Haunted Pirate Fest 2015-Vending!

After months of prep my first show has come and gone! I’ve always enjoyed this festival as a patron and I enjoyed the experience of spending the weekend as a vendor. So how did it go? Financially better than I expected. I’m not rolling in money but since I secretly feared I wouldn’t make a cent I’m pretty happy! And again, first show, you can only expect so much. The learning experience was the true prize, I’m full of ideas for the next show. Most of all, I had fun. My family all pitched in to help, my best friend spent the weekend with me, my booth was right next to our friends’ booth, and I got to share the event with my dance school!

Fussing with the displays.

Fussing with the displays.

I rearranged the booth several times so that the dance table and my wares got equal exposure, and also to experiment with what worked best. I somehow forgot to get a picture of the dance table so you’ll just have to believe that it’s out front!

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Sue got to come out for the weekend, she seemed to enjoy the attention!

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Last time I hire a pirate to help with the booth …

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My main piece sold the first day!

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We performed Saturday evening, leaving my mom to watch the tent for me. We pulled together a pirate themed performance to suit the occasion:

Opening reel

Opening reel

My old Ren Fair dance costumes got an upgrade.

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The little girls were decked out as mermaids and danced to Pirates of the Caribbean 4’s Jolly Sailor Bold mixed with a light jig.

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And my friend and I were given permission to come up with a special pirate routine using a hornpipe, He’s A Pirate, and mixing in some sword fighting!

P1020091 P1020084 We had three practices to put this together and we had a few minor flubs on stage but we covered well enough and the crowd really got a kick out of it!

The second day of the festival my friend and I were asked on stage to dance with The Craic. My family and I have always enjoyed their high energy music and it was thrilling to be part of their last show of the day. Luckily we both had our hardshoes with us! Check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/craicshow, they’re seriously the nicest people!

All in all a successful weekend!

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Haunted Swamp Trail

This year we differed from our usual Halloween Party to hold something a little different. Normally all of our efforts go into decorating the inside of the house, but this year we moved our efforts to the backyard for a Haunted Swamp Trail tour!

 Our backyard is not large but due to my mother’s gardening efforts it is a maze of trails that make it seem larger than it is. We took full advantage of this for our swamp trail, adding a few black dropcloths to strengthen the effect. Then we invited my dance school to come through!

 

We didn’t get the chance to take pictures during the event as we were all busy ‘acting’ but we took some during the day after everything had been set up:

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The entrance to the 'Swamp'. We built a shallow pond and a plank bridge for the people to walk over.

The entrance to the ‘Swamp’. We built a shallow pond and a plank bridge for the people to walk over.

Looking down from the bridge

Looking down from the bridge

Bone vulture

Bone vulture

Another pond, we added drop cloth behind it so you couldn't see past it.

Another pond, we added drop cloth behind it so you couldn’t see past it. Once it got dark we lit a dozen tiki torches to light the way, it really helped the atmosphere!

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The fork in the path. Which way out?

The fork in the path. Which way out?

 

The voodoo queen's lair. she offered the children live worms in a bowl but then handed out candy and alcoholic shots for parents.

The voodoo queen’s lair. she offered the children live worms in a bowl but then handed out candy and alcoholic shots for parents.

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Leaving the Voodoo queen's lair.

Leaving the Voodoo queen’s lair and heading towards the Hillbilly zombies. But first I jumped out of the thick bushes to scare them!

Spider dude helped to fill in a somewhat blank area.

Spider dude helped to fill in a somewhat blank area.

Cannibals!

Cannibals!

The hillbilly zombies had a still and sat around the fire cracking absolutely teeeerrible jokes!

The hillbilly zombies had a still and sat around the fire cracking absolutely teeeerrible jokes!

Here's Bar B. Que, she had a fake fire under her to keep her roasting.

Here’s Bar B. Que, she had a fake fire under her to keep her roasting.

 

A wrecked canoe sticking out of the bushes.

A wrecked canoe sticking out of the bushes. And here, when everyone thought they were done, a werewolf jumped out of a bush and scared the &%$@! out of everyone!

My costume, I was the White Lady, ghost of the swamp. I jumped out as the people walked towards the Hillbillies, then circled around to tell them to leave my swamp.

My costume, I was the White Lady, ghost of the swamp. I jumped out as the people walked towards the Hillbillies, then circled around to tell them to leave my swamp.

 

One of the hillbillies, taken by Melissa Price.

One of the hillbillies, taken by Melissa Price.

 We had a blast setting it up and running it and everyone seemed to have a great time. We were hard pressed to out it together in time with everything else going on but we did it and it was definitely worth it!

Next weekend, Pirate Fest!

The Annual October Sewing Panic

So. Many. Things. To stress about!

Less than a month till my first show. Do I have enough wares? Will I be ready? Will anything actually sell? Should I put more stuff on Etsy or reserve it as stock for the show? And if it doesn’t sell at the show will it be too late to sell on Etsy because the Halloween costume shopping season will be over?

On top of this plethora of worries there’s the ‘normal’ Halloween sewing madness going on. This year my best friend is taking me to Disney World to attend the Not So Scary Halloween Party (which, despite its lack luster name, actually sounds awesome!) Costumes are allowed so obviously we are taking full advantage of this and I am sewing two entire gowns for the event. More on those to come!

Just because I apparently like to test myself to the limit, we decided at the last moment to have a Haunted House at our house this year in our backyard. There are costumes to make, props to create, scenes to set, scripts to write and the ‘actors’ and helpers keep bailing on me!!

Oh well, who needs sleep anyway?

With all this weighing on me, every finished piece feels like a small victory. My latest completed piece is particularly notable to me  because I finally feel comfortable with sewing corsets. I mentioned my corseting troubles back here https://dancingseamstress.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/corset-drafting/

I needed a break from pirate so I dug out some scraps of cotton and on a whim made this Autumn inspired corset, which turned into a full Autumn Fairy Dress.

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My self-drafted pattern is much improved, it’s comfortable and everything stays where they’re supposed *ahem* . I was wary of the steel boning but now I can’t believe I ever tried to get along with out it. If you are getting into corseting, take my advice. Bite that bullet and buy the steel boning. Plastic does not cut it. Yes it’s pricey but it is well worth it.

So comfortable I kind of wish I was keeping it.

So comfortable I kind of wish I was keeping it.

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Observe how I manage to look serene when I’m actually freaking out because I know I should be working instead of posing.

If you like the look of this outfit check it out on my Etsy shop! There is still time before Halloween!

As for me … well, I guess I better go get to work. You know what they say: You can sleep when your dead after October!