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    Friday, January 30, 2009

    Pics from FIDM costume Exhibit - now online!

    Becky & the Duchess collection
    Originally uploaded by marcailgaelyn

    My photos from my trip to see the FIDM Art of Motion Picture Costume exhibit (Sneak Peak/Opening night - 1/24/09) are now available on my Flickr site...all 459 of them!


    FIDM Costume Exhibit set:

    Monday, January 19, 2009

    Rowan Hensley Pictures

    Originally uploaded by marcailgaelyn

    Sunday afternoon I went to visit Maegen & Charlie Hensley, and their new little addition...and my honorary nephew...Rowan William Hensley!

    He's SO adorable!

    Anyways, pics are now online. To see them, visit my Flickr set:


    Jane Austen Evening 2009 Photos Online!

    Becky, Jenn, & Katherine
    Originally uploaded by

    Here's a nice photo of Katherine (Right), Jenn Mulvey (Center), and myself (Left) pausing in the doorway at the Jane Austen Evening.

    The Ball was a quite wonderful. (Crowded as usual, but still a lot of fun).

    I've now uploaded my photos from the evening to my flickr site:


    Thursday, January 15, 2009

    Not-So-Pink Ballet Slippers

    Ok, so one thing that has been my 'goal' to change for my Regency (Jane Austen Evening) outfit is the super obvious "ballet pink" slippers.

    The ballet slippers are fine in and of themselves (especially with orthopedic inserts in them), but I just couldn't stand how the pink clashed horribly with my deep red dress.

    And now, I've found the solution! Dye my shoes! They're leather, so they should take a dye, right?

    Here's what I've come up with as a 'quick' fix...use red shoe polish. And based on the results so far (one shoe done), things are promising. I'm liking what I'm seeing. It's just enough different to be acceptable. Yay!

    Now, to do the other shoe and turn in (so I can get some sleep tonight).

    Regency Corset Progress

    Current project: trying to finish up a Regency Corset that I promised to make for my sister.
    Goal (finished date): this Saturday!!!

    Yup, that's right, I'm mid-project and trying to finish something up so that it can be worn on Saturday at the Jane Austen Evening. (Only this time the item I'm hurriedly trying to finish won't be worn by me! =)

    A week or so ago, I was held up cause the wooden busk I had made for this corset was too long, so I had to get a friend to shave off 1/2". (I was SO bummed that after my careful measuring of the length needed for the corset, I was off by 1/2"). At the same time, I discovered I needed a few more bones (especially 2 spiral steel bones in lengths I didn't have on hand), so I ended up placing an order through Hedgehog. (Fortunately, I got in on the super sale that they're having right now...and of course, Hedgehog is always great on customer service and shipping things out right away =).

    Anyways, just when I get my wooden busk fixed and the newly ordered bones arrive...I got sick was out of it for a few days and then had a super busy weekend (last weekend). So, now, after getting back into a more normal routine, I'm back to focusing on FINISHING this project.
    And I'm SO close, too! =)

    Earlier this evening, I bound the two sides of the bottom of the section for the wooden busk (so that the busk is removable), made 4 hand sewn eyelets (2 on the fashion fabric side, and 2 on the coutil/lining side) so that I can tie the busk into place, made a casing out of some (100% natural cotton) batting, and inserted all the bones and the wooden busk. Whew!

    (And that doesn't even count the fact that I took a little time away from this project to finish pinning my 2nd row of eyelet lace ruffle to my half-finished over-petticoat - for yet another project/'era' - and then sew down that ruffle...and of course iron my seam afterwards.)

    So, right Now...I'm pinning the bias binding in place, and sewing that on. I probably will have to finish the pinning & sewing on the bias tomorrow, but seeing how much progress I made tonight, I'm actually hopeful I can finish this up in time. (And still have time to play with my hair tomorrow and figure out some kind of hairstyle for me to wear on Saturday =).


    Wednesday, January 14, 2009

    Prisoner star McGoohan dies at 80

    Sad news! Patrick McGoohan, the actor famous for his role as the Prisoner...and also the star of Danger Man (aka Secret Agent in later seasons here in the US) has died.
    And I was just watching an episode of Danger Man (aka 'Secret Agent') last night!
    Guess I'll have to watch a few more episodes tonight (while sewing) to do something to honor his passing.


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    Tuesday, January 13, 2009

    Demotivators (fun 'workplace' posters)

    I've seen some of these before, but not all of them this page is just great! 
    "Demotivators(R) : Increasing Success by Lowering Expectations"
    "AT DESPAIR, INC., we believe motivational products create unrealistic expectations, raising hopes only to dash them. That's why we created our soul-crushingly depressing Demotivators® designs, so you can skip the delusions that motivational products induce and head straight for the disappointments that follow!"

    Today was one of those days that I really wish I had wall space in my office cubicle (instead of its open design with the 3/4 walls and glass panes), so that I could put a few of these up. It would be interesting to see which people *actually* stop to read the print (the actual 'motivating' sayings) instead of just noticing the nice picture and glossy layout.
    So thanks to whomever pointed out this site in the first place to me!


    CGW Tea & Ice Skating - pictures now online!

    Originally uploaded by

    Just a quick note to say that pictures from the Costumer's Guild West (CGW)'s "Biltmore Hotel Tea and Pershing Square Garden Ice Skating" event, held on Sunday, January 11, 2009, are now online at my Flickr site.


    Enjoy the photos!