Monday, November 28, 2011


Tonight I am going Stenciling!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Photo Wall

I am home for my sister's engagement party and an early Thanksgiving with the family. These festivities take place over two weeks and I am sitting at home while my family members are at work. I am not good at sitting at home. So I craft!

Check out the photo wall I completed for my parents' house.

Most of the frames were 5x7, plain, black or multiple four pane matted frames. I needed to break up the monotony.

I want to be an artist

Who needs art

I wanna be an artist when I grow up!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gots to Give Me Props

This is actually two completed projects in one post and subject heading, multitasking! Last fall a good friend and amazing stage director, Kel Haney asked me to assistant direct with her for the upcoming production Good Egg. During the rehearsal process it is clear we are in desperate need of a props design and manager. I have a costume design background and as you know, can be quite crafty, also I knew the script better than anyone. So, I stepped up to the position of props lady!

One of the characters was Matt and eccentric, unique, curious personality. My favorite part was collected and finding toys and puzzles for his area of the stage. However, I also made and designed a duct tape wallet for him.

Outside of the Wallet (dinosaur theme)

Inside of the Wallet

Matt's character circuit-bended and used a bent Speak&Spell to explain to the audience how his mind worked. I am not a circuit bender, unfortunately, even though I think I made my roommate believe I was a hoarder for the month of October, filling our apartment with broken children's electronic toys and old wiring. I got my hands on a classic speak and spell and gussied it up with wires, switches and knobs.

... If you don't know what circuit bending is, check it out! Circuit Bending = fascinating!! If it wouldn't drive me insane or make my contained chaos spill from my room into the rest of my life, I would totally adopt the art as part of my own.

I just finished props designing/properties manager for Red Fern Theatre Company's production GENTRIFUSION, which closed Feb 13th. I gathered and created props for six short plays on the gentrification of different boroughs in New York City.

Getting a baby doll to look and feel like a realistic baby, was the most challenging part of props. The answer was a good sized doll, baby hat and booties, and wrist weights secured to the doll. I was pretty proud of the end result.

My crafty side was able to come out in the most unsuspecting prop, a shoe box. In one of the plays a teenage drug dealer, Ernesto, is counting his money that he promptly hides from his father. I made a pimped out shoebox for his money. To imagine it started out as a clean Bass shoe box is quite funny. It just took scissors, duct tape, and sharpie!

Check out Red Fern Theatre Company! They are a great, community centered company that produces socially conscious plays. Highly recommended!

Keep it Crafty, internets!
--Kosmo out.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


The reason I have been absent this past week, I am now a proud aunt!! Enjoy little baby Addison Marie Siefried.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Holiday Catchup

Ok so before holidays get too far behind us, I'd love to show off my quick, easy, cheap and cute decorations. I LOVE to decorate! And to rearrange and to host... I should really be a trophy wife in the 1960s (I could just be saying that because I LOVE Madmen. Let's face it the best part would be the appearance, cute dresses- with the over apron, the rest of the life style would bore me or pissed me off. Who really wants to sit around drinking and ironing all day... On second thought, maybe I should reconsider my life choices...)

Any way I digress. Home made holiday decorations, GO!

My first idea was an snow flake chandelier. First of all, we need a bit of mood lighting for the party, also I have a lot of saved up tissue paper from old gifts and Victoria's Secret purchases. I take tissue paper and newspaper and cut different sizes and shapes of snow flakes, you know, elementary school style. Then I hang said snowflakes around my ceiling lamp to block out some of the harsh light (I really love light so I have the brightest and whitest halogen light bulbs in my apartment). I put up these chandeliers in both our entrance way and the living room.

Next we need mistletoe! We all know I love deadlines (some would call it procrastinating, SEMANTICS), so of course I don't go on the search for mistletoe until the day of the party. None to be found. Anywhere. Well with a little google image and some scrap booking paper, vwah la!

Lastly I have a small box filled with last years decorations. All are placed throughout the apartment, radiating holiday joy. The last touch is the string of lights we saved to put around the tree. Well, sorry to say but the season swept by so quickly we never acquired a tree. I finally decide the right place, hang and then plug in.... Only to find the lights have lost their will to live over the past year, one bulb must have given in to the ghost of christmas yet to come and taken then whole string's spirit with it!

Well, if you can't have a tree, and you can't have lights, have both! I was determined to make my own! With presents under it and everything!

A friend of mine at the party recommended to do the same thing next year (with a string that worked) plug in the lights and put green tissue paper around the lights to make it look even more like a tree! Too cute!!

Well, happy holidays all!
Kosmo here reminding everyone to keep Christmas with you, all through the year!

Friday, January 7, 2011

An Attack Plan for the New Year

It has been quite some time since I have posted and I have so much to catch you all up on! One of my resolutions this year is to make sure that I post at least once a week, so please check back often. I have many projects up in the air at the moment and many I have completed, each will get their own post (I don't want to overwhelm anyone with just one GIANT post).

This post will simply be a welcome back to blogging and a welcome to the new year. I thought I would share my resolutions with all of you (the more people who I tell the more likely I am to keep them- puts the pressure on).

2011 New Year Resolutions:
(1) Blog at least once a week
(2) Make more of an effort with how I present myself; wear makeup, contacts, and complimenting clothes more often
(3) Do more things that make me happy, and only because it makes me happy; crafting, adventuring, etc
(4) Learn that it is ok to be selfish; go for what I want and take more me time

We will see how I do!
I hope everyone had a safe and joyous holiday! Let's attack this new year together!!

Kosmo out