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Featured on Fandom Base, L.D. Original Adventure Time Scarf March 27, 2013

I’m a big big fan of the show adventure time and especially the back story of Marceline the vampire queen & the Ice King, who is the former anthropologist Simon Petrikov, they’re very good characters and in honor of the latest episode chronicling their back story together, I made a special quilted, fleece sewn appliqué on double layered felt backing scarf w/both of them on it…and guess what…

WE GOT FEATURED ON MEME BASE’S FANDOM BASE FRONT PAGE!

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I’m so proud! Its quite the feather in my cap, especially considering that this is about the third or fourth time I’ve tried to get featured on there or on must have cute and the firs success.  The scarves are available for purchase in my etsy, along w/lots of new costume listings, tutus, pride treats, candies, and fabulous new paintings by my shop partner Diva Lesé, who is a very talented watercolor artist.

Be sure to stop by meme base and/or my shop & show this tranny artist some love ;).

sorry i haven’t been on in quite some time, life has been crazy hectic.

 

little cinderella boy… June 10, 2012

so I’ve been kicking around the idea of writing a children’s book for some time now, several years, and I’m finally getting around to sitting down and hashing out like actual details and such.  It would be fully written and illustrated by myself and would be basically a simplified & slightly altered (altering some of the more traumatic life instances to be something a lil less nightmarish, don’t want the poor kids to have bad dreams on my part…so instead of being beaten up for wearing dads clothes I’ll think of something a bit less traumatizing to put in…was grounded or something ya know) story of my life.  I think it would be good to have some children story appropriate material to read to children on issues like being trans, it would help them be better adjusted toward dealing with encountering the concept of transexuality & intersex people later in life.

the reason I have mostly settled on the title ‘little cinderella boy’ is because I had a very cinderella sort of experience growing up…I had to do 3/4s of the household chores, anything that went wrong was some how my fault (those of you who have read the cross over posts from WTMC- welcome to my cell- know what i’m talking about) etc and so forth, and I eventually ran away and found my handsome prince who took me away from it all.  Its also, in its own way, my effort in the ‘it gets better’ project (which given the social backlash currently prevalent in our society of late, I think is a good thing to have around as a reminder that YES things SUCK, but it will get better, the impossible takes a little time as they say).

I’ll share some preliminary sketches once I’ve got them and I’m still working on the language of the book…i can’t decide whether to refer to my past (childhood) self in the male or female pronoun, its a little hard to hammer out and i’m concerned that using the male pronoun w/the pictures of the ‘little girl’ might get confusing, both for the kid and for the reader (if that makes any sense), anyone have any thoughts? I want it to be easily comprehended.

sorry this post is over a day late, depression is something i have chronic issues with (as well as other psych problems) and I kept getting side tracked and forgetting to sit down and hammer this out real quick.  If you have any thoughts or input leme know.  Cheers!

 

blog post coming soon June 7, 2012

i’ll be posting a blog later tonight some time (not sure about what yet…possibly the children’s book i’m going to write and illustrate…we’ll see)…just wanted to let you guys know that there will be an update coming soon. in the mean time, check out the stock up dates to the store and have a GREAT day :D! Cheers!
L.D. Originals & Custom Couture Etsy Shop

 

PS- High Sierra is an AMAZING film, but the ending is a WICKED bummer (I still heartily recommend it! my partner was quoted as saying ‘that ending makes Casablanca look like Singin in the Rain’ lol…definitive classic noir film!)

 

The INCREDIBLY Gay Cast of Frasier, SURPRISE! May 30, 2012

It is all to well known a fact that I am an avid fan of the 1990s NBC sitcom ‘Frasier’ and have been ever since my youth (around age 13), I started watching the early season reruns in the mid 90s and then, once I had caught up to the current story arch, I started catching it in prime time.  For whatever reason my family weren’t fans of the show (probably too intelligent for them…sad but true) but I had always been naturally drawn to it.  It was often asserted by my friends at school that the show was ‘so gay’ and around my freshmen year actor David Hyde Pierce, who played Niles Crane, came out of the closet after much speculation on the part of the general public and media.  It made a lot of sense to me and more over it made sense that he was the character I was most drawn to.

Well, in recent years I downloaded the entire series and have been enjoying it in my free time, often times I throw on a playlist of my favorite episodes to listen to while I sleep, and, naturally, I have become interested in Frasier trivia…its the natural path of any fandom, you want to know all about it.  Well, it turns out that David wasn’t the ONLY gay actor playing it ‘straight’ on the show…in fact it seems producer & main star Kelsey Grammer has a bit of a thing for putting gay actors in straight rolls and having straight characters mistaken for gay for comedic purposes.  One of these I’m sure most of my fellow Frasier fans have already guessed but I’m betting the other two will surprise you ever bit as much as they did me.

We’ll start w/actor Edward Hibbert AKA Gil Chesterton, KACL’s premier food critic and absolutely flaming fop.  On a number of occasions Gil has gone out of his way to ‘IN’ himself, as Frasier put it, by mentioning his ‘wife’ (more mutual beard as she is most likely a lesbian, it is HEAVILY implied) Deb whom his coworkers all assumed was his cat.  He rants about how people are so presumptuous and that ‘honestly, just because a man dresses well and knows how to use a pastry bag makes people jump to wild conclusions!’ (Season 5, episode 17 ‘the perfect guy’).  However, off & on throughout the series it is continually hinted that the character Gil is in fact gay and in the third episode of season 11 ‘The Doctor is Out’, the audience is finally given a nod that yes, Gil is indeed on the ‘down low’ and as queer as a football bat, when he is seen lurking outside bad billy’s reading the paper when Roz & her boyfriend approach to enter her apt. after they go upstairs he tosses the paper on the stack and runs down stairs after straightening his bow tie.  As I have mentioned in a prior post on the blog, actor Edward Hibbert is one of our fine gay actors & advocates for our queer rights.  Finding this out was about as surprising as learning that David was gay, a pleasant surprise but hardly shocking :).

NO, the real surprise are the two actors who’s characters play it so straight you probably never would have suspected.  That would be actors Dan Butler (Bulldog Brisko) and John Mahoney…OMG SHUT UP :O! (no wonder he ended up on my foxy grandpa list…when I was first looking up cast members a few months ago I pulled up an image of him to see how he was aging and was like ‘yeah, I’d totally hit that’ 😉 mystery solved) for real real, he’s well known in the Chicago GLBT scene, though he’s not out to the general public in the sense that no one has ever asked him and he has never felt the need to make a public statement about it.  Understandable given the generation he’s from, he learned to fake it really well to avoid getting beaten up doubtless.  Even if he’s not out entirely, at the very least he knows he can go around his neighborhood etc. w/out being harassed about it etc.

Upon finding out about the later two I was stunned ridged, it explains why those were the characters I was always most drawn too (not unlike my natural draw to George Takei as Sulu in original star trek), and I never would have suspected either of them because they are so talented as actors in those rolls that you really cant’ tell.  I gotta say though, it made my day finding out because it makes every episode of Frasier that much better now and I have all the more appreciation for the sheer talent that went into that silly little show.  I have always said that one of the truest tests of an actors ability is how well you can convince your audience while playing opposite your true sexual orientation (if I had seen Patrick Stewart in Jeffery first and not star trek NG, I would have SWORN he was gay and I don’t think anything short of the actor saying so himself would have convinced me otherwise…speaking of, he guest stars in the episode ‘the doctor is out’ as a gay opera director and he once again flames FABULOUSLY!).  Frasier truly was the gayest show on tv at the time, the only male main cast member who ISN’T gay (unless he’s still in the closet, though i never really got gay off him) is Kelsey, how fun is that?

I certainly have all the deeper appreciation for my Frasier & its cast now, I hope you do too.  Be sure to go out and have a giggle at some of their hilarious antics, especially ‘match maker'(S2, E3), ‘out with dad'(S7, E15), ‘the doctor is out’ (S11, E3) and ‘the dog that rocks the cradle'(S7, E5) all showcase some of the best mistaken orientation gags in the series (dog that rocks the cradle is really more Dan Butler playing it straight amazingly well, like he always does).  Watch & enjoy, and be sure to read up on the actors on their wiki pages (their names are hyper linked).  Here’s to the INCREDIBLY flaming cast of Frasier! Thanks for the years of talented acting and great comedy you brought us in the 90s! CHEERS!

 

PS- Below is the latest update from Carmen, telling us all about how her surgery went, since I’m following her transition I thought I’d share to help keep y’all updated.  Cheers (omg, you gonna look amazing once you’re all healed…not that you weren’t already FLAWLESS 😉 but you knew that <3)

 

 

 

Tell your friends, beautiful wedding garb, GLBT friendly designer May 12, 2012

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One of a kind bespoke clothier specializing in custom fit clothing for the GLB & Trans community, costuming & props for drag artists & other performers, wedding & formal wear (men & women’s), plus size women’s wear and clothing for the petite gentlemen (but I’ll work with any size), also offering a wide variety of accessories and much, MUCH MORE! Currently running a special on custom order wedding gowns, have a look right here- http://www.etsy.com/listing/99450434/southern-belle-bustleswag-wedding-gown

I am trained in- sewing, pattern & fashion design (I make ALL my own patterns), crafting & accessory making, costume replication & cosplay gear (making reproductions of costumes from movies, anime and other such sources), corsets & undergarments, etc.

I specialize in working w/the GLBT community, but I work with anyone.
I charge $10hr for my services, design consultations are free (I even include a free, custom fit dress form which I also make myself, see photo links below). If you have a costume you want replicated I WILL need photo references (as many as possible). On average wedding gown packages start at around $900 (this price quote includes supply costs)

Remember, to get that custom fit to achieve the perfect look you crave, be unique, wear an original.

To see my portfolio visit here- http://ldcustomcouture.carbonmade.com/projects/4312788#1

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*rate quotes include supply costs in the total, minimum down payment is necessary to start any new project (down payment varies depending on size of project & the amount of supplies needed).

Email me prior to ordering to make sure I have a window open for your wedding. I will require a minimum of 8 weeks, up to a max of 12 weeks. Any faster will incur a rush fee.

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Custom hair accent clip w/mock veil

View of the gown from behind

The blushing bride

double w/dress

Duct tape body double

(all photos from the wedding, courtesy of T&R Boyd Photography of Portland- http://www.trboyd.com/photography/index.html)

 

Then & Now- 2008 vs. 2012

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comparing how i looked in 2008 when i got married and how i look compared to my blood relatives in particular…oh yeah, STILL be best lookin one of the bunch (and the smartest)…
the brains, the beauty…i got the full package
EAT IT HONEY!!!! *SNAP*
just wanted to share a photo comparison i put together, the main photo is a group shot from my wedding day, the two on the right hand side are two photos of me from this week, the one of me in my yellow hoody from only a few minutes ago.  I wanted to compare & contrast the images, not just to see how my face has changed & aged over all since then, but to compare how much facial hair my brothers had vs. how much MORE I have. EAT IT!
*NOTE- in 2008 I had been on hormones for just over a year
(to those who don’t know, i’m not on terms w/my family at ALL, this was the LAST time i saw them and w/any luck, it’ll stay that way :D…hard as it may be for some to understand, sometimes you’re just better off and as an adult you have the right to say NO to the abuse…so i said NO! NO MORE!)
 

a special shirt, just for you, Mr. President May 11, 2012

this is actually a sweatshirt i designed as a commentary on the democrats who sat by and did so little during the Bush years…now I present it as a very SPECIAL sweatshirt for our VERY SPECIAL president…frankly we should REALLY push for the reinstitution of stem cell research…it only takes a fetus a few months to grow a spine, NOT FOUR YEARS AND CHANGE!

dear Mr. President…YOU…THIS…ASAP…