Or a stuffed pig.
That I made into a purse.
dancer. reader. thinker.
06 Aug 2012 Leave a Comment
That is the sound of six months,
flying by at the speed of something very fast indeed.
The Boyo and I decided on our site yesterday!
that is one the hardest parts of planning a wedding–
once you have a site reserved,
you can actually start going ahead with the rest of your plans for
rentals, vendors, food…
but what I’m reallyreally looking forward to
are all the little things,
like Art Noveau centerpieces
filled with jasmine and peonies and roses,
and maybe a couch fort in the library of our location because
HELL YES is why,
and maybe strings of paper snowflakes made of pretty tissue paper
that catch the light and diffuse it.
I’m looking forward to holding his hand and grinning like idiots
because we will be surrounded by the people we love most in the world.
Light and color and friends.
23 May 2012 Leave a Comment
one of the best years I’ve ever had.
I found new friends,
wore a ridiculous costume,
and made people laugh.
Alexis, Morgan, Rick, Jane, Brian:
You are my most favorite Frenchies.
Kev and MoMo–thank you for inspiring me to be better at acro.
Loved watching the two of you perform.
Merci, mes amies. Merci.
09 Mar 2012 Leave a Comment
in Uncategorized Tags: corgi, corgus, costumes, costuming, creativity, Elizabethan, fabric district, I have no sense of proportion, Los Angeles, making things, nami, oh the pretties!, renaissance, Renaissance Pleasure Faire South, Swearing makes it easier
There’s a story behind that tapestry–
Friend Amanda, who is making my bodice
(and regularly whips out costumes for dozens of folks
every year at Faire, ‘coz she’s a genius),
came over to my place last weekend for a shopping trip in the fabric district.
It was amazing to go down there with another veteran–
the districts in LA–fabric, fashion, jewelry, furniture, toys, floral–can be seriously intimidating if you don’t go there often.
It’s crowded, kinda dusty,
parking is a pain in the ass,
and there are so. many. things. whipping past your vision,
it’s easy to get headachey and grumpled.
We both had this moment, about ninety minutes into our trip,
where we were checking to see if the other person was okay,
because that’s uuuuusually the limit we have when we go with other folks,
and we both had to laugh, we were so fine with trucking on
for another three hours.
Plus, girl has a seriously good eye for fabrics.
This tapestry was a simultaneous spotting at Levine’s upholstery shop;
we gasped, I squeaked,
“Oh my God, can I use that?!?!”
Amanda looked at the price, and said,
“No. No, you can’t.”
…It was $24 per yard.
I normally never pay more than $5 per yard when I’m in the fabric district.
There was a great deal of hemming and hawing,
I got a swatch and carried it around for the rest of the afternoon,
and finally just had to come back and get it,
because it was SO PERFECT.
And I only needed one yard.
It’s totally justifiable.
And Amanda said I could!
Here’s a brief glimpse of my finished top skirt–
I also finished the bottom last night.
There will be more photos–
still have to attach my waistband,
hem the panel,
attach the panel to my hoop
(oh yes, I am wearing a hoop LIKE A BOSS),
and then the fun begins with chopine construction!
It’s going to be a busy month,
but my brain and heart feel so much better
for having something creative to hold.
09 Mar 2012 Leave a Comment
Just found this article on The Hairpin,
and just about died of *glurg*ing:
“Here, thousands of pieces of Hollywood history are crammed into drawers and trays. Open up one blue drawer, and you might find snakes; another could be all bejeweled daggers. The opposite wall is stacked floor to ceiling with black velvet-lined trays. This is where the most coveted pieces have been carefully catalogued, ordered first by type, and then by gem color.”
What I love about Joseff is that he was crazy about historical accuracy,
and he did it with Swarovski crystals, paste jewelry, and gold-plating.
I love that he made stunning jewelry out of ordinary things.
When I become a production designer,
you betcherass I’ll be renting jewelry from Joseff’s.
08 Mar 2012 2 Comments
No Workout posts this week–
I have waaaay too much damn sewing to do!
But rest assured,
I’m totally doing squats and pushups
in between working on a certain Sisyphean hem.
(300″ around, OMG)
I am choosing to not feel guilty about this,
and I am also choosing to not dread the burpees
that will surely be in next week’s workout.
And there will be pictures!
I…just…have to remember to take them.
…I may be bad at that.
21 Oct 2011 1 Comment
Craft Night was a lovely success yesterday–
nine people came over to my place,
food and crafty things in hand…
And I didn’t take a single photo.
But I made my leaf garland!
And LauraJane began a repurposed paint-by-numbers piece of art!
And Jessie looked at Pinterest!
I just forget to take my camera out when my hands are busy.
Photos of finished projects soon, I pinky-swear!
27 Sep 2011 2 Comments
See that sweet little thing?
I’ve been wanting to make it since I saw it on Pinterest about,
two months ago.
I’ve had plenty of time to swing by a store for supplies.
Plenty of time to sit at home and cut out leaves and stitch them together.
But I haven’t.
Here’s my great big theory:
Adults aren’t “supposed” to play.
We have other things that are “important” to do.
And this makes me so, so sad.
I don’t want to turn fifty and realize that I haven’t made anything in years.
I don’t want to lose the dexterity of my fingers or my mind.
I don’t want to lose my creativity, my ability to say, “Hey, I could make that!”
and actually do it.
I’m starting a Third Thursday Craft Night.
sewing, painting, needlefelt, needlepoint,
making shoe clips, hair flowers, leatherwork;
if I had a forge,
We all need a time to be creative.
we have to make appointments with ourselves in order to make that happen.
Consider your own bad self invited.
Come make things.
(and? if you email me pictures of what you made, and a little blurb about it,
I’ll post them all here!)