Archive for May, 2012

Spring is really making a slow try of it here in Chicago, well now the weather can’t seem to really make up its mind. Most all of the trees have bloomed or at least have a fair amount of leaves on them and flowers are popping up everywhere. Some of the peonies have almost bloomed! Its very strange to have this much green so early.
This week I have been working to get part of my backyard ready to build a raised bed garden, in hopes of avoiding the disaster of last years gardening. I had planed some veggies, taters and a few others… well my landlord “cleaned up” the backyard which really meant he mowed all the plants down and ripped everything up from my garden. It was too late in the season to start over. So this year I was inspired by this pin I found.

Sample Square Foot Garden

   Through some research in Square Foot Gardening and some advice from Julie of the South Side Horties I have started the painstaking process of prepping to build the actual garden box. Our back yard has been overgrown for some time.



While digging up all the unwanted plants ( I relocated some of them) I found scads of pearl onions!

Pearl Onions!!!


We will be building the box this week, weather permitting of course! I am so excited to get my hands dirty and finally get a garden growing in our back yard!


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Its been quite a long time! Whew! Lots and lots going on here! First the exciting stuff. I have been working on costumes for Cristina Tadeo’s Senior concert. It was a dance about social media and the effect it has on our society. It was a beautifully crafted dance. (pieces of jersey tea dyed for Cristina’s costumes)Image 
I have also been working on costumes for Paige Cunningham and Pam McNeil both are faculty at Columbia College Chicago. Their dances were shown as part of Manifest at Columbia this past Thursday and Friday. (pictures to come soon) It was a mad rush to get all the pieces built or shopped, a total of 20 costumes in a month and a half! 

After that mad rush was over I spent some time updating my website and building a mobile one! I am not super tech savvy so I felt like a champ when I was done! Now its on to building a raised bed vegetable garden in my backyard with the help of Julie from South Side Horties!! I will also be job hunting and updating my etsy store which is in some pretty sad shape right now. 

What are your spring projects looking like? Anything fun you are looking forward to?

Oh, I almost forgot! The Collaborative I co-founded is doing well! We have raised some interesting research questions for us all. I am currently searching for answers for these questions:
(sidenote: we are researching the American 1950/60s. I was drawn to the women of this era and how women’s fashion was an outward expression that nothing was wrong. Many women did not talk about their problems and continued to pretend that they had none.)  

Is the woman that comes to mind when some one mentions the 1950’s housewife history or a myth that we have now accepted as truth? Why does she look like Betty Draper in our minds? 

Why is the only image of this woman that comes to mind middle upper class? She is usually white, blonde and wearing pearls and red lipstick. 
Why pearls? 

All of us have our own questions we are researching, those are just a few of mine. 

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