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I updated my website! Three new pages, and a couple blog posts.

Go to the journal for links to each page!
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New blog post at Theatrical~Historical. If anyone's interested.

Mask preview!
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I had a little time tonight that I didn't anticipate, so I did a little writing to give my fingers a break from embroidery. A couple people have asked me over the past few months about directional knife pleating, so I put together a mini how-to on the Theatrical~Historical blog.

Looking Sharp: the Art of Directional Knife Pleating

...Yeah, I called it that. You heard me.


Jan. 28th, 2010 03:04 pm
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Nearly eight years ago, I established myself as a tiny, insignificant presence on the web. I started a LiveJournal and built my firstwebsite using HTML typed directly into notepad and hosted on Bravepages. I'm pretty sure nobody ever looked at that site, and I know only a few people read my LJ. At that time, I made the executive decision not to have a separate journal for my webpage, because who really needed it?

Now, three-fourths of a decade later, I own KatieJacobs.com and find myself meeting more and more people on the web...mostly through, if not my website, at least my costuming. I find my virtual world shrinking as my site, my Livejournal, and Facebook become more closely related. People find my Facebook through my site, my site through my facebook, and my Livejournal through goodness knows where...and for the most part I'm fine with it.

But then, sometimes, it occurs to me that very little of my life is private anymore, and that maybe I should start organizing things a little better (story of my life, and I don't mean just online.) Plus, I feel badly for all the folks that friend my Livejournal because of my public photo posts, only to find out that approximately 99% of what I actually post here is banal, boring, everyday nonsense about me avoiding sewing, my job, and my friends. For this purpose, I started a blog--a real, honest-to-goodness blog--at Theatrical~Historical, via blogspot.

Eventually, I hope to link the blog into the main site. However, that will have to wait until (at least!) after class tonight!
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So there's the strange phenomenon--I become extremely productive when I'm avoiding a task that I find to be less than desirable. The good news is that it means I updated my website again, with a page for the smoking cap that [livejournal.com profile] dandytailor received for Christmas. The bad news is that I still haven't cut out a bodice for my next 1812 project.

Oops. Ah, well. At least my motivation to type code longhand seems to be fully intact...
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Katiejacobs.com has been updated with a page for the pelisse (redingote...whatever) from this weekend.

There are only two photos, since both Mike (who was taking the pictures) and I (who was in the pictures) were pretty wiped out by the end, but it was a fun event, and I'm pleased with how the pelisse came out. It definitely made the event for me--without it I would have been too miserably cold to function, and with it, I was able to enjoy myself quite a bit!

Next up, a block printed dress, and then the crazy embroidered ballgown. We'll see how this goes!
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Hey, so, I may have gotten bored and reorganized the costume index on my website today. It's now broken down by century, with each era categorized together and each project listed in order of completion. Previously, everything was listed by year of its completion date...but that was getting confusing. It's only going to get worse as I start working on stuff for Under the Redcoat (1781), War of 1812 reenacting (uh...1812?), Civil War reenacting (1860s), and the possibility of some 19-teens/20s dabbling for the proposed Michigan motor touring something-or-other (ask [livejournal.com profile] dandytailor). Anyway...it'll be easier to find stuff this way, since I'm pretty sure nobody else keeps track of which year I made which costume!

I also added the studio photos from my last website post to their respective pages, and created a new page for my Victorian undergarments:
The Fancy dress.
The plaid 1860s day dress.
The undergarments.
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So it's been about two weeks since I got back from my trip to Oklahoma. Aaaand I just now got around to putting up a page on my site for the hood I made to wear while outdoors in the cold at Fort Washita.

The 'Riding' Hood has a few pictures up of its own now.

Over Thanksgiving, my photographer cousin took some fantastic shots of a couple of my costume pieces. I'll be seeing him tomorrow for our family Christmas celebrations, so if he doesn't have some files for me, the pestering will commence until I get a few copies! Hopefully more for the website soon, in any case.
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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.)
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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!


Jan. 31st, 2009 01:09 am
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KatieJacobs.com has been updated with a page for the stays! At some point I'll have to also make a page for the silk stays I finished late in 2008, I suppose.

Also, I'm getting my hair cut tomorrow morning. Stay tuned!
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Remember back in the day, when I hated doing webpages and it took me, like, six months to update every time I made a costume?

Yeah, not so much anymore. I've put up a new page for the new crossover dress, and updated the index to reflect it.

As a side note, this means I've done thirteen projects this year, which is better than I'd hoped! And it means that I've made twelve "big," projects, since one of those project pages is for Mike's needlebook (which is not exactly large, although its purpose was worthy and it was made with great care.) So that's pretty exciting for me, seeing as up until now I've average four big projects per year. Yay for not being in school anymore!
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KatieJacobs.com has been updated with two new costume pages: Kate's jacket (with photos of the jacket on Kate), and Holly's reenactment outfit.

Also, Les Proches de la Grande Tortue's website has been updated, with an index page for event galleries added. Also, if you missed it before, there's that new image gallery that cost me so many brain cells.

not mopey!

Oct. 28th, 2008 12:42 am
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Has anyone used Galleria before? I'm trying to add event photos to the Tortue website (HERE) and I'm stuck.

Supposedly, the script/code/whatever is supposed to create clickable thumbnails out of an unordered list of images--mine's creating the thumbnails but they're not clickable. If you go to the page above, you'll be able to see the thumbnails (looking rather nondescript), and if you right click and "view image", it'll show you the whole picture. But you can't click the thumbnail and it doesn't appear on the right side of the page like it's supposedly supposed to do.

P.S. I have internet at my house now. :) So I can ask the great LJ braintrust odd questions at odd hours of the night again.

Edited: Okay, new problem. I tried it in IE and it works...sort of. The thumbnails look better and are clickable, but the image pops up in an awkward place. So if you could reply to this post and let me know what browser you're working and what the page looks like for you, I'd really appreciate it.
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Thanks to everyone who commented on the fuchsia dress. I'm still not totally sold on it, but it was a fun evening regardless. Anyway, I've updated KatieJacobs.com with a page here.
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You guys, I don't know what it is, but it's almost like I'm becoming a responsible adult. That, or I have too much time on my hands. I mean, a website update this soon after the fact? Unheard of!

KatieJacobs.com has been updated with a gallery and a dress diary for the Venetian gown. I actually kept the diary in real time while I was making the dress, so when I date the entry July 29, it was actually made on July 29.

Actually, website updates are fairly painless ever since I made myself a template--just a .txt file with all the junk that goes around the actual content of a page--so I don't have to open a page, copy/paste the headers and div tags every time I want to make a new page...it's pretty neat. I never, ever thought I would enjoy making and maintaining an actual webpage, back when I started with Shards Costume. It was like pulling teeth. Now, every time someone is like, "hey look, something new," I'm like, "ooh, I can totally make a website for it." (See also: Les Proches de la Grande Tortue Did they ask for a site? No. I just got bored one evening.)


Jul. 22nd, 2008 12:29 am
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It's not impressive, but I'm counting it as a victory. Les Proches de la Grande Tortue has a website: HERE. You should all go visit it because it took me like, two hours to figure out what I was doing again.

Plus it'll only take like two seconds because there's next to no content.

P.S. Katie, what is this Tortue thing, anyway? )


Jul. 21st, 2008 11:03 pm
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Why do I do this to myself?

I decide I'm going to code a webpage, and then I realize I have to go back and re-educate myself about CSS. EVERY. TIME.

HTML comes fairly naturally. I've dreamed in angle brackets before and I input all the code here by hand, so I'm constantly practicing the really basic tags (font formatting, etc). CSS? Not so much. Every time I decide I'm going to make a new page design, I have to go back and figure out what the crap all that stuff in the curly brackets actually means again. And then, of course, I always want to change something so my designs aren't all the same, so I have to go find out how to do NEW stuff, too.



Jul. 10th, 2008 12:27 am
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Okay, guys, I'm sorry I haven't had time to reply individually to everyone's congratulations and well-wishes on the new job. The reason? The new job. And the old one.

See, I had to give my two weeks' notice at Hobby Lobby at roughly the same time I started training at the new place, so for the past week I've been doing morning training and closing shifts at the HobLob. That means I'm fourteen hours out of the house and when I get back home I pretty much just collapse. Not a lot of free time.

Anyway, I really do appreciate y'all's support, both while I was interviewing and after I accepted the offer. Everyone here and at work has been really great about all this and I really appreciate it.

On Sunday, my family and I went to RenFaire. I put pictures up on my Flickr account, as well as two new pages for the corsets I made (for Holly and Sarah, the two sisters o' mine) on my actual website.

Also on Flickr are photos of the storm damage to my backyard. As of today, the ash tree (the 80+ foot monstrosity) is just a stump, most of the beech tree (that the ash fell on) is shaved away, and the Ottawa Co. park people have removed a giant tangle of dead pine and sassafras trees that were leaning against the back of the beech tree. We're hoping the beech has enough foliage left to survive, even though it's not as pretty as it used to be.

On the bright side, now we can plant some poplar trees. Mom's been wanting them the whole nine years we've been here. Also, miraculously enough, there was absolutely no damage to the shed.


Mar. 4th, 2008 01:52 am
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You know why KatieJacobs.com has NO NEW CONTENT? (STILL!)

Because I do not know what to SAY about myself. *headdesk*

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