New Years in Philadelphia Means Mummers

Here is a video I took at last years’ winning champion in the Fancy Brigades, the South Philly Vikings performing Ka “Light” Oscope: Harness the Power of the Spectrum

Want to learn more about the Mummers and see some cool archival footage?  Press here and here.

Philadelphia Holiday Traditions

Christmas Show in Macy’s (Wanamaker’s Grand Court). Click here for the history of this tradition.

Lighting the Menorah on Independence  Mall

Street Decorating in South Philadelphia. Read more about it here.

Kwanzaa Nguzo Saba Candle Lighting Ceremony and Dance

Holiday Train Shows Reading Terminal Market. Find out more here.

and finally, my favorite and the oldest of  all,

The Winter Solstice

Last year:

My Grandmothers’ Christmas Legacy

Old Beads, New Beads


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I was going through my workshop the other day and found a necklace I’d made for my Mother-in-Law years ago.    The necklace had five big (20-25 mm) round  beads I made on aluminum foil cores.  I’d strung them with bugle beads and crystals.   I didn’t like the overall necklace design but I liked the beads.

 

 

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I dig up some more of the beads from that series that I had saved,  Most of them have inclusions or metal leaf covered  that I with translucent clay and sanded smooth.


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This one has scraps  of newspaper under the layer of translucent clay.  I should play some more with this idea-maybe comics or newsprint from a local Chinese language newspaper.


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And  here are some new ideas in the process of germinating.  I am not sure where I’m going with these yet.  That makes it fun.

Felt Birdy Holiday Ornaments

I decided to make felted flying Birdie holiday ornaments this year for Toni, Terri and Sarah. Why birds?  I like birds.

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Roving, Fiber and Feathers

Auditioning Feathers

Ms. Bluebird  nearly complete

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I like to needle felt with a leather glove on my left hand.  I  stab myself less often.

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Carding the roving to blend colors for Ms. Pink

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 Ms. Pink  takes a break after completion

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Yet more carding and color mixing for Ms. Green

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Ms. Green  with her pins still in; I glued and felted in the feathers and embellishments.

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As I was  making the Birdies,  I realized that the glamorous Ms. Pink bore a slight resemblance to Toni.  Bluebirds have a special meaning for Sarah who also loves glitter.  (Ms. Bluebird took a dip in the glitter when I wasn’t looking and Ms. Pink made a hat for her.)  Ms. Green wanted a skull charm necklace so she would look good with Terri. I did not have one, but she let Ms. Bluebird and Ms. Pink do her hair like Terri’s, complete with red bangs.  Ms Green thought she looked Sqwaksome!

I left the Birdies resting on their communal perch.  They are now in their new homes.