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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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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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Overwhelmed–IMG_1342

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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i still have so much work to do to have an organized space to create in but while going through boxes today i found tons of block printing stuff. i found thing si didn’t even know i had ever owned. stuff i have been wanting and day dreaming about having. it was sort of like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow only it was hiding within boxes of random stuff instead of at the end of the rainbow. i still have lots and lots of work to do but finding art supplies i didn’t know i had was pretty cool. i also found lots of water color pencils, gauche, tempera paint, more drop spindles, more markers and pens ect. i discovered i have so much stuff that maybe i can’t even really keep it all. i’m not sure if i can have an organized art space in my little studio with this much stuff. going through and choosing what not to keep will be very hard though.

i emailed a professional organizer and maybe that will make it easier.

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i have been working on creating a better space for creating. we have a studio that has been robs office but is now going to do double duty as robs office and my studio. it is a small 1 room building next to our house that has more stuff in it than what fits in i. we have been going through boxes and finding lost treasures and mostly finding lots of stuff to get rid of. i have been going through all the books on the many book cases and deciding what books i can summon the courage to part with. i am actually getting rid of a lot of books. books i know i can easily find again and that the library almost certainly has are easiest for me to get rid of. some of my art books i am giving to friends. my goal is to have one large empty book case for storring fabric and sewing stuff and one small book case to hold all my other artsy stuff. i want to make fabric boxes and baskets and things to store stuff in. i am especially interested in coil baskets. i used to make pine needles baskets which are a type of coil basket and i am realizing i can use similure techniques to make coil baskets but out of fabric scraps. downtown has a free box where people take old clothes and otehr things they no longer want and anyone can take stuff from the box as well. i plan to use old clothes for the fabric for some coil baskets! overall i have not done much crafty stuff durring the past few days but soon i will do something more crafty and then i can post photos!

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number 5

Originally uploaded by moonfroggy

i think this might be dmitri’s 5th drawing but i’m not certain. maybe it is his 7th? i wish i had gotten a photo of him in action for this one because he was so into it. first he stood at the table drawing and i looked down at the book i was reading and when i glanced back up he was sitting on the table in that classic squat that toddlers like to sit in and was still drawing. i think he may have spent a whole 10 minutes way longer than ever before.

one of the things i have learned is i can’t let him see the cap of the markers if he knows there is a cap he just wants to try and take it on and off the marker but he doesn’t have the motor skills to do it and gets frustrated and very little if any drawing happens. for this drawing i made sure to hide the cap ahead of time and i think that’s why he was so into drawing. what is also funny is he tries to draw with other things like knitting needles! that’s actually what prompted me to give him a marker and paper for this one he had found one of my chunky knitting needles and was trying to draw with it. things need to leave very visible marks or he looses interest and as a result crayons aren’t very popular with him right now. the markers we have been using are washable markers from stuby pencil and i like them a lot except that they all look the same except for the lid so it would be really easy for a child to mix up the caps and then not know what color was what. they are very washable though!

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