26 3 / 2014

Containing the Invisible Monsters

When the Director was 3, she worried vividly about the invisible monsters she imagined.  Her daddy taught her that they would not be able to come past the front door if she made bars to hold them back.

— The mom.

26 3 / 2014

When Geeklet was 7, she and her friend Peace&Pigs spent a Sunday afternoon collaborating on a joint project to build a new hospital.

— The mom.

13 3 / 2014

100th Day of School

For the 100th day of kindergarten, Lily wanted to make a fabric sculpture out of 98 squares of fabric, each different, with the 99th fabric being the background and the 100th fabric as the self-binding back.  For the backing fabric, she chose a batik depicting waterlilies and lily pads.

— The mom.

13 3 / 2014

The Evening Moon Teahouse

The girls developed a menu for high tea and kept the parents out of the Director’s room until everything was just right.  The Queen of Hearts, babysitter extraordinaire, wrote out the menu and assisted in assembling the spread.  The Director and Geeklet donned dress gloves to welcome us and serve.

January 26, 2014

— The mom.

12 3 / 2014

Philadelphia Flower Show, March 7, 2014

The Director paid rapt attention as a florist demonstrated how to make three arrangements:  all babies’ breath, a mixed bouquet in a birthday gift bag, and an arrangement on a miniature barbecue grill surrounded by flowers in empty ketchup, mustard, and relish containers.  The ketchup and relish containers were clear glass, so he tinted the water red and green with food coloring.

Then she toured other parts of the flower show, including the make-your-own stations for fascinators and terrariums.

Three days later, the Director decided she wanted to replicate the three arrangements.  She remembered every detail, including the tinted water and the streamers in the gift bag.  It was her inspiration to poke the sprigs of babies’ breath through the holes of her salt and pepper shakers.

— The mom.

05 10 / 2013

Flower Queen, a short film starring the Director as she cosplays a character from the Epic universe, where tiny beings commune with flowers and ride hummingbirds.  Filmed at Camden Children’s Garden, September 13, 2013.  Set to Danny Elfman’s score from Epic.

— The mom.

16 9 / 2013

The Director likes to style mannequins.  She also likes to get away from mommy.  I gave up trying to control her and just filmed her instead.  This was before I figured out that camera phones are better held sideways for the correct aspect ratio.

Soundtrack:  “Downtown” by Petula Clark.

— The mom.

(Source: youtube.com)

14 9 / 2013

Queen Loleae, narrated by the Director.  Filmed at the Camden Children’s Garden, one of the most charming imaginative spaces I’ve ever seen.  The Director did her own face paint and borrowed mommy’s calla lily necklace in a tribute to the film Epic.  Queen Loleae is an original character she invented for that universe, spelling and all.  The large-scale and miniature sculptures at the garden contributed to the fantasy that we live in a world of “stompers” (human-sized people) and forest dwellers small enough to ride hummingbirds.

— The mom.

(Source: youtube.com)

13 9 / 2013

The Director enjoyed her kindergarten intake interview this week.  She’s spending her last days of summer with mommy and daddy.

06 9 / 2013

Top:  The face paint artist at Legoland did a good job on the Director.

Middle:  The Director got a manicure and pedicure for mommy’s birthday.  Also, ninjas wear hoodies.

Bottom:  Geeklet also got a manicure and pedicure.

— The mom.