Monday, December 27, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Just wanted to post a quick snapshot of my backyard............ SO HAPPY (and cold).

The Best Christmas Present.......... EVER!

What did you get for Christmas this year? Its seems to me that everyone and their brother got an Ipad.............. Are they really all they are cracked up to be? This year, my favorite presents were a camcorder, a nice camera, and Project Life by Becky Higgins.

My mother had gotten a Project 365 (an earlier version) kit a couple years back, but couldn't keep up with it. My New Year's Resolution is to keep up with Project Life (and From Plies to Pirouettes) all year long. Think I can do it?

Project Life is an amazing kit that includes a three-ring binder, scrapbook paper, cards, and more! On Becky Higgins' site, there are tons of suggestions for a theme of the scrapbook, but I chose to take a photo everyday (with my new Nikon Coolpix S4000).

So I just wanted to brag about MY stuffy stuff, instead of posting things from a new Ipad.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A White Christmas After All.......

Whatdya know? It's snowing on Christmas!!!!!! The first time since 1882.......

Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Top Dance of 2010 Contest!!

To all of those ballerina/bloggers out there, are you totally excited about Dance Advantage's top dance blog contest???? I AM!

All YOU have to do to enter is follow these directions.

Since I love you (and hopefully you love me) I am entering the contest! All I have to do to be nominated is to get a whole wheelbarrowful of supporting comments ON THIS POST from you guys! The blogs with the most comments will be nominated for the best dance blog of 2010!

Let me say it again:

Leave a supporting comment on THIS POST to help me get a little further in the contest.

One more time:

Supporting comment ON THIS POST before December 22 to help me win the Top Dance Blogs of 2010 Contest!

You can find the link here:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snapshot of My Back Porch

Sure enough, as soon as I clicked "PUBLISH POST"...... It started snowing!

Even this little snow will satisfy me...


I could use one of these..............

Not really. The thing about the South is that Fall is gorgeous. The bright leaves, the crunchy grass, and all the colorfulness of the season! Winter is another story. Most years, winter is cold, but not unbearably cold, like up North. And there is NO snow. Not even on Christmas.

Occasionally we will have a little snow for a few days in January or February, but instead of light, fluffy snow, we get hard, icy lumps that leave marks for weeks when you get a snowball thrown at you.

Strep + Flu + No Snow = Time to watch White Christmas ;)

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Little Step into Victorian Heaven.......

Have you ever had high tea?

I've never done it before this weekend, when the Woodland Fairies participated in the most memorable party of my life.

This year, our studio is putting on the production of Snow White in January. I was cast as a Woodland Fairy. This weekend, our ballet teacher took us to a quaint house in a small subdivision to have a tea party. Before we stepped inside, I thought it was just going to be a rinky-dinky tea party with store-bought cookies and cupcakes.

But when we walked into the house, we were surrounded by vintage decorations of all sorts. No matter where you turned your head, there was something new to look at. In the grand entrance (front hallway), there were things for sale, anything from dainty teacups, to loaf candles.

In the room to the right, our table was set up. the room was lovely, with a gorgeous garland above to doorway, and several china hutches filled with antiques. Our table had a beautiful centerpeice; dazzling flowers with tiny fairies snoozing among the leaves.

In the next room, several more tables were set up, each one with a delicate design. Some seated five, while on ewas set up for two little girls. Although we were the only people there, my mind was incredibly noisy, with thinking about all of the wonderful things.

Sonn after arriving, it was time for tea. We sat down at the table, all 10 of us, and began the first course. Scones with tiny chocolate chips on top were served, along with pomegranate-blueberry sparkling water and "Christmas in a Cup" tea. With the scones, clotted cream and lemon curd was served.

When we were finished, a double-sided platter was brought out. This course was called savory and sweet. As you can imagine, one side of the platter was filled with savory treats, while the other side, sweet. The savory side had three delicious snacks. The first was an apple-quiche, and how good it was! The next sandwich was a cucumber acorn; a small acorn-shaped sandwich stuffed with cream cheese and cucumbers. The last part of the savory side were tiny sandwiches with ham and a special sauce.

After finishing the savory side, small plates of fruit kabobs were placed on the table, "to ready the taste buds for the sweet side". The sweet side was delightful, but even though there was very little (it was high tea, after all), I could hardly finish. The sweet platter consisted of three more treats. The first was a little red velvet cupcake dipped in a creamy chocolate ganache and topped with a light cream cheese frosting. Next was a spritz cookie in the shape of a Christmas tree and covered in green icing. And last but not least, a Victorian treat. A small pie completely made of cake crumbs and jam was my favorite part of the meal.

Afterwards, we walked around the house and looked at the beautiful things. I had to leave to the bathroom (or, "powder room", as it was labeled), an wipe the tears off my face. Everything was so beautiful, I was crying.

Well, that's how I spent my weekend. Or, Saturday, at least. Sunday I got Strep Throat and I am still suffering. As I am coughing out these last words, I am wondering what you did this weekend......

I've Been Thinking........

As you all may have noticed, I tend to take a lot of unplanned breaks here at From Plies to Pirouettes. This has happened A LOT, and I was trying to figure out why..........

The reason why this blog is being neglected, is because it has morphed into something I never wanted it to be.

The real reason I started this blog is when I first started ballet, I felt clumsy and awkward. I tried to find resources on the internet, but I never found quite what I was looking for. I created From Plies to Pirouettes to express what I WAS looking for.

Every week, I say to myself "UGGGHHH! I have to sit down and schedule my blog posts for the week!" and "This is so annoying. I hate doing Wednesday's Ballet." So I decided to make some changes.

I will no longer post the weekly things. But I will keep posting. The new posts will be fewer, but more heartfelt. And without random (and really long) breaks.

So, the post above will be the first post of the new From Plies to Pirouettes, telling you a little something that I did this weekend.