"hand stuff" (my latest projects)

I was once asked what I thought magic and juggling had in common, and after a long pause I replied, "...hand stuff?"

Puppeteers like myself would also fall very much into the "hand stuff" category.

Something I have discovered about myself in the last couple of years is that I need to work with my hands. It kind of doesn't matter what the activity is, as long as my hands are being put to good use.

In the past I've been a baker, a musician, and an illustrator, and a puppeteer. All hand stuff.

Lately my "hand stuff" has involved crafting things out of cardboard, paper, fabric, and hot glue.

So I'm starting a new list called "hand stuff," meaning all the stuff I've been working on. I always have a lot of projects going. Too many, really.

Here's my latest creative projects *ahem* my latest hand stuff:

A screen for hand shadows
  • I built a shadow puppetry screen with a wreath ring and a piece of muslin and I started learning hand shadows.

  • Making a pop-up book is one of my current projects. I am making it look like an old leather bound book by painting a faux leather finish onto fabric with acrylic paint. Small feats of engineering combined with faux painting? A dream. I plan to make it into a shadow show as well.

  • I attempted to make my first ever sourdough bread with homemade sourdough starter and it was an epic failure. I used the failed bricks of bread to make bread pudding and that didn't turn out so well either. I'm usually a pretty good baker, but this was not my best hand stuff.

  • I've been working as a ukulele teacher and it's got me back on my ukulele playing game. I started playing ukulele when I was 13 and have been playing on and off since! I plan to post more about music, because it's very much a part of my life that most people don't know about.

I plan to create more detailed posts on some of these projects. More hand stuff to come!