Friday, October 25, 2013

Old Buddies & Knife Throwing

Years ago I taught juggling at the Agoura Renaissance Faire with Adam Reid. I recently found him on Facebook, and I'm happy to hear he is still juggling at Renaissance Faires. I, on the other hand, have done nothing very interesting with juggling in a long time. I never quite reached the skill level to do Renaissance Faire shows, and I feel there is still a lot of sexism in the world of juggling.

But that doesn't mean I want to give up juggling. I just need to find my passion again. My juggling stuff is at the foot of my bed. I should pick it up and use it sometimes.

I'm learning a new circus skill: Knife throwing.  I've been doing it in the SCA for years at the occasional thrown weapons events, but I never had my own stuff, so I ordered my very own throwing knives. I tested them out yesterday and in one round, I stuck all 3.

Since Halloween is coming up, I've been gathering together witchy things and I took some photos today. Hope you like.

Black and Gold Fan

I love this rainbow knife, but to get 3 I'd have to order 3 sets.

I got a medium set of knives and a small set of knives.

I got the fan, the grotesques, and the roses all at dollar type stores, but in different years.

Hear no evil grotesque.
Scorpion Knives

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Juggling and Face Painting

I met a new juggler at the company picnic. Fantastic and only 15.
Me at my face painting booth.

My ex painting someone at the picnic.

'J' juggling clubs.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Vacation Highlights

I'm about to end the first phase of my working vacation. The gig went great. Four face painters, of which I was one. That was a fun day as I both entertained and was entertained by the wandering juggler, the balloon artist and the magic show.

I got to see 2 out of 3 grandkids. We all got to go to the local Renaissance Faire and drool over fine jewelry, meat pies, jousting and the best people watching on Earth. People outdid themselves with Steampunk attire, fairy wings, metal wire woven into elf ears, fancy masks and strange weaponry.
I did a little juggling and worked with the juggling sticks. I bumped into one of my belly dancing students Jenna, who now runs her own dance studio. I met her friend Gina, who also teaches belly dancing, and met her daughter who is growing like a weed. I saw another face painter named Theresa. She had the face painting booth at the faire, where I've worked before but that was years ago.
Face Painter Fayme Harper

Fancy dancing at the San Luis Obispo Renaissance Faire

The Greenman makes an appearance.

At the Renaissance Faire

My grandson in the pirate tunic I made for him.

Purple dreads.

My granddaughter's first Renaissance Faire

Double Crown Dancers do a sword dance.

I'm hoping to move back here some day.

Yesterday I saw a real deer walking past a fake deer. My daughter's house is nestled under oak trees.
I got to make a pirate outfit for my grandson to wear to the fair. My granddaughter also got a hat I made a few weeks ago. I started another monster hat for my grandson.  He enjoyed trying to play my mandolin. And my granddaughter is a sweet little thing who is teething and still happy most of the time.  I hate leaving them, but I need to get on with the rest of my vacation in Southern CA. I'm catching a train in an hour or two.

Oh and I almost forgot, my daughter signed up for ariel silks class. I got to watch her open workout class. It was full of advanced students hanging from long streams of lycra from the ceiling of a industrial workspace. It was like being in fairy tale land.

Time to get the two year old ready for the ride to the train station.  I wish he could go too. He loves trains.
When my daughter's were little I made them hats like this.

Swirly skirt

Maggie in the hat I knitted.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy World Juggling Day 2013

Usually I like to go to a big celebration at a park for World Juggling Day, but I don't know any jugglers now that I live out in the middle of nowhere. Hopefully it is the thought that counts.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Circus Skills Class

I'm thinking about teaching a circus skills class in Apple Valley, CA soon. It would include hooping, juggling, clown skills, costuming, and maybe unicycle if I can afford to get a new one.

 I went to a Steampunk event called Boomtown that got shut down before it opened, but I really love this canopy by the Steampunk Saloon. I wonder if they would have had circus performers inside it, or if there would have been a bar.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Clown Show 101

Clown Confessions:  When I did my first kid's party, I charged $50. After the show the Dad came out, told me his job at a store was to fire people, told me I wasn't good enough, and only paid me $25.  I was so hurt and angry I didn't know whether to quit or what. So I doubled my price, figuring if a future mean-spirited client were to do the same, I'd still take home the same amount of money I'd asked for to begin with. Then the funniest thing happened.  For a higher price, I got a better clientele. They appreciated me and never squabbled about the price or my show. #psychology

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sounds Like a Party

I had so much fun at the gig yesterday. The children were just spellbound with the face painting part. They all clustered around me hanging on my every word. The only time they ran off was when the birthday girl got a real live puppy for her birthday present. I can’t compete with puppies! Balloons were popular too and for a minute I thought I might run out! I thought I’d taken plenty. I need to get a new bag before the next party. My costume worked great except when it came to juggling! The long hair yarns kept getting hung up on my hands when I was trying to juggle. Maybe next time I’ll tie them behind my back first, or stuff them into my hat or something. The hostess turned on her music as I was about to juggle and it was so much more fun with the music. As a personal change I've decided not to hand out any candy. Too many kids seem to have allergies these days or weight issues. Instead I gave out toys. I got party headband crowns and dinosaurs and kazoos. The kids had no idea how to use a kazoo, so I'm not getting those again. But the crowns went great with the face painting. The hostess was so nice. She even gave me an enchilada plate to take for my lunch. And a tip. Awesome!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Costuming Challenge

I needed to come up with an outfit for juggling, face painting and balloons today. There wasn’t time to sew anything nor money to buy anything new. So everything had to be stuff I already owned. Half the elements I wanted to use where in the red family. The other half were in the blue family. I couldn’t figure out a way to marry them together. Then a few hours before the party I figured it out. I would make yarn hair ornaments using all the colors in my outfit. Then even if I take off my black and red hat, the rest of the costume would still look like it belonged together. I’ve done similar things with belly dancing costumes. Also I decided to wear blue striped socks with my maroon leg warmers since the skirt is maroon and the vest is blue. I’m not wearing a wig today and I wanted to fancy up my hair some so the colorful yarn braided into it should do just the trick. It will also keep my hair from tangling in the wind since the party is outside and inside and the wind tends to kick up in the afternoon. To make the hair streamers, you cut long lengths of yarn and then tie them to a hair elastic using a lark’s head knot (like in macramé). I doubled each strand. I will braid the top part into my hair and let the bottom part stream down giving a merry effect. It makes my hair look longer than it really is. I’ll try to take some photos before I leave today. I also bought shoelaces to match my outfit on the way to the party. I think they were just the right touch. It made my day when I arrived at the party and the person who hired me said, "You look great!"

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Gig Tomorrow

I'm so excited that I'm going to be doing a birthday party in Victorville tomorrow. I'll be doing face painting, balloon creations, and juggling. I cleaned out my face painting kit and filled it with new supplies. I have half of my costume together. I hope I get home before it's dark so I can juggle a bit. It's my first party in the High Desert so I'm crossing my fingers that it leads to bigger and better things.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Confidence Lost Opportunity Missed

Here I am an out of work children's entertainer, and I'm on the library computer, and right behind me the librarian is calling a children's storyteller or something trying to book a March Dr. Seuss event.  I am torn. Do I leap up and say 'pick me pick me'? I'd love to know what website she was looking at when she called them but I don't want to be a nosey nellie. Do I come back carrying balloon animals in one hand and a portfolio in the other? Or do I do nothing, hating myself for not being more prepared.

I can't count how many times this has happening to me. Like once I showed up for a hypnosis show and the hypnotist had just called in sick. Here was my big chance to hop up and say,"I just happen to be a stage hypnotist.' But I didn't think they'd believe me so I kept my mouth shut. What are the odds that a random stage hypnotist would just happen to be sitting in the audience? I wish I had more bravado but I don't.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy Juggling New Year

In spite of a frosty cold New Year's Day, my 2 year old grandson wanted to see some pin juggling, so his father and I hopped outside and did some juggling. Then my grandson picked up 2 clubs and waved them around in his attempt to replicate of juggling.  Then my daughter gave it a go, only to find that juggling at 8 months pregnant is more than a bit challenging. I think it's good luck to start out the new year with the joy of juggling. Happy 2013.