For those of you who don't know my family owns its own movie making company called S.C. TreeHouse Productions. We're not very big but our goal is to make GOD honoring films and so far HE has always provided us a way to do just that. This year is our company's 5 year anniversary and to celebrate we are going to produce a web series (working) titled Literal: What We Believe . The goal for this series is once a month we will air an episode explaining one of the core beliefs of S.C. TreeHouse Productions. Pre-production is already underway and filming will hopefully begin this summer!
Since I'm the one who does the sewing in the family I got the job of costume director. A very fun and rewarding job if I do say so myself! :) (and yes, it does have its stressful moments as well :P!) So to hold you off until filming is complete I wanted to share with you some of the costume ideas I have for Literal. I'll start with our two main characters:
Doug is our main character, he's kind of goofy, silly, and a little on the crazy side. Christopher wants Doug's style to be based on his own personal style which means nothing matches, pants from the 1970's and plaids and stripes, together! He also wants the usual *necessary* accessories such as bow ties (in crazy colors), hats (unusual ones), and maybe suspenders.
Here are some examples of Christopher's *ahem* unique fashion sense:
(Anybody remember the guy above from their childhood?)
Ann is more quite and reserved than Doug, so I wanted her clothes to express that as well. We're aiming for simple, practical, but at the same time cute. Christopher wants Ann to look like a little girl so I'm trying to find "girlish" clothes that don't look too silly for a 15 year old to wear.
(I am planning on making the dress below for sure only knee length with a higher neck.)
MR. MEDIA SR:
As his name states Mr. M runs the media and TV station Doug Hoop works at. So he will be dressed like a typical business man. Nothing special. Black suit, tie, you get the picture.
MR. MEDIA JR.:
As the son of Mr. Media Sr., Mr. Media Jr. is the definition of hip and trendy. I want Mr. Media Jr. to look like "the modern teenage boy" and this picture is EXACTLY what I want! The moment I saw it I was like "THAT'S my Media Jr.!" I can't wait to work on this costume!
Master Smoothlips is the town lawyer. He "goes through life believing everything with no beliefs". I want him to look professional yet trendy at the same time like a cross between Mr. Media Sr. and Mr. Media Jr. I'll probably end up putting Master Smoothlips in gray or brown just to break things up a bit. That way I won't have two characters (Mr. Media and Master Smoothlips) both in a black suit.
She's the one who always wears a christian graphic t-shirt (you know, the one that screams something like I heart Jesus!? or let's go get everyone saved!?) We will be making a one of a kind t-shirt design specifically for Typical Christian's character. Sorry, I can't give anything else away. It's a secret! But basically, she's going to look like the average teenage girl, a typical Christian.
I'm so excited to get to work on costumes again! This is something I love doing and is one of my personal ministries. We have just launched our campaign video to raise money for Literal. Film making is not cheap so we'll need all the help we can get! Please head over to Indigogo to check it out and pass the word along! Your support and prayers will be greatly appreciated! I'll try to keep this blog updated on how production is going so you can know how GOD is moving through our ministry. Please pray that HIS will, not ours, will be done through EVERY aspect of this project.
CLICK HERE for our campaign page
"For I am not ashamed of the Good News, since it is God's powerful means of bringing salvation to everyone who keeps on trusting, to the Jew especially, but equally to the Gentile." Romans 1:16 Complete Jewish Bible
A friend of mine gave me this dress back in January that she didn't want anymore. Because it was super cute (and free) I took it. But the bad new is that it was a little too big and pushing being too short.
(Please excuse my odd facial expressions)
I'll admit, not the most figure flattering dress I've ever put on. I had to wear a tank on underneath in order to get these pictures and still obtain some modesty.
As you can see, there were a few problem-os. So with the help of my AMAZING alterations teacher (I call her my Jedi Master) I ripped that thing apart and made a few adjustments (praying the whole time that I wouldn't utterly destroy it in the process!).
The first thing I did was to add a ruffle to the bottom of the skirt making it not so short. I found the ruffle at Hancocks in Chattanooga and it matched perfectly! I was so excited!
After that I took up the side seams which fixed the whole gaping arm hole issue which included replacing my first invisible zipper. It turned out to be much easier than I thought so I didn't have to worry!
Next came taking up the shoulder seams. Doing this took the neck line up as well and raised the hemline, which is why the ruffle was needed.
Once that was done, I made a few more minor adjustments here and there just to get everything to lay right and fit better.
So after a lot of ripping out seams, restitching said seams, ripping out some more, sewing some more then realizing "oh wait, that part needs to be fixed as well" I finally finished!
Ah... much better! Wouldn't you agree? I so so so pleased with how it turned out especially considering that I had never altered an entire dress before! What do y'all think?
I have the wonderful privilege of babysitting two 4 year old twin boys once a week. I always have a fun time with those two and sometimes, they like to do or say things that catch me off guard. Like yesterday for instance. We have this thing where we will tell each other "I love you" just on a whim, then usually end it by tickling each other. So yesterday I was at the sink getting them some water and the oldest of the two was watching me. Suddenly he goes:
"I love you Susan"
I smile back and say "I love you too baby"
"You wanta know how much more I love you?"
"How much more do you love me?"
"I love you more..." he grins "than PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES!"
Yeah I know, peanut butter sandwiches. But to a four year old who's favorite hobby is eating, (and who loves him some peanut butter!) that's a big part of his world right there! So I smile catching his meaning and turning to face him I say:
"Well I love you more than bologna sandwiches!" (bologna is his next favorite type of sandwich)
He stops and stares at me wide eyed like "nobody can love ANYBODY more than bologna sandwiches!"
Yep sometimes they can catch me off guard, but then again, so can I!
I love you all more than hot-dogs!
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