Archive for June, 2005

small projects

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Departure day is nearing, and I’m working on getting things together to leave for South Africa (read “freaking out”). I haven’t been able to get myself to start any big projects, though I probably had time to do one if I had started it by now. Instead I’ve been doing a couple of smaller projects.

The best one was this project:

reddress-1 reddress-2

Sorry the pictures are so funny – thats me taking pictures of myself in the mirror. My mom had a dress she didn’t want. I liked the fabric, but not the fit, so I decided to try altering it. It worked out way better than I expected, though it turned out a little shorter than I planned somehow.

My next project is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. And since my mother just came into the inheritance of more zippers than any person could ever want, I figured it was a good time to use some of them

zipper bags

Anyone from the SLC theater department will recognize these. When you take theater at SLC they make you take a intro to technical theater class, in which each of the tech teachers gets you for six hours total. The costume design person uses that time to teach basic sewing and everyone makes one of these bags. In my group of three I was the only person who had ever touched a needle and thread before, which put me at the top of the class. As a result everyone in the theater department has one. I found mine to be really useful, and I really wanted more of them. I kept switching it back and forth between storing my paint brushes and using it to travel. Now I’m using one for craft tools (pliers, glue, thread, and so on), and one for toiletries. The spare two are going to be gifts.

something to look forward to!

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

The new Miyazaki film is being released in the US, and I’m thinking I should throw a party!! Howls Moving Castle had just opened in Japan when I was there and I saw billboards for it in Tokyo. I thought about going to see it, but didn’t.

Howls Moving Castle

When Disney bought the rights to do English releases of the Studio Ghibli movies I was in high school. To celebrate the release of Princess Mononoke (the first one they did) a local theater did a festival where they showed two Miyazaki movies every Sunday for about six weeks. I went to almost every one. Every week I would try to find odd jobs to do so I could earn the money for the movie tickets and the pizza we would buy to eat between the two movies. Partly I did it because it was a social event (some of my friends were really into anime at the time), but ever since then I have been an avid Miyazaki fan. His films are flawlessly magical and captivating. They are fantastic in a way that is really rare in other movies. I highly recommend anything of his you can get your hands on!

This is a good list of the Studio Ghibli films.

This site has a nice collection of stills from the movies if you want to see more. They are really beautiful.

what I’m doing these days.

Saturday, June 11th, 2005


I’m trying to make the most of a short summer break I have between my semester at SLC ending and leaving for South Africa. Things I’ve been doing:

- Getting a sunburn working at a gig with this friend.

- I got two of my six (yes I have six of them) wisdom teeth pulled.

- Marveling at this incredible theatrical event. (Thanks to Hil for pointing it out) This morning I sat eating lunch and my dad came in and said “Did you see THE puppet thing?” which I hadn’t yet. Thats it!

- Feeling like this as I read the newspaper more. Having more time and home delivery makes it easier to do.

- eating good food (see above picture)

- I voted in a local referendum (which passed!) – actually walking to the town hall to vote is way more fun than absentee.