Aug. 6th, 2010 05:06 pm
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My rats of choice have been reserved--BVR Pegasus and Cygnus, brothers from a litter named for various constellations. [livejournal.com profile] dandytailor already asked if he and [livejournal.com profile] superiorcap can be the ratties' godparents, and proposed to re-name them Napoleon and Wellington. I said yes to the godparents idea and we'll-see to the names. Other pair-names in the running include Peter/Neil, Jack/Stephen, Watson/Holmes, Cesar/Brutus, Tybalt/Mercutio, Merry/Pippin (although...our last guinea pig was Pippin, so...), Rush/Oliver, aaaand onward.

As a side note, the music video for Lady Gaga's Bad Romance freaks me out. It reminds me of the creepy child-eating eyeballs-in-hands creature from Pan's Labyrinth, which is just wrong.
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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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My good friend [livejournal.com profile] dandytailor is conducting a survey for a class of his (for which I will very possibly end up helping him type the analysis), so he/we would appreciate a moment of your time. The survey is geared towards costumers and/or reenactors, and is just a dozen or so questions. You can answer in comments here at his journal, or click the cut and answer here, and I'll make sure he gets your answers.

Thanks so much!

And sorry to those of you who will see this twice. That's why they made cut tags, right? )
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A few of the First Regiment Volunteers
January 23, 2010

More, and a a brief event summary. )
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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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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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Well, that's yet another project off my mind! I delivered the Mike-and-Tyler banyans to their respective recipients over the weekend and [livejournal.com profile] lachwen took photos for us. So! A picture:

This is now my desktop background at work, as a side note...

And here's a link to the page on my website: Banyans!.

Both Mike and Tyler seemed reasonably pleased with them, so I'm happy as can be about the whole thing. There's one more picture I want to put on the page (closeup of the embroidered initials inside the collars) and then I'll put a link up on the main page this evening after work. In the meantime, though, enjoy!

ETA: website and page for banyans completely updated! Yay!
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Mike, Katie, Gwendolyn, Tyler
Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village, May 23-25, 2009

Photos! )
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Someone posted a few new pictures of the Regency Exhbition Ball!

That's just an oversized thumbnail; click for the full image.

Couple of things:
  • That dress looks lovely in that photo! Way better than I thought it did.
  • I actually really like that you can't see faces. Ours, anyway.
  • Either I'm shorter than I think I am, or Mike is taller than I think he is. Or maybe both.
  • I'm smaller than I think I am, too. I felt like a steamboat in that dress, but I don't look that big. Yay! :)
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I seriously thought the Lieutenant was someone else from the back. It's Mike, but I've never seen the coat on him, fully finished; I thought it must be their on-site reenactor. Clubbing the queue makes a big difference, too.

And a better group shot:

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Very rarely do I have the kind of morning where I sit back and say, "Well. This is so fantastic that I'm not going to be able to top it, so I might as well quit and go home now." But that's what happened this morning. I logged into my email to find a notification from Facebook that Mike had posted on my wall. He spent last night building a website for one of his classes, during which I was "on call" if he had any questions. He never did call, and apparently figured everything out. So this morning he Facebook'd me a link. Here's his website.

That in and of itself made my morning. I mean...right? Go take a look; and yes, that's the paper that I typed for him last week. But then I logged in to Facebook to post a congratulatory message on his wall, only to be confronted with this )

I just...I really don't think anything is going to be able to top the both of those things combined for entertainment value. Like, both within a half hour? Not going to be able to beat that.
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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, I know I've mentioned to a few of you that my weekends in March are totally spoken-for. This one has been no exception. Yesterday, Mike and I went to the Kalamazoo Living History Show. Down in, um, Kalamazoo.

A couple more and brief talk about the show. )

Oh! Speaking of hat blanks--[livejournal.com profile] padawansguide! You know how we were talking about straw hat blanks a while ago? Smoke and Fire sells the ones I like. They're softer Milan straw, so a finer braid and more pliable than, say craft straw hats, which are stiffer and "crispier" than I wanted. So just FYI; I approve of the Smoke & Fire hat blanks. I didn't intend to buy anything like that going in, but they had them right on display and I was like, "ooh, we're coming back for that."
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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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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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