Under the Sea

This past weekend saw me dressing up as a mermaid for a benefit for the Actor’s Gymnasium.  I was telling stories about all manner of sea creatures to adults at the event.  Somehow, it was difficult to get kids to sit and listen to stories.  Overall, I think this was one of my more challenging venues.  I felt unprepared – this character and stories were all created in less than a month, and the last few days saw me frantically sewing the costume and making a cheat sheet notebook to carry at the event.  I also felt that, compared to the contortion and acrobatics and aerial work that was being done as well, I didn’t stand out.  It was still a great learning experience for me, and I know that a reached a few people, not to mention I have a cute mermaid costume now.  I’m looking forward to developing this character more.


Initially, I was going to have a monofin on the bottom so I couldn’t move, but I ran out of time and improvised as best as I could.  I took different colors of iridescent tulle and organza, cut it in a spiral, singed the edges so they wouldn’t fray, and sewed them to the bottom hem.  Then, I made over the knee leg rompers for a “fin” like appearance when I walked.  I spent so much time on the skirt that I lost inspiration for the top and ended up going with a simple bandeau.  The jewelry is stuff I made years ago and the hair falls were made by a me a few weeks ago.  I’m excited that the costume can also come with me to Burning Man.

I took Sunday off as a day to myself because the past few weeks have been fast paced and more than a little stressful.  It was the best choice I’ve made in a while.  I cleaned, I finished laundry, a got rid of boxes of give-away stuff from the massive purge of Ellette’s bedroom, and I knit.  I would have finished the adorable baby cardigan if I could have found it. (Even though I cleaned, the house pixies seemed to have stolen my knitting).  Instead, I worked on a baby blanket (one pattern repeat and a border away from being finished!), I blocked a secret knit (and picked out buttons), and finished and blocked a Burning Man knit.  I also stash busted some chunky rainbow yarn into a waistband for another project, crocheted a couple of roses, cut out pieces for a unicorn costume, and sewed flannel jammy pants for Ellette for Burning Man.  I don’t know how I managed to squeeze ALL of that into one day, but I did.  I just hope that my remaining nights and weekends can see a similar warping of the time vortex.

Up this week is prep work for my trip to the Aerial Dance Festival – I leave bright and early Saturday morning.  I’m super excited about spending a week in Colorado exploring one of my passions!  Then a three week scramble to finalize details for Burning Man and pack.  I teach two workshops and spend 3 days working at the Renaissance Fair. I have a face painting gig on my birthday and immediately after, load up a rental vehicle and start the 2000 mile drive to Black Rock City.

And then summer is over.  Ellette goes back to school.  I resume my day job, my teaching schedule starts again (5 hours of aerial every Sunday, I’m really looking forward to this!) and somehow I have to cope with the “normal.”

I can’t believe time is passing so quickly!


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