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Rock Lobster!

Dr. Suess, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Roald Dahl all wrote nonsensical stories and poems. Nonsense writing can often be alluring because of its’ surprisingly deep meaning:

“Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don’t matter,
and those who matter don’t mind.”

And at other times from it’s complete lack of it:

When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
and the bottle’s on a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles…
…they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle
bottle paddle battle.”

dr-seuss

Nonsense literature is a beguiling form of storytelling as humans desire to find meaning everywhere, in everything, even when none exists. Songwriting is also a form of storytelling, and so is open to nonsense lyrics.

The B52’s wrote a hit song in 1978 called “Rock Lobster.” It’s jam packed with nonsense lyrics, bopping, banshee shrieks and beehives to boot.

We were at a party
His ear lobe fell in the deep
Someone reached in and grabbed it
It was a rock lobster

Indebted to the joy of nonsense poetry and the humble rock lobster, I refurbished a plain timber set of chairs “Rock Lobster” themed.

HOW TO REFURBISH TIMBER CHAIRS

I had previously painted the chairs in an Indian Red indoor paint which was not holding well in the great outdoors.

Sanded off the flaky bits and repainted all chairs with a more durable Cherry red liquid killrust.

1 chairs Delicious red

Loosely glued doilies to chairs and spray painted over them with Indian Red killrust in a can.

doilies

Loosely glued handmade coral stencils to chairs and then spray painted over them with killrust in a can in Ocean Blue.

1 coral stencil and on chairs

Loosely glued the lobster, crab and puffer fish stencils to chairs. Painted inside stencils with oil paints.

1 rock lobster stencil then on chairs

1 crab stencil and on chairs

5 Last 4 square

Now my BBQ setting is all ready for summer snags and sizzles!

4 All six chairs


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The Owl and the Pussycat

Pocket Art Owl and Pussycat Hanky

It seems that Paula Abdul got it right when she sang that opposites attract. It’s evident everywhere you look…Ying goes with Yang, peanut butter goes with honey and Bella goes with Edward.

 In 1867, Edward Lear penned a poem about a very odd set of intimate companions: The Owl and the Pussycat. These two fell in love, they sailed away for a year and a day in a beautiful pea green boat to the land where the bong tree grows. Upon landing, they swiftly married and spent their honey moon dining on mince and slices of quince, which they ate with a runcible spoon, as they danced by the light of the moon, the moon, they danced by the light of the moon.

How to make an Owl and Pussy-cat in a Pea-Green Boat

collage 1Boat made with cardboard then newspaper paper mache and painted green.

collage 2Drew a content looking pair and glued into boat. Sails made with brown paper.

The owl and the pussycat gift boat

Added to the boat a five pound note and a wealth of chocolates.

I made this gift boat for my daughters teacher who started a ukelele club for the kids in her class and taught them The Owl and the Pussycat on the ukelele. Long reign Miss K!

The Owl & the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
   In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
   And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
         You are,
         You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”
Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
   How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
   But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
   With a ring at the end of his nose,
             His nose,
             His nose,
   With a ring at the end of his nose.
“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,
             The moon,
             The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

The Owl & the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear



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Happy New Year 2013

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Another year is almost through. Looming is another ‘end of days’ prediction, however there’s still time to ponder on all the important things that have come to pass this year…….

MILF was added to the Scrabble dictionary, Miley bleached and cropped her hair, the Kardashians continue to take on North America, K-Stew cheated on R-Patz, Kate and Wills got pregnant, and breakfast show hosts the world over attempted to dance Gangnam style.

The Greek and Spanish economies continued their downwards spiral, India had mass blackouts leaving 620 million people without power, Obama won, Julian Assange continues to be holed up in an Ecuadorian embassy, Australians started paying a new tax (the Carbon Tax) and Encyclopaedia Britannica shut shop.

Although it’s not the age of Aquarius, have gone with a Flower Power motif for 2013 !!

This is a fun and easy craft for kids, using rubber stamps and acrylic paints.

2012 collage 2Cut out the stamped numbers and glued to yellow sheet of paper. Cut out again, leaving a yellow trim and glued to deep red sheet of paper.

Blue tac’d above my Christmas Ballerina bunting. All ready for the New Year!

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Ballerina Bunting

How are Ballet and the Food Pyramid alike? They both have a four level hierarchy and very little fat.      Pink Ballet girls pyramid

In a ballet company there are four levels of dancers. At the bottom is the corps de ballet. These are like the backup dancers, they are the largest group and work as one with synchronized movements. Next are the coryphees who lead the backup dancers, perform in smaller group dances and some solo roles. Ahead of them are the soloists, who dance solo parts. At the top are the principals who dance the starring roles, aka Natalie Portman in Black Swan.

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As we’re on a road trip over Christmas am pretty sure we won’t be putting up a Christmas tree. Unwilling to go without decorations I decided instead to make these paper ballerina’s and put them up in the living room for some Christmas cheer.

How to Make a Paper Ballerina Bunting

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I threaded the ballerina arms through some balled cotton, however tinsel would also be very Christmassy!

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