Thursday, July 22, 2010

hoops and fire rings

zhooping collage
Hula hoops have been around since the days of ancient Greece, when they were used for exercise, to 3000 years ago in Egypt where hoops of grapevine were rolled. They were rediscovered in the 1950's and became an icon of that era. Modern children and adults still find hula hooping a great form of exercise and just plain fun. We have a hoop for each family member and a couple extras for guests. They're put to use constantly and bridge all ages... my daughter started hooping at 4, and her grandmother even gets into the action! Hula hoops are a fabulous activity for any outdoor party/gathering, whether you make them with a group or just have a bunch ready for action. Here's a link to make your own. Make several in various circumferences.
z hoop collage
Now what's a circus without a ring of flames? Make an (almost) instant flaming hoop for daring performers and any available wild cats!  Create fire with strips of multicolored jersey cut  from various old t-shirts. Oranges and reds are perfect, but I'd love to experiment with a rainbow ring, as well.  Space them evenly around the hoop.
z ring
Dare the first tiger you happen upon to jump through...

z hoop ring
If they won't cooperate, search out a local zebra... they're quite agreeable!

z zebra hoop
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14 comments:

  1. I haven't hula hooped in years . . . will definitely have to revisit it, it's so much fun.

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  2. I LOVE this series maya! very inspiring!

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  3. Beautiful!!!

    Greetings from Italy :)

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  4. Beautiful!!!

    Greetings from Italy :)

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  5. so much nicer than the plastic store bought ones!

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  6. We're enjoying the circus, but LOVE the blue and yellow skirts. Hints on where to find these?

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  7. So glad you're all having fun!

    Kirsti- I'm working on a wonderful and quite comprehensive pdf for the skirt. It will cover all sizes and tons of variations. Planning to have it available in my shop next week, so there will be more details coming soon!

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  8. Kristi... sorry my r and i got turned around! :)

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  9. You are so cute with these hoops and juggling balls.
    Great ideas and so much fun.
    I haven't hula hooped in years - this would be crazy fun;D

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  10. So cute, we were trying to get our cat to go through our hoop recently. No such luck.

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  11. We've just started hooping at our place and are having huge amounts of fun. I am SERIOUSLY loving your fire rings - will show the kids. We'll have to hold off for a few months - winter rain has set in;-)

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  12. This reminded me... I don't think I ever commented, but last summer when I read about your hula hoops, I went out and made one, then another and another! So fun, so addictive (in a healthy way)! It's great exercise and a bunch of fun. Thanks for posting about them again. Anyone who's curious... do it! You'll be glad you did!

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  13. Yay Stephanie! I'm so excited to hear you made some... and how much you enjoyed them! Thanks for encouraging everyone, they really are so worthwhile to have w/ or w/o children!

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  14. Thanks for the link!! These are great!! I have a store bought very light weight hula hoop that is hard to keep up. these sound wonderful!! gonna start scavenging in the garage - we must have this stuff in there!!!

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