Tuesday, July 16, 2019

IT'S BEEN A WHILE


The last 2 weeks of the 2019 summer stock build got crazy busy, than we went on vacation.

Because I haven't done a costume post in ages, I thought I'd show you my favorite costume this summer. Our season is Mamma Mia (all the shows have been sell outs, yeah!) Little Woman, yes there's a musical based on the Alcott book, and Crazy for You( hence the "crazy busy" remark). People will pop into the shop and tell us how much they love the costumes and ask where we get them. I always give them the same answer " It depends on the show". This summer we pulled/bought/borrowed/rented Mamma Mia, rented Little Woman, and built/pulled/borrowed/rented Crazy For You. Mamma Mia is sent in Greece in modern day, Little Woman is Civil War 1860's New England and Crazy for You is 1930's. No way do we have time to build crinolines, frock coats and the 64 costumes that are in Little Woman. We rented the costumes from Maine State Theatre and Wardrobe Witchery. This is my favorite costume from Maine State.

 

 Yes, this sad looking peasant dress worn by the hag in Jo Marchs story.

 It's raggedy, have been distressed and seen better days. So, why do I love it so much?

 Look how those bars are sewn on! There all the way down the back of the bodice and on the sleeves. The ribbon at the side we sewed on because the dress was a little bit too small for the actor and no way in Hell are we moving those bars.

 The skirt was sown on with cartridge pleating. Beautiful hand work. And there's this:

The original label!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How does a theatre company in the state of Maine get a costume from the Royal Opera House in London? I've done some image research and can't find any photos from this Falstaff or who Pobjoy might be. Anybody ever heard of an actor with that name?

Speaking of the 2019 season, it all ends next Sunday. Only 8 more shows, then goodbye. There's a few weeks before the Fall 2019 semester starts and we do it all over again. I'm looking forward to Othello in November.


 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 346                                                                                                                                                  "It's a nice day for a White Walker". I couldn't help that, it had to be said.

 Maybe a dead guy and a dead horse? Don't know what was really up with the White Walkers/Others. Maybe the next 2 books will explain better. Oh, and these happened.                                                                                                                                                                          

"The night is dark and full of Oreos". 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 345                                                                                                                                                  In the past couple of day, it seem like every time I turn on the news, she on my TV. Here's to the longest reining monarch ever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Queen Elizabeth II.                                                                            


Hey, Netflix.... when's The Crown coming back?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 344                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               All Hail, King Brandon Stark, AKA Bran The Broken, The 3-Eyed Raven, ect, ect, ect.                                                                   
He's the first Stark to be king, I'd say "sit on the Iron Throne", but Drogon kind of got pissed and melted it down. I know the show is over, but this fall even more of these silly dolls are going to be available, yeah!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 343                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RIP Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Roaster of 100,000's of Innocent Citizens of King's Landing.                                                                                                                                      Dany went a tad bit bat-shit, so her boyfriend/nephew did a Nissa Nissa on her and stabbed her in the heart. Ok, it's only a TV show, but people seem to have lost their minds. Can you believe someone started a petition--that has 1million names- to re-film season 8? Get a grip.                                                                       
 Dany in her Breaker of Chains mode. She freed the slaves around Slavers Bay in Essos. Good for her.                                                    
 Mother of Dragons mode. She is blood of the dragon.                        
 Fighting the Army of the Dead mode, yeah the living won (Thanks, Arya Stark)                                                                        

Dany and Drogon in Burn Them All mode. What was really bad about her deciding to burn King's Landing, is they surrender and she won.                                                                                                                                                                                  Game of Thrones, the TV show is over. The Song of Ice and Fire book series still has 2 more volumes. I can't wait to read them so I can find out how it "really" ends.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 342                                                                                                                                                  So, episode 5 happened and people are losing their shit.                      
 Here's Dany, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Destroyer of the Innocent, etc. I'll get back to her in a moment.                        
 The first death was Varys, AKA The Spider. He was BBQed by the dragon for "betrayal" of Dany. (Watch your back, Sansa) He thought she was turning into her Father, The Mad King. Hmm.....maybe.                                                                                                                                      
 Awe, the Lannister Twins, Cersei and Jamie. Born together, died together. When you're hiding in the Red Keep's basement and a dragon is destroying the place, and the ceiling falls on you....yeah, you're dead.


The Mountain and The Hound, AKA the Cleagane Brothers finally had the showdown a lot of fans wanted, CLEAGANE BOWL! Both met a fiery death. I don't have a Hound figurine.                                                                                                                                                  That's not all                                                        
Euron "The Crazy Pirate" was killed by Jamie.
       
Qyburn "The Mad Scientist" was killed by The Mountain.

Harry "We Hardly Know Ya" Strickland and the Golden Co.
and Probably half to three quarters of the citizens of King's Landing got BBQed by Drogon when The Breaker of Chains went full on, bat shit "Burn them all" crazy. Hmm... looks like Varys was right, and a lot of fans think Arya added another name to her list, Dany. Next week should be a very interesting episode, it's the final one.

 











Wednesday, May 8, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 341                                                                                                                                                   Rest in peace, Rhaegal. Because getting a scorpion bolt through your neck pretty much means you're dead. To the part of the fanbase that thinks he'll float up on the beach of Dragonstone....nope.                                                                           
 And Ghost? Survived the Battle of Winterfell, to just be given to Tormund because "he doesn't belong in the South", bad Jon!  Buddy, you need all the help you can get.
Dany's BFF, Missandei also was killed in the last episode . I don't think she was a figurine. Thanks to The Mountain. Don't know why Missandei wasn't left in Esso to look after the place. She didn't seem to have much to do once the show moved to Dragonstone, except have a show only love story with Grey Worm.   Next week is The Battle of King's Landing, where there will be lots of dead characters.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 340                                                                                                                                                  MAJOR EPISODE 3 SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                                                                                                              First off, not as many characters died as I thought where going to. Most of the Dothraki seemed to die and a good deal of The Unsullied. And lots of unnamed Northers, Iron Born, Knight's of the Vale and small folks. The major characters(that I have figures for):                                                                                                                                              
 Baric Dondarrion died saving Arya, Mellisandre burned herself out and walked into the sunrise and turned to dust, Jorah Mormont died saving his Khalisse. All heroes in their way. I don't have a Lyanna Mormont figure, The Little Bear went down killing a freaking giant! She was the leader of Bear Island and probably 12 years old. Theon Greyjoy (who doesn't have a doll, shame) died defending The Three-Eyed Raven, AKA Bran Stark. We saw Lady Karstark walking into the Godswood with Theon, but haven't seen her since.                                                                                                                                  
 The Night King, The White Walkers and Ice Viserion before.....                                                                                                        
 and after Arya stabbed the Night King with the Cat's Paw dagger.                                                                                                

And all the Wight's died, again. Stay dead this time! So, yeah, the living won!                                                                                                                                                                                                Now, people need to stop bitching about Arya, not Jon being the big hero. Let the show play out, there are 3 more episodes and all of them are 80 minutes or so long. Just enjoy it.



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 339

Episode 2, season 8 happened and nobody died? Looks bad for half the cast next week. Something happened that "broke the internet" and had people loosing their shit.                                                                                                                                         
These two characters, Gendry and  Arya Stark had sex. Really people? They have know each other since season 2. Ayra is no longer a 12-year old girl. Funny how she's been everybody's favorite character for 7 seasons when she was a faceless assassin, but on what could be the last night of her life she can't have a loving moment with her friend. Gee, grow up, people. BTW, the actor is a 22-year old woman, not a little girl. 

Next week I'll probably be having a RIP post for all the characters that died defending Winterfell. Until then, have a great week

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 338                                                                                                                                                 She's free! Yara Greyjoy got recused  by her brother Theon on the season 8 premier of GoT. Uncle Euron is not going to be happy about that.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 337                                                                                                                                                  I had this ready to go, then the first trailer dropped......spoilers! The 2 male characters are in that trailer, the female is no where to be seen
 From left to right: Ser Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) and Tormund Giantsbane ( Kristofer Hivju). What these characters have in common was their rather iffy situation's at the end of season 7. Beric and Tormund were last seen running for their lives at Eastwatch By The Sea when the Wall came down and Yara had been captured by her crazy uncle Euron. I was antsy to find out what happens to them. But in the first trailer, we see the men walking down stairs, somewhere, with the Night Commander of the Watch. No sign of Yara.  4 sleeps and 5 days until season 8, I'm ready.                                                                                                              
 Looks like I'll need another bottle!                                                                                                                                                              

                         This isn't some "lite" beer, it's real beer! Or should I say ale and stout. This beer is really good.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 336                                                                                                                                                  Will she sit on the Iron Throne......at the end? Last episode is may 19th.


11 days and counting











Wednesday, March 27, 2019

WERID DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 335

Low rent Ariel. BFF gave me this Dollar Tree Ariel knock off. She has a pet fish and a hair brush.
Her tail moves and so does her waist. But she has some sad assed arms and hands. Looks a tad drugged, too. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

I LIVE IN A JUNGLE, HERE'S PROOF                                                                                                                                                             
 I rescued this half dead house plant from the side of the road about 10 years ago.
 Now it's taken over.
This bottlebrush tree was brought home across the back seat of the car. Cost $15.

Friday, March 22, 2019

SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK                                                                                                                               Working at a university I can take off Spring Break week if I want, so I did. Went to visit a couple of friends who live in The Carolinas, one North and one South. My BFF live in South, we stayed with her and what do me and my friends do? Go thrifting, of course.                                                                                  
          
 Never seen these Fiesta ware plates before, so I had to add them to my dish collection. It would have been rude to leave them there. Seeing as the peacock is my spirit animal, had to get the purse, too. Hey the booth was having a 50% off sale!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
 I got a senior discount at Tender Hearts. Yes, senior discount at a thrift store. Both books were 99cents.  Without the discount, $3                                                                                                                                                        
 2 vintage shirt and a purple, not blue cardigan for $5. No matter what I did, I couldn't get the color right on the sweater.
Why did this German grocery store open a branch in Rock Hill South Carliona? The sock were gifts and so were the Jaggermiester shot glasses. The magic wand of bubbles was $1 at a craft store. My other friend is in grad school in North. We had a nice lunch at the Asian/vegan restaurant, then got a tour of the new costume building. A movie theater was turned into the costume zone. Lots of work room and storage space, but I'm not sure if a maze of rooms is a good idea. To many places for students to hide on in .

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 334                                                                                                                                                  Doll as jewelry? I'm in. Don't remember were I found this, if you know please add it to the comments.                                        

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 333                                                                                                                                                  The season 8 Game of Thrones trailer premiered yesterday (yeah, I watched it 4 times). 40 days, just like Lent, until the premier.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Here's one of the most mysterious characters from the books/show. This is Leaf. Leaf is one of the Children of the Forest. They are one of the original people of Westros. Although calling them "people" isn't right, as they are more like Elves or Fairies.  They have magic. I won't go into the whole history, I'll just say that they are very important to the whole story line.                                                                                                                    
 This is a show photo of the actor that plays Leaf on the show. The costumes are amazing.                                                                                                                                                  
The costumes were designed by Michele Chapman and the embroidery/embellishment was done by Michele Carragher.              



If you want to see more, go to michelecarragherembriodery.com


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 332                                                                                                                                                  The last of my new Native American dolls.  These little ones, only 3-4 inches tall, are wooden, with a cellulose head. The poor dear on the right looks like their face got stepped on and I'm not sure what the dot is on the other one. They were also made for the tourist trade.                                                                                                                                                                                       

See? Their feet are stamped "Japan". My guess is they are from the 50's or 60's.                                                                                                                                                                                      Next time we'll be going back to Westros.