They definitely add some humor to the mess. Leaves and more flowers are in progress. I’ve wanted to make flower brooches for quite some time and this is a good way to start.
Overlooking the fields from the Ferris wheel, we hear the cheering of crowds, the crashes from the demolition derby and the roaring monster trucks. We also learn who grew the biggest zucchini in the county and pat some cute lonely baby cows. A black haired lady will take a willing hand and read the future in some pink fabric clad trailer.
The fair reminds me of the last remaining small traveling circuses in Europe. They’re wonderful, magic and melancholic all at the same time.
What is this romance of the traveling folks? Of gypsies and circus people? At the end of summer I feel a longing for travel and more adventure, just as the routine of school and boxed lunches arrive.
Soon I will be confined to the house for many long winter months. Well, I could go out, but it’s too cold. However, first comes fall, my favorite season. Because then I can wear boots. And hats!
Between the wind, the sun and the rocking boat (and stomach), my mind began to wander…..If you look closely at the picture above, you can see the baleen which is what these whales use to filter their food from water. And then I realized, this was the very same material used for stiffening corsets from the 16th through the 19th century. Baleen is like human fingernails and the material could easily be shaped when steamed, and holds its form when dry.
These thoughts were in mind when Maya and I each created our impromptu circus. Check in with her today to learn about hula hoops and training wild animals to jump through a ring of fire!
When it comes to clothes, there are only a few items in which I’m really comfortable…
There’s a “Summer Challenge” out in the blogosphere that dares the reader to wear only 10 items of clothing for the 91 days of summer. Is that a challenge, I wonder? Mmmmh. Isn’t that what most people would do if they didn’t have to dress up for work? If you have a husband you already know that. Don’t all wardrobes house “the comfortable”, “the beautiful” and “the forgotten”?
All my fancy clothes which are beautiful, but restrictive, enjoy a good retirement in my closet. Every once in a while a vintage dress made of mystery fiber ends up in my wardrobe, because I get inspired by the look, the colors or the inspiration it creates. I imagine wearing it to a party, looking glamorous and having a sophisticated evening with pleasant conversation and soft music. In reality, here in the countryside with cows as the main spectators, the only time I ever wear these dresses are the 5 minutes right before I go to bed when I try them on to see, if they “still fit”. Then I get “the look” from my daughter, and I meekly return them to their retirement home secure in the knowledge that tomorrow, I’ll still wear one of my favorite things; likely something comfortable, probably made from recycled t-shirts.
Juggling has been with us for at least 4000 years. I found a picture of an ancient wall painting (not at a garage sale, but online) dated 1994-1781 B.C which appears to depict jugglers. It was found in the 15th tomb of the Karyssa I area, Egypt: Learning how to juggle is not that difficult. [...] Read more »
Our circus party definitely needed some treats to get things started. Sweet treats to be precise. Maya and I created two, one frozen and one crispy treat with flowers. Every child I know loves edible flowers. Personally, my experience was restricted to broccoli and cauliflower. And, of course, in Germany we ate dandelions. As kids [...] Read more »
This week my good friend Maya of mayamade.com and I are having a party! To be precise an Impromptu Circus Party which we’ll be presenting both here and on Maya’s blog. We’re really excited. We’ll celebrate in an old Junkyard where the relics of rusty cars lie half-buried in knee high grass, their wheels submerged [...] Read more »
(Image: http://www.zeno.org/) Kampinga sent me a link with incredible beach fashion from the June 1867 issue of “The Lady’s Friend” and now I am totally obsessed with everything related to beach life of the past. While I discovered some wonderful images from the turn of the last century I’ve also found some of European Beaches [...] Read more »