Girls, Sports and a Sparkly Bird

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I live with men.  And a male dog.  So some of the things I love about stamping are glitter and ribbon and happy "girlie" colors.  Because we have conversations like this one.

I was watching the news this morning and there was a story about a boy who had a chance to go to the state wrestling championships, but he declined because his first opponent was a girl.  He just didn't feel like he could honor and respect her as a female while grappling with her in a wrestling match.  I'm a huge supporter of the "girls can do anything" idea.  Well, obviously there are a few things we can't do because of our physical size and make-up.  But if there's something someone wants to do, I don't think gender should stop him or her.  However, I totally get where this boy is coming from.  And that was the topic of our conversation this morning.  I mean, there are a lot of places you grab on your opponent when you're wrestling, and off the mat, any of them would be sexual harrassment.  Most boys I know would hold back – maybe even subconsciously – when sparring with a girl, and that's not fair to either one.  Or, if they go "all out," someone will accuse them of using excessive force because he was wrestling a girl.  And, given the fact that middle- and high school boys are….well, we know about hormones in 12-18 year old guys.  So it could be embarrassing for everyone. 

Anyway – it was a fun discussion with Mike and Jonathan, until Mike suggested girls should have their own wrestling teams.  And that's when I saw Jon's eyes light up and knew the conversation had just taken a seriously wrong turn.  Here's how it went:
Jon:  Yeah, I'd totally watch girls wrestle.
Mike:  And they should wear bikinis.
Jon:  And wrestle in pudding!

And that's when I kicked them out of the house and made them go to work.  I spent the morning stamping with wonderful women and had a lovely time.

On the way home, I was thinking about gift ideas, so I stopped by the dollar store to look around.  I found some really pretty vases, candle holders, dishes and things for, of course, $1, and decided to do this.

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This is a Jackie Topa idea.  She presented it at a regional seminar last year.  It was kind of easy once I figured out how to get both sides of the "sticker" sticky.  I slid some vellum card stock in between the adhesive sheets (see the mini catalog; item #120805, $14.95/12- 12"x12" sheets), punched the bird, wing and leaf, then put the "stickers" back in the adhesive sheets with the vellum on the sticky side of the sheet and rubbed to transfer the adhesive to the vellum. Voilá – a sticky on both sides bird sticker.  Then all I had to do was adhere the bird to the glass, add glitter and a pearl for the eye. 

Before you sign out – here are details for our "Spring Fling."

When – March 19, 10 a.m.
Where – 1437 Front Royal Rd., Winchester
How Much – $30 for 8 projects (4 cards, 4 other)

To be sure we have enough supplies, the cut-off date for registration is March 5.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot early!  Your registration will be complete and confirmed when payment is received.  You can pay with check, cash or credit card.  (See the paypal link on the sidebar or go here.)

Have a great day – and thanks for stopping by!

 

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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