Monday, April 18, 2011


Vintage Labels

found this while searching. Has pretty good quality photos. Some seem to have the company name over the image, but not that many. Gives approx dates & sizes

Monday, March 7, 2011

Vintage Ad Sites

Right now I'm just saving the links, I'll explain later.

Hobby Lobby

If you have Hobby Lobby in your town- UTILIZE IT! It doesn't look it at first glance, but Hobby Lobby is a great resource, especially if you use the sales to your advantage. The best part is that if something isn't on sale, then it will be next week. So if you have time to wait do so.

My favorite part of Hobby Lobby is the single stem flower section. It is almost always 50% off and the flowers look GREAT. There is even a line that has "real feel" flowers that are the most realistic fake flowers I've seen in stores.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Show, New Research

Okay, I've been hella busy with work and shows, so I haven't done the updates I intended to do. Luckily, I left a handy reminder of what I wanted to talk about in a post for a reason.
Anyway, just a heads up, I'm about to start some research for Chicago. So keep your eyes open.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Epiphany of the day

Okay, I really need to work on getting through the massive list that is the props for Chicago. Mind you, the ones in the original script, meaning it's all the shit used in the Fosse production with 3 fancy winches. I could do an entire post on how frustrating it is reading these stage directions, but I digress. The point is, I won't be catching up on the things I wanted to talk about that I learned from the summer because I have this massive list to take care of.
Just one more quick note before I get on to my epiphany, NEVER, and I mean NEVER, go off of the prop list in the back of scripts. Scanning it after you make your own from the script may help you catch something that you missed, but you really need to develop it from the script.

Now- My Epiphany of the Day
About a year ago, while making props list for my season at New London Barn Playhouse, I realized that I should initially record all props in the script so I can track something and know that it will be used again. This came from doing show lists months in advance and knowing I probably wouldn't remember these things after building 3 others shows before I got to the 4th one. (btw, this does mean, that I didn't even realize the need to do this until the 4th list for the season.) Prior to this, I had worked on one show at a time and didn't have the need to necessarily track such things.
ANYWAY, I initially tried color coding by using a background color to indicate the prop was listed above. It sort of worked, but you had to search the list, which becomes tedious with long lists.
Well, I started to notice the MASS amounts of tables and chairs indicated in the Chicago script and it dawned on me- NUMBER EACH PROP. Giving a prop a reference number makes it so much easier to note when it is listed before. I'm also finding it easier to keep things straight in the initial phases of laying out lists. I have a feeling it will also idiot proof things a little bit. Sometimes, I find when I'm talking through prop lists with directors I may double count something and have a mini freak out.

Okay, that's my epiphany of the day. Really, it's a silly one, but when I figure out a new way to arrange my lists, I get excited.

The next time I need a break from list making- probably in an hour or so- I'll do a blog about the many incarnations of my props lists. At least from what I have stored on my laptop.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Upcoming stuff

Wow, it doesn't feel like I haven't posted in 3 weeks. Could've sworn I did one more recently... oh well. Right now I'm procrastinating on this whole packing thing. I just wanted to check in and list some of the things I was to talk about so that I can do so when I have time at home this week.
1) I need to find the great websites that I lost when my work computer lost all of its links. I had a good one for old cigarette cases along with a good one of wine labels. I'll just do a search again.
2) Foliage tricks, fake dirt and Autograph.
3) Upholstery tips I picked up from watching our soft goods artisan.
4) Rub and Buff (have I talked about this?)and other paint tricks.
5) Why free font sites are my new favorite thing.
6) Acrylic paint- how I learned it isn't awful stuff.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More Links

Okay, work computer was replaced and I lost all those links... I really just need to do searches for what I worked on earlier in the season and I'll have them back. I'll get around to that...eventually...

Anyway, I had a few sites that I've been meaning to share that I use a lot or have bookmarked on my personal computer for awhile.

1) BOOKMARK THIS! I have used this SO many times. It's great site to have on hand. I find myself using it less and less as I use larger ranges of materials more often. It gives the strongest bond, fastest bond, least toxic bond, etc. It will also warn you if certain types of adhesives will melt one of the two things you are gluing together. You can also click on links for each adhesive to get a review of the glue, along with toxicity rating, avg. cost, cure time, where to buy and links for places to buy online.

2) Lehman's: My dad recommended this to me once when I was complaining about how expensive hurricane lamps are at antique stores. I haven't really looked at it or used it yet, but I know that the Props Master at APT has used it this year. It is Amish goods, so you can get a lot of items suited for a good range of pre-20th century periods. It's worth taking a look at if you're working on a show of that time. Also, if you need hurricane lamps, you REALLY should buy them from here. It is way cheaper.

3) Ressler Importers: I learned of this handy source this summer due to the mass amounts of furniture we've needed. I haven't personally ordered from them, but I have some idea of how they work from overhearing orders being made. I think to get pricing you need to have the catalog, which you can request online. They are a little pricey from what I understand, but the nice thing is you can get every(?)style unfinished. So as long as you have time, tools, and experience to assemble the furniture, paint/stain, and upholster, it's a great alternative to rehashing something that already has paint and upholstery.

Okay, that's it for now. I have some tips and tricks I want to get down soon, so I'll try to add more later in the week.