I finished Kitty's kimono this week: robe, obi (sash) and tabi shoes. She looks awesome! The whole outfit is for her Seminar presentation at the end of May. Her topic is Japan and I thought a genuine-style kimono was in order. The pattern is from Folkwear. They specialize in authentic-to-the-period patterns from all over the world. One thing I have been noticing lately is that my pictures are not always totally in focus. In fact, some of them are downright fuzzy. I've been using my iphone to take pictures for years and the quality of my pictures has really gone downhill. I'm charging a camera we had when the kids were younger... I'm hoping that that will solve the situation. You see, I am well aware how annoying a fuzzy picture is: I got my BFA in Photography for goodness sake! I think I might be looking into a nice camera for my birthday and Christmas this year. The iphone is just so easy to use though... click a picture, edit it and upload it to facebook all in 3 minutes.
We took the kids to see 'Finding Vivian Maier' this weekend at the Bryn Mawr movie theater. It is a documentary about a treasure trove of negatives one man bought at an auction that turned out to all be by Vivian Maier who as well as being an avid photographer was also a nanny. Her work was never shown when she was alive, heck, most of her work wasn't even printed until 2009. It made me miss taking pictures and finally pushed me over the edge to not accepting the quality of my iphone to be my legacy in photos. Jack really enjoyed the film. Kitty fell asleep.
IKEA used to sell this banana-shaped chair called 'Mane'( it should have an umlate over the 'a' but I don't know how to make my iphone do that.) I bought ours the year we moved into our house in 2002. Thomas Tsukada loved watching TV while rocking on it. Once we had kids it became a fun toy. It's made out of hard, compressed styrofoam. Recently this foam has started crumbling after 10+ years of frequent use. I love this chair. I took off the blue giraffe print cover and washed it. I then spent an hour rebuilding it with cardboard and more than 1 roll(!) of duct tape. When I finished I felt the life and rehabing of our beloved Mane needed to be documented... Hence, this post
Jack turned 11 at 4:17am. We went out for a fancy japanese meal and reminisced about his birth. The highlights are Sarah squealing enthusiastically, "I see the head! Betsy, I see the head!" Thus giving me the strength to push after having lost the will to due to 2 1/2 hours of pushing with no apparent progress. Right after this the midwife told me to not push which Thom misheard thus resulting in him telling me to push. I pushed, the midwife wasn't ready and she was lucky to catch Jack as he shot out of my body. It was a beautiful and prophetic moment as Jack has seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm for so much in life. I'm so happy to celebrate his birth, so blessed to be his mom.
My nephew Calvin tragically passed away on Friday 1/17/14. His obituary is below.
James Calvin Payne of Perkinsville, Vermont, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, January 17, 2014. Calvin would have turned 16 on March 6.
Calvin had passions for aggressive inline skating, freestyle skiing, parkour, and technology. He enjoyed photography, drawing, and making things. Calvin was fiercely independent and adept at teaching himself new skills and pursuing self-directed research into a myriad of topics. Despite his young age, Calvin was an accomplished videographer having produced several polished skating-oriented short subjects. Calvin had a lifelong love of being outdoors and was fascinated by nature and wildlife.
Calvin possessed a special energy and focus that will be sorely missed by everyone that he touched.
Calvin is survived by his family; parents Heather and James Payne, his younger brother Mason, grandparents Patricia and Martin Clark of Landenburg, PA, grandparents Susan and James Payne of Willow Street, PA, and aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Arrangements are being made by the Davis Memorial Chapel of Springfield, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Springfield Humane Society in Calvin's name.http://www.spfldhumane.org/
The family will be holding a celebration and remembrance of Calvin's life in the spring when it can be held out of doors. A candlelight vigil will be held on Tuesday, January 21, at 7:00 pm at the Compass School in Westminster, Vermont.
Thom gave me a generous Etsy gift certificate for my birthday. I could not decide until I saw this Felt Wool Ball Wreath! I fell head over heels in love with it. Years ago when I tried wet felting wool, I could not for the life of me make wool balls. It was frustrating and taught me a deep appreciation for well-felted wool balls. I saw an area rug once made of wool balls... but it cost a bazillion dollars due to the labor involved in creating it. So, I am in love with my new wreath and it is a cheery hello to all from its perch on our back door.
Kitty had her first guitar lesson yesterday. She LOVED it. Her teacher is Mike. He is very pleasant, into rock and sports long hair. Kitty says he is the perfect teacher for her. He gave her a page of things to practice and Kitty has been practicing with great enthusiasm. I'm relieved we found a teacher she *clicks* with. It so important in fostering a lifelong love of music I think. Go Kitty!
I found this drawing in Jack's backpack yesterday. I immediately saw it as some sort of alien creature covered with buildings. It's brilliant. I showed it to Thom and he said that it was a drawing of Manhatten... with World Trade Center One at the top and the blank space at the bottom as Central Park. I thought that was brilliant as well. When Jack came in to the room he confirmed that it was, in fact, a creature with buildings growing out of it. I can still see it that way... but I also can still see it as Manhatten.