(I just had to include this photo of Claudia's mom and daughter...how sweet are they?)
What a special treat to see the wonderful mosaics and mural artwork at Roosevelt High School today. I am so proud of my sister (art teacher) who has worked so hard with artists Greta McLain and Claudia Valentino, students and staff to transform the main entrance of the high school into a wonderful diverse explosion of color and light and inspiration for all who walk through the doorway.
I can only imagine what a challenge it was to work around all the pipes, fire alarm, doors and windows, corners and vents...but they did so quite beautifully. I couldn't be happier for them, it is quite an accomplishment and they worked on it right up until today's opening...the grout barely had enough time to dry. If you live locally (Minneapolis), it is so worth a visit. Visitors are more than welcome.
For more photos on the process, check out Greta's Tumblr.
Yesterday was the monthly First Tuesday Build a Lego model for free at the MOA. I love this event almost as much as my boys do. Children age 5-14 are invited into the Lego store to build a fun project to take home for absolutely no cost. The project is one that never will be available for purchase, so I guess they are somewhat rare. Last month they made helicopters, yesterday...these adorable fire-breathing dragons. Next month they will be building a Jet Ski. Click here for more information and look under News + Events. Rawr!! So cute.
Today was a perfect day for a parade and The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater along with thousands of volunteers made this years 40th Annual May Day Parade a huge hit. It was glorious to be outside with the sun kissing our cheeks. Minnesotans came out in droves and it was wonderful to see so many happy happy people.
The story of spring that is told through puppetry did not disappoint. From the giant sized caterpillar with who knows how many bodies helping it creep across the grass, to the magic of the crysalis it spins on an equally large flower, then the birth of a butterfly...it all made the crowd go wild. We are so in need of spring here. Yes. May is going to be a terrific month.
Found on my walk around the lake. So much tree bark on the ground, covered with lichen. I don't know if it's newly fallen from the trees or it's just reappearing after the quick melt of snow cover. Such pretty colors emerge and such wonderful shapes. It's fun to look at. And what crazy shadows they cast.
With only an hour before I had to pick the boys up from school, I knew I would never make it. The checkout line was eighty people deep!! Then someone announced wool and yarn and cash only and she would come to you and add up your things and you could pay and be on your way. I didn't waste a second and easily filled the above plastic bins. The smaller bin had shetland wool and 262 yards of beautiful chocolate hand spun inside...$4!
So, I went a little crazy, but any of you knitters out there understand...all the above, lovely cones, hand dyed and hand spun, assortments of wool yarn and oh so much more...this plus a bin of beautifully dyed roving all for fifty-seven dollars. Yes. Most definitely...Merry Christmas to me.
The temperatures here took a quite drop late last week. Things are starting to freeze up quickly around here as you can see by the photos I took while on my walks around the lake over the weekend.
I've had this song stuck in my head for weeks...not sure why. Did my dad sing it to me when I was a kid? Anyway...here's a nice Perry Como version. Listen to it...maybe you'll get it stuck in your head too.
Another mosaic Monday to start the week. Follow links below the photos to see more of each artists works.
Some weekend shots...
From my walks around the lake...reflections from the bridge, lots of leaves, setting the docks free so they don't break apart when the lake freezes.
Time for crochet.
Pumpkins on a hay bale, sprouting grass, with snow from last week (typical Minnesota).
From a Gems and Stones themed birthday party my son attended over the weekend. We all fell in love with the rock shop ZRS Fossils and Gifts where the party was held. The kids got to use a stone cutter to open the above geode. Don't you just love how the sun shines through the crystals? The best gift bag ever...agates, crystals, fossilized tree and dinosaur bone, amethysts, sodalite and jasper.