Circus page

When my sister Jane and I were preteens, our parents took us to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.     I don’t remember a lot, I do remember horses, and trapeze acts, but mostly what I remember is the amazing wild animal tamer, Gunther Gebel-Williams.   He had long blond hair and a bare chest, and he didn’t use whips and chairs, he coaxed the animals into place.   Gunther had incredible showmanship and a gentle way with his animals, you could see he loved them.   Being preteen girls, we were smitten.

So when our artist trading card group decided to do a book exchange with the theme Circus, my mind went to Gunther.   In researching the mesmerizing Mr. Williams, I found out that he was only 5’4″ tall, which probably made him look all the more brave in the ring with lions and tigers.

circus page one

This is the front of my page, I hand carved the stamps on Gunther and the animals.

circus page one back

This is the back of the page, the images come from some antique rubber stamps I have in my collection.

Where I stood, at the barn party

feet

These are my party feet, along with Mark’s feet and Tony’s feet.

barn

We were at a barn party!

pond

Mark and I visited the pond,

chickens

said hello to the chickens,

band

and listened to the rockin’ band!

too loud

I thought they were great, but there was one who felt the band was a bit loud.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

Flip Journals

In one of my art groups Kate has taught us how to make flip journals.   I already knew how, because Kate and I have both been with the art group a long time and I’ve seen her teach this a couple of times, just like she’s seen me teach eraser carving several times.   Because I knew what I was doing, I decided to make a small journal, 4″x5″ instead of the 5.5″x8.5″   that Kate makes them.   Kate had made us great kits to make the journal, so I got one of those and I’ll do something with it later.   I thought the small journal was a great idea, so I decorated it with hand carved rubber stamps and named it Great Ideas.   Now, of course, I have no great ideas to put in the journal.   Maybe I should have named it Mediocre Ideas.

flip book 1

flip book 2

flip book 3

Happy belated towel day

towel

Last night I went out to dinner with my mom and my sister Jane, as I am likely to do on Tuesday evenings.   We chose Bahama Breeze, known for their wonderful mojitos.     Once there, we were quickly approached by our animated waiter, Peter.   If you’ve been to Bahama Breeze, you already know you are likely to get animated waitstaff with lots of conversation encouraging appetizers and drinks.   Peter took our drink order, went away, and in a timely matter returned with our mojitos.   I was focused on my drink, but my much more observant sister notice as he walked away that Peter had a towel draped over his shoulder.   She said “Our waiter has a towel, be prepared for the planet to be demolished.”   She was referring to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1952-2001), where the prepared   intergalactic hitchhiker always carries a towel.   I immediately remembered that I had read, via a friend on facebook, that towel day was coming up.   Towel day is a day that Douglas Adams   fans carry around a towel in homage to the creator of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the trilogy that is now six books).   Jane didn’t think that would have anything to do with why our waiter was carrying the towel, but I was pretty sure towel day was upon us, while Jane and I were hashing this out my mother shouts to the waiter “Hey, come here!   What’s with the towel?”   Well, Peter took a deep breath, so I knew it would be a big explanation, I jumped in and asked “Is it towel day?”   That is exactly why Peter was carrying a towel, and he was delighted that someone understood.   Peter explained that in sixth grade he gave a book report on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy wearing a robe and sipping tea so as to look as much like the main character, Arthur Dent, as a sixth grader could look.   Peter is more obsessed with HHGTTG than Jane, I believe.   Anyway, come May 25, 2011, Jane and I will have towels draped around our necks.   I hope you had a happy towel day, I certainly did.

Where I stood, learning about paint

DSC06912 Today was an amazing day, Lynn arranged a lecture on Golden Acrylic paints for us at the Northville Art House.   I can’t begin to tell you how much I learned, it was a very informative day.   We got some freebies, and we got to experience the different kinds of paint Golden makes.   Very cool day.   Thank you Lynn and Valarie!

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

Been there, done that

Our fiber group has a challenge to make a 12″x12″ quilt about “been there, done that” taken from a photo of someplace you’ve been.   I decided to do something that I did and don’t need to do again.   It’s one of those things you tick off your list, you did it before you died, enjoyed it, but don’t need to do it again.   I love New York, but I only really need to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge once.   So this is from a photo that a friend took of Mark and I on the bridge.   Brooklyn bridge quilt

This is the original photo:

brooklyn bridge photo

I’m not entirely sure the quilt is finished, but I think it is.

Where I stood, taking the plants outside…

The plants have been living in the sunroom all winter (barely) and today is the day to take them all outside.   I’m very guilty of neglecting them, forgetting to water them, but now they’ll be outside where I can see them every day and they’ll get plenty of water and sunshine!

feet with pig

This is my ivy piggy, he goes on the front porch.

ivy pig

He likes his new home, the porch is much bigger this year.

geranium feet

The geranium goes in the back yard.

geraniums

I’m thrilled at all the blooms gerry has already produced!