Friday, 1 March 2013

The Bouncing Fluffy ...

 I love it when I get to write a title to a post that makes me giggle
nothing like amusing yourself at least
remember Buddha's Last Balls... that one still cracks me up
maybe this title needs a little clarifying though
because in a post I wrote last year called Snart or Snuffy
it became clear that fluffy is not an internationally recognized term
In our house a fluffy is our "nice" name for a fart
of course Sinus uses who stood on a duck which I don't really get
and endlessly asks Phantom and I to pull his finger
and we are a house who finds a great deal of hilarity in whooppee cushions and the like
but Fluffy sounds a touch more civilized I think
which is totally negated by the fact that we all laugh madly at the mention of the word
let alone the deed itself and just typing the word makes me snort and giggle
so let's talk bouncing fluffies...

Years ago we lived in Florida
and one of the many delights was the discovery of Bounce dryer sheets
now before you feel like I must have had a sad four years there if dryer sheets were a highlight
can I just point out that we had never really been ones for using dryers
and so something that made clothes come out smelly lovely
and needing less ironing were a revelation
but then came the day when we ventured home and alas Bounce dryer sheets were no more
I have spent the last 10 years bribing and cajoling everyone who went for a visit to the US
to bring me home dryer sheets and for most part this has kept me supplied

But just the other day when I was cruising the aisles of the grocery
when I saw the holy grail of the laundry world
dryer sheets had finally made it to our shores
no more bribing people to stash them in luggage
or having to take out a loan to order them and get them sent in
I was thrilled and considered doing a public happy dance
until I looked at the brand name

I am sorry but there is no way I can possibly throw one of these in in the dryer
I feel it is quite a nice thought to have some bounce in my clothes
but I can't see it being a good thing to throw a fluffy in
because no matter how much Sinus declares that his fluffies smell like rose petals
let me tell you this is a delusion and there is nothing rose petalish about his gassy gifts
and the thought of adding the stench of his malodorous offerings to my clean washing
not to mention the packaging references Sinus's whole weird stepping on a duck saying
  adds up to there being no possible way I can use these things
so it seems my bounce bribery will continue for some time to come...

So this odorous tale of bouncing fluffies
is my contribution to both Paint Party Friday and also APR
who had a theme of blorange
and as my painting uses the combination of blue and orange it fits that bill nicely...
I even used my blorange mug while painting it
and painted the blorange mug as well
so bloranging all over the place
which is preferable to fluffies let me tell you

Happy weekend all...xx

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Carolyn Dube said...

I never would have thought a fluffy was a fart- there are plenty of fluffy things in my house with the socially backwards family I have! Glad you've got dryer sheets- can't imagine life without them!

Anonymous said...

lifes simple pleasures, dryer sheets, who knew!

Roxanne said...

Hahaha! You've given me a new word ....fluffies! I'll use it next time opportunity knocks...or quacks.

Netty said...

LOL, great post Tracy and loving your illustrations. Happy PPF, Annette x

Jennifer McLean said...

Hmmm, now why am I thinking that your next christmas prezzie is gonna smell like fresh laundry?? Hehehe, best blorange EVER. Tell Sinus I LOVE his stepping on a duck idea, so much better than "who cut the cheese" which is old and dated here.

Maria Medeiros said...

oh your art makes me smile and be happy! :D lovely lovely work!! :D Thanks for your visit to my blog. I truly truly appreciate it! :)

Darla said...

Bounce has a nice ring to it and I can appreciate your aversion to Fluffy given the history at your place. You did paint a nice Fluffy box tho. Fluffy in the dryer sheet sense of the word, LOL!


Jez said...

Well that fluff was the word when I was a child, and it always makes me smile when I read that an actor or newsreader 'fluffed his lines'. Great to have this post to chuckle at on a very early sleepless morning - you cheered me up.
Your paintings are as always so lovely - I am always amazed by the way you reproduce the text on the boxes and tins.
Your blorange sketch is so simple but so effective. I believe the Oxford English Dictionary is adding 'blorange' to it's next edition - or they should be anyway.

Raine said...

hahaha I did not know fluffy was a fart! I usually say that my cat is "fluffy". I really didn't mean to offend him... :D

JKW said...

Fluffy, too funny. That was the name of our first cat - grandfather named him. Grief, Blessings, Janet PPF

froebelsternchen said...

funny , unique and beautifuls ..
as always when I am visiting !

Happy PPF!
please have a look on our monthly
a new theme is there!

Gloria j Zucaro said...

How funny! Hum! How does that change the saying"Ewe's not fat ewe's fluffy"!(showing picture of little sheep! Great drawings with lots of Blorange, thanks for sharing your favorite color. It was a fun week over at APR because of it.

Tammie Lee said...

wow you are so good at what you do.

these pieces pop off the page in such a good way!

Anne Manda said...

Wonderful boxes, love the bright colors! <3

denthe said...

Haha, learnt a new word today ;-D
Love this post!

Unknown said...

So funny... :D

Lynn Cohen said...

I swear, if there were prizes you would win for the funniest blog...consistently keeping me in stitches!
You draw well too! ;-))))

Valerie-Jael said...

Well, well! Nice goings on in your house! Lovely sketches, too! Valerie

Redanne said...

I love your post today Tracey, it has given me the giggles though....your drawings, are works of art, as ever. I don't think I will ever look at a Fluffy in the same light again! Hugs, Anne x

WrightStuff said...

In this house we ask "who fluffed?" and as we don't own a tumble dryer then clearly it doesn't mean anything to do with placing sheets within.

I must say I'm rather surprised you don't have Bounce in your far flung remnant of the British Empire. We've had them for donkeys years over here. Perhaps you all smell sweet enough already :)

No matter - it's a lovely piece of work!! said...

Such a funny post, you always make me smile! and great art too !!! HPF

Zue said...

Clever work, as ever...reminds me I need a cup of tea.
Have a great day.

Susan said...

Who'd a thunk it??? A fluff!
Great post! I have started my day with a chuckle, always a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Tracie - this cracks me up too ! At my house, Fluffy is what we say to one another when we put on a few pounds.... I may have to change the meaning after reading this.... Happy PPF !

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

It's always a delight to see what you have come up with, Tracey. Although not your featured piece, I love your mug painting. I can imagine it printed on some note cards. Blessings!

Ivy said...

Reminds me that I need to do laundry kidding. Love your art! HPPF!

Sandra Busby said...

That's so funny! In our household it's always 'Who's fluffed?'
So - very similar! Only you could do a post on the subject though, lol!
Now - here's the weird thing. I used Bounce for years. I LOVE the smell! Then all of a sudden, a couple of years ago, it disappeared from our supermarket shelves to be replaced by 'Lenors' version. But the Lenor version doesn't smell nearly as strong or as nice and nor does any other brand. So, I assumed that Bounce was no longer in business - but no - apparently it's buggered of to Australia!! Lol!
Love your 'blorange' paintings. Just fabulous! :0)

Christine said...

These colours work so well together, nice job!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Another hilarious and wonderful post!
Love your paintings always!
Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

Anonymous said...

Your illustrations are always so lovely for the ordinary day objects in our lives ~ Happy PPF ^_^

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Fun post. Love the art though. Inspires me..

Marji said...

Fluffy will never be the same for me now... as a kid, my husband had a dog named Fluffy - hmmmmmmm... makes me wonder now. I can't imagine life without a tumble dryer let alone bounce sheets - and btw - a bounce sheet in your pocket whilst on the golf course will keep the bees and yellow jackets away - plus I guess it would mask any fluffies :)

Faye said...

I don't know if I enjoy your writing or your art more. I know I do enjoy coming by each week to catch up on your (dare I say) zany family antics. What a wonderful way to start the weekend each week!

PaintingWrite said...

oh Tracey, if ever there was a misnomer!! 'Fluffy' for a fart??!! I agree it makes it sound like bunny rabbits and angels floating on marhmallow clouds (in fact my first ever pet was a rabbit called Fluff!) but now I think the word fluffy has been forever tainted in my mind as in future I will only ever think of Australians floating air biscuits instead!! But how hilarious that the dryer sheets are called fluffy - not exactly the scent you want impregnated on your clean washing!!
Brilliant post as always accompanied by your fantastic illustrations.

Ayala Art said...

Only you can make laundry products look so adorable an cheerful hahaha Love the illustrations!

PiaRom said...

Very cool and what a funny story ;) Your teamug is totally amazing!! So much depth and vibrant color!! xox Conny

sharon said...

I will never think of the word fluffy in the same way, I don't know what drying sheets are, but I understand why you don't want them in your dryer, great post great start to the day.

Linda Kunsman said...

LOL!!! I didn't know of this meaning for "fluffy" and now I'll never forget it:) Thanks for the smiles and the beautiful illustrations as usual.Happy PPF!

Joy Murray said...

I'll never look at dryer sheets the same. I may have to change the way I describe my pillows now. Great post and illustrations. Your blog is always a colorful delight.

Currie Silver said...

busy trying NOT to snort tea out my nose as I read this. I LOVE when a post has me laughing so much tears start running down my face!!

you and your fluffies...

what a hoot of a name for a toot!!!

GlorV1 said...

How funny. Well over here it's almost time to hang clothes out in the nice sun and wind. I'm looking forward to that. I learned a new saying today. tee hee. Great illustrations and awesome post.

Unknown said...

oh how amazing are these new pieces Tracey!!!! you can turn anything into amazing art!!! love the cute chick too!!!!

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Enjoyed your post again today, have never had the idea to use any of that kind: dryer-sheet. I expect there would be too much perfume in it.
I only know Fluffy to be the three-headed dog in the Harry Potter stories and as something soft and cosy ;-)

Yes, now the 29 faces are over (thank you for your kind remark at my blog last week) - and I need a pause and will just make a little art here and there, (if I can stop myself) But new ideas for challenges and collaborations are on the steps!

And friday is always a good day to share some things we have done!

Happy PPF

Hugs Ilona

Unknown said...

Never thought I would feel spoiled by having dryer sheets at my disposal..I have actually changed to the dryer bar that you stick in the drum. It's supposed to last for four months...maybe it would last longer for you? I think you should send your story to a dryer sheet company and see if they would send you free samples!

Giggles said...

Here in Canada a Fluff is a nice version of fart....we leave off the Y....why you ask...I have no idea...instead of stepping on a duck I like to call it a barking spider!!

As for bounce, the only thing we use it for in this house is to lay into a stinky shoe, because
check it out!!

Awesome illustrations... funny post!!

from Giggles and her barking spiders!

Catharina Engberg said...

Hi Tracey! You have to check your mailbox! I sent you a mail.

Tam Hess said...

Oh you're funny! You make me giggle too. Your work is so charming! xoxo

Colleayn said...

That is so funny! Fluffy here means soft, like a soft kitten. I love reading your posts. It makes my day.

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

Oh too funny.. Nice work too. :) HPPF

Elisa said...

sooo colorful illustrations!

VonnyK said...

You crack me up, we call them fluffs, so I guess we aren't as sophisticated as you with a fluffy. Couldn't imagine laundry that smelled like a fluffy and you were wise not to use them. I used dryer sheets back in the eighties but haven't seen them for years, maybe cos we haven't really had any rain since then and now it just won't stop raining.
Love your gorgeous cup and tell Sinus it's not nice to step on a duck, even if it makes a "fluffy" sound when doing so (he he). Ohh, that takes me back to my drinking days and fluffy ducks, eww I just had a terrible picture in my mind then.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I have to admit we are more of a "Snuggle" fabric softener family, but my parents always used Bounce. I always enjoy seeing your tea cups!

Neesie said...

Hilarious Trace as much so I laughed and may even have made a little fluffy myself! Whoops did I really say that out loud! :O
My son doesn't believe his mum is capable of such things ~ bless. In the nearly 21 years he's been on the planet, he's never caught me out! It's been quite a feat and a close call at times I have to say.

Awesome illustrations yet again...and I remember the box of bounce when we lived in the Middle East.
Apologies for being late yet again...I'm trying desperately to catch up but the goal posts keep moving.

Michellem said...

Hee hee - fluffies! I know I don't like it when my hair gets too fluffy but I know that it smells good when it is!