Days of Rest 54

Birds flying in formation ~ photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ used with permission

Birds flying in formation ~ photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ used with permission

We are taking a much needed vacation. I wasn’t going to post anything this weekend because of the preparations being undertaken but I decided to go ahead and post today. Wishing all our readers a wonder week ahead!

Days of Rest 53

Gothic Roses photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ Used with permission ~

~ Gothic Roses photo ~ by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ Used with permission ~

Quoteful Saturday: Attitude

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader’s Digest, June 1995


Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left. ~Hubert Humphrey

Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. ~Author Unknown

I don’t know about any of our readers but I really needed to read these quotes today. I found them on this page at Quote Garden. I hope you enjoy them and gain some inspiration and encouragement from them.

A Quick Update

While the kids have been involved in the theater this month, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time to create many works of art. I have been quite inspired, though, during this time. I’m getting back into my music, creating with some simple chord progressions I can build on. Nojo and I will be working on refining those in the coming months for John to use them along with some of his time lapse photography. We’re really looking forward to that!

I’ve also been inspired by my own hometown. John and I have been taking photography walks while the kids are at the theater. It’s quite calming and meditative, most days. While doing these photography walks, I’ve been thinking about my next mixed media art project and came up with two ideas. As soon as I can replenish my supplies, I’ll be working on more panels of mixed media art. Here are a couple of my favorite photos from our photography walks of the last three days.

A Small Lily ~ I used the Picsart Camera android app to take the photo and the Pixlr-o-Matic android app to edit it.

A Small Lily ~ I used the Picsart Camera android app to take the photo and the Pixlr-o-Matic android app to edit it.

Window Reflections ~ I used the Picsart camera android app to take the photo and the Pixlr-o-Matic android app to edit it.

Window Reflections ~ I used the Picsart camera android app to take the photo and the Pixlr-o-Matic android app to edit it.

3 Basic Elements ~ I took the photo using the Picsart camera android app and edited it using the Pixlr-O-Matic android app.

3 Basic Elements ~ I took the photo using the Picsart camera android app and edited it using the Pixlr-O-Matic android app.

As you can see, there were many different things that caught my eye. We only walked down one main street and around a couple of the nearby blocks. What new things will you find in your town? Isn’t it amazing how the things we see every day as we pass by in a blur become more interesting and clear when we slow down a bit? People often question how we have time to do the things we do. It’s not really about having the time, as much as it is about making the time. Figure out what you really want to do, what’s really important to you, what you really value most, and you’ll find a way to make it happen.

Speaking of deciding what you really want, we will not be merging the two blogs. After much discussion and thought, we’ve decided it’s best to keep the photography separate.

I was not the only one taking photos on the photo walks we took. If you’d like to see one of the photos John took today, then click here to check it out at his blog.

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anaïs Nin

Days of Rest 52

~ Blooming Thistles ~ photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ used with permission ~

~ Blooming Thistles ~ photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ used with permission ~

Ghost Puppet

This evening, John and I pulled off a photo shoot that was a lot of fun. We’d been tossing the idea around of possible fantasy art style photo shoots for a little while. I had a few yards of this really filmy, rough fabric and thought it would be perfect for that kind of costume. I whipped up a layered drawstring skirt by putting strips of the fabric together. After the skirt was sewn, I ripped the wider pieces upward to give it a worn, old, and tattered feeling. For the top, I made a mock-bandana style using several layers of the fabric, cutting the bottom edges roughly to continue the tattered theme. I had fun putting together a make-up and hair-style for the costume, even though I knew it wouldn’t be seen in the photo. I like to try to achieve new looks with the things I have on hand. We never know what we’ll need for the next theater production we’re involved in.

Quoteful Saturday: Father, Dad, Poppa

In honor of Father’s Day, which is celebrated tomorrow, I’ve chosen these quotes for our Quoteful Saturday post from this page on Quote Garden. I hope you enjoy them!

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~Clarence Budington Kelland

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!” ~Lydia M. Child, Philothea: A Romance, 1836

I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.” ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.” ~Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.” ~Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968

Theater Costume Project Continues

I’ve been working on Starshine’s tree costume again this week. I finally have the nest together. I often start a project with an idea in mind but it turns out equally often that the project has a mind of its own and turns out a little differently than I originally pictured it. This nest was somewhat like that. I used burlap fabric, thread, 1/4″ elastic, and one small sprig of autumn leaves. I basically sewed an open-ended scrunchie, ran the elastic through it, and sewed the the two short ends together, only at the elastic casing. It gave my nest a messy appearance, which was one thing I was trying to achieve. I pulled the leaves off my sprig and cut the “twig” that was left over into 3 pieces. I used Fabri-tac glue to stick the leaves and “twigs” on the nest randomly. Here’s a photo of the finished project. What do you think?

~ the burlap bird's nest I created for Starshine's tree costume ~

~ the burlap bird’s nest I created for Starshine’s tree costume ~

“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.” ~ William Blake

Theater Costume Project

I’m working on a tree costume for Starshine. She’s going to be a disgruntled and morose British tree in a children’s play later this month. I’ve been working on her costume for a while now. This time, I’m pacing myself, being sure to take time for important things and time to rest. The elements I needed to include were a trunk, leaves, a bird’s nest, and baby birds that move.

For the trunk, I chose a brown stretch knit fabric that had a nifty pattern and lots of glitter. (This is Fairytale Land, after all!) I didn’t have a pattern in the style I wanted. So I had to create one from scratch. I had Starshine lay down on some brown packaging paper and traced out her body lines. I marked where her knees were because I wanted a very straight dress with a flair at the bottom…like a tree trunk and its root base. The sleeves I kept as small a diameter as possible but made them longer than her arms so she could cover her hands with the fabric. I couldn’t make the dress have a turtleneck like I wished. So instead, I cut out a simple head cover out of the leftover fabric that will cover her hair and neck.

For the leaves and treet0p, I created a leaf garland out of green sequin dot fabric and beading wire. It’s light-weight and should make very nice foliage. I’ll attach it to a brown, floppy-brimmed hat we used to use for our SCA events. I’m still working on how to extend some of the leaves out in many directions without making the hat top-heavy.

For the bird’s nest, I’m going to make an overly large scrunchy out of burlap and decorate it with twine and twigs and maybe some leaves. I wanted her to have complete mobility of her hand and not have to worry about the nest falling off during the performance.

The baby birds were a bit of a challenge. I thought right away to use a glove but how to make the fingers look like believable baby birds was another matter entirely! I ended up gluing lots of brown craft feathers to the fingers, enough to cover the color of the glove (though, I did use a black glove). I cut somewhat large triangles out of bright yellow felt and glued those to the tips of the fingers. The audience should have a nice view of those yellow beaks. I have a photo of the baby bird glove that I can share with you today.

Baby Birds for Tree Costume

Baby Birds for Tree Costume ~ The dress fabric is in the background and the burlap I’m using for the nest is wrapped around the bottom of the glove. It’s still just a piece of fabric right now but tomorrow should see it form into more of a scrunchie nest. 🙂

I still have a good bit of work left to do on this project but it’s coming along quite nicely! I hope you’ve enjoyed this update. I’ll share more photos as the project progresses. If you’re in the area and would like to see the play, it will take place at the Eunice Players Theater in Eunice, LA on June 25-28 @ 7 pm and the matinee performance will be on June 29 @ 2 pm.

Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.”  ~River Phoenix