Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WOO WOO

Lemmemakeit has been on the back burner this summer because my focus has been on Woo Woo. Like I've said in a few past posts, I art directed my best friends short film titled Woo Woo, set in 1961. A period piece was a challenge for production design but it wound up all coming together and looking pretty lovely. Here are a few photos I snapped from the set with the actors. It was an amazing experience for me, a lot of work but in the end, I know I will be proud of the result. 
The location of the shoot was in Astoria, Queens, New York, at Nicki's Nana's home that she has lived in since the 1940's. Not much has changed structurally in the house but all the decor and interiors have been updated. The whole house was basically emptied out and all the props loaded in and reset to resemble a low income city home in the late 1950's.
A set of bunk beds from the 1950's were by far the most difficult props to find. Nicki and I actually drove 6 hours to Maine to pick an authentic set up. And there are the awesome antique paper dolls that I scored on Ebay that have real human hair!
A lot of the props came from my personal collection, local NYC flea markets, Brimfield antique fair, Etsy and Ebay. Nicki's most favorite prop I bought was the funny looking teddy bear.

Kitchen supplies and decor were probably the easiest to find. 
The antique Mrs. Butterworth container was a definite plus to making the breakfast table look authentic.
Vintage cafe-style curtains were a staple for a 1950's kitchen.
There's the Irish Blessing I made hanging on the wall!
The little actresses were so excited to stick their fingers in the pie which was part of the story line.
I liked the living room area... maybe because a lot of the things in the room came from my apartment.
That thermostat is definitely NOT from the 1950's—don't worry, it was cropped out of the shot!
For more pictures of the set taken by set photographer Lisa Weatherbee, check out my post on thecraftsdept blog!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

adirondack mushroom


Did our annual trip to Lake George this past weekend—always a good time and just an amazing place to escape to from concrete to green. I even found some mushrooms in the yard!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

urban green

Since I have been technically off (from Martha) and not working, I've had some time to do other things besides art directing Nicki's short film. I was able accompanied my sister to a few showings of the line she reps, WeSC, which were fun min adventures. We drove to Philadelphia to the Urban Outfitters head quarters located at an old Navy yard. The grounds were very cool, slightly reminiscent of a collage campus but a bit more industrial. There were many "green" elements to the design of the spaces and I especially liked the hanging garden in the cafeteria building.
They also had a yummy veg/vegan cafe, floors made from recycled glass bottles and everyone had reusable cups! Oh and I can't leave out the compostable cutlery in the cafeteria and that every other person had a pet dog with them at work! 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

five ways to lose weight

The Twistersizer
The Slender Suit
Rubber Slenderizer Suit
The Trim Wheel
Midriff Belt
Kind of amazing, don't you think? I have done so much 1950's research and I am constantly freaking out about the ads from the time. They are brilliant! So many different weird solutions to lose weight. No one ever thought about just changing their diet perhaps?

Monday, August 8, 2011

funny old ads

Mini Paper Cutter
Universal Fisherman Shears
Portable Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Fish Gripper
Tiny Pistol Big Bang
Flower Carpet
Protect
 Rear Viewer