State of the Scrumptious

A lot has been going on behind the scenes here. Since I went to NetHui in July, life has been exceptionally busy. My mom had surgery overseas (she’s fine!) and my partner’s father visited. A stream of freelance work, burlesque emceeing, increased responsibilities at my day job, and two workshops that I gave on August 26th also kept me on the run.

Then it was time to be my OWN web client and to update this site. A year’s worth of spiffing content now has a mobile-friendly look and feel in a “responsive” theme.

After a year of blogging my main preoccupations all sum up as performing the feminine. Get dressed – it’s a performance. Engage in activities within traditional women’s zones – it’s a performance. Get up on stage, go to a conference – it’s a performance. The fashion and style blogs I enjoy the most discuss style in a thoughtful way – Alison at Wardrobe Oxygen had a magnificent post about this. I am planning on ramping up the style elements here.  That said, while I talk about shopping, and brands will be mentioned, a consumer-advocate perspective is what comes naturally to me, more than being a personalized catalog.  I’ve learned that my readers and I all THINK before we spend.  I’m also investing in a new camera this week, so you can look forwards to more and better photos.

My sewing procrastination is at an end – I made this sequined gown in August. It’s silver and pewter sequin tiger stripes! The microsequin fabric stitched up all right, but it demanded to be sewn with a stretch stitch and nothing but, and it had to be lined with a stretch lining. Definitely a sewing learning experience! I finished it in time for a shoot with Digitalpix on the first day of spring.

Full lycra/poly lining = no sequin itches!

Thank you Digitalpix for this delicious portrait! Black and white shows off this pewter and silver gown perfectly.


  1. Beautiful work on the dress – that stuff is such a pain to sew, but it look awesome! And your hair looks amazing – did you do it yourself?


    • Thanks! My hair looks amazing because…it’s a 1920s fingerwave wig. I’ve been doing hairpieces lately for performances that are the same color as my auburn hair, and this is my first full wig. Because it’s a similar color to my own hair people don’t realize right away…and when they do, they don’t care. Something about a passable wig short-circuits our conscious mind and goes straight to the lizard brain, to register there as “more nice hair.”


  2. Ooh la la! I didn’t realise you made this beauty when I saw it on FB. I’m even more impressed now, beauty, creativity AND skill! The photos from the shoot are stunning, looks like a lovely day was had by all. I have to admit to being a teensy bit jealous!

    Also, I should mention, having come to this page on my phone in order to comment, that it is lovely to have a mobile-friendly site. Bliss! However my phone does chop your fancy new logo in half.

    Keep up the fabulous blogging, performing, sewing, and otherwise being fabulous and inspirational!


    • Thanks for the feedback, I’ve sized the logo down a bit – my not-terribly-smart phone is still cropping it a bit, but less. How is it looking for you?

      The shoot was a fantastic day. And Digitalpix is available for pinup shoots on a reasonable commission!


      • The logo gets almost all the way to the end of the S at the end of Scrumptious now. Enough to be able to read it!

        I’ll take Digital Pix Yup on that some time when the budget allows 🙂


  3. Wow, terrific dress, hon! And I am SO impressed that you made that wig… it looks so professional and so period-appropriate!


    • Full disclosure: I didn’t make that wig! It came fully styled and I’m handling it carefully. Unlike another hair piece, which I deployed as a weapon in a tickle fight with my partner recently. “THE TRIBBLE WILL DEFEND ME!!!” Restyling was definitely required after that one.


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