"We are mosaics--pieces of light, love, history, stars--glued together with magic and music and words."
My house is quiet for the first time in two weeks. It feels very strange. I can actually hear the clicking of the keys on my keyboard. The sound of birds outside my studio window. The hum of our fridge. The whir of the laundry machine. I just finished vacuuming up the last bits and pieces of Ri's birthday/NYE celebration. It was a happy mess; glitter, sequins, feathers, bits of yarn, ribbon and scraps of wrapping paper. Evidence of all the fun we had. Ri said it was her best birthday ever and I gotta say it was pretty magical. We kicked off the party with La La Land...... have you seen it yet? I can't remember the last time I had that much fun at the movies. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, singing, dancing, and charming their way through a punched up colorful East Side of Los Angeles. The music, the set design, the chemistry!!! I would have happily stayed in my cozy theater seat and watched it all over again after the credits rolled. The girls loved it as much as the grown ups. Ri can't wait to learn the piano scores. You gotta go see it...on the big screen.
Ri's birthday parties usually include an art component (shocking I know). This year she asked me to come up with a wearable art project.
Introducing yet another awesome thing you can make with painted, recycled cardboard...
- painted cardboard cut into strips and squares
- chalk markers
- glue gun
- yarn for necklace + tassels
1. Select the painted cardboard piece of your choice. 2. Trace a geometric shape or a simplified angular animal shape onto your cardboard in pencil. 3. Cut out your shape with very sharp scissors or a box cutter. 4. Add details to your shape with chalk or paint markers (dots, dashes, hearts, clouds). 5. Create your tassel (see below for a step by step). 6. Attach your tassel and necklace to your pendant with hot glue or by hole punching your cardboard and knotting your thread.
If unicorns aren't your thing, here are some other ideas: