Thursday, April 29, 2010

what's new...

So here's some new goodies I've been making. The jewelry isn't as crazy but it's super cool. I need to get better at taking pics of myself but Jess is coming back soon so someone can be the model and the other person can be the photographer. These pics work for now.

All the necklaces are modified necklaces from auctions, yard sales and such. The chains I put on them are all new.

This one's pretty sweet....

and you can wear them straight or in a cute little knot.
This guy was a little bracelet and now he's a killer necklace....

This one looks great over something dark....

and lastly, chic meets hippie. I kinda love them all.
On to my favorite thing to make .... POSTCARDS! I've been trying to do more things that are Nantucket and at least nautical. I found a few surfer magazines with a lot of great images...

Then I scored a book about Yankee Whaling with some old line drawings and paintings...

This one floors me... Clubbing seals???!!!

These are from a book of sheet music I watercolored and cut up.
And finally these little gems... My buddy Sara Springer mailed me a few fun magazines that have puzzles and such. They make perfect postcards...

Today the farmer's market entry is due which is why I had to get these images. The market doesn't start until mid June so I have time to really stock up. My friend, Julie Broadbent saved a bunch of magazines the Nantucket Historical Society was throwing out. Lots of great pics in there.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Beach Day!

The weather has been so nice lately. Not today... it's cloudy with a few sprinkles... but before today it was a real springtime. So, clearly, Carmen and I took advantage. Carmen mixed up her summer brew, we grabbed our sunglasses and booked it to the beach.
Carmen's naked lady towel wanted to catch some rays too.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Belated Bunny

I'm so far behind posting the Easter Basket I made, it could, more easily, but a May Basket. Anyway, I started the basket when Carmen came over a while back but it was definitely missing something.... an egg, yo! It just so happens that my buddy, Jeanne Van Etten, paints lots of goose eggs in her studio, and guess what... she drops a few. So I asked her if I could take a few of the cracked ones off her hands. She agreed. So here's the start of Denis's egg. Cancan girls.
Here's Simon's egg. 65 for his '65 Daytona Coupe, clearly...
Because you can can can....

Simon's stuffed to the rafters Easter Basket. I think he was surprised the Easter Bunny liked him that much.


Income Tax Day.... oh joy of joys! Hope you're all in good shape. Mine are done and thankfully The Man threw some bones back my way.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Pajama Game Performances...

One of the actresses boyfriends took all the production photos and shared them on facebook, so I took the ones I wanted to put on my blog. But Max Collins, aforementioned boyfriend, has a website (that's actually under construction) that leads you to more photos, which are actually just on facebook, which is what I linked to "Max Collins" ... anyway... photos....

This is the only picture of the Hernandos Hideaway set, but it's at the end of the play when it's lit brightly and the cast is in pajamas. Not the ideal picture but it's the best I could do. You'll just have to trust that it rocked and feel a little sadfaced because you missed seeing it.
"Steamheat" was really simple but ended up working out nicely. The guys doing a weird bird neck bob dance was my favorite part.
The next pretty simple "railroad station"
The picnic had a lot of pieces but needed to be big. It's "outdoors" and includes all the cast members. Nina, the costume designer, did the banner. It really came together, probably because of the swans.

This scene is actually toward the end of the play but it uses the same backdrop as the picnic so it gets to be next. These pictures are actually not even close to the order they should be in to tell the story of the play. But guess what... I'm not telling the story of the play. I'm showing how visually awesome it turned out to be. The costumes and the sets really did look great together.
The office in the pajama factory... The play takes place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa but I couldn't help it.. I had to throw in a sailboat painting. It's Nantucket! There has to be a sailboat painting!

In this scene, and it may be too far away to really tell, one character throws knives at another character. It was quite the challenge figuring out how we we're going to pull that off visually since we can't really have actors chucking projectiles across the stage. In the end, it was pretty simple. We put holes in the desk (the object the knives are to stick into) and had someone under the desk shoving our homemade prop knives handle first thru the hole, hopefully at the right time. Theoretically this was a great plan. Realistically, Caleb and I forgot to even put holes in the desk so opening night little Lizzy Skokan had to locate a drill and get it figured out. Placing the holes on the top of the desk was great in terms of masking. You couldn't tell the desk had been drilled into while sitting in the audience, but when the "knives were thrown" and magically stuck up from the desk at 90 degree angles it looked a bit silly. The rigged knives, by the way were steak knives from my kitchen rammed thru a scrap of luan and hot-glued to stay in place, if that makes sense.
This is the other scene where knife throwing is involved. You know how those crazy Iowans love their knife throwing.... This scene the knives stick into a tree. Even though I'd seen it and knew it was fake, from the audience this little trick looked real.
There's my super awesome Hernando sign. Didn't Caleb do a fantastic job cutting that out? Took him awhile but totally worth it. This is the only photo I could find for this scene, which is a sad face for sure because this scene really looked hot.
The factory... the sewing machines looked cool, but I wish there could have been a lot more of them...just for visual effect. I am glad, however, we didn't have to make a lot more. It's a give and a take.

I just liked this picture. Gladys has to shove Mr. Hasler in a sort of serpentine pattern across the stage as he delivers a little speech to the girls at the factory.
The breakroom...

Babe's Kitchen. I found some really great images of 1950s kitchens and loved the use of bright colors with white and yellow cabinets. I actually wish I had a functional version of this cute little setup.
There's the red "fridge" aka wooden chest. You can't even tell it's covered in tape and then painted.

And I guess that's it. It was fun times.... fun times.