Moving Back to New Haven?


Sure, why not!

About two weeks ago, I got a call from the shop manager at LWT, the theatre where I was a resident last year, asking me if I wanted a job. Being that a) I was unemployed and b) I would have probably cut off my left leg to move back east and out of Ohio, I of course said yes.

So I’m moving back to New Haven and going back to work at LWT. I get to spend all day sewing and get a real, live paycheck as opposed to the sad little resident stipend from last year. I do have to do all those difficult things like pay rent and for utilities. No more free housing for me.

While I’m super excited and counting down the days until I get back, I’m a little sad that I won’t have all my friends from last year at the theatre with me. I’ll miss having Lydia and Nikki around, as they were the people I spent the most time with while I was a resident. Lydia had applied for the carp job at LWT back in July and I wish she would’ve gotten it… but such is life, I suppose? I at least have StagemanagementfriendAlex around and my other roommates within driving distance. It’ll be different.

But it’ll be awesome.

Summer Sewing & Knitting Projects


I had a fantastic summer.

First, I’ve had a series of fantastic summers over the past few years working at my summer camp. However, I decided this summer I needed to try something new and something related to my field. I ended up spending the summer in the Adirondack’s at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Its pretty awesome… you should check it out if you’re in the area.

Anyway, I was given the luxury of spending a lot of time working with my intern on a multitude of different sewing projects. I even got in a few of my own…

I bought this fabric from along with a couple of buttons and some fusible fleece. I found a link (to come) to a laptop case tutorial. During the tech of one of our shows (which I designed and only had one costume… so I excused myself from the third day of tech and deemed the show done!) I whipped up this little number… and its totally awesome and completely easy.

Another day, another project. One day I played host to two other interns for the day so that we could all make aprons. They succeeded… I made a brush holder roll for our carpenter because it sounded more exciting.

I semi regretted this decision when I had to run wardrobe and realized my blacks did not have pockets. Luckily, I didn’t have that much to carry around…. At  least I wasn’t wearing coveralls.

Onward! What to make next? Well first I had to finish the baby blanket I started way back in April. My best friend is having a baby girl in September and I had promised to make her this blanket. Charlotte (which is the baby’s name! I love it. Its so classic!) is going to have the most adorable nursery with purple and butterflies… and the blanket matches perfectly.

Adorableness. And it only took me four-ish months to complete. My final knitting project of the summer? Nerd-tastic.

Who’s seen the show Firefly? I hadn’t until this past year when my New Haven roommates convinced me to watch it on Netflix. Joss Whedon wasn’t a name I was particularly familiar with, so its a good thing I watch this show or I would’ve had no idea what my friend, Scott, was talking about when he showed me this hat.

Yes. I made the Jayne Cobb hat. (And for those of you who are die hard crazy fans… I added the damn dingle dangles off the earflaps.) I now have a waiting list of people who want them as well…

So this was my summer of personal projects. Add in ten thousand alterations, a lot of nights playing cornhole and terrorizing a cat,  trips on the lake in the boat, some ice cream, and a whole lot of crazy antics and you have my summer.

It was fantastic.

Staying Busy: Projects to Do While at Home


Ruffle Shirt
Purse Camera Bag
Revamping an Old Sweatshirt
“Taking Notes” Skirt
Convertible Wrap/Infinity Dress
USA Map Scrap Wall Hanging
Ribbon and Pearl Necklace
Organizer Tote Basket
Burberry Inspired Wrap Skirt
Fabric Headband
Shift Dress
Men’s Shirt Skirt
Sweatshirt Restyle
Colourful Tiered Trays
Book Strap
Bird Mobile
Storage Ladder
Ruffled Messanger Bag
Knitting Bag
Old School Dufflebag
Flat Bottomed Zippered Pouch
Fabric Storage Basket
Reusable Grocery Bag
Weekender Bag
Kate Middleton Blue Zara Dress
Bento Box Lunch Box
Casserole Carrier 

6 January 2011


This girl has a lot of designing to do.

I’m presently working at Long Wharf Theatre as their costume resident. Along with working in their costume shop for the season, I also help in producing a theatre for youth show with the other seven residents in my program. My part of the process, obviously, is the costumes which I both design and create. I’m thrilled about the idea, however, I have no motivation to sit down and sketch.

So is my life.

I should make a promise that, if work gets cancelled tomorrow due more impending snow doom, I will sit down and sketch.

But, if we’re being honest…. I’ll probably just go right back to sleep.

New Year’s Day Dinner


My entire life, my mother has made the same dinner on New Year’s Day. This meal consists of pork, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes. I never like sauerkraut, however, I always ate it because supposedly it will give you good luck in the new year. This year, living in New Haven, is my first New Year’s day away from home. Not wanting to screw up 22 years of fairly good luck, I decided I would make my family’s typical dinner myself.

It began…. with a lot of pre-packaged stuff.

Mmm… Potato Buds. So what we have here is the smallest can of kraut I could find, a box of potato buds (Hey, its early in my conquest to become a domestic diva!), two apples, and four rather small cuts of pork. So what next?

Call mom, of course!

My mother gave me the basics for the recipe which, of course, I promptly forgot about fifteen minutes after getting off the phone. After defrosting the meat, slicing the apples, and draining the kraut, I decided to consult the trust resident housing cook book.

The volume of knowledge is hardly ever used by the inhabitants of my apartment. Its actually stuck on a shelf and usually covered with tins of tea. Today, however, I rescued it in order to put its information to good use. I opened it… and promptly saw this.

Real bros get their bros cook books for their birthdays.

After debating on the relationship of Jake and Dan for awhile, I finally found the pork section of the cookbook, which was basically nothing I didn’t already know. Bugger. With a shrug, I turned the oven to 300° and went about preparing the pork.

I began by browning the pork cuts, seasoning them with pepper, on the burner before putting them into a roasting pan. I added the kraut and sliced apples (which, according to Ma, help counteract the kraut’s strong flavour) before setting it into the oven.

I popped this puppy in the oven and was ready for fifteen minutes of mindless Facebook surfing before I noticed something left behind… The rest of the apples!! What to do? Why… cook them in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon of course!

As I let my apples cook, I realized it was also time to start the oh so delicious potato buds. By the time the microwave at made me my potatoes, the apples had cooked, and my roommate have come home to give me an update from work, the meat and kraut was ready!!

And its complete! My (incredibly white) New Year’s meal. How did it taste? Pretty good, at least for me and my lack of skills. Things I should improve on are spicing… since most of the taste came from the kraut (which I am slowly beginning to hate less). My roommate even had some and didn’t look disgusted or vomit after finishing. I call my first home cooked meal of 2011 a success.