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Archive for July, 2013

A 6-Minute Smile for You

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

My sis-in-love Diana / Otterwise clued me in to a delightful video I want to share with you. It’s a Muppet show tune from a PBS ratings week. Ratings weeks are the best of the best, and this is no exception.

Put Down the Duckie

They sure put in some extra great production work into this catchy, bluesy song. It also cameos a large complement of non-muppet celebrities including Danny DeVito, Paul Simon, Madelyn Kahn, Wynton Marsalis, Pete Seeger and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

If you can find 6 minutes to make your day better, I recommend this piece.

Put Down the Duckie (if You Wanna Play the Saxophone).

You will smile, I’m sure of it !

“Try Something New” Day

Monday, July 8th, 2013

If ColorJoy is about creativity in all ways, then trying something new and stretching is ColorJoyful. June was crazy in my world, I spent more time traveling for work than ever before. I sang, I danced, I knit… all out of town.

(Photo at Right is Habibi Dancers backstage at a Library Event, below is The Fabulous Heftones at Wheatland Traditional Arts Weekend.)

While I was on the road, I didn’t post here. Posting becomes harder, the longer I wait in between posts.

Fabulous Heftones at Wheatland Traditional Arts WeekendI’m pushing past the clumsiness by doing something guaranteed to be clumsy. I’m doing something I’ve not done before. I pointed the video camera at my face. Maybe we can connect more fully if you hear me speak?

I think video is great for connection. It’s also good for demonstration. Let me show you how easy it is to use fabric paint to embellish objects.

First I show you my eyeglasses, which were black for over a decade but are now pearly turquoise. In the video I embellish plastic dollar-store earrings. I hope you enjoy it.

(Note: if you can’t view this here, CLICK HERE to see on YouTube’s site. On my computer it doesn’t work in FireFox, but it does work in Chrome.)

Oh… (added later) here are up close photos of my eyeglasses before & after.


glasses before


glasses after