Monday, December 14, 2009

A Christmas Card, A Lots of Fabric ATCs and What's A Pantomime?

I almost forgot about this photo of a Christmas card I did for a Christmas card-making contest organised by Junior De Artist. Actually, the emphasis was on using the die-cuts and rubber stamps sold in the shop, but I added a tatted tree.
The fabric ATCs which I swapped had all arrived. This is the first I swapped in Oct and received from Carol - very strong colours and all blended in neatly. Impressive, and I loved them; thank you, Carol! Next are the Nov Christmas ATC swap I received from Jenna. Very different style, more subtle colours, but in no lesser charm. Thank you, Jenna, and all the fabrics, buttons and fibres you sent!

Another one Christmas fabric ATC I traded with Peggy - real Christmasy looking in my favourite bright red and green. Thank you, Peggy!

I was in the mood to hand-stitch a few more felt ATCs, especially Christmas ones.

This pensive rabbit I sewed with Joey in mind, as she's a "rabbit" who is always lost in her own thoughts!

At last Thu ATC session at Bishan Library, Moses bought lots of rulers for us to try to create geometric art with them. What do you think of everyone's effort?

These I traded from (from top left going clockwise): Moses - Someone I Know (that's me with my tatting!), Rebecca - Paper-cutting "Faith", Pei Ling - Someone I Know (the kangeroo symbolising me and Kristine who I always bring with me to the trading session!) and Joey - She drew her favourite rabbit rushing off to her favourite fried rice!

Then on Sat, me and DH visited Gardenia factory in the morning. His first visit there and who's not impressed with the big bread cooler that can hold 8000 loaves of bread. But the talk by Dr KK Tan of Mycofarm was enriching, we had a better general knowledge of mushrooms and the exotic range of mushrooms grown by Mycofarm. First time I tried all those mushrooms raw!

In the evening, I brought my whole family to W!LD RICE latest production "Beauty & The Beast" in the evening. Since I discovered W!LD RICE Pantomime last year, I found myself looking forward to the next one the whole year through. To quote, the W!LD RICE Pantomime brings together all the elements of a great family entertainment – slapstick comedy, satire, political incorrectness, snazzy songs, toe-tapping dance routines, cross-dressing, fabulous costumes and spectacular sets, audience participation and a Good versus Evil story that is strong on romance and adventure. In short, they take a well-known fairy tale, give them some local twists and with some cross-dressing that bring much laughter and with lots of great original songs to delight the audiences, young and old alike.

Directed by Hossan Leong, BEAUTY & THE BEAST is a spellbinding musical comedy, filled with laugh-out-loud jokes, fabulous song and dance routines. The merchant was Big Boss Bong and his three daughters were Brandy, Desiree and of course, Beauty. At the Beast’s mansion, Beauty encountered the fussy nanny Ah Ma Chow Chow, the excitable cook Baba Pongteh, and the sarcastic maid, Vacula Contessa. And there was this exorcist, Master Kong Tao, who vowed to purge the mansion of its ‘unnatural’ elements!
(The Beast and Beauty in their wedding outfit during the autograph session)

In last year's Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, I felt that Sebastian Tan as the Queen stole the whole limelight and the twist in the story (the Outer Limit and landfill, the rubbish and the environmental message) was definitely more memorable. This year's Beauty & The Beast, the limelight was more evenly spread, but even my DH agreed RJ Rosales as The Beast was so dashing and charming (a little pity he had to hide his handsome face under the well-crafted beastly mask most of the night). The other characters: Karen Tan as Ah Ma Chao Chao was a real darling nanny, Chua Enlai as Desiree Bong and Darius Tan as Brandy Bong (Beauty’s sisters) definitely drew the most laughters! Not forgetting all the stunning costumes and sets and singing utensils from the sewing, food and cleaning departments!

For us, it was a must-see musical of the year! And I can't wait for the next one next Nov/Dec.


Maureen said...

As always, your artistic children impress me every time you show their work - what a gorgeous rabbit! And I love the one you sewed - is it your own design?
The Pantomime sounds like great fun, a Christmas tradition. As a matter of fact, I am off this morning, to take my granddaughter on our own yearly Christmas outing to the Ballet- this year it's Sleeping Beauty! It's almost more fun, seeing all the little girls dressed up in their ballet finery than it is watching the performance - I look forward to it every year as well!

Tatskool said...

Wonderful post again. Sounds like my kind of pantomime. I didn't know that you had that tradition.

singtatter said...

Thanks, Maureen, the rabbit isn't my design; it is from a relatively new book "Felties" by Nelly Pailloux. There are 18 designs inside, all small and cute ones. I haven't watch a ballet before, I will watch out for such performances in the new year :)

Hi Pam, I'm not too sure about tradition, but it is a wonderful performance, I will not miss it for sure!

Shay said...

Whenever I read about Christmas pantos in other countries, I regret that we don't have that tradition here. What fun for your girls (and you ;-)