Sculpya the ugly ballerina

hand-me-down jewelry box

The kids I babysit have wonderful things and every once in a while they hand-me-down them to Bug. We end up with all sorts of designer clothes, board games with missing pieces, half worked-through workbooks, knick knacks and odds and ends. It’s a nice perk.

Some of the things are junk like a plastic crown that says “Irish Princess” with tacky green clovers all over it. Bug wore that silly crown every day for a week until she finally broke it while trying to wear it on her leg for some reason. Another treasure is an old music box that is covered in stickers and the ballerina is missing from inside it. Normal people would probably drop these gently-worn gifts off at a thrift store but Bug fell in love with it and begged me to make a new ballerina for it.

I hemmed and hawed over how to make a tiny ballerina. I thought maybe a pipe-cleaner and some tulle would do the trick but I couldn’t quite work it out. Then I remembered this book we read a while back about a cat who wouldn’t come inside. I was quite inspired by the Super Sculpy figurines and at the back of the book the artist has a nice write up explaining how she created the scenes. It’s brilliant.

I thought I might try this with a ballerina!

Princess Sculpya

It was a little rough-going. Obviously I need to work on my fine-sculpting skills. But it was fun and delightfully easy to paint. Her face needs some lip reduction but Bug loves her.


And best of all, she twirls to the music when wound up. We haven’t quite figured out how to get the box to close without cracking her in half yet but we’re working on it. I’m thinking there might be a series of Sculpy ballerinas in my future.

15 Minute Weekend Recap


We had a pretty good fourth of July. We blew up a bunch of street fireworks at our friend’s house who live in a different town that allows fireworks. That seems to be our tradition now.

working on her sign chips and brocamole

CC came out to hang with us and we had a little mini barbeque with her before the fireworks. We had “brocamole” aka guacamole and chips, of course. Bug made up a little sign and tried to hawk them to our neighbors. I think she’s been bitten with the entreprenurial bug ever since the lemonade stand.

kerpow! wooooo!

Mr. Patrioticair! jump!

The next day we took CC to the beach for doughnuts and lattes—another tradition.

sandy toes

doh doh doh beach bums

It’s been really foggy and misty at the beach lately. It feels more like winter in July than it does in January. California is so weird that way.


That afternoon I planned a little get-together for my birthday (which is actually today but Monday was a better day for everyone). It was just drinks with friends at a local restaurant. It was so fun. So much better than sitting at home, moping about being forgotten. Sometimes if you wanna have a good time on your birthday you just gotta do it yourself, you know? I’m so glad I got off my high horse and planned something for myself. Everyone seemed to have a really good time and it was very low stress. At least for me anyway. I’m not sure about everyone else who had to brave the crazy beach traffic to get here.

Sir Sonja

Sonja amused us with her wax mustache. That never gets old.

me and Crystal

My friend, Crystal.

me and Jen

And Madge.

I should have taken a photo of me and CC but we were too busy doing other things. Toby even pulled himself away from work too which meant the world to me. I wish I had taken a photo of us… but alas I was busy yakking and not thinking.

I have to say I really had a happy pre-birthday. Life has not been easy lately and of course I can’t blog about that. Don’t you hate that? I hate it too but this is the way it is. So having one day filled with friends and visiting really cheered me up. It is the best birthday present anyone could ever ask for.