Took Amy to dancing class today at the wonderful creative powerhouse that is Mangala studios. You can see she dressed for the ocassion (and you can see I didn't dress up my house for the photos). We get some great looks on the tram as we travel across a couple of suburbs to get there.
She's wearing a fairy outfit I made her a while ago - the skirt has buttons and beads sewn into pockets along the hem so she jingles when she walks, and the wings are made from thin perspex covered in organza and glitter pen with a rim of ostrich feather. They seriously look like they are flapping when she walks. It's almost spooky and has freaked out more than one person who has wondered if they are mechanical!
As usual I forgot to take my camera to the dance studio which is a darn shame because as usual this week the room was an absolute wonder.
Today the kids all made spaghetti and meatballs (lengths of thin rope with wool pom-poms mixed with big wooden spoons in big bowls). Last week it was their own houses in pop-up tents, the week before 4 Buddha images and 4 elements.
It never ceases to impress me how much work these guys put into coming up with new imaginary worlds for the kids to explore each and every week. And their props are really very special too - 30 giant river rocks all smooth and peaceful, a 15 meter swath of bright blue silk for a river, a pile of the softest pure wool blankets in strong vibrant colours, 30 Indian silk sari's in all colours of the rainbow.
But I am also constantly amazed that with such an airy fairy hippy outlook the teachers are also increadibly disciplined and do not allow for any kind of bad behaviour. How do they do it? It's like magic the way the kids are so expressive and free, and yet so extraordinarily cooperative. I want to go live there if the truth be known.
And hey how would you like to get involved in a swap or two? You can swap a pack of materials in your stash, or a made item like a bag or softie. Over at use what you have swaps for May there's a bunch of swaps to choose from. Sign ups have been extended till next week because we want this to be HUGE!
The swaps from April have been AWESOME - did you see those bags I showed you yesterday? How cool were they? And the paper stuff I posted about a few days before that? Don't you want a piece of the action? And because it all comes out of your existing stash it won't cost you an arm and a leg either. So come on over and sign up to join in the fun.