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Christmas Carol Everywhere

Since August, I’ve been surrounded by Christmas Carol.

At home, I’m working on my 1,000,000,000-th revision of a MG Carol retelling (which I love!). By the time I came back for the new season (a week late), CC had already engulfed the entire theatre. It’s not every year we build the beastie from scratch. In fact, this is the first new production my theatre’s had in 16 (or so) years.

It’s a lot of holly.

While I’m normally a firsthand, sewing and assisting a draper, for this show I’m focusing on the painting/ dying/ crafting aspects of my job description. Which is okay by me! I love making beautiful things, but I like making character-appropriate and unusual things even more. So far, most of my craftwork has involved distressing (making things look old) and “moment” creation.

Like I said, it’s a lot of holly.


In case you’re wondering which store has the best/most supplies for Moment building, I’d recommend Hobby Lobby. Vastly superior to JoAnn’s and Michaels when it comes to quantity, price, and enthusiasm for Christmas. I mean, Michaels was pretty much all about Halloween still. Psshaw.


My (dwindled) pile of supplies. Please note the headphones (complete with gaff tape). One of the best parts of working by myself is listening to audiobooks.


The Ghost of Christmas Present will be the prettiest Christmas Queen in all the land.


Four of my favorite creations, prepped and ready to be sewed together. (No glue here, folks!)


Sometimes your gloves aren’t quite tall enough… (This was the only pic I have on my phone of my distressing work on this show. Will have to take more this week.)


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Old Camera Surprise!




My nephew came out this past week to visit. He’d never been to NJ to see us, and we wanted him to know where we lived and what our lives were like here. He was pretty excited. Not really about visiting us, though. More because it meant he got to go on an airplane, then take a subtrain (his word) in NYC and see the Statue of Liberty.

To make his visit special, we gave him an old digital camera to use. Before doing so, we wanted to make sure it was empty. Lo and behold! It was not. Included in some random shots of our old place and a vacation to Florida, was this pretty little bonnet I remade for Christmas Carol 2 years ago.

Not the┬ábest photographs, but I’m still quite pleased with the hat itself. And it’s held up! 3 Christmas Carols later, it’s still going strong.

And this one seems to be focused more on the headblock than the bonnet.

Side view! With tools in the background. Photography fail.

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