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Brain has gone asplodey again.

I'm stuck on some of the upcoming projects, and with a four day drill this weekend, I'm not gonna get as much done as I wanted to.  Oh well, it's not like I need to sleep...

I've found the basis for the eagle, as well as the two heads, I think.  I'll use papier mache eggs as a mold, with wire armatures for the wings and necks.

I'm going to use a two-liter Coke bottle as the mold for Liam's lady, since it'll have that hourglass shape.  I'll cut the back of the bottle out, so the back is smooth, but I think that'll work pretty well.  She'll be in a black and gold cote and sideless surcote that will trail out to his mantle, I hope, so it's not like I've got nothing to do!

I've started laying out the letters of intent and think *maybe* I might be going a wee bit overboard.  Nah.  John's is actually pretty easy, the Greek aside, and Liam's will just take a while to lay out, more so than paint.  John's will be a dome, with the Greek lettering in three columns under the dome, and Liam's is a take off from the Manesse Codex, with a knight and a rose tree that forms the border.  We'll see how they turn out.
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But you probably already knew that.  I've started on a couple of scrolls.

The first is the archery champion scroll for Bryn Gwlad's baronial.  It's not too fancy schmancy, but I like it!

It's based on this style of ornamentation:

This is what the inked version looks like.  I'm waiting to find out what the text of the award will be, so that I can design a capital, though...

The second scroll I've started is for a friend's Award of Arms:

It's drawn off these two scrolls, almost copied, actually.  I suck at drawing animals right now, so, I borrowed from the Capodilista Codex to find a female knight.  (And no, she's not a knight, but I wanted a woman on horseback and this came up.  Hope I don't piss anyone off....)

The second one I took inspiration from just had a gorgeous border, and I loved the diamonds.

So, I kinda rolled them up together and ended up with this:

Sorry about the size difference!

Anyway, those are the diamonds on the border, with a quarter for scale.

If you'll excuse me, I have to go crazy now.
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And be aware that when I say pictures, I mean like 20 of them.  I'm not kidding when I say this entry will eat your brain bandwidth.

These are some of the photos showing the progress of my new armor kit.  It's going to be gorgeous and I can't wait for it to be done!

You have been warned... )


Jan. 9th, 2011 08:14 am
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These are pictures of the first red tunic, and the start of the second one.

They're AWFUL, but they'll give you an idea.

It's not quite so orange IRL, but it is BRIGHT!  You can barely see the detail on the facing, but I'll update when I have better pictures.

The following pictures are the start of the second tunic.  This is the facing that goes around the collar.  I usually do a double facing, and turn it from the inside out, so that the neckline is totally enclosed and neat.  One, it looks better to me, and two, it avoids the neckline rubbing an exposed seam on Ioannes's neck.

You can see the word "TOP" in one shot,  That's to remind me which side is the top side, or rather, which one will be seen on the outside of the tunic.

And a bit closer.  Not that you can see anything.

soldiergrrrl: (big blue)
I finished a project.  For the first time in...yeah, let's not talk about that.

Ioannes has at least one new fighting tunic.  Go me!
soldiergrrrl: (Device)
You all know, probably more than half of you want to, that I play in the SCA.

I was blessed to know our recent Queen and King, even just a little bit through LJ, and they were both gracious enough to allow me to help in small ways by being on entourage.   I wasn't able to help as much as I would have liked, but I am SO grateful that I was allowed to help, even a little bit.

I cannot begin to tell you how much just seeing that little teeny tiny bit of work the Crowns do makes me appreciate them even more. 

Yes, they rule because we let them, but honestly, they work damn hard at what they do.  To be fair, to be gracious, to be the ideals we all strive to emulate.

I won't say they weren't human, for that would be damning them both with faint praise.  No, they were human, with all the attendant joys, and sadnesses, frictions and emotions that come with the courtesies and pleasantries of being Crown.  They were both regal, beautiful, gentle, fierce and always, always, full of love for their Kingdom.  We are so blessed to have this be our tradition of Royalty in the SCA, and in Ansteorra.  This is what I have "grown up" with in the SCA, this is what I've come to expect, and I am so grateful to have such an ideal to look up to, no matter how short I may fall. 

Thank you, all of you, for the part you play in the Dream we share, and to our recent King and Queen, Vivat!  To our current Crowns, may You have a wonderful reign! 


Oct. 29th, 2009 01:11 pm
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My personal badge, (Fieldless) A dog's head erased ermine, collared Or., has been sent up to Laurel.  W00t!

Also, our household badge, (Fieldless) On a castle sable, two roses Or, has also been sent up. 

Sadly, Ioannes's badge, (Fieldless) On a double-headed eagle displayed Or, a tower gules,  was kicked back because of a conflict with an *owl* displayed.  Seriously.  Who displays an owl and why?  I mean, I'm sure it looks nifty, but owls aren't blazoned displayed. 

This was John's comment to my question about owls displayed:  Mistress Fevronia Murometsa, an exceedingly gracious lady who has already agreed to write a LoPTC.

soldiergrrrl: (Byzantine flag)
*bleah*  I am run down, but very excited.

Yesterday, we went to Saginaw to meet up with a lovely lady, Amalia of Elfsea and she kindly provided a pattern for a cote for me.

Also, because her personal cotes fit me like a very lovely glove, I bought two of her used cotes.  Yay!  I also have some lovely corduroy in the wash.  I have about seven yards of the cinnamon colored, so if I need to, I may do a parti-colored cote.  It may have to be brown and white, simply due to the yardage.

Alternately, I could do a grey and white cote.  That would be awfully pretty.

Anyway, also, we went to Round Table, also known as Red Tape.  John took the herald warranting class, while I took the seneschal's class.  I am not a seneschal right now, but we are trying to get a Stronghold formed near Ft. Hood.  That means that we'll be trying for Incipient status in the next few months, so we'll be filing shadow reports to get a paper trail going.

Excuse me while I flail about.

soldiergrrrl: (stick chick)
What we do for fun...

Look along the row of tents in the background and find the green one.  Go down from there into the fighters and find the two black war boards right next to each other.  Ioannes is on the right, as you're looking at the photograph, and I'm on the left.

Yes, my new helm really is that tiny.  It's so comfy, though!
soldiergrrrl: (Byzantine flag)

First things eternal thanks go out to[info]cenliamgordon  and my darling[info]sappersgt

I ordered a new helm from Ashcraft-Baker, and although it's a touch hard to get on and off because it's really little, Liam and I strapped it, and I wore it last night for the first time.  OMG.  What a difference it makes!  I can turn my head, because it doesn't bind up on my gorget!  I can actually see out the grill (contacts help there, too!) and it's as comfortable as I think I can expect!  Happy-ness!

Part of the happiness of the new helm is that it's fitting over my new gorget.  I'd been struggling with my gorget for a while, as it was just kind of wonky and my hair was catching on the velcro *constantly.* 

Look, I'm not that vain, but I do like my hair, and having it snapped off all the time was starting to seriously piss me off, so Liam suggested a "dog-collar" style gorget, and made one for me.  We lined it in smurf-skin, but I wasn't happy with it, so John relined it with some shearling.  Best.  Thing.  Evar.  It's warm, oddly enough, but the shearling didn't rub my neck raw and better yet, when I started sweating, the shearling didn't get slick and start to slide around like the foam padding would have but it stayed put and absorbed the sweat.

It was the coolness.

Last night was melees, and I died.  It was fun though.  A lot of fun.  :-D

So, I cut the pink caftan too small.  *facepalm*  Yes, I am running again, thank GOD, but still...cut the pink cotton caftan too small.   I figured I'd head off to JoAnn to grab some more of the apple green lining, but decided, since the home dec fabrics were on sale I'd check them out too.  Headed over to the silk section and found some silk for $17.99, and 50% off.  I thought about it, and decided I'd get the silk for a couple dollars more a yard, so I did.  The lining will still be the pink twill, but the outer shell will be a blush silk, much like the color shown here.  The silk I bought isn't the same, as it's not the same price, but the color is very very close.

So, if you're at BAM, look for the pink caftan with the white Hershey Kiss hat and that should be me.  On the other hand, you can probably find me on the melee field, too.

I think that's about all for me.  I think.  Probably not, though.

soldiergrrrl: (big blue)
Bordermarch Autumn Melees is coming up and you know...we have a distinct garb shortage around the house.  Well, John and I do.  Add to this moving and such, and well...we could be looking at wearing the exact same things we wore last year.  If that happens, it happens. 

(Damn, need to get the dogs boarded too, for BAM and Turkey Day!)

However, that's not quite what I want to happen.  I'd like to have some more stuff made up by then, so we'll see.  Right now, I'm considering an unlined caftan, in pink cotton twill.  Yes, it's bubblegum pink.  Yes, it's obnoxious.  Cope.  If you're going to BAM and you see this thing, you cannot tell me you didn't know it was me.  (That's if I get it done!)

I've got some more linen, that I can crank out a tunic or two for John before BAM, I think.  Nothing fancy, nothing really hand-sewn, but I think I can do it.

AGH!  Need to call PODS and get the delivery date for that set up too.  I also need to fax the orders to Karl, our landlord, and make sure he got my email about moving. 

What else?  Oh, yeah, going to WLC next Jan, so need to get cranking on that, too.  Fun. 

Um.  Not too much else going on.  Some folx I know are worrying about whether they'll have a military job in the next fiscal year.  I think so, because we have commitments that are going to extend us out for a while, no matter what, so with some judicious work and planning it should be okay.

Okay, not much else to say.
soldiergrrrl: (Loved I not honor more...)

One of the things that bugs me about people, and one person in particular right now, is that this person lacks...well...manners, for lack of a better word.  The person in question believes that politeness is something you reserve for...well, I'd guess almost no one. 

A rather polite email, regarding a situation that is rather delicate and fraught with emotional landmines was replied to with a couple of...short and pithy responses.  Classy.  Really, really classy. 

I mean, I'm sorry, but being rude and brusque isn't strength, it's a startling lack of it, along with lacking respect, grace and humility.  Yes, there are times when you simply must be strong, and some times when harsh language or actions are the only things that will break a situation, but unless it life or death (and yes, I mean that) why is this person's first reaction to be rude? 

Long thoughts on virtues under here... )

I am nothing more than a raw beginner, and I know not if I'll ever progress further than that, but I do try to live life by these things, in and out of armor or the Society.


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