artsy fartsy,  the great illness of 06

Sludgie Production!

Edited July 11, 2011 to add: Hello Pioneer Woman readers! Due to the increased traffic of people looking at this post I have added Sludgies to my shop!

At last! The Sludgies are officially done. Don’t mind the fact that I had to hire my Aunt, the professional seamstress, to get them done. It was well worth the expense. Firstly, because she is a professional and she did SUCH a better job than I ever could and secondly, because they are dah-dun-dah-dun-dun-DONE. I would have never ever gotten them done. I can barely comb my hair regularly these days.

They are so cute! I’m totally in love with my little Sludgie character. He’s almost worth all the pain and sickness and surgery I had to go through. He’s almost worth the deadly stinky farts I now suffer from. Yeah, you guys didn’t tell me about that. Who says you don’t need a gallbladder. You do! Gallbladders regulate the smelliness. Oh. My. Goodness. Is there anybody out there who knows what I’m talking about? I practically kill my own self when I fart these days. What is up with that! Ugh.

But it’s all okay. I’d take smelly farts any day over weeks and weeks of puking. The weight loss side effect was kind of nice but the PAIN, I’ll never ever go through that again. I’m not even afraid of morning sickness if I ever get pregnant with kid number two. If I can make it through three weeks of puking and writhing on the floor, I can handle a little nausea.

And now we have to distribute the lovely Sludgies! Are any of you contest winners still reading? I’m going to have to track you down. Below is a list. If you see you’re name, please email me your snail mail address and I’ll ship out your very special “Sludgie the Evicted Gallbladder” package. (No, I won’t sell your info to any junk mail companies. I promise.) Please feel free to take him out of the package and hang him on your Christmas tree (or nose) this winter. That’s why he has a little ribbon loop. And if you do, please send me a picture. It will make my poor gallbladder-less body happy. If anybody doesn’t want their Sludgie, let me know. I have a few nieces who think they NEEEEEED a Sludgie. I think they need more stuffed things like a hole in the head but whatever.

1. Pam
2. Lola
3. Jennifer
4. Bethany*
5. Kelly
6. Lin*
7. Nicole
8. Wendy
9. Andrea
10. Paula
11. Emily
12. Beck’s Mom*
13. Kate*
14. Jd
15. C
16. Lexi
17. Lyndsay
18. Ellen
19. Marissa
20. Mama Knucker Hatch
21. Beach Mama*
22. MamaBear
23. Gretchen
24. Jora
25. Lauren*

*=I have your address already. Strike-thru means I’ve tracked you down, not that you’re not getting one. Unless of course you said you didn’t want yours.

Edited to add: Hello Pioneer Woman readers! Due to the increased traffic of people looking at this post I have added Sludgies to my shop!


  • Emily

    I won one?
    Weee! I am going to go email you now.
    These are so stinking cute, oh that was not ment to be a fart joke, but oh well.

    SAJ says: Ha ha! I think fart jokes are allowed, maybe even needed on this post.

  • Marissa

    So neat! I think, in honor of your deadly gas I will use Sludgie when one of us cuts-the-cheese. Maybe toss it ahead of the “cut” as a warning… :D

  • Roz

    I had my gallbladder removed almost three years ago and you have my sympathies with the smelliness. The bad news is that it won’t go away, the good news is that you can control how gassy you get, so that you can at least minimize the embarrassment in public. Foods like dairy, anything in high-fat, will make you more gassy as that is what the gall-bladder used to make extra strong digestive fluids for.

    Chocolate is unfortunately one of my triggers for extreme farting but I always feel that it is worth it. The gallbladder is not an unnecesary organ in my opinion and I want mine back. Unfortunately the gallstones disagreed :-)

    And the sludgies are adorable! Wish my gallbladder looked that cute!

  • BeachMama

    I won a sludgie! Although I feel terrible that you had to hire your Aunt, I could have at least offered my services to you, next time. I did email you again :).

    As for your gallbladder and the smelliness, my Mom still has hers, but suffers terribly if she eats too many of her favourite food, but she has been killing us slowly with the smelly farts for a few years now. You are not alone ;).

    SAJ says: No, it’s good I had to hire my Aunt. I love working with her. I’m going to design a new logo and some packageing for her so from now on we’ll trade. Yippie! You know I have all kinds of sewing ideas…

  • DeeJay

    I too am gallbladderless …since 1988 actually. The full first year of my son’s life I had bouts with the pain and the doctors couldn’t figure it all out. I didn’t fit the gallbladder profile at all. By the time they figured it out I was mal nourished and had a gall bladder full of stones as well as stones in veins blocking the way to my stomach, pancrease (sp), and liver. It was also before they came out with that new laproscopic surgery so I have extensive scarring. Yikes. Three weeks later they let me out of the hospital and all has been well ever since. Yes, the pain is awful isn’t it?!

    Very cute Sludgie! You are oh so creative SAJ!

  • Clownfish

    Gallbladder-less-gas…YES!! Now you’re really giving those pretty, pompous, plastic, beach-babes something to turn their noses up at on your stroller walks! You are woman, you are gallbladder-less, hear you roar? hehe – The Sludgies are great!

  • Amy

    those sludgies are so gosh darn cute. wish i would have participated. and your packaging…!!!

    SAJ says: Maybe if a few more people like Pam don’t want theirs, you might get one! :)

  • Jennifer

    I’ll be emailing my address ASAP! They turned out so great. I know my 5 year old is going to get a kick out of Sludgie. Hey, maybe he could be the star of a children’s story? haha. I’ll make one up for her. What kid doesn’t like to hear about stinky farts? :P

  • Jenifer

    Damn, I wish I had known about your website when the contest was going on. My boyfriend and I would get a kick out of a stuffed gallbladder. Yes, we are just that weird!

  • Gramma

    You certainly make your readers happy.

    Today, Jecky picked me up from Wayfarers. We went the short distance to the “NEW” shop to check it out with Kedge. I’m sure everyone will like it. The owners will paint and clean the carpets. She’ll be open for business May 1 if all goes well..

  • Tamara

    Hi, I had my gall bladder operation about three years ago. I have not had any problems, but I do eat yogurt with active cultures a couple of times a week. I buy plain–no-fat, low-fat, full-fat, doesn’t seem to matter–and then add my own fruit, honey, juice, granola, whatever. Don’t know, but maybe you could give this a try. I am a big believer in the power of yogurt. LOL

  • aimee/greeblemonkey

    That is the Pillar of Awesomeness.

    And on a serious note – I have a friend who did not pay attention to his gallbladder and nearly died when a gallstone got into his pancreas and the pancreas freaked, expelled bile and burned 60% of his internal organs. He was unconscious for 10 days and our of work for 4 months. – !!!!


  • Stephanie

    Oh my gosh! These are aDORable!! I would so totally pay for one of those! My mother had to have her gall bladder taken out last May and she missed my sister’s bridal shower and my baby shower because of it. (They were both the same weekend because we live in different towns.)

    You are so talented SAJ!

    SAJ says: If there are any left over, I’ll email you. :)

  • OMSH

    These are fabulous and hysterical and a wonderful way to celebrate such a hard time. Way to go – only YOU could make a gallbladder removal creative.

  • Mallory

    I feel for you! I still have my gall bladder, but being 14 weeks pregnant has sent me into a whole new world of gas related unpleasantries. Combine the smell of my own un-ending gas with the ever-present nausea…it literally triggers my gag-reflex. Good times!

  • Cate

    I had my gallbladder out when I was 15, and I feel you! Although, for me at least, the smelliness seemed to lessen over time. Maybe it varies from person to person (based on the other comments), or maybe it depends on what you eat–I wish I could give you some concrete advice on how to stop it! :) But honestly, I’d take stinky farts any day over that pain that made me want to reach down my throat and pull my gallbladder out with my bare hands…