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The Big Apple Circus

I’d seen Circus on Netflix a few months ago with Hubs, so I knew if we were going to New York  I wanted to take the girls to the see the Big Apple Circus. Man. It was FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!

We had second row seats!

You could glimpse this baby head from behind the tent flap as you waited to enter.

We saw them on their last night at Lincoln Center for their 34th season and I was so impressed. It was really magical and hilarious and exciting and inspiring. Everything you could ask for and more! This season the show was all about using your imagination and reaching for your dreams. The acts were supposed to be people’s dreams come to life.

The top of the tent is covered in these beautiful stars.

The Shandong Acrobatic Troupe doing an awesome jump rope act.

Dimitry Chernov with his "Dima Black" juggling act.

The animal portions of the show were some of my favorite. Although my pictures are poor, having such cute puppies, and gorgeous horses so close you could almost touch them was such an amazing experience. Meanwhile, Jenna Robinson is singing in this phenomenal operatic voice as she’s flying overhead and strapped into some sort of horse shaped contraption. It was very strange, totally beautiful, and completely otherworldly. Q, whose jaw practically came unhinged during the act, said Jenna had the prettiest voice she’d ever heard. I couldn’t even take offense it was so wonderful.

Jenny Vidbel's dog show

Jenny Vidbel's horses were so close you could feel the wind as they galloped past.

Another one of Q’s favorites was Melanie Chy’s hand balancing act. The whole time the woman was preforming, Q was saying “Wow”, over and over. It was pretty cute. And she was right. The act was Wow!

Melanie Chy bent our brains with her incredible performance.

The Shandong Acrobatic Troupe came out for a pyramid act.

PZ’s favorite, and one of mine, was the final act of the show. The Flying Cortes‘ trapeze act was tremendous and right above our heads! The topper was when 10 year old Ysabella dropped the charade of being a shy audience member and climbed to the top of the trapeze platform some 20 or so feet above our heads. PZ’s couldn’t believe it and kept asking me how that little girl could be doing something so cool.

Just the shadow of a Flying Cortes

The Flying Cortes Trapeze act was amazing!

Although not pictured, Barry Lubin as Grandma and Scott and Muriel were hilarious. They had us all laughing hysterically throughout the show.  I am so glad we got to go, especially on this final tour for Grandma. It was excellent, riveting, and totally entertaining. You definitely gave us something to DREAM BIG about. Thanks Big Apple Circus!


If they come to your town, GO!


Handprinted Fabric Swap update –

handprinted fabric eggs

This is my first fat quarter that I made. The eggs and starfish represent the beautiful setting from our Orcas Island trip this past summer. The green eggs were PZ’s favorite and she kept checking the chicken coops over and over to see if they had laid any more. One day we got 12! Poor Hubs doesn’t even like eggs, but he still helped her scramble them up for a late night snack.

The second print is based on these really beautiful, fat purple starfish we found in the little cove that nestled up to the farm we were staying at. I like how the white starfish look almost like lace. There was another family staying at the farm while we were there, and it was actually their 4 year old boy who first spotted these elusive buddies.

The first picture is of the sample fabric I made. I like it though so will probably make a pillow or something out of it. The second is supposed to represent the cove this time. I was happy with how the water came out. This is my first time carving rubber stamps and I’m really enjoying it! I think I may have found a new medium.

Here are pictures of the two fabrics I’ve received so far.

The first, coincidently, is a whale print done by Rachael of imagine gnats and sent to me from her home in Ohio. Thanks Rachael! I really love it and the pop of color is so fun!

This one is more of a botanical theme sent to me all the way from Japan by Riyo of Talk to the Sun. Thanks Riyo! It’s so pretty and I love that you used the double gauze cotton!

Such talented women! I hope everyone likes the fabric I made. Thanks Leslie for this great opportunity. It’s been really fun!