As promised… Here it is… My first Lovely Thing… Make A Grand Entrance!
I have to admit that the actual act of Lexi entering lacked the joyful exuberance I was hoping for, especially considering the big ol’ ham bone we’d put on the floor in the dining room.
(Full of herself as Director, J swears never to work with animals again!)
But I did make her doggy door grander than it has ever been, complete with a red yarn curtain (which is as close as I could come on short notice to a red carpet).
And now… behind the scenes of my first Lovely Thing…
First, it was done on a night when Jay, one of my favorite people in the world, was already scheduled to come over. We were tasting white wines and creating masterpieces in the kitchen and out back on the grill. (Jay made an amazing tropical bean salsa… Jay’s Lovely Thing). I sprung the movie on him when he arrived, unsure if he’d think it was stupid or wonderful. Maybe I charmed him with my enthusiasm. Maybe he liked that I had such a great use for the bone he brought over for Lexi. Maybe he just loves me. Whatever, he jumped right in and can be heard at the end applauding with me and The Boy. (Chad was out back, holding onto the beast.)
Second, I colored with crayons! I can’t remember the last time I did that. The Boy is fourteen. When he colors now, it’s usually for a homework assignment, and he is decidedly un-cute about it. I have to tell him not to use that kind of language while he’s coloring. (Okay, he’s a little cute.) Anyway, I colored with crayons, blew up balloons (then gave up and let Chad blow them up with his super compressor). I used pretty pipe cleaners and yarn and tape. I sipped wine. I laughed. I made a movie.
It was an unusual and perfect Saturday evening.
Third, it was a collaborative effort. The creative idea to make an entryway grand came from Chad. That it should be Lexi’s door was mine. That Lexi should actually enter, The Boy’s. Jay brought the ham bone. I had help with everything, from the first idea to the YouTube upload.
The point of Beckoning of Lovely, I think, is not only to tap into our most creative selves, but also to share the experience. That was my favorite part of making “Make A Grand Entrance,” and it’s why I decided to do all this here, on the blog, with you guys. I have absolutely no idea how I’m going to do any of the stuff on the big list, but knowing I’ll be sharing it with you is a powerful motivator. Thanks, guys! And thanks to everyone who has already shared back! Keep ’em coming!
Next Monday: J “makes a friend.”