Day 31: Costume store organizing, start on a paint job! 61 days to go!

Kat doodles about life and getting organized:

Here are some before and after doing some tidy up in costume store. I hope you can spot the difference. I have also done some priming of two  big signs, but they will be in next post. I guess I will give a little preview how theatre show happens.

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Back tomorrow. I am off to work. Kat xx

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Day 22: Production is confirmed, next week start! 70 days to go!

Kat doodles about life:

We had summer of amazing sunshine, now we have autumn of amazing rain. Non stopping rain. There are two jobs I should be working on, but I just simply cannot because as soon the water dries out, it starts pouring down again and since they are exterior kind of jobs, it makes it all a bit impossible.

I got very soaked this morning cycling to work, good job kitchens are mostly warm and “dry” places. On the way back, stopping for a production meeting as part of the journey, I cycled with real care but ended up getting covered up in mud and having my legs bruised from falling off my bike in the forest. I guess that would not happen if sitting in the car…

None of this really matters too much and I can get over it quite quickly because… Firstly my pain got little forgotten about, when purchasing Vienetta ice cream as a healing product, I may have to keep going for some more.  And secondly, more importantly, I managed to get the college production work confirmed and I will start next week for about a week. I have discussed with head of drama what needs to be done set wise and I only need to wait for the carpenter to build it. I have given out few tips of possible design solutions, when we came across reusing old cloths and backdrops. We went researching to the basement of the school, where part of the production will be also taking place. It was absolutely brilliant, dungeon look like space screaming for some exciting drama, and then I got asked to organize and declutter their costume and prop store. Only just by being there for ten minutes, two spare backdrops were found, so next week I will look for more to make them into required piece of scenery.  Really great meeting with all the problems resolved and confirmed week of work. I cannot wait to start!

Before I went to this production meeting, I also visited the art department and discussed few details about the costume workshop I am doing with year 9 week after half term. Drinking too much tea for the last two days made me way too proactive at 2am, when I should be sleeping, but instead I kept writing e-mails with lists to do for the workshops. I am suddenly wishing a day has 48 hours or we can be like birds, which only sleep few seconds and wake up refreshed…

And how was your Tuesday? What happened? Back tomorrow xx

Day 19: Having to blog on just a “normal” day! 73 days to go!

Kat doodles about life:

Ok, here it is. I know I decided to start this challenge on my blog in order to find creative job, but sometimes you ned to give yourself a day off from doing so, especially if this is a daily one. So I apologize in advance if you do not find this post very exciting to read. Sometimes you just need to do “normal” things, like “normal” people do. For example food shopping, cleaning, cooking, fixing stuff, organizing or simply doing nothing, because you are too exhausted. I woke up around lunchtime coming back from work at early hours of the morning, so it took a while to switch that “awake” mode on. Hoovering was needed, so threw myself into that task and finished the three floors of our house also by moping certain areas. As moving into this big house is a fairly recent event, we are still in the middle doing things up and moving furniture around, so that is kind of what happened this afternoon. We rearranged our kitchen, dining, sitting area so it feels lot more cosy, better solution for the winter period and we took time talking about other interior options. Being in a mood for cleaning I organized my shelving unit in a larder, cleaned my room and got ready a spare mattress for a friend, who is staying over tonight.

So although productive, but you can call it pretty average day. Before I run to work again, here are three pictures of something very simple and practical, which you may perhaps create yourself.  I did it, when I moved in, and got reminded of when making friend’s bed for the night. I was lucky to be able to decide what to do with my bed, as in rental properties you may not be so lucky, it comes in four sections. They are just those simple wooden structures, covered in fabric. I cut holes on both sides of the two out of four sections, and attached excess fabric to the frame with staple gun. With metal hooks attached all four pieces back together. I slotted in two found boards (or if you are lucky to find one, which fits) and put it inside to create extra storage space covering the whole half of bed. In half of created space I am storing shallow plastic box from Ikea with vases, mugs, other decoration. In the front half I am storing camping stuff, sleeping bag and rucksack. Things you may never need, or they need to be on hand, but nicely tucked away and hidden under pieces of calico inserted between the frame and the mattress. Might come up with more sophisticated solution for the furniture in the future, but it is certainly serving the purpose for now.

Back tomorrow. Kat xx

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