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Garden Fairy Doors

TreeMax Fairy Door Realty - Helping find homes for Magical Creatures since 2015 - BobBlahBlah.comRecently, Lorie and I started crafting and selling small doors for magical creatures… and so, whether you need a home for your Gnomes, Hobbits, Pixies, Elves or Fairies… we have a door that is just right for your needs!

Some are fanciful… others quite rustic… some are colorful… and others understated.  Something for every taste.  Each is one-of-a-kind, and hand-crafted.  (Honestly, I would post pictures, but they change ALL. THE. TIME.)

Lorie has also made some fun and funky whimsical accessories… banners, flags, wind chimes and more…

You can find the full assortment of what is currently available, in our Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/GardenFairyDoors/

For fun, we also created TreeMax – a “Fairy Tale Realty Company”: http://treemax.ca/

And, if you want the full story on how we got started making Fairy Doors, you can find the details here: http://gardenfairies.ca/

 

 

Professional Sports And Moving Forward Past Tokenism

Was pleased and excited last week to hear about Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player, being selected in the NFL Draft.

Then, this week, I saw this video about the number WHERE he was picked… 249th overall.


The NFL Draft comes on the heels of NBA player, Jason Collins, announcing that he is gay.

The biggest difference between the two, is that Michael Sam has not yet “proven his worth” at the professional sports level, (he was drafted out of College, where he was extremely successful) whereas Jason Collins was nearing the end of his career, and had become a free agent, (prior to his being signed by the Brooklyn Nets in February 2014).

No doubt, it is difficult to be first.  There has to be a massive amount of consideration, prior to announcing something that is private, and frankly, SHOULDN’T MATTER TO ANYONE.

Why would any team or sports organization want anything BUT the best players, regardless of color, sexual orientation, nationality or whatever other criteria you want to divide people by.  And yet, it apparently still does.

In one article I read recently, this quote floored me…

One NFL coach, speaking anonymously to Sports Illustrated after Sam came out, said: “I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet.”

I sincerely hope I am wrong… but the Teams who are giving these players their opportunities, seem to be struggling to find success. And both Teams received a “bump” in merchandising revenues, when these signing announcements were made.  And that got me thinking about ‘tokenism’.

If you aren’t sure what tokenism is, here is the Dictionary.com definition:

TOKENISM:

1) the practice or policy of making no more than a token effort or gesture, as in offering opportunities to minorities equal to those of the majority.
2) any legislation, admissions policy, hiring practice, etc., that demonstrates only minimal compliance with rules, laws, or public pressure: Admitting one woman to the men’s club was merely tokenism.

In light of recent ugliness on Social Media by Boston “fans”, directed towards PK Subban (an African-American hockey player), it makes me wonder how far we’ve come, towards being an “enlightened” society.  Many retired hockey players admit, that they do research on the families and friends of opponents, in order to be able to “rile up” opponents in on-ice scrums.  But, as hockey fans, how do we so easily cast aside the legacy of Boston Bruin Willie O’Ree (the first hockey player to break the color barrier in 1958) and call out a player who is a visible minority.  PK Subban is a well spoken, skilled hockey player, who works hard (on and off the ice) to promote hockey as a sport for everyone.

Hopefully, the selection of an openly gay football player, Jason Collins’ announcement, more and  more visible minorities playing hockey, and inclusive organizations such as You Can Play – are just the beginning of a more open and inclusive sports environment, and the culture of sports will become more enlightened.  This would, I think, help move sports fans, and society as a whole, to a better place.

I don’t think that there should be quotas, or requirements, or any such “rules”… but simply allow the best players to play in the top sports leagues, without their ethnicity, skin color, or sexual orientation being of ANY concern.  I believe the only thing that any of these athletes wants, is to be considered on an equal basis, against the others competing for the available positions on the teams.

I don’t think ALL the idiots will ever go away.  But, in the last while, sports fans have seen a LOT of examples of team owners (such as Donald Sterling), team management (Michael Sam getting passed over 248 times), and team coaches (see the “anonymous” quote above), indicating that many of the idiots are still RUNNING the Teams.

Enough.

Haute Note – Personalized Note Cards And Stationery

As some of you may know… on October 1st, Lorie and I bought an online card business… Haute Note!

A company that produces custom cards, personalized notes and stationery.

We have a variety of note styles, as well as designs for every reason and every season.

We feel that in this day and age, when pretty much everyone on the planet has embraced the technology for sending emails, texts, PINS and communicating through any number of Social Networks — there are still occasions when it is “special” to get a card.  A keepsake, or reminder of a moment in time.

Whether a photo Holiday card, personalized Christmas cards, birthday invitations, wedding or baby announcements, save-the-date cards, or something else completely… we can customize and personalize any of the hundreds of designs of cards.

A set of 8 Signature cards makes a lovely hostess gift, a thank you gift, something nice for Aunt Sadie or the perfect something for the hard-to-buy-for person who has everything!

Below are a few examples, chosen at random from hundreds of styles and themes.

You can find more examples at HauteNote.com

(Click on any image below to open the images up in a Gallery Viewer)

phot_hpch_crem phot_cndy_gren_1 drea_popy_redd phot_scpt_taup_script_taupethanks_t2_1
flat_gree_hell_greetings_scripthello_3 phot_scpt_save_script_savethedate_t2 phot_hchr_strp_holidaycheer_stripes_t5b phot_bbra_blos_2
holi_holi_tree phot_anim_gren_animalcrackers_green_t1b drea_bran_cher holi_fest_juni
flat_crow_prin_crowns_princess_2 flat_crow_pair_crowns_royalpair_3 flat_addn_pinb_addition_pinblue_5 clas_nost_sugr_1
clas_tree_weve_1 clas_long_kngt_1 clas_holi_gift_1 clas_cbrn_plum
clas_nost_midn_1 cele_wedd_cake cele_gath_cups hn-crown-avi-reverse-w-border-500

(Click on any image above to see the cards in a Gallery Viewer)

Should you need a personal or corporate Christmas card… a card to announce a birth, or a birthday party… a wedding announcement or a BBQ invite… we have all these, and many more! Check us out at HauteNote.com

You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

 

“Legend Of The Tooth Fairy” – A Children’s Adventure Story

Today is the first of December, and the beginning of the Holiday shopping season… that time of year, when parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are starting to look for gifts for the children in their lives.

Legend of the Tooth Fairy - Fireside Stories Publishing - BobBlahBlah.comSome friends of mine have written a children’s adventure story, revolving around the Tooth Fairy, Dragons and their interactions with humans, led by the young boy, Garth and his group of friends.  Written by Bruce Kilby and Ken Johnson, and illustrated by Sean Cannon, the “Legend Of The Tooth Fairy“, is 239 pages full of a fantastic and engaging children’s adventure story… for less than $20!!!

The book is available through

Fireside Stories Publishing,

and available from Bruce,

at events in Langley, BC…

or you can purchase it

online through Amazon.

If you are in the Vancouver area, there will be a number of events in the Fraser Valley.  You can find the details on Bruce’s Fireside Stories Publishing website

The artwork on the Chapter Plates are, to me, striking reminders of the type of books I grew up reading.  Below is the Dragon illustration that kicks off Chapter Five.

Legend of the Tooth Fairy - Chapter Plate - Fireside Stories Publishing - BobBlahBlah.comIf you are looking for a great gift for a younger reader, Legend Of The Tooth Fairy might just fit the bill!

Happy shopping!!!

 

 

Special Characters

I don’t know about you, but I have a terrible time remembering keyboard shortcuts to make “Special Characters”.

There are only two I can usually remember, just because I use them so much:

Holding down the [ALT] key, and then typing the number 0169, when you release the [ALT] key, results in a Copyright symbol… like this ===>  ©

Holding down the [ALT] key, and then typing the number 0149, results in a heavy black dot symbol… like this ===>  •

Because I can never find a “good” reference chart for the ALT Special Character Codes, I thought I would post it on my Blog, so I always know where it is.

(Hopefully you will find it useful, as well)

SYMBOL

NAME

(ALT +)

Black smiley face

2

Male sign

11

Female sign

12

Sun

15

Up/Down arrow

18

Up arrow

24

Down arrow

25

Right arrow

26

Left arrow

27

Left/right arrow

29

Euro Currency

0128

ƒ

Dutch Florin

0131

Dagger

0134

Double Dagger

0135

List Dot

0149

En-dash

0150

Em-dash

0151

Trademark

0153

¡

Upside down exclamation mark

0161

¢

Cent sign

0162

£

British Pound

0163

¤

Generic currency symbol

0164

¥

Japanese Yen

0165

§

Section Symbol

0167

©

Copyrighted

0169

¬

Not symbol

0172

®

Reserved mark

0174

°

Degree symbol

0176

±

Plus/Minus

0177

µ

Micro

0181

Paragraph Symbol ((Pilcrow)

0182

¼

Fraction 1/4

0188

½

Fraction 1/2

0189

¾

Fraction 3/4

0190

¿

Upside down question mark

0191

÷

Division sign

0247

Service mark

8480

Celsius

8451

Care of

8453

Fahrenheit

8457

Number symbol

8470

Sound recording copyright

8471

Prescription/pharmaceutical symbol

8478

Ω

Ohm

8486

Inverted ohm

8487

Sunshine

9728

Cloud

9729

Umbrella

9730

Snowman

9731

Comet

9732

Star (solid)

9733

Star (outline)

9734

Lightning

9735

Thunderstorm

9736

Sun

9737

Ascending node

9738

Descending node

9739

Conjunction

9740

Opposition

9741

Phone (solid)

9742

Musical single bar note

9742

Phone (outline)

9743

Checkbox

9744

Ballot box

9745

Ballot box with X

9746

Saltire (St. Andrew’s Cross)

9747

Left-pointing index finger (solid)

9754

Right-pointing index finger (solid)

9755

Left-pointing index finger (outline)

9756

Upwards-pointing index finger (outline)

9757

Right-pointing index finger (outline)

9758

Downwards-pointing index finger (outline)

9759

Skull & crossbones

9760

Caution sign

9761

Radioactive sign

9762

Biohazard sign

9763

Caduceus or “Kerykeion”

9764

Ankh

9765

Eastern Christian cross

9766

Chi Rho cross

9767

Patriarchal cross

9768

Greek cross

9769

Crescent moon & star

9770

Farsi symbol

9771

Adi Shakti

9772

Hammer and sickle

9773

Peace sign

9774

Yin & yang

9775

Dharma wheel

9784

Frowning face

9785

Smiley face

9786

Black smiley face

9787

Waxing crescent moon

9789

Waning crescent moon

9790

Mercury

9791

Venus (female symbol)

9792

Earth symbol

9793

Mars (male symbol)

9794

Jupiter

9795

Saturn

9796

Uranus

9797

Neptune

9798

Pluto

9799

Aries

9800

Taurus

9801

Gemini

9802

Cancer

9803

Leo

9804

Virgo

9805

Libra

9806

Scorpio

9807

Sagittarius

9808

Capricorn

9809

Aquarius

9810

Pisces

9811

White king

9812

White queen

9813

White rook

9814

White bishop

9815

White knight

9816

White pawn

9817

Black king

9818

Black queen

9819

Black rook

9820

Black bishop

9821

Black knight

9822

Black pawn

9824

Black spade suit

9824

Red heart suit

9825

Red diamond suit

9826

Black club suit(or shamrock)

9827

Red spade suit

9828

Black heart suit (or valentine)

9829

Black diamond suit

9830

Red club suit

9831

Hot springs

9832

Musical quarter note

9833

Musical eighth note

9834

Musical single bar note

9835

Musical double bar note

9836

Flat note

9837

Natural note

9838

Sharp note

9839

Cut above

9985

Cut here

9986

Cut below

9987

Scissors

9988

Public pay phone

9990

Film reel (tape spool)

9991

Airport/airplane

9992

Envelope/mail/email

9993

Victory sign

9996

Signature/sign here

9997

Pencil diagonal down

9998

Pencil

9999

Pencil diagonal up

10000

Checkmark

10003

Heavy checkmark

10004

Multiplication sign/X

10005

Heavy multiplication sign/X

10006

Ballot X

10007

Heavy ballot X

10008

Latin Roman cross

10013

Latin cross 3D shadow

10014

Latin cross outline

10015

Maltese Cross

10016

Star of David

10017

Quotation mark single comma

10075

Quotation mark single comma

10076

Quotation mark double turned comma

10077

Quotation mark double comma

10078

 

Upside Downton Abbey

As everyone who follows me on Twitter knows (and if you aren’t a follower, why dontcha ???) I am a big Downton Abbey fan.

We got hooked, and wait with bated breath for each episode… trying desperately to avoid the spoilers on Social Media.

And, today, I came across the Sesame Street version of Downton Abbey:  “Upside Downton Abbey” featuring the dowager Countess and Carson.

Enjoy !!!

 

 

MyVegas Game on Facebook

Recently, our family took a trip to Las Vegas, to celebrate my nieces 21st Birthday.MyVegas - How to play MyVegas - BobBlahBlah.com

While we were there, I saw a LOT of advertising at MGM Resort properties for a game called MyVegas, which (unlike most Casino games) is played on Facebook.

MyVegas - How to play MyVegas - BobBlahBlah.comThe difference being, that MyVegas is a Facebook game, played to win real-life Las Vegas rewards at MGM Resort properties.

There is no cost to play (other than you have to have a Facebook account) and, although you can BUY chips, so far I’ve played enough to get a couple of free show tickets (a couple of hundred dollar value) without buying anything.

Because it is SUCH a new game (there are new aspects to the promotion that were unveiled less than a week ago) it is constantly changing, which from a marketing geek’s perspective, is quite fun to watch them try to engage and maintain their customer’s interest.

I’ve got a website detailing some of my observations and findings at http://LetTheChipsFall.com

Check it out, if it sounds like something you might be interested in !!!

(Getting stuff for free, is NEVER a bad thing, right ???)

Good luck !!!

 

 

 

Spirit Day

Purple Square - Spirit Day - BobBlahBlah.comToday is Spirit Day…

Recently we all heard about cyber-bullying causing a teen to commit suicide…

And we all rally around the sentiment “It Gets Better”

But does it ?

Tonight, I am watching on twitter, as adults spew venomous vitriol on Whoopi Goldberg, (@WhoopiGoldberg)  for her question to Ann Romney on The View, about the Mormon faith, and asking to clarify whether the faith precluded Mitt Romney or his five sons from military service.

She is being attacked, not with reason or argument, but with the blunt force of hate and vile insults.

I don’t know that we can say “It Gets Better”… I just think the venue changes for the playground bully, who, after graduation, can go online and throw stones from the safety of an anonymous twitter or facebook account.

Cyber-bullying is not something restricted to any particular age, religion or political view… but the rules have to change.

I do not like censorship.

But I dislike HATE SPEAK more.

 

 

Canada Day – The Perspective Of A Mountie

I just received this article from a friend, and thought I would share.

In spite of some recent news stories that paint the RCMP in a bad light, the sight of an RCMP Officer in Red Serge is still an inspiring and wonderfully iconic image.

The heritage and honour of the uniform gets put into a historic context, that some recent news stories and internal issues cannot tarnish*.

www.rcmpveteransvancouver.com/canada-day-the-perspective-of-a-mountie/

Andy Martin - Red Serge - RCMP

 * I do not mean to dismiss or diminish the challenges facing the RCMP… but THAT is not what THIS post is about.

Peninsula Arts Foundation – Any Body For Tea?

The Peninsula Arts Foundation is having a tea… and a spot of Murder !!!

Surrey Youth Theatre Company is putting on “Any Body For Tea” at White Rock’s First United Church on Saturday, April 21st.

(15385 Semiahmoo Avenue, White Rock)

Tickets are $8 for seniors, children & students, and $12 for adults.

Any Body For Tea - Peninsula Arts Foundation - BobBlahBlah.comAdmission includes tea, sweets and a door prize ticket.

Doors open at 1:30… Curtain rises at 2:00.

The play is written by C.B. Gilford, and concerns Detective Dennis O’Finn, investigating a suspicious death.

The Peninsula Arts Foundation is a registered non-profit organization, focused primarily on Arts education for youth within the White Rock and South Surrey communities of the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Hope to see you there !!!