kauricat: (iKnit)
Tonight at Knitting I got a lot done! I finished weaving in the ends on the overdue Nemo mittens, so they are ready to receive eyes, mouths, and linings. I also finished weaving in the ends on the alligator bag. When I finish the miles of i-cord that goes with that bag, I'll be able to throw that in the washer to felt it. Then it's just light finishing (and adding eyes) and he'll be done!

Pres Man asked me what my goal for that is. I said "Octopodicon," but he countered with, "You don't want to show it off to your family when we see them [before Octopodicon]?" Well Of COURSE I want to do that! So I need to make sure that happens.

Time just sneaks by me.

I regret to state that I have not produced a single hat this weekend. But I am READY to do that. I'm trying to figure out the most efficient and cost-effective way to bond my fake leather to the felt backing. Should I just iron a big hunk of it together and then cut out pieces, or should I go to the trouble of cutting out each piece from pleather, then each piece from fusing material, THEN cutting each piece from felt? The second way involves more time and cutting, but the first way wastes the fusing stuff. And with fusing a larger surface, there is a greater probability that I will end up with some non-fused parts, and that's not good.

More thinking required.

While searching for all my patterns, I managed to clean out the nursery a bit. It turned out we had lots of empty boxes in there! I am guessing my original plan was to use them to sort Keep, Sell, Trash stuff. But since most of them contained bubble wrap they did not LOOK like empty to-be-used boxes, they looked like boxes of mysterious stuff.

They are no longer in that room and I'm getting rid of them completely.

Another part of the mess in there is the leftover painting stuff - rollers, thingies that snap on to the lip of the paint can to make pouring easier, edgers, poles, pans, pan liners, etc. Stuff that should go to the storage room since the room is painted (except for like, two spots that need fixed up, but that will just require the green paint and a sponge brush).

But before we can put that stuff where it should really live, we need to pull the stuff that is in the storage room out and into bins, so that can go back under the stairs and THEN we'll have more room in the storage room.

And I'm thinking of doing all this at the same time as making several steampunk outfits for each of us, to be ready to wear by October. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

I'm going to need to get some buckles. Maybe Tractor Supply would be a good place to try.

Or maybe Orscheln's.
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The plumber I contacted through their website never did call. We're okay; the leak is still slow enough that the bucket is doing fine, but I'm a little disappointed in the lack of customer service.

Yesterday I felt physically not good most of the day. It was not muscle soreness, it was overall "blah" mixed with some pain in the abdominal region. Today I feel similarly.

I went to my chiropractic appointment last night and he fixed my wonky leg lengths and did some tests to see where my knee was injured. He gave me a couple of exercises to do to strengthed and stretch it.

And later my other knee hurt, as well as my ankle on that side. Awesome.

I'm just very grumpy. I know it's hormonal, but that does not keep me from doing it. My voice is less pleasant than normal, my humor is more biting and sometimes downright mean, and I am less able to concentrate.

Other than struggling with that, things are good. We got some good rain and the lawn looks better. The rain came with some massive wind and Bill dropped a very large branch that we'll have to break up and bag. It fell near the curb and just missed my lovely urns.

I got some pleather for 40% off at Hobby Lobby. It's the kind that looks like it's been tooled and it's really pretty. I was going to just get a little over a yard, but then I noticed the bolt was nearly empty after measuring my cut, so I bought it all. Saved $10.63 on that!

I'm thinking of using it as an accent on a hat and possibly a panel on a bodice to tie the two together. Maybe use it for the front center part of Burda 1880.

We did not work out last night. I was feeling worse and worse and just took myself to bed. I did not sleep all that soundly, so today I am still tired and my eyes feel baggy. :(

At least this wasn't a phone post. Hopefully there are fewer typos.
kauricat: (house)
Despite not feeling physically that great (why so unhappy, tummix?), I am going to do some organizing tonight. Pres Man came home with lots of new plastic tubs today to house the things that were previously in cardboard boxes under the stairwell. All those boxes are currently in the middle of our storage room because water got under the stairs whenever it was that we had the pin hole in our hot water line in the laundry room.

Anyway, now we have plastic tubs, and I'm going to work on transferring things over to the tubs and getting all that stuff back under the stairs. That'll help the basement a lot.

Pres Man's back is still iffy from Saturday, so we're not going to put the craft area back together just yet (involves shifting large shelves full of stuff). But even without doing that I can straighten up some in there in preparation for sewing stuff.

Piewacket seems to be getting over an illness. I noticed the day before yesterday that he seemed to be a lot less evident. Then yesterday morning he barely wanted his cat grease (usually his favorite thing), and his chin seemed swollen.

I'm not sure exactly what was wrong; our vet was closed today so Pres Man just kept an eye on him and if Pie had gotten a lot worse, we'd have gotten him in at another vet. But he is much better. Maybe he had a loose tooth that got infected.

He's eating and drinking and he's out with the family all the time now, so he's pretty much back to normal. I'm still going to watch him but I think he's through the worst of it. Today he was purring and headbutting my hand, so that's a big improvement.

It rained a teeny bit today, but we would need a full inch to get to where we normally are at this time. Oh well, at least I haven't had to mow the lawn for a while.

We've still got some nice loud cicadas here. I love that. One of them apparently had an unhappy night a couple of evenings ago, though. All of a sudden we heard one right outside the front door, and it was not a "Hey, Baby, I Gotcher Hot Cicada Lovin' Right Here!" song. It was a "HEY OUCH STOPPIT THAT HURTS OWWWWWW!" sound. I know of what I speak, because I once had a cicada follow me indoors and fry himself on my halogen lamp as I cried.

Our porch light is a cool one, so this one did not burn up. We're wondering if he found out that our many spiders and their webs are a little more dangerous than one might think, or if maybe a nocturnal cicada killer got her baby's meal ticket.

It was a sad sound and brought up bad memories, but it didn't last long and tonight the rest of them are out in full force, so yay.

We've been watching a lot of the Olympics. There have been some strange (and wrong) calls. Overall I've enjoyed it.

My mother's myofascial release/occupational therapist volunteered to look at my knee. She wants me to take two pictures standing up, one from the front and one from the hurt side, in bare feet, so that she can see my knee. She thinks she'll have a better chance figuring it out from those pictures than a regular doctor would from x-rays and in-person poking and prodding.

And I know that sounds kind of crazy, but I also think some people have a gift for that sort of thing and I'm not going to count her out. I'm going to take those pictures and send them to her.

I got to speak to my sister today - my gifts for my nephew did not arrive yet! But I'm sure they will get there tomorrow (if not after I talked to her). I got him some flutes that you put water in to get different notes (they are a bath toy) and the Disney Tarzan DVD. I think he'll like both. And it's okay that they weren't there on his party day because apparently he did the same thing he did at Christmas, which was open one gift and obsess about it and not want to open any others. I think Mommy and Daddy opened most of them. LOL So he was not denied the "joy" of a mountain of gifts just because Auntie couldn't get her crap together in time.

I ordered some Halloweeny stuff. Well, costume stuff. I love The Nightmare Factory and they are having a sale right now. I got two Bajoran and two Klingon communicators because they were nearly half off. I got some color hair extension clips too. I plan to use the hair in my steampunkery. Put a little more punk in my steampunk.

I'm really trying to make it a goal to get to that con. I should bite the bullet and pre-register NOW. Maybe if I commit the money it'll make it easier to stick to my goals of getting costumes and accessories made.

I've contacted a plumber through their website (not the one we normally use, because I have a feeling they would say "YOU NEED A NEW WATER HEATER, STAT!") and tomorrow I should get a call from them. Meanwhile a bucket is handily containing the slow and intermittent water escaping from the relief valve.

Time to go do some plastic tub filling and stacking.
kauricat: (steampunk)
I don't really want to live this way, but this is a darned cool space:

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Tonight I went to Hobby Lobby, got two of their last cheap plastic baroque mirrors, got some blue Krylon, a decorative metal thingy to hang on the wall (because I had been thinking, "you know what that group of pictures needs? A round thingy above them" and then I saw one), an oval frame to properly hold an oval picture of my parents that has been looking crappy in a rectangular frame since my father died, and some glass beads that were on sale. I think I am going to ask Siliver Dragon to put them together into a necklace for me. They are coppery and greeny and I want something that will go with my someday Copper Steampunk outfit.

Oh, and I got some clear stuff that comes in two tubes, and you mix it together in a disposable cup, and then you put it over stuff that is in something bezeled and voila! You have a lens or something over whatever you had in your bezel dealie. What's the word I'm looking for? Resin? I think so.

I have some of these already and I got them because I was thinking of making something like this. I already have sculpey and eyeballs somewhere.
kauricat: (steampunk)
My boots are here. They fit my feet, but not my legs. As I feared.

At least instead of feeling like a fat cow I instead feel like boots are not made for real legs. I guess that's something.
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Last night I got a new pattern before the game. It's Burda 7880. I like it a lot, though I do not understand why they did not arrange the back of the skirt better before they took the picture for the pattern envelope. I have seen different versions of this pattern online and no one has exhibited the uneveness that the pattern shows. Also, no one has said anything about having to fix that. So I think it was just sloppy for that picture.

I had some trouble figuring out the pattern initially. I have only worked with McCall's, Simplicity, etc. Burda's are done somewhat differently. Their pattern layouts are on the actual pattern, not in the instructions. They do not begin separate sets of instructions for each piece; the steps are continuously numbered. They begin at "1" for the first step on the first piece all the way through to the last step on the last piece. That's different.

And they way they list the notions is also strange (to me). I could not figure out what they meant by ring tape, rings for slipping, and rings for sewing.

I think I have it now, though. They mean upholstery/curtain stuff! I think ring tape means the fabric tape you can get for curtains. It has little plastic rings sewn to it at regular intervals. The "rings for sewing" are unbroken plastic rings (a lot like knitting markers, and depending on which are cheaper that's the way I'll go) and "rings for slipping" are also curtain items. They are wire (or maybe plastic, but the ones I have found are wire) that has been bent into a circle, but the ends of the wires stick out a bit so that you can poke them into something and then thread it onto the ring. Kind of like a keyring loop (again, I might use that instead), if you're having trouble imagining it.

The ring tape and other two types of rings are for making the bustled part of the dress. You gather the top skirt in several places using the ring tape, you use a slip-on ring to keep that tape gathered, and then you sew on the unbroken rings to the underskirt and slip the other rings (that are already holding the gathers) onto those rings to hold the overskirt flounces in place.

I may end up doing it differently than that, because it seems like it would be very handy to be able to mix and match this overskirt with something else, and who wants to sew rings on the back of all their skirts?? Also, based on the pictures I found of the "rings for slipping" I think they might be pokey if I sat on them wrong. Ouch! Instead, I might use some strong tape on the underside of the bustled piece and just sew the gathered fabric to it where the rings would have been on the over/underskirt.

I'm seriously considering seeing if I have enough fabric in the copper/patina stuff that I already got to make this instead of the other pattern. You know what's funny? I always really like dark blues/blacks as a color scheme, and when I Googled the new pattern it seemed like nearly everyone had been doing it like that! So I will have to figure out something different. Maybe something in purples, since I have some of my great-grandmother's jewelry in gold/purple (including a very ostentatious purple and white cameo necklace with matching earrings). Or Bronze/Blue.
kauricat: (steampunk)
Here are the conventions I'd go to if we had the money/time:

TeslaCon (their second)
...The theme this year is “20,000 Leagues Beneath the Aether.” Our trip will begin onboard the HMS Trident, the newest underwater vehicle built by the Bobbins Dirigible and Balloon Corporation. A virtual submergible that will transport you, the attendees, across the globe with a stop in Egypt then a diplomatic mission to a new underwater city and, finally, we will finish our underwater voyage by arriving in the exotic city of Peking in China.

It's November 18th - 20th in Madison, Wisconsin

Steamcon III

Steamcon III will be a celebration and exploration of the briny deep as seen through the imaginative eyes of Victorian science fiction. All the horrors and treasures of the sea will be revealed! Don your diving suits or fire up your submersibles and join us for a thrilling adventure!

It's October 14th - 16th in Seattle, Washington

I've always wanted to see Seattle.

And both of them are doing sea themes this year. I love that.

If I somehow win a lottery, this is what I'm doing.

Meanwhile, I will probably be able to attend ONE con, which is the Emerald City Steampunk Expo. November 4th, 5th and 6th.

Honestly, that one's not looking good. The website doesn't get updated, and last year they tried to put on a con and had to downsize it to a one-day come & go in a completely different venue than they originally planned. Which, if that is what they end up doing again this year, maybe that would be okay. It's only a couple of hours away from us and we have relatives in the area that we can stay with so that will make it affordable time-wise and money-wise.
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May. 27th, 2011 07:23 pm
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I find this picture and caption hilarious and awesome.

kauricat: (steampunk)
For my own reference:

Simplicity Creative Group - Misses' Costume
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I'm realizing now how similar this is in design to the pirate coat I fell in love with before! I am consistent. And ahead of my time! By several months, anyway. ;)

I'm not doing the weird cap things over the sleeves, I don't think. Unless I did them in an accent color. That might make them more interesting. Or maybe just weirder. And I think the pleated section is too long. I think there should be some other embellishment there above a shorter pleated section.

This is going to be so awesome.
kauricat: (steampunk)

Your result for The Steampunk Style Test...

The Gadgeteer

39% Elegant, 59% Technological, 37% Historical, 44% Adventurous and 29% Playful!

You are the Gadgeteer, the embodiment of steampunk technology.  Ironically, many of the things that most define your style are probably too large to easily carry about, but given the opportunity you would prefer to be seen surrounded by boiler engines, gear-driven calculators, and incredible automata.  Of all the steampunk fashion styles, you place the greatest emphasis on technological accessories, and you are the most likely to create elaborate gadgets that are as much a part of your outfit as your clothes.  You probably have goggles, but unlike most people you consider them to be for more than decoration.  Whereas most people might look odd carrying a satchel of tools around, for  you they may well be essential.  Above all, you remind everyone that what sets the genre apart from Victoriana is simply the level of technology.



Try our other Steampunk test here.

Take The Steampunk Style Test at HelloQuizzy

kauricat: (steampunk)
Has anyone heard about this?


It's in Wichita, KS. November of this year. I'm kind of excited about it.

Also, we are watching The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and I have a new appreciation for it this time. It still sucks, but I'm admiring the clothing and settings more at least. :)


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