Friday, September 28, 2007

I love spools...

spool girl
Originally uploaded by dancinjules

A little polymer clay doll, formed over a wooden spool. The arms and hair bow are chenille stems.

I've made beads with the wooden spools before, but it always seemed to me that the larger sized spools were practically begging to be made into some sort of doll. Well, here's the first one, with many more to come, I am sure.

I loved dressing up my dolls and playing with them as a child, I love that this gives me the opportunity to return to that sort of innocent delight.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I be a hidden treasure!

Well, not so hidden anymore!

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I was featured on The Treasure Trove blog today!

And to go along with the treasure theme, do you realize that
ARRRR, it be Talk Like a Pirate day, mateys?!

Break out the eye patches! Walk the plank!!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

On writing and trust

So...While we fully believe in letting the kids explore the world and learn at their own pace, we (and by "we," I of course mean "I") have been a bit stressed over the writing thing. Big Z is a brilliant reader, and a bookworm at that. But she hasn't been at the same pace with her writing. And every time I push the issue, she digs in her heels and resists.

Trust her, trust her, trust her, I whisper to myself. No rush, no hurry, life is not a race. And I truly think this, but outside pressures get to be a bit much at times. We are so focused on results, on outcomes, on products.

But then...the kids come with me to my dance class, and sit quietly waiting for me in the hall with backpacks full of papers, crayons, pencils, and toys. Sitting on the lawn afterwards, waiting for their dad to come pick us up, Z asks me how to spell one word, and lets me read the poems she was writing during my class.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Beauty and enthusiasm and peace, this is what comes of letting her get there on her own, of trusting her. But is it her I have to learn to trust, or is it me? A little bit of both, I think.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Pumpkin Kids Dolls Custom order - it is done!

Just finished these up last night! For a custom order, they are approximately 15 inches tall.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Schedule Change! (homeschool dance team)

For anyone interested in the SE Idaho Homeschool Dance Team (yes, there's still time to sign up! Call or email Julie to sign up, and come to our first class/rehearsal on Tues., Sept. 18)

The new meeting times for the homeschool dance team will be:
Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 - 3:00pm

I recently auditioned for the I-moves contemporary dance company at ISU, and am now in the company! I will now be spending Tuesday and Thursday mornings taking *my* technique class, so I needed to move the Homeschool dance team class and rehearsal to a different time.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Baby Advice you can ignore...

Rather loved this, not much to do with homeschooling, really, except that not listening to the mainstream advice trumpeted throughout the media is something that prepares you for marching to the beat of your own drummer!

Baby Advice to ignore

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Homeschool Dance Team at Creative moves!

Want to try out dance without a year-long commitment? Come join the Homeschool Dance Team at Creative Moves! The team will meet twice a week for nine weeks on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (10:30 am) beginning Sept. 18 for dance technique class (45 minutes) and rehearsal (45 minutes) We will participate in the Western States Dance Classic on November 17 at Century High School. We will have a meeting/audition on Monday, August 10 at 10:00 am. at the studio. (Don't let the word "audition" scare you - just come in comfortable clothes, ready to move, and with a good attitude. This is just to help Julie start creating the choreography that will be the best fit for our participants!)

What: Southeast Idaho Homeschooling Dance Team at Creative Moves
Who: Homeschooling students ages 6 - 18
(Students will be put in groups to learn choreography appropriate for their age and ability.
Music and choreography will be family friendly!)
Where: Creative Moves Dance Studio (150 W Chapel)
When: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 12:00
Fee: $100 (This includes the competition entrance fee and costume fee. Students will need to provide a black leotard or T-shirt, and black leggings, sweats, or dance pants; Julie will provide costumes. Homeschooling students enrolled in Creative Moves for the Fall semester may participate in the SE Idaho homeschooling dance team at no extra charge, and will only need to come to the 45 minute rehearsals from 11:15 to Noon. Students will need to pay at least $25.00 of the fee to reserve their place. The rest of the fee will be due on or before October 18 to ensure that Julie can get the team entered before there are any late fees)

About the team leader: Julie Leir-VanSickle has been dancing since she was three years old. She was a student teacher at Nielsen's School of Dance in Twin Falls from the ages of 15 to 20, where she also performed as a member of the award wining Stargazer Dance Team. She had the honor of performing at Disneyland with the Stargazers Dance Group. She continued her dance and theatre education at CSI and Utah State University where she participated in many theatrical and dance productions. She taught dance and tumbling at the Logan Community Recreation Center after the birth of her daughter. After moving to Pocatello to be closer to family, she established Creative Moves Dance Studio, which celebrated its fifth anniversary last year. Her philosophy on dance competitions is that if they are approached with a positive attitude on the part of both student and teacher, they can be a fun challenge to work toward. She firmly believes it's about doing your best and dancing your heart out, not about getting a trophy.

Friday, September 7, 2007

I've been tagged!

Hey! I've been tagged!
(I sort of feel like I've been invited to sit at the cool kids table, lol!)
Pollyhyper's blog
tagged me!

Here are the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. List eight (8) random facts about yourself.
3. Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.

8 Random DancinJules Facts

1. I never put milk on my cereal. Ever. I can't stand the mushiness, so cruchy dry cereal it is for me! (This was a source of endless amusement whenever I went to slumber parties as a kid.)

2. I don't like pop. Soda, whatever. (It's pop around here, I just like the way "Soda" sounds) I can't stand the carbonation, ick. I will occasionally make exceptions for Jones Soda, or Jackson Hole Soda Company's Huckleberry Soda though. Any sort of colas I absolutely despise. (This was also a source of amusement to my friends when I was a teenager. How many teenagers do you know who ask politely if they can have a glass of milk at a pizza party?)

3. I've realized lately that it's not that much of a surprise that I've ended up working with clay. My favorite corner of the kindergarten classroom? The one with the playdough. My very favorite rainy day activity to beg my mom to do? Making up play clay. (My sister and I must have gone through tons of the stuff!) Although I once had a bad experience with earth clay. (I dropped it straight on the floor as soon as it was put in my hands. I think I wasn't expecting it to feel quite so cold and slimy.)

4. I can never remember the date of my wedding anniversary. neither can my husband. (This mutual forgetting at least gets us both off the hook though!) We know it's in November, but we always have to go check my MIL's calendar for the precise date. We can both tell you our "date-iversary" (The day of our first date) without pausing to think, though.

5. My very favorite movies in the whole world involve zombies and large quantities of blood. (Dead Alive, Dawn of the Dead, Sean of the Dead) This is somewhat surprising, seeing as how I wouldn't even watch horror flicks until I was, I dunno, fourteen of fifteen years old? I recently saw the movie "May" on the monster channel, and although it doesn't have any zombies, I think it may take its place as one of my favorites. (It does involve blood. It's sort of a modern day Frankenstein)

6. This sort of relates to the last one - Eyes make me squeamish. Like really, really squeamish. It's sort of a wonder that I EVER learned to put contact lenses in! My husband laughs at me, because I usually spend the gory parts of movies trying to figure out how they did stuff with him, but if there's anything to do with eyes, I'm covering MY eyes and whimpering.

7. I am a total Harry Potter nerd. I resisted reading the books at first, with that sort of "It's so popular, it can't actually be cool" sort of thing we sometimes do. But I had kids, so after being encouraged to read them by both my mom and sister, I borrowed the first four (all that were out at the time) from my mom, started reading, and ended up devouring them all in about a week! And then joined in the ranks of fans impatiently waiting for Book number 5. (Books 5,6, and 7 were all delivered to my house on the release date, and read within the first twenty four hours after recieving them) Since I'm a total bookworm and also read Poe, and Shakespeare, and Bronte, and Shelley, I'm not too worried about people who are disgusted by adults who read and enjoy Harry Potter and think we're intellectually lazy and don't read anything else. Oh yeah, and I WAS RIGHT ABOUT SNAPE!! WOOHOO! (Sorry, have to gloat, my husband was convinced he was just a turd and I only thought he was a good guy because of my Alan Rickman lust-clouded eyes, hehehe.)

7. I'm a complete softie. I cry at movies, when I read books, at plays, etc. etc. etc. I especially hate it when my "Mommy" buttons are pushed by some super-sentimental movie, and I get turned into a bawling mess, whether or not whatever I'm watching is any good. Oh yea, and I cry during Beauty and the Beast, even though I know it has a happy ending every. single. time.

8. I have a rather embarassingly large knowledge of show tunes and camp songs, which I am rather fond of belting out whenever I get the chance. My family, however, is slightly less than thrilled when I go into my five hundred and fifty-third rendition of "On Top of Spaghetti" (Which I got in trouble for singing once as a kid, my dad told me to "Sing it right, Julie!" But I had no idea it was a parody of "On Top of Ole Smokey," so I thought I *was* singing it right.)

I'm Tagging:
Lisa of Polka Dot Creations
CLB Creations
Soho Beads
Crafty RedHead (Lucy Blue Studio)
Made in Lowell

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Put yer' feet in the air...

Kick up your Heels 2
Originally uploaded by dancinjules

Like 'ya just don' care!!

A slightly silly pic for Self-portrait Thursday. I sort of wish I had painted my toenails, though, something brightly colored and obnoxious. Ah well, you just get to see my bare tootsies!

Play Clay!!

It was a rainy, thunderstormy, grey day yesterday (flash flood and tornado warnings, even!) So we all felt like just hanging out at home and making stuff. Here's Bannanarama, at the stove, working on making corn starch play clay. (I'd give you the recipe, but honestly, we kept adjusting it so much that it's nowhere NEAR what the original recipe was, I think our altitude affected the consistency)

About halfway through stirring it, Bannanarama started hitting it with the spoon and said, "Uh, mom? I think we made non-Newtonian fluid! Sure enough, she was right.
Wiki page on Non-Newtonian Fluid

This one's way fun -
a video of two guys running across a pool filled with Non-Newtonian liquid

Monday, September 3, 2007

Because I love making jewelry....

Therefore, I must immediately adapt any new project into a jewelry version as well!

This was fun, though wrapping embroidery an craft thread is much harder than a nice chunky cotton yarn! (And the arms are a pain in the buttocks!) But, the result is adorable, so there will be more of these in my future!