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Spit Happens! | This WONDERfilled Life

Some of you may remember waaaaayyyy back to the #52wonderfilledweeks challenge of 2018...this little project from Week 31 got a lot of attention in the horn world. Lot's of people talked about how I could make and sell these and while I totally agreed I had zero interest in doing that! My how things have changed.  I've used my spit pad everyday since making it.  I've had students use it. I wash it frequently and have used the mini one on several occasions where emptying on the floor didn't seem appropriate or safe at the random "one off gig". It's proved it's durability and usefulness to me over and over for the last two years! Now with COVID so prevalent most organization that have called to have me play have indicated that some sort of "puppy pad" or towel will need to be used on stage and disposed of or laundered at the end of every rehearsal and concert.  I brought my cute teal and birdie backed spit pad to a recording I did a few weeks

"PPE" - PERFORMING Protective Equipment | This WONDERfilled Life

Seven months into COVID-19 and the arts everywhere are suffering and there's no end in sight.  Fortunately for me a few local organizations have decided to try and make the best of the situation and have had reduced ensembles meet under strict health and safety guidelines to RECORD performances to be streamed at a later date.  It's not ideal but...I'll take it! Last week I had my first orchestral gig since the first week of March.  Masks were required of all entering and playing except for those of us who cannot play with a mask on (most winds and brass).  Bell covers were provided and while the workmanship was impeccable it just didn't work.  So I set out to make a bell cover that is as functional as it is protective.   This is two layers of medium weight spandex, with an off set opening for the players hand.  It is machine washable and can be dried in the dryer, thought it's recommended to air dry to prolong the life of the garment.  These are made to order and my

Mary Poppins Returns | Backyard Movie Night Premiere | This WONDERfilled Life

I. Am. So. Behind.  You'd think with being locked in my home for going on five months that I would have oodles of time to take care of things...but ironically I feel BUSIER than if I weren't being held in COVID limbo.  I'm adapting.  I'm learning tons of things.  Literally I am learning new skills but I'm also learning about myself and how to be accepting of things since, quite honestly, we have very little control over much of what is happening right now.   So far in 2020 we've dealt with: two puking kids at the same time two attempted home invasions a global pandemic losing my job(s) homeschooling the last three months of Kindergarten bedbugs (more on that later) dead possum under the patio deck Bubba rearranging the teeth in his mouth tornado touching down in the city of Chicago That last one happened a few weeks ago.  We spent an hour in our basement with the sirens blaring here in the city of Chicago.  Luckily we escaped with almost no damage.  I think we l

Jumping on the Outdoor Movie Bandwagon| This WONDERfilled Life

It's June 2020 and the weather in Chicago has gotten nice again...and since we're all still under a "Stay at Home" (SAH) order we're taking full advantage of our back yard and I'm taking advantage of the relative quiet (kids are playing with each other instead of constantly calling my name) to catch up on more blog post from last fall! One of the latest crazes in the back yard living is the "outdoor" movie experience.  Last summer we decided to jump on the band wagon.  We had a really cheap projector that crapped out on us so we upgraded to this  View Sonic  during Prime Days last summer. Once we saw what this projector could do we got to work on figuring out how to enjoy the warm summer nights in our urban oasis. We originally had a white Ikea sheet hung on two tension rods (also Ikea) between two of the support columns on our patio. But the screen was too small, HA! We just kept thinking...what's the point...if we're doing this

Fire Skeleton and Playing with Glow-in-the-Dark Vinyl | This WONDERfilled Life

I am (and I am cringing as I type this) cautiously optimistic about the future.  I think almost eight weeks of isolation has been enough of a pity party and I have decided to try and actually get some things, REAL things accomplished.  I've been sitting on several blog posts since last year and what better time to get them out to the world than right now! I have some time, you have some time...maybe you'll be inspired to create something? Stranger things eh? So, one of my most favorite things about crafting is HELPING others to learn that they too can in fact be as crafty as me...I think because I am a musician I understand more easily that anything you want to do in life is absolutely attainable with practice.  I have literally been practicing crafting since I was P's age...I have amassed all the cool tools, read various blogs, soaked in the info and most importantly tried and failed at many, many projects.  So when I have folks come to me and ask me to make somethi