Friday, May 28, 2010

{Fabric Friday} fabric for a long weekend...

Memorial Day weekend is here and that means Lobster Mania at that Theiss house! We started a tradition years ago, that every Memorial Day weekend (usually Friday) we would get together with my parents, brother & sis-in-law (if possible) and have a lobster fest. It started from a local grocery store celebrating Lobster Mania. But we decided to partake to pay tribute to the fact that Chris is from RI and knows how to eat lobster like a pro. He has been teaching us tricks from the east coast every year (partly because we always forget).  So what does that have to do with fabric friday? 

Ahhh, well Mr. Lobster became my muse. Here is a lobster inspired klt:fabric stash. In this stash you will find some: ink & spindle, Umbrella Prints, Helen Rawlinson, Free Spirit, Amy Butler, Kei Fabrics, and some *Trifle*. However, I live in the NW and it is pouring down rain right now so I am thinking that I should have included a little of  this and this fabric too!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Fabric Friday! Do you have a favorite long weekend fabric?   

Thursday, May 27, 2010

{Inspiring Artist} For the love of stop-motion...

{still images via here}

While reading, It's Nice That a while back, I stumbled on an article about Joseph Mann. The article was about the stop motion representation of William Goldsmith's, The Chimney Sweep that Joseph Mann painstakingly created by hand. I loved the image of the two clay figures sitting on the rooftop and immediately looked him up. Mann, finished his last year of school at Glasgow School of Art and has some pretty wonderful work to show. I am particularly taken with, Taller Than Trees, and Me and My Toes. This guy is pretty darn inspiring. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

{Spontaneous Photoshoot} Part II

A little over a month ago, I wrote about our spontaneous photoshoots with Sayer and how they tend to be a family affair that offer up many challenges. Well, it is crazy to me how much things can change in small period of time for a toddler (& parents)- the growth is amazing. This month, I have been holding mini photoshoot sessions with Sayer myself- more as just a fun activity that Sayer and I can do together. I was pleasantly surprised how much he wanted to get his photo taken. He actually asks to do it now. We had a marathon session yesterday that resumed after his nap and included 3 shirt changes! 

I think he understands the process and that the photos are for mommy's work. He really enjoys going through the photos with me on the computer after they are taken and he usually offers up his input. The hardest part for me is to wade through the 400+ photos and choose which ones to use . I have to take my mommy hat off and put on my klt:works hat- which is tough to do. So, here are my favorite 3 from each shoot - wow, what a task that was! 

We had quite an awesome adventure yesterday. I love how our worlds collide. I really do think that Sayer will be my art director soon (he actually chose his tees). He seems to have quite an eye. Not only did we end up with some fun photos yesterday, but Sayer really started rockin' the harmonica! It was the first time that he made sounds by blowing out rather than sucking in. It was a milestone day all around. Can't wait for the next photoshoot. Until then, I think our next adventure will be a haircut for the little dude. 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

{Music Monday} Mr. Hi-de-ho for the kiddo...

Oh wow, what can I say about the cool Cab Calloway? He was truly an amazing performer. I have had a nice little collection of Mr. Hi-de-ho man in my music library since my "into to jazz" class back in college (still one of my favorite classes to this day). I was immediately smitten with the guy. There was even a little hi-de-ho at our wedding. Not too long ago, I discovered that Cab used to make frequent visits to Sesame Street. I found a few videos that I immediately shared with Sayer.

Not surprisingly, Sayer loved the videos! He now likes to listen to my Cab Calloway music while he plays. It is so cool to hear him sing hi-de-ho around the house. As I have mentioned before, Sayer loves to dance and he often hands me my old tap shoes and says, "mommy, dance"!  Well, Cab Calloway definitely helps us cut a rug when the spirit moves us. Happy Music Monday!


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