Inspired by Summer: Flip Flop Fun
What's the official footwear of summer? Flip flops! I keep two pairs right by my door -- one set stars Wonder Woman, the other features giraffes in sunglasses. I also bought a fancier, more supportive pair for my recent birthday cruise. My friend Tiffani has practically a pair for every day of summer. Flip flops are her signature summer look. If you love them as much as we do, you'll surely love these activities!
1. It's a Flip Flop Craft Kind of Day!
Make a creative ode to fabulous footwear. Use your footprint and some straws to make a life-sized replica or make a baby-sized one using a craft stick. Capture summer memories with a flip flop magnet or poster. Use real flip flops to make cute garden stakes or wreaths. You can even use them to make puppets! Want to turn your basic shoes into something flip flop fantastic? Try adding water balloons!
3. Flip, Flop, Read 'Til You Drop!
Flip flops are great, but don't forget the ultimate summer accessory -- a book! More than one, actually. Keeping reading all summer long! Need suggestions? Here are some new stories about summertime.
Throwback Thursday: Willow
I know this 1988 movie has its haters. But I'm not one of them. I adore Willow! The number one reason? Warwick Davies. You just completely believe he is Willow Ufgood, a Nelwyn farmer who is thrust into a dangerous magical quest when a Daikini baby washes up from the river. You 100% want him to succeed. And you absolutely know he will. Even when things go from bad to worse. Even when he fails, then fails again. Willow may actually be my favorite fantasy movie hero of all time.
The movie also stars Val Kilmer as the reluctant hero Madmartigan, Billy Barty as The High Aldwin, and Jean Marsh as the positively deliciously evil Queen Bavmorda. And don't forget the babies who played Elora Danan! Their facial expressions were scene stealers on many occassions. The acting was stellar, and the creative team was top notch. Willow was directed by Ron Howard, and the story was written by George Lucas. Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects team, did some groundbreaking sequences, the most notable being when Fin Raziel goes through a series of animal transformations before settling into her human form. This morphing technique was a breakthrough for computer-generated imaging (CGI).
DID YOU KNOW?
1. Warwick Davies made his movie debut as the Ewok Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. He also plays both Professor Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter movie franchise.
2. Jean Marsh is also a villainess in Return to Oz (1985). She scares me as Nurse Wilson in the Kansas part of the movie and Princess Mombi in the Oz part.
3. At the Academy Awards, Willow was nominated for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects, but lost both to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (another movie I love), whose effects were also done by Industrial Light & Magic.
4. Billy Barty was a television and movie actor from 1930 to 2001! He played Gwildor in 1987's Masters of the Universe. My sister and I were HUGE He-Man fans, so this movie was definitely in our VHS rental rotation.
Did you miss last week's post in this series? Take a look at Throwback Thursday: The Wizard of Oz.