Saturday, March 20, 2010

Scribal Day! (And more!)

I had scheduled a semi-impromptu scribal day today - and a lot more people than I had anticipated showed up. (Which isn't a bad thing, but completely unexpected!)

Astrid wasn't doing scribally stuff, but came over to hang out with us anyway. She finished her 'brainsucker' hat fairly early in the afternoon - which I totally want to steal, it is *SO* cute!

Holly came up north for a goggie weight pull, and since she was in the neighborhood, she stopped by and is going to be spending the night. YAY! (She finally has a bed in the Holly-in-law apartment.)

I also actually made some progress on my pea pod scroll! FINALLY!!! I also offered my scroll up as a Baby Gryphon scroll, and it was accepted, so I'm really excited about that. (Because it's going to someone I really like!)

This is after the shading of the acanthus, and the goldwork....

Aaaaand, after the capitol, and whitework and some lame outlining that I'm going to re-do after I replace my old gnarly brush....

Some closer-ups......

This is the style I chose for the Gryphon and Hammer I was comissioned to do (for Quest? I need to find out when it's actually due...). Jaquelinne kindly did the calligraphy for me - she has such a beautiful hand, it makes me jealous! (Not to mention her crazy cool whitework....this gal has some crazy skillz!) Hopefully I'll be able to complete this one in a reasonable amount of time, since it's actually a comission rather than a "hey, I kinda wanna do this!"

So, all in all, a fantastic day, and actually quite productive, considering how much chatting was going on!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Eyelets - Practical Application!

With the prompting of bodice_goddess, I finally bit the bullet and finished the eyelets on my stays. The fit is OK - there are a few tweaks here and there I will do to the pattern for the next one (mostly taking out some of the width at the shoulders. The back felt a bit big...actually it felt kind of big all 'round, but I would rather it be too big than too small), but as a first round, not too bad. I really like the cane boning, it is extremely comfortable (or at least felt like it in the short time I actually had it on.)

(I'm actually not all lopsided in real life, I'm just holding my hair out of the way, and it looks like my left shoulder is all wonky.)

So, left to do are the straps, and the binding - then I am done, done donnity done.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Textile Fun!

I've been meaning to post pictures of the prezzies my sister brought me during her last leave from Iraq! So, finally, here they are!

Pillowcases! I only had one pillow on hand that would fit these cases, so the one on the top left has stuffing - the rest are waiting for me to go shopping. :)

Four hand embroidered shawls! NOM! I want to make them into something, because I'm not so much of a scarf-y person (I want to keep one intact, tho). The question is - what should I do?! Each of them are folded in half in the pictures, so there's quite a bit of fabric in each of them - just not a ton.

And lastly, the "so hideously ugly it has arrived at awesome" bag. I totally <3 this bag - but it needs some repair before it can be servicable.

Needs more cowbell...


I'm falling out of love with the hat I started on for the striped vic. (I'm sorry hat. I tried to love you. I really did. You taught me a lot about how to use millinery wire, but I think it's time we parted and moved on with our seperate lives......)

I think it's time to start over again....but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

But first, I just want to share these couple of pictures that I just adore to itty bitty bits: (And both are serving as inspiration for my asymetrical skirt draping....especially the first one)

Ok, back to hats...since I'm starting over with the hattery experience, I need to decide what *kind* of hat I want to do now. (I am not a milliner by any stretch of the imagination, so forgive me for most likely butchering names/types of hattery!)

1. I like this high-crowned hat on the right. I think it could be pretty easy to trim and deck out all awesomesauce. I am a bit unnerved at the skill it would take to actually construct, however.

2. I think these are both examples of soft-bodied cloche-ish hats, although the one on the left might be trying to be a silly little turban?

3. I totally can't tell what is going on here. It might be another of the tall-crowned hats, but the brim doesn't look right to be that tipped-way-forward type. But I do like all the stuff jammed in there!

4. The one on the left has the itty bitty bonnet of cuteness going on - which shouldn't be *too* hard to pull off. If I get really cranky with the hat making, I might go in this direction. Also, I *think* the gal on the right has kind of a straw leghorn thing going on. *IS* there such a thing as a straw leghorn? I like it, but I don't think it's for me.

5. Again, I can't really tell what exactly is going on here, but I like the height of the whole hat/hair thing that is going on over here. I *need* height. No more close-fitting bonnets for me.....I learned my lesson the hard way - not all styles are suited to all types of faces, no matter how cute you think the bonnet is before you put it on.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Portraits and Pictures!

After spending the greater portion of Defenders entertaining the Baroness' adorable tyke; and then pining for my little niece, these two portraits just tugged at my heartstrings: (And extra bonus, they're both wearing red/pink shoes!)

It was imperative that I have cheezy garlicy bread today, so I nipped down the street to the corner pizza joint. I had never noticed this sign before, but I started cracking up when I noticed this little gem on the pizza oven:

Check out the awesome corded skirt!

If I didn't loathe my upper arms half so much, I would *SO* be doing this dress. I am in luuuuurve

And also, can I just steal her bustle?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Overskirt - feeling better. Sorta.

I haven't quite come to terms with the overkirt yet, but I'm liking it more than I did. The pattern took less fabric than I had anticipated, so I was able to start from scratch. I should know better than to work from a pattern. It rarely ends up well!

I'm still not quite sure I like the ruched side, but I will keep messing around with it to see what I come up with. I think it's a smidge too long - I've already hemmed it, so I'll be taking the excess off the top which hasn't been put into the waistband yet. Anyhoo, on to the pics.