I always pull out my uncle's Christmas postcard from his time spent in the military during the '40's while stationed in France. He sent this wonderful card to my grandparents (his in-laws). It's so sweet, and I cherish it so much. Uncle Chuck, you were a wonderful man! Cheers to you in the afterlife.
We just got home and are about to snuggle in and watch one of our favorite movies tonight, but I wanted to post that we had one of the best holidays at my parent's home. All the family was there including new boyfriends, and fingers crossed, babies on the way!! :) We can count our lucky stars to have such kind, hard working, honest and loving new members join our crazy gene pool! Happy holidays to my family and friends in Houston, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana, Austin, Colorado, France, Sweden, Columbia, etc... Mistletoe kisses to all and cheers to a lovely 2011!!!! ******
Gina and I took only a few pictures this year. We were working back-to-back jobs, so we rarely stopped to shoot photos. I'll post the others later.
I redesigned the Santa I bought. I took some things off his attire that were cheesy and added some things like the cool clock he's holding. I found that at another store. Love it! I also took off the ugly red ribbon that was on the lighted present, and added my own ribbon and accents of light bulbs and gold sprayed coral picks. Everyone has commented on it when they see me outside. I've seen neighbors taking peeks. Just hope someone leaves some tuna treats and catnip for my cats. Lol!
I can never have the expected look. Whatever I design has to have a creative twist and an amusing unusual flair. I used old and new keys, actual GE light bulbs and numbered metal tags. It looks really cool up close and personal. I used my old railroad spikes and hammered metal ornaments under the tree. The tree topper is just a simple feather bouquet. Nothing spectacular until you put it all together. For those of you who know where I live, stop by and take a peek. Just use things that you like and don't worry about whether it's appropriate to the holidays or if other people like it. Design for your tastes. Make it personal. Make it fun! Who wants to be boring?
I made two fake gourmet foods (grilled salmon with herbs and grilled swordfish with a bosenberry balsamic sauce). Pretty cool since this was the first time I've done anything like this (except for the fake oysters I made last summer for another theater production.) It's more amazing given the fact that I'm like Carrie on Sex And The City and use my oven for storage. I don't cook, but I'm a great fake 'n bake chef, so that counts for something! :)
(If you guess what material I used, you win a prize! No cheating for those friends/family who know what I used to create them!)
Check out Main Street Theater's production of Heidi Chronicles which opened this weekend to great success and runs until mid-December.
Fake and Bake Time! Fake grilled salmon w/ with herbs - for Main Street Theater's production of Heidi Chronicles!
I'll try to post a pic (later) of the underside and bottom edges of the salmon. It looks like real fish skin. Bleck... but I looove me some salmon twice a week! Yummo!
My friend just passed away. Very sad. My other friend's mom passed away, too, when I originally posted this. Cheers to "S" - watch over the kitties...
Made me want to post the songs I want to hear when I'm exiting the world. "My Life's Been Grand" by George Strait http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-QQk6WC2p4
The other song is sung by Jason Mraz. It's the sweet song "Rainbow Connection" (Jim Henson's). I just love the beauty of his voice singing sweet, simple, and introspective lyrics while playing just his guitar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggdoi0rgSjI&feature=related
Sorry for the dark crummy picture (no flash).
Most of us have, at some point, spray painted branches or bought them pre-painted to use for centerpieces. A cool thing I did the other day was spray paint a dead tree that I was going to throw away. (I have a limited green thumb.)
I sprayed it with silver spray paint including the dirt and cheap plastic pot. I hung metal words from it that read "spooky", "boo", "trick or treat", etc... and put one green apple in the dirt with a crow.
There are so many things you could do to this - group several together for greater impact, add spider webbing, crows in the branches, black bows, hand from the ground, tombstone, etc... or nothing at all for simple eerieness.
Main Street Theater's Breakfast At Eight - Opened tonight! Congrats to Andrew and cast/crew. Superb! Tom Hagemann, atty, wrote a wonderful play.
Celebrating our success at Nino's tomorrow night. Yay! Go see the show! Andrew's direction, the acting....touching, funny, intense, suspenseful... So worth the ticket. It's an intimate stage, and you will feel like you are peering into the private happenings of loved ones.... I was so proud to be a part of a great production. Congrats MST!http://blogs.chron.com/houstonlegal/2010/10/exprosecutorturnedplayright_debuts_next_weekend.html
Fun time celebrating our (Opera Vista's) success with the Silent Prince at our director's lovely home. The 2 am conversation was the highlight. Some interesting quotes that had us laughing for a lonnnng time:
"If I'm going to stay with you, I need to know if you have a special skin cleanser at your house." - Viswa's ex-girlfriend
"If I'm going to stay with you, I need to know if you have blue M&M's [in a crystal bowl] at your house." Kirthi making fun of his friend's ex-girlfriend's comment and my insertion into his comment was the crystal bowl part. The delivery was so much better in person. So many funny lines... can't remember them all!
Just completed the world premier of the Silent Prince last night. It was fantastic! Beautiful beautiful music! Sold so many tickets that the upper level balcony was the only available seating... sparse at that. We were all so proud of our combined efforts. I worked with one of the best teams...loved every minute of it! Joe, Viswa, Alex, Debs, Tom, JP, Russell, Manny, CW, David, Ryan - sweetest prince everrrr, Kirthi, Mahesh, Timothy, Gregory, Jordan....so many wonderful team members that I can't name everyone. And the post soiree was the best ever. Much much laughing... and champagne with reeeally great Indian food! I miss you guys already... but we're Bangkok bound! PS~ The chariot I created out of a pedicab was fantastic! The crew told me they heard lots of oooing and ahhhhing when it rolled out on stage. I blinged it out and was happy with it. If you need a chariot on a budget, I can give you some pointers on what I did to turn the pedicab into a chariot. L & L Cruizers - (Lisa and Pete) - are the owners of the pedicab business I discovered. They are wonderful to work with, so call them. Will try to post a pic of it later. Cheers to my new Opera Vista family!
Theatre Props - Hobby Center, Opera Vista's "Silent Prince" at the Hobby Center Oct. 15th - Passionately beautiful music! (Western Eastern fusion)
An amazing production. I enjoyed designing for this one and Opera Vista. What a wonderful group! The composer's bio (Sumtow Sucharitkul)... an interesting man. http://www.somtow.com/bio.html http://operavista.org/ (OV image credit)
Favorite quote from a co-worker: "I'm looking for a roommate who's a stage manager. They work terribly long hours which means they won't be at home very much. Better yet, I'm looking for a roommate who's a promiscuous stage manager. They're really never home."
Theatre Props - Alley Theatre "Peter Pan" set & props --amazing!--Wendy's house...the mushrooms...Tinker Bell's home. (image credit Alley)
Wish I had a photo of Wendy's house that I worked on with Eric.
We used PVC pipe, chicken wire, and muslin dipped in glue. That was the best solution so it would remain lightweight for crew installation. We painted it and then wired on TONS of artificial foliage that Karin found for us. It looked so great! Total teamwork. Eric even installed a functional interior light feature. I created a cool design up the front of the window using the yellow foliage mixed in with the green foliage, and we mixed in tree branches. I wish I had snapped a photo of it. I also worked on The Lost Boys bed mattress - 2 large pieces of upholstery foam and carved foam to get the angle needed to view all the actors during their nightly story time. The pillows I created were also for the Lost Boys bed. They had to be sewn as if little ones created the pillows. Good thing for me as I had to make them imperfect on purpose! Created the texture on the organic furniture with Haley using Jaxsan, mulch and muslin. Tomoko and I texturized the cannons...Lots of other great things. Absolute fun!