Thursday, June 24, 2010

Diary of a Burlesque Beginner - Update

As I have been saying in several un-burlesque related posts recently, I have an update on the classes. So, here it is:

Week four and five were kind of write off as one I was too sick to go to and the other was cancelled. I was looking forward to week six to get back into the groove of things and then I had a message from the instructor and one of the girls I was going with.

The friend of mine who was originally coming was sick for a couple of weeks and missed 2 lessons. After this she was off interstate and spent the next week packing so she couldn’t make that one either. After this she decided that she had missed too much of it and wouldn’t be able to catch up, so there was no point going. This is a pity as we did enjoy the classes, but as she was also my ride it really put a spanner in the works. On a normal work day I catch the train home no problem, it takes roughly 50-60 minutes depending on if it is express but as the lessons don’t finish until 7:30 and I wouldn’t get to the train station until 8ish and then would have to wait for a train I wouldn’t get home until 9-9:30ish (I realize I sound like a sook but I get up at 6 so I try to go to bed early, oh and my train line doesn’t feel remotely safe at night time). This would’ve sucked but it would’ve been manageable (hey, it was only one night a week).

This was of course until Adelaide Metro decided it would be fun to completely stuff me around and re-do the train line. I now have to catch a bus and a train (no buses go out to where I live) which takes an hour and a half. Not only do I now need to be up at 5:30am I wouldn’t get home until 10-10:30 if I caught the train after the lessons. This would’ve meant I would really have to commit if I wanted to keep going and although the last lesson I went to wasn’t exactly puppies and rainbows I was keen to keep going and finish out the class. Plus another friend of mine was still going with me.

After carting my shoes and change of clothes around with me on the train and bus and with a redbull ready in the fridge I was ready to get back on the horse (or chair, rather). Then at around lunch time that day I got a message from the instructor. She wanted to know if me and the girls (my two friends) were coming tonight. I explained that one friend will no longer be coming and that the other in un-contactable (long story, basically phone breakage) but I would be there but may have to leave early depending on the new train timetable. She then went on to say that there was currently only one other girl who was still attending and that she was now moving the other class. Conclusion: the class I was attending is now redundant. Now, as much as I was disappointed I must admit it was kind of a relief as well. I have be assured I will be notified when she is starting a new class and hopefully I will be able to attend. My other friend who was still keen is interested in attending again so we will definitely be looking into it.

So, unfortunately for the time being Diary of a Burlesque Beginner is on hiatus. It’s not over, in fact… now I’ve had a bit of a teaser maybe next time I’ll be slightly more coordinated hehe.

But on a more optimistic note, I finally got my P’s the other week (not really excited about the driving, more excited that I don’t have to get up on the weekends for driving lessons!) which means I can finally start my sewing lessons. I had looked into some lessons around my area and found a teacher who came to your house for 2 hours a lesson, but considering I have literally never touched a sewing machine this could be rather daunting. Luckily for me, a family friend was looking for something to do during the weekend and mentioned that she used to sew her own clothes! She kindly offered to give me some basic lessons and get me going before I start anything more difficult. I am hoping to do a similar thing as the Diary of a Burlesque Beginner for the sewing lessons… thinking about calling it something along the lines of “Sew la ti da” or “sew far”, what do you think?

I would also like to point out a wonderful site I came across today, called The Graphics Fairy. The border around the first image and the sewing machine are both from her site. She has over 1,200 free Clip Art images, that you can use for craft projects, collage, DIY, scrapbooking etc! She has been adding vintage image downloads every day since 2007. Definitely worth checking out. Oh, and she also another site called The Background Fairy where she has some free blogger backgrounds to pretty up your blog.

Anyhoo, ciao for now…


  1. Sheesh...if it's not one thing is is another with your class.
    Kinda sounds like me when trying to take Swing Dance classes with the hubby.Needless to say, we still cannot dance it properly.
    Don't you just love The Graphics Fairy?!!
    I discovered her about a year ago and have used so many of her graphics.
    There are so many to choose from!

  2. It really is. I guess its just not meant to be... at the moment.

    Hehe... well, needless to say I'm certainly not going to be the next Dita. I would love to do Swing tho. Considering looking into that on my burlesque hiatus.

    Yeah, Graphics Fairy is great. Soooo many diffrent goodies. Cant wait to go through the whole site, I only had a quick peek today.


  3. Stuff like this happens to me whenever I try to start something new. Good luck and I hope it works out for you!

  4. Sometimes the best laid plans just never happen!

    Atleast there will be more classes soon:) I am excited Adelaide is going more burlesque!

  5. Lourdes: Good to know Im not the only one, it sucks hey... Thanks for the luck :)

    Katie: Its usually the best laid ones that stuff up in my experience... Yes, seems Adelaide is getting into it lately. I have heard of several classes happening in different areas too.

  6. Ah well, I hope you can re-start the burlesque classes soon. Good luck with the sewing though!

  7. I hope so too Stefanie... And thanks for the luck :) pretty certain I will need it. hehe.

  8. I've always wanted to try those! You are so brave. Hopefully you can teach us all a few tricks lol. Thanks for visiting! I appreciate the compliment on the new layout. Have a great weekend! Kori xoxo

  9. Hehe, I doubt my skill level is high enough to teach... but I'm always willing to try... lol. No worries about the layout, it always looks fantastic. You have a fabulous weekend too :) xoxo

  10. :D lots of luck on the sewing! With enough practice you'll feel like a pro in no time!