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FUCK [Apr. 2nd, 2013|06:50 pm]
So, get this. We have 2 families renting our house. ONE family sent in a check for half the rent. Um, no. It doesn't work that way. I am about ready to scream between Erick's possible job thing falling through and this & people being complete douche nozzels today. I'm having a fucking martini before I cut a bitch.

OH, and tax bill too $13K. TODAY IS FUCKING FIRED.

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My holiday, 313 [Mar. 14th, 2013|02:49 am]

So to celebrate my holiday 313 on which I always dedicate the day to crafting I got back to my workbench to practice making jewelry. I made 2 rings, the second isn't quote done but here is a picture of the first a ruby, amethyst, & sapphire gilt ring.

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did anyone get the nuber of that truck? [Apr. 22nd, 2010|03:33 pm]
So I opted out of Wednesday. By this I mean I went to bed Tuesday night and got up early Thursday morning. Then ate everything not moving or raw, and went back to sleep for a few hours. I believe I was/am fighting off some nasty bug. Sleeping 12 hours in a night, not so unusual, but over 24 hours? Yeah that does not happen often.

I need to get some cleaning done in the next few days, there might be a 40K game Sunday if we can get people together. Also need to get the kitchen tidy before I leave for Nashville. I have 2 weeks and 2 days before I leave, luckily I have almost everything I can do this far in advance done. That last week I have to finish packing, do my hair and make sure the house is ready for me to be gone for 2 weeks.

There are things running around my head I am not ready to talk about yet. Probably won't be till after my trip which is a good opportunity for me to get my head screwed on straight about things.

Got my new laptop, which is my main work & gaming computer. Need to make sure it works well, so I'd better go do some stuff on it. I should be posting some finished projects over the next week. Most likely they will trickle out. I don't want to post everything at once, plus I still need to get some pictures done.
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20 days till I leave for Nashville [Apr. 18th, 2010|01:20 pm]
I hope to be relaptopped next week. I would like to take a few days off to play games, even though I still have stuff to do. I just feel like I need a break. When I get the laptop I will also need to upload some finished stuff I haven't yet.

As far as that stuff goes, well, I have one major project, one medium project & a bunch of little ones. Not really sure how long the big one, the new wings, will be yet as I have been trying to get smaller projects done. At this point if I had to I could just wear my big wings or do the easier version of the small ones, but we will see. I think I will know for sure what I am doing sometime today.

Of course no doubt I will realize there is stuff that HAS to be done before I leave when I have no time to do it.

I should finish the corset repair/upgrades now, pack up some stuff to ship tomorrow & then delve into the big stuff.
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blorg [Apr. 16th, 2010|08:05 pm]
I really have nothing interesting to report right now. I finished the Maker Faire jacket, have some detailing to do on an old corset, need to work on the wings, need to finish a few odds and ends for different outfits for the trip. Still very unsure about which version of the wings I am doing. I need to fiddle with some wiring and experiment with some stuff to see if I can do the more complex wing arrangement in time. Otherwise I will just do the simple smaller wings and save the really cool idea for Steamcon.

My car is still fucked up. I think we are going to have to get a new battery, this HAS to be fixed next week because I need to make sure it's in good shape for leaving.

I am hoping to be done with Nashville/MF projects next week. It may or may not be possible but if it is I'd really like some time to play games and relax before the trip, maybe casually work on some longer term projects.
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24 days till Nashville... ARRRGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! [Apr. 14th, 2010|10:02 pm]
[feeling... | BUSY!]

That means I have just under 3 weeks to finish projects since I need the last few days for packing and doing my hair. Today while driving around on errands I really started going over in my head everything I need for Nashville. I realized that a couple outfits I thought were set need a few bits made for them. I also need a back-up Ren Faire outfit in case it rains. I don't even have a hat box big enough for my pirate hat, urgh. I still have so much to do on Maker Faire stuff as well. I may have to go with the more simple version of the new wings for Maker Faire but I won't know for a few days till I can get to checking the feasibility of the more complex design. I am going to do a bit more sewing before I tackle that.

Not sure if Erick has ordered my new laptop yet, but I should have that in time.

Oh well, back to work.

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Why can't I do anything simply? [Apr. 13th, 2010|05:33 pm]
[feeling... | blinged out]

I think I may have just made my Maker Faire jacket too fancy for Maker Faire but I just can't seem to resist an opportunity to put sparklies on stuff anymore. Not only is it going to be too sparklie for Maker Faire now, it's probably going to take 3 more days to finish since I have the extra beadwork to do. I need help. :-(

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[Apr. 12th, 2010|11:21 pm]
[feeling... | busy]

I need to get a few things finished before I can realistically think about going to Death Guild or doing much of anything. I leave for Nashville in 45 minutes and 25 days. I have a lot to do before then and going out is fun but getting stuff done is more important to me I guess. I feel like if I am not getting stuff made I am just not doing anything other than housework, especially since my gaming computer went tits up I can't even game much. Meh.

I have a lot more to do on this jacket. I need to find something to wear with the jacket, or more specifically under it. Oh well, back to work.

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damn my brain [Apr. 10th, 2010|11:46 pm]
[feeling... | busy]

SO I got a fantastic idea for the new wings, which I seriously do not think is doable before I go to Nashville. I am very upset by this because if I could do it, well, it'd be pretty epic. I may look into exactly what it would take to get it done next week but I just don't see it happening with only 28 days till I leave for Nashville which basically means I have 3 weeks to get this shit finished since I will need the last week for packing, doing my hair & getting things ready for me to be gone 2 weeks.

The jacket for Maker Faire is coming along well, I'm just not sure I will be completely satisfied with the bustle just being a layered swallowtail affair when I am so used to the poof bustles. I know, it's good to use different techniques so everything doesn't look the same, but I get ideas stuck in my head about what's preferable. Right now I am attaching Venise Lace around the edges, under the lapels and around the back. It's very tedious since it ALL has to be securly tacked down or you get puckering and it catches on everything. *urgh* After that I just have to cover the lapels in silk, do the last tier of the bustle and put on the brass closures. Oh and put on the lace up bit in the back. Almost forgot about that.

Guess I better get back to work then.

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I need an intern. [Apr. 9th, 2010|07:40 pm]
[feeling... | busy again... thank xst]

I need to get to work, so much to get caught up on. My shoulder is still sore but as long as I don't try to pick up anything over 10 pounds till sometime next week I *should* be ok.

Bought the silk for the can can skirt, some black velveteen which I hope isn't TOO off from the stuff I already had, some trim and am sourcing more brass buttons. Have decided on layered velveteen swallowtails lined in the colour shifting silk and trimmed in Venise Lace for the attached bustle on the jacket, possibly with poofs of silk in between but I will have to test that to see if it looks right. I am also going to do the lapels in the silk as well I think. I am a little worried about it being a bit bright but what the hell, right?

By the way, I am wearing this jacket to Maker Faire with the smaller wings and over black velveteen pants rather than a skirt so the lining of the longest swallowtails will most likely show which is why I am bothering to line it at all. I will most likely make a long velveteen skirt eventually, I should have enough fabric for it now, but I can worry about that after Nashville.

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to hell with pain, I have stuff to do. [Apr. 8th, 2010|09:43 pm]
[feeling... | ARGH!!!]

I think I solved the costuming problems for Maker Faire. If this works I'll be wearing it on many other occasions sans wings. Basically it's a black cotton velveteen Victorian style jacket with a bustle poof attached to the back so I can just put it on and BAM! -> bustled. My black leather jacket I made years ago has the same feature but being black leather it is both heavy and hot which makes it NOT ideal for Maker Faire or other crowded events.

Leather version:

Now I just have to decide what accent fabric I want to use. I am thinking Venise lace and maybe a little of the new colour shifting silk... maybe.

In unhappy news, looks like the video card in my gaming laptop has packed in.

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Dear Shoulder, [Apr. 6th, 2010|10:11 pm]
[feeling... | in pain]

I do not have time for you to hurt this much. I need to be able to workout, get things done for my Nashville trip which I leave for in 31 days. I need to be able to sew my outfit for Maker Faire when I get back. The house needs cleaning, laundry needs doing, and I simply can not lose this week especially since I lost last week SO... please be mysteriously fine tomorrow. KTHNXBI

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Z -33 [Apr. 4th, 2010|07:49 pm]
Carpal tunnel is plaguing me today. I need to take out my braids and let my hair rest till I redo them for Nashville in a few weeks. Not easy to do when you can hardly use your hands already.

Now that the closet has been sorted I can concentrate on finishing the wings & the outfit to go with. Still looking for the fabric for the new jacket, you wouldn't think black cotton velveteen would be so hard to find. All that closet drama set me off the schedule I was trying to adhere to. It seems no matter what I can never actually get ahead. Somemthing always comes up.
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fairly productive, as things go [Mar. 28th, 2010|08:58 pm]
[feeling... | busy]

41 days till I leave for Nashville.

In other news:

Got a lot done this weekend. The new smaller wings are themselves done except for details, and they need to be mounted to the little wood box and leather straps for wearing. The box is going to be kind of a big deal as it's going to have one of my weird blue tube bulbs, gears, etc. and I haven't completely sorted where I am going to hide the battery pack. Also that project is being gated by needing a belt buckle like the one on the big wings and the correct size gauge... but those things should be taken care of as they are on order. If I get all the bits I might very well finish the new wings this week.

I am having huge issues getting the outfit for Maker Faire sorted, other than the wings obviously. The basic idea was to do a black cotton velveteen version of the leather outfit I wear with the larger wings but I am having trouble finding a jacket to modify or enough yardage to make one from scratch. If I have to I can just wear my other velveteen outfit with pants instead of the skirt but I really did want to make a different outfit. I must have this finished before I leave for Nashville as Maker Faire is the day after I get back from that trip. Must be 100% ready to go before I do.

I have 2 big jewelry projects I am working on & waiting for bits to finish... again on order. No deadline for these.

Almost ready to start working on the new dress for Steamcon but that's in Nov. and I have other things coming up sooner. Yes it's going to take almost as long as the ballgown did since there are a LOT of ruffles and beadwork involved but I have to finish stuff for Maker & more importantly PAX before I get too involved with it.

I need to get the repairs done on the 313 dress for a party this coming weekend. Other than that I need to work on wings & the Maker Faire outfit. I believe I have all the stuff I need for Nashville, though there are a few bits I would like to get done. I should have plenty of time. If I can get squared away for Nashville & Maker Faire in the next 2 weeks I can resume work on my 40K stuff that has to be done by PAX. The sooner that gets done, the sooner I can get everything i9n order for Steamcon which is not only clothes for both of us, but several art projects as I am hoping to get into the art show.

Ok I have brain dumped enough all over your FLs. Better get started on the 313 repairs!

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The future ain't what it used to be... [Jun. 5th, 2002|11:48 am]
[feeling... | stressed]
[soundtrack |Soundtrack to Soul Reaver 1&2]

In one great flash of light everything changed. I lost my job, shortly after the one I loved broke up with me. We still love each other, he just says he needs... space, and time to finish school. I've decided I can no longer live in Nashville, TN with him still here. I've never been happy here anyway, so I am looking for a new place to live and begin my life anew.

Later this week I’m visiting a friend in San Francisco. I met him through rather bizarre circumstances involving a faulty promotional soundtrack to my favorite game series. I befriended him through a mutual interest in the game Everquest.

I am very sad about the breakup. I still love Don more than anything and I am going to miss him terribly. Last few weeks have been filled with tears as I packed up the remnants of our life together and placed them in boxes labeled for my eventual destination or his. We were together for about 5 years, most of that happy. He is my best friend, and we are going to remain in touch and still see each other on occasion as long as I am in the area. He is also taking our cats Pinkbat and Bartok till I am stable. I will miss them too.

He says one day, after he has finished school that he will come find me where ever I am and we can try again. I wonder if he will. I wonder if either of us will want to by then.

Right now I can’t tell you were I’ll be this time next month. All I know is that I’m going to be in San Francisco in a few days and a lot depends on how that trip goes. Ideally I’d like to move there, though I have other options open to me as well — namely Portland, OR where my dear friend Angela lives.

I am currently at my father’s house, typing on a Windows 95 box with a sucky connection.

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