Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tutu How To

Here is the ballet costume I sewed yesterday for my art project!

How to make a ballet tutu: (great for children and over-sized children like me)

1. sew a piece of thick elastic together to make a waistband the size of the waist you wish to furnish with a tutu.
2. go to the craft store, look in the wedding section, buy the kind of tulle that comes on a roll (it's about 6 inches wide).
3. cut the tulle into strips about 20 inches long.
4. double knot the individual strips of tulle around the waistband, so the tails of the knot form a skirt. Repeat until the skirt is full. Trim it if it's too long.
5. if that didn't make sense, call or e-mail me. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fresh from the Studio

Here's a new friend to the studio. Kind of a sad looking girl. For some reason she reminds me of when I was in the sixth grade and would, in shame, play with my Barbies, dressing them, undressing them, putting them in social situations, etc. I was ashamed because I felt I was too old to play with dolls, but I still wanted to.
Here is a sneak peek at my next film. Let's just say I'm going to conquer my demons and pick up where I left off (fourteen years ago). The last picture is me on the right, Jen F. on the left, I'm not so cute anymore, but I think I still got it. :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Meet Judy Gimly

Judy Gimly is a larger than life size doll. She comes ready to pull cookies out of the oven. She wears a yellow prom dress, lacy apron, and pearls. She is very nice and sweet, yet friends complain about her not having a neck. Sorry Judy for not giving you a neck or shoulders, and for making your face grotesque. Don't be mad though, doesn't the double D make up for it?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy Happy Birthday Chelsea Dear!

This week my friend and roommate turned a sweet 23! We celebrated with a birthday supper, which was supposed to be green enchiladas, rice and beans, etc. That plan terminated when I turned the wrong burner on and a glass pan exploded all over the stove top and into the chicken and green sauce. bummer. It turned into a pizza party after that. (I can't say "pizza party" without feeling a little of the enthusiasm and excitement of a fourth grader at Ruth Livingston Elementary.) Happy 23 to Chelsea!

Also, Rhett and I worked on some new tunes. I'll keep you posted for when we get a record label, ha ha.
Here we are trying NOT to have double chins.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Magical Year of the Comet

1. I was reflecting today upon the wondrous Hale-Bopp comet that appeared in 1997. I had just finished my freshman year of high school. I remember thinking that the comet was "cool." But thinking about it again today, I realize that I took the comet for granted. I recall it in my mind's eye, in the Northern part of the sky, just above the horizon, overlooking the tomato plants and grapevines from the Andelin's garden. I'm sure I didn't appreciate it's shiny head and dusty tail nearly enough as I ought to have done. It's true how absence makes the hard grow fonder. Come back comet Hale-Bopp! I just want to see you one more time.

2. I spent much of my childhood thinking and acting in ways to promote my superiority over other children. In the third grade I saw Saturn, in all it's showy glory, through the lens of my Dad's telescope. He had just gotten home from delivering a baby at the hospital and must have seen it, glowing and radiant in the morning sky, so he pulled out the telescope, honed in on the planet and woke his sleeping children to show it to them. I recall the wonder I felt. It looked like a little golden pendant in the sky, and the little rings around it! Oh, it was true! Saturn really does have rings! I went to school the next day and bragged all about it.

3. My junior year of high school I was the co-president of the Astronomy club, I know in telling that story to others, I usually say I was the president, but I just remembered today that Canon Luerkins was the actual president because he wanted that to go on his college application, so I let him.
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Monday, January 5, 2009

When the streets are deserted... is time to go out and ski! Tonight around 9:30I exchanged the red-striped lunch lady dress I had been wearing for some sleek black fleece-lined pants, put on some hunter's safety glasses, plus my skis, and headed out the door into the snow. Hardly a soul could be seen, the silence was healing, and the brisk winter air... as obnoxious as ever. Ok, I'm done trying to be all poetic with my writing. Basically, I had a really fun time skiing in the park across the street from my house. Also, I love how when it is snowing in the nighttime you can see so well. There is so much light!

Also, Thank you Mom! Thank you for this lovely vintage dress! I love the new buttons on it, and the bright yellow pattern, tapered sleeves, and flowing skirt, I will wear it with as much poise and elegance as Maureen O'Hara. Sooo thoughtful, thanks!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bring it on 2009!

After that last post, I felt I had to redeem myself by posting a more pleasing picture of myself. Here is my new sequiny shirt, a symbol for the new, exciting, and sparkly new year. Happy New Year! This years new year resolution: try to be a little better each day. (brownie points to the person who knows who said that.) and yes, I danced like a hooligan rock star in the new shirt, you should try it, life is never dull with SEQUINS!

thanks K and HRH for the fabulous party!