Saturday, March 2, 2019

#bamtape Review

Since it's been snowing like crazy, I started a new painting. I only have the underpainting done. That's the background. I sprayed a canvas black. Then used a plastic bag to paint with. 

I incorporated Bam Tape to my work this time!  

The tape comes in seven different colors:
  • Purple
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Teal
  • Red
  • Blue
I took Bam Tape, and ripped it length wise to put it across the canvas. I painted gold there, and sprinkled sand. The tape came up so well!

It ripped easily to put down, and came up off the canvas well too!

I'm going to paint some under the sea plant life on the sand. Then I'm going to paint some jelly fish in the water. One jelly fish will be trapped in a jelly jar. 

Like I said, I've only painted the underpainting. It will get there.

Uses for Bam Tape:
  • To create a mask for acrylic painting
  • To put on furniture
  • To put on a floor as a play town
  • To add an image to a wall 
  • Many more uses
It goes on many surfaces. It's easy to go on, and easy to come off. Don't use it for die cutting machines.

Where to Get Bam Tape:

You can get Bam Tape on Amazon Prime for $12.88.

  • 1 inch wide
  • 43 feet long for each roll
I'm happy to use Bam Tape for other projects!

What would you use it for? What color would you gravitate to first? 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for a review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Random Tid Bits

  1. I reviewed a game. It took up 3 times to play before we got it. In the process Mica and Isaak argued a lot. Certainly not as smooth of a review as I was hoping for. 

  2. Isaak had Doctor Seuss things he was supposed to do all week. Has he done any of them? Nope. I think he's ready for Spring Break already. 

  3. I'm heading out to Mica's school to honor him for getting first place in the Science Fair. He should be honoring us for helping him. Ha! I skipped the event last year because of class. This year I was determined to go. I found someone to cover for me. Then it snowed. The event date changed to a different day I have a different class. The same person is covering for me. When they schedule things during the day it's a mess.

  4. We still don't know where Isaak's going to middle school at. We filled out the paperwork, but haven't heard back.

  5. The streets are FINALLY getting cleared of snow. It was a mess this last snow!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Doll Maker’s Gift @RoseTheaterCo - Review

I picked the snowiest day of the year so far to go to The Rose Theater. It was so worth it. I needed a break from the house!

The show we saw was called The Doll Maker's Gift. As soon as we got there Isaak said, "I'm going to see this show with my school as well." I said, "Double the fun!" 

It was hard to get a good photo of the boys because it was so cold.

We didn't have to wait too long for the show to start. My boys love to read through the program.

About Return to The Doll Maker's Gift
  • Book by EllaRose Chary and Fran Sillau 
  • Music by Brian Feinstein
  • Lyrics by Sammy Buck Based on The Doll Maker’s Gift by Sashi Fridman 
  • Produced in Partnership With Deborah Denenberg 
Nora is the star of the show. She reminded me of myself. A doll lover, that's super imaginative. Nora lived in a Russian Jewish community that faces the Pogroms of the 1900s, a time of ethnic cleansing of Jews in Russia.

After their cousins' village is attacked, Nora's family is threatened, her family is forced to flee to America.

They discover at the last moment that they don't have enough funds to pay for everyone's passage. Young Nora will have to stay behind, with the threat of attacks ever increasing. She is left with a family friend, a kind doll maker who offers to care for her until they can earn enough money to pay for her journey to America.

Nora and the devoted doll maker show that all obstacles can be overcome with the help of good friends and community.

This show featured original music and an essential story drawn right from history, The Dollmaker’s Gift is an uplifting exploration of what makes humanity great.

I had a talk with the boys about how show that the show meant way more than girls and dolls. It was a feel good show. Don't tell anyone, but I cried when Nora made the voyage with her Mom and sister.

Show Dates:

The show is at The Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska from February 22 - March 10, 2019.

Members can receive 4 free tickets, non members pay $20 per ticket.

Call: 402.345.4849 for tickets.

Lobby doors open 45 minutes prior to the show starting. I certainly would get there early to get a seat.

The show is best for ages 8 and up. I can tell my boys will stay interested if it is for older kids.

Cast and Crew:

Nora – Maddie Smith
Rosa – Chloe Irwin
Soldier/Fairy Doll – Annlynn Casey
Soldier/Captain Doll – Chuck Sams
Moshe/Jacob/Boxer Doll – Noah Fowler
Anna/School Girl Doll – Dina Saltzman
Mama – Abby Gerdts
Papa/Guard – Steve Hydeen
Zalushka/Uncle Abraham – Patrick Wolfe
Pola/Aunt Rebecca/Ticket Doll – Sue Gillespie Booton

Artistic/Production Credits:

Director – Fran Sillau
Music Director – Jerry Brabec
Orchestrator – Makulumy Alexander-Hills
Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
Scenic Designer – Jamie Bullins
Lighting Designer – Craig S. Moxon
Sound Designer – Christy Hernandez
Costume, Hair & Makeup Designer – Erin Bragg
Production Stage Manager – Meghan Boucher
Director of Production – Erin M. Solemsaas
Technical Director – Greg Rishoi
Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
Resident Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
Resident Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
Lighting Apprentice – Elton Bradley
Scenic Apprentice – Austin Watson
Stage Management Apprentice – Kali Coates
Run Crew – Jesse Groff
Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Erin Bragg, Audio Helkuik, Jill Maenner


Keyboard/Conductor – Jerry Brabec
Sub Percussion – Jeff Kolega
Keyboard – Amy Nunamaker
Percussion – Michael Pollack
Reeds – Michael Prucha
Cello – Patty Ritchie
Sub Cello – Drew Ritchie
Sub Cello – Christa Speed

The End of the Show:

They had a question and answer session. I liked that one of the main stars was there to answer questions. Then there was an autograph signing as well.

I'm really glad we were able to go! I enjoyed it, so much!

Disclaimer: I got tickets from The Rose Theater to help write this review. The Rose Theater did not tell me what to write. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

WW: Wintertime Blues {Linky}

I think about this totally at the wrong time - I need to bump up the Vitamin D! I've been feeling so blah!

The kids have had 5 snow days. I had to look up the number because I lost track!

The latest snow was the worst - 10" on top of snow that was already on the ground. I don't know about everyone else, but we're out of room to put it. Our driveway is in a hole with walls on each side.

Before the big husband's sculpture looked like this:

Right before it got dark! Everything was really quite!

Two days after the big snowfall, it took me 45 minutes to get home from work. It usually takes me 11 minutes. The streets were and are horrible. It's been a long time, since we've gotten that much snow. When the plows were out, it was in the thick of it. The wind was blowing everywhere. They have to try and clear the streets because some people like doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, and so on have to go to work. The snow just drifted everywhere. The temperature dropped, so no salt was working. Everything was turning to ice. Downtown has 1 lane roads; when they usually have 2. Cars were stuck here and there all over.

Watch your step, black ice!

I have never worn my rain boots more than I have this year. This kind of ice is fun to step on.

Ice is hanging from my front porch. When I drive I hear crackling and shattering noises. It's not glass! Ice is falling to the ground. I literally have carcicles.

Ice or claws?

Has it snowed where you live? I know we're not alone. My friends in Missouri have gotten it too!


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