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Heart: the North of England, Body: Phoenix, Arizona
The adventures of a True Brit (housewife/burlesque performer/mad creative genius) now in Phoenix, Arizona, a long, long way from home. Her mission: to explore the American way of life, to decide what she wants to do when she grows up and to discover things that make her happy...all this whilst coping the world's loudest 9 year old, the world's biggest manga fan and the world's 2nd brownest house. Expect lots of sequins and tequilas along the way...
Interests: In no particular order: costume engineering, wheelbarrows, putting together flat-pack furniture, performing, researching Burlesque around the world, drinking tea, Doctor Who, glueing sequins and/or glitter on anything that doesn't move, cuddly toy, fondue set, old school music hall, the wibbly wobbly world of Melchett, architecture, action movies, bearded ladies, dancing, the art of Antony Gormley, variety entertainers, matryoshka dolls and daleks.
Recent Activity
Once a year I bite off more than I can chew for a Mad Men sewing challenge. Two years ago, when I started sewing proper, I made a dress from a pair of curtains for the Sew Weekly Mad Men challenge: It wasn't perfect, but I began to learn about sewing princess seams, fitting bodices to my narrow shoulders and chunky middle. And as you can see I had fun doing a photo shoot. Last year, I made Megan's Zou Bisou Bisou dress for Julia Bobbin's Mad Men 2 sewalong: Actually, this wasn't too bad. I had fun learning about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at fanbloomingtastic
Winter has taken it's toll. It's been a tough few months. But Spring is here! Time to start the year proper. I'm currently making Peggy's Pant Suit of Power for Julia Bobbin's Mad Men Sewalong III to be revealed next week. Until then let's all try turning this up very loud and pogoing as if our lives depended on it: Lots of love and hugs to all of us that need them, - we are going to get through this, and it's going to be fabulous Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at fanbloomingtastic
Thanks! I'm in the mood for a Star Wars marathon soon…..well, the real ones, I'm afraid I'm a stick in the mud about the new three, that are now old three because of the newer ones coming…..someone's going to shout at me because I've got a young Obi Wan from the Clone Wars on this dress soon…. *wanders off into the night muttering to herself*
Thank you……I think I struck lucky with our local Goodwill, I often get great scores there. I wish you the best of luck finding stuff too, may the force and all that! Geeky duvet dresses need to take over the world! The galaxy!!
Yes, where have you been?! I've been up to all sorts of crazy things without your calming influence (who are we kidding, you'd have encouraged me). Must get back to making the wookie bag (no Chewbaccas were harmed in the making, honest) but Spring Break and a full family stomach flu virus (horribly violent) have gotten in the way….and the deadline for Julia Bobbin's Mad Men sewalong has taken precedent. Thank you!
I don't know what is says about me that I always wanted to be Han Solo in playground games rather than Princess Leia….he had the best outfit and swagger. I'll go with that. Thank you so much for the kind comments.
I'm constantly on the look out for character duvet sets at our charity shops, got a horrible feeling people often know this and ebay them. Rotters :)
Thank you….wookie addition coming soon though held up by Spring Break and a full family stomach flu bug that could have appeared in a sic-fi movie.
Oh blooming heck…I'm going to be obsessed by non-floating hair now next time I watch it….I wonder why they didn't CGI that, if Sully from Monsters Inc can have millions of movey hairs, surely this could be sorted. Thank you for commenting though, it's so good to know I'm not the only movie nerd :)
Yep, you're not the only one surprised its finished. An it's so fun to wear too :) Thank you
OK, so I ran out of time posting about them (as per usual) but the final tally of my watching as many of the 57 movies with one or more nominations is........41! I did it. I hit the goal I set myself. I watched Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska, Blue Jasmine, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The Grandmaster, The Great Gatsby, Frozen, Despicable Me 2, The Lone Ranger, The Croods, The Wind Rises, Prisoners, All Is Lost, Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Before Midnight, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, The Act of Killing,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at fanbloomingtastic
We interrupt this flurry of Oscar nomination watching/reviewing/predicting with the final (ish) creation I've made as part of the Project Sewn sewalong.... And what a surprise, it's movie related! Oh look it's a Star Wars (Double) Duvet Dress! That joke would work better if this was made out of a double duvet, it was actually a single duvet* bought at my favourite Goodwill thrift shop for the princely sum of $2.99 (£1.79) in their fortnightly 50% sale. The theme for the sew along this week was "Signature Style" and if you flick through my 'Things I've Sewn' archive, you'll spot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at fanbloomingtastic
These are probably the categories where I've seen the least number of movies. There are 8 movies up for original score and/or original song and I've seen 3. BUT....I've found a way around this. I checked out the soundtracks on Grooveshark and have been listening to them whilst sewing all week. You can too if you want (you don't have to sew along to them....that's possibly just me): 2014 Oscar Noms for original score and song by Tempest Devyne on Grooveshark Or if you want to listen a soupçon of each via Youtube, here are the links: Original Score nominees:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at fanbloomingtastic
The Oscar Nominated Live Action and Animated Shorts came out yesterday on iTunes and VOD so I managed to knock off a whole load more from my completivism watching list. I'm up to 35 watched (of 57 in total and 41 my goal for this year). I'm nearly there. Here's where you can track most of the movies down (if you're in the USA at least, sorry the rest of the world): Best Live Action shorts - all 5 as a package on iTunes $5.99 SD, on VOD to rent for two days $5.99, on Amazon etc and in selected... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at fanbloomingtastic
I know I'll get criticism for banding these two categories together, but it's simply a time constraint necessity.....I still have 16 movies to watch to hit my goal of 41 of the 57 nominated, AND I'm trying to finish sewing a geeky refashioned outfit for the Project Sewn sewalong, so two big deadlines this week. Hence, banding of two categories that have the word 'sound' in them. Though this year, more than most others I remember, there's more crossover of the two categories - 4 movies are nominated for BOTH Best Sound Editing AND Best Sound Mixing. Sound is huge... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at fanbloomingtastic
Warning! There's going to be a flurry of posts on Fanbloomingtastic to catch up with my 2014 Oscar nominated movies watching....I'm doing pretty well achieving this year's goal of 41 of the 57 films, but haven't been spectacular in blogging my thoughts on them. So....if you're not interested in movies or the Oscars, that's cool, just click on through and I'm working on some sewing projects (and re-decorating ones) that I'll be posting pretty pictures of soon. What? You're still here. OK then :) First up are the movies nominated for Best Visual Effects: Why are we even pondering this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at fanbloomingtastic
Thank you so much for taking the time to send me this comment Shelley. I've always wondered if more than just me liked reading my posts about the Oscar nominated movies. I hate to bombard people with stuff they find boring (though they can always click through my posts, bound to be something they like every so often). I've done much better watching the movies than writing about them this year, though not totally my fault.....the problem with each year more and more of the nominations going to movies also nominated for Best Movie is that you have to watch those top 9 to 'complete' watching all the movies in a category, and I actually like watching the movies in the second half of the list better because most I wouldn't watch otherwise. I'm looking forward to watching The Lady At Number 6: Music Saved My Life today (rental from vimeo $4.99: which is in the short documentary's about the world's oldest concentration camp survivor and world's oldest pianist at 109.
Everyone needs a Stash is amazing how painting a cupboard to look like that does seem to make it bigger on the inside. Ahhh, are you the fab polka dots and converse (I had a quick look at everyone last night and now about to go and read posts properly)? Lovely to meet you Jordan!
Yes, slap dare you be AWOL from my missed me walking a tightrope across the Niagra Falls in a tutu and beating a grizzly bear at chess in a onesie.....just joking, or am I?? My need to sew and make seriously helps with my social anxiety management, because if I really want that 'one' fabric, I have to go and ask for someone to cut it for me (unless I'm at IKEA where you cut it yourself, or I cheat and buy it online....but you don't get to feel it and see its 'weight'). If you ever need a shoulder to lean on, I'm almost always hovering on twitter, you can find me @tempestdevyne
I do love a woman who combines her words for extra greatness (hi-freakin-larious.....I shall be using that one!) Hello Number 34 (this sounds like something out of a spy movie), I'm just about to work my way through everyone's posts....I've been adding a whole new load of fabulous blogs to my bloglovin thanks to Project Sewn. Isn't it fun! Nice to meet you.
Hahaha thanks for making my morning Annette!
What you're trying to say is this lady doth protest too much I suppose. OK, I accept the mantle of cuteness and shall wear it with pride :) Thanks :)
Ohhh ta *blushes* I make the stuff I do and write this blog primarily to give me a feeling I can accomplish things every so often, so it's so fantastic when I find there are other people who get enjoyment from my 'madness' too. THANK YOU.