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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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So. Greenfield Village. Last year, this same event was my first-ever Civil War event and could probably be called the event that launched me full-force into reenacting. I also got horribly ill and only remember portions of the weekend...so as I told my mother, the bar for "rockin'" was set pretty low for this year! "As long as I remember everything, it can't be worse than last year."

I'm happy to report that not only do I remember the whole weekend, I had a great time, and I think everybody else did too. We didn't see too much of [livejournal.com profile] reine_de_coudre and [livejournal.com profile] dandytailor, but Gwendolyn and I got to spend quite a bit of good quality time together, and I got a chance to see the crowd that works at Greenfield--including dear JJ, who looked very well. Actually, he looked damn good and I may have actually told him, "JJ, not gonna lie, I kinda wanna make out with you right now." He didn't go for it, but he laughed and was flattered anyway.

Anyway...you just want pictures, so here we go!

Welcome to our camp!

In roughly chronological order... )
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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.)


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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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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Okay, folks. I'm exhausted and quickly approaching incoherency, but I had a great weekend of doing all sorts of fun stuff in costumes. I'm going to bed now, but I leave you a photo as evidence:

See? Doing stuff. In history clothes.

There will be more later, and although [livejournal.com profile] lachwen was also in attendance at the event in question, I'm going to let her put up her own photos* of her dress and such. I made no such promises to the gentleman with whom I am dancing*, so Mike gets a cameo this time.

*Until Monday evening, Gwendolyn. Then I'm putting up my favorite pictures, including the ones with you and your almost-new dress in them.
**Technically, we're standing around in promenade position, waiting for something to happen. But we danced shortly thereafter.
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Mike, Katie, Gwendolyn, Tyler
Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village, May 23-25, 2009

Photos! )
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Regency Exhibition Ball 2009: Lansing, MI
  • In the car moving by 10:03 a.m. as per Mike McCarty's orders.
  • Went to The Dressmaker's Shop in Leslie with [livejournal.com profile] lachwen and Mike.
  • Went to Mike's parents' house, wrapped Gwendolyn in duct tape, got ready for ball.
  • Went to ball, saw Julie.
  • Danced lots.
  • Had fun.

I'll probably sit down and type up my customary blow-by-blow later, just for my own reference, but for now, enjoy!

Gwendolyn, Julie, Mike, Katie

Photos! )

Now that my I-have-an-event-every-weekend month of March is over, maybe I can go clean my apartment and go grocery shopping and all those sorts of things! I wouldn't have traded any of it for the world, though. Good events, great friends, wonderful times. And some pretty nice pictures, too.
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So my weekend started early, when on Friday night I talked to [livejournal.com profile] superiorcap and wished him luck on his interviews in Delaware this weekend. "We'll miss you," I said, "but good luck." After that, lots of phone calls, people arriving, and the transfer to our "home base," my parents' house for Saturday dinner and the rest of the evening. That in and of itself was vastly pleasant and very relaxing. Which is good, because the actual event was anything but!

The day of the event started early at my parents' house, where [livejournal.com profile] nuranar, [livejournal.com profile] lachwen, Matt, and I slept. I didn't take a lot of pictures of the morning because a) it was morning and b) I spent most of the prep time ironing tablecloths on the floor of one of the side rooms at the mansion. At some point toward the end of our prep period, Gwendolyn went upstairs to change. I was doing something that now completely escapes me in the dining room, turned around, and nearly roused the dead with my shriek. Who should appear in the foyer but our very own [livejournal.com profile] superiorcap, Tyler Putman? I was on the first floor; they heard me pounding up the stairs and screaming for Gwendolyn up on the third floor in the ballroom (I was told this later by several people on separate occasions.)

Well. That set the tone for the day being pretty much absolutely perfect, so that being said, I'm just going to do the whole pictures-and-brief-commentary thing to spare you all a blow-by-blow of a ten-hour event.

Taking tickets.

Prep time and People Photos )

Dancing Photos )

Everybody! Of immediate acquaintance, that is.

Group Photos )

The Lieutenant. (Mike)

Plain old good photography )

And then we went to the beach to watch the sunset.

The end!
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Since it seems that it falls to me to do event coordination and summaries:

We went to another Regency ball last night! )

After the dance, we went back to Mike's parents' house and spent the night, where Gwendolyn and I shared one of the nicer beds I've ever slept in. And his parents woke up early with us and made us breakfast and were overwhelmingly nice. We drove back early, to get Gwendolyn to work, Mike & I shopped around at Field's a little, and then he took me home, where I promptly fell asleep for four hours to try and beat a little of that sleep debt from Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

Keep an eye on [livejournal.com profile] lachwen for another update on the event. Also, I'll be putting up a page on KatieJacobs.com for the new dress shortly!
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August 9, 2008. [livejournal.com profile] lachwen, [livejournal.com profile] jade_nolan, and I found ourselves loaded up and on our way to Bristol Renaissance Faire at approximately 8 in the morning. I don't remember the first couple hours of the drive, having fallen asleep in the back seat while Rebekah ([livejournal.com profile] jade_nolan) drove and Gwendolyn ([livejournal.com profile] lachwen) sewed shiny bits onto her cap. When I woke up, we were in Indiana. This is where the day really began for me.

So there we were in Indiana... )

The end!
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So, I promised pictures of Gwendolyn's weekend volunteering at Michilimackinac. It's taken longer than I'd planned, but here we go.

Obviously, Mike was there too. )

In short, it was fun and I'm really happy with some of the pictures. I got a few printed and they turned out stunningly pretty.
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Gwendolyn Basala (also known as [livejournal.com profile] lachwen) is an artist and illustrator, as well as a dear friend of mine. She's starting to sell her work, mostly previous pieces from her illustration program at school, on Etsy. These are all original pieces, not prints, of lovely art, so go take a look!

And link it to as many places as you can! ;)

Right now, there are only a few listings, but I watched her photograph nearly ninety pieces of artwork the other day, so there will be more coming, I'm sure!


Feb. 3rd, 2008 01:48 pm
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From left to right: Kelly, Andrew, Julie, Tyler, Katie, Mike, Gwendolyn.

More, plus who made what and such. HUGE photo dump! )
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Gwendolyn ([livejournal.com profile] lachwen), Mike, Andrew, Tyler, Julie, and I (with some of Julie's friends) went to a Regency(ish) ball in Ann Arbor. I think we were probably the most "period," but it looked like everyone had a good time, so it didn't really matter. I only took one video because I was dancing most of the rest of the time, but I took a lot of stills. However, I'm not posting those here until I have a chance to clean them up a bit. There's a lot of red-eye issues due to the low light, so I'll crop some down and Photobucket them later. Right now, I'm going to bed.

It was great! :)

P.S. If anyone knows the name of that song, tell me. Tyler and I were trying to think of it all weekend and didn't come up with anything.
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As I said, the chemise dress is done. I told [livejournal.com profile] lachwen at the beginning that she'd be responsible for making herself a sash and anything other than the basic dress, but the dress itself is done and wearable. See?

Two more, a little less goofy in nature )

Really, this dress is unapologetically a result of my theatre training--it was made for a specific purpose out of materials already on hand, using modern techniques to achieve a period silhouette. And really, that's what I'm all about when you get right down to it. :) So I'm happy how it turned out, and Gwendolyn was satisfactorily excited about it even though she's sick. My warm fuzzy for the day.

There'll be more pictures after the event; these are just a preview. :)
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Why this counts as a potential disaster )

(She's nodding at me as I type this, so I'm assuming what I'm saying is pretty accurate.) On the other hand, if anyone falls in love with that color and wants to buy it for the price of six yards of blue silk taffeta, we could negotiate.

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