Friday, September 22, 2017

Actual fabric and sewing! Well, eventually!


Well today for the first time in ages, I went fabric shopping for ME. this means, no sequins, no metallic. Oh my word, what a surreal experience!
The Fabric Store, aka GlobalThatWas (GTW) (because really, it's a difficult name otherwise) was my destination. Because, they advertised 18 Liberty prints for $18m.
Now I don't know if you're studying my tasted in fabric that much, because, well, stalking, but I love the Liberty prints that are hard core pre-WW2 in their vibe. I love most of the actual fabrics - tana lawn, baby cord, Lantana etc. So, I get excited to the point of needing a slap over about 5% of the offering, and that's fine with me. Nobody wants to all like the same things, amiright?
This wee moment of absolute indulgence yielded three purchases:

1. Silk chiffon in the warm colourway of Alma. This is my all time favourite Liberty print - I have an entire dress in the Tana Lawn version. So I bought a half metre to make a floaty scarf to tie back me hair. This intense matchy matchy thing really appeals to me! I bought a length of the Lantana wool/cotton blend in the softeer colourway of this print a while ago that it will also look delish with.

2. 2.5m of baby cord in this amazing Bloomsbury vibe print in a range of colours that just scream, "Wear me with Denim!" It's a perfect weight for the spring weather, or the autumn weather because it may take me that long to make it Erk.

3. This Tana Lawn called Karm A, was what I went in to look at. It's quite green, and I love green more than it loves me, but I had to have it. Because Paisley!!!
My photo was so meh, here's the photo from their website. OH MY GOSH!
I bought 5m because I had a plan to also make something for Jack, who considers paisley to be his favourite colour. But after today, I am not so sure; this is why:
I texted in fun to say I was leaving the office*, going to GTW, and if I wasn't at the shop in 30 minutes, to stage an intervention (he was working at the shop) Well, it took a bit of time to get there and honestly I hadn't been there very long when their phone rang. The lass who answered it seemed a bit confused, but I realised soon the call was about me. I saw her writing something on a piece of paper, clearly under instruction, and handed it to me. One word, INTERVENTION! cheeky monkey.
His paisley privileges have been temporarily withdrawn. No doubt I will relent though. If only for the embarrassment factor of being dressed alike!. ;-)

*People I have a day job now. I am dipping my toe back into corporate life again. Only part time for now, and it's working very well - the shop doesn't need me full time thanks to awesome staff, and it's good to have Options.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

My August!

 I'm starting at the most recent and working backward. Last Sunday we had a photo shoot for our Time Travel Cabaret air raid shelter show in November. I am utterly stuffed to the gill with pride that my baby sister is joining us FINALLY. She sings like a dream and has so much stage presence. I've dug her out of suburban family contentment. She's not unhappy about it. Here we are in full quasi 1944 gear.
Here's the whole crew. We've not got the proper pics back yet, so it's selfies for now. 

Since my last post, I've started a 25 hour a week IT contract on top of the shop, so I am using my time with more...determination? I feel a little squeezed in, like my life is wearing shapewear. It's not terrible, but it is slowing down my blog reading and writing. Bah
AND, I have acquired my first ever knee high boots! Look! They fit my huge calves. Bliss! They were a swap.
AND, I attended the New Zealand Burlesque Festival. What an incredible experience that was. If I was a different person I would have five posts full of photos to show you all how incredible it all was. Set in the little village of Devonport on Auckland's North Shore, we had an amazing time of it. But I am terrible at photos and so you'll have to take my word for it. Here's a couple of shots of me on stage at the Saturday Spectacular Tease show
 Doing despicable things to my hookah
A close up dressing room selfie that shows my Mad Hatter makeup better. My most fun face to do!
The curtain call. Son Jack is the lithe figure in black at the right end. I am fourth right along the back, just where the black panel finishes. I still had my weird makeup on. 

Sunday started with a brunch at which the national Golden Garters Awards are handed out. These are by voting only, and I was totally blown away to be nominated for two - Favourite MC, and Faovourite non-Strip Tease Act with Clever for our Foodtard Song. Hans (Clever Hansel) couldn't come to the Festival so I took along his photo - seen here propped against my water glass at the brunch table. SoundBitch and Sharne are deep in talk - probably about life with a ponytail and black T-shirt aesthetic lol. 
 Well, the upshot was that I won Favourite MC, and here is my very gold award on the Wall of Amazing Things in my living room. Foodtard lost out to the act I voted for so I was stoked about that! it involves synchronised swimmers, a pole and Bolero. It is AMAZING.
This award means a lot to me as I am a tireless campaigner for Emcees who are entertaining but also respectful and do not take over a show. I must say the Emcee for our show, Miss La Vida, was FANTASTIC and hopefully will appear on the finalist list next year.
So that's me for now. I am tired, sore, contented, stressed, honoured, busy, challenged. Many more less readworthy things are happening and I may touch upon them if I get to post more often.
Thank you for reading dear ones xo



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fit to write again!

Hello, where has a month gone? Spent walking carefully and trying not to bend over because it hurts! And not being able to sleep for long in any one position.
However I am almost normal again. I've been to Christchurch to entertain the good people of TechCommNZ, I've done a workshop on stage makeup, worked in the shop, got a chest infection for which I am currently popping A.B.s, and new things are afoot! Afoot I say!
In the meantime, here's a video from our Time Travel Cabaret 1970s show in July. Our fabulous videographer Andrew (affectionately known as SoundBitch) has been so busy, it took longer than usual to get the final edits. He's our hero!
Speaking of heroes, this video is of my dear friend and fellow Pinot sister Debbie as her alter ego Anglebert Humpermink! Such a surprise!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tumbling, tumbling, tumbling down...

This was me last night, only more sack of spuds faceplanting than graceful swoon. Plus our stairs are not so grand.
The culprit is this dress:

It was long back then when I made it and it is even longer now, making it a trip hazard. I was wearing suede boots and I think the knit fabric gripped my boot and the combo tripped me up.
I am very sore but very lucky- my left leg and left ribs fared the worst of all of me, but nothing is cracked or broken and I will survive!
My first sewing job when I can sit at the machine again will be lopping four inches off the hem of this dress. It is super duper warm being made of merino sweatshirt fabric so I've been wearing it all the time, pretty much taking it off to wash and dry then putting it on again!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When my E string broke!

Hello my darlings! Clever Hansel and I entertained the crowd at the Duos DIY Burleskiwi with the Foodtard Song. Things got a bit complicated when the evil $20 op shop guitar busted a string and we abandoned it. Here's the video:


On the subject of the Evil Guitar, I had so much stuff to take home I left it at the Fringe Bar overnight, and it disappeared. Now why anyone would nick it when there were other guitars there is beyond me. My theory is that it absorbed into the stage area overnight, as the following night, so many things went wrong!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Do It Yourself!

It's nearly 5am, my nose is stuffed up again - my second go-round of cold in three weeks. It's not surprising though after a big weekend with three gigs in three days.
Friday and Saturday were a culmination of nearly a year's work by Debbie and I - we are The Pinot Sisters, Gris and Noir, and The Great DIY Burleskiwi is the annual event we produce, along with the bi-monthly Time Travel Cabaret.
Friday night was the Duos show - I love the dynamics of two performers on stage together! Saturday night was the Solos show.
Contestants are allowed a very small budget - $100 for solos and $175 for Duos. They can borrow one item, use one existing item, but otherwise from the skin out, that's it! It has to include shoes, underwear, overwear, head pieces, the works! The winner gets a sash in great DIY kiwi fashion, this time it was made from a Swan-dri, and a crown made from #8 fencing wire. It is such a clever idea and I was chuffed that Debbie asked me to co-produce it this year, as well as Emcee.
Debbie and I with Solos winner, Pixie Twist from Glamilton. Pixie and her partner Mr B Frank won the Duos as well, as Frank N Twist. They are a fantastic stage act!

Nonsense to What's New Pussycat

I love this photo - I look like some kind of crested pink poultry! 
On Sunday afternoon I sang at a fundraiser for Outerspaces, an organisation devoted to supporting LGBTQI+ youth, held in honour of V Burns, a much loved and missed lady who devoted her life to supporting the community, and who passed away later that same day. It was a beautiful event, hundreds of people come together to celebrate life, cry, laugh, and remember her indomitable spirit. RIP you beautiful diamond.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Women in my Living Room

I love collecting pieces of Art that represent and celebrate women in all their diversity. In my home I get to filter out all the depressing cookie cutter imagery we are usually bombarded with -curating for women that inspire me, and that I get to relate to. And I will keep building my collection too.
Here are some examples from my living room.

This is  Christmas card my darling friend Adele sent me a couple of years ago. I had it framed. It says everything about us both that we love! (we both adore fruitcake too)

I've owned this limited edition casting for nearly 20 years. I love that she is an angel, she is shapely but powerful and has SO much attitude!
I have such a soft spot for Our Lady. I deliberately ignore all the tosh that is talked about her. I see her as an enduring image of the female aspect of God. And I love the art that is made of her, especially in Mexico. This lamp delights me and lights me. And I did make it. It's not wonky, it's just the photo.
This painting is really big - about 55x65cm. I bought it off the wall at a cafe in Christchurch - the artist's work didn't really light me up but this painting was different. I adore the richness of colour, the light, her voluptuousness. The frame really set it off.
I found out soon after that it was a copy of this painting by Tamara de Lempicka, of her lover - the Beautiful Rafaela. I actually love my version better, for its deep colours and more accentuated voluptuousness.
   
There are no idealised beauties in my home that I cannot relate to!