Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Tiny Asian dolls, standing on top of a can. Not sure what countries they are from.

The one on the left is wood, the other one is ceramic.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Finally got to wear my new to me fake fur coat. $12.99! It's really warm. 

Also had a building visitor. Sir Echo, yes a freaking bat. My assistants put it in a box with an old towel. They spent way too much time calling animal rescue places and not listening to me telling them to call Mr. Manning, the university animal control officer. I finally found the number for them and he came and took Sir Echo to safely.

Sir Echo, photo by Christie Jo

 These two got married at Disneyworld in November and had a local reception last Sunday. Say "Hello" to Joe and Genny Muncy. Both of them are theatre alumi from the 1990's. I knew them when. Years later they  re-meet and love happened. Joe is now our building supervisor and Genny is a kick ass lighting designer (she dose the PSST lighting) and a part time fauclty.

Yummy treats from the party

My friend , Steven O'Neal works for Bumble and Bumble in NYC and gets to go to some cool events. He posted this yesterday

 Yep, he meet the only reason to keep reading Vogue.....Grace freaking Coddington!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, the places you'll go with a theatre degree!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Another tiny doll. That's my hand under her skirts. Any guesses which country she's from? Haven't a clue.  Maybe I should have ironed her apron.

I made a promise to myself that I would post more in 2016. So far, not so good. I've been in a funk lately and can't seem to shake it off. It's almost been 2 years since we first listed our house for sale. And nothing has changed on that front. Still here. At least I got my job back. So far this year, we've worked on 3 shows: fundraiser ballet, the music departments opera and the children's tour. None of which have been very challenging. We re-use the court costumes for the ballet every year, the opera was pulled Greek costumes and the tour is modern day. Sometimes it's boring.  That's life.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Just in time for season 4 of Vikings ( on the History channel Feb 18) my really late Christmas gift got here.

This one's for my BFF.

Saturday, January 9, 2016


For me, so far so good. Started back to work this past week. Spent a couple of days getting things ready for Monday (first day of classes). Worked on a couple projects of my own.

 Like this dress, which I got at the By The Pound store. The bodice was too tight and skimpy, even thought it's an 18. Stick around, at the end of this post I'll show you what I did to it.

Spent the New Year holiday visiting my BFF in Rock Hill. Of course, we went to IKEA on New Years day. We also watching a bunch of 1960's movies: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Georgy Girl and Valley of the Dolls. And a documentary about Iris Apfel, which was awesome. 

 For some reason, IKEA had a ton of children's dress up costumes. I'm wearing a wig backwards and my BFF is wearing a look of shock.  Alas, it was too small for my huge head.........

 so I bought this instead. I'm Renn Faire ready. 

The By The Pound Store is always a good stop. I found an odd mixture of ethnic and vintage.

 A wax cloth tunic that looks homemade.

 An African caftan from a company called Ashro.

 Here's a close up.

 Cute jacket from a company called Picadilly. Made in Canada.

 This pretty ruffle is on the lapel, cuff and pocket. I've worn this a couple of times already.

 A cape. A heavy ass giant orange cape. With my shadow.

 Fringe trim.....yeah!

 Vintage suede Native American dress. Not a cheesy Halloween costume.

 It was made buy this company that specialized in rodeo and Western wear.

 Can I pass up ties, scarves, etc? Heck no! The cap is vinyl "snakeskin".

 Does anybody buy padded hangers new? I find buckets of them second hand. And so can you.

 Flower in plastic/resin? Strange, yet beautiful.

 Persian lamb jacket. 

Hey, it's the end of the post. Here's what I did to the dress.......

 Say "Hello" to my new skirt. I removed the bodice, kept the zipper, added a bias tape waistband and a 1/2" wide elastic.

Here's what the inside looks like. The waist was a few inches too big which is way I added the elastic. I kept the bodice and have no idea what to make out of it. I'll think of something.

I had a wonderful vacation. Just wish my BFF didn't live 7 hours away. (insert sad face)

PS: still no dance concert photos.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope everyone had a lovely time. I spent the holiday visiting my BFF.

 Today's doll is from Kazakhstan. She's made of wood, fur, ruffles and trim.

Yesterday was back to work for Spring semester and the students start next Monday. And I still don't have photos from the dance concert. Soon............

And winter showed up. Last Wednesday it was mid-70's, today 38. Brrrrrrrrrrr