Thursday, March 24, 2011

Happy as the Day is Long - help me choose a flyer

I've been busier than a 16 armed Octopus! So many great things on the horizon!

In addition to putting on productions of "Peter Pan", "Mary Poppins" and "Into the Woods" and teaching all around town... I've also been working on a show of my own at the Anaheim White House.  It's set for April 22nd. Just around the corner!

The show titled "Happy as the Day is Long" has a kickin band, 3 great guest artitsts, AND a 3 course meal.  And, to top it all off, a super talented friend designed flyers!

I'm planning on using both flyers, but I'd like to choose one to use for advertising with people who I don't know.  I'd love your help deciding between the two.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Carol Channing comes to Anaheim

 A really great gem of an event is about to happen in Anaheim! As some of you know, I'm on the board of the Anaheim Performing Art Center Foundation.  (you can find out more about APAC at Well, APAC is super excited to be co-producing a concert celebrating Carol Channing's 90th birthday! AND - SHE WILL BE PERFORMING! As will some top notch BWAY talent, and Musical Theatre University's Kids Next Door. 

    I'm sure you all have your own favorite Carol Channing memories. Mine are a little random, so I thought I'd share in an effort to spark your excitement. It might seem super weird - but (being a child of the 80's) I LOVED her as the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland. Here's a clip if you haven't seen it!   And, of course, as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie!  Here's a link to her as Muzzy going to town in the number "Jazz Baby" I seriously WANT that dress!  And, if your own memories of Hello Dolly aren't enough to bring you to this event. I just learned that she has now dedicated her life to returning arts education to public schools. Hello! 

    She's totally crazy and totally WONDERFUL!  I can't wait!  And to top it all off, this event will benefit her foundation, The Dr. Carol Channing & Harry Kullijian Foundation for the Arts, Musical Theatre University, and The Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation. With tickets as low as $20... I can't see how this concert won't sell out! 

    Tickets are now available here - OR - you can also purchase VIP tickets, which include dinner at The Anaheim White House and an after party with Dr. Carol Channing herself by calling Shelley Sherman at (714) 554-6033.

         I look forward to seeing you all on April 16th!
                         Here's to kicking up our heels when we are 90!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Crafting Parties?

Those of you who know me, or who have read this blog, know that I love kiddos! I'm super lucky to teach roughly 20 dance/singing/fiber classes a week here in Orange County.

I've really enjoyed teaching Fiber Arts at  For the past few months I've been teaching home schooled kids to create all kinds of crafts with wool.

After an evening with some friends that turned into a night of non stop felting,  I've been toying with the idea of bringing crafting parties to you!   I'm still working out the details, but I wanted to see what you all thought.  Would you or your kids enjoy a felt making party? I'd bring kits with instructions and each guest would leave with a little felted critter or a sweet smelling soft bar of felted soap.

Let me know what you think!

Here's some pics of my classes and the evening that the wool took over the kitchen.

We even had Dad's Felting Baseballs!

Felted Birds

Felted Giraffes

Felted Bird Kits

Inside of Bird Kits

Felted Cake

Felted Cakes look good enough to eat. Full of Fiber too!

I'd love your thoughts on Crafty Parties.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Still in love

Ever since my good friend and super talented designer pointed out the giant felt piece in the David Rubenstein Atrium at  Lincoln center about a year ago, I've been obsessed with Claudy Jongstra.  I had been in that room before and always thought it was a painting.  But, it's so much more.  The walls are COVERED with beautiful hand died, handmade felt. It still takes my breath away every time I get a grilled cheese sandwich and chickpea salad at Witchcraft.

Well,  yesterday, Melissa sent me a picture of a gorgeous rug not realizing it was made by Claudy. It sent me back to her website, and I'm obsessed all over again.  Check out these pictures of her process. So insane. Can we please take a trip to the neatherlands and help her tend her flock of rare Drenthe Heath sheep?