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Warming up for heavy lifts. Fingers crossed I'm going to be able to use that information next year. Maybe I'll do them wearing some of these!

Speaking of, my estimated recovery time has been moved up a few days since my surgery got moved from December 10 to December 7. I'm pleased to get it done sooner rather than later, and I think doing my pre-surgery prep stuff on a day I don't have to work will be easier (clear liquids only all day, ugh), but still...that's three fewer days to get stuff done. Thank goodness I've got the long holiday weekend. Five days of Getting Shit Done since I'm taking Wednesday off as well (mostly to watch this happen, but the extra day of productivity will be good, too).

I am so glad it's Friday. Tonight is Relax-O-Fun time with [ profile] mckitterick, but the rest of the weekend is GSD time, including a Saturday morning trip to Costco since I won't be making that trip again until well after the new year. Anyone need toilet paper? Work on my dSSS piece will happen Saturday afternoon or Sunday (if I'm not feeling inspired/energetic after running Saturday errands). I cut out the major source images and arranged them on the bristol board last night. I'm already happy with the way it's shaping up.

Looky there, 9am and time for my first walkabout of the day.
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[ profile] spacefem put up a good post about how to speak to an audience that can, I think, also apply to the written word.

An angel of the dueSouth fandom uploaded a crap ton of screen caps that I'll be making good use of in my various fanart pieces.

Today's Tumblr collection is Tuesday, October 27: Gas Masks. That wraps up the Vaguely Creepy October collections.
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Because I need another crafting project: Do Something With The Tiniest Scraps! Thanks, [ profile] msmitti!

If you like Thirty Seconds to Mars (Jared Leto's band), I found a website that has some electronica remixes of their songs.

For those of you who think we aren't on the cusp of living in 1984...wake up, kiddos.

I don't wanna jinx anything, but my energy levels are WAY up this week. I'm kinda worn out but not fucking beat when I get home from work in the evenings. I think Dr. Jonah's new supplementation schedule is working. Also, I'm sleeping through the night, probably due to the new progesterone tincture I got from Dr. Khosh on Friday.

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Cut for large xkcd comic )

I used to be blonde ponytail girl. I'm glad to say I'm dark short haired girl, now. GROWTH.

Tom Hiddleston tweeted the first clip from I Saw the Light. Oh my god you guys this movie's gonna kill me. He sounds so much like him.

[ profile] mckitterick doesn't like country music (to the point that he claims Johnny Cash isn't a country singer because he likes Johnny Cash but doesn't like country music, therefore Johnny Cash isn't a country singer to which I think most of us will call bullshit but it's okay whatever moving on) and sometimes that makes me a little sad because I really like country music. I even like some modern pop country. All genres of music have a lot of crap, but man, that swing and twang? SO GOOD. sigh

I'm glad I can count on [ profile] redheadfae going to see this with me. If [ profile] msmitti can make it to town for a visit when it's playing, that'd be wonderful. hint hint It opens the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, ladies.

I look at a lot of refashioned/recycled clothes designs. A lot of them. And 99% of the time, I firmly believe there is nothing you can do with old ties that doesn't look like a bunch of old ties thrown together. Horrible. But check these out. A jacket (what makes this succeed IMO is the interrupted lines--it's not just horizontal lines that screams I AM MADE OF TIES), an ottoman, and (my least favorite, but still kind of pretty) a rug.


Aug. 8th, 2015 09:03 am
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I'm cleaning my sewing/craft/yoga room and I have reached the point where I can no longer deny the size of my ephemera stash.

I have: Chinese newspapers, vintage magazines, random magazine cut-outs, Japanese textbooks, Chinese art auction catalogs, maps from a mid-century atlas, and probably more things I can't remember off the top of my head.

Would anyone be interested in a grab-bag envelope of ephemera for collage art (or whatever)? If so, send me a private message with your mailing info.
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How to access a million stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations released by the British Library

I have a working phone now. Thanks, [ profile] mckitterick! You're amazing. Now I need to spend a weekend learning how to use it. In the meantime, it's super pretty.

This morning was a tired morning, but it's nearly 11:30 now and I'm functional. I haven't had the stamina to stand at my desk yet, but I've taken two ten-minute walks. Okay!

I'm going to help [ profile] miischelle vend at this event in October. I'll cannibalize Pit Girl for a generic Hunter costume. I'm tempted to make a statement costume of A Dead Woman On Supernatural, but I assume everyone attending is, you know, still a fan of the show, so I'll reign back my personal feelings about its Issues.


Jul. 8th, 2015 08:55 am
clevermanka: default (sociopathsFTW)
Here's the Con*Strict badge:

it's about 4" x 4.5", not including the hanger part at the top.

The office scanner is not good at reproducing true color, apparently. The stuff that's purple on the MMFR side is actually blue and the reddish-brown parts on the Sherlock side (the hanger and the bottom border) are actually purplish red. Eh. You get the idea. Love the way the Sherlock tape transfer looks. I'd have liked a similar image to give depth to the MMFR side but I couldn't find anything appropriate. The hot rod flames were the best I could think of that wouldn't mask too much of the image of Slit on the car.

Fatigue issues are out of control right now. Ugh. The last time I woke feeling rested was sometime last week? I think? I'm gonna leave work as soon as I'm done wrapping up anything that needs attention before I'm out for the rest of the week so I'm gonna skedaddle.

Not sure how much I'll be online while I'm in Indianapolis, so y'all be good to yourselves while I'm away.

ETA: This article, found on The Toast Link Roundup. Channing Tatum Is Our Gene Kelly. In the history of men who can dance, from Fred Astaire to Mikhail Baryshnikov to Justin Timberlake, no one is as special as Channing Matthew Tatum, a little doe-eyed blockheaded beef man who can spin his body like cotton candy and hump the floor until it consents to sexual intercourse with him. And also this interview where the interviewer asks Charming if he's heard about Roxanne Gay and his answer is so so so cool and awesome you guys I love him.
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Today's Tumblr is Tuesday, July 7: Gowns.

I know, I know, I know I link to Breaking Muscle all the time but oh my god you guys, I want to do this 90 day program so hard.

Either I misplaced my box of fandom calling cards or I gave them all away. In any case, I wanted to get more for Con*Strict. I ordered them late Friday evening and they're already done this morning. Local folks, I can't recommend Minuteman Press enough. I didn't even have to call them. You can do all your ordering online! So great, and $40 for 250 cards (full color with bleed).

I finished my badge for Con*Strict last night! It was coming together pretty well, so I decided to go ahead and make it double-sided so that when it flips over (as lanyard badges inevitably do), it'll still show the relevant information. One side is Mad Max themed and the other is Sherlock. I'll try to remember to bring it to work to scan tomorrow so I can post a picture of it.

Found on the Toast Link Roundup, here's a great Kids These Days article.

"Screen Addiction is a generational complaint, and generational complaints, taken individually, are rarely what they claim to be. They are fresh expressions of horrible and timeless anxieties. They are a tried and true form of advanced-age self-care. They apply to all children except your kids, who are mere victims of their degraded peers. They apply to the Snapchats and the sexting, but not to those Facetime conversations with your grandniece, who is too young to text and Twitter, or to turn away, and who is therefore perfect.

The grandparent who is persuaded that screens are not destroying human interaction, but are instead new tools for enabling fresh and flawed and modes of human interaction, is left facing a grimmer reality. Your grandchildren don’t look up from their phones because the experiences and friendships they enjoy there seem more interesting than what’s in front of them (you). Those experiences, from the outside, seem insultingly lame: text notifications, Emoji, selfies of other bratty little kids you’ve never met. But they’re urgent and real. What’s different is that they’re also right here, always, even when you thought you had an attentional claim."

And my favorite is the closing bit:

" A new technology can be enriching and exciting for one group of people and create alienation for another; you don’t have to think the world is doomed to recognize that the present can be a little cruel."

I don't understand why it's so difficult for parents to remove the technology when the presence of the technology is inappropriate to the situation. I understood when it was time to put down the book or the crayons or whatever. How is a tablet or phone different? That's not a rhetorical question. I honestly want to know. Is there a difference? How? Why?

I commented on The Toast that grandparents need to make themselves relevant and interesting. That's just courteous. I'm lucky. My dad's parents were fascinating people and I happily listened to their stories about throwing rocks at the National Guard when they came in to guard the scabs during a union strike. Or about how theirs was the first lunch counter in their city to seat Black people. Helping grandma in the kitchen and her telling stories about the people who bought her pies as she taught me how to make a good pie crust. I mean, I guess I didn't have the option of internet friends back then, but even today, if I had the choice to visit with them about their amazing adventures or scroll through my Tumblr dash, I probably wouldn't choose Tumblr. Old people need to get over the notion that they're deserving of time and attention just because they're old.

Tonight is my appointment with Dr. Jonah in KC. Tomorrow night is prep for Indy (making kale chips so we have a travel vegetable to go with the jerky so we don't have to stop somewhere for lunch), and also slicing up the jerky for Con*Strict (so it has four days to marinade before I put it in the dehydrator when I'm back from Indy). I'd like to make a couple more tops to take to Con*Strict. My first attempt at re-fashioning some thrift-store tees into a mini-dress was successful. I'd like to pack those instead of tops and skirts because I am all about minimal packing. Also because I need to leave enough room for my iPod speakers and yoga mat in my suitcase.
clevermanka: default (shake shake shake)
Thanks to those who offered insight and experiences on yesterday's question about my menstrual stuff. I'm so glad to be at a point in my life where I am comfortable talking about a normal body function without being embarrassed. Sincere appreciation to those friends who are in the same place with me. I think I'm going to mention these issues to my doctor next time I see her, but I'm not going to worry about it too much for now.

This Breaking Muscle article about how we perceive our daily activity affects our health is fascinating.

If you're a Kindle owner and want a new cookbook (and aren't vegetarian), consider picking up Melissa Joulwan's two amazing contributions to the Paleo Eating community. They're on sale for $1.99 each on Kindle right now.

There is talk of a few crafting panels at Con*Strict, including origami and a make-a-purse-from-a-book. Y'all, I might have found my people.

Today's my last day at the office this week.

clevermanka: default (gray boots)
All these links I'm posting for posterity/my own reference when I can finally push my body again. Not sure whether they're motivating or depressing. Anyway. Working into middle/side splits.

I tried one of my fancy new serger stitches this weekend and it didn't work, but I did learn some things. I'm much more confident about a successful re-thread of the machine happening within three attempts, and cover stitch takes a really long time to rip out and leaves holes in your fabric. But hey! Practice.

You might consider checking out the Alameda county fair pig race that Mallory Ortberg posted on the Toast today.

I'm not sure if I lost my box of Clever Manka calling/business cards or if I actually gave away 100 of those things. In any case, I need to order more if I want them for Con*Strict which dear god is so much sooner than I'm ready for. This weekend is [ profile] mckitterick's birthday weekend (also the first full weekend he's home since May 23rd), next weekend I'm in Indy visiting my parents, and then...Con*Strict. Not a lot of time to get stuff done for it.

I would like to make myself some travel clothes. The dress I put together this weekend came out super cute (despite the failed cover stitch) and I'd like to have two of those to take, along with some re-fashioned leggings, but...there's also the fact I learned this weekend that this con is small enough I get to make my own badge for it. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT. Oh hell yes.

More opportunities to practice art! What a fun thing and rare to make my own con badge. Definitely something Mad Max themed. Pretty sure I'm gonna use this image as the base. ALSO I found someone who says she'd like to receive the altered portrait of Furiosa when I finish it. Knowing I have an owner lined up for a piece of art is so helpful for me. Obviously the portrait isn't even gonna get started before I return from Las Vegas. And the badge obviously has the priority before new clothes. If only I didn't have this pesky day job.

Seriously, though, looking at the calendar of my current vacation days for July, I'm only in the office thirteen days for the month. That will get my accrued vacation time below 200 hours for the first time in five years.
clevermanka: default (bonecruncher)
Allergies. Sigh. Once in a while I think about trying a low-histamine diet, but then I get depressed and overwhelmed because oh my god cut more things from my food options? UGH. The complete lack of results with 90 days on the auto-immune protocol diet doesn't encourage me to try another elimination diet anytime soon.

Also, this happened yesterday:

PT guy Tim gave me a fix that will alleviate a bit of the pressure on the shoulder in that pose, but it's still gonna be tender for a couple days. Typical.

For later reference: Pre-workout alignment exercises.

This evening I'm gonna break out my new serger knowledge and see if I can't re-fashion some of these thrift-store clothes that've been piling up in the sewing room. So excited! If I like the process and the results, I'm gonna open up an Etsy store for them. I did a lot of searches on Etsy and all the refashioned post-apocalyptic stuff is either costumey and so not really wearable for daily use (although gorgeous--and expensive) or just...shockingly amateur. This, for instance. Fucking brilliant idea. Terrible execution. I do like the D-ring strap shorts she's selling. But again, they don't look finished, somehow.

Speaking of finished, here's my self-insert fanart! It'll post on Tumblr tomorrow, but y'all get a sneak preview today. After looking at it for a while, I see a few places I'd like to add things. Maybe someday? But not now. Also, I need a better way to scan these babies. It's $10 a pop every time at FedEx/Kinko's and I think that's just fucking outrageous. If anyone local has access to something that will flat scan 14"x17" images, let me know.

Last night I made some food for a friend going through a rough time to save her and her husband the hassle of cooking for a few days. Caring for select individuals makes me feel good, and to be honest, cooking is probably the thing I'm best at (besides giving unflinching and often unwanted life advice). Making someone's life a little easier makes me feel necessary and appreciated, so win-win!

I have one more evening of solitude tonight while [ profile] mckitterick wraps up his CSSF Summer activities. Hurray for getting one more night of puttering around the house with loud music and scented candles but also hurray for (starting tomorrow), getting laid on a regular basis again!

So despite getting not nearly enough sleep last night (ugh, 3am thunderstorms), and having a constant dull ache in my shoulder, I feel pretty good today. How's your day/weekend/life shaping up, friends?

clevermanka: default (oh hai)
Thanks so much to [ profile] hdsqrl whose comment yesterday inspired me to do one more search for workable cupids and suddenly I was inspired by an image I'd already found and I found an old selfie pic to fit it (thank god for two different 365-day selfie projects). I cut out the focus pieces (god, cutting out RayK's hair is always such a hassle), then picked out, cut out, and glued down the texture base materials last night. Tonight is paint, paint texturing, and possibly more gluing-shit-down. Wednesday I probably won't get to work on it, so finishing touches need to be done Thursday night so I can take it downtown Friday afternoon to get scanned for uploading on Saturday.

I'm trying hard not to think about the fact that this weekend was the solstice so now the days are getting shorter and it's just all downhill from here.

Today's Tumblr is Tuesday, June 23: Snails.
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Someone on Tumblr suggested a self-insert fanart weekend and I'm going to see if I can possibly put together a piece of art for it. I want to find a famous painting of someone officiating a wedding (or some sort of ceremony with two people in it) and collage myself (officiating) Fraser and RayK. I considered doing a version of American Gothic with myself as a floating angel/putta above them, but there's enough interpretations of that painting floating around and it's actually an image of a farmer and his daughter, so making that into a romantic thing is kind of gross. Also thinking about just using a screen cap of the two of them and then pasting my head on a cherub and calling it good. I'm going to look around this morning for the base image/painting, but if anyone has suggestions, I'm open.

I ate like so much crap this weekend and I feel so gross today that I am on a complete strict Whole30 style eating plan until I leave for Las Vegas. It was a very easy decision, let me tell you. Ugh. I feel hungover in my guts. Just ugh. So if anyone needs a solidarity sister for fixing up your eating habits, I'm here.

Edit/Update: I just spent an egregiously long time looking for classical cupid/putti images that I could paste my head on and found nothing I liked very much. Not to mention putti in poses that would fit face angles in my numerous selfies. So I might be scrapping this idea of the self-insert fanart thing. Maybe if I had more time to leisurely browse for images? But if I was gonna get it done for the weekend I'd need the images by the time I leave here today to start work on it as soon as I get home and at this point I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen.

I did find a high quality Fraser/RayK screencap to use if someone asks for fanart in that pairing for this year's dS Sekrit Santa.
clevermanka: default (bonecruncher)
Mostly for my own reference, but in case anyone else is interested, here are some combo suggestions for infused water. I've recently discovered adding fancy-ass balsamic vinegar (the good stuff, and just a smidge) to seltzer water, too. Delicious.

A friend is coming over for dinner tonight. I'm making this. Ready to eat it right now, along with some of that flavored seltzer. Summer eating, yo.

In a comment on The Toast, I wrote: "I have to wear a high-compression bra when lifting or I tend to bonk my boobs coming up on a snatch. And that might be the greatest sentence I have ever typed in my life."

I'm feeling good and it's such a nice change. Because I was pretty low all around for the first half of June, I didn't do a lot of the things I hoped while [ profile] mckitterick was busy with the writing workshops. I feel like I'm ready to get back to more consistency with yoga, now. I'm also going to start incorporating more isometric movements because Coach Andrew tells me this sort of thing can also keep one's metabolism charged for longer. Energy allowing, I'm going to start working on some art projects--including a Furiosa altered portrait.

Speaking of, I might be taking Coach Andrew to Fury Road this weekend if he can get away from responsibilities at his gym for a few hours. Also speaking of, this article is flat amazing. It does bring up the "this isn't feminist" argument a bit, which...whatever, we can agree to disagree on that opinion. But the main point of it is incredibly valuable.

I never doubted being a girl, but I thought I was missing the mark, because I thought there was a mark to miss. But there are so, so many more ways of being a woman than I realized, so many more ways than I saw reflected in the stories that spoke to me. As it turned out, one of them was mine, and I was doing it exactly right.

Off my ass

Jun. 6th, 2015 07:17 am
clevermanka: default (ass2)
I finished the apron as soon as I got home from work! Yay, new apron that doesn't look like it was used to wipe down an engine! Which it might have actually done, maybe, probably, at one point! I'm going to make a second one, too, so I can rotate and launder them more easily. Aprons are just so handy, you guys. So handy.

Still no word on the furlough situation. The legislature has seventeen hours to pass something. I'm not getting my hopes up about either option happening. When it comes to Kansas politics, that's pretty much the best course of action.

If I do have time off without pay there is a lot of stuff I could get done. I have a burning desire to do a Furiosa altered portrait (example of a Wonder Woman portrait I did, here). I'd like the time to do more than just think about the Iron Man assemblage piece I've been building in my head (based around a kids Iron Man mask and glove that [ profile] mckitterickpicked up for me at a garage sale couple years ago). I've given up on finding anyone local to give me lessons on my serger (I couldn't even get people to respond to my emails. What is up with that I have no idea. RUDE). So I emailed the three KC sewing machine stores hoping for some responses. Of course that would entail going to KC during the day but if I'm not going to the office, welp, that makes that easier. So many options for staying busy!

I'm about thirty seconds away from getting sucked into a fic-reading marathon while [ profile] mckitterick slumbers upstairs so I best get myself into my sewing room to cut the other apron because I let myself read fic for an hour and a half last night and I really don't want to spend my entire morning on my ass. Again.

Ciao, bellas. Have a beautiful Saturday.

Happy 2015

Jan. 1st, 2015 07:52 am
clevermanka: default (gas mask)
Here's hoping anyway, right?

Two besties came over last night. We ate, chat, and polished off a couple bottles that had gotten lost in the wine collection and were, miraculously, still good. I was pleased and relieved since one of them was a $40 bottle of Pineau des Charentes. We planned to watch a movie but, as often happens when we get together, spent five hours talking instead. The were gone by 10:45 and I was in bed and asleep by 11:15. Ahhhh.

New Year's resolutions were never my thing, although I think they're great when people use them as a tool to improve their lives. If you're making resolutions this year, I wish you all the best! And also, I'm nosy, so feel free to share them in the comments.

I suppose I can consider my Intentional Movement program a new resolution that I got a head-start on it last week.

Recently I've been incorporating a new style aesthetic into my wardrobe. It's a sort of post-apocalyptic look, but wearable. A little more thrift store punk and less Burning Man. In my head I think of it as "delicately grim." I made a Pinterest account to track ideas for it if you're curious. Because of that, I've been pondering another 365 photo project: taking a photo of my outfit every day. I'm worried I'll be exhausted of that by March, though. Maybe I can aim for three outfit photos a week or something? It would certainly motivate me to be more imaginative and daring with my combos. I'm always inspired by [ profile] splix's fashion choices and combinations. It looks fun, but I don't have that varied of a wardrobe. Well, I can at least try it for a couple months and if I'm not enjoying it, nobody is going to force me to continue. One side benefit would be that the only appropriate mirror for such self-portraits is the one in my sewing room and taking a photo in there every day would certainly cause me to keep it a bit tidier.

In other news, the due South Sekrit Santa creators were revealed yesterday, so I can post a link to the piece I did for it this year: A Second Chance. I'm really pleased with this one. It used up the last of my maps of Chicago, though, and my last atlas entry for Canada. So if I'm going to continue doing these, I gotta go buy some more paper Chicago and Canada maps, which ugh. Not that they're expensive, but it seems ridiculous to buy new ephemera for my collages instead of finding them at the library book sale or thrift stores. I guess if anyone has old maps of either that they'd like to send me? The older the better, actually. Not like I have to worry about updated roads and such.

A list of all the works for the challenge are here.

Anyway. Happy New Year! I certainly wish a happy year on all of you still here and reading. I know at least a few people keep up with me here who don't even have LJ accounts so can't comment (hi, E-Dub!) and it's nice to know that I'm not shouting into a void. LJ is getting smaller and less active all the time. I know it's going to stop being a viable community eventually, but I'm sure I'll be one of the last hold-outs and I appreciate all of you who are also sticking around to the very end. Big, sexy kisses to you all.

clevermanka: default (going well)
The knowledge that I only need to work three days of five this week is what's keeping me from abject despair.

I had a stomach pain episode again last night. I think that's the third one this year. I'm grateful that it only lasted a couple hours and it wasn't as bad as others I've had. Not feeling great today. Very fragile and delicate. Also hungry, but no way I'm ready to put more than ginger tea with honey and coconut milk in me, though. I'm exhausted. Even though it wasn't as bad as they've been, that sort of pain really takes it out of ya.

Does anyone who still reads my LJ sell stuff on Etsy? I cannot figure out how to add more than one shipping profile to my items in Etsy, which means I can only ship things to US costumers. I hate selling stuff online.

The due South Sekrit Santa piece is done, though. Yay! It looks fantastic. I'll be able to link to it sometime in late December or early January, once they reveal the names of participants. Not that my particular art style isn't immediately obvious, but I like to play by the rules.

Several months ago I finally found coconut milk in aseptic packaging which was great because hurray no BPA and also, cheaper. So of course suddenly the supplier stopped supplying it. I stopped by the Asian grocer on a whim yesterday and they had a different brand of aseptic coconut milk in stock. It was Aroy-D (the previous one was Chakoh) and although I like Chakoh in the can a bit better than Aroy-D, Aroy-D in a can is quite fine so I felt safe in stocking up. Of course, this was not a great plan because this coconut milk is just awful. The fat does not mingle with the fluids and it's not smooth. When I put it in tea, the fat floats to the surface and, if left overnight, actually solidifies in the cold liquid. You can imagine the state of the unused portion of the container that I put in the fridge. This morning I attempted to emulsify it in the Vitamix, but I wound up basically making coconut butter and whey. I left the solids in the fridge at home and am interested to experiment with them. I have no idea what to do with the other nine boxes of this stuff I bought. I guess maybe I can cook with it? But the soup won't be creamy, since the fat just separates out and floats on top and really just doesn't look very appealing.

I am freezing in my office again today but that might just be lack of food and sleep.
clevermanka: default (winter)
Courtesy [ profile] redheadfae, have a cheat sheet for Costco pricing policies. The bit about "don't buy this b/c it's full price" is not so helpful to me, because most of the stuff I (and the folks I know who shop there) buy are things like tuna, toilet paper, and dishwashing detergent. That shit's never going to go on sale, and that shit's why I have a Costco membership, so....But it's super helpful, regardless!

I can't talk about it much because we're supposed to keep things mostly under wraps until creators are revealed, but my due South Sekrit Santa project is going so well.

Restocked the Etsy store yesterday and already have a sale! Yay! If you want some bloomers now that the weather is miserably cold, stop on by to see what's up. Four pairs in the new size D (XL) are there! Use code WINTER20 for 20% off.


Nov. 16th, 2014 08:54 am
clevermanka: default (emo guy)
Yesterday was Get Shit Done day. I think I succeeded. I:

Did a quick run-through of the thrift store (found three tees for layering and a button down for my first shirt surgery attempt)
Picked up the dry cleaning (omg you guys my dry cleaning guy is SO HOT and he knows my name)
Shopped for groceries (and barely got home before the snow started)
Roasted and pureed three butternut squash, three acorn squash, and a giant pumpkin (total of twelve cups of pureed squashes)
Made the face oil/lotion [ profile] hdsqrl recommended (recipe below)
Four loads of laundry (still gotta do sheets today)
Roasted pumpkin seeds (recipe below!)
Made dinner (cheated a bit--just braised a chicken breast and served it atop a pre-made salad mix along with some pan-roasted sliced almonds and balsamic/olive oil dressing)
Sat my ass down and read two fics before bed.

The face oil [ profile] hdsqrl suggested is super easy: 1/4 cup coconut oil, 10 drops frankincense oil and 8 drops lavender oil. It is amazing. I've used it three times now (yesterday afternoon right after I made it, then before bed, and this morning after a gentle rub-down with a cloth and warm water) and you guys my face is like a baby butt. Frankincense oil is not cheap, so if anyone local wants to try this mix, let me know and we'll make arrangements for you to use some of mine because half an ounce of essential oil lasts a LONG FUCKING TIME. Or, I guess if someone actually wants to pay me to ship some of this off to them, I could do that, too. I buy my coconut oil at Costco so it's not like I'm gonna run low on that anytime soon, either. The only problem with this oil is my skin feels so good I keep touching my face and I know that's a recipe for disaster (read: ZIT CITY).

Here's what I did for the pumpkin seeds:
~1.5 c seeds
1 T of a curry powder that [ profile] redheadfae told me about and I've been using in, like, everything since then: 2T coriander, 2 T cumin, 1 T turmeric, 1.5 t black pepper, 1/2 t mustard powder, 1/2 t ground ginger powder
1/2 t salt
1 T coconut aminos
1 T balsamic vinegar
1-2 t olive oil (to keep them from sticking to each other)

Rinse seeds and shake off in a colander, then pat the excess water with a paper towel. Mix with all ingredients and let sit for an hour (I have no idea if that is necessary, I was just waiting for the pumpkin to roast). Spread on a pan and roast at 325 for 20-30 minutes until seeds are brown and almost crispy. Stir frequently! Don't let more than six or seven minutes go between stirs or you'll be sorry. Let cool on a paper towel.

Today I'm working on my due South Sekrit Santa project and putting together a pair of custom-order bloomers for someone I know from The Toast who is doing a tradesie with me for a pair of her lace earrings (mine will be avocado green). They look so delicate and innocuous in the first photo, but click the second one for an idea of size. JUST LOOK AT THOSE AMAZING FUCKING EARRINGS.

Okay, finally? I have over half of Enrique Iglesias's albums (even the all-Spanish ones) and the only reason I don't have his entire discography (I'm lacking his debut album, as well as Quizas and 7) is I haven't been able to find them used (yet) and I try to avoid buying new stuff when I can (exceptions: Socks, Underwear, and Shoes). When I was G-ing S D yesterday, I put all his albums on shuffle and listened to him non-stop. Just. So. Good. It kills me that I don't really like his latest CD. *sigh* I guess it had to happen sometime. I BLAME PITBULL.

He's just so sexy and beautiful and fucking emo. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
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Yesterday I made a thing.

The entire living area and kitchen of our house is ceramic tile, so it can get pretty echo-y and chilly. [ profile] mckitterick bought a whole bunch of sample rugs (miniature versions of full room rugs) when the local Sears closed. He scattered them around the downstairs--areas where we sat or travel areas. I hated them. I thought they make the area look cluttered. I was constantly tripping on them, so they frequently got scuffed a few inches which meant they were always crooked and/or had a bit of the anti-skid mat peeking through. We gathered them up and stacked them in the sewing room for dance parties and I decided after Friday's party I was just not putting them back again. Instead, I was going to make one giant rug for the south side of the living area where we have a sectional couch and (usually) the dining table (our house has kind of a weird layout). Sunday morning I woke up ridiculously early (extra ridiculously early because of the time change) and decided I was just gonna do this thing.

So I lay them all out, matching sizes as best as I could so there wouldn't be gaps, then flipped them all over and then, using a giant tapestry needle and some heavy buttonhole twist thread, spent the next four hours crouched on the floor whip-stitching rugs together. Even though I used thimbles to push the needle through, my fingers are tender from having to grip the needle tight to pull it through the rug edgings.

It looks fantastic, though, and I'm thrilled with it. Now we just gotta buy some anti-fatigue mats for the kitchen so I'm not standing for hours on the ceramic tile when I do weekend food prep.


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