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A New Direction, in which I explain what I’m doing and how I’m going to go about it
Cliches are cliches for a reason and we start the dancing chapter with Dance Like No One’s Watching and go for 5 posts on the subject.
Need to get up to the getting down? Step right on over to Embrace the Insanity.
At this point I started titling the beginning of each art with an ironically less-than-creatively titled post, like this: the 5th Art: Cutouts.
Of the 8 posts in this series an unusual–but fun–application can be found in How Ap-Peel-ing.
07: Flower Bouquets
Did you ever wonder about making and giving Flower Bouquets? Now you can learn some basics and then some in these 5 posts.
Rather leave the arranging to the florist but still don’t know what to send? Here’s a short list on the Language of Flowers.
10: Bed Arrangement
Here we traveled through home decor, feng shui and creative living for 6 posts starting with the basics of Bed Arrangement.
If you only have time for a nap, make sure to check out my Interview with a Do-Gooder: Bed Days.
11: Musical Instrument Made of Bowls Filled With Water
Have you ever played the Water Glasses? I tried my hand at making it work and we heard a bevy of beautiful performances over the 6 posts.
My own experience with the glasses can be heard in my Pruney Fingers Performance–it’s quite okay to laugh (encouraged, even!).
12: Water-Spewing Games
At first I had a bit of an issue with Water-Spewing Games but I found my groove in memories of summers past in a three-part series.
Jonesing for some water-balloon fun? Check out Water Wars, Part 2 for tips on hosting an epic balloon-battle.
13: The Use of Charms, Drugs, Magic Words
This one was a loaded subject but one I was so looking forward to, mainly because it gave us a chance to examine the ideas conjured by Charms, Drugs & Magic Words over 8 posts.
Need a little break from the day-to-day crazies? Find out how to get it with a peek into Deep Breaths and Shallow Thoughts.
14 and 15: Garland Making; Crowns and Head Ornaments
More fun with flowers and other sorts of decorations packed into 4 block-buster posts. Projects galore but my favorite has to be the paper flowers in Paper Petals, part 2.
16: The Art of Dressing
You know we had fun talking about clothes (and shoes!) under the fashionable art over a whopping 12 posts! Picking a favorite is tough, but if I’m honest it’s the guilty pleasure of disclosing exactly what’s in my shoe closet in Don’t Let Having Only 2 Feet Stop You.
17 and 19: Ivory or Mother of Pearl Ear Ornaments; Jewelry
All that glitters may not be gold but it is wonderful! Jewelry is a favorite subject of many women and I’m no exception–I also love to make my own and show people how deceptively simple some pieces can be. Since this art extended through my birth-month, we did a series of giveaways for many of the pieces I made and showcased.
18: The Preparation of Perfumes
Scent it one of of our most powerful memory triggers, and a perfume can make you stand out in the present, past and the future. Of course, to make that mark you need a signature scent, and we’ve got the tips on choosing it!
A whole lot less spooky than it sounds, conjuring can be anything from hypnotism to creating that change you want to see in the world–or just in your own life. We also talked a little about the Law of Attraction and keeping that precious positive attitude on the day-to-day.
Another art that is more than it seems, magic isn’t about presto and alakazam, we’re talking about the magic that exists between people, keeping the spark alive in relationships, and using some natural “tricks” to keep that healthy glow going for us.
I know I always feel better about myself when I have freshly painted nails clicking along my keyboard, and I doubt I’m the only one to find such a boost in a simple manicure. Of course, the best service comes at a price and I’m all about the do-it-yourself, so the fact that a paraffin dip can be done at home on the cheap is a fabulous bit of beauty intel I was happy to share.
23: The Art of Cooking
Where do I start with cooking? We managed to keep it relatively brief while still covering soup to nuts and introducing all sorts of vegetables and tips for how to use them. After all, I’ve got a whole separate blog to talk about food.
Needlework can be anything from productive, decorative or economical. We covered making a dress, cross stitch and even the lost art of darning a sock before moving onto the more decorative next art.
And Those Yet to Come….
27: The Art of Playing the Vina and the Damaru (drum)
29: The Art of Completing a Quotation (pratimala)
32: The Art of Telling Stories
33: Quoting the Classics in Answering Questions
34: Plaiting Cane Baskets, etc.
37: House Furnishing and Decoration
38: Expert Knowledge of Stones and Gems
39: Mixing and Polishing Metals
40: Valuing the Shape and Color of Stones
41: Arboriculture, the Care of Trees
43: Teaching Parrots and Mynah Birds to Talk
44: Massage and Care of the Body and Hair
45: Sign Language
46: Understanding Barbarous Foreign Languages (mleccha)
47: Speaking Regional Languages
48: Decorating Chariots with Flowers
49: Observing the Omens
50: Fabricating Machines
51: Developing the Memory
52: Alternate Reciting of Texts
54: Knowledge of the Dictionary
55: Poetic Meter
56: Versification and Literary Forms
57: The Art of Cheating
58: The Art of Disguise (vastragopanam)
59: The Art of Gaming, the Game of Dice
60: The Game of Chess
61: Children’s Games
62: Good Manners
63: The Rules for Success
64: Physical CulturePin It