Over a month ago, I was invited to a summer outdoor wedding in Louisiana. Weddings have cake, so yes was the obvious answer, but whatever was I going to wear? I kept waffling back and forth on wearing a dress from my closet, or shopping for a new one. Indecisive me took her time mulling it over and still had nothing the week of the wedding. Shame on me, I know.
Two days before the wedding, I came across a blog post from OonaBalloona where she made a simple self-drafted pattern dress. I thought, with 3 yards of jersey I could do the same thing! And wouldn’t you know it, Hancock Fabrics started a 30% off knits and jersey sale that day, so it was my first stop after work. An evening of sewing later, and I had a dress for the wedding. It was a great choice, as it was hot and humid and although I was sweating the fabric of the dress didn’t show it.
I took a 4 week Aerial Silks class in January of this year and loved it. Even though I didn’t have enough arm strength to climb the silks, I resolved to get stronger and better the next time around. The teacher is pretty awesome and I definitely would like to take a class with her again.
Her next class was in June, but didn’t mesh with my summer dance schedule (belly dance is still a priority after all), so color me disappointed. 😦 Then I found a class in the next town with one time slot that would fit in my already pretty full dance card. Since the class had a Groupon special going on, I took the plunge and committed to making that drive.
This Spring was a busy, Belly and Ballroom dance filled time for me; and my resolution to get stronger fell to the wayside for a while. However, having found a class that I could take, I renewed my resolve to get stronger. I started a push up challenge with someone (they are winning, but I’m getting stronger lol), and started a pull up challenge with someone else (i’m winning, but only with a slight edge),
I’m not reinventing the wheel here, I’m sharing what has helped me. One of the most helpful tools on how to get better is Laura Witwer’s Blog. An experienced aerialist and teacher (with a penchant for writing) she updates her blog regularly about various topics related to various circus apparatus, aerial and circus training, diet, and things that she has learned along the way to becoming the Aerial performer and teacher she is today.
Long story short, unless you’re a serious gymnast or athlete, it’s going to take time to develop the functional strength and stamina necessary to be awesome at this activity. Have fun with it, celebrate the small milestones, and keep working at it. Everyone starts somewhere 🙂
I’ll leave you with this inspirational aerial straps video.
I was perusing through Craftstew (a nice resource for various craft ideas) and stumbled upon this picture and instantly had to have one.
The post led to this blog www.cottonandcurls.com/2012/01/faux-fur-week-day-4-boxy-fur-coat-tutorial/ with instructions and pictures on how to make your very own boxy fur coat.
It must have been fate, because I went to the fabric store, and there was a bolt of soft black and gray faux fur on the sale table. That along with some red shantung satin, became my new fur coat!
I like the outcome, and may do another similar style in the future. Feel free to leave comments!
As part of my life resolution to be more productive personally…..I’ve started a blog 🙂 Tada!
My interests are varied and eclectic, I love to learn and I’ve fallen in love with a myriad of things. Belly Dance, Aerial Silks, West Coast Swing, and Fabric Arts (sewing, dyeing, crocheting, etc.) are the most important at the moment and getting the most of my time.
I want to share what I see and learn, resources and help that I’ve found, and anything else I may come across that could be useful or give someone else an idea to do, be, or make something, correction, anything that they want 🙂