Backstage at the circus

Here I am! February has been a bit of a blur, between a major illness and the many rehearsals for the circus show I am performing in right now. Here are a few behind-the-scenes images from the green room and from the wings.

In terms of sewing, there has been a lot of circus-costume alteration and repair happening, but also three different dress projects! I’m looking forward to getting back to my sewing table, but for now, I am swinging through the air with the greatest of ease.

The case of the missing pattern


Someone please call Nancy Drew, I am in need of her assistance.  I have this beaut of a pattern that I was just about to begin making a muslin for, but have been sidelined due to a missing pattern. For some reason, I can only find the instructions. Where is the envelope? Where are the pattern pieces? Did I already cut them up in a moment of overly keen organization and mistakenly put them into the envelope for another item?  I suspect that I now have to search through all of my patterns to find the numbers that don’t match.

I’m off to put on the kettle. I think this hunt is going to require a big cup of tea.


P.S. I found the Nancy Drew part of image here.



Featured in: This American Life!

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this american life, a photo by ericap1 on Flickr.

A few weeks ago, I received a very surprising email. I was contacted by an editor at This American Life about using my scrapbook page about the show in their e-newsletter. Being a big public radio fan, I was very flattered to have been asked to contribute!

Lately, I have been saving up episodes to play in the car when my parter and I head out to see our families at Christmas. Here are a few of my favourites!

1. Matchmakers
2. Save the Day
3. Teenaged Embedded


Adventure is contagious

I realize that depending on where you live, taking the train is not a big deal. Here in eastern Canada, it’s a pretty uncommon experience. I spent some time last week taking the train out and back as part of the shoot for a music video and it was really fun: the sleeping cabins, the lounge car and watching the blur of  beautiful fall colours go by. This teeny day trip has me longing for a much longer journey!


Nocturne – Art at Night

When was the last time you saw line-ups outside of art galleries instead of bars on a Saturday night? Nocturne was a ton of fun this year and it helped that it wasn’t bitterly cold for once. We trampled all over town, going from one installation to the next, while running into everyone we know (it’s so interesting to see all the different worlds you inhibit collide at a public event). It kind of feels like Halloween for grown-ups. People are giddy and excited and it’s just as much fun to watch the public as the artists!