Friday, March 30, 2012

Precious China

As you know, I've been rather quiet on my blog these past few months.  My head has been so full of another "artistic" topic that I just haven't been able to think of "bear" things to talk about with you.  Today I've finally decided that perhaps it's okay to let you know about my struggles.  They are certainly "good" struggles, but struggles nonetheless.

You see, our youngest daughter (age 14) has been told by many, many people that she has the potential to become a professional ballet dancer.  She's even been accepted to study year-round at the Joffrey school in New York (she's not going--a bit too rich for our budget).

The trouble is that every single one of four local ballet instructors has a completely different idea of how she should proceed to achieve her dream.  We just sit in the middle basically watching them "fight" (in the kindest sense of the word) for control over her. 

Now, if we were trying to help her decide about colleges, we know how to do that. Graduate school, we can help her out there as well. But deciding about summer ballet training schools, there just isn't a clear path of statistics to guide us. Remember, my dear Matt, although a photographer, is primarily an amazing mechanical engineer. And, as for me, a good deal of my past training is on the scientific method. Good grief! The world of ballet is completely foreign to us.

So, anyways, our life has been turned a bit up-side-down as we've tried to navigate this brave new world.  We're excited for her, scared for her, and trying to learn on the fly.  She, like all children, is "precious china" with her own individual gifts.  Our job now and in the future is to try to figure out who we can safely trust with our "precious china" to help her grow and develop to her full potential.  We've finally decided whose advice we will take, but it certainly has been a bit of a wild emotional ride these past couple of months.

Well, there you have it.  I'm not sure if I should continue to share ballet things with you or not.  I guess I'll just have to play it by ear.  Please know though that  I'm continuing to gain strength and to make my bears, but, unfortunately, I can't show them to you for many months. 

Heaps of Hugs,

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Days

Photo of my "Annie Mae" by Cathy Forcino

The sun is shining, daffodils are wavy in the wind, and I'm sewing on my dear little "Annie Mae."  Pray tell, what could be better?!

Friday, March 2, 2012

About Izannah Walker Dolls

I want to introduce you to Emma, my Izannah Walker inspired doll (pattern curtesy of Dixie Redmond).

I was going to wait to show you her until I had more photos AND when I had photos of our little homeschool group's dolls. Alas, the four other creators have completed their dolls (and I must say that they are all looking lovely!), but *gasp* the dolls are sitting around in their birthday suits. Since we can only allot 45 minutes each week to working on them, it will take a jot longer. I only went ahead and finished my doll last fall because it's a bit hard to teach something if you haven't done it before.

However, I just found out this morning that you, too, can take Dixie Redmond's online Izannah Walker Workshop.  Dixie has just announced a new (and her LAST) course starting April 1st and running through July 1st.  I HIGHLY recommend it.  These are just beautiful dolls and, hey, if my 13-year-old daughter can create an amazingly beautiful doll, well, you can give it a try, too!  (I really can't wait to show you all of the dolls from our homeschool group.)

Anyhoo, if you're interested, please go to Dixie Redmond's site for more information--click HERE.  For all of you doll lovers out there, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Heaps of Hugs,