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Now with furniture!


I managed to move all my furniture back into the room all-by-myself, which is no mean feat when you consider the couch was in my bedroom to begin with. I also managed to do so without mangling either myself or any of the woodwork, so yay! I did accidentally trap myself in the bedroom for a few minutes while getting the couch out, and had to crawl up and over the back (while it was on its side, which was slightly more difficult than if it had been on its feet), but nothing fell, nobody got hurt, and the couch is now where it belongs.

The printed curtain fabric has been ordered, and the FedEx tracking number tells me it should be here tomorrow. I'm planning on ordering a crap-ton of voile from Exclusive Silks for the sheers, since it's significantly cheaper than any of the decorator sheers available. That, however, is going to wait a bit, since the printed stuff wasn't cheap. But it'll be worth it! I feel like I'm on vacation someplace kind of fancy, sitting in there with the nice, clean white walls. Squee!
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Here's a quick and dirty photoshop "sketch" of what I want to do with the newly-painted front room. The windows, anyway.



The pink is a drapery print from Fabric Guru, with white sheer underneath. I think it'll be nice and cheerful with the white walls, and all my furniture is medium-to-dark, plus the dark floors. Of course, all this will be over a hundred dollars in fabric alone...so it may not happen right away. Or at least, not everything. But I like having a plan!

Ta-daaaaa!

Jul. 28th, 2010 06:18 pm
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So, my landlord has spent the last few days painting the front room of my apartment. Today, I got a call that it was finished. (I've been staying with my parents to be out of the way, and to avoid paint fumes.)


Before


After!


I am unreasonably excited about decorating now.
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I've been asked by several people if I'm going to do my customary trip writeup...which, I was considering not doing, but enough people have asked that I think maybe it might actually get read!

Since I was gone a grand total of seven days, I'm going to condense a lot...because nobody needs to hear about that rest stop in Ohio or the fifth time I got us lost looking for Chick-Fil-A. We'll just talk about the fun stuff, shall we? All right! )
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New blog post at Theatrical~Historical. If anyone's interested.


Mask preview!
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I took a large break in the middle of the week, for health concerns unrelated to embroidery (my hands are fine, I promise), but I did finish a sleeve last night!


The...right sleeve. Still.


And a closeup! )
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Right sleeve...still


I could probably finish this tonight if I wanted to, but it is half-past twelve and I have work in the morning, so I'm calling it quits. Just half a bullion rose, two big leaves, and whatever that little spray on the right side is, though, and that's one sleeve down.

Also, metallic embroidery thread is every bit as fun as I remember from this project...which is why it's taken me, uh, six years to get to the point where I'm willing to use it again!
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Right sleeve


Embroidery officially began on February 13, where I worked on it for most of the day at SewFest. I did a little more the next morning, and then brought it to work on Monday, since we had an in-service day. A little more last night, and here's the current state of it. I did not bring it with me to work today, since I'll be going to class and then swing dance after and didn't want to drag it around with me all day. But swing is over at 10, so I'll have an hour or two to spend on it tonight.

My goal is simple. Spend every free moment possible working on embroidery, and see how far I get.
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I just thought this was kind of cute.

Now and Then )

Way back.

Jan. 15th, 2010 01:24 am
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I refuse to post the rules. Basically? Everybody likes cute baby pictures. Go post yours!


According to my mother I was a smiley baby.

I was also apparently cute at some point in my life, which is kind of a relief to know. )

*Which...I am. Or more accurately, I am my dad, only shorter and with a nicer rack. But in terms of personality? Freakishly similar. Except for the engineering part.
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I'm pretty sure I remember saying several times, "I do not embroider." The last thing I embroidered was a set of sleeve flounces, way back in 2006. I've come a long way since then, though, and am looking forward to expanding my horizons to include the wonderful world of 1812 reenacting. A great deal of the clothing from that era that I like includes quite a bit of embroidery, so it's time to make a liar of myself and start an embroidery project.


Courtesy of Gwendolyn Basala


True to form, I'm not starting out easy. My first real sewing project was a crazy beaded Lord of the Rings costume, and at my first reenactment we experienced what the old-timers are now saying to be the worst weather they've ever seen. To quote [livejournal.com profile] dandytailor, "I think we've proved we don't need the bunny hill."

So I skipped the bunny hill. )
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So. I mentioned my cousin took some pictures while we were at my grandparents' house for Thanksgiving a few weeks ago. I told him I wanted a disk when we came for Christmas, and he delivered!

I love these. Here are some of my favorites!


Behind the scenes.


More; the plaid dress. )

The Fancy dress )

Aaaand Katie's running around in her underwear again. )

*Cheater chemise; I know, I know.
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When we last left our heroine, she was sitting at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, patiently awaiting her 6:35 a.m. flight departure.

Yeah, that didn't so much happen. At about 6:20, the gate agent came over the intercom to cheerfully inform us that Grand Rapids currently had one working runway, and that was being closed for plowing until seven. To their credit, they boarded us, de-iced the plane, and had us taking of just about at seven on the dot, which left me the absolute perfect amount of time to make my connection in Detroit, which then got me to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport around noon. It was staggeringly simple. I was amazed. And also slept through almost the whole trip.

Anyway. Ginger met me at the airport and we proceeded to fill the rest of Thursday (was it not even a week ago?!) with pre-event sewing and packing. I did not take pictures, but I did text Mike and told him "So I showed up here for vacation and spent all day on a sewing machine." Which was fun! We shortened some skirts, lengthened a hoop, and assembled a pair of little undersleeves. And packed. Actually, I sewed and Ginger packed, which worked out great.

Then on Friday--Fort Washita! More after the picture and the cut.


Staying indoors--it was cold outside!


Fort Washita. Which I consistently want to pronounce wrong. )
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The Plaid Beast plaid silk 1860s day dress now has a page on Theatrical~Historical, and you can view it here.

And because I'm always complaining about how I never get noticed whenever I travel in costume with [livejournal.com profile] lachwen and [livejournal.com profile] dandytailor, Gwendolyn kept a running tally of the comments I received while wearing this dress around Gettysburg with her on Saturday. There were quite a few! It was really fun to wear and quite comfortable, even with a trained skirt in crowded streets. I think the ballgown still wins for "favorite," but this one ranks pretty high, too!

Next will be a page for the obnoxious aqua paletot (which didn't get worn much because the weather was so nice!), and then onto new projects! I'm thinking an evening bodice for this dress, some winter wear for 1812, and a riding habit (or three. For various periods.)

Roadtrip

Nov. 23rd, 2009 07:30 pm
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November 22, 2009
Gettysburg, PA


So. I can finally say that I've been to Gettysburg. It was fantastic. This photo is actually from our last day there, Sunday, when Tyler took us on a tour of the battlefield, complete with explanations of troop movements and significance of different locations, markers, and memorials. The rest are under the cut, in roughly chronological order, with brief explanations.

Onward! )

This is where I run out of pictures. Or at least, I have battlefield pictures, but they don't look like much. I'm not so great with landscapes. It was pretty cool, though, and I really liked being able to get a sense of scale, for how big it was really. I really had no imagination for it before.
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I did actually buckle down and finish the other sleeve and add lace to the collar of the plaid outfit. So!


It seems that the new camera is doing slightly better at indoor pictures taken at night. These are less grainy than ones taken under similar conditions with my old one. Good!

A couple more )

Anyway, the sleeves and collar are cotton organdy from Field's. It has very impressive body to it; moreso than even that extremely malleable taffeta I used for the ballgown. It presses reaaaally nicely. The lace on the collar is just a random length of needlerun lace I got at a different Field's when I was sourcing stuff for the first version of the ballgown. The collar is finished without it; it's just whipstitched to the edge. More versatile that way!

Now I just get to sew on a crapload of fasteners. Yaaaay.
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There are occasions where I can churn out costume pieces in very little time. The graph paper Elinor dress dress was made in two days. This, however, is not one of those times. I've made a collar and a sleeve today. One sleeve--not so much a pair. My attention span for finishing the other one is not looking too promising. But, in the absence of progress, I offer pictures.


Sleeve #1...and only, at this point.


I have some needlerun lace I might add to the collar, but again with the attention span.

Dear Tyler,

Nov. 7th, 2009 03:05 pm
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So, you know those trousers?

They belonged to Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Theron Tuttle, who served on the USS Caribou. During training in the Pacific Northwest, the military discovered his depth perception would keep him from piloting, and so they put him in charge of the Caribou's engine room instead. The Caribou, it turns out, was in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which is apparently considered to be the largest naval battle of WWII.

According to his brother, Theron didn't talk about his service much. If asked about Leyte Gulf, he would respond, "I don't know; I was below, asleep."
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No epistle-like event summary; I'm too tired and apparently have the swine flu, so I'm just putting up pictures. [livejournal.com profile] lachwen put a little bit up about it, plus a couple pictures of both herself and Mike. These are all her photos--my camera fails at low-light situations. I just used peer pressure and common thievery to get her to put them online so fast, and to steal some for myself.


Ballgown Version 2. Complete success.

Don't worry, there are more. )

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