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Therefore, the graduate school thing is currently pushed back at least a year.

$1100/month school loan payments is way too much to spend hoping I can get a fantastic job (+70,000) in fashion and not burn out within the first few years.

Having hashed out the numbers with Jeff's parents, who were fabulous and - while difficult - know money and the economy much better than I do.

So what to do for now?

Work at Mascot - so far I enjoy it and am keeping the flubs down to a minimum.
Work at David's part time when possible - they pay more per hour and it's a good side job even if only for a couple of hours

Research  grad school some more.
- Email UNC and find out what was wanting, what I could improve and what they want to see if I apply again
- Look into more schools

Theatre work when/if possible

Develop a couple of research and sewing complete outfit projects to build portfolio.
This should include undergarments, headgear, and accessories

- linen 1780's gown
- medieval?
- victorian
- something 1900's?
-  opinions, suggestions?

We've also discussed moving to a cheaper apartment to help save money and try to get our debt controlled. Jeff's parents have offered a one bedroom they own, which they've been having trouble renting out. It's a good bet we'll take it and most likely on a reduced rate. It would mean moving, but we have been anticipating that all year and it also gives us a chance to really plan out how we want the space to work, to organize and ditch things that have been taking up space - metaphorically and physically.

So here is where we'll stay for a while. We need to try and be more social, get out and enjoy Columbus while we can.

Would anyone like to help??
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I wasn't accepted to UNC. I need to write an email asking what improvements I could use or something similar.

I did receive the packet from Savannah detailing what I needed to do should I accept their offer.  Their offer includes no scholarships, $45,000 in Federal Loans, and 6 extra classes before I can even start the graduate classes. It kinda sucks, but is better than nothing.

The scholarships could change depending on how well I do next year. With 45,000 dollars of government money I can pay off the $11,000 private loan that has a higher interest rate and can't be consolidated with the $28, 000 I've accumulated from OSU. Plus, I wouldn't have to take quite as much the following years depending on scholarships and grants. I need to call financial aid and find out who my advisor is on Monday. 

SCAD is on the quarter system, just like OSU. I can get the extra classes done in 2 quarters, and possibly even keep my schedule for graduation the same depending on if I want to take summer classes and what's available. I can take up to 4 classes a time, or stick to 3 and hopefully have enough spare time for a part-time job.

There's also a $500 acceptance fee which needs to be paid by May 1st.....stupid private schools. It'll make for another tight month. Though, David's may finally be picking up enough that I can get some hours there in the evenings and weekends. That extra income will help sooooo much. I can probably work there and Mascot up to the week we will need to move....

The fall  quarter starts September 14th. I'm not sure when our lease is up here, I think the 1st of sept. We will also need to find time in either July or August to go back down and find a place to live there. It looks like housing prices hae gone down some since we looked back in October, but jobs are going to be harder to find. Or at least decent paying ones.

In other news, I had two cavities filled on Thursday and found out that I will need a root canal. It seems to be the year for dental work. That will be done on the 15th. Hopefully, the dentist had no issues with insurance. I don't want another set of payments on top of everything else.
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Jeff and I got up about 7:30 and started packing as Friday was a late night. About 9:30, Mom drove up and we packed the car. Said goodbye to the kitties and we're on the road. The drive down was fairly uneventful until we hit the last bit of West Virginia and the rain caught up to us. It pours and is very foggy. Hotel is clean and relatively nice. Quality Inns are great, and cheap. Dinner was at the Carolina Brewery, and out of the three places we had dinner it was the worst, though still pretty tasty. The other places outshone it. It continued to pour.


We woke up at a leisurely 7:30 and puttered around a bit getting our complimentary breakfast. Jeff and I garbed up, I managed to roll my hair up for the first time. It needs some work but I got the gist of it. Mom's camera has pictures. We drove off to North Carolina Renaissance Festival's new Wake Forest location.

The festival was very interesting. The location was new, a fallow golf course that once had the aspirations of being a lovely expensive community. The rain had left the place very muddy, we saw a few of the patrons struggle with cars in mudholes. As we walked in, they had set up merchants inside the poolhouse. I was not thrilled with this, it was dark and too close together. Once outside, there was a bit of surprise with how spread out the fair was and how thin the merchants looked because of the spacing. It was clearly an established faire, the court and wandering performers were all professionals, but clearly the move had lost a large portion of vendors and outside performers. It's a faire in flux, so it was hard to see how things really were.

We left at about 4:30, after a great chat with the SCA, meeting [livejournal.com profile] silverstah  and [livejournal.com profile] baronessadriana . From there, we went back to the hotel to change and then to wander around Chapel Hill and find some food. We found it in Carborro at a diner called Elmo's. The food was excellent while still being very reasonably priced. We shared salmon patties, chicken and dumplings, and roast beef as well as a strawberry shortcake made with lemon poundcake.

And then there was more sleep.


We get up again, this time a bit earlier, so just in case there is traffic on the way to Chapel Hill. There we split up, Mom and Jeff to go scout out the lay of the land and me to my interview.

The building, first off, is huge and was built in two stages. The first were two triangle shaped buildings, then a third built around them in a hemicircle incorporating them. It made it very difficult to navigate. I spent the morning with the grad students, who were verybusy finishing up assignments on top of their work for Pride and Prejudice.  It made it a little hard to ask questions, but they also asked questions which helped. The classes were pretty much 'work on what you can time' with a little bit of meeting up for fittings and assigning the next project. I did get to learn how to drape in knit and pattern out a leotard with sleeves.

Lunch was brought in, and was pretty darn tasty burgers, I had mushrooms and pesto mayo on mine. Then it was time for a tour of the building, where I was thoroughly lost but intrigued by their costume collection. It is something of an entirely different genre than the one at OSU. When they say costume, they mean costume. They may have some vintage things, but they could still be used on stage for a production. At least that is what I was given to understand.

Next up was my portfolio review. It didn't suck completely. I always had something to say, and some of it even made sense or got approving noises and nods from the department.  The head spent a bit of time looking at it up close, so hopefully she felt that it was grad quality.

That was pretty much it for the formal part of the day. I spent a little bit afterward talking to the grad students and [livejournal.com profile] labricoleuse  about living around campus, sewing techniques and general things.  Another thing I noticed was that none of the grad students had outside jobs, they were entirely too busy with school to do so, which would cut out all of my income

I met back up with Mom and Jeff, and we drove around the area some more. The map we had only showed a little bit of Raleigh around the airport so we were terribly confused as to why the state capital had no downtown. It does, just further east and south. We wandered around Durham and Duke, taking in the sights before deciding we were hungry and going in search of Mama Dip's. It was late (about 8:30) , so things were pretty quiet. Mama Dip's managed to get somewhere between Elmo's and Carolina Brewery for rankings. Jeff says differently because he had the best fried chicken livers ever, but I only had one (and he was right, they were fantastic) and the fried chicken was pretty good but the mac&cheese was downright boring compared to the food at Elmo's.

We went back and crashed for the last night.

We woke up and packed, checked out, had breakfast at the Waffle House where the waitress seemed very concerned that we didn't want any meat (ie bacon or sausage) but had two eggs each which for me is plenty of protein in the morning plus hashbrowns and a waffle.

Jeff wanted to stop and meet the manager of the Tandy in Raleigh so we went down there and cursing the google map finally found our way there. The guy was nice and seemed very interested about having someone else in the shop but judging from the size of the store there is no way he can afford a full time employee. Though it would be the easiest way to have an income immediately after moving, even if it's just a couple of days a week, Jeff could be job searching the rest of the time.

After leaving there, at about 11, we began the long trip home. It was fairly uneventfull but for the conversation, a brief stop at Tamarack WVa and Mom getting a speeding ticket just north of Circleville randomly , e cop had been following for three miles and said she was going 70 in a 55. And wow, does 23 feel slow at 50. We made it home at 9, the cats were very happy to see us. I have mail from Savannah to sort through, but that is going to be a separate post.
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I got accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design's Master of Fine Art in Fashion Design.

Whoa. Paperwork to follow.

I'm not saying yes or no until after this weekend at UNC, especially if I won't have a good idea if UNC will accept me.
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Car needs before trip
 Oil Change                          $40
 Front brakes (we think)     $65
 Steering issue fixed/ buy more fluid

UNC Trip - Mar 28- 31

Hotel( Quality Inn) - 3 nights    $160
Gas ( 950 miles round)              $ 80
Faire     $24  tickets $30             $ 55
Dinner ( 3 nights* 25)                 $ 75
Snack food ( 20*2)                      $ 40
Petty Cash (lunches Monday)   $ 40
Total                                             $450
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Pictures of my latest two commissions are up at my Flicker site. Here for [livejournal.com profile] demonqueen666 's medieval madrigal gown, and here for the modernized corset.

There were challenges with both, though relatively minor. The woman who commissioned the corset is very straight through the torso and hip, so I played with seam placement and fabric choice to give an illusion of curve. It worked as well as it could, though I think adding a gathered skirt would increase the illusion around the hips.

I'm currently working on two projects for myself. One is a tailored jacket in striped blue wool with a shibori dyed silk lining. I need to do a bit of research first but hopefully it will be done in time to go with me to UNC for my interview and portfolio review at the end of March. The other is new faire garb which will be revealed in due course.

I wrote about getting a new job last week, right? Ok, so it was a one line post. I've been working for a week at the new place and it's going well so far. I'm the costume and shipping manager for a local character staffing and logisitics agency. I keep track of all the costumes in our fleet for our clients, process and schedule costume requests,  and make sure the costumes get to where they need to be when the customer wants them to get there.

So far I've dealt with mix-ups concerning dates of events,  requests that were verbal and therefore I had no record of the request - when the costume should have been there yesterday, and the inner workings of a company that only a few months ago had a fairly substantial turnover in its employees.

Right now I'm working about 30 hours a week, which is plenty of time to deal with paperwork, phone calls and things like laundry. But there is the good possibility that I'll get bumped up to full-time in a couple of months. Also, I get the opportunity to make even more money by helping out at events where our talent is needed! I'm doing one this Saturday at a local high school from 9 - 1, just enough time to make it worth it and still be able to work on other projects. 

<edit> OOh! It's apparently Pancake Day at the high school! Yum!

Pyr and I have been trying to be more social lately, a year off was plenty. So far we've been out and seen Coraline with a friend and to last night's Gaelic Storm concert at the Newport. Both were fabulous. Coraline was just on the edge of creepy kid's movie, the design was fabulous but the plot was on the level of an eight year old, very obvious and easy to follow. I'll need to read the book and see if it is as childish as the movie. I find it hard to believe it would be, having been written by Neil Gaiman. The Gaelic Storm concert was fantastic, they have such a great stage presence and I'm really glad they mix instrumentals in with the lyrical songs. They really show off the entire band's talent with the multitude of instruments they play. I wish they had opened up thebalcony so there was more seating, it would have made my back and legs less tired as well as being able to see a little better. For some reason, tall and stocky guys feel the need to stand in front of people who they could clearly see over.

Umm, let see what else is new? My application with SCAD is currently in review, I am working on my portfolio for UNC - it's harder because the format is completely different and I actually have to present it to a group so it needs to be very cohesive and easy for a bad presenter like me to show off. I'm also more nervous about UNC. From what I've seen of the program I think it will be a much better fit than Savannah, so I have to try that much harder to be accepted.
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Currently not getting any hours at Express... guess that's over with.

I need to by lacing rings for a new project, one of the last things to do for this outfit.

Commission is getting picked up  on Saturday it sounds like.

Set up a visit to UNC at the end of March, Drive down Saturday evening,  Drive back up Tuesday.

Need to stop and pick up a new large sketchbook,8x11 isn't going to cut it for some of the things I'm working on.

Portfolio pages are up at my flickr site it's currently on its way to Savannah.

Hopefully I will be getting my Fed tax return by tomorrow.

Sold out Madrigal on Saturday, it should be entertaining. I need to figure out my hair. Bella Visage ne LaBouche will be fun to play.

I need to use this week of no working wisely, I have plenty of projects to work on and finish up. I really can't afford to procrastinate much longer.

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- statement of purpose
- 2 recommendation letters
- GRE scores
- Transcript - ordered

- Portfolio- 7 slides down!
- financial aid forms

-statement of Purpose
- 3 recommendation letters- 1 down!
- GRE Scores
- transcripts - ordered

- portfolio
- interview - Late March? $200-400 round trip
- Financial Aid forms
- resume

Holy crap I am actually getting closer to being finished with this process.  Savannah is pretty much done but for the Resume and Portfolio. I have to tweak my Statement for UNC,  work on my portfolio (which requires more work than SCAD as I want to rework a bunch of costume illustrations I did for Theatre 656), bug recommenders about deadlines, and find a way to fund this trip down to Chapel Hill.

Looking quicky at gas prices, mileage and hotel rates, it's going to cost about 200- 400 dollars to go depending on several variables. It only takes eight hours to get there, so about $100 for gas if the prices go up, about $70 if they don't and that's round trip. Anywhere from $60 to $160 a night for a hotel, depending on location and quality and I don't tend to spend more than 100 for a hotel. We could spend day driving, sleep, visit campus, and drive back so 1 night at a hotel; or we could drive,sleep, visit, sleep, and drive back. I'm inclined to do the second because neither Pyr or I like driving very late at night, and we would both be exhausted from the visit but it is more expensive. Plus food, is another 100, if we eat cheap on the way there and back, with a nice dinner.

120 (two nights at cheapest hotel)

200(two night more expensive)

Unfortunately, this is money we don't have. I'm going to talk to my mom, maybe dad and see if they can help any, after all this is about 6 weeks down the line at most. If I get the new job and start back at David's  at the end of February, I might have the money but a lot of it will be going towards normal bills during those weeks.

Anybody want commissions made?
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I finished up two important things this week so far and it's only Wednesday! I posted earlier my finished statement of intent for Savannah. It looks good... I really wish I had my essay skills from high school back, they have gone downhill since then. I also finished up a sewing commission for [livejournal.com profile] demonqueen666 , who seemed extremely excited by her pretty medieval gown. Now I just have to get pictures of it for my Theatre costuming portfolio, and maybe the Savannah one, I'm not sure. I've got quite a bit that will already be going into the Savannah one and it needs to be fairly cohesive. I worked a lot on getting scans and photos ready for this today, lots of time in Photoshop. Most can be seen here in various sets.

I would much rather take a nap than go to work....but I really need the money lately. I still have to pay for madrigal tickets, boning, and another official transcript as I misunderstood how many UNC wanted.

Thankfully, tomorrow I have off, so I can get done some of the sewing I need to work on.

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It's amazing what an English teacher and an engineer can do to my poor writing skills. )



Now I just have to figure out how to tweak it for theatre costuming instead of fashion...


Jan. 8th, 2009 03:37 pm
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Savannah College of Art and Design MFA Fashion Program

Statement of Purpose - in progress )



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I finished up the UNC online application, still means everything on that list yesterday still applies. Yay $75 down the drain....poor again until payday.

I don't want to go into work today, it is still snowing. Plus I think it will be a perfect close tonight as we just did a floorplan change. Exciting and cute new stuff for spring, such as a bunch of pretty things in green! and bold black and white prints, lovely linen blend wide leg pants. Makes me wish I got paid more.

Also, interview next week...hopefully things go well and I can tell you more about it later. It's not retail!!!!
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- statement of purpose
- 2 recommendation letters - 1 down!
- GRE scores
- Transcript - ordered
- Portfolio
- financial aid forms
-statement of Purpose
- 3 recommendation letters
- GRE Scores
- transcripts - ordered
- portfolio
- interview
- Financial Aid forms

Slowly working on getting things together for admissions. Thankfully, given the programs I'm looking at (Fashion in Savannah, and Costuming in UNC) their deadlines are later than the general Jan 1. Much later in the case of UNC, though all the financial aid things need to be finished up quickly as soon as I get my W-2's from Davids and Express and the pet sitting agency.

I have pictures sitting up on my flickr account slowly being sorted into portofolios, I need to make a list of the things that arent made/or pictured that I want in them....that are possible to finish in the quickly diminishing month of January. I need to redo the Midsummer night dream costuming that I did for Theatre 656. I wasn't happy with how it turned out when I finished it, and that feeling has only gotten worse since then.

My statement of purose is still all over the place, as approprate as that is, it needs to be finished. I guess I'll work on that now.


Dec. 29th, 2008 04:31 pm
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So what's happened since my last real update?  Well...not a whole lot.

I've graduated, which is nice. The ceremony was ceremonial, we had the dinner afterwards at Bucca Di beppo where both sets of my parents, Jeff's parents and his sister and brother in law, my grandma, mamaw and papaw and my siblings all came together to have food and give me money. It was good and fun though I was so exhausted because I closed Express the night before and hadn't gotten home until 2:30.

Other than that it's been work, Christmas/Hannukah/Yule, sewing and not much else. There's been a general feeling of being stalled again, what with trying to get grad school worked out and actually finishing up the applications. They are no where near finished, but I'm closer than I have been.

We're celebrating the New Year with some friends from my TC class, which should be interesting as we haven't been socializing much outside of family. I'll be wearing my fun steampunk corset, just because I can - I need to figure out my hair. Then Madrigal and Gaelic Storm in February, I need to fix my garb for madrigal so I can wear the new blue and brown dress.
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So, debating applying to another grad school. I know, I know, most people apply to several, but I'm sorry. I have limited funds with which to pay those application fees, a good concept as to what my program ought to look like, and a growing aversion to snow. That limits where I want to go, and that's not really a bad thing, except for the part where I checked out University of North Carolina at Church Hill on a whim.

They have a Costume Production MFA that sounds fantastic and a whole lot of fun. I've steered clear from Theater programs mostly because I feel like I don't have enough of a theater background, but then reading the list of courses which range from basic patterning to Historical Draping and Macro Puppets....I realized that a lot of the skills I have are what they are looking for....and it sounds like so much fun.

It helps that North Carolina is very active in the Ren Faire circuit, as well as other living history groups....

So I may be applying, I can't wait too long or I will probably talk myself out of it again...like I did at the beginning of this process.


Dec. 4th, 2008 08:50 pm
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10-20 Items that should go in my portfolio
  1. Project 1 from 670 (need printed)
  2. Project 2 from 670 (have)
  3. Project 3 from 670 (have)
  4. Project 4 from 670 (have)
  5. Final Project from 670 (isn't finished - maybe?)
  6. Final Project from 370 (have)
  7. Blue half scale dress from 673 (have- could clean up photos) Not whole project just my part
  8. flowergirl dress from 673 (have) Not whole project just my part
  9. Grey dress from Fashion Show and Draping (need photos printed, have watercolor)
  10. Red linen dress from Fashion Show and Draping (need photos printed, have Illustrator picture)
  11. Red draped dress (clean up photos)
  12. Draping Sketches (have)
  13. Penelope( need to print photos)
  14.  Steampunk corset (need to print photos)
  15. Garb commission for several people various years (need to print photos
  16. Etc
  17. Etc
  18. Green and gold German gown (need to print photos)
  19. Brown and gold linen gown - if I  can get pictures of it by Sat - Hah!
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Things to do in next two couple of days
  • Decide what twenty things go in my portfolio for Saturday
  • Arrange portfolio
  • Fill sweater and jacket flats with color
  • Cut up duct tape corset and pattern
  • Pattern [livejournal.com profile] demonqueen666 's medieval gowns
  • Sketch up said gowns in possible color combos
  • Re-download trial version of Painter - lots of fun, no practice
  • Welt buttonholes for coat
  • Re-cut collar for coat
  • Belt for coat
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Ugh,  I don't want to go into work today, but since I'm down to one job that pays crap....gotta make money. I'm working quite a bit but it doesn't quite make things meet.

I do have two commissions in the works though, which should help. My step-mom wants a corset for photo shoots, so she came over yesterday and I ductaped her and have figured out a nice shape for her.  A guildian wants me to make her Madrigal and Faire garb, we've talked a bit but nothing too finalized. It's close to the end of the quarter so she is busy, I don't really expect a whole lot of action there until after finals.

My pink wool and leather coat now is pretty much finished....well I  have the lining together and the outside together. I  still need buttons, to make the buttonholes ( welted leather buttonholes!!), recuct the collar and finish that, add some padding to fill out the sleeves and back (leather is heavy !!),  add the "belt" to hid the wonky waist seam and a few more things....  Okay so it's not quite finished. At some point it may be.

I  have a portfolio session next Saturday.... I've scanned some things  but other than that not a whole lot has been done for that. I  have a week, right?
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So Savannah was beautiful, making it hard to come back to Columbus and deal with the cold and grey ickiness. Although today was sunny, it doesn't make up for the chilly and depression.

But let's go back to Savannah for a minute.
On Saturday... )


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