Sunday, March 25, 2012

Laura's Boy

My dear friend Laura, is expecting a Boy in May.  Natalie and I recently hosted a baby shower for her at Natalie's gorgeous circa 1920's home.

We were a small party, but a special one.  Laura's Mom (wearing green) flew in from Illinois, and joined all of us Sewing Circle Ladies.  It was so nice to see her again.

Laura's Mother-in-law (wearing pink) was there too.  I've only met her a couple of times, but every time I do, it's delightful. 

Natalie brought out some of her gorgeous tea ware, and set an elegant table. 

Her tea and coffee were the finest.

I made a couple of mossy, nest inspired centerpieces.

I also made this Hummingbird Cake.  It's a very rustic cake, so I brightened it up a bit with some early spring flowers I found in Natalie's yard.

We enjoyed an assortment of good eats.  Natalie made mini, savory, tomato quiches, and colorful, glazed petit fours.  Another friend, Caroline, brought delicious olive-nut tea sandwiches...I'm kicking myself for not asking her for the recipe.

Oh...and then there was cheese.  Laura and I both have a HUGE love (call it an obsession) for assorted cheeses.  More often then not, when we get together for lunch, we can be found munching on cheese and crackers, possibly with a side of fruit or olives.  This time, for the special occasion, I "dressed up" the cheese, putting little numbered flags on them that corresponded to each of the white cards you see above.  Written on the cards was the name of each type of cheese.  I did this more for my sanity than anything...there was no way I was going to remember what each one was.  I guess I was in a very indecisive mood that day, because I ended up selecting seven different types; a couple of different types of goat cheese, a Swiss, an Irish, aged Cheddar, a smoked Gouda, Parmesan, and a delectable leek and morel jack cheese. mouth is watering just talking about it.  Did I mention I love cheese?

We only played a couple of traditional baby shower games.  One of them was a memory game.  I filled a basket with baby related items.  Laura passed the basket around the room, and guests were given only five seconds to look over the basket.  The basket was taken away, and then the guests were asked to list what they could remember.  The winner of the game was the one who remembered the most.

I made two terrarium inspired prizes to give to the winners of the games.

I wanted them to be live terrariums, because Laura is a lover of nature, but finding the live miniature plants and mosses needed for this kind of thing was nearly impossible around here in late February when I made them.  I think the 'fake' terrariums didn't turn out too badly though.

No...this picture isn't meant for a separate post.  Besides being a nature lover, Laura is also a fan of literature, specifically fairy tales, folk tales and mythology.  I know that she's planning on decorating Boy's room with both nature and folk tale type objects.  I wanted to make something special for Laura and Boy.  So, I found this adorable little felted gnome on Pinterest, and decided to try to emulate it.

One night, while watching an "I Love Lucy" episode, I began making the little old guy.  It only took about two hours from start to finish.  I doubt I'm making it like a 'real' felted creature would be...but I don't care.  I started with a basic gnome body shape, made out of strips of terri cloth, and then pieced together the face, hands, trousers, boots, hat and coat (in that order) out of felt. 

In the end, I used a needle to loosen up the felt, giving it a slightly more fuzzy texture, and glued on the beard and eye brows.  I know that Boy won't be able to play with this little gnome for quite a while, but some day, with a little bit of persuasion from Laura, I'm sure he will learn to appreciate it 

Laura and I have been friends for about 13 years now...has it really been that long?    I wish her all the best in this next chapter of her life story.  I can't wait to see what lies ahead for her and her husband Jon...and for their little Boy.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

My Hair

 I love my long curly hair, but for quite awhile now my hair and I have been at war.

Because of all of the swimming I've been doing it's starting to get brittle and there are split ends everywhere.  It's also impossibly tangled almost all of the time.  Since I have curly hair, brushing it out only makes it frizzy.  I usually just run my fingers through my hair, and it's reached the point that this just isn't working out for me.  I admit hair is very unhealthy. was time for a change...and even though I don't typically like change, when I finally do decide on a change, I usually swing pretty extreme.  What I'm trying to say is, I wanted it all gone.  Well, at least most of it.

I found an image on pinterest that I fell in love with.  It reminded me of some of the Titus cuts in Regency fashion plates.  It was sculptural, feminine (for a short hair cut), beautiful, and calling my name.  My only fear was that it wouldn't look sculptural, feminine, and beautiful on me.  My hair grows very slowly, so I've been thinking about this cut for quite a while...deliberating...changing my mind back and forth...over and over again. 

But...finally...I went for it anyway...and whether or not you or I think it has turned out as beautiful as the inspiration image, it is done. 

Without further ado...

...I present to you, my new hair.

Over-all, I really like the hair cut.  I think it could have been cut a little bit longer in the front, and my hair isn't as full as the hair on the model in the picture.  There is something about certain hair styles that affect your mood, don't you think?  My long hair, although fun to play with, was making me feel weighed down, even a little frumpy or...I don't I was hiding behind my hair or something.  This shorter, curly, semi-pixie cut makes me feel happy, spunky, creative and free.  I miss not being able to braid my hair, wear a long, side pony tail, or put it up in a bun.  It's sometimes hard when I wake up, look in the mirror, and realize I can't really do anything differently to my hair.  Possibly, a head band or a barrette...but other than that, nothing.  In a way though, not having to think too hard about it, or choose which style will look best with the outfit I'm wearing that day, it's a little bit freeing.  But, on days when I morn the loss of my long hair,  I console myself with this thought...I'm giving the hair that I cut off to Locks of Love ...a noble cause.

Monday, March 5, 2012


It finally snowed!!!

We have had such a mild winter around here, with only a couple days of a light dusting of snow in January.  It's March now, almost Spring, and I'd nearly given up on seeing any real accumulation of snow. 

 But, this morning we woke up to a glorious 4 inches of fluffy white snow.  It's clinging to the tree branches, beautifully frosting the atmosphere. 

We are relishing this treat, Jane especially.  

We know it won't last long. Weather men are predicting 60 degree weather in a couple of days.  Crazy weather.

So proud of her work.  This happy little guy will be here today and gone tomorrow.  We will enjoy it while we can!

Seussical the Musical 2012


Seussical the Musical 2012 has come to an end. 

glowing fish during one of Jojo's scenes...they moved

I'm exhausted, but everything (with the exception of one glitch with Gertrude's tail) went wonderfully well.  The costumes and set looked great, but more importantly, the kids were awesome.  I'm so proud of them, and I will miss the ones that are graduating this year.  Some of these kids were in my elementary art classes 10 years ago when I first started teaching.  They also participated in my very first Theater Club when they were only 4th graders too.  Now they are seniors in high school, and getting ready to move on to college or university.  I couldn't be more proud of how they have turned out.  They are immensely talented.

The entire cast.

I'm posting a HUGE amount of sorry...but I couldn't narrow it down more than this.  So, without further ado, here they are.  Keep in mind that these photos were taken at a dress rehearsal a couple of days before opening night.  Final lighting and technical issues had yet to be worked out.  I was still polishing off costumes, and hair and make-up on the cast were not done.  I wish I had gotten photos of everyone with their hair and make-up finished...they looked so much more in character.  Because this post is so picture heavy, I'm going to keep the comments minimal.

I did get a picture of Autumn with her hair and make-up done.  Isn't she the cutest Who of all?!

And maybe the silliest Who too.

This is the only shot I got of Jane in the entire play.  She's so short that you don't see her much.  To view a video of Jane dancing, and to see a clip of the entire cast in action, visit my first Seussical the Musical 2012 post HERE.

I just loved the collage appearance of this picture...totally unintentional.

Jojo and the Cat in the Hat.


Gertrude...with only a one-feathered tail.

Mayzie and the Bird Girls tempting Gertrude to visit Dr. Dake, and to eat from the pillberry bush.

Gertrude's tail grows.

No longer a one-feathered tail bird.

The Wickersham brothers (and sister.)

Vlad Vladikoff steals the flower with the Who planet on it.

The Who's wait on as Horton tries to find the lost Who planet.

Gertrude tries to get Horton's attention.

Jungle creatures.

Another shot of Wickersham brothers.

Sour Kangaroo and Baby Kangaroo.

Circus McGurkis.

Jose the pool boy with Mayzie.

Horton sitting on Mayzie's egg.

General Schmidtz and his cadets.

Horton on trial, with Gertrude and Judge Yertle the Turtle.

Mr. Mayor, Mrs. Mayor and son Jojo, all of Who-ville.

Some more shots during rehearsal.

A better shot of Vlad and Wickershams.

Some close up shots of the principal characters.

A few closer shots of the Whos.

Congratulations to the Director, Mr. Wesley, and a fond farewell to Seussical the Musical.  Fabulous job to everyone involved!