Monday, May 11, 2015
Shimmy Mob Shirt Decorating!
If you told me I would be belly dancing in the morning at Denver International Airport and then belly dancing in the evening in a hotel lobby and then outdoors on a major street in the pouring rain...I would have told you you were nuts!!!!! But the truth is...you're not nuts! I was the nutty one - out there in all my belly dancing glory at the airport, the hotel and on the rain-filled street. Mind you, I had not belly danced before. But my friend Caitlin has a dance studio (Bella Diva Dance) and she was gathering people together to participate in an international shimmy mob to promote awareness around domestic violence. How could I say no?! I had every reason to say no: lack of belly dance knowledge; perceived inability to memorize steps in any order; a whole bunch of self-consciousness when doing something I haven't done before in a public setting...and a whole other host of reasons. But heck - you only live once - so why not boldly go where you haven't gone before! As a result, I now have memories that will last a lifetime and I met some incredible people on the journey. I was even able to bring some of my creativity to the experience by painting my shirt :) The design on the back of the shirt was inspired by search I did online for henna designs and lotus flowers. I wish I knew who the original artist was so that I could give them full credit for the beautiful design. I did a little improvising, but not much! I used the design on the back as a platform to launch from for creating the flower on the front. That one I did on my own :) I used Tulip Slick dimensional fabric paint and I just added the gems on blobs of paint...and they stayed on! We'll see if they make it through a hand washing :) Now I have to go and find the next place I can boldly go where I haven't gone before!!!! How 'bout you????