Thursday, March 8, 2012
A bit of full moon light. It comes up across the street and moves over my house during the night. I like that. It was actually a very clear night here, but zooming in as much as possible added a bit of blur to the scene. I like that too. A bit dreamy. Boy that's a pretty sight/site right outside my door.
Sometimes we need help while trying to find our way. Lightness and friends are good for that.
I sat with the moon last night and stitched a moon to my old green wool baby blanket. It was a bit challenging to do as it was an old sweatshirt fabric I was working with. This moon comes with her own story.
Many years ago I was working in a school-aged evening program. It was a childcare center that had late hours for parents attending the community college. One of the art experiences offered to the children I had never seen. It consisted of taking and old t-shirt and placing a section over the open end of a cup (they used Styrofoam), placing a rubber-band around it - making it very tight. Then you drew a design on that part of the shirt, in that circle, using a permanent (Sharpie type) marker. After your design was drawn, you used an eye-dropper to drop 7 (maybe it was 12, it was a long time ago!!!) drops of alcohol onto the marker ink. This caused the ink to spread a bit and soak into the shirt. Let it dry and TA-DA you have a cool shirt! The kids loved this project and wanted to do it forever, moving the cups and rubber bands around on their t-shirts. They seemed to really like counting out the exact number of drops. I decided to try along with the kids and made faces among other designs.
I liked the way some of the faces came out and have hung on to that old sweatshirt all of these years.
In my "Remove Something March" plan (I am removing at least one thing from my house every day in March. Trash, donate, recycle etc.), I decided it would be a good time to use 'em or loose 'em. I cut off the faces and tossed the rest of the sweatshirt, which was really not usable.
Jude's voice in my head saying if a fabric was not easy to sew through, it wasn't worth it. While I do regularly agree with her on that, this fabric holds a lot of memories for me. Memories of place, time, people...an era in my life. So, even though I got some sore fingers sewing the moon on, it was worth it. It has not only given me a place to keep this moon (and possibly the others), but it has given me more of a feel for the direction of this blanket project. I've been thinking of totems and rocks and words and my children and many children and trees and wood screen doors. This may be a good gathering place for all of those things. But, I'm taking it slow and just looking at this face for right now.
Picture Books: The Sun's Asleep Behind the Hill
-A favorite bedtime book about the sun going to sleep and the moon coming up.
-Another favorite bedtime book in our house. A wonderful tale of a family tip-toeing out to dance by the light of the moon. It looks like it is out of print now, so keep your eye open for this one!
-This one practically goes without saying, but I couldn't help myself! A favorite for generations of children. My sister has our original copy and I have the copy my mom gave me when I was 13, so we could each have one! Because, as I told my neighbor when giving her new grand-daughter, "Every child should have their own copy of Goodnight Moon!"
It seems as if I should do longer, more in depth explanations...but for today I hope you are inspired to seek out these treasures! These are the related moon books that popped into my head while writing this post.
Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2012