Saturday, 17 November 2012

Hollywood Costumes at the V&A

Hi everyone,
Yet another week has passed and OMG was I ill yet again! So annoying... I haven't been this sick in years... or at least not this often. After about 2 weeks of fluey coughing and sneezing, I finally saw a doctor yesterday. Well, I went to A&E as I couldn't reach my GP (must get a new one soon, really, they can't book appointments for the following day when you call at 9am as they're fully booked, tell you to call back at 7am the next day, and then you get a busy signal for 40 mins!) I gave up and went to the hospital. England and doctors do not go hand in hand... 

BUT it wasn't all bad. Well, the doctor thing was, but last week my friend took me to the Hollywood Costumes exhibition at the V&A :) She is a member and can bring a friend. OMG the exhibition was so good, I am now a member also and can go as often as I want :) Sadly no photography was allowed (which still didnt stop people really which is a shame) but I did take one picture outside with the poster!

Yes they had the ruby slippers! On display outside of the US for the first time ever! I wanted to see those my whole life already and even wanted to fly to DC to see them. Good thing I didnt do that in October instead of Boston as they would have been in London... We had to plan the visit quickly as the slippers have to be back in the US by Thanksgiving and will only be in the V&A until Monday. Since they didn't allow photography, I bought a card with the ruby slippers as a small souvenir. This needs to be framed and displayed on my desk ;) And don't you just love my tshirt?! It says 'are you a good witch' on the front with the ruby slippers, and 'or are you a bad witch' on the back with black&white stripey socks. LOL I got it in Salem and it was perfect to wear on this museum trip. Well, the whole point really was seeing the shoes ;) Do I sound excited? This is nothing yet trust me...

This exhibition has soooo many wonderful costumes! It explains all about how important an outfit is for a particular scene and why certain colours were used. Made me look at the Bourne outfit completely differently. They also have the Dorothy dress and I've been told that it is the first time that both the shoes and the dress are in the same room since 1978! That's very impressive. Would have loved to have taken some pics for reference, but I know what flashes do to fabric so am just going to visit a LOT more times to take it all in.

Other than the Dorothy dress and shoes, they also have all the clothing from Ocean's 11 (or possibly 12), some Addams Family, the pink Moulin Rouge feathery outfit, the robe from The Big Lebowski, the green Scarlett O'Hara dress, you name it. Even the Titanic dress with the big hat. I love that hat! Would be a bit tricky to get into the tube with it though ;) Oh and they have the Meryl Streep dress from Lemony Snikett's Series of Unfortunate Events! I MUST recreate that at some point...

I went back today with the bf to show him all the stuff too. Of course he is not quite as obsessed as I am but he seemed to enjoy it. There were some costumes that he was really impressed with. Guy stuff of course, like The Big Lebowski, Blade Runner, and the coat of Frankenstein's monster with Robert Deniro. 

You can find some pictures on the V&A website, just click HERE.They don't show everything, but you get an idea.If you're in London, this exhibition still continues till 27 January but does tend to sell out on weekends so pre-book. You will not be disappointed :)

Friday, 9 November 2012

Trip to Boston and Salem 2012

Hello again!
I am trying to improve my ways and blog more :) Plus I still have so many pictures saved up of trips and projects and what not so hopefully I can catch up a little bit. The bf is away at the moment, more pizza for me, and I am having plenty of time to blog. Well, all clouds have a silver lining, right?

So, remember our trip to the US? OMG it was so good! Below are two collages giving you a general impression of the things we saw. This was Boston:
We saw Harvard Square, I made the bf stand next to the statue LOL, he so resisted but I made him pose anyway and now whenever we watch the Facebook movie, he can say he was there. Yes, he agrees it is kinda cool :) We also had amazing weather, shown clearly by the blue skies in all the pictures and the one with the very long shadow, hihi. That dessert in the bottom left corner was a banana cream pie and surprisingly it wasn't ordered by me! When it came out and the bf had this look on his face kind of like 'that wasn't me!', I just had to photograph it. We visited the Old State House and the Paul Revere House and basically everything on the Freedom Trail. Even the USS Constitution this time which was amazing.

In Salem, I made the bf do this Halloween photoshoot with me. To be honest, the shoot was as bad as I remembered but we got a couple of nice photos out of it, three of which I've shared here. The Red Sandwich shop is THE best food ever, we went back several times. Salem had the usual Halloween vibe but it seemed smaller than during my first visit. Maybe living there is not as cool as it seemed before. But it is still a lovely trip and we even took the ferry there from Boston which was great fun.

Once we arrived back in Boston, I went to heaven aka Joann's Fabrics :) After some navigational issues, the shop I originally wanted to go to had gone or moved or something and I ended up with no visit to Joann's. But then, the bf had this meeting for work, giving me 3 hours to kill. What better than to try again :) The whole thing took about an hour to plan and then there was the cab time, leaving me with about an hour in the shop and arriving back just in time at the end of the bf's meeting. Let me tell you, next time, I will book an ENTIRE day. An hour was way too small! The queue for the cutting was nearly 20 mins already but everyone was very friendly and helpful. I'm just gutted I didn't buy more. Not that I technically need more, but one can never have too much fabric, right? ;)

This, in very short, was our trip to Boston, Salem, and Providence. I might write another post about the food, but not sure yet as the pictures don't look nearly as good as the real thing to be fair. I really should work on my quilt anyway ;) It's progressing nicely, although I think that 80 blocks might have been a bit ambitious... The centre squares are done and one side of all the borders, now all I have to do is complete the borders and then sew the lot together. I have no idea how to actually quilt the thing in the end, but since I'll probably need another few weeks to finish the blocks, I'll think about that afterwards. 

Until then, take care, to all those who have snow: I hope you're warm enough and have power. To everyone else the same of course. Speak soon!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Halloweening - Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular - Take 2

Hi everyone!

Oh my it has been a while yet again. I had everything planned out into great detail, prepared posts for when we were away and then of course got stuck with jetlag and a cold. Oh joy... In my last post, I promised to tell you all about our lovely pre-Halloween trip to the US, so tonight after a rather annoying day I decided on pizza and blogging. Yay!

As the bf and I took about 800 pictures, I made a few collages for you to see. I figured it's better than having a ton of photos to load. Of course I'm still doing projects, but somehow I seem to have less time crafting while also having less time working. Bizarre... but am slowly getting disillusioned with the tv so there is hope yet. :)

So, to jump right in, I took the bf on pretty much the same trip that I went on three years ago. Boston-Salem-Providence-Boston. It was a good trip. Since I'd already lots of things there, I could avoid all the crappy restaurants and sights and just focus on the good stuff. How cool is that! :) While in Providence, we went to see the annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. 

I remembered the queues in 2009 and was dreading it. I kind of avoided mentioning the hours and hours of queuing to the bf so was amazed that when we arrived at the gates at 7ish, we could walk right in! There was only one person ahead of us at the till. I think we managed to arrive just after the kids coming out of school but before the people finishing work. So hardly any queues, dry weather, no wind, looking good so far. Of course the people were slow, and usually in the way, but it all worked out and I got some great shots. 

These are some of the best pumpkins that were there. There was a whole LOTR section complete with Hobbit hole, and they also had the Wizard of Oz. It was amazing!

Slowly heading to the grand finale... 

OMG isn't it amazing! I took so many pictures... There were less larger pumpkins than last time but still, the music, the smoke, the ambiance, it was great. I am very pleased we went :)

In the end, the bf wasn't too impressed I am slightly sad to say, but his obsession with Halloween is pretty much non-existent compared to mine so I can't really blame him ;) On the way back to the hotel we got spectacularly lost as the venue has about 10 different exists. Oops! In the end we managed to get back, but let me tell you: I am SO taking a cab next time! ;)
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