soldiergrrrl: (Scribal)
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.
soldiergrrrl: (Scribal)
Again.

I've managed to turn out an archery scroll for Bryn Gwlad, and the invite scroll for TRH Aaron and Amelot Lisette's coronation. 

Pictures of both to come later, after they've been awarded/sent out.

Now, I turn my attention to letters of intent and crests for the Legacy of Lions event in October.  *blink* 

Ioannes wants a demi double-headed eagle or issuant from a tower gules, and Liam wants a woman, holding an a quill and...a flame, I think?

*blink*

So, papier mache, here I come!
soldiergrrrl: (Pink Rose)
This is a recap post, and crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] gardening

We've been doing some work on the front yard lately, and I wanted to crow about it.  It's not as awesome as some of y'all's gardens but considering what we started with, I'm please as can be!
 
This is what we started with: BORING!!!!



Progress... )
soldiergrrrl: (Pink Rose)
Between fighter practice on Tuesday and stump pulling yesterday and today, I am one sore chick.

But!  I'm so happy about what we're doing that it's not funny.  Poor Liam is going to have to deal with all this new stuff when we're gone different places, but ooooooh!  It looks sooooo shiny!

Lemme show you!

This is what the front of the house used to look like:



Icky grass, UGLY hedges, and not a flower in sight...

Well, this is what it looks like now (or at least for the next few hours...then there will be MOAR stuff!):





Tomorrow, the last of the ugly shrubs are going to be pulled up and more roses put in, I think.  There will be climbing roses on the columns of the front porch, and another climber on the wall next to the established climber.  Tomorrow, we finish putting in the roses, re-lay the soaker hose and and take shameless advantage of the city's free mulch program.

The front of the house look SO much more inviting, already.  Granted, we're going to have to learn to take care of roses, but I think we can do that.  I've already found a great feeder/insect control/disease control solution from Bayer, so I'm thrilled with how it's all turning out.
soldiergrrrl: (I have no clue what I'm doing...)
I got for Christmas. This one:



and I'm finally out and about on it a bit.  I'm nervous as hell, lemme tell you.  NERVOUS.  She's bigger than my last bike, and has a fair amount of power, but I love her.  (Her name's Rook, in case anyone wants to know.)

(God, this is sooooooo disjointed.)

I've taken the basic rider's course, and did pretty well.  Slow speed stuff makes me wibbly, but I'm getting better.  I took her to the gas station to fill up and got in and out okay, although it took me a lot longer than it should have to actually feel like I had enough room to make the turn, and the subsequent right hand turn to get home. 

Liam has been out riding with me, and we've got headsets, so he's been wonderful about keeping me focused and steady.  :-)

The only thing that makes me nervous is that he's a much better rider than I am and he's way more comfy on his bike.  See:  Much better rider.  :-)  He's apologized for seeming like a hard ass about getting me out and around, and if I feel like he's pushing me to go faster or on bigger roads than I feel ready for, I'm supposed to tell him. 

This is going to become my commuter bike, although that's a bit off in the future.  Getting to work is one thing, since traffic is pretty light at 0600, but 1630 is a whole different animal and the idea of stop and go on an overpass makes me want to barf. 

Headsets are charging, and we'll be heading out again after dinner to make the inner loop, and whatnot.  We'll see how it goes.
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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... )

Pictures!

Jan. 9th, 2011 08:14 am
soldiergrrrl: (big blue)
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: (Default)
So, I went to see my doctor on Thursday.  I needed a refill on my meds, and she put me back on a med I'd stopped taking.  It's a great drug, and I love being on it.  The reasons I went off are myriad and not really for public consumption, but let's just say...I have been taking it for four days and I can tell it's building up in my blood.  I'm focused and productive.  (In fact, I'm about to go upstairs and be *more* productive!)

I've started to want to wear makeup again, and have finally taken a good look at the ick that my depression has caused around the house. 

Damn, where the hell have I been the past few months?????

The NYE Pajama Party was a win.  TOTAL and utter win.  We watched Despicable Me, and Incredibles, and had a blast.  I was so lucky to have [livejournal.com profile] pancua , [livejournal.com profile] perilousknits , [livejournal.com profile] cenliamgordon , and the rest of our friends around to ring in a year that is going to freakin' ROCK.  IF you weren't there, we missed you!  If possible, this will become a tradition.  (Wheeee!  New jammies every year!)

I've gotten good news on the homecoming front, although I won't say much past that. 

Oh, I'm working on de-stashing the icky fabrics from my sewing room and getting it organized up there.  I need to sew.  Badly.  Really badly.

Uh.  That's all for me right now.  I'm going to go find a snack and then go clean up the sewing room.

And so...

Nov. 27th, 2010 11:48 am
soldiergrrrl: (home improvement?)
The living room floors are coming along nicely.  My hands are fairly blistered, but those heal.



The darker floors are going to help with the fact that all of the walls soar to the second story and the space is...HUGE.
soldiergrrrl: (OMG!)
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

http://hlwoods.livejournal.com/92292.html

It's so COOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!

(Yes, I really am this excitable in real life, too.)

Oh dear.

Sep. 16th, 2010 03:48 pm
soldiergrrrl: (big blue)
I'm sewing again.  Or at least planning to sew.  I have a bunch of stuff to finish for John, and some good information on a more correct style of tunic for him.  Then, gamboised cuisses, basically, and a new fighting tunic and he'll be all set.

For me, though...Well, now.

Our barony's Candlemas, in February, is themed as "A Night in New Spain."  Set in 1566, it's a great chance for me to play with a style of clothing I've wanted to make for a long time.  Late-period, fancy stuff.  As illustrated by...



Granted, my fabric is not that lucious red silk damask, but hey... I can't have everything, can I?

My fabric is this: 



I'm REALLY hoping it's as awesome as I think it is. If not, I'll be off to the races to find something else...but I'll be able to upholster the couch!
soldiergrrrl: (Beloved)

How it looked at the start.


From the door of the office, looking out into the hallway.  This is a HUGE improvement from what it used to look like.  The PLANT isn't on the buffet any more.


Standing at the buffet, looking toward the front door.  The PLANT has found a new home.  Now, the question is...WTF do I *DO* with said PLANT?


Looking into the office from the buffet.  Liam's computer is, well, where Liam is, mine is just behind his, and John's is to the right.


Looking up at John's desk.  I shot this low so I could get the artwork on the walls.  :-)  Hey, [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar , you should recognize something in this picture.  So should [livejournal.com profile] haldira !


Liam's desk.  Baseball is srs bizness, yo!


My desk, now with more pink flowers!


The shelves just to the right of my desk.  You should definitely recognize these, [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar .   Your art, in it's non-native environment!


And, last but not least, the drafting table corner.

I wish I had more pictures of the hardwood going in. It's much like laying tile, in that it is laborious, but not difficult.  In fact, it's pretty easy.  Liam had to make some pretty fancy cuts to go around the rounded edges on the columns, but really?  He did a great job!  We won't talk about how much adhesive ended up on me, though...

And now...it's dinner time!
soldiergrrrl: (Device)
is there anything more fun than writing award recs???
soldiergrrrl: (Ain't quite right)


It's not perfect, and maybe one day I'll get another IBM model M to play with but for now?  I'm happy!
soldiergrrrl: (Ain't quite right)
Yes, I know...there's something wrong with me.  Really, really wrong.













So, that's what it looks like now.  :-)  I'm pretty happy, although if I did it again, I'd probably go with a brighter pink so the grey keys aren't quite so mauve.  Oh well, I'm happy.

Really...

Jul. 18th, 2010 02:08 pm
soldiergrrrl: (Kiss)
I can't begin to express how lucky I really am.  Even through chat, my husband cracks me up.

Other people I cherish make me smile and laugh in text, on the phone, or through email. 

The amount of laughter in my life amazes me.  I'm surrounded by it, and I am so beyond happy that some times it scares me.

Blessings, I has them.

And now...

Jul. 10th, 2010 10:20 am
soldiergrrrl: (Default)
proof positive that maybe, just maaaaybe, we have too many books.



This is the upstairs hallway.  The niche that was there, and is now covered in books, appears to have been *made* for paperback bookshelves.  Since no one actually *makes* affordable paperback bookshelves (AKA DVD shelves, which are STUPIDLY expensive for some reason....), my Best Friend of Awesomeness and Kitten, and her Husband Who Does Not Suck, came down to help us make these.  YAY!  Now, since we know how to do it, we'll be making a LOT more of them.  In fact, there's another spot, on the opposite side of the hallway, that will have deeper shelves in it, such as craft books.

Seriously, why is it that I can get sorta-kinda decent bookshelves...okay, never mind. Good shelves, for ANY thing, are stupidly expensive.  The total cost of materials for this set was probably $175 total.
soldiergrrrl: (Morale)
When you finally dig out from The Pit, it's amazing how blue the sky really is.

The past few months have been hard.  For me, for John, for Liam, for Amalia...for everyone.  I was stuck at the bottom of The Pit, and coudln't find my way out, and honestly...I didn't really care.  I was lackadaisical about taking my meds, wasn't eating well, wasn't taking good care of myself and basically...just existing, not really living.

Well, things are getting better.  I'm back on medication, I'm eating better, I'm taking better care of myself, and taking vitamins.  (I totally blame Amalia for all this hippie shit, like eating better and taking vitamins and stuff.  It's SO totally her fault.)  I feel better than I have in a while, and I like it.  I *love* feeling like me again.  I love having a weird sense of humor, having focus, having appropriate responses, instead of being all over the map.  I love feeling like I'm able to get stuff done, instead of pushing it off to the side, in order to avoid thinking about it.  I like knowing that there's something going on in my head other than "get through today.   Don't even *think* about tomorrow."

Damn, but this is good.

And to my friends and family...thank you.  Thank you for putting up with me, for encouraging me, for holding me when I cried.
soldiergrrrl: (Coffee-running late)
First and foremost, Christ is Risen!

All in all, it's been a good weekend. 

I'm feeling MUCH better, and think that I've mostly kicked the crud I picked up after GW in the butt. 

Friday, we committed gardening, and got a section of lawn sheet mulched and planted with stuff.  Mostly some pink-flowering plants Liam's little boy picked out, a white-flowering plant his little girl picked out, the Peace rose that followed me home from Lowe's, and some Asiatic lilies that I was going to plant by the door, until Liam noticed they needed full sun, not part sun.  Whoops.  So, that area's just mulched and I'll figure out something to put there.

Saturday, we headed to the Leander VFW (I'm now a member) for an Easter egg hunt.  They had 3000 eggs, but really, the kids didn't manage to get many at all, because the bigger kids were faster and, well...meaner isn't quite right, but it's close.  So, Liam snuck out to MalWart and got eggs, jelly beans and robin's egg candies for an egg hunt here this morning.  :-)

Last night was Pascha, and I'm not terribly happy with the pictures I took this year, although I'll post some of them under a cut so John can see.  I staggered in about 0400 and slept until right around 0800.  Got up, wandered around a bit and Liam kicked my butt back to bed so I could nap some more. The second best part of the night?  John called and we chatted the entire way home! 

After I was finally upright, and had some coffee, I made arrangements with Deane (John's best friend, who is home on R&R from Iraq) to see Clash of the Titans.  Honestly, I wasn't expecting high art (c'mon, have you seen the original?), and it was fun.  It was pretty much every great role-playing game I've been in wrapped up in one package. 

(For those of you who don't game, the next paragraph can be summed up as "dork dork dork.")

We had the Great Big Antagonist, the Reluctant Hero, the Plucky Sidekicks (who die), the Plucky Sidekicks (who come back to save your ass), the Bodacious Chick, and the Exotic Mount.  Also, see Giant Creepy Monsters, and Freaky Cultists.  There was a cute nod to the original, although I was kind of disappointed they didn't do more with it.  There were some WTF moments, and some amazing logic roll fails, as well as some total natural 20s in the combat scenes.  Also, pls to be explaining Greek gods in Gothic plate armor?  (Whoever shines Zeus's armor...wow.  I don't wanna know how many points they've dropped into "art- polishing."

Sadly, Deane has to head back to the sandbox tomorrow, so that sucks.  He's where I'm heading, so I'm hoping to see him again soon.  (Well, I'd really rather we both be in the area, rather than both in Iraq, but hey, I'll take small victories where I can find them.)

Now, I'm about to go crawl into bed.  Tomorrow is coming up faster than I want it to!

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