, Canada, with my wife and family.

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Sticky Situation

Gum City…

Okay – this is super cool… check this out…

Gum City

This was created by artist, Jeremy Laffon.  He stacked thousands of unused pieces of gum together to create a city!

Why didn’t I think of that! 

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Who Is Ana Serrano?

I stumbled upon the work on Ana Serrano on Pinterest… which eventually led me to her website.

Who is Ana Serrano?

Ana Serrano is a first generation Mexican American born in Los Angeles, California in 1983. Inspired by both of the cultural contexts in her life, she creates work utilizing a variety of mediums including drawing, collage, sculpture, and motion. Her work bears reference to those in low socioeconomic positions, with particular interest in the customs and beliefs, as well as the architecture, fashion, and informal economies present within this segment of society. A current theme explored in her work is the socio-cultural aspects of drug trafficking, and the branding and acceptance of the drug lord lifestyle. She is a recent graduate of Art Center College of Design and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

I find her work fascinating and unique.  Here are some examples of what she does:

Art by Ana Serrano

Art by Ana Serrano

 

From what I can tell… (in the examples of her work I am showing here)…  she uses mostly cardboard, paper, paint and photos, to create replica’s of buildings or places that she has photographed herself.

Some more examples:

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A few others….

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I adore her work!  I love discovering new artists!

To learn more about her… visit her website.

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Fat Positive Book Giveaway!

The Nearsighted Owl is having a Giveaway…

One person will win a Kindle edition or paperback copy of all three books:
Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion
Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body
Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir
Three follow-up winners will win a 4×6 print of their choice from her shop.
Prints like this:
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Actually… what the heck am I doing….  I should not be telling ALL of you!  I entered the contest!  The more people who enter, the worse my chances of winning….
Hmmm…. On second thought… please DO NOT go to her fantastic and fat activist blog, which is full of great stuff!
(I obviously didn’t think THAT one all the way through!  Sounds like me, doesn’t it?)
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True Colours – Rubber Band Ball

TRUE COLOURS

Rubber Band Ball

Photo by:  Ryan Hermann

True Colours Rubber Band Ball

This photo reminded me so much of the song True Colors…

You with the sad eyes, don’t be discouraged Oh I realize, it’s hard to take courage In a world full of people, you can lose sight of it And the darkness inside you makes you feel so small

But I see your true colors shining through I see your true colors, that’s why I love you So don’t be afraid to let them show your true colors Your true colors are beautiful Like a rainbow Like a rainbow

Show me a smile then, don’t be unhappy Can’t remember when I last saw you laughing If this world makes you crazy and you’ve taken all you can bear You call me up because you know I’ll be there

And I see your true colors shining through I see your true colors, that’s why I love you So don’t be afraid to let them show your true colors True colors are beautiful (Cheer up!) like a rainbow

I see your colors though they appear to be different You should never be afraid because your difference is the difference We live in a time where to be yourself is hard And the way you really feel can leave you emotionally scarred But stay strong, stand firm and never back down Being yourself is the only way to act that (Like a rainbow) Trust me, I’m a fighter and a lover But the only time I fight is to reveal my true colors You know

I see your true colors shining through I see your true colors, that’s why I love you So don’t be afraid to let them show your true colors True colors are beautiful like a rainbow Like a rainbow Your true colors, yeah Your true colors, yeah I see them, your true colors You with the sad eyes

 

Special Thanks To:  Ryan Hermann at ryanhermann.com for the beautiful photograph. 

He takes some amazing macro photos… check him out!

 

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Fat Art – Chris Campbell

Fat Art

 

Floating Flower by Chris Campbell

Floating Flower by Chris Campbell

 

 

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Shadow and Light – Artwork

I love stumbling upon artists that I end up loving.  The beauty in this piece below…  I adore it!

Check this out…

 

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Azberbaijan-based artist Rashad Alakbarov creates wonderful shadow art using everyday objects and reflecting their shadows to create wonderful cityscapes and portraits.  Special thanks to blog:  Twisted Sifter… where I stumbled upon his work!

To check out more of Rashad Alakbarov’s work check him out on:  Facebook

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An extended visit with Daddy

I am so excited.  I will be spending TWO whole days with Daddy this week.  Usually it’s only one!  I have decided to leave a day earlier, just because there is snow due and I’m worried about getting caught up in the mess of it.  So I’m going in a day early… that way I will be stress free, no chance of the roads closing and messing up our plans!  We will get to spend all Wednesday together and then all of Friday too!

On Thursday, I will shop and entertain myself for the day.  Which will be fun too!

For Daddy, of course

For Daddy, of course

 

Getting away from the current pressures I have at home… will be a nice, revitalizing break as well.  Time for me.  It’s okay – I deserve it.

I plan to bring all my colouring books and doodle pads and crayons, markers, pencil crayons with me.  Might get to do some with Daddy and some when Daddy isn’t around to play too.  This one… I haven’t given to him yet but plan too!  I hope he will like it.  I like the rainbow in it.  I love rainbows and I love unicorns too.  I wish there were a nice way to make white show up in crayons on paper…but it never looks right unfortunately!  So a pink unicorn it is!

Then there is this velvet marker picture…

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Another picture for Daddy.  These velvet pictures are fun and super easy to do.  Colouring takes me and makes me Little.  That glorious place of innocence and vulnerability.  The world goes away and it all becomes about what the best colour choices are.  It’s a wonderful, very zen feeling.

I will be seeing Daddy very soon and I am so desperately looking forward to being little for long stretches of time.  Being under his safe watch… being able to go further on that tether of reality… get lost for longer, for deeper…  One day… might that tether snap?  I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be the worst thing to ever happen to someone.  What do you guys think?

Reality…. the value of it.  What is it’s worth?  Any ideas?

Curious.

 
 

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Art

Paint on wood.  Artist:  Oliver Clegg

Paint on wood. Artist: Oliver Clegg

 

Thought this was absolutely beautiful and wanted to share with all of you.

Artist:  Oliver Clegg.

 

 

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World’s Fattest Lady – Artwork

 

 

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I stumbled upon this artwork created by Natalie Perkins at definatalie.com and wanted to share it with all of you.  Let me know what you guys think!

 

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