Another skill I had to learn for A Perfect Ganesh costumes was how to tie a turban! Not only that, how could the actors take them on and off without the wrapped fabric unravelling?Solution One: watch Youtube videos and practice with a 5 meter long piece of fabric. Since those guys tie a fresh one every day, they can fold one perfectly in under 5 minutes. After a few tries, I had it down, but not in under 5 minutes. That is just too time consuming backstage. Easier with a mirror or someone elses head. Solution Two: Anchor on a hat. I found 5 identical felt hats with a brim. I cut off the brim and there was the perfect base. I tied the turbans on the felt base, then hot glued then securely. Voila! Easy to put on and take off turbans. Opening night is tonight, and there is a Saturday and Sunday show. (4 shows to follow next weekend!) Find time! Support local theatre! (& your costume designer friend!)

Another skill I had to learn for A Perfect Ganesh costumes was how to tie a turban! Not only that, how could the actors take them on and off without the wrapped fabric unravelling?Solution One: watch Youtube videos and practice with a 5 meter long piece of fabric. Since those guys tie a fresh one every day, they can fold one perfectly in under 5 minutes. After a few tries, I had it down, but not in under 5 minutes. That is just too time consuming backstage. Easier with a mirror or someone elses head. Solution Two: Anchor on a hat. I found 5 identical felt hats with a brim. I cut off the brim and there was the perfect base. I tied the turbans on the felt base, then hot glued then securely. Voila! Easy to put on and take off turbans. Opening night is tonight, and there is a Saturday and Sunday show. (4 shows to follow next weekend!) Find time! Support local theatre! (& your costume designer friend!)

A Perfect Ganesh ~ the name of the 4th play Im doing costumes for this year with director Brook Hall. Every play is a little different, and I always get a chance to learn a new skill to add to my repertoire. For the character Ganesh (the Elephant headed Hindu god), drawings often depict him with these huge gold plated necklaces. Knowing I wasnt gonna find that, I had to come up with a DIY solution that looked similar: Braided Chain!I got a roll of thick gold cord, a roll of gold chain, and looked at some tutorials online. I came up with a hybrid technique: braid the cord (or whatever string you use, some ppl have fabric, some embroidery thread), then "stitch" the braid to the chain using another long piece of cord like a telephone cord, skipping every second chain link. You could do the same on both sides, like I did with the gold, or add many layers. I added an inside layer of white with only one side stitched. Opening night is on Friday!

A Perfect Ganesh ~ the name of the 4th play Im doing costumes for this year with director Brook Hall. Every play is a little different, and I always get a chance to learn a new skill to add to my repertoire. For the character Ganesh (the Elephant headed Hindu god), drawings often depict him with these huge gold plated necklaces. Knowing I wasnt gonna find that, I had to come up with a DIY solution that looked similar: Braided Chain!I got a roll of thick gold cord, a roll of gold chain, and looked at some tutorials online. I came up with a hybrid technique: braid the cord (or whatever string you use, some ppl have fabric, some embroidery thread), then "stitch" the braid to the chain using another long piece of cord like a telephone cord, skipping every second chain link. You could do the same on both sides, like I did with the gold, or add many layers. I added an inside layer of white with only one side stitched. Opening night is on Friday!

Inspired by Carries shoe purge (another #shoeaddict gal like me, who recently gave away a lot of pretty shoes), and #thehappinessproject, I decided to do a shoe purge of my own.For me this satisfied a few resolutions Gretchen Rubin mentions in her book: "Tackle a Nagging Task" ~ been meaning to do this for a while"Declutter" ~ some of those shoes were just garbage, but why did I feel the need to keep them?"Have less, but want what I have more" And these things would help me to "Spend Out" or use what i have while I still can.I know I get a big boost from NEW, so I flipped all my shoes around to look at them in a different way to trick my brain into rediscovering my shoe collection.That also gives me a new project "Make Time for Projects" ~ try to dye/spray paint 5 pairs of shoes black.Im still reading the book, and these are Gretchens resolutions, but I intend on writing my own after Im done the book and have had time to reflect.

Inspired by Carries shoe purge (another #shoeaddict gal like me, who recently gave away a lot of pretty shoes), and #thehappinessproject, I decided to do a shoe purge of my own.For me this satisfied a few resolutions Gretchen Rubin mentions in her book: "Tackle a Nagging Task" ~ been meaning to do this for a while"Declutter" ~ some of those shoes were just garbage, but why did I feel the need to keep them?"Have less, but want what I have more" And these things would help me to "Spend Out" or use what i have while I still can.I know I get a big boost from NEW, so I flipped all my shoes around to look at them in a different way to trick my brain into rediscovering my shoe collection.That also gives me a new project "Make Time for Projects" ~ try to dye/spray paint 5 pairs of shoes black.Im still reading the book, and these are Gretchens resolutions, but I intend on writing my own after Im done the book and have had time to reflect.