and I asked Mom to thinking about what she would like to do together: suggestions from me were: pedicure? Painting?
She quickly sent back a reply with “ Dirty Pour- look it up on YouTube…”, and proceeded to let me know she had almost everything needed and I brought a couple of extra bottles of paint , a box to fit my one canvas so I could bring it home flat, and that was that.
So I headed to her place and after deciding on colours, she guided me through a fun and colourful afternoon!
Here are some pics for now- I’ll edit video later and get it up too!
made by my friend, Letitia, for me and I had used it as my wonder woman base for Ottawa ComicCon 2017. I changed out the Wonder Woman embellishments and added the black ruffled pieces to change it out for my upcoming “role”.
skirt: circular overskirt made by TAV Creations over a crinoline inherited from Luxe bridal when they closed almost 2 years ago, embellished with one matching rose and one pink rose inherited from Norde bridal as they did their pre-closing purge this past March.
head-piece: vintage feathers, I think from family stash- but if a friend gave them to me, comment below! – mounted onto a headband from a former dance buddy Vashti, and embellished with another matching TAV Creations‘ rose.
Now what’s this all about?
Cassandra, dance buddy and fab friend, posted online one day asking if anyone was up to joining her lip-sync team for the upcoming Pete’s Sparkle Fund Lip-Sync event coming up on May 5th.
And 3 of us stepped up!
Music has been chosen and mixed!
I found 2 silk dresses in Norde’s purge and so 3 of us will grace the stage in gorgeously modified pretties and 1 of us… well… you should come out to support the event!
Pete’s Sparkle Fund Third Annual Lip-Sync Competition
The third annual Pete’s Sparkle Fund Lip-Sync Competition will be an evening of fun and entertainment for all with refreshments, door prizes and a 50/50 draw…all to support a great local cause.
Performing teams will compete for the top spot and will make it an evening for all to remember! All funds raised go to StreetSmarts Outreach, which directly helps the homeless in Ottawa.
…and keep an eye out for our ” Meowvellous” performance!
Oh, and why I say “throwing back” in the title is because I haven’t been involved with a lip sync adventure since I helped provide costuming for a high school friend who borrowed my army surplus overcoat for his performance in 1986.
Welcome to the latest Impact Update on Magawa, your adopted HeroRAT. In February Magawa broke his personal best for landmine detection, sniffing out three deadly anti-personnel mines; devices capable of killing and maiming people in an instant. Thanks to your support and Magawa’s intervention, local families in the SraePou village near Siem Reap will be able to live free of fear for the first time in decades, knowing that they can farm their land and explore the local area freely like they used to.
Magawa not only sniffed out three anti-personnel mines, he also discovered another two unexploded remnants of war. The APOPO team have now fully cleared the area and returned the formerly lost land to the local communities living and working in the area.
Did you know? – The National Level One Survey in Cambodia conducted in 2002 found that 20% (2776 out of 13908) of all villages in Cambodia are still contaminated by minefields and/or cluster bomb areas with reported adverse socio-economic impacts on the community. These adverse impacts included restrictions on access to agricultural land, pasture land, forests, and water resources, with 102,778, 105,707, 172,878 and 84,588 families being affected respectively.
Saturday was an amazing day. I want to go on and on about all of the speakers, and there were amazing moments throughout the day and into the evening.
But I also just found out that I’ll be taking on a wonderful number of bridal clients from the store that I have been working with and am overwhelmed with the details I need to work through for that. Add ing them to my own client list will take some focus and integration magic – in a good way, of course!
So I am going to add images and tell you for now – next year – attend the event!
I started teaching belly dance in January 1998. There was an ice storm. Some folks might remember that. The roads were slippery, but my classes began a few days after things were starting to recover, so while it was a small private class, it was fun and it happened. Many classes, class parties, Bazaars and Dancers’ Newsletters later, and I’m ready to step aside. As with everything, there is a season. There also should be a passion. And it has been fun. Bellydance For Fun has been a part of my world for 20 years.
And the passion has burnt down to a gentle ember that, while generating a gentle glow, no longer flames a strong energy that drives me to take self- improvement dance workshops, to push my students, to give huge amounts of time to a community that is deserving of new life and fresh energy to keep it alive.
So, as with all things, my teaching life is beginning to a transition to whatever I feel like doing next. Bottom line: I’ll be phasing out of teaching community classes after this spring session < perhaps during the spring session, that is being determined and you’ll know as soon as I do.>
ON this morning’s walkabout, I was thinking, as I often do, about how beautiful the trees, the clouds, the sky, etc. can be when we have the time to appreciate it. And I took some photos on my phone as I often do. Then I started to think about how photographers, videographers, and anyone who takes the time to document those real moments in their lives, either for they own future appreciation or to share with others, are blessed in our present world. We can easily capture gorgeous images, momentous images, subtle and delicate images that represent the moment of their taking, our mood at that time and help us hold on to those precious moments for future revisiting. My mind then wandered to two other shots I shared this week of my 15/16 year old self as a blonde. and I wondered at that young person, who was also a creative soul, doing crazy fun things and having great friends to support her on that journey. Thanks and gratitude were strong today. Here are some of those shots I was mentioning – I took them for me, but if you enjoy them as well, cool.