Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Your tip today is an old seamstress trick:

If you get blood on your fabric, spit on it.

We’ve all done it. You’re sewing along and stab your finger with the needle. Next thing you know there’s a little crimson stain on your sewing project. Quick! Dab some saliva on it. The blood stain will magically dissipate. I have no idea why or how it works, but I’ve saved my work this way. As soon as you can, properly wash the area with cold water and gentle soap to get out the spit and the last remnants of blood.

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Published in: on 14 December 2018 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brrrlesque This Saturday!

Dear Constant Reader,

This Saturday, December 15 The Boston BeauTease present our winter holiday show at Deacon Giles Speakeasy Lab in Salem, MA! You can get a little taste of last year right here:

We’ll be presenting some of your favorite seasonal stripteases. As a special treat for good girls and boys everyone is bringing at least one brand-new act. Be the first to see them! I’m very excited to show you mine!

For an added bonus, we’re bringing The Boston BeauTease Burlesque Boutique! Browse our hand-rhinestoned ties, pasties, and other goodies to find the perfect gift for someone special, or yourself! I’ll have copies of both my Little Books too!

Get your tickets right here! There are only a few tickets left for the early show. The venue is very intimate and we tend to sell out, so don’t wait!

Entertaining burlesque plus creative cocktails — treat yourself!

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Published in: on 12 December 2018 at 10:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Last Friday I was in New York and visited The Museum at FIT to see the costume exhibit Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color. I’m always impressed with the striking items on display at the museum. One of them inspired this tip.

Varying the amount of embellishment can have great impact.

The photo is from a Dior gown and I was really struck by how the varied embellishments on those petals add interest and depth without completely obscuring the base fabric. They are thickly decorated around the outside, but taper off toward the center. We may not be Dior, but we can still try the technique. I think it’s more interesting and creative than encrusting with rhinestones.

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Published in: on 30 November 2018 at 3:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! I want to thank everyone who pledged to support my new little book. We’re finishing up the layout and getting it ready for the printer now! It’s been an incredibly stressful couple of weeks and I really appreciate all the support.

Now for your tip!

Miss MIna WriterKeep a costume inventory.

We all have tons of costumes and few of us can dedicate an entire room to storing them. How many time have you been unable to find a garment you know you have or turned up an item you had forgotten all about while searching for something else.

Keeping track is much easier when you have a list of everything. This can be as simple as a list in a notebook or a database with photographs, locations, and cross-references. You can even make it part of a check-in system, so you know after a show that everything is back where it’s supposed to be.

It’s a big job, so I suggest doing it a bit at a time. One day inventory just your gloves or everything you keep in that box (and then label the box). Before you know it, you’ll have an inventory of all your costumes. And maybe you’ve culled some unwanted items or filled in some gaps along the way .

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Published in: on 26 October 2018 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Latest Book Update

Dear Constant Reader,

We’ve got about 30 hours and $100 to go to make the third (and I’m assuming final) stretch goal!

Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered a copy of Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Burlesque Costuming, Vol. 1: The Foundations! If you haven’t yet, now’s the time!

I’m very excited and incredibly nervous. We’ve got a hard deadline to have the books by BurlyCon and there’s still much to do. I shouldn’t even be writing to you!

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Published in: on 22 October 2018 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Book Update

Dear Constant Reader,

I’m thrilled to let you know that Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Burlesque Costuming, Vol. 1: The Foundations has reached its initial funding goal!

And we’ve just made the first stretch goal! The book will now include a bonus chapter! Besides teaching you how to make pasties, g-strings, panties, and bras, I’ll also show you how to make charming bags to store and transport your dainties.

Our next stretch goal is on the horizon. If we make that one, the book will have 4 pages in color! If we make that one, I’ll have to come up with something else! That’s a problem, I’d like to have.

You’ve got 8 days left to pre-order a copy and 3 days if you want your name in the acknowledgments.

Thank you all, Dear Readers, for your support.

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Published in: on 15 October 2018 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Book

Dear Constant Reader,

I am delighted to announce…

Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Burlesque Costuming, vol 1: The Foundations is available for pre-order on Kickstarter!

As with my previous book, our funding goal is very modest and it’s only open for a short time. We’ve got some great stretch goals! Last time they were being hit almost faster than I could come up with them. Let’s make that happen again!

I’ve really excited that this book is finally seeing the light of day. As far as I know this is one of the first, if not *the* first book, entirely about how to make burlesque costumes. The Foundations covers pasties, g-strings, panties, and bras. I’ve got several more volumes planned! How to make all your favorite burlesque costume pieces plus tips and tricks!

I’m hoping, if all goes well, that I’ll have the book ready for BurlyCon. That’s a very short deadline! I’m confident that it will absolutely be ready in time for your favorite winter gift-giving holiday

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Published in: on 10 October 2018 at 10:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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Upcoming Shows

Dear Constant Reader,

September was a quiet month at BeauTease HQ, but October and November are going to be mighty busy!

It all starts the first Saturday in October with a private show at a Las Vegas-themed birthday party. However, you can still see us that day. We’ll be making an appearance at the grand opening of Baby’s Bonetown BBQ in Cranston, RI right before the private show.

On Friday the 12th of October, we return to Deacon Giles for Bad Luck Burlesque II. It’ll be a little bit Halloween preview, a little on the theme of back luck, and a lot of fun!

And then it’s all Halloween. We’ll be The Castle on Charles on Saturday, October 27 with Boolesque. Devora Darling will be in this show with a brand new dance and everyone’s favorite Wrathskellar act. This may be your only chance to see the Creepy Doll this year! Monday, October 29 the Halloween festivities continue at Bill’s Bar on Landsdowne St. for Monday Masquerade.

I’ll be returning to BurlyCon after a year off to teach costume care and how to make G-strings. If we’re lucky, I’ll even have copies of my new costume book.

November 18th is Blue Plate Special, an all-day party at Down the Road Brewery with bands, burlesque, go-go lessons, and more fun stuff. I’ll be teaching and performing.

Then it’s time for the winter holidays. So far we’re booked at Woody’s in Greenville Junction, ME for Brrrlesque. More venues and dates for this show are coming soon.

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Published in: on 1 October 2018 at 4:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Brief Feline Interlude

Dear Constant Reader,

I promise I will get back to the burlesque soon, after all, I still need to tell you about my travels to Winnipeg. However, I didn’t want to leave you hanging after my missive of Friday.

Thursday night I was awakened by Scratch yelling that something was wrong with Albert. He was behaving very strangely and clearly having trouble breathing. We raced off to the animal hospital. It was a terrifying trip, dear reader. After some oxygen and some tests, the vet diagnosed a possible asthma attack, gave us some recommendations, and we took him home at about 2:30 in the morning.

At about 7 in the morning Scratch yelled again — Albert was having a seizure. Then he had the same strange behavior (although thankfully not the breathing issue) of the night before. And then he was perfectly normal. Back to the hospital we went.

We realized he had probably had a seizure the night before, but we had only seen the aftermath. He was admitted to the hospital for observation and to have a battery of tests. His People were pretty well wrecked at this point and went home to fret. We did visit him in the evening and he was happy to see his Man, if a little dopey from the anti-seizure medication.

All his tests came back clear and we brought him home Saturday afternoon with a diagnosis of epilepsy of unknown cause. He’s very unsteady on his feet and he’s having a hard time climbing up and down from the day bed (his favorite spot and usually an easy jump), even with the trundle bed out to make a step. He’s uninterested in much of anything except sleep and food, although he enjoys being petted. Even his favorite toy holds no attraction. We’re told it will take him a couple of weeks to adjust to the medication. Also, his fur was shaved in a couple of places, including the top of his head, so he’s not his usual handsome self.

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Angell Animal Medical Center. Everyone we dealt with was terrific. The fact that Albert was able to see a neurologist was incredible. If you need medical care for your pet, I can’t recommend them highly enough.

The outpouring of love and support from all over the internet has been amazing and we appreciate all your kind words. It really kept us going, knowing how many of you were sending us well wishes and healing thoughts.

And here he is, not the best picture, but he’s not at his best right now.

M2

Published in: on 27 August 2018 at 11:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Friday Tip

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Tomorrow we’re off to Brattleboro to present This Guy Walks Into a Bra…. I hope to see some of you in the audience!

And now for your tip!
Your signature is an extension of your stage persona.

Develop a signature that suits your personality and practice it so you’re comfortable signing it. You never know when you’re going to asked for an autograph!

For a famous example, here’s Dita Von Teese’s signature. It’s pretty distinctive — the encompassing D, the curviness, the fact that she only signs her first name. It’s also very compact and could probably be signed over and over again in a fairly short time.

 

A little closer to home, here’s Devastasia’s signature. I think it perfectly sums up her personality:

Don’t be too intimidated — she’s a graphic artist and letters are her playground.

For your signature, do you want it to be curvy? Angular? Have lots of flourishes? Be bold and simple? Do you want to use a particular color of pen? How about incorporating a little doodles, either as part of the name or before or after it (a heart, a smiley face, a pastie, a fan, &c.), if you’ve got the skill (sadly, I don’t).

And finally, if you’re signing an autograph, do you just sign your name or do you include a little catchphrase (like “love and tassels” or “keep shimmying” or just “best wishes”).

Play around with it!

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Published in: on 3 August 2018 at 3:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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