Did You Know...?

If you’re filming in a theatre with your iPhone, the shiny little apple on the back of your iPhone reflects the lights from the stage, so not only do we know that you’re filming us, we can also tell pretty much exactly where you’re sitting so we can tell stage management and get them to contact the ushers to make you stop and potentially even delete the footage. So here’s a pro tip: DON’T DO IT! Not only is it distracting for everyone behind you to see your little lit up screen but it’s also really distracting for the actors to see a little, bobbing, lit-up apple in the audience like it’s a Disney Sing-A-Long! Everyone in the theatre, on stage and backstage, work SO hard to make it the best LIVE performance possible for every audience, every night! It’s all real, life size and in front of you for one night only, so enjoy it while it’s there because I can guarantee you, it won’t be as good on YouTube!

Shoes Off

In Canada, there is pretty much no such thing as a “shoes on” household. It’s half politeness and half muddy snow. Leaving your shoes on is an acceptable option in some American households, although not as common as Canadians think it is - sitcoms aren’t real life guys.


Happy Miniature Monday!

This Monday I want everyone to mind their manners, which is why I have selected Don’t as this week’s feature.  Published in 1896, this book gives us a glimpse of manners and mores at the turn of the 20th century.  While many of these suggestions are problematic and highly outdated, there are a few that I can’t help loving, particularly this one:

Don’t have the habit of smiling or ‘grinning’ at nothing.  Smile or laugh when there is occasion to do either, but at other times keep your mouth shut and your manner composed.  People who laugh at everything are commonly capable of nothing.

Stop in and see this snarky little gem today!

Bunce, Olver Bell, Don't .New York: D. Appleton and Co.1896

Charlotte Smith Miniature Collection: BJ1852 B85 1896

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-Laura H.

How to be a good Fabric Store Customer: A guide to shopping that I can’t believe needs to be written

It’s so sad that I feel the need to write this but here we are. 

I am a Supervisor for a fabric store called Hancock Fabrics (this guide is a little more specific to my store because I know Jo Ann’s hiring policies and store functioning is a bit different). Now, I know fabric stores aren’t the only retail stores that experience a lot of what I am about to write about (so hey, if you read this, it probably applies to any store) but I have had some glaringly unique instances with fabric shoppers and since a vast majority of my followers are cosplayers, I thought maybe this could help first time buyers or just to be a casual reminder!

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