New buttons

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:55 pm
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 My buttons from the store Indian Beautiful Art on eBay came yesterday - and they are so pretty!



[personal profile] kareina asked me about why I wanted buttons when there were none on the inspiration image and that made me rethink it all and I settled for 7/8 sleeves without buttons for me. Baron Måns, however has wider hands compared to his wrists than I have, so he will get shiny buttons.


Books read in 2017

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:35 am
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23. Convergence, C. J. Cherryh, (read aloud with Steve)
22. Rock Addiction, Nalini Singh (e)
21. The Stranger in the Woods, Michael Finkel
20. Etched in Bone, Anne Bishop (e)
19. Rider at the Gate, CJ Cherryh (re-read)
18. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
17. Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. The Cold Eye, Laura Anne Gilman
15. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
14. Memory, Linda Nagata (e)
13.  Bonita Faye, Margaret Moseley (e)
12.  Burn for Me, Ilona Andrews (e)
11. Snuff, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
10. A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (e)
9.  Some Danger Involved, Will Thomas
8.  Thud!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
7.  White Tiger, Kylie Chan
6.  The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch
5.  Trading in Danger, Elizabeth Moon (e)
4.  The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney (e)
3.  The Cat Who Saw Red, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
2.  Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse, Jayme Lynn Blaschke (e)
1. Sand of Bone, Blair MacGregor (e)

Books read in 2017

Apr. 24th, 2017 04:46 pm
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21. The Stranger in the Woods, Michael Finkel
20. Etched in Bone, Anne Bishop (e)
19. Rider at the Gate, CJ Cherryh (re-read)
18. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
17. Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs (e)
16. The Cold Eye, Laura Anne Gilman
15. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
14. Memory, Linda Nagata (e)
13.  Bonita Faye, Margaret Moseley (e)
12.  Burn for Me, Ilona Andrews (e)
11. Snuff, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
10. A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (e)
9.  Some Danger Involved, Will Thomas
8.  Thud!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
7.  White Tiger, Kylie Chan
6.  The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch
5.  Trading in Danger, Elizabeth Moon (e)
4.  The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney (e)
3.  The Cat Who Saw Red, Lillian Jackson Braun (read aloud w/Steve)
2.  Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse, Jayme Lynn Blaschke (e)
1. Sand of Bone, Blair MacGregor (e)

JAMC!!!

Apr. 24th, 2017 09:00 pm
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 In October Rickard and I are going to go see The Jesus and Mary Chain! I bought the tickets today, when they were released.

We never saw then back in the late 70s or the 80s, but once in a while they stop figthing and make a record, and the new one is good. So we're really excited about it. We haven't been to a gig since autumn 2012 when we went to see The Wedding Present. I have been to see Iron Maiden, Michael Monore and Frank Turner, maybe something more, after that, but there hasn't been anything Rickard has wanted to see.

Pinball

Apr. 24th, 2017 09:22 am
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The latest pinball project has been finished. I gave it to the friend I made it for on Saturday so now I can post the pictures of the finished project.

Here are the flat, blocked knitted pieces.
Ship Pinball Piece18th Century Pinball Flat

Take all the supplies
Pinball Supplies

and sew them up into a pinball!
Ship PinballPinball back

Pinballs are so much fun to make.

Five Little Things - Sunday

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:03 pm
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1. Weekends, yay! And today was sunny and mild, double yay!
2. The scent of fresh, damp cedar chips.
3. Face time with my Guild peeps.
4. Face time with [personal profile] fionaniconnor and SallyDog and [personal profile] guy_todd.
5. Getting to sleep in and going to bed at a decent hour. Cause I’m a grown up. (sometimes)

We have a winner!

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:49 pm
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For Patreon folks -- the poll is now closed and we have a winner.  I will be reading "The Gift of Music," as the second patron goody, scheduled for release on April 29. Thank you all for helping me decide what to read.

Remember that patrons will have exclusive access to the story for one month, after which it will be moved to Splinter Universe and made public.

 

Musical meme

Apr. 23rd, 2017 03:21 pm
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Some of my friends and I have been passing this one around Facebook, and I thought some of you here might like to do it as well. Consider yourself tagged if you want to be!

Musical I hate: Grease.
Musical that's overrated: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Musical that's underrated: The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Musical I love: My Fair Lady.
Musical I cherish: Singin' in the Rain.
Musical that changed my life: The Sound of Music. First movie musical I ever saw aside from Disney animated ones. I didn't know it then, but it would start a lifelong love of musicals!
First musical I was in: I haven't been in any, except church musicals and a really awful college musical (written by the theater professor's wife). One of my great regrets.
First musical I saw on Broadway: Crazy for You.

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:45 pm
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FINALLY stitched up the stays I started way back in 2008 (ish), before I knew what the heck a mock-up was good for, before I realized that maybe upholstery weight brocade is MAYBE too heavy for stays, when I was coming to terms with the fact that I was no longer a pattern size 8... and they're too big. Maybe the waist would be OK, but the bust is just kinda there and it gaps. Glad I got that out of the way, and it only took 20 minutes to stitch it up including a bobbin winding. Now I can cross that off my to-do list (unless I want to put the effort into finishing it, and then I could sell it) and work on something else.

Another dreary, snowy day, and my cold isn't a whole lot better, but the local sportsball team won last night and it was awesome, so there's that :)
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The Antique & Artisan Show was a success! As far as I can tell without knowing how much money we brought in or having read the vendor comment cards - it just seemed like more people were buying. One told me that she felt our $4 admission fee was hampering sales, but IMO the issue is that her handspun yarn cost $38 per skein. I bought quite a few things for presents (and some for me), lost all the Silent Auction items I'd bid on, and purchased a $75 box of dozens and dozens of Needlecraft magazines dating from 1921 to 1940 - several years are complete and many are almost so. The dealer's been selling them out of the box for ages, $3 apiece/$7 for three, so it's been picked over some ... but it's still an amazing deal when you consider how much magazines with fashion info cost on eBay.

I recently discovered the Jane Austen + Text Posts Tumblr, which is a pretty great read. Her textual criticism is 100% fantastic, although sometimes I think her history is a bit less so, or at least ... it's not that it's bad, it's just that sometimes she states things very confidently and I'm like, do you know this because you read a text with references to primary sources on the subject or do you just Know This? However, she makes it all up to me with:

Pride & Prejudice - I know this one is one of the most divisive and contentious bits of Discourse ever to exist among nerds as there are just MORE to pick from and it’s the novel most people are familiar with. SO I will just say that I have Strong Opinions on all of them but for BEST it’s kind of picking from among adaptations which have all disappointed me in some way so I’ll say if you were to COMBINE the better elements of both the 1995 miniseries for timing and thoroughness with the 2005 feature film for artistry and visuals (and don’t come at me handwaving #aesthetic as though it’s not important, because that’s what cinema IS, and lighting/framing/visual cues are SO SO SO important when telling a story through film!) then you’d probably have something I’d feel comfortable calling The Best. On their own, neither truly satisfies me.

Know what? Fuck it, Bridget Jones’s Diary is my favourite adaptation of P&P. Bride & Prejudice is also very good. I saw it three times in theatres, including once by myself, and have no regrets whatsoever.


This is an opinion I respect. In honor of her I'm watching PPZ this morning - I could rant on about worldbuilding issues, but tbh what I think is most disappointing is the way that Elizabeth is 99% a different character than in canon, yet they don't seem to believe that they lost anything in taking her from "a witty, self-assured young woman who likes a laugh" to "she's the MODERN Austen heroine, if you don't like it, DEAL".

I am liking this new season of Who. The premiere did nothing for me - not sure why - but Smile was great. I like Bill, she's well cast and well written.

Feeling kinda flush right now

Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:01 pm
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Both my quarterly bonus and my tax refund landed in my checking account in the past couple of days. So I'm feeling kinda flush right now.

I'm going to enjoy it overnight before I pay bills tomorrow. =P

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Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:56 pm
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I made my pattern, cut and sewed a mock-up, then had to re-make the fronts and try again. I think the back looks great!

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But the front (version 2) needs a little work...

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I left the gray cover up to show where my stays show, the horizontal pin towards the bottom is where my stays end, and the horizontal pin up near the waist is where I think the curve should be, this one is just too wide and shallow. Josephine isn't the same size or shape as me, of course, and her waist is smaller than mine, though she is close. I find only a half inch or so off the bottom ought to be sufficient.

I'm also wondering if I should really spend some time on a different set of stays. The ones I have are an earlier style with a removable stomacher that frankly hurt my boobs today (maybe because I am wearing a sundress with a somewhat compressed bustline), and also a later style may change the shape of my torso that I want to account for.

I'm off to the sportsball game, will return to sewing tomorrow. Thoughts and opinions welcome!

(I so need to rehem that petticoat. It puddles on the floor. I need shoes but not that tall of ones!)

Petticoats

Apr. 22nd, 2017 10:47 am
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Dreary day, but it's been productive. I finally found my oil change coupon, so I booked that last night, and he could fit me in today but I had to take my car there and leave it for the day. Luckily it's just down the street from me, I didn't hurry home and it took me 25 minutes to walk, which included pokemon-walking, -catching, -hatching, and two brief detours (of half a block each) to hit pokestops. I'm just slightly over the mileage (couple hundred kilometers), but it was last done in September, and I'm headed on a road trip next week, so I really wanted it done! I wish I'd put more effort into it a couple weeks ago, but I can't be too hard on myself for that. Would have been nice, but the beginning of April was hella stressful. So.

Finished the taffeta petticoat I started on Monday when I got back, and then took some pictures and nanced about in it and the cotton one for a few mins. I don't have a mirror anymore to check the length, but I think I need to shorten the cotton one. Right now it just brushes the top of my feet without shoes and I think I want it more ankle-baring length. I spent some time last night looking for inspiration pieces, and it seems that a lot of cotton dresses were just plain, simple ones without a lot of fluff. I'm not sure how I feel about that, but it does make my plan a lot easier, since I don't really have one as yet lol. I suppose I can always start plain and add/decorate as I need/want to.

Feeling a little rough today, new office shares air with approx 10x more people than before, so whatever bug is going around decided to set up camp in my throat on Thursday, and screaming my head off at the game on Thursday night did not help. But I think I will start patterning the gown today.

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Apr. 21st, 2017 09:54 pm
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On Monday I went to my friend's house after work and we both sewed on petticoats. It was fun :) My newest petti (a bit shorter than I wanted because I sillyly didn't buy enough fabric BUT I can make a ruffle for it and that will make it a bit longer) is also almost done - two hours work and only lacking a sewn hem (it's pinned). So much faster to machine sew straight seams hehehe.

Bit of a bad brain week. The but-whyyys are annoying, and nearly had me convinced to give up costuming entirely. So, pressing onwards! Take that you silly creatures!

In other news, hockey playoff fever has the city. On Tuesday or Wednesday I entered a contest to win entrance to a game watch party at the next home game, not expecting to win, but then I DID! The arena of course is sold out and is much too expensive to attend even a regular season game, nevermind getting a playoff ticket, so they've marked off a section of the main concourse and entrance, let a bunch of fans in (maybe they sell some tickets too) for standing room only, and show it on a big screen on the wall. It was INCREDIBLE. We rallied from a 3-1 defecit to tie it up at the end of the 3rd period, and then scored the winner late in overtime. Thank goodness it didn't go later, it was almost midnight, but of course I would have stayed! The crowd was wild, my throat hurt from screaming, my ears were ringing from all the acoustics (terrible! But awesome!), I was sore all over from standing on concrete floors for almost 4 hours, but it was SO worth it! As the streets flooded with happy fans, everyone was cheering and yelling and cars were honking, it was SO great. It's been 11 years since the last playoffs, and the city is super into it! (I know not everyone is, but the people who are really are. I was gonna take my cable box back but playoffs...)

And I finished the paper!

Apr. 21st, 2017 10:59 pm
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 It's not particularly good, but I hope that it's at least coherent. I sat working on it for eight hours straight, which I really shouldn't do, and which was achieved only through the help of tramadol. And I didn't dare read it through a final time before sending it ;)

But it is sent away, and I will have a free weekend dammit! Or at least one free day; ideally I should either grade tests, start on the next paper and read a student's thesis.

But on Sunday my friend Alfhild is coming over for calligraphy and illumination, so at least that will be a reasonably work free day.

The mi-parti gown is finished

Apr. 21st, 2017 05:39 pm
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 I'm putting off posting about it on my strict costuming blog until I have made Måns' gown too, and have photos of us together, but Rickard took some photos of me today.

It's still shorter than I'd like it to be, mainly because brocade with metallic threads tend to be rather stiff and I didn't take that into account enough. But it's pretty.

Without belt



With belt
 

The inspiration. Of course I can't go without a veil, not at my age and general respectability ;)






Running late

Apr. 21st, 2017 10:35 am
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 Yesterday was a lost day in terms of writing. I was in too much pain to sit and do any serious work. I did however go to the doctor to check that it wasn't anything serious. And did all the paperwork needed for 50% sick leave. 


Then we had a very nice, and well attended sewing meeting, where I finished my late 13th century mi-parti brocade gown. Even Daniel/Måns, my baron, was there for a short while so I could measure him for his mi-parti gown.
So the end of the day was much better than the rest. But no writing was done.

Today we have this far done laundry and extracted our old, large pavilion from the basement storage and sent it away with a guy who just bought it. There is even some space left over in the storage now, though I doubt that that will last long.

And now I have to start writing.

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Apr. 21st, 2017 03:47 am
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So tired. Final dress rehearsal for my latest play went well- but honestly after a very long tech week, I feel like I'd rather just be done with it and sleep for a whole day than go to opening night tomorrow! But apparently people have paid to come see us, which is pretty cool after all, so the show goes on. And since I'm running the show from backstage, I get to play with the vintage hats and costumes in the ladies dressing room while they're all on stage, heehee! (No, I'm not supposed to, but that's just what happens when you leave me alone with a rack full of vintage clothing for any length of time. When the cat's away...lol)

I'm sad that I didn't finish my fic for [community profile] who_guestfest yet again. *sigh* But at least I started one this year! But once tech week came around, it was a lost cause to even think about writing anything. Still gonna try and finish eventually, but probably after the show closes, since I'll need to sleep sometime between then and now!

Watched the season premiere of Doctor Who, since I was sitting home that Saturday night and had nothing else to do anyway. (Or so I thought: I learned the next day that THE ZOMBIES(!!!) had played a concert a few miles away from me that very night and I'd missed it. I had no idea the original band members had even gotten back together, let alone had a tour stop in my hometown, so I spent the next day crying my eyes out at missing my one chance ever to hear my favorite band live. But I digress...) text )

Anyway, just hoping to get thru the rest of this weekend without collapsing! *fingers crossed*

Fullmetal Alchemist: Dedication

Apr. 21st, 2017 03:49 am
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Title: Dedication
Author: [personal profile] jordannamorgan
Archive Rights: Please request the author’s consent.
Rating/Warnings: G.
Characters: Dominic and Winry.
Setting: First anime. Post-series, Winry in Rush Valley after Ed’s disappearance.
Summary: His new apprentice was at it again.
Disclaimer: They belong to Hiromu Arakawa. I’m just playing with them.
Notes: Written for the prompt word “Rush” at [community profile] fan_flashworks. Obviously, FMA allowed me to take advantage of a fandom-specific use of the word.

At nearly three o’clock in the morning, Dominic awakened to hear a faint scraping of metal on metal. )

Five Little Things - Thursday

Apr. 20th, 2017 08:17 pm
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1. New sneakers. In double wide. OMG they actually FIT MY FEET!!! And they’re RED.
2. It’s been driving me nuts that because everyone uses a different e-mail client at work, their e-mails are all different size fonts, some of them barely legible. Today I figured out how to fix it.
3. Stackoverflow. It’s where developers go to ask questions, and where I go to find solutions to super nerdy problems.
4. Finally getting some writing accomplished at work today.
5. Driving in to work and home in daylight.

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