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let’s celebrate!
We had Julian’s graduation party last Saturday, at the clubhouse where my Grammom lives. Our house is smiply too small for more than 15 people, and even that is pushing it. Anyway, it turned out quite nice – everyone enjoyed themselves (I think!) and Felicia got to meet the rest of the family (poor girl!). I made most of the food, and then we bought hoagies, tomato pie, and soft pretzels. My Mom of course had to make a speech. Some photos…oh, and I never did make Julian’s scrapbook – I realized about two weeks before the party that there was no way it was going to happen. I decided to focus on making a photoboard instead, with the plan of finishing (and starting!) the scrapbook at a later date.

my little boy

my little boy

my little boy

my little boy

my little boy

To make the photoboard, I bought a foamcore poster board and covered one side with white cardstock, folding it over the edges to make it look nice. My Mom had jotted down notes about Julian when he was a baby and then a toddler – things he did, things he liked. I typed these in Word and then printed them out onto blue and green cardstock. I trimmed these and glued them on top of the white cardstock. I gathered my photos, scanned them, edited them in Photoshop, and printed them onto white cardstock. Then I glued them on the photoboard – most of them I glued flat down, but for several I used foam squares to give the photoboard some dimension and extra interest. Silver star stickers were the final touch. I like how it turned out, and besides gathering, scanning, and editing the photos, really did not take that long to put together.

not a fan of country, but…
I recently bought Jewel’s last album Perfectly Clear. This is her foray into country music. Now I am not a fan of country music, although I have tried it out from time to time (I like to try out different musical genres occasionally – you never know what might strike your fancy!). But Jewel is one of my favorite artists, so I figured I’d give it a try.

I’m not loving it, but it’s not too bad. It’s just…country music. Which to me seems to be simpler in terms of lyrics and messages, whereas I prefer music that is poetical and metaphorical and the more complicated the better.

I do think her songs on this album are simpler than on her previous albums – I miss the political edge and social commentary from her other work. The songs on Perfectly Clear are pretty much all about relationships, which does not do a lot for me.

Jewel has a new album – Sweet and Wild – again a country album. I’ll get it eventually. I’m willing to give it a chance, only because it’s Jewel.

Lately I’ve been listening to The Beekeeper by Tori Amos. I purposely chose to listen to this album when the weather got hot – it’s a very “summery” sort of album. The vocals and music are lush and warm, and it’s definitely her “lightest” album in terms of sound. I don’t know why, but certain of her albums I will only listen to during certain seasons.

~bon soir!

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In all things of Nature there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle

rainbow outside our house

rainbow outside our house

The weather has been crazy the past few days – sunny and warm one minute, cloudy and cool the next, then it rains for ten minutes, then it’s sunny again. This evening it was sunny, cloudy, and raining all at the same time, and we were lucky enough to have a rainbow as the result. It was beautiful; there were two rainbows, but one was quite faint. The other one was so bright though it was amost glowing. We stood out on the porch and took pictures, and Lily called them me-mo, and the rain was falling very gently. It was lovely.

In one of the Beading Daily newsletters from last week there was a discussion of music and beading – what kind of music beaders listen to while beading and how music can provide inspiration for beadwork. I always listen to music if I am beading in my studio. My favorite music artists are Rasputina, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell, and my absolute favorite, Tori Amos.

Listening to music is like being in another world (a much more pleasant one, sometimes!). There’s passion, drama, love, joy, sorrow. When I sit down at my worktable and put in a cd and pick up my beading, I turn off the regular world and I can be, for a short time anyway, an Artist. It’s my time. And the rhythm of the music definitely influences the speed at which I bead – songs that have a lot of energy get my fingers flying!

Music also offers inspiration – I get ideas for jewelry and collage pieces from the songs. I have some bracelets in mind that are inspired by a couple of Tori Amos’ songs, and I have a book in mind based on a Rasputina song. I always thought maybe it was a little strange to want to turn a song into a bracelet, but several readers in the newsletter showed their works that were inspired by music, so I’m not alone. I guess inspiration is everywhere.

My mom recently bought a cd from Digital Imagery Plus that contains thousands of vintage/antique children’s photographs. They are mostly girls and most of the photos are quite lovely. She lent the cd to me so I started going through all of the photos and copying the ones that I like best. Of course being the obsessive person I am I have to look at every single photograph because God forbid I miss anything. Here are a couple:

vintage photo of little girl

vintage photo of little girl

These photos are just what I need for my above-mentioned book idea. I got this idea from the song “Girls’ School” by Rasputina, from their Frustration Plantation album. The song is about a Victorian girls’ school where the staff is severe, the girls are taught dancing tips and scorn along with math, and several girls make a daring escape. I want to turn this story into a book, using the vintage photos for the students and teachers. I plan to write a little story about each person, while incorporating the song’s lyrics as well.

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