Thursday, May 30, 2013

Up To Date.

No, you didn't accidentally stumble into my Instagram. 

With a broken camera and wonderfully full weeks gone by, these shots and a few words are what I have to get you all caught up on life out here.

Here goes, in chronological order-









CrabFest again





Hope you are enjoying the end of your school year and beginning of the Summer season. I am so very happy to welcome Summer. 

And warm. 

And green growth. 

And long days. 

Have a lovely evening!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Bit Of Dance.

So, you know where I have been instead of here? Stage right, watching my girl rehearse for her second dance recital. My, is it busy! 

But so, so fun. 

(The beginnings of my ballet girl embroidery from a few weeks ago.)

I was going to write a bit about my thoughts on performance pressure, competition, negative body image and conformity, and how it all can relate to dance and other traditionally feminine arts and sports. 

I am just not feeling that today. 

The worry is still there somewhere in my heart when I think of her showing a continued interest in learning ballet. But certainly, right now in this supportive dance community I don't fret about any of those things. When I see Minna out there with her friends on stage and waiting with them patiently during long rehearsal hours, all I see and feel is fun. 

(Remember these blue feathers from last year? Tons of fun.)

What Minna remembers most from last year, was dancing with her good friend. So many friendships were formed. I am pretty sure a lot of the older girls at our school have danced together since they were this little. That is pretty special.

I have been amazed at all the growing that happens between age 3 and 4. Longer (but still little) legs, bigger confidence, sweet skipping skills and professional forward rolls.

The tan tights seem so grown up to me too. As does the sassy wolf pup costume. She is happy to get to add it to the dress-up basket after the show.

We have enjoyed watching everything come together with lights and music and sparkles. We also got to see pointe shoes in action for the first time ever. Again, amazed.

It's going to be a great show.

Now, the following black and whites of my dancer... 

getting ready for practice with her teeny bun...

and grown up tights...

...will be the very last that my old trusty camera will produce. 

It is time to retire it.
More like, it has angrily resigned.
Time to invest in a new one. 
Which will take time.

Until then, I will be front and center this Saturday when my wolf pup takes the stage. With my phone/camera I will take a bunch of fun pictures of yet another fun year of dance on the island.

Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May One.

According to Sully's calendar that he is using to check off the days until summer, there are 17 days of school left. That's isn't very many. The last month of school for us is quite busy now that all three kids have their own activities and projects going on. Those 17 days will be checked off before I know it.

My own constant activity (surprise) has been embroidery. It's portable for all the games and rehearsals that are happening and I feel like I am getting so much done even with our non-stop schedules. 

I have many finished pieces that need frames. I still need to figure out exactly how I want to frame them. 

Floss everywhere. Just everywhere.

I finished my head.

And several others that are just hanging out.

Adding color with crayon is my new favorite. I love it so much because I still feel like the blackwork is very dominant. Minna wants her butterfly wings to hang in her room. Maybe a pretty green frame?

My second work with color is a sunflower from the ranch. I have been carrying this thing all over the place for days.

Once it is framed up, it will be cropped just like the photograph. I think the cropping is what intrigues me most about creating an embroidery from a photo. That, and the balance with all the open space. It's an entirely different look but feels the same.

A special gift will be on it's way soon. I will share a full frontal when it gets its proper frame. (I really have to remedy this frame problem.) For now, check out my backside...

There are more gifts on the drawing board. Some for teachers and some for friends afar. 

I am also feeling the need to go bigger. So big, that I feel like I might need an overhead projector to get my ideas on fabric. That's big. That would be some big time design transfer fun right there.

So... happy May! 

The days are nice and long and the countdown continues out here.

I like May.