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Dec. 2nd, 2018 @ 09:13 pm Katie told me I had to
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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.

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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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Oct. 21st, 2018 @ 11:22 pm costume planning
Current Mood: sadsad
I've decided I'm done wishing there was a fun 1830s event. I'm going to make one. We're going to attempt to do this Pimpernel Dinner Style or Francaise Dinner style. I've emailed my top choice of restaurants the Joseph Ambler Inn, my first choice date is April 20th so that Katherine can come as it's her spring break.

Then Amanda came online and she's SO good at getting me all wound up and exponentially expanding our plans. So they have a lovely 12 acres of grounds and why on earth don't we do a picnic lunch on the grounds for anyone who wants to and then I could make a day dress. (obviously nto everyone would want to so it's more of a suggestion) and then formal hopefully-candle-lit dinner in the evening. And I need to find a butt load of candelabras.

Current short list of names:
  • Princess Victoria Dinner
  • King William IV's 7th Jubilee, please dress in the fashions from his reign
  • Something British Empire something
  • A romanticism party
  • Hans Christian Andersons fairy tales were first publish, something something fairy tales
  • Big sleeve party
I'm confess I'm struggling to find something elegant and concise but not a specific year. I'm kind of circling the drain. I do want to leave it open for people who aren't into the GIANT 1830s sleeves to err early or late.

Also Roku is on his way over the rainbow bridge. The little old chinchilla has been declining and yesterday he pretty much stopped eating. I knew he wouldn't live forever...but that doesn't mean I didn't want him too. I'm fairly sure he won't live through the night and I'm struggling to not just sit and stare at him creepily telling him I love him. 12 is really old for a petsmart chinchilla.
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Sep. 10th, 2018 @ 08:11 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: amusedamused
Hey look my laptop is working for a hot second. Let's update!


Long version: Woke up suitably late on Saturday and dawdled getting my act together. But so did everyone else. When I rolled in Amanda was half dressed on the curb, Adrienne pulled in behind me and Jess and Alice were already on site visiting. I had planned to wear the yellow dress on Saturday day, new dinner gown Saturday night and Tea gown Sunday...but saturday was drizzly and Sunday was a predicted wash out. Amanda had to leave after breakfast for a paper and Jess had to leave after breakfast for family so I made a half dressed decision to swap and wear my tea gown on Saturday because I was so happy with it and wanted to be sure and get pictures. (spoiler alert: none of us managed to dress Sunday due to the cold wet weather and our sleeping in).


We did our quick sidewalk change (a Belvidere tradition) and then wandered off to find Mick and Shane and Alice and Jess. Found the boys first as the girls had gone off shopping. We said hello to a very crowded tent and then wandered off to do our own shopping. There were less vendors and tragically my very favorite jewelry vendor wasn't there this year. *sob* But Lara was vending as Lara Corsets so it was nice to see her and be tempted by her lovelies. Overall though there wasn't anything that blew me away. I think they tried to be selective and in the end they just didn't have much. So one lap around the square did that for us. Then we checked into the hotel (spartan and small but functional and couldn't beat the location. no complaints). And while we were waiting around for a tintype it started raining and was deemed too dark. That was the one real drag for me, we always get a tintype and this year we just couldn't.

My consolation for the lack of tintype was we finally took the carriage ride Amanda and I have been joking about taking for...seven? years?...and I have to say it was a lovely long ride in a comfy carriage. Would do again.


After the carriage ride we chilled in camp under the fly out of the drizzle. Then wandered to the hotel to change for dinner. I had a total moment of "omg they have all these lingering friends and we planned a formal mess for eight due to limits on china and when all the food shows up and us in dinner wear it's gonna be aaaawkward, but by the time we changed it had cleared out.


Despite fighting me the whole way and needing to be rescued by Adrienne I didn't end up hating the dinner dress. Although I tried REALLY HARD to drop a few pounds before and I had fitted those darts two weeks ago so I ended up being able to stick a finger up each side of my bodice. ah well I'd rather be wrinkly and feel svelte ;)


Everyone looked AMAZING. and I managed to get zero good photos of them.



"Quick. Alice look like you're mad at me"

And I have NO GOOD PHOTOS of Jess' STUNNER. I'm really mad at myself. I have nothing but blurry photos. I have to get a real camera one of these days.


For dinner Jess had taken care of a caterer (Jess gets an award for awesomeness) and the food was delicious. We had stuffed cornish hen, lamb, pasta, salad, rolls and cake for dessert...alfresco at a camp. I felt so very silly and victorian. And the really magical thing is once it's dark and the site is all alight with lamps you can't really see out of the island of light and all the modern park around you just fades to black. Much drink was had and mirth made. It was magical.


Jess changed into her tea gown for the relaxed portion of the evening. She was STUNNING.

On Sunday we slept till 8 (except Alice who woke up, did laps, walked the town, ate breakfast and found Jess) then wandered to breakfast. We had a chilly breakfast on the balcony as the tables downstairs were full. Amanda and Jess left. Alice, Adrienne and I wandered to camp. Adrienne left. Alice did dishes and I supervised. Alice and I hit up some antique stores, found nothing. and finally home. I had a delightful nap.

And now I'm attempting to sew 3/4 of a fop in two weeks...I SWORE I wasn't going to do this. I mean yes technically I started more than two weeks ago but I made very little real progress. wish me luck! 

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Jul. 23rd, 2018 @ 11:49 pm mixed bag
Current Mood: chipperchipper
The vintage buttons I ordered for my white shirt waist came today....apparently the seller couldn't locate the white ones they had listed (and btw STILL have listed) so they "sent a substitute" which while pretty are a grey natural MOP and I can't decide if they look massively dumb on my white shirtwaist. 

The generic rolled hem foot I ordered from Amazon also came today. And as I was pouting about the buttons instead of finishing the waist I dug out the giant cotton sateen ruffle I had started for the Belvidere Dinner Dress (BDD) two years ago. It took approximately too long but I finished rollhemming it. and I have to say the foot is delightful. Next step will be pleating. 700 yards of tiny pleats. shoot me. 

I also finished the shoulder seams of Rob's shirt. 

See I worked a little on all three events. 

OH also I emailed FFC on Friday to say "yo why haven't you shipped the fabric I ordered on TUESDAY" today I got an email that "oh we have it but the warehouse is behind. Thanks for your patience" um..excuse you? it's now been a week.. A WEEK. how long does it take a giant business to put something in the mail?! I'm going to end up going to Joann's and frantically looking for some shirting fabric to use. I'm so annoyed at them.

Also, I don't want to go to work tomorrow. why did I pick up a full 8 hour shift?! oh right, money.
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Jul. 20th, 2018 @ 10:05 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: tiredtired
I worked 12 hours today but when I came home I hemmed the shirt waist. So it's as finished as it can be without buttons. I also ordered a rolled hemmer foot from Amazon that'll be here Monday. Then I can dig out the ruffles I started for the Belvidere dress. I emailed FFC and said "yo why haven't you shipped my fabric. You gonna do that thing where you fuck up again?!" but you know more rudely.

The outfit I'm most intimidated by and feeling...lost about is Rob's fop outfit. I had an idea, it didn't mesh. I am kind of flailiing. But I think I might start with this pattern.
I think I like the shape of the left coat with the giant collar. I think this is the era of mis-matching? I am fairly certain I'd like to get a really nice brocade for the front of the vest. I'd only need like 1/2 or 2/3 of a yard if it was wide and had a pattern of correct directionality. Then do I match the coat and breeches? do contrasting? a wide stripe for the coat? I'm feeling lost on this one. I should order the pattern so I feel like I have a start but I've done a lot of ordering lately...might wait a paycheck.

but now I head to bed. 5:30 comes around quickly.

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Jul. 19th, 2018 @ 11:04 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
 I did keep my word and sewed. I mean it's dumpy as sin...I can't decide if it just plain looks to big. Or if it is do I care enough. Also my girdle seems to do a decent fake teens look. And I can't seem to picture from my phone. I hate that DQ is so device unfriendly. 
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Jul. 18th, 2018 @ 11:39 pm talk me off a ledge please
Current Mood: worriedworried
Okay I suddenly realized all the things coming up....

August 5th - great war event in ringwood, NJ:
-test corset? might have to wear my 40s girdle and call it a day as I made that corset 30lbs ago...
-corset cover? thought I might order a old lady nightgown and shorten it
-skirt, fabric is ordered, pattern bought. no sewing
-shirtwaist, half assembled. ordered buttons.
-Hat thank GOD amanda made me the bestest one ever.

September something. Belvidere:
-um dinner dress? I think I only got as far as ordering sleeve fabric? and ripping strips for ruffles. so I need dress fabric, fittings, like the whole damn thing
-buy rolled hem foot to make ruffles.
-wash yellow dress
-finish hoop for yellow dress
-put waistband on mostly finished petticoat from TWO YEARS AGO
-I'd really like to make a TV tea gown for sunday as we'll be there two days

Pimpernell dinner september 22nd:
-shirt, cut out and one seam hand sewn
-waistcoat, jacket, breeches. I can't even find fabric I like.
-order shoes
-stock, order fabric, hem.

I am feeling massively overwhelmed and I won't lie...a little panicked. I'm in a serious sewing rut and staring at a HUGE to do. So here's my goal. sew a little bit at least five days a week. and post here to keep me honest. Today I whipped down the facings and collar on my shirt waist. Tomorrow's goal is to set the sleeves in it, at which point I'm stuck waiting for the buttons. Then I guess I'll pick up Rob's shirt again as that's the other thing cut out and ready to start. And I suppose I could order a rolled hem foot for my machine, that'd be an easy five second project.

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Jul. 5th, 2018 @ 08:40 pm actually sewing
Current Mood: productiveproductive
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Today I started sewing for the Great War Event I'm planning to attend in Ringwood, NJ. IN AUGUST. I know, no one die of shock I'm having a hard time of it myself. I can't remember the last time I started sewing more than two weeks before an event. But I took a list at what I need in September and August...and I kind of started hyperventilating. ANYWAY, that resulted in me starting sewing...


I pulled out the fabric and realized I was supposed to order 2 yards and only ordered 1 as I'm a moron...many swears later, I pre-washed it and took it and the half yard I had left from making the 40s disaster and was able to squeak it out with just a seam down my sleeve and my facing on the cross grain.

Now please permit me a rant about this pattern:

It's literally marketed at WWI Blouse, 1910s pattern. IT'S COPYRIGHT DATE IS 1907. That's SEVEN YEARS before WWI started and not even technically 1910, and I'm sorry the 1910s are 1910 onward not before. So I feel a little like I got scammed and didn't notice till I had cut it out. I guess I'm just going to finish it, but I won't lie. I'm kind of mad about it.

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