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slow progress

Didn't make as much sewing progress today as I could because we went and had lunch with the in-laws and then I contemplated a nap for an hour and a half but didn't let myself sleep in the hopes of sleeping better tonight. coming off 4 days off I am on a up late, sleep late, cycle.

Did I mention I'm working on stays? I'm attempting to make the Augusta stays from Scroop patterns and virgil's fine goods.

I'm using the "historical" view but I'm mostly doing these as a fit test so I'm using cotton for all of it and will scrounge what boning I have...I bought some cotton canvas that's just a touch lighter than duck and am using leftover blue sateen for the fashion layer. I had gotten them all cut out and transferred the boning lines. and today I managed to baste all the layers together for all 10 pieces...then looked at the fronts again and realized "those lines are drunk and all over the place and I cannot use that" I tried going over the lines and it just turned into a hot mess.

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so I sucked it up and cut two new fronts and re-did the lines. the first time I used a tracing wheel. This time I used a sharpie to mark the top and bottom of each line and then used a ruler to draw a nice straight line. muuuuch better.

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still have to do the second front. and I'm really hoping I can salvage the other pieces without completely re-doing them as I think the fronts got the most distorted as they had by far the most lines.

maybe I'll poke it after work tomorrow...maybe

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lets see it's noon on sunday and so far I've gone out for brunch and walked the dog...I'm going to set up some filming stuff and work on the Augusta Stays next I think. I've discovered one of the things that's different about costuming and blogging and costuming on video is when you blog you can really put minimal effort into the documenting sans snapping a few photos during it and think about it all later. When I blog something I make stays then write a blog about it, when I'm making stays for a video what I'm really making is a stays video and the stays themselves are a bonus product...does that make sense?...probably why vlogging is the easiest form of costume content but I think it's actually much more "filler" than real content...

and just as proof that I DID in fact knit my last 3 rows...it took me 2 years to make this side of the pinball...and I'd LOVE to have the other side for February in Williamsburg.........hahahaha

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lets ramble and procrastinate

I told myself my 3 goals for the day were to 1. buy stays fabric (ie leave the house for a bit) 2. write a blog post 3. knit the last 3 rows on my first pinball side. So far I've done #1 and I'm being procrastinatey about #2-3. (I've worked A LOT in the last week, this is my lazy day)

There's been interesting discussion in Katie and Amanda's DWs (wait Katie's and Amanda commenting? I lost track) about written vs video-ed content. And I'm guilty of trying out this video thing, not especially because I want to be "famous" although I DO have a guilty desire to be a noteworthy costumer, but partially because I like to try new things and my life here is surrounded by the language of film. My husband sees the world through a lens so to some extent it's been a fun window into his world. I already enjoy shooting and I edited the second of my videos myself (with a HUGE learning curve). That said I find my personal approach is different than most costume vlogs or tutorials, I'm happy to share SOME knowledge but I'm also aiming for actual entertainment value and humor. "humor is my brand" because if you're going to have a successful youtube channel you do to a certain extent need to have a clear idea of what your brand IS.  

Amanda and I have talked about how to a certain extent the switch to video makes it less easy for a beginner to share content and not look like a major beginner. I think it's HUGELY obvious that Rob edited my first video and I did the second. There's just an experience gap of oh 30 years. Plus knowing what software to get, having a set up with quality lights, a good camera etc aren't really cheap things. I have been filming on my Nokia DSLR as well as my cell phone but I have a Galaxy S9 and I 10000% could not have filmed anything on my old Iphone SE. 

But all that said, I am kind of enjoying it as a different media. I don't intend to fully abandon blogging or writing here. They fill different needs to me. in my blog I write out specific outfits, with all the info about how I made them, here I share my feelings and inner thoughts with my friends, video is just a way for me to remember how much fun I had as a performer back when I went to acting classes. 

okay someone make me go knit before I lose the daylight. somehow i can't knit on 0000s without really good light and my living room is dim y'all. 

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The Lovely Exchange

Katie started this great holiday tradition a few years ago and for anyone who wants to participate lets give it a January run when we're all a little calmer?

Step One

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your DW. The post should contain your list of 10(or more) holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your DW, or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.


Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list.

And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out; it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish and it might come true. Give and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

Don't forget to include a shipping address.

So here are my holiday wishes! 

1. Pictures of your adorable pets being adorable. 

2. An electric tea kettle

3. Any video editing jobs for my husband. 

4.  Get your flu shot and tell other people you did. It's so important to be able to protect everyone with herd immunity. I feel so passionate about it because of the children I work with. 

5. Headphones as I seem to have lost mine. 

6. Advice on how the heck you buy a new car and not get ripped off. We need to and I've been putting it off for months because I'm paralyzed by the enormity of it. 

7. Post to you DW, I miss when this was a vibrant community. I know it'll never come back, but if I'm putting in wishes...that's on my list. 

8. Donate to Australian wildlife. It's breaking my heart seeing the effects of the wildfires there. Climate Change is overwhelming in it's awfulness.

9. VOTE

10. Costume in Detail...yes it's weird but I've never read it. Actually any costume book I haven't gotten any new reading material in a long time. 

Now everyone else do yours as that's the fun part for me.

oh right the address *headdesk* 2601 west walnut st, colmar PA 18915
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oops

whoops haven't posted in ages...the Christmas season has been hard for me this year. More clearly I can see the chances of us having kids dimming and that makes a lot of it feel like "why bother" why have Christmas traditions if there's no one to pass them too, why does it matter? I barely managed the basics of presents for family and a tree. Rob was very helpful but he just doesn't have the sadness I do so to some extent he's left bewildered. But we made it through. My family came down the weekend after and I had a wonderful time being with them and those girls are just a hoot. I can't believe they're 7 and 5 already. Where does the time go?!

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But please be impressed with my Christmas dinner part 2. I made a beef roast and it turned out perfectly! I was so proud of myself!

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I can already tell we have passed the solstice as I feel the dark lessening. I love turning the corner to longer days. I'm so sun driven. And I now get the glory of a clean house to enjoy. My mom as a present cleaned my embarrassingly filthy fridge to brand new status, I got the bathroom sparkling and had to clean the sewing room for the girls to sleep in. I know I'm coming out of my depression because on a rainy disgusting day, instead of curling up and watching hallmark movies all day I went upstairs and excavated my sewing table so I could start another project. Mind you I didn't get as far as sewing but I did get as far as a clean space to do it in.

I also decided I wanted a regency outing so I'm going to wrangle whoever wants to go to Emma in February which will be fun. I want to make a new wool spencer and ruffly chemisette and an apron front dress.

I also want to go to Williamsburg in the beginning of February for their fashion weekend, need to get in touch with my MIL about the time share again...I really really need new stays. I wanted to use the Augusta Stays pattern...I should probably start sewing if I'm going to do 1/10th of this.
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posting at an event

just like the good old days eh? I remember sneaking up at some costume con to post in my room about my morning. feels like a lifetime ago.

Anyway this B&B has a desktop computer that apparently you can use and as I had to come home from the ball a bit early I thought I might poke this while I wait for people to come home or me to crash and be out cold. 

This morning we had a totally gourmet breakfast (my melon was balled) and tea and then lazed around till Alice and Adrienne got there. Then we wandered about and shopped, brought Dave at Victorian Photo Studio Lunch  and I dragged Amanda to the cat museum.

Civil War Tails is a "museum" full of really really detailed dioramas of civil war battles, mostly Gettysburg, but all the soldiers are tiny cats. thousands and thousands of tiny cats. some have mustaches, some have beards, some are dead, some are prisoners. It was one of the more unique museum experiences I've had. not sure I'd recommend it though as the $6.50 admission feels steep for 15 min at most of entertainment. Also they gave Amanda a frequent punch card, ten visits and you get one free! who the hell would go 10 times!?

Then we came home and lazed before the ball. I also dragged Amanda to a drugstore as I've developed a runny nose and I was desperate for something to stop the sniffing. In the end she gave me Zyrtec and mucinex, not sure if they worked or if it was placebo but I didn't need to blow my nose at all during the ball. I did still end up coming home early as suddenly my abdomen was NOT HAVING IT. I have had several experiences (two franchise dinner's running) of having too much excitement, anxiety and stays result in vomiting episodes afterwards and I really didn't want that. But I took a shower, puttered and picked up a bit and now I'm feeling significantly better if heavy lidded....perhaps I won't make it till they come home. Especially as breakfast is at 0800 tomorrow...wish Katherine was here  
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uh oh it's almost here

 ruh ro raggy Gettysburg is mere days away! lets take stock of how behind our heroine is on her must finish projects:

Rational dress
-sew on hem facing
-sew darts (already fitted)
-buttons on cuffs/buttonholes
-sew on trim (I'll probably do this dead last and possibly thursday night in the B&B)

Dinner bodice
-only thing done is patterned and fitted. going to use muslin as my lining

Amanda's shawl
-I have 50 of 400 bits of fringe sewn on

Also need to
-make a butt pad for my new hoop
-re-trim or at least look at orange ballgown
-clean house for company
-hem Rob's new pants

I am off today but we're going to a "friendsgiving" at 2pm and I'm well aware that will eat most of the day. Then I'm off most of Monday I work 5-8, work 7-7 on tuesday 

but all that said I'm still starting to get really excited for my long weekend with friends playing in another century. 
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lab results

I really enjoy that I can look up my own labs on Quest's website rather than waiting for them to call me and tell me. Looks like my mono result was negative (phew. kinda suspected as I already feel so much better) and my strep was also negative. So maybe it was Strep B or G or who knows. Whatever it was responded to the meds and I already feel significantly better. *shrug* I'll take it. 
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productive sewing day

In a rare turn of events I had what was my most productive sewing day in YEARS yesterday. Amanda says we're all feeling the panic (she is right). I FINISHED my grandpa pants fully. And they fit very well and are very derpy. It feels strange to have pants with no pockets but there was no point in putting in pockets, I'll have a dress over it. I also got all the bias whipped down inside the dress. 

I also sized up the shawl on Amanda and decided to finish the pink stripe I was in and do one additional teal and one pink. So 20 more rows total. Last night after everyone left I was allowed to do 2 rows of knitting before Ellie was ADAMANT it was bedtime, it was actually kind of funny. 

My goal for today is to knit the rest of my teal row so that I'm 10 rows away from binding off, and piece the fabric and cut the sleeves.  So far I've watched the price is right with a dog on my feet and knitted 2 rows so I'm 4 in. I think I might pause and make mac and cheese for lunch... 
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so we may need to re-evaluate those goals...

I was going to get SO MUCH done for Gettysburg right?! I'm on day 19 of what I thought was a cold. I finally went to the Doctor yesterday after what seemed like improvement turned into "spiking a fever and getting worse." My main complaint was the sore throat, without advil in my system I had trouble swallowing (I actually debated getting liquid advil for first thing in the morning).  I had asked a Dr. at work to run a rapid strep on tuesday so I thought it wasn't that but on Friday I caved and went in. 

She looked at my throat, said it looked awful and I either had "impressive strep" or possibly mono. She did a throat culture to check for strep and blood work to check for mono. I went home with a z-pack incase of strep and because my right ear drum was bulging so I probably was also working on an ear infection and a medrol dosepak (steroid taper) because while you can't treat mono steroids really help the swelling in you throat go down.  I started both yesterday and I would say I definitely do feel some improvement. I still cough if laying flat but I can swallow all by myself without drug help! The one awful thing is that steriods can apparently amp up anxiety and sleeplessness so I'm super tired but can't turn off my brain and the hamster wheel of anxiety enough to sleep.  Doesn't help that Ellie is having a very unsettled day that started at 4am with barking at things in the yard. 

That said I have gotten zero sewing done and almost no knitting. So here are my new goals

1. Finish rational dress
2. Finish A's shawl
3. pray Jenny-Roses' plaid ballgown fits and I can borrow it
4. dinner bodice? re-wear day gown to dinner? add sleeves to orange ballgown? 

I think I should buy a dinner bodice pattern....