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Other highlights:

-getting dressed with a bunch of teens Saturday morning. High-Stair-ical
-Aurelia's dress. I'm so glad she said "Hen-ree-shen" to me because I've read the word and never said it, so I'm sure I'd have misprounounced it. Anyway, she was HAWT. When she got called up to receive her golden poppy award and the king asked her to do a little twirl, I leaned over to Donata and sang, 'I'm too sexy for my tudor, too sexy for my tudor, too sexy ba-by!'
-getting professional portraits with my family.
-I still have images of all the beautiful Venetian ladies in my head. And they were so perfect in their outfits. V and S had great hair and I specifically recall V's great make-up. Because they are a bit shorter than me, I kept thinking they were like beautiful, delicate porcelain dolls while I was some battle ship with radar on my head. I think they may have intimidated me out of doing Venetian because they do it so well. I wonder if ladies under 5'6" realize they can affect those of us over 5'6" that way.
-The duchess' ball - I visited for a while. It was loverly. I didn't realize there was the opportunity to learn to dance as well. Kudos to one and all.
-talking with Juana in the hall.
-meeting Muriel for the first time (Leon's lady). I'm such a lame-o about names and faces, I may need to meet her 2-3 more times for the first time before it sticks.
-Seeing Gillian wreathed in smiles. ... Wait! She's ALWAYS smiling. I guess I just enjoy it everytime.
-Brion/Marguerite's son, Noah, singing the muppet song while leading daddy by the hand through the A&S area in their drop-dead gorgeous 15th century clothing. Wowsa! Not only are they a gorgeous family, you can't pay kids to be that cute.
-Hanging with my girlfriend in her coral-beaded and spangled gollar at the A&S table. You've come a long way, Baby!
-Artistic kudos from people I respect. Being told by one of my all-time heroes in embroidery, a person who's taught me and who sets a bench-mark of excellence as a person and an artist, a person with the experience and knowledge to have an opinion I respect, that my sleeves are a master work rung my bell. When I talk to my students about goals, it's never about SCA accolades, instead it's about earning the respect of those whom you look up to as role models. I will never forget her words because they went straight into my heart (not my ego! lol).

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Jan. 11th, 2010 12:49 pm
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I ran 5 miles last night which was a bummer because in my fantasy plan I was supposed to run 8. Oh well. Missing runs Friday and Saturday and being on my feet all day Saturday might be the culprits. My plan for the half marathon has firmed up to a interval approach, so I think I only need to get my long run from 7.5 miles to 10 miles in the next few weeks. I'm home sick today, so I'll probably spend the day chilling out and then do the 8 miles in the gym tonight.

I spent last nights exertions doing a few things: cheering the calorie counter which shows me the theoretical results of all that effort, watching the gym tv (no sound) which was showing some badly costumed late night movie with something like "Seeker" in the title, and trying to figure out what my next big project is.

I have no idea what I want to make next. None. No big visions. I just did the big vision. I consoled myself that I still have my 2 project lists (costume and embroidery) and I will be getting back to Conal's Pelican and Isela's kirtle shortly. No doubt the kids will need something new this fall plus I've promised to make a Victorian jacket for a friend for next years Dickens. But there's no shiney picture in the back of my head flogging me onwards and it feels weird. I think my muse is probably putting her feet up and encouraging me to enjoy the sensation of completing something big.

But I have plenty to do.
*Focused playdates with the apprentices. I have buckets of love that I need to dump on them.
*I've made verbal commitments to visit 2 different people at their homes to join them in an day of patterning, design and sewing and I'm really excited.
*I'm going to put together a class proposal for IKINS for 2011 focused on something Italiano+costume+period letters - maybe the role of clothing in ceremony vs everyday life, how it differed. We'll see if I have enough material to pull that together to be worth someone's time to hear.
*I've offered to help get classes for our Collegium autocrats - many hands make work light.
*I'm also going to do a costume clinic sometime soon, which a few cohorts said they really need. The "Clinic" is where everyone brings some project they hate, finished or not, and as a group we help each other trouble shoot it. When we're done reviewing everyone's projects (and not everyone needs feedback, but it's there if you are stumped and want to bounce ideas off a healthy group of people who will give you the hard message in a sensitive way), we pull out seam rippers and begin our respective fixes. Everyone has said they like it and it helps them pull out the failed garments that have haunted their closets for years and either repair, recycle or discard them.
*Royal School of Needlework week long certification class in April (a week of gold work! bring it! yay!)

I bet my muse takes a little break and gets all inspirational later this spring after the RSN Class
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The event was fun. I got to see a lot of fabulous friends, long-absent friends, and made some brand new ones.

The "bird cage hat" was very eye catching. the power of the hat )

Real world vs Snow Globe World
I found myself reflecting on the melodrama of the SCA this morning. Living in Your own Little Snow Globe )
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I feel like I need to add some explanation. It occurs to me that people might wonder what journey of research and inspiration fueled this project and whether it's supposed to be entirely creative or represent something from the 15th century period. (See, I assume you have the same analytical process as I do and ask yourself the following questions even before embarking, which are: Is that a representation of how embroidery would have been utilized in the 15th century? Are those techniques appropriate for the application? What about motifs? overall design? supplies? etc)

Cut for long content background )


nevermind all that chat, show me the pictures )
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Nicholas turned 9 today. Yay! He got to choose dinner (McD), which we took home. I had cupcakes for us to eat afterwards. I put candles on his and light them, then turned off the lights, and Miss E and I sang to him. He was pretty excited. Then, since all his homework was done, we spent the evening playing board games and snuggling on the sofa. F got home and had presents. Apparently, unknown to me, Super N wanted something besides Legos; some sort of Star Wars game thing that plugs into the TV. Super N freaked out and leaped around the place once he unwrapped it. It was pretty awesome to see him be happy.

In fact, he's doing GREAT at school this week. I can't stop telling him how proud I am. He's even counseling Miss E to put on a happy face when she's being cranky at her teachers.

I just read ermine-rat's post about crazy seamstresses and 12th Night. I didn't intend to drive myself crazy with 12th Night projects. But ... I did.Why am I wearing a bird cage and feathers on my head? )

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