Do you ever think you have a good idea only to find out that someone has already created it and trademarked it? In some ways, I think snapping a photo is easier because that is already your copyright. Even writing words seems easier at times. That is why I like writing my opinion because that can’t be copyrighted. Well, at least I don’t think so.
I understand people wanting to protect their designs and creations, but on the other hand soon you won’t be able to say a particular word or phrase without paying the copyright “owner”. I find that annoying.
Part of this is because of the exposition of the internet and that makes the world seem smaller in some ways (six degrees of separation).
How can you be original? Then if you are original and create a work truly in isolation, only to find something was already done on the internet; what do you do?
Creatively frustrated and annoyed (or maybe my off emo day) ~
In this simple video I demonstrate how to mount 8X8 photos on black foam board to be mounted on the wall.
For this project you will need:
8X10 Foam sheets (Gator Foam) I used 3/4 inch black foam board
Exacto Knife (Adult project. Be careful and use at your own risk.)
Command strips to mount on wall
This was my first art day in quite some time. As this is the original purpose of my blog here. I hope to improve my blog and refocus! I really enjoy doing voice overs on the video. It’s really fun. Things will improve as I get assistance in the video department and then all I need to do is talk. My husband says I put him to sleep when I talk to him.
I decided to create a separate blog for Champ 1 gene mutation. Let’s see how that goes! I primarily created Esther Bautista Designs to be my blog about art, but as I have ADD and am all over the place it has morphed into many things. I have been severely creatively blocked recently, trying to go back to school to get an A.A. in Psychology, busy, and in a rut. So I am not flowing as I would like. However, everything is up in the air and I will go with the flow of what works vs. what is not working.
I wanted to bring awareness to Champ 1 gene mutation which is what my daughter, Bethany has, and to help do something with my fellow group of “Champers” within the support group. Many of them are looking for research and a cure for Champ 1 gene mutation! I am not an outgoing person or a fundraiser. I do have somewhat of an ability to write! I may not be a good writer, but I can write!
So for my fellow followers I would like to direct your attention to my new blog for Champ 1 gene information, support, and research.
I am hoping to keep my Champ information to this site, however; I may still post Champ related info here from time to time. I appreciate all of my followers and I apologize for my disjointed blog. I still struggle with keeping the focus of my blog on one thing which I am told that is a very good thing to do!
Champ 1 Gene mutation is a newly discovered mutation on chromosome 13q34 which causes intellectual disability and severe speech delay among other characteristics. My daughter Bethany was diagnosed 12 years after birth January 2015.Up until that point we had been through numerous doctor visits with specialists such as: neurologists, genetics, and endocrinologists. She had undergone numerous genetics testing through UCLA and UCSF as well as through her local pediatrician.And with the help of Julie Jones at Greenwood Genetic Center in South Carolina her Champ1 Gene mutation diagnosis was discovered.
Now with our diagnosis we are somewhat relieved.We have a label.But what we do not have is a lot of information since this is a new genetic mutation.We do have a parent network online to share information and support in our journey.So far there are only 30+ Champs world wide.
I would describe our Champs as on a spectrum like the autism spectrum with varying levels of ability.Some Champs are diagnosed as autistic, but not all.My daughter Bethany has autistic tendencies but does not have autism.She is a very happy girl.She is 14 years old and attends a special day class.She loves playing with water, dancing, music, and eating!Most of the times she has a very happy demeanor.Very rarely she seems to be sad and she has a brief period in which she will cry.But as I said these events are extremely rare.
Bethany is non-verbal and in diapers.She communicates to me by blinking her eyes.One blink means yes.We have yet to get the two blink down for no.Sometimes she will say: “Momma, uh uh, up.”But her speech is extremely limited.A lot of time I am guessing as to what she wants.She is not advanced enough for adaptive communication devices.I try to give her choices such as showing her food options for meal times.
Bethany was 8 years old when she first learned to take independent steps.She can walk really well today, but has balance issues and can easily get off balance and fall.
Some other characteristics that are common in Champ 1 gene mutation are: microcephaly, hypotonia with motor delay, and facial dysmorphic features, and some seizures.
Here are some very technical medial articles on Champ 1 Gene Mutation:
I have been very much creatively blocked recently. I’m trying to remember when this all began. As a creative, I tend to feel things too deeply and take things too personally. But I think my creative block has to do with my emotions and or a lot of negative emotions within me.
I don’t think I have a problem writing because I am very good at rambling in my blog posts. But as to whether it is good or bad, I guess that is subject to opinion.
Somehow I must integrate the negative aspects of the past into my present so I can move past it. It is difficult. The emotions keep me blocked. I would try to express them in some way but honestly artistically I am not producing anything of value. (I guess I say to myself. Perhaps others think it’s valuable. IDK.)
I did create a meme yesterday birthed out of cynicism I suppose. But maybe cynicism is not a good producer of beauty. Here it is:
Okay, so yea…that is all I have produced creatively lately. Sometimes I think of throwing in the towel on this blog. What I realize is that I am not good at keeping my blog to the point for which I originally created it…and that was being creative! And again, I reaffirm my commitment to not do anything for monetary recompense. That never works out. Money seems to ruin a lot of things, in my opinion.
I apologize to my audience, if I have one, for being so morose.
I learned the hard way about boundaries. I never really knew what boundaries were growing up. They are very important. Some of my current life rules are:
Don’t think too highly of yourself.
Don’t think too highly of other people.
For some reason I have tended to idolize people. I thought people were so great and perhaps that they could do no wrong. Lol. There is certain things you grow up believing until one day your bubble is burst and you know the truth and it sets you free or leaves you greatly disillusioned! For me it was both…
Consequently, I do not idolize pastors anymore, leaders, or husbands.
But this is a good thing. It was a very painful lesson to me as well as other people. I was a fringe member of the group so I was not as abused as the inner circle. But I still have scars.
Just because someone is the leader of a group of people doesn’t make him a dictator. In all groups there needs to be a form of checks and balances so that power is not just in the hands of one man for that is dangerous.
So now I believe in freedom. I should be able to pray to God myself and “hear” from Him myself. Though I am no longer a radical. No, you won’t find me running around grabbing people and praying for them or speaking in tongues. I am much more conservative. I pray quietly. I don’t like the fan-fare or hoopla. I like the sound of silence.
I am not sure what I thought before. My mindset was rather crazy. I am not sure why I thought I had to go to the pastor for any and all decisions I was going to make. That made him more of my god than the God! Now, I know better.
The church is an entity. But we are people. People can do good things, but it’s human nature to error. In my opinion, when leadership errors they really should do something about that. They should be held accountable. They are in positions of power and they have many people looking to them.
Who spends years building a church only to run away?
So I encourage people to think for themselves nowadays. People have agendas. Maybe that sounds cynical but it’s true. If you are in a church or group and something doesn’t feel right, listen to that feeling. You should have the right to disagree. You should have the right to dissent. You shouldn’t feel afraid to question something or someone. Basically, you should have freedom of choice and freedom of voice.