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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Going on a Sleigh Ride at Spring Township Library

Going On A Sleigh Ride!
open to the public on
Thursday July 24th at 10:00 a.m.

Suitable for ages 2 to 6.

Children dress up as winter animals and crowd into a sleigh. 
The sleigh won't move until everyone is in. 
Afterwards we will make cardinal puppets to take home.

Spring Township Library
78-C Commerce Drive
Wyomissing, PA 19610.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fun Summer for ArtyPantz Productions!

I'm really enjoying the summer shows this year more than ever. For some reason, my 11th year is just easier and more relaxed than the previous years. Most of the places I've been or am going to are places that I've been to many times before. It's such a nice feeling to go into familiar classrooms. It's also great to have so many kids remember other shows they have been in, and what character they played in the story. There are actually six stories to choose from at this point, all with their own set of costumes and props.

In addition to regular and a couple of new places, one standout this year is a collaboration with The Delaware County Intermediate Unit. Their mission is to provide leadership in the development and delivery of quality, cost-effective programs and services to school communities. I am working in various locations with their English Language Learners Program. This is really fun and interesting because the kids are from all around the world! 

The kids are all different ages and we are doing The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid.  Here are a couple of them making puppets after the show. Very sweet! #lovemyjob!

 baby mermaid!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid 2014

Getting organized and geared up for almost an ArtyPantz Productions performance a day for July 2014. Most are at private camps and not open to the public, but there are a couple of libraries open to the public sprinkled in here and there. I will post those as they come up.

The most popular show this year is The Capture and Return of Bald Beatrice the Baby Mermaid.

Puppet making Afterwards!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Catching a Wave for Captain Splendid

My husband and I are heading out this morning to the Jersey shore for a couple of days.

After the 10 day silent meditation retreat experience in April, I can actually go to the beach without reading material.  Don't need it!  I can sit and do "nothing" now.  Not really nothing.  What I'll be doing is enjoying the moments, one by one.

I grew up in Santa Cruz California and the ocean is in my blood. My favorite memories of the beach are camping on it when we first got to Southern California from the east coast. There's nothing quite like waking up to the sound of the crashing waves in the morning.

Today, on Father's Day, I'm so happy for the vivid memories, later when we moved to Northern California, of body surfing with my father.  He taught me, all my siblings and my mother, among other many great things, how to swim.

Here's a picture of him from his high school year book that I just found when I googled his name this morning. Perfect!  Hard to read the caption but the highlights are "an artist is a dreamer" and "usually seen with Katie". That would be my Mother! They were high school sweethearts :) RIP Dad.  Happy Father's Day wherever you are (in my heart for sure and forever)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Organizing a Studio

These are the after pictures......Things look pretty chaotic but this is such an improvement.
The main goal is to have work space and to be able to see the fabric I have available to make things with, and that has been achieved!

 I considered clearing out everything except painting supplies and "just" paint, but that is not happening at the moment. However that canvas on the floor is going to be painted over and a new one will be replacing it soon.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bower birds sketch for next painting

Snowed in today, working on next painting. Have been reading about the very interesting bower bird.....the male makes a nest on the ground and surrounds it with brightly colored objects, many blue in color to attract a here is my sketch, getting ready to transfer it on to the canvas and paint.

It will be interesting to see how this translates into a painting..... within the creative process the painting usually takes on a life of it's own, and winds up looking nothing like the sketch.

It's the same with writing. You just have to get that first sentence down to get going.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

How to Make a Valentine Banner with a Deck of Cards

.....was trying to think of a way to use the hearts in a deck of cards for some kind of Valentine's Day decoration or for inspiration went to the dollar store and got two packs of cards for A DOLLAR! one blue deck and one red deck.

I took out the blue deck and put all the hearts into a pile, and sat there looking at a pile of hearts and all the other aha moment arrived shortly....It would be great to use all of the cards. So how about a Valentine Banner?

I tried a few different versions and this is the best one for stability with two cut out hearts in between. There were several cards left. If you had a few packs of cards you could mix and match to create quite the Valentine decorama.

My finished banner is about 9 feet long! I wanted to photograph it but it's too long, so just scanned the beginning and the end.

Valentine Banner Tutorial

You will need:
    - at least one deck of cards
    - yarn or ribbon
    - a pair of scissors
    - a hole punch
1. Keep out the Ace through the King of Hearts cards (12 in all)
2. Cut the rest of the deck into hearts by simply folding them in half and cutting. (The fold gives the banner some dimension)
3. Punch the holes in the middle of the edges of both sides of the cards and the cut out hearts.
4. Cut yarn or ribbon into 10" pieces. Cut two 24" pieces to tie onto either side of the banner at the end.
5. Lay one cut out heart down to the left of the Ace of Hearts.
6. Thread the yarn through the back of the hole on the right hand side of the heart and the back of the hole on the left hand side of the Ace and tie the heart and the Ace together leaving a little space between them. If tied too close together they don't hang nicely. I tied them into a knot with the yarn a bit loose, then put my finger on the knot and gently tied another knot on top of that knot. Then tied into a little bow.
7. Add two cut out hearts, then the Two of Hearts, then two cut out hearts,  the Three of Hearts and so on and so on. After the King tie on one more heart. Then tie the 24" pieces of yarn on either side of the cut out heart on the left of the Ace and the cut out heart on right of the King. Ta Da!