Archive for June, 2010

Violet’s 1st Ballet Class

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To¬† be honest Violet didn’t much appreciate her first ballet class, and was clingy almost the entire time. She warmed up to the hopping exercise though! I think in another week or two she will feel more confident about it.

Arriving at ballet

Arriving at ballet

She looked so tiny as she sat there waiting for me to put her shoes on

She looked so tiny as she sat there waiting for me to put her shoes on

Entering through the magical door

Entering through the magical door

Stretching exercises

Stretching exercises

Hopping exercise

Hopping exercise

Princess outfit

Princess outfit

Trying to take the crown off

Trying to take the crown off

Here is the video of the hopping exercise:

Not to leave Ivy out, she was dressed as Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Little gypsy

Little gypsy

A beautiful arabesque!

A beautiful arabesque!

And here is the video of one of the floor exercises:

The Latest Projects

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I have been working on a couple of sewing projects that I just wrapped up today. A purse for my friend Naomi’s birthday, and a dress for her daughter Amelia. I kind of owed her daughter another dress because I gave her the first princess dress I had ever made for her 3rd birthday, and let’s face it… it was crap. The thing is an embarrassment. Amelia loves it, but I look at it with a critical eye and there are a whole lot of defects.

So I made another (far more well-constructed) dress for her, this one can double as a princess dress because it has so much flounce in the skirt for fabulous twirling and curtsying capabilities, but it can be worn out in public as well.

In regards to the purse, it is an evening purse/clutch, but it came out bigger than expected so it could conceivably be used as a makeup bag instead. Naomi loved it though and said she would use it as a clutch, as she does not own one. It is nowhere near perfectly made and is a little lopsided (though probably I am the only one who can tell), but not bad for a total of about 4 hours making an item when I have never made one before and I didn’t use a pattern or measure anything. Its made out of brocade, lined with flannel back satin and has a bee as a decorative element.

And here is the dress:

Check out that twirl!!

Phillip is currently working on a dress for me, a church dress…. because I would need a dress made with a pattern, and since I hate patterns… it ain’t happening with these two hands! So he is making it for me. He is a great husband!

Abuelita

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Things aren’t too great with my grandma lately, which may be to be expected since she is very close to her 101th birthday (June 17th, but more officially June 19th since that is the day her birth certificate was recorded). And that is a very long time for anyone to live.

She barely wakes up anymore and doesn’t get out of bed except once every day or every other day to go use the toilet, and even then she can barely walk anymore and has to be wheeled the 10 feet to the bathroom.

A priest came to give her an Annointing of the Sick and she seemed to feel better afterwards, saying that it was “lovely” and “emotional”.

She can be woken up for short periods of time, but is exhausted afterward. She sleeps about 23 hours out of every 24. She is tired, and I suppose it is to be expected after so many years of life. In many respects she is one of the lucky ones, because she did not have a slow decline that lasted for years like many other people do. In fact, although she was already close to the exhaustion she is demonstrating now, she danced last month at a party. Her spirit is strong. Here is the video.