Thursday, August 20, 2009

RUMOR has it...

(only read this if you are willing to get a laugh! It's only for fun and games!)


Upon registering for Silver Bella last year, I was very uneasy when I read that one of the most important pre-requisites of the classes was the legal use of glitter. I thought to myself, I don't use this stuff but how bad could this be, right? Well, let me tell was bad! (but in a good way)

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My name is Jodie LeJeune and I have a phobia of glitter.

I was officially diagnosed with this glitter affliction in November when I was surrounded by many of my co-artists who were abusing glitter and using  it freely in their everyday art. Their hands, face, clothes, hair and their artwork was totally engulfed with this fine, sometimes colorful, shiny, gritty substance. I tried to contain my anxiety while politely passing it to the next person but just the fear of me being near the glitter was uncontrollable. I couldn't even stand to touch it! My co-artists did not understand me as they thought this was normal to use glitter. Like smoking in the 70' was the "cool" thing to do. However, I did not agree.

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During those (long) 3 days of Silver Bella, class after class passed and my anxiety about glitter grew deeper and deeper. Only a few of my Silver Bella confidants totally understood my affliction and therefore accepted me the way I was. I was very different from the rest and I stood out like a sore thumb. My artwork was not shiny and colorful, however it did boast much vintage lace, velvet, buttons and shades of brown and cream. My Silver Bella buddies Pam, Sandy and Sandi totally accepted me for who I was and I began to feel much more comfortable, although I still could not understand the powerful effect that glitter had on all of these Bellas. Was I the only one who was "different"?

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Maybe it was the abundance of color. Maybe it was the easy access and pretty packaging. Or come to find out, it was even offered in real glass imported from another country... German glass glitter. The addiction was compared to crack/cocaine and somehow, I just wasn't buying it. That is, until I tried it.

I'm still talking about the glitter here people!!!! ;)

Are you laughing yet? This is supposed to be humorous!

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I confess. I tried it. I purchased lots of it, thinking it would help me get over my phobia, but to no avail. Come to find out, the use of glitter has also validated my diagnosis of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) in many ways.  You know, the neat and clean, sticky aspect thing? Also the perfect outline know what I'm talking about right?

So there you have it. After reading the comments on my last post, I laughed when everyone felt sorry for me. They actually thought I was allergic to glitter!!!

( are so funny! You surely know how to get a rumor started girl!  ;)

I'm not allergic to glitter at all.

However, Glitter is on the bottom of my list of mediums to use in my artwork.

Chances are, if you see excessive amounts of glitter in my artwork, it's a fake and not a "JL original" tee hee!

This was such a fun post for me. I've always wanted to express how I feel about I the only one who dislikes it???

Thanks Pam for helping me get it out of my system! ;)


The weekend is almost here, lighten up!!!! Go glitter something!



Geralyn Gray said...

That was so funny....I just posted about Melrose Vintage and it was the first store I found german glass glitter and all I can remember is Zandra's face when they said be is glass glitter you could cut yourself with it. Since Zandra is a very hand's on artist---I bet you anything she still hasn't used it out of pure FEAR!

sewrevived said...

You most certainly ARE allergic to glitter!!
Especially PINK GLITTER!!
Pam was right & I'll attest to it!!
But I still love you and miss you more!!
PS...Jodie also suffers from POD!!

Debra@CommonGround said...

I'll join you at the 12-step meeting, Did I hear you say, "Hello, My name is Jodie..."
te he!
...and did you say OCD? I'll be back, I have to check and see if I left the stove on...

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh my Goodness! How Funny! But girl, I LOVE glitter!! I sprinkle it, spray it, you name it!!

My son says if you stand still long enough at my house, I will glitter you! Especially at Christmas!!

But hey, it's okay if you don't like it! You have talents in other areas! And your art is definitely not lacking at all for not using glitter!

Lou Cinda :)

Robin Thomas said...

I agree girl, I mean I love the beach but I do NOT want sand in my house. I GET it, I GET you.

But I do love to look at a shaker full of it, all neatly contained and all.

Own it, work that lace, leave the glitter to that "other" kind of girl...

Anonymous said...

How funny. Love the comments too. I always kept glitter around for my grandkiddos projects. When I started to make my own Christmas cards, I used glitter on almost all of them. I got a few negative comments, especially from my brother. He said when he opened my card he got glitter all over himself. He didn't like. Most of the women were okay with it. I love the little shakers with glitter in them. Makes for nice artsy looking studio.

Linda said...

You are just TOO funny! :D

I LOVE Glitter though - always have.

LiLi M. said...

You crack me up! It isn't the first medium I use either and I love the german glass glitter in small doses, unless Wendy Addison has made it!

Anonymous said...

jodie your a nut! but I do remember your freak out while shopping in my studio! haha Dont think your the only one who hates the mess glitter brings! I think John had had it with the glitter as well. They guys were teasing him at work because he had glitter in his hair on his face just everywhere! See when I first started swapping I got way and I mean way over my head with swaps that I was spending day and night and just taking breaks to drink some water to keep me hydrated. Well I just would work almost till the next morning going to bed after a fast wash off in the shower because I was afraid I might fall asleep and drown! lol well the glitter just WOULDNT come off no matter how many showers I took! Just think of me and John like the couple on the movie Fun with Dick and Jane with Jim Carry and Tea Leoni that night he goes and stills all the grass because they couldnt afford to buy back the grass they had well he goes to bed and she wakes up with a muddy hand print on her lady lumps(hehe) well that was John and my glitter! lol hugs


SEVEN MORE DAYS!!!! you bringin us some crown and coke? hehe

The Texas Woman said...

Thanks for the laugh! You gave me a great idea. The last day I have my you-know-whats I'm gonna sprinkle glitter on 'em for my hubby!

Jessica Rodarte said...

Ok... we must have been separated at birth! I have a glitter phobia, too! Seriously. I'm not just sayin'. This is for real. I like the way it looks on crafts, but the mess it makes is not worth it to me. *Whisper* Sometimes when it comes in the mail from sweet swappers, I love how the project looks, but I keep it in the baggie, so it doesn't get all over the place. You're brave to admit it on your blog. I haven't had the nerve. In the craft world, it's like saying pink bunnies aren't cute- or something. If I *have* to use glitter, I use glitter glue, which is not messy at all. It is sold ultra-fine at my local craft stores. I use it where I want without the mess. Oh, and I also make my own glitter using beads (I linked where I talked about making my own glitter lol) again using glitter glue as adhesive so it doesn't get all over me. I can exhale now that I know somebody else feels like me. ;)

The Victorian Parlor said...

I can't stop laughing!!! You are so funny! Perhaps we should take a more serious look at your GLITTER phobia as it may be a deterent to your future creativity (I'm joking with all this so just play along-heehee:).

First, there are programs out there for people with Glitter Phobias (otherwise known as GLITTER PHOBIACS). You could try Systematic Desensitization which requires the GLITTER PHOBIAC to buy mass quantites of the sparkly stuff, pour it all over the work table, and proceed to cover all of your art projects in glitter until the anxiety subsides or the project is basically ruined, whichever comes first.

Second, there may be a GLITTER PHOBIA support group near you that will help you to understand that you are not alone. (there is also a GLITTERHOLICS ANONYMOUS for those addicted to GLITTER).

Finally, you can use the ever popular 'avoidance' method. This is the most effective as we are referring to artists. Let's face it, an artist is a unique and talented individual who is going to create what they want to create no matter what anybody else tells them. After all that's what makes art work unique, is it not?

Hmmm...this has gotten to be a bit long (sorry about that:) but the post was so funny I couldn't resist joining in on the fun!

BTW, I love GLITTER:).



The Victorian Parlor said...

Just so you know-I'm still laughing!



Jessica Rodarte said...

Oh, look I found a picture
of how I used the glitter glue I mentioned (without the mess!)...

Lori said...

Jodie, you CRACK me up girl!!! i am a little sad too...i have to confess this to you...i LOVE glitter in all of it's forms...esp the clear german glass and the real silver...glitter does not HAVE to be messy...i am like you, i don't like sticky messes and i also suffer a bit from the OCD business of straight lines, etc...i think you should give glitter another chance and try to be friends with might find out that you love it too!!!

Martha's Favorites said...

You are so funny! "go glitter something". what a hoot! Since when did OCD become a problem, no one told me! Martha

Pam @ Frippery said...

I am so glad you have come out of the closet with your phobia. Getting it out in the open is so freeing. Personally I just bought a couple of pounds to glitter some skulls and crows and pumpkins for the upcoming season. I hope that doesn't put you over the edge. Maybe I'll send you one or two. Hee hee (evil laughter) However the sticky gritty part does make me cringe a bit as well. I always have to get out the vacuum after a heavy glitter binge. I love your vintage none glittery work and you too! Hugs, Pam

Teacup Mosaics said...

Thanks for the biggest laugh of the week. Now I want to share something really SCARY...Mica Flakes, GIANT glitter. Oh no what is this world coming to, come on Jodie, a world without glitter is a just cause:)

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Jodie! I totally know what you mean! Although I wouldn't say I have a phobia about glitter, I am very particular about how I use it. I do tend to break it out quite a bit for the holidays, but I tend to stick to the neutrals (silver, clear, brown and black) If you want to add a wonderful bit of pizzazz without the mess of loose glitter, try Golden's mica flakes. They are in a gel medium that dries perfectly clear and adds little mica flakes on your project. Thanks for the laugh!!!

My Desert Cottage

trash talk said...

Admittance is the first step towards recovery! At least you know tht we read every single scrap(get it, scrap?) of word that is put on your blog including all comments! I just can't quit ya baby!
I think it's only fair that you reveal some deep dark secret about Pam. Come on...give!
Glittered or not, your works of art are just that...ART!

Illuminated Manuscripts Workshop said...

Hi Jodie:

Thanks for the laugh... it's good medicine!

Must confess never thought about storing glitter in old vintage salt shakers, very pretty, especially the old German glass ...I feel a new habit brewing :-)


Wanda said... go, girl! Glitter doesn't get used much here either. It's nice and all, but it gets everywhere. As long as you are comfortable with who you are and what you create...then you'll be fine not being a glitter whore. I'll just have to get you some crafter's crack. :)

Cindy said...

LOL! Great post! And nope, I don't like it either. If you see anything glitter on my work, it is most likely Stickles, or some cheap stuff. That's about as close as I'll get. But yeah the German stuff...pretty much scares me. And I don't want to use it around the cats and they are ALWAYS in the Studio. So, I hear ya! :D

yapping cat

zandra said...

Geralyn is right! I haven't used that at all in FEAR of cutting myself! lol I do use other glitters minus the glass. What you need is "Stickles", glitter without the mess! You're so funny! I'm getting the smelling salt out for you next week! ;o) Hugz, Z

The Victorian Parlor said...

Hey aunt Jodie-it's Kramer. Mom doesn't know that I'm on the computer but I wanted you to know that I hate glitter too-it sticks to my paws and makes me walk funny.


Your beloved Kramer

A Fanciful Life said...

You DISLIKE glitter????!!!! Oh no, how can that be?! Bling, bling, bling..... it's so sparkley and shiney. And it comes in different colors! You can get it fine, medium or course. From Germany or from China. And with so many possibilities. Even my cat wears glitter! I'll say a little prayer for you tonight and hope the glitter fairy arrives and dusts you with the magic. May you wake up full of sparkles! If not, it must be the glitteritis!
Sharon :-) [in jest.... ;-) ]

Alex said...

I really enjoyed reading your post. As far as glitter goes, I fall in the "not so fond of it" camp. I have been using it recently on some snowmen I've been creating and I have to admit it does add just the right sparkle to their faces, but.....I hate finding glitter specks everywhere in my studio! Thanks again for your great post.

DeeDee said...

I just loved this post..I haven't yet broken into the world of glitter but I want have inspired me to get a new addiction...

Sandi said...

I'm feelin' a little bit sparkly.....

icandy... said...

You are so silly!!!! Be careful with that stuff! I know...... it is soooooo addicting..... and dangerous! HA!

Christina :))))))))! said...

I just wanted to stop by and say hi. Thank you so much for stopping by my spot.

I don't use glitter but I do love your shaker idea.

Laura said...

I am still laughing, you crazy glitter girl!


gina g said...

You are a funny girl! I think I will get to the embassy early and sprinkle glitter all over your room!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

You are so funny and cute Glitter Girlie!
I laughed at your post.
Yes, glitter does have a tendency of going all over the place.
I made Christmas cards last year and my DH complained for ages about the glitter all over the place.
I hear what you are saying my friend.

have a fabulous glitter free weekend

Sandi said...

How funny that you posted about glitter. I spent part of the day yesterday putting glitter on Christmas ornaments I'm making for the Frog Festival. I agree, it is messy, but I love the results.

Impatient Cajun

Karen said...

Well, you had me!
Love glitter - love to look at it, love it on projects. But not particularly fond of using it. If I go to a class, I usually wait until I bring the project home with the final step of glitter to be applied where I can CONTROL it. I must admit, some things just must have it. But . . . a sparkly eye bling looks just as nice!
I'm with you!!! I get it!!

Tara said...

FUN-EEE! I always loved glitter as a kid, but as an adult, I hate cleaning it up. I can understand the addicted though, it does make things sparkle. I don't think I would want to use it on everything though!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello Jodie,
LOL...That was funny, and it made my day.I was looking at your beautiful things and you certainly don't need the glitter.Your creations stand on their own. Hey what can we say, we are from Louisiana!!!How far are you from Picayune?
Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog.That also made my day.Lets keep in touch.XXOO Marie Antionette

Debby said...

hehehe...wholly glitter out!!!You are a howl!! Love checking in on you.

Terry said...

Oh this was such a fun post .
blessings to you .
Big Texas size hugs :)
Happy Trails

Cherie Wilson said...

Oh me, oh my............ I am so glad you shared all that! It needed to come out, dearie:) I will confess that I love to buy it, and gaze at it, but don't like to work with it too much. Somehow at Christmas I pull it together and seem to like to use it more.
I loved seeing your post on my blog~ would love to stay in touch, my body shop friend! XO

kana said...


Too funny!! Happy to hear you have reformed and from the looks of this posts, you have bought a good supply of glitter!! We can sit together at Silver Bella and be glitter friends!


Hello, I'm leaving you a comment because you have the most lovely blog. Fantastic writing and I love your pics as well. Best wishes !

Unknown said...

Amen sista! Great post! So glad to have found your blog.

Rose Brier Studio said...

I do hate the mess of glitter. Honestly, how can you use glitter without making a mess. Even using a paper under to catch it, the glitter just sticks and makes it very hard to put back into the jar. But how can you not love a soft pink or tarnishing silver glitter?
Thanks for the laugh!

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

Oh(sigh), a kindred spirit! I love thinking I love the beach, but the sand is like glitter to me. I have to keep walking on a beach since I can at least clean my feet and not have the stuff all over me. Once I was on the East coast and I think I could get into their beach scene. It is like concrete and I would suppose like the glitter glue. I am going to have to investigate that stuff. Thanks to whomever it was that posted a picture of glitter glue.

I just thought of something else nearly as bad as glitter and that is the packages of the metal-like stuff that you put on tables for parties - confetti. I open an envelope with a swap card and that stuff flutters out and I go bonkers. Don't like it either.

Your posts are always so funny and interesting.

Julie Pishny said...

What a great way to manage glitter - vintage salt shakers!!! I will be picking them up on my next junking jaunt...thanks for the idea....clever girl....xoxo Julie