riddle

Here’s a question for you: what do little girl’s tongues, a hot glue gun and an ice pack have in common?

The answer is that they are all tools I have been using this morning in preparing the invitations for Kristian’s naming ceremony. The little girl’s tongues were used to lick the envelopes before sealing them; the ice pack was used for sitting the wax stamps on before making impressions; and the glue gun is used for melting the wax onto the envelopes.

We ordered some of this wax a month or two ago but this is the first experimentation I’ve done with it. Previously I used the old fashioned kind of wicked wax sticks. I think it will take practise still to get the technique perfected, but I’m quite pleased with how the seals came out. I wasn’t using the ice to start with but I think it makes a definite difference to the quality of the impression.

I want more sealing stamps. I’ve been lusting over the tetragrammaton one for ages but it’s so expensive. :(

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self-medicating

Study finds chocolate has anti-depressant qualities

A study of 3,000 people by the Black Dog Institute found 45 per cent of people with depression craved chocolate.

“Of those 45 per cent, 60 per cent found that the chocolate improved their mood when they were depressed,” Joanne Crawford, study co-author said.

This is hardly new news though, I have read of studies like that before. And I’ve been conducting a long term, small sample study of the phenomenon myself for, oh, my whole life. :)

They believe it is the endorphins and opoids in chocolate which make people feel more relaxed.

“The opoids are morphine-like and lower pain and that also flows through into mental wellbeing,” Professor Gordon Parker from the Black Dog Institute said.

One does love those opium-like substances.

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success

Incase you were dreadfully curious, eventually I succeeded in procuring a pair of My First Fiskars┬« Scissors from Officeworks. I was trying to decide between those and a pair of Crayola ones. There were advantages that both had. The Crayola ones had a longer cutting length, but the Fiskars ones have a “Spring-like” action and in the end I thought that would make it easier for Abigail (and, eventually, Kristian) while they are learning.

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counterfeit… baby wipes?

I came across this article after I did a survey on the Huggies Baby Club website. It’s talking about some counterfeit baby wipes that they have learned of:

It has come to our attention that an organisation is illegally applying the Huggies® Baby Wipes logo, graphics and artwork to packaging containing wipes which have been made in China. The packaging also uses similar colours to those used for the genuine product.

I know that imitation products isn’t exactly funny, but at first glance it makes me laugh, referring to counterfeit baby wipes :)

counterfeit… baby wipes?

scissors

scissorsAbigail has started to show an interest in the workings of scissors. Previously I have always flat out denied her requests to use some, but I think she is ready to start learning now. We had a pair of those almost useless plastic encased children’s safety scissors that we got when Stephanie was starting to learn how to use scissors. I was helping her use them the other day and they weren’t working very well (well.. you know, extra less well than they should work!) and upon examination I discovered that they were broken. Worn out. So I’ve been trying to get some more.

It’s proving ridiculously difficult. They’re the kind of things you see around everywhere when you’re not looking for them but when you actually want some, forget it. None in the supermarket. None in Big W. None in the newsagent! None in the cheap shop. I’m thinking I may have to go to The Blue Shop to look there, though a look at their website indicates they don’t have exactly the kind that I am looking for but might have some other ones that will be suitable. At, you know, four times the price.

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