Monday, January 5, 2009

My creations!!!

So the title sounds rather like I am a mad scientist or something. However, this is a post to show some of the projects I worked on in the previous semester. This last semester I took a costume construction class, and as part of that class I got to work on costumes for each show that we did and make a personal project. Granted, my personal project did not quite turn out as I had hoped, but I am pretty proud of myself for the process I went through to make it!

First off was the jacket I made for the play "The Front Page."

As you can see it was quite the polka dotted outfit! I made the jacket which was inspired by a picture of Coco Chanel in the 20s-30s. The jacket was surprisingly easy!

The next project was for the musical "Into the Woods" which was a combination of quite a few fairy tales. I made Snow White's dress!

I actually did not make the dress from scratch, I just kind of altered the original. Unfortunately I never got a photo of the original, but what I did was move the waist up about 5 inches, made and added the sleeves, moved the zipper, added the lace around the waist and secured the lace around the bottom. So it was not quite as much work as I had expected, but still a bit of a challenge to just alter an already existing dress.

My last project I do not have a picture of yet, however I will soon! For that project I had to alter the original pattern from a size 12 to a size 20, and this was from a vintage 60s pattern. I ended up actually making the pattern on the dress myself with the process of marbling the material. When I get to it I will post pictures of that process, because it was quite the process, so that everyone can see the hard work that went into that gosh darn dress!

So, until the update, I bid you adeu!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Let me just say that last night was an amazing night! It was so thrilling to be able to watch it all happen. Yesterday you could just feel the energy in the air and then it just became electric!! Love it!! Both McCain and Obama gave excellent speeches and the best part, Obama's kids get a puppy! No better way to celebrate the presidency!

These next four years should be interesting, but I can't wait to see how this changes our country. Exciting things are in store. Here we go!!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

Hello everyone out there in blogger land! And Happy Halloween to all of you! In case you did not know, Halloween is one of my absolute favorite holidays (it used to be my absolute favorite when I actually got to trick or treat). Now that I am older, instead of trick or treating I hand out the candy or just go to Halloween parties, which can be just as much fun ;-) You have to admit, walking around on Halloween you just never know what you are going to see. Apparently my roommates, who have class altogether too early for me, have already seen a wookie and a witch or two wandering around campus. Oh Halloween. In case you wanted to know, I am planning on dressing up as Supergirl for the regular Halloween parties and then for Come as Your Favorite Dead Person (the theatre party) I am planning on going as punk, because punk is pretty much dead.

Other than Halloween . . . voting! Rock the Vote everyone! I actually went home Wednesday night just to vote and them came back the next day making it just in time to get to my Econ class. So, vote! woo hoo!

Alrighty well that's all I got. Have a very Happy Halloween!! And please do not do this to your dogs, even though it is pretty precious:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Back to School

So I have finally made the trek back to Evansville to return to school for my junior year. Ick. That just does not seem right. Last night our junior UET class "kidnapped" the freshmen theatre kids and took them back to a theatre house to meet them and try not to make things quite as awkward for awkward party later that night. Let me tell you right now it is strange that I am an upperclassman. Introducing myself to the freshmen was so weird. It just seemed like not so long ago I was in their situation, all nervous and telling everyone where I was from and what my emphasis was. Ah, the old days *sigh.* I'm just getting soooo old. Not really, but it's starting to seem like it.

Enough with the reminiscing, let's talk about my apartment! So yes I have moved in to my very first apartment with three other ladies. I share a room with my dear friend Courtney. I think we are going to be pretty good roommates. Living with three other girls is going to be very interesting and most likely drama filled. Oh boy. The apartment is pretty nice for a university apartment that has probably been here for several decades. Maintenance just came to fix the non-draining sink, the hole under the sink that led to the outside, and the shelf that was collapsing in the back, so now that those are fixed it is a much better place. And we have a kitchen!!! I can't tell you how exciting it was to be able to wake up this morning and make myself a delicious cheese omelet and toasted english muffins. Wonderful!

Classes actually start tomorrow bright and early at 9am with Costume Construction, which I am very excited about. I will be making costumes for the plays this semester. I know the seam ripper will be my best friend, but I'm really looking forward to it. My other classes are Theatre History, which is an honors class and therefore will kick my bum; Cognitive Science which has a book called Mind Reading. . .get excited, kids I'm gonna be reading your minds!!; Health, bleh; Marketing, should be somewhat interesting but it's a night class so bleh; and Economics, major BLEH. So it should be a very . . .busy semester. 17 hours of classes, 10 hrs/wk of work study, then Children's Place on the side, plus volunteering, possibly mentoring, radio show every other saturday, and whatever the theatre decides to throw my way. Woo Hoo for college and being a junior!

Well I will post some pictures of my room and the apartment up once it all gets decorated and such. Til then . . .pray for me.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

It's Tie Dye Time!

I would like to give some mad props to Krista Lee Photography for posting the link to my etsy page on her blog! It is always nice to get my tie dye info out there now that I have an etsy page and all. Speaking of which, please do take note of the preview of my shop to the right. It has some lovely pictures of shirts that are for sale, including one for custom shirts.

I absolutely love to tie dye, and over the years I have discovered that I am pretty good at it! If you go to Krista's blog you can see a picture of my nephews and neice in the shirts that I did for them. If you or anyone you know is interested in purchasing some tie dye shirts then send em my way! I think my shirts are pretty great and the colors last for quite a while and since I do them myself each one is unique. I've even taken to experimenting with different designs and ways of dyeing the shirts to come up with fun new looks. Here is a picture of a skirt that I did for myself:

I had a white skirt that I knew I was never going to wear so I figured I would make it into something that I love to wear! Here is another example of something that I never would have worn that was changed into one of my favorite shirts (as anyone who knows me will recognize), my Mayfield Dairy shirt:

As you can see, I love to tie dye. I feel I am a very artistic person, I just can't draw or paint or play music; instead I tie dye. Like I said, if you are interested in a tie dye for yourself, a friend, or even the whole family just let me know and I can hook you up!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Crafty Crafting Time

You may or may not have noticed that on the side of my blog under the things I like, I have a link to The Cute Book by Aranzi Aronzo. Well, my friend Yuliya and I have become slightly obsessed with these adorable felt creatures ever since we discovered the book in DIY arts and crafts at Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp (which also has a link on the side :-) At camp, Yuli made an adorable little monkey and I made a little pink hippo-ish creature. They are pretty easy to make, assuming you don't try and make them 3-D, we are still working on that one. Yuli and I even ended up crafting at the birthday bash over the weekend.

And here are some of our creations so far. This one is an elephant:

And this one is a precious little whale that Yuliya made:

And this is a blowfish I made for a certain someone who loves the colors it's made from (my dad. shh!) If you have not heard the blowfish story involving my father, well just ask. It's pretty hilarious, and I have teased him about it ever since I found out. so, furthering the teasing:

This next one was kind of a struggle to make and it turned out a little rough looking, but I think it's pretty cute anyway. And for this one we also get a model! Miss Heather and her sad cancer stick:

And this is just the beginning folks. Yuli and I are planning on making an Etsy page and selling some of these adorable little creatures. So, keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, if you are interested in these at all, just let me know and Yuli or or I can make a one of a kind cute creature for you!

Also, I have my own Etsy page, selling my tie dyes.
Right now I only have a couple of shirts up, but I will have plenty more up when I do my next round of tie dying. Until then, DIY or Die! woo hoo crafting!

P.S. my friend Kayley has a pretty cool blog called in the shadowplay. If you like music and random bands like The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Menswear or Bright Eyes then this is the perfect music blog for you. The link is on the side of my blog. Check her out!

Birthday Birthday Party Party!!

For those of you who did not know, this past Monday marked the wonderfully magnificent day of my birth. It was a rather marvelous event marking the end of my teenage years and the beginning of my life as a twentysomething. Oh boy! So of course I had to have a splendid party that celebrated everything teenage, well kind of, the cake at least did. For my first birthday gathering I had a duel celebration with my friend Heather whose birthday was just a week or so before mine. The party began with some delicious food, prepared by us of course because who else should cook for your birthday party but yourself?

Yes, I made a delicious pasta bake with some breadsticks, while Yuliya made a wonderful Cucumber Tuna salad (well I assume it was wonderful, I'm not a fan of salads myself. or any other vegetable for that matter . . .)

Following our splendid dinner we went to Dairy Queen to pick up the ever so glorious birthday cake. Now, to preface this next bit I should tell you that ever since I started Webb and began hanging out with Heather and Kayley and my other vunderful friends, we have had ice cream cakes from Dairy Queen. And on every birthday cake has been a band of some sort (Incubus, Rooney, Incubus, Kings of Leon, etc). Well this year, since we were celebrating both of our birthdays, Heather and I had to agree upon one band to put on the cake. Now, I'm not sure how many of you out there have heard of the Jonas Brothers. They're kind of a big deal, especially in the Disney watching population of the world. The comparison I always make is that they are the Hanson of the next generation. Well, they are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine and Heather's so, that's who we decided to put on the cake. And they're pretty.

It was a pretty great cake and even the girl who worked at Dairy Queen was altogether too excited to see this cake (apparently it was infamous at the local DQ).

After the cake some crafting ensued, but I will save that for another post.

OH, but the celebrations did not end there folks. No, because my birth is such a big deal I had another party (on my actual birthday) with, and I did not think this was possible, an even more fabulous cake than the previous one. Now, to "get" the cake you will have to have watched Steel Magnolias. I swore off that gosh darn movie for the longest time after I was in the play in high school, but it does have it's pretty hilarious moments, one of which is at the reception where there is a "Bleedin Armadilla Groom's cake." Well, Momma was asking me what kind of cake I wanted and I mentioned red velvet, then I immediately thought of that darned cake and mentioned it to her. Well, I do believe that got her wheels to turnin since it was kind of a cake challenge. I mean, really, who wants to bake a plain ole rectangle cake year after year? So the product, my friends, is the following:

I know, I couldn't believe it either. I was pretty darn impressed. And it was delicious too. Here it is all cut up:

So, major props to Momma for an amazing job well done with the cake. I just can't wait to see what she tops it with next year. I'm thinking a marble giraffe . . .