Oh dear, kitties

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:34 pm
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Oh dear, I might be adopting three kittehs.

My friend Wilson posted three beautiful cats up for adoption on Facebook. The photos were really striking and I was thinking about them all the way into the office. So I e-mailed to inquire about them and ended up driving to RI after work to meet them.

The mother (age 10) is very petite, solid black with yellow eyes. The posting said that they thought the father of the two other cats (age 8) might be a Tonkinese (half Siamese half Burmese). The son looks Siamese, they said blue point, but I'm thinking more seal point because his markings are pretty dark. And he has beautiful blue eyes. Such a handsome fellow. The daughter looks looks like possibly a Tonkinese blue, she’s a very pretty solid blue/grey color. Poor baby had a problem on her leg, and her back hind quarter was shaved because they’d wanted to check it out. They said it was nothing, but she looked a bit silly with all that missing fur. She’s got a very Siamese tail, long and thin, and the same blue eyes as her brother. I actually got a very quiet purr out of her when we were visiting. They were all very sweet and sociable, which is a good sign.

But boy, do they need new names. I hate the ones they have now. Ebby, Pudgy, and Sandy. Who calls their cat Pudgy? Clearly someone’s children named them when they were kittens.

I’m rather fond of Greek and Roman names for my cats (I’ve had an Archimedes and a Zeus). I’m thinking the mother wants to be Hecate. Still thinking over the two children.

Weird dreams

Jul. 26th, 2017 09:33 am
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Man I had the weirdest dreams last night! And there were a lot of them.

The last one (and thus the one I remember the most fragments from) was were I was somehow Bonnie and Clyding around with some escaped violent criminal. It wasn't clear if I'd gone with him voluntarily or had been kidnapped, but what was clear was that I felt a bit sorry for him because nobody seemed to see him as anything other than a violent offender. We drove to his mother's house, and he ended up crying over memories with me rubbing his back comfortingly. But at time he was also shooting up all the cars in the parking lot and scaring the crap out of me. And at one point I told him that my father was coming, and we both knew what that meant (that he had to give himself up to the police? Because my father was OFF LIMITS as far as people he might injure or kill). And he seemed to accept that.

Brain, where do you come up with this stuff?!?!

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Jul. 26th, 2017 05:18 am
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Lord, this is a time that no one should be awake at. But i am, and im off to Costume College! See you there!

Tuesday was a bitch of a Monday

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:33 pm
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Today was not a great day.

I got my sleep cycle out of whack this weekend staying up late reading and then succumbing to napping both days. I managed to get up on time Monday, but overslept today. And I’m still feeling meh, unmotivated. And the dark and gloomy weather ain’t helping much.

I hadn’t been able to motivate myself to get to the grocery store on Monday, so I was out of my favorite breakfast fixins. I stopped off at Cumbies on the way into work, but they were also out of my favorite back-up breakfast foods. So I was stuck with something I really didn’t want. Blah.

On the way into the office I stumbled on the steps. I managed to catch myself and didn’t hurt myself, but there was someone having a phone conversation outside, so I had a witness to my tumble. Soooo embarrassing. So by now I’m feeling pretty put out with the number of small annoyances that have already happened and wondering, “What next??!?!”

I get to my desk and discover that I’ve left my reading glasses at home. But thankfully I have a backup pair (because of course I do, I have cheap drug store reading glasses stashed everywhere). So that didn’t count against my tally of woe for the day. But then I had friend ping me on Facebook about a problem with a mutual friend. This was just a situation I didn’t want to be in the middle of. *sighs* I let her talk it out, but damn it felt awkward.

By lunchtime I had a headache, which is unusual for me. And I was having trouble getting my brain to focus on work. Come on brain, we have to adult today! By 3:00 my headache was bad enough that I dug out the Advil, which helped with the pain but not with my focus issues. Argh, bad brain! No biscuit!

I did make it to the grocery store on the way home. I may have bought some cookie dough. For therapeutic purposes only. And I made myself do a few things around the house when I got home, to try to short circuit the “you’re useless and can’t get anything done” loop that my brain seems to be playing right now.

Baby steps and self care right now. It’s all I can do.

Détente

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:30 pm
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M and A met and talked last night. That's all I know, M didn't post anything more than that they were going to talk and he didn't know how it was going to go.

But today they were at least leaving each other civil comments on Facebook posts (they were always a very chatty couple on each other’s FB, leaving comments and posting things to each other).

I don’t know what’s going to happen with those two, but I’m glad to see that they’re back to at least a little civil interaction with each other.

lets just.. eat cheese.

Jul. 25th, 2017 08:24 pm
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This guy is hilarious!

https://themedievalhunt.com/2015/04/02/get-out-get-dirty/
People like to be social, and they like to do things. This is why historic segments with alot of actives, get more actives.

Now, all things we do might look very planned when it is digested and pooped out in blogform. But mostly they are about as planned as this:

Me: Hey, its supposed to be nice weather tomorrow, forest?
Emil: Yeah, we aint been out since two weekends ago. You finally going to shoot that hornsoundingvideo?
Me: Naa….. dun feel like it.. I need to check up sources…. lets just.. eat cheese.
Emil: Ok, new forest?
Me: Naaa….. lets take the same one as I’m lazy and don’t wanna walk to far before we get to the actual woods.

Time for planning: approx ten minutes.

Time to prepare approx 20 min (including looking for braes -ten minutes)

This is an excellent way to keep your medievaling going and get to use your clothes that you put all those hours into making.


I really envy some of the events I see [personal profile] robinsnest and her friends attending. And I need to try to get something similar going up here. Just a bunch of costumed ladies going out for tea, or playing croquet on the lawn in the park. Any old excuse to dress up in "old timey" clothes and go gad about.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Ack. After all yhe time i spent hand sewing the habit shirt, i sewed the neck gussests and collar on inside out. Plus one cuff is much too loose, its actually too short (probably) and the collar is chokingly tight. Sigh. Guess im leaving that one at home.

I packed my suitcase with all of my 18th c stuff and the 1840s gown and tea gown, corset amd stays, 1 pair of shoes and a couple little extras. Its only 27 lbs but it also doesn't fit anything else. Not my sewing kit, my regular clothes, shower kit, nothing.

Lord... Just too much to do. Slow down brain!

What a weekend

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:46 pm
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Used my extra day off well! Finished gathering up the skirt and whipped it on - deliciously rewarding, I want to gauge everything in the future - sewed all the basic seams in the petticoat, and cut out the paper pattern pieces for the bathing suit and bathing coat. (Then I got to fold them all up again and put them in their envelope! I love folding pattern pieces.) I tried out a few hem feet: the tiniest one just doesn't work, like it's too heavy for the feed dogs to move the fabric, and the regular hemming attachments are missing the screw that holds them to the foot. Eventually I realized I could take a screw out of my electric machine (they cost, like, $5 on Amazon with Prime - less without, but more with the shipping, so) but by that point I was settled into cutting paper instead.

Did a little FFC shopping, for 100% cotton shirting so that I know what I'm getting. Wanted to get silk crepe de chine to make a slip that fits me better, but frankly I know I am not at the level where it makes sense to spend ~$40+ on lingerie fabric ... cotton voile will do for now. I was planning to use VeraVenus's free (1930s?) slip pattern, but that seems like a nightmare to fit to my body, so now I'm sucked into an Etsy whirlwind of vintage patterns, weighing better prices against closer sizing.

It was wonderfully cold and rainy, just like October. Something* smells musty in my apartment, and that's bad, but at the same time the smell means it isn't hot and I love that.

* I'm 95% sure it's the bolt of muslin I got from Sue, because it came out of her mother's storage/attic
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On Friday [personal profile] malterre posted a link on Facebook to 5 ScI-Fi Fantasy novels with badass middle-aged heroines. Which made me think of Hunting Party by Elizabeth Moon. The main character is Captain Heris Serrano, who has recently resigned her commission in the Regular Space Service. Her new job is piloting the space yacht of the wealthy and eccentric Lady Cecelia de Marcos. Heris is a middle-aged woman, somewhere in her early forties, and Lady Cecelia is in her early eighties. Both are really great characters. Heris is the sort of brave, smart career soldier you would expect from a legendary military family. Lady Cecelia is the sort of gives no fucks rich eccentric lady that I'd love to be when I grow up.

So of course, when I got home I pulled my copy of Hunting Party down off the bookshelf. And despite the fact that I knew it would lead to a book binge, I started it on Saturday morning. I read it all the way through, then started reading the next book, Sporting Chance. I read that all the way through, then started on the third book in the series, Winning Colors, which I’m still reading.

The first two books are sort of standard space opera (smugglers! Evil superior officers! Political intrigue! Space pirates!) But the third book in the series tackles a more serious issue that has stuck in my head since I first read it back in 1995. In her “Familias Regnant” universe medical technology has figured out how to rejuvenate people, in the literal meaning of the word. Lady Cecelia undergoes rejuvenation and her 83 year old mind now resides in the body she had when she was 40. It’s expensive, but if you have the money, the newest rejuvenation process can be repeated more than once. In the novel Moon explores what problems are caused when the younger generation of the corporate upper class can’t take their positions in the family business because their parents can’t die and refuse to retire. What does it do to a society when we extend our lifespans enough to interrupt our economy? We’ve already seen a bit of this, with the Millennial generation waiting for the Baby Boomers to retire and free up jobs. And there’s more coming, when the Baby Boomers all retire and collect social security and need medical care for decades longer than people used to (when Social Security first started, most people retired at 65 and were dead by 66).

And I always think about this book when I look at the British Royal Family. Prince Charles is more than old enough to retire (he’s 68) but he has not yet even started the job he’s been training his whole life for, being King of England. If Elizabeth lives as long as her mother did, Charles has another decade to wait before he ascends the throne (the Queen Mum was 101 when she died, and QEII is 90). And where does that leave Prince William and his son, Prince George?

So yeah, I spent my weekend in the Book Fort, completely offline. And it was good.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 02:53 pm
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Everything for CoCo is finished(ish). I tried on the finished Belle dress for the first time last night, and there's a weird baggy section in the center of the back. So I'm trying to decide if I want to redo the zipper in that one section to take it in. I think it will depend on how much free time I wind up having this evening. I opted to work late to get more hours, which means I'll likely only have less than an hour at home before my audition. And then I'll probably be home at about 8pm, and since I have to wake up between 2am-2:30 to get to the airport, I should go to bed right away. So basically, right now I'm leaning towards not fixing it. 

I also made the stupid mistake of leaving an uncapped highlighter on my sewing table last night, and it spent the night touching one of the ties on the vintage apron I'm wearing for Belle. I tried bleaching it this morning, which lightened it, but did not make it go away. I'm going to try oxyclean when I get home. 

And I still need to pack some of my regular outfit stuff, for Disney, Thurs, and next Monday. Then the very last stuff I won't be able to pack till tomorrow morning. But I did most of it over the weekend, including driving over an hour to Everett, so that my roommate could bring down the bigger and less packable things for me. So glad she drives down!

Holiday!

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:58 am
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 Today I'm off for six days in the countryside, staying with my stepdad at the house where I lived from 11 to 19. it's me, Rickard, Maja and a friend of Maja's and I think we'll have a good time, despite the weather forecast predicting some rain and less sun than the last weeks. That won't stop me from bathing in lake Vänern, or walking in the woods - and definitely not from going to a big market on Wednesday.

I'm bringing cut out pieces for an Italian renaissance smock for Valeria, and my blue regency gown to embroider on. 

Back on Saturday or Sunday - see you then!

Grace & Frankie marathon here

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:06 am
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Skirt is mostly gauged! I need a smaller hoop to wear with it, though (unsurprising, since the pattern is technically from the early 1850s if not late 1840s) (but still, damn that 55"-wide fabric) ... I'll be starching my petticoats for next weekend and it will probably look "not terrible". At some point, I'm going to put three flounces on the skirt, which will help. Don't know if I'd say that I'm looking forward to Civil War Weekend, but at least I'm not dreading it due to costume unfinishedness.

I also cut out the yoke and flounces for a very ruffly '50s "Mexican-style" petticoat, and pinned the basic seams. The flounces are all circular, and like an idiot I cut the wider flounce circles all the way through instead of just halfway. ಠ_ಠ Right now my docket is looking like:

- finish 1850s dress
- make ruffly petticoat
- 1950s bathing suit
- second petticoat, less ruffly? (maybe a narrower one to replace slip layer)
- then finally new 1950s dress

I'd kind of like to make two bathing suits before we go to Cape Cod in September (Dad was like "hey when would be good for you to go?" and I was like "we have to do it for my birthday because if I stay at home by myself for my 30th birthday it's just going to be REALLY PATHETIC"), but I'd rather try out the whole "woven bathing suit with a zipper" concept before I completely commit to it.

When I do get to the new dress, bearing in mind that I have to do a FBA, should I make a shirtdress, a pretty pattern I haven't tried before with gathery darts below the bust, or revisit a pattern that has worked for me in the past (the version I have now is a bit big)? I can't decide.

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I'm getting burnt out on the Emerging Museum Professionals and Non-Profit Happy Hour Facebook groups. I mean, all Facebook stuff in general, but those two groups are draining - so much venting, and they also have a tendency to become a parody of social justice, being incredibly snarky and dismissive of institutions that need interns (and I could understand if there was more substantial discussion of what constitutes an unethical internship and what's volunteering, but instead it's just ranting about how "you shouldn't have workers you can't pay") and coming up with ideas about hiring solely based on resumés (but not their formatting or spelling or way of describing things). At least Costume People, while being ranty, manages to also actually discuss issues.

Can we panic NOW?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:35 pm
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I'm sitting here mostly paralysed with indecision. Now that I don't know what to do with my Saturday plans, I can't make a plan at the moment. The reason I wouldn't bring Jareth is because I need an hour or so to do the makeup, plus a bunch of jewels are still falling off and I haven't had/made opportunity to fix that. So now what?? I still want to keep my packing light. So that means bringing more 18th c. stuff, since all of my other Victorian needs a bustle and I don't want to bring it. But all of the 18th c. stuff was fitted over my other stays. I don't have extra shifts (unless I bring the Regency one). I planned the white dress as day wear so it has no trimming. I really DO NOT have time to make something else. Maybe the best option would be to bring the Regency gown and vest as I think it would be relatively easy to manipulate my hair into a 'do for that, but the dress has light uneven staining that won't come out. Plus extra undergarments. So... what do?

I got the skant mostly together, and all it needs right now is hems. Of course while I was sewing it, my machine started acting up and now it's making a terrible clunking noise. it does not fit especially well, even after letting out as many seams as I could. I'm not sure how to adjust the fit for my belly, and I definitely don't have time to do so right now.

I need to move forward, NOW, and I wish I knew what steps to take!

ETA: One of my companions is only bringing two costumes and spending the rest of the time in civvies, and I'm starting to think that's a good idea. Of course I still have so much hand work to do (the rest of the habit shirt and the bits for the white gown) that makes it especially appealing.

sweating my tits off

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:23 pm
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Apparently there is a Fort at the tip of NJ named Fort Mott. I just learned this as somehow via the magic of Facebook [personal profile] mandie_rw , [personal profile] miss_philomena , [personal profile] hiraimi and I found and ended up at a Boer War reenactment there today. Now the even just said "Boer war and Victorian something something something" so I googled Boer war and went "perfect I have 1880s"...Guess who didn't tell Robin there are apparently TWO Boer wars. Cause if you're gonna get in a fight over something the british like to do it twice. 100 years war, revolution and war of 1812, WWI and WWII....luckily for us no one disowned us for wearing our 1880s natural form dresses.
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I of course got a bit turned around when picking Alice up so we were a few min late, I think Amanda and Adrienne saw the entire event in the 20 min for us to catch up...oops. I did a quick change in the parking lot, much to the stares of the family BBQ. *ahem excuse me as I drop my skirt. yes I'm wearing bloomers*




We got there just in time to huff it up the walls of the fort to watch the "battle." I know I know the military half of this isn't MY personal jam but I'd rather you just did a weapons demo, because a battle of five vs 10 is still pretty silly looking unrealistic. After a 5 min battle in which the Boer's won we promptly left the hot pavement in search of shade and the picnic lunch we had packed.




Luckily for us our friend Mick was there (of Belvidere fame) and we pretty much parked our butts under his tent fly for the rest of the event, sans one quick run to the loo where a probably 8 year old girl was DETERMINED to get some quality first person reenactment experience.


"Are you waiting for the men to come home?"
"What men?"
"But are you waiting for the men to come home?"
"No I'm going to the loo..."

This dress was always intended to have more trim, so as a way of making myself work on things for September BEFORE said month I tried to get more of the trim put on this time. I also got the overskirt made, but only partially trimmed. And I have to say I'm HUGELY pleased with how it turned out.
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Left on the list is the brown band and top row of ruffle on the overskirt, if there's yardage left I want to add more fullness to the back of the overskirt, I cut it way to skimpy to try and leave enough for trim. I also either need to lose weight or add a placket in the front and move the hooks and eyes over in the bust as it's pulling and gapping and that's bad. oh and bone the bodice. okay I guess it's a long list still...never ending.

I did manage to sweat through everything. It was only in the 80s but with humidity to rival Louisiana, easily one of the hottest times I've gone out in costume. but I always think of myself as someone who does horribly badly in heat and I've done several hot weather things recently and been really proud of how well I did. I loaded up with water the day before, drank tons the day of, and ta-da I survived!

Mini "emergency"?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:42 pm
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My partner in crime has decided to muggle it up at coco so now im wondering if i want to bring Jareth at all D: but then ig i do my white gown as the evening option, what do i wear during the day?

More regency

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:15 pm
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So, aside from taking in my stays and making a new bonnet (that needs to be lined, so to not snag my hair) I have sewn the skirt of my blue gown together, hemmed it, and started on an embroidery around the hem. The pattern for the embroidery is from the cap of my folk costume, which is dated to the late 18th or early 19th century.




I was lazy this time and just cut the place mat to shape, instead of unraveling the braid and shaping it while sewing.
The blue colour is seen in several late 18th-early 19th century pictures, though then probably made from silk, and not from cotton. Inspiration for embroidering it was gowns like this, with a dark background and colourful embroidery.


Which of course is silk, and has a much more rich and complicated embroidery. But I think my gown will look pretty with its cotton embroidery. The pattern I use is the same as on the cap of my folk costume, which is roughly from this period.

I have also bought material for another bonnet: a braided place mat and a cotton satin sheet that was reduced by 70%. It will be enough to make a summer spencer too.



The other gowns I plan are to made from a saree that hasn't arrived yet, and from this printed thin cotton:



The bonnet with purple cotton satin is of course intended to be worn with that gown.

I also bought these shoes on sale yesterday, and though the metal details aren't to my liking, I think they will do. Especially after I've painted over the brass ;)








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Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:55 pm
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I put the piping on the lower edge of the bodice!



It's so funny, the idea of piping always completely intimidated me before I made my dress for the Hallowedding and I never bothered to actually try it (not that I had done that much Victorian sewing before then, anyway, but). My Cranford dress has this awkward, bulky hem at the bottom of the bodice, because I thought that would be easier than piping! I should write a blog post on that. Fortunately, the piping - and the bulk of the gathering folded up under the piping - helps to hold out the front panel, which was all squirrelly and didn't want to stay flat. Unfortunately, it's somehow ended up with much less of a point than I wanted ... which seems to be a regular occurrence with me. Possibly because I have a tendency to forget that it's not enough to just increase side-to-side for a large bust, but also to make the bodice longer.

I'm going to set aside balancing the skirt for now (I have a three-day weekend since I'm working next Saturday, I've got the time) and think about using that petticoat booklet after dinner to cut out one or two. My nylon tulle one is just stifling, so I hate wearing it, and anyway holes are developing in various places. But because of the need for flounces/ruffles, this means *sigh* learning to use my hemming foot and ruffler attachment, both of which terrify me. And I recognize the obvious parallel in the previous paragraph ... I just need to learn to do it, but it feels impossible.

Quote of the Day

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:55 pm
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“My life may be a shit show right now, but I have friends that love me enough to help shovel me out.

I’m glad M has got friends to support him through this.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 09:02 am
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Finally started my Hamiathes' Gift fic the other day - as usual with fanfiction, it's very hard for me to begin because I get all anxious about characterization and timeline issues. It's going to be good. >:3

Spent time spread out over two days agonizing over dating this dress with ca. 1880 sleeves, ca. 1900? bodice front, ca. 1906 bodice back and skirt, ca. ???? skirt decoration (faux-buttoning down the front, "opening" over a triangular panel with horizontal bands of black velvet), and evidence of alteration. Now of course I don't know why it took me so long ...

Welcome to my World

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:47 am
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This is my journal. It's where I dump my brain. I tell myself that even if I do love comments and comment conversations, I'm not writing for an audience, I'm mostly writing for myself. But I am aware that people read what I put out there, so I also try to provide backstory and context so that other people can follow along and this isn't just some random brain dribblings, well, at least not all the time... I write about my life and adventures, but I also just quote random things that I want to remember, or articles that gave me Thinky Thoughts™.

Very well then I contradict myself; I am large, I contain multitudes.

So when people that I don't "know" subscribe to me, I always wonder, have you actually read my journal? Or did you just click on one of the interests listed in my profile and decide to add me? Do you have any idea what you’re getting into?

You have? Well, OK then. Welcome to my world.