Our council has revamped a lot of our parks in our town and Ellie spies a particular one every time we go to the post office. It poses a problem in some respects as kids her age (14 and 15 year olds) go there to "hang out" but what she wants to do is play. I agonise over how other kids perceive her because Ive heard them and seen them being mean in the past. But I do enjoy watching her select her course of action as she negotiates each activity without a care in the world. Im sure she doesn't give the damn that I do but its hard, I think.
Fortunately I knew some of the boys in the park as they attended the same primary as Ellie. I used to observe how they were with her then and I was pleasantly surprised to see how much they fawned over her last night. They budged over on the swings to let her by and they chatted with her asking how she was. Even the tough looking boys nudged each other when they were speaking out of line in earshot of me. I finally spoke to the boys and made small talk over how tall they had gotten and did they enjoy secondary school. Ellie swung over the top of the swing with her elbows resting on the seat and quite uninterested in what was going on around her.
I needn't have worried about going to this new park at all but I'd love for her to be able to go to the park on her own and perhaps if we do it enough, I could just watch from the car and let her do her own thing and find her own way to wait politely for her turn on a ride and deal with situations as they arise.
Here she is being her usual happy self - she makes me sigh a heave of love every time I witness her enjoying herself.
As we left to go home, I took this picture but due to the sun coming from behind a cloud so fast, my settings made this picture over exposed. But I still love it. Its kind of arty and you can see her cheek bone under her right left shade which makes her look 18 not 14!
On to today. Ive been playing with a bunch of AquaMarkers from Promarker by Letraset. I was fortunate to be sent the whole Promarker Line and Aquamarker line to test. Promarkers are big news in the UK craft market and supersede the quantity/quality stakes over Copic, which is was my initial venture into colouring. As my next CD is based on coluring images and papers, I thought it would be good to team up with Promarker to give crafters another excuse to flip off those big, fat chunky lids to set the colour free!!!
But the Aquamarkers are something else.
They are just so perfect for scrapbooking as they are of archival quality and wont fade as fast as with most marker pens. You can wash them down to graduate the colour to achieve stunning effects too. Im waiting for my canvas to be stretched a little before I show you today's project but I must simply covey how much of a grand job they have done. Graphic artists and cartoonists have used these pens forever and with them suddenly being catapulted into the craft market, I can see a million uses for them; if not becoming a staple tool in our craft boxes.
I must get back to finishing off my 3rd Cd which has taken almost 430 hours to create. Its all so new and completely different from the last. If you like colouring in, shading and faffing with your promarkers, you are going to love this one. Here is a sample of one of the boy lines from the CD for you to see. He comes coloured and ready for you to colour in your own style.
There will be lots of girls and boys with matching papers for you to enjoy. I can't tell you how much fun that I have had making them and equally I can't stress how much time I have to put into them (meaning late nights and sore hands!) - so forgive the dark circles next time you see me on air!