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i found this while browsing  soulmama’s blog i suspect just aout the whole world knows about the soulmama blog but if you don’t know about it then go check it out because it is really amazing and it is one of the reasons i decided to start this blog.

anyhow i love this video i love the song and i love it because i am really facinated by paper engineering. i would love to learn more about how to create amazing things from paper but a lot of what i am interested in doing requires an exacto knife and dmitri tends to want to participate in whatever i am doing so i am planning on waiting a while before i get into paper cutting. so here is the video i hope you enjoy it as much as i did.

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rob ordered various parts and has been tinkering with them and soon my computer will be in as good as new shape actually better than new because i am going to install linux which should prevent the current problems i have from happening again! not only that my old computer will work again and it will act as a media server type thing for us! the old computer has a rather fancy video card and i can use my drawing tablet with it, dmitri does not like me using the tablet so i have never had a chance to really play with it but since the old computer lives in the office and dmitri does not go in the office i will have opportunity to use the tablet now! rob needs to do some more tinkering and then i need to install a new os on this computer and then blogging will be easy again but rob has started by monday all will be well again i hope.

and now for a little story that sadly has no photos to go with it.

once upon a time there was a mama with terrible allergies. the mama decided that her eyes and nose and throat needed a break and so her and her little son would have a day that was spent entirely indoors. the son was not keen on being cooped up in the house all day. he wanted to be outside where the wind was blowing pollen this way and that way but alas he could not figure out how to unlock the door. he was a very unhappy child and so his mama thought up something fun to do. she got a big plastic tray and put shaving cream all over it and then she put finger paint on the tray with the shaving cream and then she put the whole tray in the shower and let the little boy go wild. when the little boy seemed all done she turned the shower on and he got to pour water from container to container and when he was finally done playing he got milkies and then he went on her back in a fabulous baby carrier (in this case it was a chunei but other times it is a woven wrap!) where he fell into a blissful sleep and later woke up feeling refreshed and happy.

the end

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have you seen bomomo?

I was playing around on stumble upon and i found a neat site called bomomo. my younger brother had faved it. it is a cool place to make little funny drawings and play. check out the drawing i did when i was playing around with it.

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this isn’t exactly the quilt i want to make but these are pictures of the fabric i want to use. or fabric like these to make a simple rainbow colored quilt. the images are squares so when i play around it is squares if i make it i will do random shapes probably lots of strips of fabric and i would probably do some block printing on some of the fabric. in short this is just me playing with the colors. i won’t be making a quilt like this for some time. rob and i are trying to spend less money and so i am not buying any new fabric right now. i can get old clothes from the freebox downtown so i am thinking i will do a practice quilt out of old dress shirts first!

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purpleredblue
yellowgreenpurple

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sadly i did not get any photos but i have a good reason for no photos. my hands where way to slippery and messy to hold a camera! i have been waiting for the sun to come out so that dmitri and i could go outside and play with shaving cream and we did and it was so fun. the only shaving cream at our tiny grocery store in town is not the foamy kind but if i put some of it in the blender with water it becomes foamy! i blended it with blue food coloring and we went outside with a giant bowl of it and some paper and a plastic tray. at first dmitri was very hesitant to even touch it. i had to get both my hands covered to show him it was ok but he was still hesitant so i playfully and gentlky got it all over his hands. he got sort of excited at that pint then he kept getting more into it and soon the paper was set aside and no longer of interest and we just had the shaving cream on the plastic tray and after a bit he was laying on the tray so his whole torso was in the shaving cream. i’m not sure that it was really an art thing it was more of  texture sensory thing but it was really really fun. i discovered that shaving cream makes everything really slippery and next time i do it i will have towels and things near by to dry my hands off quickly if i need to. rob was home today to help if dmitri went running off or if he had suddenly needed to be held. i really want to try the shaving cream mixed with finger paint!

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rainbows. i have a prism i got for 5 dollars that hangs in a south facing window in our living room and every afternoon (that it is not overcast)  the sun hits it just right to fill the space with rainbows!

little hands and feet covered with marker after a drawing session!

our flowering plum tree

the amazing scenery that surrounds me.

and my friend Sasha, i think chatting with Sasha about our creative endevours might be one of the most inspiring things in my life right now. it might sound sort of silly but Sasha got me back into knitting after years of  having a knitting block and i find when i talk with her i get really excited about creating stuff. she also has an awesome blog The Self Sufficient Apartment

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Originally uploaded by tsgentuso

Watching a toddler has a cycle. it goes from surprisingly easy to being almost overwhelmingly hard then back again. today is a hard day. dmitri knows how to push chairs around now to reach surfaces previously beyond his reach. right now he is playing with our answering machine earlier he tried to “help” me cook lunch and before that he “helped” wash the dishes. i want him to help wash dishes and when he is a little older and has a little bit better understanding of english i want him to help me cook but right now cooking is hard because he just doesn’t get that the stove is hot and dangerous and as far as doing the dishes goes that is actually sort of fun and would be fine it just takes a lot of energy on my part and combined with his other adventures it sort of wore me out. we end up with a lot of water on the floor and often when we finish he finds all the clean dishes within his reach and puts them back int he sink.
on days like this where i feel a bit overwhelmed i tend to do a lot of day dreaming about things i want to make. today it has been an embroidery project i would like to do. i can’t actually work on it except in my head so that’s what i am doing. i am also day dreaming about block printing. yesterday i managed to make a few prints of some new blocks to see how they look. i need to do a bit more carving on them. i also want to make some new blocks. i would really like to try letterboxing and it would be cool to have my own personal stamp for it. i could just do my signature ladybug maybe i will do a robin and a ladybug. when i do a drawing for a signature for myself it is always a ladybug and for dmitri i always do a robin.
do you have a little drawing you sometime use as a signature? your own personal hieroglyphic? if so what is it? i would love to include an image of my personal signature but dmitri has me to busy to get to the scanner at the moment and so i will share an image i found on flicker doing a search for “overwhelmed”

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