I mentioned before that my boyfriend, Matt, open a skate shop. Well just last week they changed locations, so these pictures are a little behind, but I still wanted to post them. They were sharing the space with a salon, but they've got their own space now. This has been quite the adventure for Matt. I am so proud of him for all the work he's done. I really hope things continue to work out and that someday he can expand and offer a space for music, but most of all a space that kids can come hangout and be safe. So here are some pictures of a typical day at Shifty's.
There are many great things about summer, but one of the best has got to be baseball. The Monday Night Burger Club got free tickets to a game early this summer. As usual it was a scorcher, but we enjoyed some brews, and Sye had several hot dogs. The Bucks killed it.. like home-runs in the first inning killed it. The evening was sponsored by our friends place of employment (exterminators), so throughout the night they were asking bug related questions. The final question was about lightning bugs.. I did not know they answer, but happened to be sitting with the lady that wrote the questions. She told me the answer, I went up to the table, and next thing I knew I was walking out with $20! Technically that means I got paid to watch baseball. Talk about awesome. Now that fall is here I am hoping we can all attend a couple football games.
Shark Week played a show this summer during our town's summer celebration. It was the first show that they played their new song at. Bean Dip and Resin Hits.. My new personal favorite. It was ridiculously hot in the building and not much better outside, so between sets we went over to our favorite bar, The Cypress. We cooled off and enjoyed some beer, watching the carnies sell their glowsticks. After the show we wandered around Sturgis Falls. We heard this awesome Irish band play, who's name slips my mind. Jessica got her dance on with an old man while we paid too much for beer. No surprise there. This was by far one of my favorite nights of the summer.
Summer is fun, but fall is better for picture taking.
A long, long, time ago.. We went out to Sakura, the hibachi grill. I have never been a big fan of the hibachi cooked food. However, It's always fun to watch!
Today I am going to the local skate competition. I have a feeling it is going to be a blast. Keeping our fingers crossed that a lot of kids will show up, Shifty's will get some new business, and everyone will go home happy!
It seems I have managed to work myself into being the most busiest I have ever been in my whole life. I mean, of course, I've had busy weeks.. But this is busy life.. Like I might as well start driving a van, or drink coffee on a daily basis, or get a pixie cut, busy.
I am working 2 different secretary jobs at work, babysitting, taking 3 classes, and now.. Helping with the fall play at the high school I work at. And by helping I mean designing all the costumes, hair, and make-up, as well the usual assistant director stuff.
We will be putting on "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" as well as another undecided One Act. Did I mention practice starts on Tuesday? The play is right before Thanksgiving so we have a lot of work to do.
I have to admit I am really excited about this new obligation, but also slightly intimidated. I have never been "in-charge" of something like this. Yes, it all has to be approved by the director, but ultimately the things I've been put in charge of will be my ideas. And the guys I'm working with actually RESPECT them! It's so amazingly gratifying to suggest an idea to people who know way more than you do about theater, and have them LOVE it.
So here is some of my inspiration pictures for the costumes. I will hopefully keep up with the blog a little better now that I've got something I find exciting to talk about. I am planning on posting pictures of all the costumes I make!
I love the posters from the 1938 movie with Errol Flynn and Oliva de Havilland. The bright use of color is something I definitely want to do. We work on a very small stage so I think it's important to the most important characters really POP!
If I can find cheap velvet Marian will be wearing it. I will also be hunting for cheap, tulle, taffeta, lace, and anything with texture that can be layered, to use for the Fawning Ladies.
I will probably make all the guys tunics. Ryan, my co-director, thinks all the Merry Men should wear tights. I couldn't agree more. Although the boys probably won't like wearing dresses and tights, it's cheap, and easy. I can add embellishments like cords, collars, and studs to make them look more "manly".
I love the costume on the girl pictured above. She is playing the "Townsgirl", basically the narrator. I've come up with a fun idea for that character, but will be saving that secret for the show. Anyway, I love that she's wearing plaid. This is only the somewhat true story, so why can't they wear plaid? I always see cheap.cheap.cheap plaid prints at the fabric store so it's definitely a possibility.
Anyway, if you have any tips on how to mass produce clothes, or Robin Hood inspiration, let me know!