Friday, December 22, 2006
I just found this picture of myself looking slightly out of it (whatever it is) that was taken before I went to a costume party with a "come as a famous author or character from a book" theme last summer.
I scrounged and scrounged around and couldn't find anything I thought acceptable, or that even fit well, since I'd gained so much weight in the past year (thanks to sleep apnea and just plain over-eating and no exercise). So when anyone asked me what character I was I said either Morgana from the Arthurian literature, or an obscure angst-ridden ghost from one of those gothic novels with a made-up name like "Guilthaven Manor" by a fictitious author like Sir Sheldon Deveint, Victorian novelist and naturalist.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
I have been listening to one of Barnes and Nobles' Portable Professor series called "Of Sorcerers and Men - Tolkein and the Roots of Modern Fantasy Literature" by a professor named Michael Drout and I am thoroughly enjoying the entire 7 CD disk series. I love listening to Audio CDs while I'm working or crafting or sewing or whatever. I also like his distinction between Magical Realism and Modern Fantasy - all this time I was struggling to write a fantasy novel, when really, my writings fall closer to the Magical Realism genre.
Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts and words about Caspian - I miss him greatly, but every day gets a little easier for me. Today I'm supposed to go pick up his ashes (I had him cremated), but don't know if I've the heart to do so quite yet.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Caspian's surgery has been set for Monday. It looks like the tumors are too big to debulk, so he will have to have his leg taken off. I have been at loggerheads with myself over this for months - I know that cats do quite well on three legs, but I was so very unsettled about his having to go through such an ordeal. At least we were able to preserve it for 10 months after diagnosis, and I do believe we tried to do everything humanly possible to save that leg.
He had stopped eating a few days ago, probably due to the pain of the tumors, and the vet was happy to give him an anti-inflammatory that helped to alleviate his misery. His appetite has returned and he is still hobbling around and following me for walks out in the cold weather. He is such a beloved little man in a fur suit!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
This is how I feel after two nights of not being able to get to sleep! I've been very worried about a dear friend who was admitted to the hosiptal the other day after having two seizures out of the blue AND my poor kitty Caspian who has massive tumors on one leg and may have to have his leg amputated...
I do hope it is darkest before the dawn, becuase right now, my world is incredibly dark.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Today my mermaid backgammon set arrived from Bali! It is gorgeous! It had been sitting in a Federal Express warehouse for a few days since they couldn't get through all the snow and ice to deliver it until today. I'm working on the Jacobean jacket today and it is slow going; I'm now on my third muslin...
Friday, December 01, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
So I am embarking upon making some pairs of gloves from Vogue pattern 7949 to give away as Christmas presents. I have tons of scraps of stretch velvet from other projects that I can use...thinking of having a "Gloves Craft Day" this weekend for some like-minded friends.
Years ago my friend Jon and I would periodically declare "Today is a craft day!" and we would then devote the day to making some sort of crafty item. Once it was fake stained glass pieces - the fumes gave us both headaches. Another time we made faux millifiori from fimo and covered small jars with it.
Friday, November 03, 2006
So some part of me jumped at the chance to create a Santa costume for a co-worker just to take my mind off the unpleasantries, and here is the result. I had several yards of a lovely dark red silk velvet which I had been lugging from house to house for too many years, so I decided to use it for dear old Santa. I used Simplicity pattern 4393.
A few days ago I was invited to a medieval Halloween party and I pondered making a proper medieval garb. I threw that idea out after rummaging around and finding a purple velvet gown that was close enough to medieval looking if I put a short cape over it. So I felt obliged to make some sort of semi-medieval looking headdress and came up with a set of crespinettes, those cylinders worn at the sides of the face. They were fairly easy to construct - a headband of buckram covered with liquid silver fabric from the costume cave, with additional silver mesh wrapped around the cylinders. The whole thing was hot glued together and some fake gem cabochons were glued onto the headband and cylinders and voila! Instant set of crespinettes!
Sadly, that party turned out to be quite dull, so my friend and I made a quick exit stage left and ran off to another more rollicking party where I was told repeatedly that I looked like Amanda, Spock's mom.
I found the pattern and idea for the crespinettes at http://www.virtue.to/articles/crespinette.html
Monday, June 12, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Here's the group of budding authors who gave readings at the University Bookstore close to UW last Wednesday evening... all of us relieved that the evening went extremely well. In my case, the audience laughed where I had hoped they would laugh during the chapter I read. Surprisingly, the audience stayed to the last reading!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Speaking of strange hats, I found this pattern on Lynn McMaster's website and had to get it pronto. I am mad for anything vaguely Regency and love love love Mad Hatter Hats. The picture on the pattern shows a lovely one made of Milan straw; I'm not sure I have the patience for winding all that straw in a circle then sewing it down...think I'll make mine of dupioni silk from the costume cave.
I have about 10 yards of a freaky-cool purple and green leopard spotted silk velvet I got from a guy in Pakistan and I have it in my mind to create a pelisse-coat with a Napoleon collar from this wondrous fabric; what event I'd wear it to, I've no idea.
I often come across many designer patterns whilst rummaging through second hand stores and was instantly enamored of this pattern cover of a Vogue Couturier Design by Fabiani. The dress looks delightful enough, but the hat gives new meaning to the term egghead. What was Fabby thinking? Or was he? The model looks a trifle confused by it all. I turned the pattern over to find the following comments:
ALBERTO FABIANI (Fah-bee-ahny) - Italy's master tailor, creates wonderfullyWell no wonder! It's a fashion first! It's also a fashion last. My brain is starting to hurt! Maybe I need a big brain wave neutralizer helmet! Say....didn't I see one on a Fabiani pattern somewhere? Hmmmm....
flattering suits, distinguished coats and exquisite evening gowns...can
claim many fashion firsts.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Here are some preliminary snaps of that 30's Parisienne coat from Decades of Style.
The collar looks great here ( it's the stretch velvet one; I haven't had time to sew in the new Persian lamb velvet one) but it looks droopy when worn. I like how the strange little pintucks in the sleeves came out; they cause the sleeves to bell out in a very pretty way. I'll fix the collar and take some snaps of my friend JoAnn wearing it...
Well, I have been freaky crazy busy this past week at work and have had little time to do anything.
The other night my friend Marcus showed up with a costume in need of fixing:
He had washed his wool sweater dress and it had shrunk (Doh!) So could I help him fix it? I suggested adding faux fur trim to the hemline and sleeves, or leopard velvet or a boa, but he wasn't convinced so I dragged him over to JoAnn Fabrics and picked out a lovely flowery rayon for a flounce and sleeves.
Doesn't he look fantabulous? It's for a character he portrays who is (I believe) an elderly Chanteuse who sings risque songs. Marcus is an incredible singer and needs to get famous for it soon!
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
I mean, come on, if stretch velvet like we have today had been around in the 30's, everyone would have been using it! So I bought several yeards of the yummiest gold and black stretch velvet and made a size 22 coat, pictures to come as soon as I replace the battery in my digital camera.
The size 22 was a tad bit wide bodied for my taste nad a little short. Also, I should have made the collar out of something heavier than black stretch velvet since it sort of flops around, drooping instead of draping nicely.
I found a yard and a half of that persian lamb black velvet at JoAnn's last weekend and since I had a 50 percent off coupon...halleluyah! Hopefully there's enough for the second coat I am going to make - I'm giving the first one to a friend - gold is not one of my colors...