18 August 2017 @ 10:44 pm
It should be pretentious and snobbish to say: “Sure I eat hot dogs, I have homemade mustard and homemade lingonberry ketchup on it”. Then to take the DIY philosophy serious you have to make the hot dog yourself.

Context sounds delicious!
 
 
18 August 2017 @ 05:32 pm
2017-08-18_05-31-13

Just a few rows of green number two left! I'm glad I didn't have enough dark green for two repeats because I think 1 and a half repeats of each color will actually make a better size. I might even just do one of the yellow at top. We'll see!

But I'm excited to get to the next green. I'm glad I'm enjoying this because I wasn't before. I'm currently enjoying this more than sewing, so I'm letting myself work on it and not worry about sewing :)
 
 
 
 
18 August 2017 @ 09:13 pm
How is the writing going today? What about the last two days?

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Discussion: what are you working on this weekend?
 
 
17 August 2017 @ 04:31 pm
The new sequins arrived today and I noticed they had the same label as the other sequins I bought so I dunked one in water and it started to dissolve.

*sobs*

I really assumed the 1980s sequins would be different than the 1920s sequins. I guess not.

Although, it looks like there are matching 3mm and 5 mm modern ones that I didn't see last time I looked...

ETA: I'm feeling much better now, after the initial yet another order didn't work out feeling. Things wrong in the mail always have an outsized emotional impact! Plus, I've now had a croissant, and started a frappuccino, and have seen how adorable the Charmander Pokeball diorama that also arrived today is :)
 
 
 
 
17 August 2017 @ 07:00 pm
oh and a warm apple. like, a really warm apple. warmer than my teeth when i bit into it. no offense but. why. did they microwave this apple? did they store it in a dragon's mouth before allowing me to purchase it? did this apple recently return from a trip to the surface of the sun?

Context is the slings and arrows of working in the food service industry.

 
 
16 August 2017 @ 07:54 pm
Work has been so incredibly stupid since going back that it's draining me in a different way than the beginning of a school year usually does. And then there's the world, so that doesn't help.

I meant to sew another seam, and then I thought about doing a blog post, and then I poked around on the internet, and I didn't even knit last night. Bleh.

I still want to knit...
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16 August 2017 @ 10:31 pm
How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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Discussion: reading. What kind of fics do you like to read?
 
 
15 August 2017 @ 07:03 pm
I'm apparently taking the little by little approach with the bodice. I just sewed the shoulder seams and have no plans for more tonight. I want to knit.

A good thing about sewing like this is it puts off shaping the front and figuring out the front basque shape...
 
 
 
 
15 August 2017 @ 10:56 pm
It's time to sign up for the September WIP challenge!

Some people join the challenge midmonth, or comment on check-in posts without signing up, which is fine -- I'm glad there's a way for the challenge to be useful in a variety of ways.

But for those of you who find the commitment of signing up useful, please leave a comment with the below information.

Signups will be open until the end of August.



  • Level of challenge: 1 chapter, 1000 words, 1 fic finished, whatever you like
  • Fandom(s) involved: if you know at this point
  • What you're looking for from the challenge: this could be as vague or specific as you like: someone to be accountable to, someone to remind you to write, someone to bounce ideas off, etc.
  • What you could offer other participants yourself: ditto!
  • How people should contact you: DW message, e-mail, IM etc.
  • Time zone: useful for seeing who might be up for a writing session at a time convenient to you


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I couldn't continue to run this challenge without assistance with the daily check-in posts. Many thanks to everyone who's helped with the check-ins before!

Please let me know if you'd be interested in helping out. A week per person would be ideal (I usually assign weeks running Sunday-Saturday just for consistency). I'm happy to help come up with suggestions for discussion topics (& Friday or Saturday is usually the general chat/snippet/beta-seeking etc. post).

(& if you've completed a fic through the challenge, don't forget our collection on AO3! If you need AO3 invites, let me know.)
 
 
Current Mood: a tad tipsy ;)
 
 
15 August 2017 @ 10:52 pm
How is the writing going today? What about yesterday?

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Discussion: midway. As were roughly halfway through the month (give or take a day), how are you getting on with your goals?
 
 
Current Mood: a tad tipsy ;)
 
 
14 August 2017 @ 06:18 pm
It's been cut out for a little over a week, but I finally started sewing the checked 1850s dress today. Not much so far, just the basque parts to the side back pieces, and pinning the whole thing together. And I decided on hand sewing because it's way easier to do in small bits that way.

So far, it looks like the not really tested basque is going to work. It's hard to see without a hoop just how it's going to sit, but it'll be easy to make narrower or a tiny bit wider if needed.

For now, the front pieces are just cut extra long so I can shape them into a point. Then, shape the front basque based on that. Much easier than doing it in muslin :)
 
 
 
 
14 August 2017 @ 09:24 pm
How is the writing going today? what about yesterday?

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Discussion: when life gets hectic can you write? do you wait until things calm down?
 
 
13 August 2017 @ 02:54 pm
I think I've uploaded everything that I've been meaning to upload. I even uploaded the bustle dress I wore to Montana in 2013. I have no clue where the skirt construction pictures are and decided that was just going to be ok. I also uploaded the skating costume pictures even though I really want to have a snow photoshoot with that. I was surprised I had decent enough spencer hoodie pictures. I had only seen them on my tablet before and they all looked blurry when enlarged to the size I needed them. They looked much better on the computer and I found enough where I didn't have too weird a look on my face. I did upload the beaded dress pictures without remembering to photoshop the temporary tattoo out, so I probably should do that before too long. But other than that, a big job is out of the way.

I think I want to do the bird dress first. Or maybe one of the easy ones that'll just be a few pictures...

ETA: There were only two beaded dress pictures that needed editing, and it was easy once I figured it out. I used the eye dropper on my back next to the letters, filled them in with the paint can, and then used the smudge tool to blur it. Probably not the way someone who knows what they're doing would do it, but it worked :)
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13 August 2017 @ 08:24 pm
Sorry about disappearing last week, RL kind of imploded on me and all of those things had to be bumped up to the top of the list. I'll definitely be around this week, even if RL decides to implode again. I'm not around from the 23rd to the 30th with travelling but I think one or both of those weeks are already covered.

Anyway, I'm rambling on. How is the writing going?

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Discussion: what are you working on this week? any deadlines?
 
 
13 August 2017 @ 10:55 pm

There are two lingering pinch hits for GenEx:

Pinch Hit 1 - Alias (TV), Jason Bourne (2016), Dark Angel, The Vampire Diaries (TV), Wolverine (Movies)
Letter URL: http://slippery-fish.dreamwidth.org/2269981.html

Pinch Hit 4 - Law & Order: SVU, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Crossover Fandom, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Chicago Justice (TV)
Letter URL: http://sidewinder.dreamwidth.org/1642094.html

If you are willing to claim either of these pinch hits, please either comment on this Dreamwidth post or email me at genexmoderator@gmail.com with your AO3 name and the number of the pinch hit you wish to claim. Pinch hits are due on the 5th of September.

Even if you can’t claim a pinch hit, I’d be much obliged if you could reblog this Tumblr post to spread the word about the lingering pinch hits.

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12 August 2017 @ 08:15 pm
Today I decided to start tackling pictures again. Even the costumes I only have unflattering pictures of. So far they're separated into folders, a few have the ones I want to use in their use folders. I hate sorting pictures almost as much as I hate getting blog entries together. Or possibly more...
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11 August 2017 @ 07:34 pm
But open house is over. And it's the weekend.

*thud*
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10 August 2017 @ 06:33 pm
2017-08-10_06-31-42

I miscalculated--in the right direction for once. Yes, One skein of thread made about 17 rows, but I only did 27 rows of dark green to get the amount of points I got--one and a half repeats, not three repeats like I somehow thought, so if I want to match it, three skeins of the other colors is more than enough and will even have plenty for leaves.

I love the shift to lighter green. It actually came out pretty subtle. Probably because the colors were meant for shading in embroidery :)

And day 2 of school achieved. Complete with five weeks of lesson plans for the first time ever. So if the world ends, totally my fault for preparing...
 
 
 
 
10 August 2017 @ 11:30 am
 
Strange benefits to having been a competitive baton twirler for a decade:

I needed a 32 inch cable for a magic loop project. I don't have them specifically noted in lengths (I probably should, but there are a lot of things I should probably do), so when eyeballing failed, I took the cable most likely to be 32 inches long, and held it from fingertip to armpit.

Success! It was just a hair longer than fingertip to armpit, which meant that it was 32 inches.

I used this method, as this is how you determine how long your baton needs to be. It has to match your armspan, otherwise it won't work correctly. My armspan is 31 inches long, which meant I was That Twirler. (95% of twirlers clock in with a 29 inch baton, which means if you're doing exchange work, a 31 inch baton throws everyone off. I had a secondary baton for exactly that reason and hated it with an undying passion.)

But yes. Strange benefits I hadn't been expecting, much less half a decade on since I finished twirling.