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So last night, found myself with some extra free time, so decided to start with the Madrigal packing a bit early. This turns out to be a very good thing, since after digging through my bin o random costuming (basically, everything costume-like that I bring to events that is not hanging stuff), I discovered that one of my costume shirts, which I was planning on wearing several times this weekend, is missing. :( I'm hoping very much that it is in the general costuming/lost and found bin for one of the games I NPC, because I really really like that shirt, but even if it turns up, that doesn't necessarily solve my problem of needing said shirt this weekend.

So at 8:30 at night, I hopped in my car, drove to the nearby Joann's (thankfully only about 12 minutes away with no traffic), found fabric in the right general color family that wasn't ridiculously expensive, bought said fabric, drove home, and made myself a shirt. Was done by 10:15. Is super-simple shirt, but hey, it's better than wearing an entirely different color than the last time this NPC appeared... or doing without. (Not actually an option, to be clear, just someone was giving me grief about it this morning.)

There are times it is very, very handy to be able to sew...

Oddly enough, no Madrigal stress dreams so far (I know I just jinxed myself). Odd dreams about waterskiing with my family and possibly some people from work, but no anxiety dreams yet.
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Saturday went out to 5 Wits Espionage for [livejournal.com profile] winterswan's birthday. It was a lot of fun trying to solve puzzles and stuff, though I think that the 'guide' was a bit confused about our approach.

"I have a tool so you won't need to pick locks or anything."

Our group: "Awwww."

And I totally was ready to jump our guide at the end if he turned out to be the mole.

After that it was out to dinner, which was a lot of fun. Got to hang out with a lot of cool people, many of whom I haven't spent much time with outside of larps.

The weather was sort of atrocious, but hey, otherwise a great day.

Sunday was devoted to hanging around the house, making myself a hood (should be warm), and making manicotti, which I haven't made in way too long.


Yesterday my work remained open, but I got permission to work from home. Which was good, because there was no way I was going anywhere in that snow. I spent most of the day alternating between work and shoveling. Every year I forget how much work it is to toss a shovelful of snow onto a pile taller than my head, and every year nature reminds me. My arms/shoulders hate me today, and picking up small objects is way more of a challenge than it should be.

But I did manage to pretty much stay on top of the shoveling, so this morning all I had to do was clean off my car one more time and I was able to pull right out of the driveway, no problems.
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Last night was reasonably productive - managed to finish off a bunch of tabbards I'd promised someone, and threw together a little cape-thing for 7V, so I don't freeze if it gets cold out. May end up stealing that for Omi, too. I love working with fleece occasionally... no finishing edges or trying to line up patterns, just cut and wear. (Though I made this vaguely more complicated by adding some pockets so I'd have some place to put my hands.) :)
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Fun and productive weekend. I spent most of the weekend alternating between sewing and doing bridesmaid-like-things with [livejournal.com profile] thedeviantangel.

more details below )
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Had a very good weekend.

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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] inadvertantsmut! Hope that you have a fun day!


Other than that, the weekend was fairly low-key for me. Friday night I drove out to visit my parents. We had dinner at the hibachi restaurant that my dad discovered (so very good), and then went back to their place and watched some Avatar and talked. Fun stuff.

Sat day was mostly devoted to various sewing projects I needed to get done for Madrigal, and trying to find a way to get a mask in time. The first project I'd already bought fabric for, and it went very quickly and smoothly. The second... hmmm. The second I wasn't sure what I wanted to look like, which is sort of a crucial first step in making a costume. The trip to Joann's took way longer than it should have, due to me spending over an hour just wandering up and down the aisles trying to find something that looked right and would spark the creative juices. Must have picked up and then returned a dozen different bolts of cloth before I found something that I wasn't thrilled with, but I thought might work. I went home and started cutting along the lines I thought I wanted, along with some adaptations. When I stitched it together, however, I ended up with a shape I was not expecting, but one that I liked. I went with it, and even though some of the decorations I tried didn't work out and had to be removed, I think I'm overall pleased with it.

Sat evening, [livejournal.com profile] sarrciano and [livejournal.com profile] draketamarack came down from NH to pick me up, and then we headed to visit [livejournal.com profile] trickyskricky, who was up visiting from down south (along with a bunch of other people). Was a very fun time, just hanging out and (mostly) talking about larping while watching people play video games. Oh, had some great tea, too.

Sunday was devoted to not moving much. I finished up a couple of chainmail jewelry projects, and attempted to put some decorations on the outfit I made the day before, but it didn't work very well, so I ended up ripping it off. Watched (well, in spurts) the Pats game, and some other stuff. Just very low key and relaxing, which is good before the larping marathon that's coming up.
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Have a moderately entertaining sewing project I'm working on, so am pleased/excited about that. First one like that I've had in a while. Nice to get back into it and get beyond tabbards, T-tunics, and basic shirts.

Also managed to get in half-chaps for this weekend so I'll have vaguely-ok looking 'boots', given that I completely refuse to use my awesome-looking-yet-actively-trying-to-kill-me high-heeled leather boots for PCing a larp. (NPCing is different because I don't have to run around if I plan the encounter right.)

Sadly, apparently I have ginormous calves. [livejournal.com profile] trickyskricky, I may have a present for you.
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Had a good weekend. Friday night and most of Saturday was devoted to various sewing projects while watching Law and Order marathons. Made lots of progress there, which is nice. There's something very satisfying about being able to sit down with a pile of fabric, a bit of ribbon, and some buttons, and ending up with a decent shirt in about 5 hours. Also I'm slowly getting better at adapting patterns for my own purposes, without losing the general shape of things.

Sat night D got home from various endeavours, which was nice. Sunday was more hanging around/sewing in the morning, then the Pats game in the afternoon (somewhat marred by D's computer not working despite having just returned from the repair place, which sucked), then to [livejournal.com profile] tragic_culture and [livejournal.com profile] xephz's place for a small engagement party, which was a ton of fun. They have a very neat place, very wierd though, sorta fits them. And [livejournal.com profile] xephz's masks (and [livejournal.com profile] tragic_culture's too, though I don't think he makes them) were all over the place as very neat decorating. Lotsa fun people there and hanging out. Ate way too much.

Now two and a half days of work until the holidays. :)
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I finished up a very pretty dress I've been working on. Here are some pictures. It'll actually fit better when I take the time to lace it up properly, rather than just throwing it on.

cut for space )

Silk

Sep. 26th, 2008 02:34 pm
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Is sooo very pretty. I anticipate it will be a pain to work with but really, I could just sit and look at pretty shiny fabric all day. :)

Can't wait for work to be over so I can get home and start sewing.

weekend

Jul. 28th, 2008 02:18 pm
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Fun weekend. Friday night I mostly sat around and worked on a couple of minor sewing projects while chatting with people online and watching TV.

Sunday was the Stitch 'N Bitch up in NH, which was a lot of fun. Somewhat smaller than some we've had in the past, but we had a good group of people show up. Finished up some tabards, finally got around to making myself a plain white chemise ([livejournal.com profile] sans_peur says that it's my Wendy Darling outfit), and got some good progress done on a project for someone else. All the while, fun conversations and stuff, and looking at pretty things online. Yay drooling over fabric. And ice cream! Yay!

Sunday drove over to D's place. Had brunch with cool peoples, and then headed back to his place to hang out before looking at more apartments. We went to look at the next one, and decided to apply there. So hopefully (fingers crossed) we'll know where we're living next year in a few days.

It's going to be a bit of an adjustment for both of us, since each of us have spent the last several years living in 3 bedroom apartments. The one we found is about average (maybe a bit above average) for a 1-bedroom apartment in terms of size, but it *feels* tiny after the last several places I've lived. It's not perfect, but I think it's completely doable, and a decent deal, but it's going to take some adjusting.

Sewing

Jul. 16th, 2008 05:48 pm
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Another finished project in my mission to use up extra fabric. Most of the fabric here should look familiar to people who were up at stupid o'clock last Ravenholt.

pictures behind cut )
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Well, today is my birthday, and it has already been great, just because of the number of birthday greetings I've gotten from friends and family. Best among those was my mother jumping online to wish me happy birthday while on vacation in Maine, the post from [livejournal.com profile] kumir_k9 and the awesome awesome picture that [livejournal.com profile] silverhare drew for me of Omi, despite her never seeing or interacting with Omi. :)




So very happy. I'm currently at work, which is OK, because that means that I'm in air conditioning and not being gross and sweaty at my apartment. That will come later. Thinking of calling up my dad (only family member currently in the state) and seeing if he wants to do sushi or something like that tonight.

weekend )

In other news, I'm *almost* done with my latest sewing project, which mostly involved using up leftover fabric from a couple other projects. Shirt is done, and bodice needs boning and thirty five bazillion grommets. Going to try to finish that this week, so I can get on to actual projects I've promised people.

Sewing

Jul. 1st, 2008 08:40 am
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Promised someone I'd post pictures of my costume when it was done. Sadly, the only camera I have available to me is the one on my computer, which I have to trigger with the mouse button on the laptop, which means all pictures are taken from a distance of about 3 feet. Still, you can see a bit of the shape of it.

pictures behind cut )
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Got a Christmas tree and decorated it with my parents, then headed up to NH. Due to conflicting schedules (and D doing about a million hours of overtime), actual getting-to-spend-time-together was minimal, but still relaxing. Sunday went out to mall with a bunch of very cool people where we chatted, tried on clothes, bought Christmas presents, petted cute bunnies, and generally had fun. Then I drove back to Derry and got there in time to watch the second half of the Pats game. They even have something that lets you pause and rewind live TV, so I got to see the really cool play that I missed by two minutes.

Ended up driving back to Mass last night, to avoid the messy weather/traffic this morning, which was probably a good idea overall.

Oh, and last week, I made a nice (costume) shirt for someone. It lacks only a clasp for the collar and finishing up the sleeves, which will happen as soon as I can get him in front of me to figure out how long his arms are. But it looks like the weird inset stuff I did on the sleeves worked, which is always a relief when I start departing from patterns. Feeling productive. :)
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Hmmm. It's been a quiet week. Mostly Aralis prep for me, finishing (sort of) writing a character history, and making a shirt. Only a little bit of stitching on the cuffs to do, since I've given up on the collar (since I'm planning on wearing it under a bodice anyway). By the way, when the pattern says 'small', it's lying. There is not a chance I could wear this shirt without something over/under it without breaking some indecency law at some point. The 'collar' literally reaches the bottom of my ribcage. Anyway, that's almost done, which is good, since the event is tomorrow. Little worried about the cold, but it's only a one-day, so I think I'll be fine.

Went to see a play last night with my mother. Much better than the last one. No graphic descriptiosn of torturing of children, for starters. There was a bit of gratuitous nudity that I could have done without, but I didn't leave the theater wishing I had the last few hours of my life back (or even that I could just forget the last several hours of my life).

Guy I've been seeing for a couple weeks is coming over tonight. :) Can't wait to get out of work.
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Yay! So much fun. Really, can't think of many things that are more fun than hanging out with a bunch of cool people, talking about random stuff, sewing/making masks, and then complaining about said sewing. I only had to rip out stitches a few times, which was nice. Unfortunately, one of the times I did it was a seam I used the serger on, which was not so fun. My roommate, Alle (for those who know her from NERO), made the neatest top with this really pretty red brocade, [livejournal.com profile] sans_peur was working on a dress with what might be the most ridiculously complicated sleeves ever. I am in awe of various people's skill and patience. My general sewing methodology is to do a good enough job that what I make won't fall apart and will stand up to general scrutiny in a larp-like setting, but there were several there who were making things that were just really well done in general and beautiful besides.

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