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…

Can You Make a Window Seat?

In July of 2017, one of my regular clients challenged me with a new project. “Tatiana, can you make me a window seat?” Of COURSE, I said yes…and I panicked…and I researched…and I paused to explain to my parents what Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube could teach me (did I mention I was sitting at their…

Once Upon a Pastel Dream

Once Upon a Pastel Dream… I have a very good friend, collaborator, patron, mentor, and fellow mama in my tribe and when she texts “Would you be interested….?” I sit up straighter and get out my calendar. Let’s call her “BS” (no, not THAT BS…it just happens to be the initials of her business!). We…

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…