My favorite kind of sewing is things , not clothes, but actual objects . I enjoy making costumes and I love patching and repair of anything ,any kind of fabric . I like putting in zippers . I do like making new shiny happy sparkly costumes and accessories BUT there are so many steps ! For example , even if I have a pattern..I will have to alter and rip apart the seams and redo at least twice. AT LEAST two times with the seam ripper after I have double tightest zig zag stitched it. Then I get to finish construction and then the jewels and beads and sequins and accessories . For me personally that means a shiny adorable headpiece .

I started sewing when I was 4 or 5 ! My mom had this beautiful Necchi machine and when no one was looking I sewed, broke a needle , had to replace the needle and figure out the threading . I was very lucky because my mom was a big sewer and very unconventional ! She would whip up an orange eyelash lame' dress, lined with brown and accessorize with brown vinyl platformish pumps for a Bar Mitzvah , the day of the event . The impressive part was , she would not use a pattern . My other fortunate situation was that I come from a family, on one side , of garment makers and my grandfather Philip Ostroff had a place called Advanced Frocks and I would go there and get fabric and pattern paper and watch the people sew industrial style. It was a huge warehouse in a mill in Fall River, Massachusetts. The floors were wooden , there was a lot of light. The buildings were made of stone. The part I despised was that they used Formaldehyde to set the dye and it burned my eyes. I fell super in love with sewing when I was very young.When I was 5 or 6 years old I was into a turtleneck, matching tights and the famous Elaine Ostroff reversible jumper with pockets !  I remember in 6th or 7th grade wearing something different and amazing every day . I would get home from school and hit the sewing room. I made a yellow vinyl dress, a blue suede skirt . In high school I made my own amazing reversible jumpers with amoebic pockets for adults !! for cash !!! I decide to make my high school boyfriend a tuxedo shirt, with a pattern, it was orange, that was some crazy sewing.

This winter has been a challenging sew . I have made my Princess  Fresia  some costumes  , many fittings.. so happy . I have made vines, like in the jungle . For my vine project I used spandex, felt , foam , wire and a lot of thread ! My sister in law Jeanne Williamson Ostroff and friend Anita Vonderheid gave me good input . I have also made some accessories in the feather department . To top it off some adorable, marvelous costumes for me. It seems like so little, but I have been sewing a lot at the machine . At night as we watch our favorite cop shows and I hand sew and bead with dental floss . My little projects are almost finished !

Circus Celebrity Night

Saturday the 19th of January was a wonderful night . It is called #Circus Celebrity Night. Our talented , humble and lovely friend Trudy Strong was the honored celebrity. She is from a very  large circus family, her parents were American Clowns ! She has a lot of sisters, one brother. She has a lot of talent and skills ,from impressive  aerial acts to all kinds of  animals (did I hear seals ? ) tigers, lion, dogs, horses,  contortion, juggling,so many different acts in her impressive career .I felt very privileged to be in the audience beaming and crying . 

I can not use enough words to describe the magnificence of living in Sarasota and having all these opportunities to be part of . We have circus life in all phases. The now , the then , the tomorrow, immortalized , honored , the tributes.This town has every element you can imagine in a big city..opera, ballet, art, BUT places were actually constructed and are still here today because and in the name of circus !!! I suppose I am rambling and not being very specific but I have practice and sewing and hot yoga and doing my 2012 taxes and family and doggies and washing the floors and getting my glasses fixed and sewing and the list never ends !
The weather is delicious . The winter is a very lucky time to enjoy this fair town.White sandy beaches , all kinds of architecture, art, flora, fauna . The history of Sarasota is fascinating to me now. I was never interested in " history " until I realized that people before me did these great things so I could have a lovely life . From writing the Declaration of Independence to those 7 brothers and 1 sister that fell in love with the talents of Dan Rice and followed their epiphany .In the olden days everyone rode horses , sang, read plays, sewed and played instruments. It was just what people did, some were better than others .

Crescent Beach

We all call "it" Siesta Beach , but this white soft piece of sand is called Crescent  Beach. 

living life

I wonder why it has taken me so long to see the amazing everyday beauty in life around me . The fur on my dogs, the silhouettes of the tall trees in our backyard . It has been a beautiful time here in Sarasota this winter . We have had friends and family visiting, lovely walks on the beaches , practice has been not too disgustingly wretched ,  meals have been entertaining , sleeping has been successful , we have been to some great events . People are getting married, having is happening .

This Sunday was the Ring of Fame in St Armands Circle .Chuck Schlarbaum is the maestro for this very huge band/orchestra and they play a concert before and during the plaques and tributes being awarded , people get style chords and entrance music .Marshall played his very old 1831 cornet and he said it felt good. Our friends the  Pablo Rodriquez family were honored , very great ! and Tim Holst and Charles and Mathias Coronas. It was a remarkable joyful day.

One of the cool things about the Ring of Fame is you can walk around the circle and visit the beautiful plaques, you can learn some history and marvel . My Friend Meg just happened to be visiting from way up north, so she got to visit her web teacher .