My son has been making these "alchemy" pendants with semi precious stones and other properties, and hopes to get an Etsy shop going soon for himself. They sold very well at the Renaissance Festival and have a lot of meaning behind them. He's versed in what crystal combos do, although I don't exactly understand, I enjoy seeing him being creative and leading his Zen lifestyle.
Plus, they are pretty. I do understand that aspect of them!
I do love me some pretty!
At Victorian Trading Company's outlet store in KC, I loaded up on it last week with Beth.
This velvet coat came home with me for less than half of the catalog price, plus came with a $20 gift certificate that I spent on a whole big pile of clearance items along with that apothecary jar in the previous picture.
See the skirt under the coat? It's not a skirt, it's a ruffle at the bottom. Kind of like a skirt dickie for a coat. I can feel dressed up even when I'm not. And I rarely am. I'm the type that wears slippers outside. But hey, don't these slippers look like boots? They are warm, cute and were only eight bucks at the outlet store.
Do you watch Big Bang Theory? I love those guys. And Wallowitz's colorful outfits, each with a dickie under his shirt. So I have been calling this my Wallowitz coat.
Part of my $20 gift rebate haul was a $3 card making kit, that Sugarwings went bonkers over. She made cards, slipped them into envelopes, and gave them to everyone. She was a regular, one person, Hallmark machine.
I also got a free, crystal wreath brooch, cup cake wrappers, a cute coffee mug, and way too much candy.
And all of it, pretty as can be, piled up on my dining table.
But the prettiest thing on the table?
Sugarwings decided to act out some sort of play going on in her imagination by crawling up on the table and swooning away till her prince charming came along. Of course, a Grammie will indulge such funny, foolishness instead of shooing her off the table.
Then again, Grammies are the type that like to indulge little fairy girls a lot. We bought some Crayola window markers that dry in a crystallized design and I let them draw all over my windows with them.
And creepy names for the foods, like Mummy Fingers, Monster Eyeballs, and Frank's Green Goo. Dewdrop was excited to get her plate till I started to recite the names for her. We call her the world's hungriest baby, but she wasn't going near her food when she thought it was really monster stuff.
The club had piles of candy out for kids to help themselves, and I was pleased to see that our little fairies didn't try to load up on it. I filled my pockets with Smarties.... I didn't see the girls even go near the treats table. Maybe the spooky skeleton kept them away.
He didn't go with us, he had a DJ job that night, and went as Thoth and fabricated this mask for his costume.
Sugarwings wanted to wear the Halloween costume that her mommy bought for her, but I asked her to save it for her school party and trick or treating, so it would be special then. I didn't tell her that I wanted her to wear the princess gown I'd bought for the Renfest so I could get some of my money's worth out of it.
Not that it was too pricey, TJ Max and Marshalls have elaborate, well made costumes for a decent price, her gorgeous, velvet dress was $32. It was a very good quality. So was Dewdrop's and hers came with a cloak too.
But even at only thirty bucks each, I felt like I needed to get two events out of the dresses!
A game instead of dressing up like a witch, and watching a magic show with a couple of pink princesses? What was everyone thinking? That never would have occurred to me.
Which is when it occurred to us that we COULD have met up in Florida instead.
Shopping to do.....
There was more magic to be found too. Sugarwings met Bitsy, a baby mermaid and made instant friends. She was hanging out in the park taking a break and the two got to know each other and chatted a while. Sugarwings gave her am organic sucker (we pack treats for the day), and told her it was called a Lollipop, adding, "We eat these on the land"
And I was glad I did. If only to watch Glenda's bubble float through the sky and see her sparkling gown. oh my! I really enjoyed the new look of the movie. Details like the live birds wandering around in the background and the wallpaper in Dorothy's room were something I'd never noticed before.
I'm a sucker for almost anything 3D, and wish I didn't have to drive all the way to Kansas City to see it in Imax. My husband doesn't care for 3D, and Dewdrop is too little, so I usually only go when it is just Sugarwings along with me. She and I are both enthralled by them. And when you couple 3D Imax with a classic movie favorite of ours- woo hoo! What a night. Her mommy (who can recite the whole script in her sleep) came to, so it was Girls Night Out for us.
Well, just sitting and talking at a quiet restaurant.
When we discussed where to go for the evening, the consensus was, somewhere that we could hear each other. No place loud.
It was so nice. What an ideal evening. Two nights out in one night.
Last weekend, we made our annual trip to the Rennesaince Festival. We always love going, and since Sugarwings was born, I rarely miss it. Before that, it had probably been 7-8 years between visits. But seeing it with my very own little fairy by my side, has made the experience very special.
This year, I had both girls with me. They decided they wanted to be princesses, not fairies, so I created some gowns for them. We had some ivory satin dresses in the play cabinet, but they'd seen better days. Around here, dress up clothes get a heavy duty workout.
So, I stitched bundles of white tulle around the waists, and took the plastic innards out of silk roses, and sewed them on the bodices. It's not a great sewing job, I just bunched up the tulle and pushed it through the machine. I was pretty pleased with myself for not sewing the back of the dress to its own front, with so many layers of bunched up fabric in those full skirts, I was impressed that I could do it. And I ran the pedal right over the silk rose and leaves, no careful hand stitching here.
After that, we threw them both in the washer with a half bottle each of pale pink and fuchsia Rit dye (because that is what I had), along with a few stained tee shirts, hoping to salvage the shirts by hiding the stain under a coat of pink. Anytime I dye stuff, I fill up the machine with as many things as I can find, kind of to see what can be repaired that is stained, but also just because it's fun to see a new color emerge.
Dewdrop and I sat in front of the washer and watched the clothes spin as the color sunk in. I'd say we watched it at least 10 minutes, until I started to wonder exactly what had become of my life, that sitting in front of a washing machine was now entertainment...
We arrived at the festival just in time for the beginning of the Dance of the Fairies going on right inside the gate. It's always the highlight of our day there. I was glad we started with that, I had my hands full with these guys, so it was nice that I didn't have to keep my eye on the clock to make it across the park to get to a showtime for the dance later in the day.
Uncle Ryan came along to help me out, he hadn't been to the festival since he was in high school. Ry has some social phobias and doesn't enjoy crowded places. But his near death experience seems to be opening him up to new adventures.
And I needed the backup. My husband was out of town, all the parents were working, it was just us.
While these princesses are adorable, lovable, and the lights of my life, they are still not easy for me to handle alone with all the crowds and excitement. Sugarwings especially thrives with one on one attention, and that isn't possible, when there is a two year old who needs caring for. Usually, my husband and I "divide and conquer" on outings.
I'm glad he came, we had some laughs, and even when one little girl would get distracted by something shiny and the other one would be angered by something not quite going her way, he managed to hold it together despite the crowds that bother him so much. I was proud of him and thankful to have his help.
I might have been even more impressed with his attitude than with my ability not to sew the bunches of skirts into a big wad.
This wasn't my favorite visit there, but it wasn't the fault of the park, it was me trying to juggle too many special needs at once. I'd like to take each girl on her own, to really enjoy the days with them. Plus, going to that festival is always such a special time for me, that I feel like I missed out on some of the joy this year, our trip wasn't a typical one for us, it had it's stressed moments.
I want a do-over!!
Isn't this entrance to the play area cute? I wouldn't mind taking ONE girl at a time there, just to hang out at the play place for a couple hours. Their father is selling his jewelry and managing a booth there this season, so we have free passes for his kids to go.
He is also helping a friend build a castle there. The guy my son is working for, is a talented stone mason. This is an ongoing project, in it's third year, and still has a few years ahead of it till it is completed.
Here he is, his name is Forrest. I'm not sure you can see all the detail of his work from my photos, but it's quite intricate and arty.
PS- Thank you for all of your enquiries about Ryan. He is doing well, is working at the new job while still going to cardiac rehab. That job is kicking his butt, it is very hard work, but he is happy to be there.
And thanks for your encouragement to me not to feel guilty. I think most of us understand Mom Guilt. It stays with you.
It's been an odd year for me, with upheavals (good and bad), no real routine to settle into, and lots of trips. Change doesn't always settle well with me, I'm a stick in the mud, homebody type. I'm ready for some monotonous, day to day, regular boring days. Ha! Like that will happen....
It's past due for me to announce my two giveaway winners. The charming little novel goes to:
A surprise winner.... I have her address from something else, so I will just drop this in the mail and surprise her with it. I'll let you know who it was later on.
I would love to win this awesome class! The book sounds awesome, too. I'd love to win either. Thank you for the opportunity! Mona
Mona, I'll give your info to Carol and she will contact you. I know she is out of town this week, so don't think she has forgotten you if you don't hear from her right away.
The Summer of Whammy is coming to a close, but we sure made the most of it while we could. Sugarwings is back in school, now a first grader, missing a front tooth. I was lucky to be able to take off and enjoy her last few months of being a little kid.
We had our fairies for a whole weekend and took them for a couple of outings. One was the local county fair, which we happened to hit about 2pm on a Saturday and the timing was perfect. Not a line in sight.
We bought wrist bands for unlimited rides and let them run back and forth from one to the other, some times, they were the only kids on one of the rides.
But the big fave of the day were the honies. Which is what Dewdrop calls her true loves, My Little Ponies. She could have went round and round for hours on the horses. She was a little disappointed that they weren't pink (the best color in the universe, according to these two girls), so I adjusted her steed a little on Picmonkey and printed it for her.
She was thrilled.
Prizes were won too. Sugarwings chose this little pink fish from the one point pile, even though she had five points to cash in at the duck pond game. Sometimes, it's not the size of the prize that counts. And you can't beat a pink Nemo. It was a happy choice, even though it wasn't a quick one... Important choices like that are too big to rush.
(look at the sign behind her. "LOVE"!)
With all the activities we have done with these two this summer, we seemed to have shown up places when no one else was around. Our timing was ideal everywhere we went from the zoo, to movies, restaurants, carnivals. No lines, no waits, in and out easily. And we were smart enough to enjoy the time playing while all was quiet and happily left when the crowds came along.
Speaking of magic, this video magically appeared on my camera! I was taking photos all weekend, not video. All of the still shots turned out fine, just as I had taken them. Along with this little video collage of our time at the carnival.
Nothing else from the weekend was on the video, and no photographs were missing. How odd. But how nice! I've enjoyed watching it, especially knowing that it was put on my camera by sprites and I had nothing to do with filming it!
She had asked for a pinata, and I thought we'd make one together, but time was short, so we enhanced one instead. I found a colorful donkey at Walmart, trimmed its long ears, and used one ear to create a horn.
And of course, it needed glitter. Who doesn't? We spritzed it with glitter spray and while wet, doused it with even more flakes of glitter. Then, a mane and tail were created from curled ribbons.
Much more fitting for the Princess Party than a plain, old donkey! And with every whack, a cloud of glitter floated down onto the kids below.
If you are wondering why I haven't refilled my Boutique again, this is the reason. I'm still in the midst of the Summer of Whammy, and spending time with the fairy girls.
(Sugarwings is learning to sew, she cut the old straps off her dress and pinned on new pink velvet ones for me to stitch on with the machine)
This photo is the one that made me redo my curtains. I've spent a lot of time at the dreadful sewing machine this summer.
Same fabrics, plus a few more swatches of old lace, just reconfigured so that the length was better. It's a bunch of odds and ends, some lace is just swaddled up and tied with ribbon, then clipped on with rhinestone shoe clips. This was a save I figured out after seeing that one side was cut way too short.
I've also been on a cleaning kick, including de-gooping shower drains. I've scrubbed and scoured, I've removed cobwebs, I've goofed off, and I've played dress up. But I haven't added anything to my Boutique, or really made much of anything arty in the studio either.
We explored the cute, little Topeka zoo, where we found an African bush camp set up between the hyenas and lions. No one else was up there on the hill in the tents, nestled into a bamboo forest, so we took our time playing there.
Time has been spent in the Fairy Food Forest too. The Fairy House my son built from vines wrapped around the trees is a perfect spot for reading. I used to love to curl up with a good book on lazy summer days when I was a kid. Still do, I think I've read 10-12 books over this summer too.
Too bad that my lady of liesure days are ending. It's back to work. Soon... Any day... Well, in a couple days....