Music


My chorus, Top of the Rock, recently had our 4th Spring Tea. Mom and I once again co-chaired the event. This year the Tea was at the historic Albert Pike Masonic Center in downtown Little Rock on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon right before Mothers’ Day.

We had 120 guests–the biggest crowd yet! We will plan for even more next year!

Tables were decorated by members of the chorus. We gave the ladies free-range as far as decorating goes. You’ll see a variety of themes–from Christmas to farm to jewelry. Mine is the one with the yellow tulips!

Click on each gallery below to see the pictures better.

You must have some fancy food to go on those fancy plates!

Here is the menu we served:

Tea Menu2016

I had fabulous help in the kitchen, as always!

Some of the men from Accapella Rising, the Little Rock men’s barbershop chorus, helped us with the serving.

We had a FABULOUS vintage fashion show. A friend of Mom’s from high school, Wanda Cook (aka The Coca Cola Lady, be sure to check out this article from a few years ago) provided the fashions. Top of the Rock provided the models! Wanda has displayed her collection at Red Hat conventions, women’s luncheons and other events. She was so generous to loan her collection to us for the day! The fashion show was a HUGE hit! The models really got into character and made the clothing come alive.

Of course there had to be some singing!!

It looked like everyone had a good time!

A big thanks to my husband, Chip, for taking all the photos! He took over 500 pictures and walked over 11,000 steps that day!

 

A School Spirit Wreath is not my original idea. There is nothing new under the sun! I was inspired to make one after seeing the one Amanda Jane Brown made. Amanda is a fellow member of the Arkansas Women Bloggers group. I have not met Amanda in real life but I hope to soon. I am going to the AWBU conference next month! I am beyond excited!!!! Check back mid-September to hear about it.

On to the Spirit Wreath…

music themed spirit wreath

Too cute, huh?

I enjoy going to the high school football games. However, as a mother of two band students, it’s all about half-time to me!

My oldest recently was bestowed the honor of drum major! That was when I decided to make our spirit wreath have a musical theme.

Our school colors are purple and white, so the purple and white were obvious choices for fabric. When I came across the black fabric with PURPLE TREBLE CLEFS I gasped and snatched it up before anyone else could get to it. I’m sure that is right where everyone in Joann’s was headed. HA! What can I say, I was excited!

Black and white check is one of my all-time favorite prints, plus it went well with the others. Since Amanda used fancy ribbon on her wreath, I figured I could, too. The wire wreath was already hanging in my garage.

spirit wreath supplies

Amanda said to get a yard of each fabric, so I did. However, I had quite a bit left when I was finished. You be the judge of if you want to buy a little less than a yard.

cutting fabric

She cut her strips to be 10″ x 1.25″. Mine ended up being 10″ x 1.5″.

spirit wreath fabric

I got a little crazy with the cutting wheel. Wanting to get on with my project, I stacked my fabric too thick. It was a chore to cut through. I ended up with a numb finger for several days!

spirit wreath supplies cut

Once all the fabric is cut and orderly, you are ready to start tying.

spirit wreath ties

Figure out your pattern and start tying the strips onto the wire wreath. I have to admit, I was somewhat skeptical about the instructions to only tie onto the first and third rows. I was afraid the wire would end up showing. I tied accordingly, and it turned out great! No wire showing!

music themed spirit wreath

I just love the way it looks all finished. I really wanted to find a trumpet and a flute to hang on the wreath, since those are the instruments my girls play. None could be found that weren’t $20! I found the glittery, black musical ornaments at Hobby Lobby for 99¢ each. Much better! They were also available in gold or red. They do not, however, come in silver, which was my first choice. I wanted silver to match with the musical fabric. Oh, well, I like it anyway.

music themed fabric

musical ornament

musical ornament glitter

musical ornament treble clef

Thanks, Amanda Jane, for the great idea!

Go, Jackrabbits! (and Jackrabbit Band)

My grandmother was a piano teacher. My mother is a piano teacher. Do I play piano? No. That is a blog post for another time, or not!

It’s funny, since people know my Mom is a piano teacher, when they come upon old music, they think they should give it to her. I guess people feel bad about throwing music away. I get that.

I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but it seems like there are always lots of Christmas decorations made out of old music.

When I spotted the idea for this fun little project on Pinterest the other day, I was able to put 2+2 together! Help Mom use up some of her music stash AND have a cute little Christmas decoration.

You can see the tutorial here.

I made mine a little different. The original tree uses old books. I like the old music. Either will do just fine. She sprinkled glitter all over her tree. I painted the edges of my papers with glue and then just covered the edges. I used Martha Stewart vintage silver glitter. The look of it reminds me of old Christmas cards. It took a little longer this way, but the end result is nice.

I really like my little Glittery Music Tree. I finished it in a day! Those kind of projects make me happy.

The Main Street Food Truck Festival was this past weekend. I was very excited about going. You may remember our first food truck experience in Washington, D.C. Megan had an invitational marching contest she had to attend, so she didn’t get to go with us. The band brought home all ONES and is ready for their contest next weekend!

Chip, Katie and I started on our adventure. As soon as we hit the Interstate rain started to fall.

There was just a little rain at first. The farther down the road we went, the sky grew darker and the raindrops fatter.

Our spirits would not be dampened, however! We were prepared for cold, not for wet. So, we went by Chip’s office where he transformed some trash bags into rain ponchos. There were some Target shopping bags in a drawer that worked nicely as headgear. I’m afraid Katie will be scarred for life! ha!

Chip had the camera strapped around his neck UNDER his poncho. It was too much trouble to pass the camera back and forth, so he didn’t get in any of the pictures. I think that may have been by design.

If you go to the link above, you can see all the vendors who were supposed to be there. I don’t know if the all made it or not.

There is also a list  here on the Festival’s Facebook page.

In addition to the food trucks, Etsy Little Rock had several vendors set up inside the old Main Street Mall. I know they were glad to be inside. We were glad, too. It gave us a warm, dry place to hang out for a while.

Designs by Luvmibug & Tim

The Twisted Purl

Orbiting Debris

We had lots of fun looking. We were saving our money, however, to buy food!

Katie and I really wanted to sample the Sugar Shack for dessert. Sadly, they were closed when we came back to their truck.

Chip stood in line with Katie. She wanted a cheese quesadilla. I don’t remember the name of the truck.

She thoroughly enjoyed it!

I stood in line at Philly’s for a couple of cheese steak sandwiches.

The sandwiches were wonderful!

We headed home after we ate. It was good to sit in the warm while we waited for Megan to come home.

We all rested and got cleaned up for the evening. We had more fun in store.

Chip’s company was sponsoring a night at the symphony. So, we took full advantage of the opportunity to hear the Arkansas Symphony. The show was a tribute to the Beatles–the Classical Mystery Tour–complete with four Beatles impersonators. We sang along to all the classic Beatles hits. The performers were super! They called it the greatest concert the Beatles never gave. With a full orchestra behind them, the impersonators were able to sing lots of songs from the Sgt. Pepper album.

We all had a great evening. The girls even got autographs afterward. Unfortunately, we left the camera at home.

What a day!