May 25, 2012

Patchie [Rehearses]



Tonight we officially start out Tech Week for the show I'm directing (Fuddy Meers), so here's a couple rehearsal shots we took the other day! I hope to share production pictures at some point, too!

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This show is nuts - talking hand puppets, one-day amnesia, a woman who had a stroke and only speaks gibberish....if you're local to me (DC/MD/VA) and would like more information just comment or email me and I will pass it along!

May 24, 2012

Patchie [Posts] Spoutwood Part I


May 5, after a work event, I high-tailed it up to Baltimore to pick up my faire girls and we made our way up to Glen Rock, PA for Spoutwood Faerie Festival - outside of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, this one is by far my favorite. We went last year as a day trip, but I had spent the whole night before awake with sun poisoning and I was not a happy camper. This year we got a hotel room for the night before, that way we could relax and not worry about having to do the drive there and back all in one day. Good choice, we will be repeating that one next year.

The attitude is just awesome. It's a celebration of spring and being outdoors and you're on a farm that is just gorgeous. Everyone is so happy. And now with the amount of people I know in the faire circuit I bumped into a lot of familiar faces. This one will continue to stay on my "must visit yearly" list.

And this year I took more pictures than I think I have ever taken in a day, a combination of silly snapshots, artistic still lifes (lives?), candids, and portraits. Here's the first batch!

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May 19, 2012

Patchie [Lists]


I'm 26 today! On Thursday I mentioned feeling unaccomplished, so I decided to try to do a 26 before 27 list of "things to do" this year. Even if I don't accomplish them all it's motivation!

1.       Watch a sunrise

2.       Visit a new Renaissance Faire/Faerie Festival

3.       Learn Intarsia (a knitting technique)

4.       Bake a layered cake (would you believe I’ve never actually done this on my own?)

5.       Really, really plan my get-out-of-the-country trip (a goal for before I’m 30 is to go, by the time I’m 27 I want to know where and when)

6.       Visit a new city/state

7.       Go to DC for a day and only do things I’ve never done before (I tend to hit the same places a lot!)

8.       Start taking/doing yoga again

9.       Reteach myself how to sew

10.   Knit for Charity

11.   Get my passport

12.   Learn to contact juggle (or at least try to learn to contact juggle...)

13.   Take a random day trip

14.   Purge purge purge. I have boxes I haven’t looked at since college and clothes I will never wear again. Time to de-clutter.

15.   Complete a 30-day photo challenge (I always fall off the wagon in the last week!)

16.   Get better at makeup-y/hair things. This one will be hard to gauge, but I've gotten so much better in the last couple months and I know I still have room to grow. It's really finding products that are good for my skin!

17.   Get back to NC! It’s been almost 3 years!

18.   Have a weekend getaway with The Boy

19.   Organize a costumed photoshoot for Patchie [Photography]

20.   Lose some weight! I’m not giving myself a number, but if I lose something I’ll consider it a success.

21.   Read 5 books (not a big number, but I’m so busy I don’t find a lot of time to read so it takes me a long time to get through a book)

22.  Set up an Etsy shop. This has seriously been a goal for about 3 years. At first I wanted to sell knitting, but that's impractical with having a full time job and a life - I'd never be able to keep it stocked. I want to sell some of my photography, just to see if I can do it. You never know until you try, right?

23. Go to a new non-faire/faerie related festival/convention. This one is a bit of a cheat because I'm already set to go to at least one, but still. I love things like this!

24. Stash bust. Another knitting-realted item. I've had some yarn in my "stash" for years, and I keep buying more (mostly because I've gotten into better yarns). It's a good excuse to use it to rebuild my "knitted gift" stash that I have for presents. Plus it'll help me declutter!

25. Cook more often. With rehearsals for my show I've fallen off the wagon a bit and have resorted to super fast things I can make and staples I've been making since college (fried egg, cheddar cheese, spinach, ham, and tomato on an english muffin...yum), but I want to get back into trying new recipes and such. Maybe I'll share them here too?

26. Continue to learn my camera. Something has really "clicked" in the last month or so and I'm excited to continue to learn and expand my preferred art form.

Even if I only accomplish some of them, I'll still have proof I accomplished something this year. And sometimes I may be able to cross more than one thing off the list with a new experience (Example, if I'm visiting a new faire/festival, odds are it's in a new city or state). The last time I tried a list like this is was a "50 Things for 2009," and I accomplished about half! Not bad!

Have you ever done a list like this? Leave me a link! I'd love to see it!

May 17, 2012

Patchie [Stresses]


Sorry, I know I disappeared again. A couple different life/work/theatre/financial things have all come to a head this week and they aren't necessarily bad, just stressful when all are happening at once. Plus I think I have a touch of something-or-other because I haven't been feeling 100% and last night I slept 11 hours after going to bed stupid early and I still feel like I want to take a nap.

I turn 26 Saturday. I feel weird about this year. Maybe I should create a "26 before 27" list like others do so I can feel like I accomplish things throughout the year, because lately I feel rather stuck in a rut.

So...what's new with you?

May 12, 2012

May 11, 2012

Patchie [Marches]

When I went to the local Celtic Festival two weekends ago I wore my Clan's kilt, because I always do. This time it was a bit cold, so strange compared to last year when it was super hot! This time around I was asked to march in the parade with my Scottish Clan, which was awesome! After the parade we lined up along a field and the largest pipe and drum corp marched through and played Scotland the Brave. I was in heaven.

It's a small festival, but it's one of my favorites. This is my second year going and I will certainly be back next year! Here are a small handful of the shots I got!

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May 10, 2012

Patchie [Captures]

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Two weekends ago I went to a Celtic Festival, this last weekend I went to the Spoutwood Faerie Festival, and this upcoming weekend I am strongly considering flying solo up to the Maryland Faerie Festival. This is all while holding down the job and directing a show that's set to open in three weeks. May is a busy month. It always is. I love it.

Not that it ever left, but I've been bitten by the faire bug after dressing up for two weekends in a row (pictures to come) and taking pictures at said events (See? I told you). Maybe I should get a photoshoot together with local friends who enjoy it as well for the lull between these spring festivals and the beginning of faire at the end of August. But it's the spontaneity of capturing a moment - like the one above - that I crave in my photography. Head shots and portraits and the like are nice too, but that thrill of hitting the shutter at the moment something wonderful happens is what I'm addicted to. Maybe that's why my photography goes into hibernation in the winter - less events, less motivation, and less spontaneity that the other three seasons and nicer weather seem to provoke in people. 

The weather is here. Hibernation is ending. I have so many moments to share, and I hope you enjoy looking at them half as much as I enjoy capturing them.

May 4, 2012

Patchie [Blossoms] Part III: Zoo!

I hadn't been to The National Zoo in a long time and even though it was getting into late afternoon we figured why not, it's free and worse case we see one or two things and then go find something else to do. We had already walked quite a bit anyways, no need to walk the entire zoo.

Spoiler: we walked the entire zoo. Also? It's in a straight line. And if you enter from the "official" start of the zoo, which is where you'd enter if you took Metro there (which we did), it's downhill the entire way. Which means it's uphill to get back. Who planned that? Seriously.

I didn't have my bigger zoom lens because it's heavy and I was carrying around two other lenses, so my animal pictures weren't all that impressive. But I'm going to share them anyways because that's what I do.

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Overall a great zoo trip!

May 3, 2012

Patchie [Blossoms] Part II: Eastern Market!

After wandering the Botanical Gardens we decided to head to the Eastern Market/Capitol Hill area which took us right by the Capitol Building, so of course we had to take a few silly pictures before moving on.

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The Boy and I have always had good luck eating over in Capitol Hill, but we managed to hit the area right as church let out, so our choices were narrowed down quickly to Anyplace Without a Crazy Line. We wound up in a little Irish Pub, because of course we did. It's us. If it were any more "us" we would have randomly stumbled upon a vineyard. what are you, new?

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I really liked the atmosphere. The food was very good although we hit it at the tail end of brunch so the menu was a tad limited. The service? Not very good. The food didn't all come out at the same time (to the point where two people were practically done eating by the time the other two got their food), drinks weren't refilled, and the waitress did the thing I'll never understand, which is disappear when it's time to get the check. May hit this place again because one semi-bad experience isn't enough to make me rule someplace out forever, but would probably pick someplace else first.

After eating we made our way to Eastern Market because Alex had never been. By this time the clouds had gone and it was getting pretty warm which I think is why it was so much more crowded than I was used to. Plus, you know, church just letting out. We didn't spend a lot of time over there, but they still got to experience it.

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This would be the point in the day where we went "you know what, we haven't walked enough. Let's go to the zoo!"

Stay tuned for Part III!

May 2, 2012

Patchie [Blossoms] Part I: Botanical Garden!

Woah, have I been absent that long? Blogger has totally changed its dashboard look. Weird.

Anyway.

So like...a month ago (literally, April 1) The Boy and I met up with Alex and her beau to see the cherry blossoms. Except this year was a strange year and they bloomed 2 weeks early, leaving us with absolutely nothing. In stead of wasting our time walking to the Tidal Basin (which is quite the hike from any Metro Station) we decided to hit up the orchid exhibit which we had gone to last year. This year it was at the Botanic Garden, some place I had never been! Sometimes I feel like such a bad MD resident, there are so many places in DC that I have never been even though I've lived here most my life. I'm slowly crossing them off the list though!

The Botanical Gardens are crazy pretty, especially if you like flowers or plants or gardening, and especially if you like taking pictures of foliage like I do. We were there on a Sunday and it was a little crowded. I would love to go at an odd time (a Tuesday morning, maybe) and see the crowd difference. Being there with very few others would make it a very different experience, I would think.

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This was just the tip of the iceberg on a very full day where I think I walked more of DC in one day than I ever had before. Come back tomorrow for Part 2!