Belly Dance Related

I’ve been working on a new WordPress based website/blog with my dance partner for our duet Baba Ghanoush.

Check it out, let us know what you think.

The current blog entry is about our adventures this past weekend at Art of the Belly, a belly dance convention in Ocean City, Maryland. It includes video of our performances.

Here are some beach shots our friend Anton Marx took of us that show off the flower costumes I helped design and create in collaboration with the other members of troupe Aubergine. In the zoomed in shot, the costumes I actually sewed from scratch include the one I’m wearing (I’m the redhead) and the one Jem is wearing on the far left (sorry your head is cut off, Jem, but your costume looks great!). Nina Amaya dyed the purple silk skirts we’re wearing.

I also recently created this very yellow costume for my friend Tydirah, who also performed at the festival this weekend.



Spoonflower is a very cool website in the “print on demand” family that lets you print anything you want on quilting or apparel fabric. You can print your own designs for yourself, and you can also offer them for sale to the public if you wish. There is some GREAT stuff for sale on there…a lot more variety than you’ll find at the fabric store.

I decided to order a few swatches using my artwork. I’m really impressed with the quality of both the printing and the base fabrics.

For now, I have three fabric designs in my Spoonflower shop that you can order.
I may add more when I have more time to play! If there’s an illustration I’ve done that you’d just love to see converted to a fabric pattern, let me know.

Goblins & Gears follow up

We had a great time on Saturday at Team Wench’s MS fantasy ball, Goblins & Gears.

Here’s Aubergine in our fairy costumes. I helped brainstorm the basic design for the troupe fairy bedlah, but as you can see, each troupe member got very creative putting their own spin on the concept. Each one is a little different. Our skirts all match. We also had beautiful silk half veil “wings,” dyed by our troupe leader Nina Amaya. She custom dyes beautiful silk veils and skirts.

Thanks to Anton Marx for taking the group shots.

And here’s the finished Ork costume I made for my husband Mike. He won the costume contest! He was the only “goblin” in the contest.

Goblins & Gears

…and faeries and orks.

Troupe Aubergine had our dress rehearsals this week for the Goblins & Gears masquerade fundraiser coming up on Saturday.

Here are the two costume I’ve been working on, for myself and for my troupemate Haleemah Deniz:

A nest hair accessory for Jem:

And a progress shot of part of the ork costume I’m making for my husband Mike to wear to the event. He wants to be a member of the “Deathskull” clan of orks from Warhammer 40K, which is set in a dystopian scifi universe. We’re making it into more of a fantasy version because it fits the event’s theme better. And because I can’t forge metal.

I’m making faux-leather armor by wrapping layers of felt in synthetic suede fabric and painting on Deathskull symbols.

Fairy costumes!

My dance troupe Aubergine is performing at “Team Wench”‘s Multiple Sclerosis Fantasy Ball on October 27th. This year’s event is called “Goblins and Gears,” and the story for the evening is that some steampunk adventurers have accidentally ripped a hole into the realm of the fae while attempting to build a time machine. The goblin court invades the steampunk ball through the rift between worlds.

I’ve been helping the troupe design fairy costumes for the event. We’ll also use these costumes again in the spring for festival season.

Each troupe member’s costume will be a little different, but the theme is moss and flowers.

Here is the costume I’ve been working on for myself:

And here is one I’m making for my troupemate Haleemah Deniz:

Happy birthday to me!

My comp copy of the new Girls Drawin’ Girls Vol. 4 book, The Way Nature Made Her, just arrived!  What a nice birthday surprise.  It’s a beautiful book.  (you can order your own copy here.)

Next to it, you can also see the beautiful fern platter my parents gave me for my birthday.

Oh, and what’s this?  I bought a new sewing machine while I was visiting my family in NY.  It’s an Innovis 40.  Happens to be the Project Runway limited edition, which normally would have scared me off (I think of gimmicky products as being inferior quality), but Consumer Reports gave it an excellent review for an intermediate machine, and after I test drove it at Hartsdale Fabrics, I had to take it home.  It’s a lot more cooperative than my old machine, which had seen better days.  I can mock serge and make rolled hems!  I’ve just started sewing some every day napkins for our house so we can stop wasting paper with disposable napkins.

My friend/dance partner in crime Amy made the adorable cupcake pincushion.

I also brought this painting home with me and hung it in my studio.  My Uncle Don painted it for me when I was a little girl, to go with my unicorn bedroom.  I still really like unicorns.