STABME

S.T.A.B. M.E. - strange stuff for strange people

Hamilton, Australia · 31 Sales

STABME

S.T.A.B. M.E. - strange stuff for strange people

Hamilton, Australia 31 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Official S.T.A.B. M.E. merchandise! Follow on:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/STABMEofficial
Instagram: sarahalicev
DeviantART: www.sarah-vafidis.deviantart.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SarahVafidis

Sarah Vafidis

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Sarah Vafidis

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Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

♥ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS DOLL♥ Could not be happier! These dolls are FABULOUS! Can't express enough just how beautiful they are! It is truly a pleasure to buy from this artist as always! :) **THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!**

Anonymous on Mar 19, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

♥ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS DOLL♥ Could not be happier! These dolls are FABULOUS! Can't express enough just how beautiful they are! It is truly a pleasure to buy from this artist as always! :) **THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!**

Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely picture! Friendly seller! Easy communication! Safe delivery! Thanks so much!

Anonymous on Nov 20, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

BEAUTIFUL PICTURE! SO HAPPY WITH MY PURCHASE! THANKS AGAIN SARAH! :)

Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

INCREDIBLY LOVELY DOLL! She has the cutest face! I ♥ her! Thank you so much again Sarah for everything! A pleasure as always!

Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

VERY PLEASED WITH MY DOLL! I couldn't be happier! The details are amazing! And the doll is much more gorgeous in person! Safe delivery :)

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About

Strange stuff for strange people...

In the December of 2006, I had a surgery that changed my life forever. It certainly did not change for the better, it forced me to change the way I lived my life, quit a lot of hobbies, pull out of school and left me quite disabled and in a wheelchair. My dormant Lyme Disease was activated.

From this point on, art was basically the only thing left I was able to do and enjoy, so I put all my effort into creating more.

In 2009, I created the S.T.A.B. M.E. series during a hospital admission gone seriously wrong. Scarlett, Tif, Abby and Becki. (aka S.T.A.B.) represent little parts of me and my personality. The M.E. part represents my battle against chronic Lyme Disease (as it is in my body, me) and the 14 year battle it took leading up to the diagnosis.

These characters come from a very personal place and the road to create them has certainly not been easy. I've been hurt countless times along the road, hence the name S.T.A.B. M.E. It does not mean hurt me at all, it basically means "get rid of the illness" and all the injustice I've faced.

The illness has many strange, debilitating symptoms which in my case, were totally misunderstood by the medical profession, (more severely since 2006). In 2010, my heart issues worsened and I was given a pacemaker. This helped me to the point I could complete my folio for year 11 Studio Art part time, and get out to more local craft markets to share my creations with the world.

Not long after my pacemaker implant, a friend told me of a competition ACMI was holding surrounding Tim Burton's exhibition. I adore Tim Burton, I had to enter. The prize awarded us to be a tour guide in the exhibition and to meet Tim in the flesh and pick his brains for a while. I spent the next few days working out a script using my knowledge of Tim, a bit of his history, and his work, took hundreds of photos of my S.T.A.B. M.E. dolls to create the stop motion animation, videoed myself for my own parts and then borrowed the four children next door for the four character's voices. It was amazing to see the finished short film. My characters had voices.

Not too long after I sent it off, I got an email from ACMI. I will never forget reading "Sarah has been selected as one of the Tim Burton Tour Guides." I could not believe it, I had won.

Those next few months in the exhibition were amazing. I gave my tours, I met Tim Burton, I attended gatherings and promotional articles for newspapers so more people would come see the amazing exhibition. Contrast to my previous year, unable to function in my wheelchair, I felt invincible walking around fellow artists and budding filmmakers in my beautiful Gothic Lolita dresses, talking about the artist we all adored.

I was lucky enough to be asked by the ACMI gift shop if I'd like to stock my merchandise for the duration of the exhibition. I cannot explain how surreal it was to see some of my merchandise next to Tim's.

I am both thrilled and proud to say that Tim Burton actually owns S.T.A.B. M.E. merchandise - I gave him a Scarlett plushie and a Stabby the Bat plushie for his children. He loved them! He signed my book: "To Sarah, thank you for the toys. Love T. Burton"

During 2010, I applied for and soon after had an interview at a 3D animation college in the city. Based on the folio I had created in Studio Art and numerous sketchbooks, a suitcase full of plushies, dolls, tshirts, clay sculptures, bags, my stop motion audition (I seriously took a sample of EVERYTHING I could do) - I was accepted into the college.

I felt on top of the world. I had to take the train and commute for more than an hour each way. I left the house at 7am and got home about 7pm. I was now starting to feel more ill and tired, and the pacemaker I thought had "fixed" me was now not the case. Two weeks into my classes, I was given some new meds from my specialist to try and boost me up, but instead, it sent me into the biggest relapse I had ever had. I was forced back into the wheelchair and forced to quit college. They were understanding and said I was welcome back when I get better, but my specialist could just apologise and say that it wasn't likely.

As of now, I'm not well enough to attend my markets, which is why I absolutely love the internet and internet shopping! My creations have now been sent all over the world, and that truly warms my heart.

I am in the process of writing a novel, featuring my S.T.A.B. M.E. characters. It is a representation of all the battles I have faced through both living with and having this illness. It is extremely therapeutic to write, and words cannot describe how much my story and art means to me.

People deal with pain in different ways. I've chosen art.

I said earlier the surgery "certainly did not change my life for the better", but without this illness, I wouldn't have experienced these amazing opportunities, nor have the characters, storyline and goals for the art I am creating now and in the future.

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  • Sarah Vafidis

    Owner, Designer, Painter

    Hello, I am Sarah Vafidis, creator of the S.T.A.B. M.E. series. I started it all in 2009 as a way to cope with my chronic illness. I have various items for sale and each is created with much love, time and thought.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 4, 2013
Hello! I ship from Australia, and can ship anywhere in the world.

Accepted payment methods

Payment
I currently only take Paypal as my payment method.
I do not take layby or layaway payments.
Shipping
I ship items in packages that ensure the item will be safe (example: I won't be sending a HUGE box with something small inside) I use bubblewrap for the Ball Joint Dolls.

PLEASE NOTE - shipping cost depends on the weight of the item. The heavier it is, a bigger box is required to ensure safe delivery, which in turn costs more. The buyer is responsible for postage costs.
Refunds and Exchanges
S.T.A.B. M.E. guarantees each item reaches the post office in good condition. I am not responsible for other people's actions, but if the item reaches you in a condition different to the photographs, I will do my best to fix it (example: worker tosses the doll package into the van and the dolls face is smudged or eyelashes fall out) I will ask you to ship it back so I can repair it.

S.T.A.B. M.E. is not responsible for other people's actions therefore will not be held responsible for items lost in the post. Unfortunately, that is beyond my control.
However if you choose to pay for additional postage/tracking numbers/insurance for your item, you will be covered for loss or damage.

S.T.A.B. M.E. does not issue refunds. All sales are final.
Additional policies and FAQs
I STRONGLY advise you to use Express Post or Express Courier as they provide tracking codes and require a signature on arrival. This is a more expensive option, but it provides peace of mind that you will be able to keep track of your special item.