Posts Tagged ‘Silliness’

6
Feb

Twisted

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Twisted Chaos

5 February 2011

My photo today shows one step in the process of Shannon making a giant ornament, much like the one whose photograph is imbedded in yesterday’s KRuMB post.  She gathers clear glass twice, then adds color by picking up canes and shards and otherwise discarded glass bits, melts them, marvers them in, and then, before blowing, she uses the pincettes (pin-set-ease) to pinch and twist and curl the straight lines of color into swirls and random craziness.  This twisting part is my favorite!

In a frustrating “twist” of fate, I didn’t get to do as much in the studio, today.  I managed, after three minutes alone on the floor this morning attempting a snowman drill, to grab a hot pipe and burn the heck out of the fatty flesh of my left hand just above and just below where my rings sit.  I put the pipe away safely, and went inside to run cold water on my hand and tell the gaffer of my silliness.  After laughing at myself and chilling my hand under the running water, we went back to the studio together.  It didn’t take long to realize that having my hand anywhere near the heat of furnace or leer, was going to be a problem.  So, we came back inside for a while and I squished an ice pack around in my hand while we chatted about our respective futures and dreams of financial success.  When the ice pack wasn’t icy anymore, we went back outside and pulled some more cane, and then did three of these giant ornaments before the furnace was nearly empty and it was time to charge.  It worked out alright, I suppose, but I remain awfully frustrated with myself!

At least I can say that it was a rather relaxing day and my hand is feeling mostly better, now, nearly twelve hours later.   I have some residual redness in a few spots, and it’s a little uncomfortable, especially when very warm, but,  I’m confident that I’ll be back up to par by morning.

Notable about the evening were the sunset, and the dinner we girls shared.  I glanced over my shoulder and out the window shortly after Laurel and Kyrana returned home from their day of adventuring at the Farmer’s Market and the local arboretum, to see a brilliantly pink sky.  We all decided to march outside to see it without the hindrance of walls and window screens, and it was well worth the little walk down the street to take a couple of photos.  Once darkness fell, the food prep began.   Kyrana fixed four of the largest artichokes I had ever seen!  It was as they came off the stove from being steamed, and I carried them to the table, that I had to admit this would be a first for me.  I got the coaching I needed, as we ate them slowly, savoring the juicy, meaty tip of each leaf as we worked our way toward the heart of the giant vegetable.  Combined with spinach and salmon salad with avocado, it was a totally delightful meal!

~MB

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19
Jun

Flat Tristan Goes Texas!

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Flat Tristan Goes Texas

3 May 2010

One of last week’s posts was a shot of the “Flat Tristan” Nicole’s son made—a “paper doll” of himself that I was to photograph and send back to the school. I took him for a walk with the dogs and placed him in a local bluebonnet patch to represent his visit to Texas in the spring. The instructions from the school were to send him back with his photo and perhaps a souvenir for the child. I was sorry to say that money and time were both a bit tight and I couldn’t easily find a good Texas t-shirt that I really liked. I didn’t really know what size to buy for Tristan, anyway. I did find a really cool key ring that went in the envelope when all was said and done. I know when I was a kid and had only a couple of keys of my own, a cool key ring was an awesome thing. Hopefully, times haven’t changed much in that regard.

But, I felt I hadn’t done enough. I mean, I don’t live anywhere cool enough to have a giant arch, or statue, or widely recognized skyscraper … and my photos weren’t very exciting. The dogs added a personal touch that was fun, but … what else could I do? Then, I got the brainstorm … Flat Tristan should go home dressed like he’d been to Texas! Tristan had colored him in a t-shirt and blue pants I fancied to be jeans … so that part was done. A Texas t-shirt for the paper doll was my first thought. I made it from heavy scrapbooking paper (of which I have plenty!) and even remembered to put little tabs on it here and there like paper doll clothes always have. I was pleased with the results and then got another idea! A hat! He needed a cowboy hat. And when that turned out so well, I thought boots just had to be next.

I am very pleased with the results of my efforts and I hope that Tristan, his teacher, and even Nicole get a good smile out of my silliness.

~MB

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19
Jun

On Beltane and Birthdays and Brocade

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Burgundy Brocade

1 May 2010

I cannot remember exactly why I took this macro photo of this lovely burgundy damask brocade fabric. That’s what I get for being so far behind. But, what I do remember about this beautiful spring day is that it was a day of merriment and celebration … not just because it was Beltane, but because it was Kat’s birthday, as well.

Being a Bristol faire girl, Kat had never spent her birthday at faire on a faire day … until now. And, I’m pretty sure she’s sold on the concept!

As if it isn’t enough fun to celebrate your birthday at faire, with all the songs and flowers and hugs and silliness, but on Beltane?! What a great, life-affirming combination!

So, Happy Birthday, Kat! And, Happy Birthday to KellyeBeth, Kyle’s sister, as well!

~MB

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