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It's humid today. I showered at 10am and my hair is still uncomfortably damp at 1pm. o_O This morning I texted a fellow ex-Rennie friend to say "I am literally ironing sheets right now and it's better than being out at KCRF." So for those of you who were worried I miss it? NAH.

I have a sinking suspicion that some of my headaches might be from my changing eyesight. While I expected to have deteriorating close focus, what's getting worse faster is my distance vision. After doing a lot of close-up work this morning (picking out stitching in some thrift store clothes I'm altering), I can tell how my distance vision has deteriorated since the LASIK surgery. When I close my left (dominant) eye, I can't distinguish separate leaves in the trees across the street anymore. There's something very Flowers for Algernon about this. I was 100% on board with needing reading glasses but I am in no way prepared for needing corrective lenses for distance vision again. I don't have the money to pay for a second surgery, and I'd have to wait until my prescription settled down, anyway.

This morning I made two pillowcases for [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick's new pillow (JFC king-size pillowcases are insanely expensive) out of an old sheet (hence the ironing sheets), finished the laundry, and cleaned the kitchen. \o/

Now I'm waiting on [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick to return from his write group. In response to my query about his plans for lunch, he said at 12:45 that he was finishing a scene. Right before I started this entry, I asked him if I could start another project or if he was going to be home within the hour. No response, but I know for 100% certain that if I start a new project, he'll get home as soon as I have everything pulled out for maximum mess which I'll then have to look at for the rest of the week until I have time again on Saturday to work on it. *sigh*

Life with a writer.

Whoop!

HE'S HOME!
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My phone is dying, which is probably for the best since otherwise I would never get rid of it. I have an uneven relationship with technology. I love using it but I hate learning it, so once I adapt to something (a version of software or a particular product), I am resistant to updates and changes. My phone looks like this:

Only (believe it or not) with fewer function keys. It's old. Old as in people-look-at-me-funny-when-I-use-it-in-public old. But the last time I cared about public opinion of me was, like, 1984, so... The problem is the voice function is failing and there's no guarantee I'll be able to hear you or you'll be able to hear me during a phone call. Not like anyone ever talks on their phone nowadays, but still. For the time being, those of you with my digits, text me if you need to reach me speedily.

Organizing my sewing room for bloomer production was moderately successful. I need to find some wire hangers, though, because the way I want to organize my thriftstore finds for re-fashioning does not allow for the size of plastic hangers. Well, the number of clothes and size of the closet do not allow. I don't suppose anyone local has a stash of wire hangers I could have/buy? I can find them pretty cheap online, but if I can avoid buying new, I'd rather.

I am not exactly thrilled to be back in the office today but there's only three more working days until my next four-day weekend. This vacation every Friday and Monday thing is fantastic. Hurray for burning off excess vacation accrual!

Today's Tumblr is Tuesday, July 21: Due South (part seven).
clevermanka: default (sew all the things)
Hello to the new people I met at Con*Strict who friended me here!



I slept ten hours in my own bed last night and it was beautiful. In case you didn't know, I fucking love my bed. I have an exquisite (and expensive) mattress, the bed itself is gorgeous, and I've embellished it with fringed fabric for curtains, tassels, fairy lights, and other random decorations (silk flowers, metal ornaments, etc.). It looks like something out of a modern Arabian Nights. It's a good bed and I miss it second only to [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick when I'm traveling alone. Well, it and being able to eat safely and reliably. But mmmm. Bed. I'll go hungry if it means spending more time in my bed which is exactly what I did today.

The topic of bloomers came up in Friday's Open Thread on The Toast and someone very kindly mentioned my Etsy shop. I got a few comments there and on Etsy about re-listing, and five people favorited my shop. So I'm going to spend this week getting the shop re-stocked, and listing the newly-made pairs since I have only ten pairs or so already made and the larger sizes are woefully understocked.

That means I have to transition the current state of the sewing room from set up for re-fashioned clothes to set up for bloomers and that alone is gonna take a couple hours of work. I'll pack my dance costumes into long-term storage during the re-org. I need to get rid of so much of that, but I'm not sure how. Hardly anyone buys used dance costumes, and the only things that might fetch a good price (my metal bras and coin belts) are the things I'm keeping.

I suppose I'd best get a move on. I haven't made breakfast yet. Or showered. I'm obviously still on Pacific time.
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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 (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 [livejournal.com 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.
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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 [livejournal.com 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?

Edited to add: HOLY SHIT MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THE U.S.A.
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I took today off last minute because yesterday at 3pm I got a call from the sewing machine store in KC and the woman said she loves the Huskylock 936 (she owns one, I think) and would love to give me lessons but she's only back in town for three days and then leaves again until mid-July. I said I'll be there tomorrow. So I have a serger lesson at noon today! Extra conveniently, I have an appointment with Dr. Jonah at 3:30 so I don't even need to make an extra trip to KC for this.



Obviously won't be online much today, so see you all tomorrow!
clevermanka: default (bobbin)
Yesterday I was wiped out. I was fatigued most of the afternoon and by the time I got home I needed to lie down. I lay down on the couch, didn't even take off my boots, and woke up 45 minutes later. I usually can't nap after 4pm unless I'm ill or absolutely exhausted. Oof. It was all I could do to muster the energy to eat a green salad and a banana with almond butter for dinner.

I hope tonight is better because it's my last free evening this week and I'd like to finish Apron 2 before the weekend. Speaking of sewing, every attempt to find classes or private lessons for using my serger has failed. Apparently I'm the only person in the KC/Lawrence/Topeka area who owns a Husquvarna serger. Why is this so difficult? FUCK.

BTW, for anyone thinking why don't I just follow the user's manual, let me assure you: I've tried. My last attempt at following the directions on dropping the blade for a topstitch resulted in the entire machine coming unthreaded and bending a needle. I can't even follow the directions for threading the damn thing. Whenever I have to actually re-thread it (and not just tie the ends to change thread), it's nothing but sheer good luck when it finally works. Seriously, it takes me about half and hour and at least a dozen tries and I've never figured out what I'm doing different on the times when it works. This is why my machine has sat, unthreaded and unused, for three weeks. I just don't have the energy to deal with it right now.

I am not a book-learner, y'all. I can learn facts from books, but that's it. Everything else I need to be shown. Multiple times. *sigh*

Today's Tumblr is Tuesday, June 9: Big Cats.

UPDATE: [livejournal.com profile] renniemom referred me to Harper's Fabric and Quilt Co., which for some reason (read: Google's shitty result modifications) didn't show on my search for "KC sewing machine retailers."

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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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.
clevermanka: default (bonecruncher)
I got some clarification from [livejournal.com profile] frugurl27 in the comments yesterday and then this morning in an email from KU's HR department about the furloughs and they will affect us in regards to the new fiscal year, starting June 7. So I still have a paycheck coming. That's nice!

Also nice: Last night I had enough energy after dinner to work on a new apron. My old one was (frankly) disgusting from nearly ten years of use and stains. I didn't quite get it done, but I'll be able to wrap it up tonight if my energy levels are similar to yesterday. But after last night's thunderstorms (at 3:00a and again at 4:30a), that's...not a certainty.

Also also nice: My left hip is hurting much less. It's only a teensy bit sore/achey now instead of nearly-debilitating. The improvement is, I think, a combination of starting to lose a bit of weight after a week of conscientious eating, easing up a bit on the PT exercises, and not sleeping with a pillow under my knees.

Someone on FB shared this with me today: Rejected Princesses. I'm not sure I like attaching the term "princess" to most of these women (and I'm not sure they would either), but the website itself is great.

Anybody who is on Tumblr these days (at least in the circles I'm in) knows it's kind of All Tom Hardy All The Time which is a nice change. I am 100% thrilled to see his face instead of Blenderdick Candycrush's (admittedly pretty but not as interesting to me) mug plastering my dash. Here's a sample of what I'm seeing for probably thirty to forty percent of my dash these days:




NO COMPLAINTS FROM ME

There are so few people around the building this morning that the motion-activated lights in the hall outside my office just turned off.

NO COMPLAINTS FROM ME

Miss Piggy honored with a Sackler Center First Award from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum



Gonna wrap this up with a story about yesterday. There's this house between mine and campus. It's always been a rental and it's always been little sketchy. Cinderblock construction, overgrown front yard, beer bottles and overflowing ashtrays on the porch, you get the idea. Lately there's been a really nice 70s Honda motorcycle sitting outside and once or twice I've seen a guy working on it. A few weeks ago I passed the house when the garage was open and it was packed with maybe ten ratty old bikes with maybe some scooters mixed in. Just a ton of junked-out bikes. So obviously this person does repairs/restorations and if that Honda is any indication, he's pretty good. Yesterday, someone posted to this to a local FB group. That's totally this guy's bike. So I thought I'd stop by on my way home and see if the dude was home and let him know. As I was walking up to the door, I had that This Is A Terrible Idea feeling. The house was dark and even the front smelled (from the beer bottles and overflowing ashtrays). There was yard work stuff piled in the doorway, covered in cobwebs and dirt, and the storm door was broken and hung open. The doorbell was broken, too, and when I knocked on the inside door I was honestly relieved that nobody answered. Fucking creepy house.

And that's the story of how I avoided being the victim of an axe murderer this week.
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Okay, well, I got almost nine hours of sleep Thursday night. Went to bed at 10p, woke at 4a, but thought I might be able to go back to sleep so I just lay quiet and I must've fallen back asleep because I woke up for good at 7a. GO TEAM. This morning I woke at 3:45a and couldn't get back to sleep. Well, at least I got nearly six hours.

This post came across my dash a few days ago, and I can't stop wondering--is that the back of the KU Student Union? It sure looks like it. I sure want it to be.

Hopes for today's productivity = HIGH. We're doing boxing this morning (changed our boxing day to Saturday because Sunday just was not working), and then I'm gonna sew my mom's xmas present. After that I can pack up and ship off my family's holiday gifts and I am done for the gift-buying for this year. [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick's stuff is already wrapped and under the tree. AW YISS.

I used to always have my holiday shopping done before T-day and it feels good to be slowly moving back to that. December is such a nightmare for me at work, and the weather is usually awful too, so it's a great thing to have that one task off my list before the month even starts. Anyone else like to get their holiday stuff done really early? Anyone else actually get their holiday stuff done really early?

And now, my current fave mash-up.

You're welcome.

GSD

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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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.

Outta here

Sep. 5th, 2014 10:51 am
clevermanka: default (Respirator)
More intentional movement stuff! I'm not a big fan of spot exercises or spot toning or whatever you want to call isolated things like crunches and bicep curls and quad extensions, etc. (and by "not a big fan" I mean "will mock mercilessly"), but integrated core work is super important for basic daily life. A strong core is crucial for good posture. And stop thinking about abs for godssake, though, your core is so much more than your fucking abs. So anyway, here are some integrated core movements for building strength and stability. Note how the whole body is engaged? No letting your arms or legs lie down on the job here. With the exception of the leg dips, these movements could be combined to make a great basic flow series. I would leave out that weird drop on the side-plank-with-twist, though--that just looks awkward and not so great for the low back.

In other news, I am preparing for another possessions purge. I'm clearing out my craft/studio room of project supplies that have lain dormant for ages. If you're interested in inheriting any of these things, let me know. I can't say precisely when I'll shed them, but it will be in the next six to nine months.

Ren Fest. I'm keeping one complete costume from my whore days, but the remaining stuff is outta here. My cloak, mug (because if I'm a patron I'm drinking out of a god damned plastic cup for the sheer joy of it), horn spoon, and even (yes) the giant picnic basket I used to haul all my shit around in. I could be ready to get this stuff out of my house this weekend in time for use at KCRF, which still has six more weekends, counting this one.

Beads. I'm making necklaces with the few remaining beads I can't bear to abandon, and the rest of them (as well as findings, tools, etc.) are going to a good home.

Fabric embellishment. My days of creating dance costumes covered in done-by-me shisha mirrors and other embroidery are over. If (and that's a big if) I create more dance costumes, they're not going to be tribal-esque costumes. I'll keep the coins and cowries because those are still appropriate for American cabaret (especially the 70s style that I love so much), but everything else (the tiny mirrors, the big beads, the odd applique) goes.

Water gun mods. I had a plan to paint and sell these, but I got frustrated with my low-quality paints and I didn't want to sink the money into more expensive ones that don't require five coats of each color to be opaque. I'm going to keep a few of them in case I want to paint some for just myself. A small group of them, arranged like an installation piece on a wall, would look fantastic. But I don't need twenty (more?) freaking water guns in my craft room closet.

Sewing patterns
. Time to ruthlessly cull the herd, here. I don't know how many I have, but I stopped counting at 250 and that was several years ago. I'd like to get some money for the vintage ones (just a couple buck apiece would be nice), but the modern ones just need to get gone. Obviously I'll keep the few that I can actually see myself making, but otherwise, BYE. If there's interest by non-locals, I'll get pics and post them. Otherwise, just drop me an email to schedule a time to come shop.

Miscellaneous crap. Vintage travel irons, metal card catalog drawers, fabric I will never use, craft books (let's be honest, I am never going to take up quilting), etc. I'll be listing those in a separate post once I'm to a point where I can actually get to this stuff.

Who knows what else I might find in there once I get this stuff out, too. Christ, I have way too much stuff in there.
clevermanka: default (sew all the things)
Seen on Tumblr: “It’s messing people up, this social pressure to “find your passion” and “know what it is you want to do”. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.” Sally Coulter

Also on Tumblr:


YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

My back is soooo much better. I walked up the hill to work again today! It's always better in the morning so that helps.

I've been sleeping well, too. The only change I've made is I'm eating more in general and also eating more carbs, especially late in the day. The first week after I hurt my back, I let myself binge on all sorts of carby foods and man I slept like a fucking baby. I even took naps a couple days and managed to sleep seven or eight hours straight through the night. So it's a good thing I've given up caring about losing this belly fat.

I've also given up the idea of a mid-life career change. I was playing around with the thought, but four days flat on my back reminded me of how much I benefit from the state of Kansas's generous sick leave allowance. I used to work at a (horrible) office that allowed three total sick days per year. And if I was self-employed, I would have simply been out of luck making any money those days I could barely even stand. So, yes, despite the issues of this job, I'll be staying here. I just need to find solutions for the things that bother me or stop letting them bother me so much.

I am so glad it's Friday. This was a long-ass week. I'm seeing some friends perform tonight at a tiny little hole in the wall bar just north of the river and Saturday I'm gonna do something in the sewing room--not sure what yet, but something. I got a custom order for a pair of bloomers this week and I made them last night. It'd been a long time since I sewed anything (months!) and it felt good. Maybe I'll make myself a sundress or something fun for Comic-Con so I don't spend the entire week in jeans and tee shirts.

Speaking of bloomers, remember they're 20% off with coupon code SUMMER20. It's good through July 20. I'm not taking any custom orders after July 16.

Edited: Thanks to The Toast Link Roundup today, I discovered that the Sherlock living room wallpaper comes in red. DID NOT NEED TO KNOW.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sherwood21, here is a pretty awesome-looking Sew Your Own Leggings tutorial.

Check out this fucking awesome weather page, made by one of [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick's students.

I'm posting a small collection of Thor 2 posts on Tumblr tomorrow. Beware, spoilers.

Last night's P!nk show was great! I'm not completely on board with the new trend of singers not actually singing for large portions of their concert, but with all the gymnastic antics P!nk performs, I'm willing to give her a pass. How in the world they coordinate her flying around the arena on a wire harness and land (near-literally) on a dime astounds me. Never have I seen backup dancers and singers look to be having such a fantastic time. She must be an amazing person to tour with. I thought it was strange that she won't say "fuck" during her live shows, but she's okay with her and her dancers simulating (sometimes violent and borderline abusive) sex. Um. I'm not a parent, but I'd rather children hear an F-bomb dropped than watch dancers pretending to hump and then slap each other around. Overall, though, I was so happy to be given the opportunity to go to the show and am incredibly grateful to [livejournal.com profile] athenaartemis for the ticket.

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Thanks to [profile] sherwood21, here is a pretty awesome-looking Sew Your Own Leggings tutorial.

Check out this fucking awesome weather page, made by one of [personal profile] mckitterick's students.

I'm posting a small collection of Thor 2 posts on Tumblr tomorrow. Beware, spoilers.

Last night's P!nk show was great! I'm not completely on board with the new trend of singers not actually singing for large portions of their concert, but with all the gymnastic antics P!nk performs, I'm willing to give her a pass. How in the world they coordinate her flying around the arena on a wire harness and land (near-literally) on a dime astounds me. Never have I seen backup dancers and singers look to be having such a fantastic time. She must be an amazing person to tour with. I thought it was strange that she won't say "fuck" during her live shows, but she's okay with her and her dancers simulating (sometimes violent and borderline abusive) sex. Um. I'm not a parent, but I'd rather children hear an F-bomb dropped than watch dancers pretending to hump and then slap each other around. Overall, though, I was so happy to be given the opportunity to go to the show and am incredibly grateful to [profile] athenaartemis for the ticket.

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A possible new iron? I've been looking for a new iron that lacks an auto-off "feature" for quite a while. This one does have an auto-off, but it's half an hour instead of the usual eight to ten minutes for most irons, which is beyond annoying for sewing projects. It comes highly recommended by sewists and quilters, so that's nice, too.

This is a really good quote, and something I remind myself about whenever I start to feel hurt when someone says something about White People. Although that happens less and less. These days I'm more like yeah, man, white people.

Oh my god, this gifset of Stephen Colbert reading Anthony Weiner's sexts.

Last night [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick and I went to see Max Brooks at the KU Student Union. It was...fine. I had no idea what to expect, which I think didn't help. I wasn't sure if he was going to talk or read from his books or what. What he did was sort of a stand-up routine with a Q&A session at the end. I'm not a big fan of stand-up, so that didn't help my enjoyment, but it was...fine. I disagreed with some of the statements on which he based his jokes, and that didn't help. But it was...fine. The best part of the evening for me was being in the same room as Mel Brooks's son. As we were leaving, some friends we'd sat with mentioned that they didn't expect him to be such an asshole. "He was an asshole?" I asked. Turns out he's the exact same kind of asshole that I am, so I didn't notice.

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A possible new iron? I've been looking for a new iron that lacks an auto-off "feature" for quite a while. This one does have an auto-off, but it's half an hour instead of the usual eight to ten minutes for most irons, which is beyond annoying for sewing projects. It comes highly recommended by sewists and quilters, so that's nice, too.

This is a really good quote, and something I remind myself about whenever I start to feel hurt when someone says something about White People. Although that happens less and less. These days I'm more like yeah, man, white people.

Oh my god, this gifset of Stephen Colbert reading Anthony Weiner's sexts.

Last night [personal profile] mckitterick and I went to see Max Brooks at the KU Student Union. It was...fine. I had no idea what to expect, which I think didn't help. I wasn't sure if he was going to talk or read from his books or what. What he did was sort of a stand-up routine with a Q&A session at the end. I'm not a big fan of stand-up, so that didn't help my enjoyment, but it was...fine. I disagreed with some of the statements on which he based his jokes, and that didn't help. But it was...fine. The best part of the evening for me was being in the same room as Mel Brooks's son. As we were leaving, some friends we'd sat with mentioned that they didn't expect him to be such an asshole. "He was an asshole?" I asked. Turns out he's the exact same kind of asshole that I am, so I didn't notice.

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This. Is. Amazing. A personal trainer fakes his own before/after shots. BRILLIANT.

Not so brilliant:



Members of Raghsidad performed a belly dance and cheerleading routine called "Kinetic Infusion" during the opening night party for the Fringe Festival at Spencer Theatre, UMKC Performing Arts Center, on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Fringe Festival, which features theater, dance, music, burlesque, film, spoken word, visual art and fashion continues through July 28. Go to kcfringe.org for more information on show times and locations.

WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK.

I ... guess? ... I shouldn't disparage this without having actually seen the number, but... I. just. can't. I can't. Cheerleading is a sport. I have a lot of respect for people who can do that crazy ass gymnastic cheer stuff. But it is not dance. IT IS A SPORT. Why pull random shit together with bellydance and call it FUSION? I hate it. HATE IT. Thanks(?) to [personal profile] redheadfae for the heads up.

I found out yesterday that these things exist. Japanese Flying Squirrels. Yes. Leave it to Japan to make something already cute even fucking cuter. I mean Come on. JEEEEZUS.

Fellow lovers of action/shoot-em-up flicks and badass women, Check. This. Shit. Out. Yo. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT.



Crypticon Costume Update: Last night I finished sewing the dress for Dead Girl and did a bit of work distressing it. It was weird to intentionally fuck up a garment not five minutes after finishing it.

I now have oil stains under the armpits and down the back for sweat, and I rubbed more oil on my thighs for stains where she has wiped her hands down her legs during chores, etc. [personal profile] mckitterick and I had an amusing time trying to tear the dress off me to make believable rips (one at the right shoulder, one at the left back), and I took a wire brush to various wear spots (collar, hem, shoulders, front bodice). I still want to get some dirt stains on the skirt but the dirt in our yard is too hard and dry. I also want to get a bloody handprint on the the front hem of the skirt (as if a man tried to grab her skirt from, oh, say, a pit in which she was trying to burn him), but I need to do some research on how to make a fake dried blood stain. Fake blood will stay red and that's no good. I want that ugly, rusty brown color.

A million thanks to [personal profile] orrin for finding information on how to create fake rope burns. Tonight or tomorrow I'll build her arm scar (it'll be a prosthetic, held on with spirit gum, so I can reuse it instead of rebuilding the scar every time). This weekend I want to get a photo of the test run of the full costume, in makeup. Then I can start building the character (a random, unnamed extra that I'm calling Pit Girl) from his other book. Pit Girl will be easier to dress than Dead Girl, since I don't have to actually sew her outfit, But she needs a lot of little fiddly things--charms, tattoos, accessories--that'll take some time to collect. Basically, in my head she looks like Occult Magic Practitioner Goes to Burning Man. She should be a lot of fun to build.

And finally:


FUCK. YES.
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Fans of SF films and TV shows who don't mind (or even like!) Nicki Minaj: go watch this vid.

The Avengers DVD is out in less than two weeks!

Today: Much sewing.

I haven't noticed a shred of improvement from abstaining from booze for two weeks. Not an inch lost (I've not been weighing myself), no increased energy, nothing. I'm wondering if it's worth keeping up with the Whole30. I know my mental health would be improved by a glass of wine...BLAH. Any thoughts?

I am strongly tempted by today's Tee Fury shirt.

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