The last week of April is upon us. Seriously, where did this month go?
April seemed awash with activities, from a belated St. Patrick’s Day parade (April 8, 2017) in Girardville to Easter services and dinners to dance rehearsals, a ballet production and, coming up, the last weeks of dance classes before recital weekend in mid-May.
Oh, yes. Add the work schedule to the mix. Changes in the workplace mean working a later shift more than just one day a week, juggling child care and ensuring the kiddos get to where they need to go. Special newspaper sections abound — currently the Readers’ Choice feature (running May 4, 2017) and the annual graduation special section (publication date May 25, 3017). While these occur annually at this time, this mom strayed from blogging and regrets the lack of consistency. No use in beating one’s self up, however. Life continues …
The annual dance recital — this year marks the 10th one! — occasionally requires concocting a costume or costume piece. Last year, my daughter and I put together a “newspaper delivery boy” outfit to wear for her musical theater class’ number, “Newsies.”
This year, dance moms and dance teacher get challenged to get creative again. The theme? The Broadway musical “Cats.” The project? A fluffy feline headpiece.
If you’ve seen the musical, you know that the cat’s head gear is more than just a headband with ears. This topper is made of fluffy yarn attached to a nylon stocking cap made from hosiery. In a nutshell, the yarn becomes fuller when threads woven through the strands are removed, strands are knotted and then pulled at the ends to knot into even smaller pieces. Those pieces become part of the headpiece when hot glued at the knots onto the nylon cap. When complete, it looks rather majestic, almost like a lion’s mane.
The work might seem like a lot, but once started and progressing a sense of accomplishment settles in — and so does the hope that maybe my dancer just might decide to wear this costume for the upcoming Halloween season! Me-OW! 😉