Wednesday, September 28, 2016


This is a new one  for me, this link popped up on my facebook feed this morning. Thanks, Amanda. It's takes "weird doll" to a whole other level.


the artist is Freyda Jobbins.

I've never posted a link before, so if it doesn't work, sorry.

Monday, September 26, 2016


Sounds like the perfect title to me.  Won these babies the other week at a auction. $31 for all three.

 This one works and has a matching hard plastic case, which you can see behind it.

 Funny what you can find used. I had this same typewriter back in the 1970's. I bought it brand new for I don't remember how much. Made in Italy and has a cloth zippered case. Needs repairing. But how could I not buy it?


This heavy bad boy was $5! Hard case that can be locked. Which I find funny, because if you were going to steal it, couldn't you just pick it up and carry it away? Most of the keys work, but I'm going to check at a local shop and see if I can get it fixed.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016



Last weekend I went to another auction and won 11 dolls for $5. I'm not sure what to make of some of them.  Like her...

Her arms are all at odd angles and she appears to be on meds or at a rave. There's no info on her. She may need to go the rehab.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


I don't think these dolls are "weird" in a bad way. I use the word to mean unusual. There's nothing "weird" about being Islamic.  Or unusual for that matter.

Not sure what country this couple is from. "Do people from the Middle East have blue eyes?" asked the American who's never traveled to that part of the world and knows nobody from that region.

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Geez, so much drama. I know some people feel that something vintage should be left alone and nothing changed on it, not even buttons. When vintage pieces are used in theatre, sometimes that's no possible.

Last week my work assignment was this dress.

 I'd say it's late 1950's/early 1960's. Off-white netting over off-white taffeta, with scattered gold sequin. Pretty dress, perfect for the show. My assignment? "Make the bodice 4" bigger", says The Boss.

 Stop reading now, ok?

At some point, the bust seams and the side had been (badly) altered. This dress was donated. It turned out, after I fixed those alterations and let out the 6 seams, it ended up needing only 2" added.

 The added fabric and facing. Inside the dress

 Here's the outside. We had some netting that almost matched and some fabric that was also pretty close. I use the 10 foot rule. Can you see it from 10 feet (on stage) away? If not, it works.

 Because the waist of the skirt also had to be enlarged, I put a panel all the way down the side. When I sewed the skirt and bodice back together, I loosened put the net gathers on the outside of the skirt. I also had to change the sash to match another costume.

 The finished alteration from the front.

 The back

And the side. I may have to add a few sequin, or not, seeing as the actor's arm will be covering the side of the dress, it may not even show.

Most costume department have a crazy amount of vintage clothes. Some of it isn't going to fit the modern body. The actor who's going to wear this dress isn't that big. You can see the size of the dress form in the last photo. Our option for the needed costume were: build it for the show or alter something from stock. Making the dress  would have taken time and money. We have no fabric shops where I work, so that would have meant shopping on line. That would have taken at least a week to get the fabric delivered, a pattern being made, a fitting, cutting out the fabric, sewing it together, another fitting then finishing. Time and money. I spent about 6 hours and zero money on the alteration. All the fabric was pulled from our fabric stock.  I don't  cut up beautiful vintage dresses for fun, if I can use them slightly altered, I will. I'd rather do that than have a piece hanging in the warehouse, rotting on a hanger.

On to the next costume...... 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Oops, I miss numbered last week's post. It should have read "214", not "224". I changed it.

On to this week. These vinyl heads are getting out of control. I just couldn't pass this one up.

 Say "hello" to Miss Peregrine (and her little friend)


The books are pretty great and the movie which is coming out soon, staring EVA GREEN!!!!!!!!!!! Need I say more?

I many have solved the font issue by changing browsers. I sure hope so. I'm working on the giant size comment font.


Friday, September 2, 2016


Hurricane Hermine blow through around 4am. Lots of rain and wind and a power outage. Nothing fell on the house and the power is back on. A tree did fall on a friend's apartment, she went to the ER and is OK. 

Here's a funny meme that's been floating around my Facebook feed.  Yeah, Amurica!

Looks like I got the date to change size, still working on getting the font bigger. Sorry about the screaming comment font. I give up for today.