Wednesday, November 15, 2017

the Wastekeep Coronets project - many pictures


in which our plucky heroine shares the work of many months...

My former studio partner Bill and I sometimes still collaborate on projects that require both of our areas of expertise. Creating a pair of new coronets for the Barony of Wastekeep needed his metalworking and engraving skill, as well as my enameling, textile work, and general contractor time... We started out months ago, creating a design that met their requirements (adjustable, light weight, durable, and including elements of their Baronial heraldry) and their budget
Once we received the go-ahead and the deposit, Bill began working on the pieces for the hinged coronet plates, which were engraved, stamped, drilled, before being attached together with hand cast silver hinges.

While he was working on that, I enameled many tiny quatrefoil medallions, which would be set in the alternating panels between the engraved trees and castles... This is probably my very favorite color of enamel: transparent Tea Rose... while it shows pink on copper, when applied in a thin layer to fine silver, it turns a vivid transparent golden yellow
I enameled both blue and golden yellow quatrefoils, to reflect the blue and gold of their heraldry, the silver being represented by the sterling silver of the coronets...

The panels laid out in rows, including the expansion panels, but not yet assembled

The reflections that add sparkle and life to the coronets challenge my photography, but really show the combined efforts we made to create these two coronets and add some of the important motifs:
still in pieces, but getting closer to ready for final assembly

Once the pieces are all assembled, and adjusted to the right size, I made the padding. There will be an outer layer of striped blue and gold silk, and inner padding of woolen felt, and the bottom edge of the coronets will rest on the extended lower edge of the padding.

a closer view of the constructed inner layers for the coronet padding showing the multiple shaped layers of wool felt stitched together. There are no instructions for this kind of thing, and no examples, so I get to make it up as I go along... The idea is to create an improved type of coronet padding that is both attractive and comfortable. And below, the fitted padding, not yet covered in silk, with the coronets resting on the formed and stitched padded "lip" which holds the actual coronets when in use

The wool felt padding for the Wastekeep coronets will be covered in striped silk. I am creating the stripes by cutting out strips in both blue and golden silk, and stitching them together. The padding will look quite splendid when it is completed! However, there is a good reason why I have never taken up commission sewing formal and bridal wear: frayed threads from cutting these out and sewing them together ALL OVER ME and ALL OVER THE WORKROOM. Shiny shiny silk is all filamentous, which means thread detritus that flutters everywhere and static makes it stick to everything, and catches on every little unevenness on fingers... I wrapped a stitched sample of the silk outer layer over the coronet padding... another way to refer to the colors of the Wastekeep heraldry

Finally, the bias cut stitched stripey silk was hand sewn in place, completely covering the contoured felt padding, and the coronets were stitched in place as well, using the small holes just visible along the bottom edge of the sterling panels. An angled view showing how the silk covering is stitched over the wool padding, and where the padding is stitched in place through the coronets lower edge.

Front view of the Baron's coronet has two 1" wide expansion panels, shaped like dimensional castles on either side of the center front; the enamel colors are gold in front, alternating with blue. The Baroness has the colors reversed and hers has blue in the front alternately with gold...
The back of the paneled coronet design, and the seam that joins the silk outer layer of padding is (barely) visible.

Finally, a few closer looks at the details of the panels. This shows the engraved details of the blasted/eradicated tree motif, hand engraved on the quarter panels:
The alternating panels with hand-engraved and textured castles. Bear in mind that these are just over 1" tall:
Between the castle panels, and the tree panels,. there are narrower panels set with quatrefoil enamels in either (transparent) blue or golden yellow
One requirement was that the coronet be adjustable, which we met by including additional sizing panels which can be added between the initial coronet. To further reference the heraldry of Wastekeep, there are both 1/2" and 1" castle-shaped panels, which have dimensional crenelated upper edges. This is the wider sizing panel:
I was very pleased to be able to hand carry and deliver these in person to the Barony of Wastekeep this past weekend, where they were hosting Collegium 2017 in Richland, out in the eastern part of Washington state.

Monday, November 13, 2017

media Monday


in which our plucky heroine is indoors on a Very Blustery Day...


Marigold/Harvest Home - Maddy Prior

I was fortunate to have seen Maddy Prior both decades ago in my youth, in Cambridge Mass Our Fair City, and a few years ago when she was performing in Seattle; we are all much more grey but still in the bright world...
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There has been some real progress in the studio. The coronets for the Barony of Wastekeep have been finished, complete with a new style of silk covered padding I created, which makes them much more comfortable to wear. The trip this weekend out to Richland for Collegium was also a chance to hand deliver them, as I was quite loath to entrust such regalia to normal postal journeying...
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November SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 silk layer for W garlic planted-
2 three tiny angle bags worm bin refreshed-
3 x framed frogsong card -
4 x x -
5 xx x
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday tidbits - wind-ground


in which our plucky heroine delights in variation...

Often when I know that friends are traveling to far-off lands, that I will never see in this bright world, I have asked them to "bring me back a pebble from your path". Instead of a pebble, my sister brought me home finely ground rocks!
My mailbox held a surprise gift from my Best Little Sister... two different colors of windmill-ground pigments (yellow ochre and grey slate) from her visit to the Netherlands. The mill, Verfmolen "De Kat", has been in operation since 1782. I plan on using these to try out doing egg tempera painting, which uses egg yolk as a binder/medium for turning pigment powder into paint...

Monday, November 6, 2017

media Monday

in which our plucky heroine considers the importance of how we name things...

This is worth looking at. How we represent things makes a difference in how we think about them. This is mapmaking for most of the whole western hemisphere, with locations of First Nations tribes named with their own language names, part of what most of us have never been taught in school.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday fragments


in which our plucky heroine thinks about winter on the way, and about how much still remains to be done...

It is cold here. But not as cold as it is further north... my pals in Olympia have snow today! This is very early in the year for snow, but we are forecast to have a colder winter than usual, unlike most of the USA
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My intention, in the very busy month of November, is to do at least one small Declutter each day, and one small Needful Project each day, in addition to my everyday chores and everyday work.

Today I removed the extra empty canning jars that had been cluttering up the countertop and put them away in the pantry, and I framed the little 3D frogsong card that S gave me years ago, when I told her how much I missed the frogsong from when I lived in the Mud Bay House! It is rather hard to see, but the card not only has irridescent glitter highlighting some of the foliage but the lower frogs, and waterlilies are raised cutouts above the surface of the card itself in several layers. I was at a loss for a long time as to how best to display the card, but when I discovered the Gunnabo shadowbox frames from Ikea also came in a small size, I knew just what to do... This makes a very nice addition to the turquoise-greenish watery artworks in the bathroom here!
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Realised I forgot to post the last two of my Inktober drawings:

30. found


31. mask
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...my current thinking about possible timeline for completing the SWAP... I intend to use my very very busy November to just do prep work. Hopefully I can manage to get a sleeve that works, since I am pretty happy with the bodice portion of Tabula Rasa. That is really where I need to start, since four of my eleven garments depend on my having a woven shirt/blouse/jacket pattern that I am comfortable wearing! (All the other patterns I am using are TNT patterns)

NOVEMBER - fit Tabula Rasa sleeves, or find another option. Prep "sewing kits" of as many garments as possible. Begin Alabama Chanin surface design process (stenciling, hand stitching and cutting away layers of motifs, on individual pattern pieces... lots of handwork)

DECEMBER - sew black corduroy pinafore, brown corduroy pinafore, begin Alabama Chanin cardigan, and surface design on indigo jacket...

JANUARY - begin brown twill jacket, continue indigo jacket and Alabama Chanin cardigan

FEBRUARY - sew indigo pinstripe dress, sew brown knit top, sew floral blouse

MARCH -continue on whatever isn't finished...

APRIL - Sew grey popover top, indigo popover dress these are both suitable for warmer weather, photograph anything that still needs photos 
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November SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 x garlic planted-
2 x worm bin refreshed-
3 x framed frogsong card -
4 x x -
5 xx x
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thursday thoughts - Filling The Gaps, Spanning the Seasons


in which our plucky heroine indulges in more SWAP planning...

My ideas are to make garments that will fill the niches, and all work together, as well as with my current wardrobe. One of the great benefits of my coherent style vision and a limited color palette is that in time, my entire closet has become what The Vivienne Files calls "whatever's clean"... while I do have favorite combinations, any group I pull off the hangers and out of the dresser can be worn together.

So, initial SWAP concepts for this one include using a limited number of patterns: TNT pinafore/dress/peplum top (all one pattern), TNT popover dress, Tabula Rasa shirt/jacket/vest

The rules call for two neutral colours, 3 garments from each colorway...
BROWN
1. corduroy pinafore - I have enough of the extra-fine-wale corduroy in a medium brown to make another brown pinafore, since I love and enjoy the brushed twill one, and the black/brown shot linen one I already have. Adding brown into my wardrobe has turned out to work really well for the colder season, it coordinates flawlessly with my beloved indigo and black, and looks just fine with grey
2. brushed twill vest or jacket - Might make a vest, but a jacket would be preferable if there is enough fabric. If not, one idea I had was to make a vest and add handknit sleeves... hmmm...
3. knit top - (can use RTW Uniqlo turtleneck, or create an Alabama Chanin inspired jersey top)
INDIGO
4. dark denim pinafore - (already made, from SWAP 2017)
5. pinstripe dress - The pinstriped indigo cotton will work well as a dress, since the front bodice is cut on the bias, there will be lovely chevrons formed at the center front...
6. textured linen jacket - I found some interesting midweight textured linen, indigo with a touch of black, that should work really nicely for a jacket, if I can figure out the pattern... I have all sorts of ideas!

... 2 accent colors and one print, one garment in each of these: grey (or turquoise), and black, and a floral print -
7. black corduroy pinafore - this is already cut out, the fabric is a strange irregular ribbed corduroy, so will be unlike the other black pinafores I already have.
8. grey textured rayon popover top - since I only have enough left of this fabric for a huipul length and not a dress length, this gets to be a top and not a dress. The fabric has little textured squares woven into the smooth fabric, I think it was originally intended as lining fabric, and I know it wears well, I have made garments from it in past years
9. floral print cotton blouse - Ahhh, the other piece/colorway of this beautiful mid-century inspired floral fabric. Alexander Henry cotton lawn in the pattern called Trios. I have been saving this to use as a real blouse. I made the other length I had into a peplum top, and wish I had waited... I shall have to encouragy myself to gird loins and tackle fitting the sleeves of Tabula Rasa, so I can go forward and make blouses

...and finally 2 more additional garments in any or all of the colors already chosen
10. indigo rayon popover dress - This easy pattern works both as a layer underneath a pinafore, and as a dress on its own. I am thinking about embellishing the medium indigo fabric with a bit of block printed decoration...
11. Alabama Chanin style cotton jersey cardigan - I have wanted to make this for a long time, and have already cut the stencils earlier this year. My design is based on this Gudrun Sjoden cardigan, but mine will be more cropped, so as to look well worn over a pinafore dress. I have enough cotton jersey in both brown and indigo/navy, so my thought is: brown top layer, blue bottom layer, black stenciling, grey stitching... that will be a bridge garment and will look well with pretty much all of my cool and cold weather clothing

It is also likely that some time between now and the end of April, that I will create at least some of the optional accessory items. I could really use some new hats, my denim hat is both sun faded and floppy, since it is well over X years old, and even my brown hat is quite sun faded as well. THere may be some jewelery, or even a city daypack... who knows, but first off, need to get back to fitting the Tabula Rasa
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November SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 x garlic planted-
2 x worm bin refreshed-
3 x x -
4 x x -
5 xx x
6 x x x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
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15 x x x
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

swappety preppety


in which our plucky heroine is making plans...

The rules for SWAP 2018 have been posted! Every year around this time, over on Stitchers Guild, the planning begins for the annual Sewing With A Plan. Eleven garments, four months, a coordinated wardrobe. I completed it last year, and the clothing I made is in heavy rotation, since I have a miniscule wardrobe. This year my plan is to "Fill The Gaps" in what I need to get through a week; a few more pinafores, some cardigans, definitely blouses and dresses, and possibly a vest or jacket (those very useful third layers)
Doing my best to find enough fabrics in stash close enough in color that all work together for my neutrals. Indigo fabrics - dark indigo denim, textured weave rayon?/linen blend, indigo denim jacuqard, medium indigo rayon. Brown fabrics - baby wale corduroy, brushed twill, linen/hemp, cotton jersey. One print fabric - midcentury style floral print cotton, in indigo, russet brown, turquoise, green, and lavender. Accent colors are grey and black (not sure why the central grey fabric looks greenish).

I often use black as an accent against brown often as edge binding and/or trim. I prefer low to medium contrast to high contrast in my wardrobe. Am not 100% sure I want grey for my other accent color, but it works better than anything else I have in my stash, as I have quite a few different grey fabrics, all of which work with brown and with indigo, but not necessarily with each other.
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedbag to Goodwill
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened bag to Goodwill
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe bag to Goodwill
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries bag to Goodwill
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 bag to Goodwill
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions bag to Goodwill
8 another three Inktobers wheelbarrow tire yard waste bin
9 three more Inktobers workroom wall patched x
10 two Inktobers studio shelf sides x
11 laser cut wreath x x
12 felt padding for W x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x
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Monday, October 30, 2017

moar media Monday...


in which our plucky heroine offers up a little seasonal entertainment...


Tam Lin- from Liege & Lief by Fairport Convention...
I first heard this back in 1972 when I first went away to college, and they joined my short list of dearly beloved favorites, along with Pentangle and Steeleye Span
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It isn't my holiday, not being part of that culture, but the imagery in these two short videos is so sweetly heartwarming... we all miss our dearloves who have left the bright world behind


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Are You Happy Now, by Richard Shindell
only indirectly about this holiday season, and rather bittersweet, like the crunching of leaves underfoot...

Sunday snippets


in which our plucky heroine makes actual progress...

The Wastekeep coronet project has been a very long time in the works, and will soon be completed. For this I am most grateful, as I have been "general manager", and understand a bit more why the renowned Mr Dawson delegated that aspect to me... Still, the final part of the project is in my hands: to create the shaped, silk-covered padding that will enable the coronets to be worn in comfort, protecting hair from being caught in the hinges, and evenly distributing the weight of the multi-panel coronets.
the outer layer of striped blue and gold silk is yet to be applied; this is the inner padding of multiple layers of woolen felt, (the bottom edge of the coronets will rest on the visible extended lower edge of the padding for greater comfort when being worn)
... a closer view of the constructed inner layers for the coronet padding showing the multiple shaped layers of wool felt stitched together. Indeed this is almost a form of tailoring, and I am rather just making it up as I go along, since there are no "instruction manuals" for creating things like this...

The padding, visible here in its "uncovered" state, (as I double check the fit at every stage of the process) will finally be stitched in place once the decorative outer striped blue and gold silk covering layer has been added. There are tiny holes, just visible along the bottom edge of the panels, to allow the padding to be securely connected, and eventually to be removed and refurbished or replaced.

Monday, October 23, 2017

media Monday


in which our plucky heroine puts one foot in front of another...


I remember the very first time I heard this song, riding down the highway, sitting in the front seat of a truck next to the man I thought loved me, and maybe he did... then.. this song rose up in my heart like the sunrise over the road, and the music still sends me into a dream of hope rising out of despair, years later...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday snippets

in which our plucky heroine is rather tired...

Horrible nightmares early this morning of trying to escape wildfires, where what looked like rising fog turned into smoke just ahead of fires on two sides of a valley... Back in the late eighties, the year I lived in the hills north of Sandpoint, we had a level 2 evacuation alert for forest fire. As a child in SoCal the hills burned almost every summer, so it isn't surprising that fire is in my database as a danger, just not one that usually shows up in my Dreamlands*.
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Perhaps I am not the only one that feels ambivalent about the invasion of my kitchen by tiny sugar ants. It happens pretty much every year around this time, when the weather gets cold and wet. Suddenly they are all over my countertops, despite my efforts to keep the counters clean. And every year I wish I had some way to just ask them to not show up, but instead, every year I kill them. Mix together several common household pantry items, a spoonful or two of peanut butter, the same of sugar, and the same of borax (which I keep on hand both for occasional laundry use, and as a backup flux for soldering). After mashing those together, I add in just enough water to make a thickish slurry, so it will be both irresistible to the ants and easy for them to carry back to their colony, where it will also kill any other ants that eat it. This can be placed in small shallow containers where no children or pets can access them, and in a few days, the ants will be gone...
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Inktober continues...

21. furious


22. trail
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all the blustery weather has done a great job of knocking down lots of bay nuts from the local trees; I intend to collect some in the next few days. They do require quite a bit of processing, though. The last few years I have totally missed their very short season. I have a cunning plan, that hopefully will work out, if I can gather at least a pound or two...
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedbag to Goodwill
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened bag to Goodwill
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe bag to Goodwill
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries bag to Goodwill
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 bag to Goodwill
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions bag to Goodwill
8 another three Inktobers wheelbarrow tire yard waste bin
9 three more Inktobers workroom wall patched x
10 two Inktobers studio shelf sides x
11 laser cut wreath x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x
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* There are specific and interconnected neighborhoods, places, and buildings that I return to again and again when I am asleep, I call them the Dreamlands, and someday I will draw a map of them in my bright world life... it would be interesting

Saturday, October 21, 2017

fun with laser cutting


in which our plucky heroine is out on a most blustery day...

while normally weather like this is perfect for indoor chores and creations, today was also the final day of the Intermediate Digital Design for the Laser Cutter workshop out at Rockwood Makerspace, which is about two hours each way on transit, fortunately with only one transfer, and that one has bus shelters! There was enough time this morning for me to not only cut out the tiny wooden box that was our assigned project, but to do a bit more with Illustrator and use what I had learned in class to create and cut out another piece:
This circular motif, which is intended to become another block for fabric printing, is about 5" diameter. It will need to be glued to a sturdy backing board first, as the openwork makes it relatively delicate. My inspiration for this design, which combines a leafy wreath with wee pomegranates, was this 4th to 6th C silk samite woven fabric. I took a drawing I made (that was a quarter of the circle) and then copied, mirrored, and joined it all together digitally to create this design and prepare it for laser cutting... I very much hope that there will be additional Library makerspace access granted to adults, as this is a wonderful resource as well as great fun.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday fragments


in which our plucky heroine can barely look beyond the cottage walls...

IMHO Xandy Peters is a genius of a knit designer... just look at her newly released "Fly Away" scarf pattern... Later on this winter, I will dive back into the peculiar world of stacked increases and decreases. Fox Paws was one of the most unusual, satisfying, and challenging knitting projects, and this looks to be equally wearable and visually different than any of my other knitwear...
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More Inktober drawings:

13. teeming


14. fierce


15. mysterious


16. fat


17. graceful


18. filthy


19.cloud
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Just for the record, this is the progress so far turning the open shelving in the workroom into closed cupboards.  After removing the upper shelves, which were only accessible using a stepstool, and repairing the wall with spackle and paint, last night I attached the side panels to the shelving. Still need to create and attach blocking to the wall, and the front of the shelves, to make tracks for the masonite sliding doors. The doors will be latched, or rather lashed in place with cordage and cleats attached to the side panels, the whole plan intended as part of the ongoing earthquake safety efforts here at the cottage...
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I didn't realise til tonight that this song, long a favorite, was actually written by Mary McCaslin and Jim Ringer...

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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedbag to Goodwill
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened bag to Goodwill
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe bag to Goodwill
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries bag to Goodwill
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 bag to Goodwill
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions bag to Goodwill
8 another three Inktobers wheelbarrow tire yard waste bin
9 three more Inktobers workroom wall patched x
10 x studio shelf sides x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday thoughts - the unholy wall and other tidbits...


in which our plucky heroine continues incremental improvements...

The west workroom wall had many holes remaining from removing the redundant shelving, ever since deciding that craft storage shelving taller than can be reached without a ladder was not ideal, both for reasons of convenience and for reasons of excess... It took, over the last few days, several tries with the gloppy spackle to fill the holes, but eventual success was not in question. Rather than sand down dried spackle, I simply use a very slightly damp sponge to smooth off any rough edges.

Today I found the most likely grey paint can, and after MUCH stirring, ended up with suitable paint to dab over the patched areas, and the wall is quite improved. Next up is continuing with adding in side walls to the remaining shelves, and then "tracks" to guide sliding door panels. Eventually I will have nice safe earthquake proof cupboards instead of open shelving, and then it will be on to a second pass of decluttering, and finally creating doors for the other shelves still needed to store supplies, materials et al...
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Library Makerspace saga: my struggles with Adobe Illustrator, while frustrating, were eventually successful, I hope. Will find out in a few days. Having to make an instructor chosen project is also frustrating, but I totally understand the rationale - that way we learn a bit about how to use the program, without also going all over the map, in the very very short time frame we have. The other assistant tech pointed out that she thought I would really enjoy the abilities of the petite CNC machine they have there for carving blocks for printing - I asked if there were any plans to make access available for adults (since I can't really masquerade as a teen!)...
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Look what showed up on my doorstep Tuesday!! Three wee maneki-neko, which had been wrapped up carefully with a card wishing me a happy day, the whole thing neatly sent with the most gorgeous decorated address label. Thank you eversomuch to my online pal Cricket!!
...while I am not usually one for collecting things, I do have a very *small* collection of maneki-neko that are less than 1" tall. And amazingly these three bring my count of unique and different wee maneki-neko to *sixteen*!!

Largest are just over 1" tall, smallest are just over 1/2";
made from paper, glass, porcelain, composition, and synthetic rubber

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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedbag to Goodwill
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened bag to Goodwill
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe bag to Goodwill
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries bag to Goodwill
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 bag to Goodwill
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions bag to Goodwill
8 another three Inktobers wheelbarrow tire yard waste bin
9 three more Inktobers west workroom wall x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sunday snippets and media Monday

in which our plucky heroine tries for balance and fails...



Communication is an art form. There was not quite enough of it this weekend, and worm bin confusions ensued. There will be more building and woodworking to solve the Unfortunate Incident and create an object that is the correct size.

The good was getting useful tools and supplies readily available. I now have a vacuum accessory long desired, the round ended dust brush with horsehair bristles instead of plastic. Which was not spendy at all, being all of $8. Now I will be able to easily dust the outsides of the paper lanterns, which means the cloudlight and the bedside lamps. We also went to the Other art store, the one that has the best paper selection, and acquired two sheets of translucent decorative patterned paper (checkered, and unryu) to refurbish the window in the workroom. I like light, especially in the dark season, but dislike passers-by looking at me. Another lovely piece of rust red marbled paper will be an accent mat for the Chihiro print that Ariadne gave me ages ago, which has been patiently waiting for me to frame it and hang it on the wall.

There where six bags of unwanted fabric and other housey clutter sent to Goodwill over the weekend, and the yard waste bin filled with botanical detritus, and the big bedroom no longer has a table piled high with fabric scraps. The really good stuff was folded and organised, and the whyever is this here stuff went away. Bit by bit more breathing room in the cottage..
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedbag to Goodwill
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened bag to Goodwill
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe bag to Goodwill
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries bag to Goodwill
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 bag to Goodwill
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions bag to Goodwill
8 another three Inktobers wheelbarrow tire yard waste bin
9 three more Inktobers x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday thoughts


in which our plucky heroine has a slightly better day -

Last night I started taking an online class, taught by my pal Kaðlin (who is an actual scientist) on research techniques and skills, which is an area that I feel sadly weak in, considering all the years of education in my past. But still, never too old to learn more. My activity in the SCA involves not only making interesting things, but in studying what was done in the past, and sharing that information. Getting better at doing the research will allow me to also be a better teacher!

I also took a weatherisation workshop this evening, which involved riding over to the Old Kenton Firehouse in the rain. While some of the workshop was more like review (good to know all the things I am already doing "right"), I did learn a bit about weatherstripping I didn't know, and everyone eligible got weatherisation kits that include things like pipe insulation for water heater, outlet insulation, door weatherstripping kits, and nice sturdy window film kits that are reusable and removable (unlike the cheap ones that gets stuck on with tape and heated with a hairdryer). It was rather a challenge riding my bike home trying to keep the large bag full of useful supplies from falling out of my rear bike basket, but I made it home safely. Looking forward to some additional weather-proofing of the Very Drafty Cottage. Incremental progress is still progress...
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The pair of anti-tree-rat mesh cloches to protect my salad table plantings from the depradations of the nasty squirrels.. some bird netting, flexible plum branch whips, and a bit of hardware should let my efforts actually grow undisturbed....
Cut off the lower few inches of green onions, and replant them... I have been doing this for years on and off, and it is a great way to get more green onions pretty much indefinitely... The winter greens, kale and mizuna, which I replanted after they were torn from their first planting by tree rats, seem to have mostly taken root and started growing again. The bird netting has kept them safe!

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I am starting to look forward to drawing every morning...

10. gigantic


11. run


12. shattered
While #10 and #11 were really easy, #12 was really difficult for me to come up with an idea - I was pleased to finally combine various medieval figures to "tell a story" (the tale of the unintended vegans), and created the naughty dog who stole the whole joint of ham entirely out of my imagination.
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2 puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedø
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened ø
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe ø
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries ø
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 ø
7 four more Inktobers planted green onions ø
8 another three Inktobers x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday musings and some vintage media


in which our plucky heroine makes incremental progress...

the Inktober project has been turning out to be rather fun so far. Looking up medieval drolleries and marginalia, and drawing pictures first thing in the morning whilst I wait the hour between meds and breakfast is a lot more pleasant than doing chores while hungry... and doing chores after breakfast means I have more energy to actually get stuff done!

7. shy


8. crooked


9. screech

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Managed to put together a second "tree rat barrier" for the salad table, so the other half of the flats will be protected, and part of todays tasks will be to plant out green onion starts. It is no real trouble to cut off the white rooty ends of the green onions from the store and replant them, which gives many months of small amounts of allium goodness, which is often all I want at one time (a few bits to sprinkle atop soup, or eggs, or whatever) I read about this way of growing green onions years and years ago in Mother Earth News, and have been doing it ever since. (You can even grow them indoors, if you have enough light, and no cats)
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Times have changed, but techniques remain the same... this period piece from 1961 is fascinating for the glimpse of cuttlebone casting, a home studio of the period, and the amusing beatnik commentary. No one I know smokes tobacco while working; but I wish I had a vintage fireplace built in to use for a fume hood!

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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 fig cottage syrup (jam) repot lg spider plantwood scraps
2  puzzle ball toy pinafore mendedø
3 laser cut name pendant U-lock loosened ø
4 laser cut horses Sterret scribe ø
5 braided knit ball toydestem elderberries ø
6 five Inktober drawings treerat mesh cloche #2 ø
7 four more Inktobers x ø
8 x x x
9 x x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x