Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sija and Cora tackled the Pieta by Michelangelo. Re-creating marble proved difficult and their grey paint got a little too dark. Unfortunately we weren't able to determine that until it was too late, but they were good sports about it. I can't seem to find my picture of the Pieta, but you get the idea. There music wa some song by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Our local nature center just opened a new play space with a Fairy Grove theme. They had a Fairy and Gnome celebration to kick off the grand opening and I am SO glad that Lydia and I went.
We explored a little bit of the nature center, like the butterfly pavilion, but mostly we hung out in these round igloo structures made from sticks (stickloos?)
That May or may not be video of Lydia the Fairy in action at Ijams Nature Center. Fingers crossed for a sucessful upload!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Remember the big floral letter that I referenced in an earlier post? I spotted it here while hunting for image ideas in the pink, green, yellow, and orange color scheme. Well I figured out a way to make something so similar, so cheap, and so easy to customize to any color, shape or size, using tissue paper!
This project starts out with one of my favorite simple crafts, tissue paper pom pom flowers. I remember being a really little kid and making these out of Kleenex tissues. This is a craft that is always in my back pocket if art students finish something early. You can make them in any size and in any combination. here are the basics.
First, you need several rectangles of tissue paper. The more layers you have the fuller your pom pom will be. I used 2-3 layers on the flowers in the "E" pictured above. You need your rectangle to be twice as long as it is wide. However wide it is, that will be how big in diameter your pom pom will be. Lay the rectangle as shown in the picture above and begin accordion or fan folding, basically fold up and then fold down. The tissue paper should look like a long staircase when you have finished.
Tie your tissue paper in the center. It does not matter what you use to tie it, just make a tight knot.
We had extra pom poms, so we scattered them around with the other decorations.
We still had extra tissue paper so we used it and some curling ribbon to decorate the fruit bowl centerpieces.
A fun summery bright happy party, that left the decorators happy because we didn't have to work too hard.
Monday, May 23, 2011
When I last discussed my trapeze class on the blog, I had just finished my first class and was very concerned that I wouldn't be physically able to do much of it. I spent the entire week after class 1 doing core strength and ab work. By the second class I was able to sporadically get my foot to connect with the bar which made it possible to get into the first position our class learned, the knee hang.
So, I was able to practice my lessons at home and by the weekend before the performance, I had figured out how to do each of the moves on its own and at east knew the order they were supposed to go in. I felt SO much more confident going into the recital. I would NOT have been able to even come close on most of the moves without the extra practice time, so a HUGE "thank you" goes out to PJ, a man who is willing to play along and make whatever it takes to keep up with my crazy whims.
OK. that last move HURTS. You are holding up all your body weight by your fingers. I don't know about you, but I don't regularly train my fingers to hold large weights. Good thing it was near the end of the routine.
So i think I now know how to add video to a post, so here is the vidoe of my entire trapeze routine. We are still learning how to shoot video on the smart phones, and apparently it DOES matter if the phone is vertical or horizontal, so ignore the fact that the video is sideways.... or be REALLY impressed that I can trapeze sideways!
Friday, May 20, 2011
I have been doing a lot of photographing lately, which always leads to a lot of Photoshoping. I can't help it. I am pretty good with taking pretty decent photographs. Mostly I take a TON of pictures and something ends up looking good.
Example: A friend asked me to take pictures of her daughter and friends before the big 8th grade graduation dance. In about an hour I had over 100 images on my camera. Technically, I took more than that because I always delete the really bad shots whenever there is a lull.
Do you remember what it was like to be in 8th grade? You feel SO grown and yet SO scared of growing up. These kids all had boutonnieres and corsages for their dates. This was understandably the first occasion for all of them to pin a flower onto another human being and to up the pressure there were 4 or 5 couples and each had their parents their. So they were pinning flowers to their date in front of an audience. With me documenting the whole ordeal. I cringed a little for the magnitude of the angst filled social customs that being set before them. Multiply that by however many cell phones were also being used to capture the moment and square the figure for each time it was instantly uploaded to Facebook. That is WAY more than I ever had to go through! My favorite thing was that each kid had to pose while pinning the flowers and then inevitably the moms were called in to fix the unsuccessfully pinned flowers.
In the end, they all looked so pretty, and so grown up!
Speaking of growing up, I went to the graduation for the friend that I mentioned in yesterday's post.
Here is another of my favorites. Different from the single hug in a sea of faces effect in the last image, I know that most of the faces in this picture are close family members. I love that you can tell it was a lot of chaotic energy, but everyone is so happy and so proud of this one graduate. I like that this one seems to tell a story.