I begin making this little animal this morning while Justin continued to pack up his things. I wanted to get a good start on a custom order, and, though the materials were not exactly what was requested, I thought that maybe it would work. As I was stuffing the body, I came to realize that it would not in fact do for the custom order, and this new animal was suddenly born. It's funny how sometimes you set out to make something, and the little creatures personality just seems to take over and decide for you how she will turn out. I haven't made little ears like this in quite some time (years maybe?) but they suited this little lady perfectly. She even has her head tilted to the side a little, like she's feeling a little tough, and a little sassy.
I already have so many plans for this summer. I feel like last summer, and much of the one before, was consumed with craft fair prep and moving plans (moving at the end of August has always caused us to spend the summer thinking about moving and not enjoying the space we were in fully). Right now things are crazy for both of those reasons (moving and craft fair prep), but, even though it's a bit insane trying to do so many things at once, I'm excited that in a couple weeks I will be all moved in to a new apartment, and a week after that I will be down in Brooklyn for Renegade, and then I can spend the rest of the summer enjoying the weather, having fun, and working on new projects.
Have you seen this? It has to be one of my most favorite things. I saw the circus quite a few years ago on display at the Whitney, but I never saw any of this footage of Calder performing. He is amazing.
I cut my bangs today! I really love cutting my hair, and have been so good for the past few months at not allowing myself to cut it all off. Once it gets hotter outside, I may regret cutting my bangs, when they get sweaty and curly and stick to my forehead, but I left them a little long so I can still pin them up. This is my favorite summer hair-do, which I wore most every day last summer, until I gave in and cut it above my shoulders at the end of August. I make two braids, tie them together, and pin them in place. This will hold even better once my hair gets a bit longer. The nice thing about having longer hair in the summer is that you can put it up. I was talking to Lillie last night about how every summer you suddenly get this idea that it would cool you off to cut your hair short, but then there's nothing you can do to get it up and out of your face!