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Feb. 14th, 2019 @ 09:40 pm full disclosure
Current Mood: tiredtired
 I'm struggling a little. Not in the "I can't function" way more in the "I'm having trouble getting off my butt to do more than the most basic levels of function" I just had a string of days off and did I do any of the things I really should have done? like the pile of dishes, the mountain of laundry or the hefty list of sewing due before the YVD? um...I did two hoops worth of embroidery and cut out a set of stays...so not enough. at this rate I'll be at the YVD in absolutely nothing new.

oh and I've been eating so much junk food WHILE sitting on my butt that I'm frankly afraid to step on a scale. 

*sigh* basically I want a hug I guess...and tomorrow I start my 3 day slog of 3- 12 hour shifts in a row.
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Jan. 17th, 2019 @ 10:03 pm cause I need a new hobby like a hole in the head
Current Mood: artisticartistic
Back in the fall on the morning after the Pimpernel Dinner [personal profile] koshka_the_cat gave an impromptu tambour embroidery class and I casually mentioned how fun it would be to learn them promptly forgot. Fast forward till Christmas and Rob surprised me with a kit consisting of the hoop you need and the hooks. yay! I promptly annoyed Katherine with a million questions and then practiced on a piece of muslin with some perle cotton thread just to get the basic rhythm down.

On Tuesday night (weirdest night ever) the Museum of the American Revolution is having an after hours thing and the usual suspects and I are going. (we'll pretend I don't have a 5am wakeup call on wednesday. what I miss seeing my friends) and it's supposed to be negative 40 degrees so I thought it was a good moment to finally make some silk mitts...and were there any examples with tambour embroidery?

(sold but agusta auctions)

hey check that out! granted they're on muslin but close enough for my purposes. so I pulled out some muslin and started fucking around with a pattern. The first mock up I did I centered the thumb hole on the fold line and then realized it has to go off center as more of you thumb is on the palm side, kind of like more of your arm is on the front bodice than the back.



Then I traced my pattern on paper and kinda drew something similar to the above embroidery, clearly that one was just free-handed onto the mitts as they'e not the same and not symmetrical so I went with a loose approach.


I got one full mitt embroidered today and started the second. I'd like to finish the embroidery over the next three days after work. Which probably means I won't do any.


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Jan. 13th, 2019 @ 05:47 pm A Fancy Dress party
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Prepare for a long rambley event post. I've not even going to put it behind a cut as no one reads this thing anymore but people who claim to like event posts.

It was determined that [personal profile] hiraimi 's house was the most central point of departure and that taking on car was best because of the cost of parking. So I rolled out to her house and was EARLY in fact I was the first one there. I know, what world is this! We were all there by noon, carefully packed (five costumers don't pack...lightly) it's a really good thing it was only a one night event. And we were off!

The drive was smooth, I texted [personal profile] mandie_rw 's imaginary boyfriend taunting things. We discussed cabbages and kings and made very good time. The sexy Scotsman (as we have named [personal profile] blackcat452 's Highlander) was a very comfortable ride so despite being packed in around us we were very comfy and made great time. Arriving at the hotel pretty much at 3 on the nose.

I did the easiest historical hair I've ever done. I had put my hair in pin curls the night before and just took them out, pulled it half back and pinned. I put on a thick layer of make up, my rosacea has been horrible lately. I really think I'm due to see a dermatologist, and got dressed again in record time. I'm NEVER dressed before [personal profile] mandie_rw by 4:00 we were toddling down the hall to collect the other room and by 4:37 we were calling for a very confused Lyft driver.



I kind of am having a love affair of Alice in curly bangs. I know she can't have them every day because ew hairstyling every day, but boy do I love them on her.


We arrived at Carolyn's maybe 10 min later and were some of the first people to arrive. Her house is AMAZING. The woodwork alone was enough to make my heart swoon. Then all the fire places and Christmas decor and and and *happy sigh*


The Victorian Photography Studio was there taking tintypes and while I did buy one of [personal profile] mandie_rw and I (in which we're BOTH making epic derp face) I also took a long hair one with Taylor and Alice (and felt like my hair wasn't nearly long enough). And one with Carolyn holding her new (antique) sterograph.


Aside from taking photos and eating my body weight in delicious cheese the company was really amazing.


It was satisfying to wear the alphabet dress again, and get more decent photos. I thought the new tiara was a nice addition and my first experiments with worbla.


We came home in the picturesque snow to our hotel STARVING and wandered down to the little "marketplace" they have. I got a salad and Amanda soup. We ate. we chatted. we slept. Then we got up early and headed out through the snowy roads home. The sexy Scotsman did superbly in the snow and we got home with no issues. By 1:30 I was napping on my couch

and now Rob is watching the Eagles game and he is NOT happy...oy
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Jan. 3rd, 2019 @ 10:17 pm a small resolution
Current Mood: amusedamused
I'm going to knit at least one row on any project a day. 

I find knitting to be very meditative and I think that will really help me. 

I currently have like 20" of straight knitting left on one project and 13 rows left on the first panel of the pinball.  

Today I worked on the straight knitting project that's supposed to be a gift but I'm fairly certain I don't have enough yarn so I'll end up frogging it. I have two skeins and I need 32" of knitting so if I can't get skein 1 to reach 16" then I'm SOL, I suspect that won't happen but I'm far enough into it I might as well solder on. Plus it's worsted so it goes fairly fast.
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Jan. 1st, 2019 @ 01:18 pm Happy New year!
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

Current status in the Coccagna household. I can hear Rob snoring from the office. Ellie had SO much fun last night. we had a rather impromptu party that I shall call quite successful. Ellie got to throughly sniff [personal profile] mandie_rw 's imaginary boyfriend and deemed him worthy lap status. Poor Tom probably didn't realize he was now going to have to pet her ALL THE TIMEZ. Ellie has the funniest habit of claiming people. "you. you're nice. now you pet me." and just sitting on them/their laps/their feet etc. I suspect Amanda has a dog in her future as he is definitely dog people.

I guess it's not a New Years post if I don't do a costume year in review.

I didn't make nearly as much as some years.Collapse )That got long so I guess I'll do a separate post for my 2019 plans...slash I should really make some 2019 plans.
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Dec. 31st, 2018 @ 10:10 am a holiday tea
Current Mood: chipperchipper
[personal profile] mandie_rw finally finished school *triumphant noises* and I wanted to celebrate by actually seeing my wifey. So I wrangled the usual suspects plus some new faces to boot! A table for TEN?! TEN PEOPLE WERE DRAGGABLE. *ahem* attendance has been low of late so having friends around made me feel all the happy feels.


The cutest person at the table way by far Jess's adorable kid. Okay so he wasn't into posing for my photo, but he was a perfect gentleman and is there anything better than kids in costume? oh and yes Jess is annoyingly photogenic still.

If that's not the look  Alice  gives me on a regular basis I don't know what is.

As always the tea was delicious, the company was fantastic and we got many a compliment. I wore my now old hat poinsettia skirt (I was gonna make it just for this then ended up wearing it five times) and decided that I wasn't up for attempting a real vintage hairdo so I plopped my Jennylafleur bangs on my head and pinned all my curls UP and went for an I luv Lucy look...it was sort of successful if looking like I slept on roadkill counts. My hair is just way way way too long to do anything really vintage. 


After tea we went for the traditional waltz through the antique store next door. Where as is tradition I walked away with a pile of $5 hats. I looked for candelabras for the Young Victoria Dinner but struck out. I also got some nice vintage lace and a pair of brown gloves.


My one regret is we never got a nice group photo and photos seated at a table are just not that interesting. 
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Dec. 11th, 2018 @ 01:02 pm I should post more
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
I told [personal profile] ktlovely and [personal profile] totchipanda that I should post more. So lets have a wee update. Today is a day off for me, and I have a Dr's appointment at 2:30. It's just my annual physical but I'm not looking forward to the inevitable "you need to lose 10lbs" talk that I know is right and earned.

Thank you to those who have sent me Christmas things already, I'm as always behind on my list but have plans.

We put up lighted garland on the mantle for the first time and I think it looks so pretty!


I need to get some kind of...something for the center. And Rob wants to buy a pack of those clip in cardinals that Joann's always sells and I'm totally on board with this plan.

I also did a quick sewing project the other day. I made a gathered 3 panel skirt. I was going to do a circle skirt but I didn't buy enough fabric. What happens when I have zero plan when shopping.


It's just a quilting cotton from the J. Three panels with a 3" hem. I even machine sewed the hem, SHOCKING I KNOW. I'm quite chuffed with how it came out. I look forward to wearing it again at Christmas.

umm what else is new. I've been picking up a bunch of hours to have extra holiday money, but that means less holiday time. My pile of Christmas cards is sitting ready to be addressed and sent...
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Dec. 2nd, 2018 @ 09:13 pm Katie told me I had to
Current Mood: contentcontent
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.

My listCollapse )

2018 was a rough year for us, well I shouldn't say that. It started rough but we're ending on an upswing. Rob even has a full plate of work this week. I'm hoping to go into 2019 with a husband who's healthier than ever, and next step is tackling my own health and wellness.
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Oct. 24th, 2018 @ 12:15 pm it happened
Current Mood: sadsad
Roku passed while I was at work yesterday. Rob found him, he had come out of his house and was sitting in the corner for Rob. He looked peaceful and old. 12 years is a very long time for a Chinchilla, way past the expected age for a petstore chin. They tend to be really in-bred and his sibling only lived to be 7. We buried him in the back yard under the flowering quince that I love so much. I cleaned up and disposed of his cage last night because I could bear to see it sitting there empty. But now there's a very empty corner in my living room. He was just a little animal but boy was he a big place in my heart. I hope he's hopped off to find his brother.
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Oct. 22nd, 2018 @ 09:34 pm updates
Current Mood: sadsad
Roku is still lingering. He's stopped eating and he's cozy and surrounded by his favorite things. I even let him sleep in his dust house. I heard him moving around all day. But he's clearly on a steady decline. I have to work 12 hours tomorrow so poor Rob will be home alone with him.

I'm coping by distracting myself with 1830s party planning because, you know, avoidance. I'm 90% sure that the date will be April 20th, at the Joseph Ambler Inn and it will be around $70. Pricier than I wanted. But when I comparison shopped a little it's basically what a private party with salad, meal, dessert costs. I have a meeting with their event coordinator on Wednesday at noon. So wish me luck there.

To further distract myself I've started shopping for candelabras on ebay and pinteresting for what a historically accurate table would be. like not the literal table but the setting. Obviously we'll probably use what they offer but did they do flowers? centerpieces? these are the things I want to know. I'm hoping at least 15 people would come. Less than that and I think the inn won't be interested in a private party...
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