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So, here's a new one!
  • Listening to: The television.
  • Reading: Some fictional book about the Romanovs
  • Watching: House, M.D.
  • Playing: ...with my hair.
The school year has recommenced, and this semester I'll be designing costumes for that zany World War II-era musical On the Town, with such memorable songs, as... well, there's really only one song that I'm familiar with: New York, New York, as in 'it's a helluva town' and not 'start spreading the news'. There's a cast of about forty, so I'll have my work cut-out for me.

When I have good light and some time, hopefully I will stir my stumps enough to photograph more jewelry and handbags. I'm thinking about making one or two stuffed stegosauruses for the craft show I [usually try to] participate in in December. Who knows.

  • Listening to: The Talking Heads
  • Reading: The Sentient Fire: Book One of The Seven Signs
  • Watching: The Mysterious Cities of Gold
  • Playing: ...with my hair.
It's been a while since my last post here, though I have been busy in my designer-life. Stop Kiss, the play I am currently designing costumes for, is actually teching right now. It's been a curiously painless process, despite the ridiculous number of quick changes.


In the interest of keeping abreast of the pieces for the student-choreographed dance show at work, I joined tumblr (, and I even kinda figured out how to use it to inundate the interwebs with even more of my crap... I mean joyous and wonderful work.
  • Reading: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Watching: Fringe
...what are the llama badges for, really? I keep getting them, but I don't know what they signify.
  • Reading: We wish to inform you that we have heard that...
The Steampunk World's Fair:…
  • Reading: We wish to inform you that we have heard that...
...those are the two things that will soon be monopolizing my life again.

I've obviously had a bit of time to work on my renderings, and I am, for the most part, pleased with the final product.

There are other shows I should render, or re-render, and get them all nice for my portfolio.

Soon, I'll have to send my registration in for the Summer installment of the indiemade craft market, so I'll [hopefully] get some newer items photographed soon.
  • Reading: We wish to inform you that we have heard that...'s hard to believe.

I've made five pair of flannel pajama pants, painted a small watercolor and made one necklace. Hopefully there is only wrapping left.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc, all!
Well, I just realized the deadline for Indiemade Craft Market is coming up fast, and, unfortunately, I don't have much in the way of new stuff photographed yet. Or made... for that matter. I've been trying some hand-stitched beading, which I've never tried before but seems to be surprisingly easy (especially for me, I'm special when it comes to that sort of thing).

Crossing my fingers I make it in again!
I'll be designing costumes for School House Rock and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The big musical of the summer is The Mikado. All around, it should be a pretty entertaining season!
I am trying really, really hard to figure out how I can get to see the Tim Burton exhibit at the MoMA with my friends in a couple of weeks, but it's proving rather difficult.

There is a derby meeting that night, and one of the designers with whom we'll be visiting the city also needs to do a bit of fabric shopping, so we have to time it just right. As a coach, it would be poor form to miss one of our every-other-a-month meetings, but, frankly, I've never missed much of anything derby-related.

As an artist and a Tim Burton fan, it would be a travesty if I missed this huge retrospective when it's so close to home. Arg.

Come hell or high water, I was able to see the Dali exhibit I wasn't sure I was going to get to, so I'm sure I'll figure out how to see this!
Feeling artistically scatterbrained at the moment.

Starting drawings and not finishing them...

Of course, this follows a period of generally high productivity.

I think I'll go play bingo.
The Indiemade Craft Market went quite well, despite the snow (the drive home was, however, quite abysmal).

Now I just need to finish a stuffed turtle toy for my nephew. Mostly, I have to finish assembling it, but first it needs to be stuffed. Shouldn't take long-- I just need to sit down and do it.

We're knee-deep into dance show costumes at Muhlenberg. Something like one hundred twenty costumes. Sooo many pieces to make. At least I'm not working on the tutus, though. :-D
I SWEAR I'm going to be ready ahead of time for the forthcoming indiemade craft show in December. Usually, I wait until the last minute to tag and inventory everything, but not this time! Hopefully, I can get some pictures of my newest creations first. Time and daylight  taken into consideration, of course...

This will be another year of handmade gifts for Christmas; more than before, I think. I've had some requests from relatives, so I won't be left wondering, 'Gee, will they really like this?', and that is very helpful.

Between this and my last journal entry, I did design another show, or, more precisely, a set of shows. It went well enough, let's just say. Not my finest hour or most discriminating of design decisions were made, though there were some bright spots in the process. My scanner seems to be acting up (you may note one or two of my latest scans have not been so great), so hopefully I can get that problem fixed.

Once I get my life cleaned-up and out a little more, I can start some drawing again, which is really what I've been itching to do.

Anyway, ta!
  • Listening to: Interpol-- Slow Hands
The children's show this summer was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I love Judith Viorst and her books and poems, but they don't translate into a great play/musical, unfortunately. I did do the costumes in less than a week, though. A new record!

Soon, I'll be helping a fellow costume designer on a Poe-themed haunted house in Philadelphia. This is the year of Poe's 200th birthday (it was in January), so there will likely be much more Poe-themed stuff this coming Halloween.

I was just notified of the dates for the second Indiemade Craftshow, so I'll be getting my goods ready and photographed for the registration deadline, so that will give me an extra creative outlet for me to look out for in the coming months.
  • Listening to: Interpol-- Slow Hands
The Possibilities opens tonight.

I have the character sketches, but nothing is colored, yet. :-I There were simply too many to color, and too little time to accomplish it in a satisfactory manner.

Anyway. I'll be doing Alexander and the No Good, Very Bad, Horrible Day. this summer. woo!
New design job at the 'Berg-- The Possibilities by Howard Barker. A collection of ten one-sceners depicting war, killing and other types of strife.

It's pretty epic, but it should be interestingly beautiful by the time we're done.
  • Reading: An Acceptable Time-- Madeline L'Engle
Miss Julie has pretty much come to completion, and soon I'll be working dutifully on Oklahoma! (oh, boy).

I went through a pretty productive jewelry-making time, but I have yet to photograph any of those items. Hopefully, I'll work on some purses soon, too. I really need to take my sewing machine in to be serviced, fabric supply is [literally] bursting at the seams, though.

On Sunday, December 11th, I'll be selling my wares at the Indiemade Craft Mart, so if you're in the area and looking for unique holiday gifts, stop-by, and you won't be disappointed!

Anyway. Back to lace appliques.
  • Reading: An Acceptable Time-- Madeline L'Engle
This year, I get to do the very first production of the year-- AND it is a period piece! Very exciting.

The play is Miss Julie, by August Strindberg, and it's set in Sweden in the late nineteenth century. The closest show to a period piece I've been able to design was Psycho Beach Party, but I don't think that really even counts.

I have a couple new handbags and necklaces to add to the gallery. 2D work is a little slower to come, of course, though I am working on several pieces at once (as usual).

Get thee back to work, Lex!
  • Reading: Her Husband-- Diane Middlebrooke
Children's show '08! Should be cute. No shop help again this year (arg), even though there was supposed to be. Oh, well.

Hopefully I can get down to illustrating that children's book on farming, too.
  • Reading: Her Husband-- Diane Middlebrooke
Zanna, Don't! opened after something of a bumpy ride, but it opened, nonetheless.

I also have 1,000 pageviews, after being here for, like, four years! Woo!
  • Reading: Stardust-- Neil Gaimen