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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
1:52 am - Schedule:
We're insanely busy lately. Here's where we'll be:

Woohoo! My birthday weekend at Dorian's Parlor! April 28th, the Doubletree Hotel, Philly. Come bring me cake.

One of my favourite shows of the year: Fairie Festival, May 4th, 5tth, and 6th at Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, PA.

We're trying something new, then: Zenkaikon, May 11th and 12th in Oaks, PA

And for the last of our four-play: The insanely fabulous, wonderfully glorious Steampunk World's Fair, May 18th-20th in Piscataway, NJ.

These are all going to be fantastic shows, we're all incredibly psyched to show you the new and amazing stuff we're working on, and after these shows, we're gonna fall over in a heap and sleep for a week. So come see us before we hibernate!

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1:42 am - You know what it occurs to me I haven't done?
I haven't done this:

You should be able to see something pretty.....

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
9:58 am - I should do this more often.
 I've just come through not one but two huge shows: The Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire, and The Alternative Living Expo. Back to back, essentially, which means-- woohoo!-- I'm sick as the proverbial dog right now. But. No rest for the weary, right? So here's where I'll be next:

March 12th, Dorian's Parlor-- a monthly Steampunk event here in Philly, at the lovely Doubletree Hotel near City Hall. The people are lovely, the music is fabulous, the entertainment varied and high-quality. I wouldn't miss this event, and neither should you.

April 16th, Dorian's Parlor-- This month, my dear friends Platform one will be playing. They certainly know how to put on a show. When they really get going, Nigel might come offstage and do the Secretariat with you.

April 29th/May1st-- One of my favourite shows, Fairie Fest. Come out to Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, PA, and dance on the grass with all the fairies. Spoutwood is a beautiful organic farm, and the whole show couldn't be lovelier! (And it's my birthday. I'll have cake.)

May 20th/22nd, The Steampunk World's Fair-- It's hard to believe this is only the second year for this event. It went over like gangbusters last year, and everyone talks about it as if it's always been there. So much going on-- so much glorious fun!

So! That's about enough for one entry, right? And when I get them, I'll post photos of the bridal gowns I had for the Alternative Living Expo, where I exhibited mainly in the section of the show called The Alternative Bridal Expo. It was such a grand debut for the show! So come on out, and say hi. I'd say I don't bite, but apparently, I do. But I'l try to keep it under control!

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Saturday, November 13th, 2010
7:00 pm - Next event!
So! Where next? I'll be at The Anachronism, in New York City, on Sunday, November 21st. It's at the fabulous Webster Hall, and this time, there'll be a fashion show AND, possibly, an opportunity to vend. What makes everything even better is that I'm going to be bringing a whole new line with me for the fashion show. So bring it on! Come see me take daring new risks with textiles! WOOHOO!

 http://theanachronismnyc.com/


This is a deliberately inclusive event: if you're vaguely interested in Steampunk, but have no clue what to wear or where to start, this is the place for you. Come on out, see what's what, and have fun. I know a lot of the folks who will be there, and almost all of the folks running the event, and it'll be grand. They're all good people. This is also the first time for this event, and I'd love there to be a second, third, etc. So come on out!


Speaking of fun events, I'm still having an absolute BLAST at Dorian's Parlor here in Philly every month. This month, we're slated for the 28th, and oh, boy, will it be good. Ego Likeness will be playing on their current North American tour, so come out!

http://doriansparlor.com/

This is yet another event with the same M.O.: you love Steampunk? You wouldn't know Steampunk if you fell across it? Come on out. GREAT music, food, drinks, fashion, vendors, WONDERFUL people. Steampunk, Neo-Vicctorian, whatever you like or in which you have an interest, it's there.

So! I hope to see you!

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Friday, July 16th, 2010
10:42 pm - Next week!
 DO come see me! We had such fun the last time!


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Friday, July 2nd, 2010
12:47 am - Well, it's been quite a while.
Lest ye think I've been sitting around eating bonbons and doing not much of anything, let me correct you: I've been up to my ears in shows. Wicked Faire was in February. The end of April/start of May saw us at Fairie Fest, at Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, PA. Middle of May was the very first Steampunk World's Fair-- and I have to tell you, after all these years, it's hard to spell "fair" without an e. Feels unnatural, it does. Early June saw the inagural night of the fabulous Dorian's Parlor right here in Philadelphia-- and my first-ever fashion show! Last weekend was Celtic Fling, and it was beastly hot.

So I figured perhaps it was time for me to be a bit proactive, and tell you where I will be, as opposed to where I was.

This weekend, July 3rd from 8pm to 2am, is the second annual SteamWerk Ball, at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA. It's going to be a hoot: live bands, multiple rooms and DJs, fabulously dressed people, and me. What more you could you want? It's 18+, so bring everyone you know. 

The following weekend, July 11th, is my second-ever fashion show, this time in New York, at The Quarterly Art Soiree, at Webster Hall. I'll have about a dozen models, and the whole day looks marvelous: ballet, theatre, music, fashion-- it's going to be artistically spectacular.

After that, I'll be vending at Dorian's Parlor on July 24th. This time, I'll get to listen to the music, and eat the delicious hors d'oeuvres myself, instead of staring at them longingly as I race past to get my models ready to walk.

Then, of course, it's The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire again, every weekend from August 14th through October 31st. I hope to be on site more myself this year-- it's a fun place! I'll have some other events scattered throughout the summer, of course, like the third Dorian's Parlor on August 21st, which will feature the fabulous DJ Kiltboy, and live music from Platform one.

So that's the state of MayFaire Moon at the moment. Insanely busy, but that's good. Things progress apace! So come say hello-- I'll certainly be out and about enough!

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Thursday, January 14th, 2010
4:11 pm - What I Can Do.
For the next two weeks, I'll be making a MayFaire Moon corset in the Haitian national colours of red and blue. All proceeds will go to charity. Probably Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. If you have a particular charity in mind, I can do that, too. Depending on the corset, it'll be about $360/$460, with $300/$400 of that going to charity. So I'm just covering my costs.

Spread the word. I feel so incredibly helpless. But this? This I can do.

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
11:05 pm - Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts, originally uploaded by Ysobelle.

Just in case you thought I wasn't busy enough, this went out today: the lovely Queen of Hearts. It's going to the utterly fabulous Linda in Boston, for a costume wedding on Halloween.

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
6:16 pm - One of the OTHER reasons no one's seen me.

Organza before and after., originally uploaded by Ysobelle.

This is the second of three big projects all due right now. It's a lovely wedding gown in blue satin with a white embroidered organza overlay. It just went out the door a few hours ago with a very happy bride. Huzzah!

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Monday, October 12th, 2009
1:24 pm - What am I working on?

Textures., originally uploaded by Ysobelle.

Well, it's been a while since I posted, I know, but I thought I'd let everyone know where I am: awash in bridal! I'l have another gown to photograph and put up soon, but these quick-and-dirty shots should give you an idea of what's going on.

This gown: embroidered Chinese silk, tulle, and lace. It will feature detached hand-painted silk sleeves, a four-yard detachable train, and a five-yard tulle veil with hand-appliquèd lace motifs, all beaded with 1,400 real gemstones in garnet, citrine, and ruby.

I can't wait!

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Monday, February 23rd, 2009
12:10 am - Bliss....
I'll post photos when I can-- the ones that won't get someone slapped-- but for now, suffice it to say that I had an amazing time at Wicked. I saw people I haven't seen in ages, and I heard, "I came to Wicked specifically because I knew you were going to be here" from a bride-to-be who commissioned a wedding gown. I worked all day, then got to dive into a dancefloor full of glorious freaks. I've been away from my tribe for far, far too long.

Business was good, the company was excellent, and a good time was had by most. Thank you to everyone who came out to see me and the show!

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Thursday, February 19th, 2009
10:20 am - A special announcement!
I have something to show you. You know you want to look.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
3:49 am - Soon, all too soon!
Will I see you there?




Wicked Faire

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Friday, February 6th, 2009
11:27 am - William Morris-inspired embroidered silk.

Scale, originally uploaded by Ysobelle.

I've been told by everyone who's seen the samples I brought back that photos simply do not do these glorious, intricate, glittering fabrics justice.

But if you come see me at Wicked, of course, you can judge for yourself.

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11:23 am - Kate

Kate, originally uploaded by Ysobelle.

My London silk. Which is technically my Indian silk, but it was designed by these guys in London, and that's where I buy it, so, hey, it's my London silk. And this is Kate, with whom I usually deal. She's absolutely wonderful. If you go to London, go to The Berwick Street Cloth Shop, and ask for her. She's great.

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11:01 am - Where will I be? What am I doing? What's with the handbasket?
Well, I'm glad you asked.

In two weeks' time (February 20th, 21st, and 22nd) I'll be at the sometimes-disturbing but always-exciting Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire in lovely Whippany, NJ. At least, they tell me it's lovely-- I don't think I've ever been there. But the hotel's supposed to be absolutely fantastic-- with a real Irish pub in the lobby!-- so I'm quite chuffed.

I've also just come back from another buying trip across the Great Pond to pick up new silks from my favourite shop in London. I'll have samples at the show, and oh, you'll love them. They're exquisite. I'll post some photos.



Lastly, I am now conducting a search for MayFaire Moon Minions of Doom.

It's not the most glorious of positions, but it can be fun. I need someone to help me transfer patterns, cut them, pin them together, and do some basic sewing. Depending on experience, there may be a little more. You have to be precise on many aspects of this stuff, and I can be quite...er...detail-oriented, shall we say. I can't really pay, but you do get fed while you're here in my exceedingly small and somewhat disorganised home/workspace. You may learn some new sewing skills. You get all the West Wing/HGTV/Daily Show you can watch.

You also get your very own, custom-made, MayFaire Moon Corset.

I have a dog and three cats, so if you're allergic, this might not be your best option. My schedule is kind of nuts, but that can be an advantage, especially if yours is, too.

Feel free to spread the word, if you know someone who might be interested.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2008
1:01 am - Probably one my most fun corsets.
A custom three-lace made from New Kids On The Block bedsheets. Yes, I made a New Kids On The Block Corset.

Pictures will follow. G-d help us all.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
9:22 pm - And the other....

Rapunzel Two, originally uploaded by Ysobelle.

Image by Faith of Tiny Dragon Productions; Model: Donna Ricci; corset by MayFaire Moon Corsets & Costumes.

Rapunzel has given up on her Prince coming to get her. Perhaps there IS no Prince.

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9:21 pm - At last.

Rapunzel One, originally uploaded by Ysobelle.

It's taken...mmm...two years? But I finally have the most amazing image of the MayFaire Moon Rapunzel corset. It was done by Faith of Tiny Dragon Productions, and is being worn by the glorious Donna Ricci, gothic supermodel.

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Monday, September 15th, 2008
4:03 pm - Er...seems I forgot to mention....
...that I was at Salon Con this past weekend. Mea Culpa.

But much fun was had by all. Seriously. This was also my first time doing two shows at once, and while I had visions of crashing and burning like one of Abney Park's airships, it actually turned out to be a great show. This is only its third year, and there were some growing pains, to be sure, but I'll definitely go back next year.

Sadly, I took a grand total of ONE customer shot. But it's a good one. Many thanks to the lovely Shadesong for permission to post!






Next show,  Wicked Winter, 20th to the 22nd of February. And I've just been told it's a good idea to book your hotel room NOW. As in, NOW. 

I'm also, of course, still at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire every weekend through the end of October. Do come out and say hello!

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