Be Our Guest – A Recipe for Fun (Part 3)

A Recipe for Fun… Costumes? Beauty and the Beast at Batavia Studios was a 5 week commitment in the summer of 2018.  If you are following along, you will already know that I had worked fast and furious to create all of the inanimate object costumes. Most of the costumes were heavy on sewing and building. …

Be Our Guest – Setting the Table (Part 2)

Let’s Set the Table…of Costumes If you are following this story, you will know the challenges I faced as costume designer for the recent Batavia Studios’ production of “Beauty and the Beast”.  In this installment, we are going to look at some of the costumes that required actual construction.  Specifically, I will discuss the plates…

Be Our Guest – Planning the Party (Part 1)

Party Planning My good friend texted me again: “Would you be interested in making costumes….?”!  This time, she had the script of Beauty and the Beast in her hand!  It was her studio’s summer project and she wanted my help on ALL the costumes.  While the offspring would be home for the summer, I eagerly…

Solving the Puzzle of Celebrations and Food Allergies

Food allergies were barely on my radar as a child growing up in Philadelphia. I knew certain families with a shellfish allergy, but shrimp and lobster were foods reserved for big celebrations, not everyday fare. As a newlywed, I distinctly remember the first time a friend spread the word that her young daughter had been…

We all miss Grandpa…

We all miss Grandpa… In August of 2017, I received a text from the mom of the female offspring’s classmate. She is active in our community and I have helped supply her with flags and Girl Scout cookies, and she has referred me to other clients. She has a huge heart, and I watch her…

Tales of the 4th Grade demigods

Tales of the 4th Grade demigods When the female offspring began 4th grade, I assumed it would be a Harry Potter-type of year. My husband and I had read the series and enjoyed the movies, and many of her friends had dressed as Hermione and Harry for several Halloweens in a row. The male offspring…