Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Good Wednesday to you all. Yes, I missed last week's post, so here's a really cool art piece.

Rosy Morning On the Day I Won the War by Elantu B. Viovide

Love this one. It reminds me of every Grateful Dead album cover from my high school days.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Last Wednesday I ran out of the house so quick, I forgot to do a Weird Doll post. We were headed out for a visit to my BFF's place.  Sorry about that. We had a wonderful visit. Of course, we went shopping on Black Friday to the Goodwill outlet. No way do I go anywhere near a mall. But first we had early Christmas. I gave  her one of the typewriters from the auction ( the one that works) and a scarf and children's book called Who Was Frida Kahlo?


 More jewelry for me.

 Did anyone know the Jessica Lange was a photographer? I didn't. That was part of my gift. Another Better Homes and Garden cookbook? Sure, why not? I bought it at a used bookstore where all the books are $2.

 A girl can't have too much Day of the Dead things. Got the socks and table runner at Thrift Town. I do own an iron.

 A large, pretty wrap around shawl for me and a cashmere muffler for the Doctor.....both for under $3.

 I'm loving this purple bag. The Liberty of London tie jump off the rack into my hands.

For the second Thanksgiving we had a meal from a supermarket. That's sounds awful, but it's not. There was only 3 of us and my BFF doesn't cook. If I was doing the cooking, I would have had to drag all my cooking stuff with us and then go to the store....on Wednesday shop. No thank you. Sometimes ready made is just as good as homemade. Thank you, Publix.

Last month I won this phone at an auction and forgot to post it.

Think it was $15. The phone is about 6 pounds and "blunt force trauma" could happen. The label says "private to tavern". I have no idea if it works, that plug looks old and hinky.

It's almost the end of the semester, which means Christmas break (and another vacation) is a couple of weeks away. The students are all rushing around, getting their projects finished, me and The Boss are working on costumes for the opera, which is in January. We're re-using ones from Romeo and Juliette that we made 5-6 years ago. Two of our assistants are working on their next semester show project. Show Biz, it never ends.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


The art students have their annual show in the gallery. I dropped by and run into these two lovelies.

artist: Hannah A. Lindquist


Demon Dolls

Artist: Hannah A. Lindquest

I forgot the catalog, so I'll edit the artist's name in tomorrow.

Artist name added Nov 18

Monday, November 14, 2016

TODAY I'M AN OVER 60 BLOGGER (61 to be exact)

Yep, it's another birthday. Got some really nice gifts.

A book to look at when I'm missing my birthplace.

From the Doctor. The necklace is from Scotland and made from heather.

Snuggly,warm slippers.

Had a lovely lunch at a local restaurant owned by a man from Columbia.

Chicken empanadas, organic black beans and a Mexican coke, made with sugar, not corn syrup. Hmmm, why isn't USA coke made with real sugar?

The Boss gave me a cake and a cake birthday card that played "Happy Birthday" The cake was a hit.

My student assistants: Christie Jo, Clark and Cassie. This is what my America looks like. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016


I'm tiring to be mysterious. My "secret" project is a costume. Surprise!

The show that opened on Thursday is a musical called Into The Woods. Which I'll sum up as fairy tales gone bad. I got to make the big bad wolf's costume.


 Oh, goody! An insane multi-sized pattern. 9 sizes to choose from. Using the actor's measurement chart, I picked the size that was closest and traced that size onto paper.

 That's paper graph paper. And it's the front. It's a good idea to write the pattern information (seams, grain lines ect) on the paper ( and muslin) pattern. That way you wont forget what to do, I can give the pattern to a student and they can read what I wrote and wont have to ask a bunch of construction questions. We use push pins the hold the paper in place.

After the muslin is sewn together the piece is called a mock up and the first fitting is done. Muslin is a lot cheaper than fashion fabric, so we can write in it with a sharpie or pencil changing arms eyes, shoulder seams, neckline....whatever needs adjusting to fit the actors body. 


 The mock up is taken apart, adjustments are made and the pieces are cut out. I had to re-size some of the piece on paper. After the pieces are cut out and sewn back together, the second fitting happens.


 After the second fitting and before the sleeve were added. The front is pinned because it was changed from a button front to a turn back open front. I ended up having to trim off the area the looks pointed. After the sleeves were added, yet another fitting was need to get the turn back right and the shoulder pads placed.  Then the lining was added. This took about a week.

 Cuff detail.

 How about that? I matched the collar and lapel.

The final look.


 This is Terrance Searcy he's playing the Wolf. I also made his pants.  But not the vest or fur bits.

 He's got claws. For the show he wearing a wig.

The cast has started posting photos on Facebook, which I'm including here. The rest of the photo were taken by the cast.

 Little Red Ridding Hood being stalked by the Wolf.

 One of the step-sisters and Cinderella.

Cinderella's stepsisters and stepmother, with her Dad who bears a strange resemblance to the Wolf.  

Hope you enjoy my secret project.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Dear World:

                                     I'm sorry.

photo by Matthew McGee

Elisabeth Warren 2020?


Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Another clown? Why not? This one is Pirot and not very scary at all. Unless you're afraid of clowns.

Today should be the last day working on my secret project. One more fitting and that's it. Stay tuned.