newmoonstar: (belle (big_blue_bin))
Ugh. Heat wave still making life miserable. Didn't even go to see any 4th of July fireworks this year because it's just too hot to be worth it. Over 100 degrees today! When you only have air conditioning in one room in your house, that's not good!!

Trying to keep my spirits up while I wilt has been only somewhat succesful; I bought a Singing Rapunzel doll, since I've had my eye on one for a while, and it was on sale, but I kind of regret it now, since the Disney Store website had free shipping today, and had I known that, I probably would have gotten a couple of the new classic dolls instead. Doll-related babbling. )

Also, I think I'm into Newsies again. I always liked it (is there anyone my age who grew up on Disney movies who didn't??) and I always thought it should have been a stage musical in the first place, and they finally did it this year, so I've been curious to hear the cast recording, (and totally squeeing over it at the Tonys; I was so happy for Alan Menken when it won Best Score I almost cried!) but it was on TV the other day, and I watched it again for the first time in years, and now I REALLY want to hear it! I'd forgotten how good it was (I don't know what anyone's talking about when they say the movie didn't work, it was great!) and also, given the political climate these days, there's no way a girl like me isn't going to fall hard for a pro-union musical! The only thing I'm worried about is how much they changed it from the movie, because heaven knows Disney isn't good about adapting their movies for the stage. But for Newsies I don't have anywhere near the same sentimental attachment I have for The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast, and since it wasn't really perfect as a film like they were, I don't think it'll bother me that much even if they do. At the very least, you can't go wrong with any cast recording with "Seize the Day" on it! Seriously, I think I might need to go back to the Disney Store for that T-shirt...heehee! ;D
newmoonstar: (belle (big_blue_bin))
Okay, well, looks like trying not to neglect LJ has perhaps been less than successful! But everything's kind of crazy; I seem to have a reenactment to go to every weekend, and all the sewing projects I have piling up take their toll. But I'm getting a lot better at the whole 'educating the public about history' thing. The sewing is the easy part compared to that! I'm pretty shy, but I've been interested in the history of the women's rights movement forever, and being able to tell people about an important part of American history that almost always gets overlooked is something I'm really passionate about, and it's totally the best motivation to not be the shrinking violet in the corner, and let the world hear what you have to say! I was a total babbling mess at my first couple of events, but by the most recent one I went to, I think I actually developed a pretty coherent summing up of the mid-19th century women's movement! YAY! Hopefully practice will make perfect!

I'm also taking on yet another sewing project beyond reenacting. Foolish? Probably. Fun? Definitley! I'm making Jane's yellow bustle outfit from Disney's Tarzan! The minute I saw the movie the idea crept into my head, and the more I thought about it the more I knew I had to do it. I didn't have any idea where or when I'd ever get to wear it, but I went ahead and bought the fabric anyway, only to discover a month later that my local costumer's society was planning to do a group of historically accurate Disney Heroine costumes! So voila, a reason to make it! And cut to my first foray back to LJ since this happened, and every other costumer who blogs here is doing Disney heroines too! Too weird, but awesome! So I joined [livejournal.com profile] dpcostume and the rest is...well, not history, because I've got the actual sewing still ahead of me! But it's incredibly exciting to be part of this national costumer trend of Disney Princess love, and I think it's going to be so fun to see all these different seamstresses interpret the same characters. :)

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