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Enjoying the Ride


Hello! Welcome back! I know it's been a while since our last visit. The stroke served well to teach me that you can get taken off this crazy madcap ride at any time and it just keeps going without you. Not that I'm ready to get off this ride yet, but I think they put those slow parts in just to give you a chance to catch your breath and that's what I've been doing. I'm slowing down a little to just enjoy what I've worked so hard to achieve.

We finished "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and closed the show down a few weeks ago. From what I've heard, it was one of the most successful shows financially in the theater's history. Most of that is the amazing cast and incredible director but I love knowing I had part in that as well. The costumes were so much fun after the black and white sobriety of "Crucible." I'll be working on adding pictures in the near future., Laundry, though, is definitely not my favorite part of this job! That's done now so I'm deep into sewing for "Moon Over Buffalo". The Cyrano De Bergerac costume is a delight to work on and since there are musketeers in this show, I'm doing my best to make those costume pieces authentic enough to reuse them in "The Three Musketeers" next season. I'm plotting and planning ahead and making quality pieces now that I know we'll to be using again in future shows. Plus it was a great reason to re-watch "The Man in the Iron Mask."

Reorganizing and finding all the hidden treasures in the costuming wardrobe is an on-going and never-ending part of the costumer's job. I am so lucky to have Janice, who is an amazing volunteer and my second-in-command over wardrobe. I don't know what I'd do without her and I hope she knows just how much I appreciate all her help.

In betwixt all of this, I have been working as part of the crew of the Central Florida Steampunk Association's costuming tract for Mega Con Orlando this summer. I will be on the panels for talks on sewing basics, gender in cosplay and becoming a costuming professional among other duties. I'm really looking forward to us having a costume museum to display some of the amazing work this group of textile artists has created. Make sure you visit our rooms this year!

I was able to help out and work as performer support and simple HD Touch up makeup for a Ted X Talk in Cocoa Beach last weekend and can't wait to see those videos online. We had some really amazing speakers and it was a delight just to be able to work with that many truly inspiring minds.

This coming Sunday, the medieval band I'm in will be performing at the Yogashakti Mission on Hield Road in Palm Bay, if you are looking for something fun to do! We'll be performing a short set as port of the celebration for Pujya Mataji’s Birthday. Come enjoy the gracious hospitality and serene setting of the mission and hear a little gypsy music at the same time.

Upcoming is work on "Moon over Buffalo", working on a short film and more prep for Mega con. Follow me on Facebook at Look Sew Good for more frequent updates and interesting videos and articles on aspects of costuming.

Love to all who read this and REMEMBER to be as kind, loving and forgiving to yourself as you would be to anyone else you love. You deserve it.


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