soldiergrrrl: (Device)
Because that's a good place to start.

This weekend was Her Stellar Majesty Queen Amelot Lisette de Blamont's Queen's Champion and Guardian of the Queen's Hope Tournaments.  The Stronghold of Hellsgate hosted the event and evidently, we did well.

The event was held on Camp Mabry, in the camping area and the site was declared a winner by just about all and sundry.  There was a charity race being held on post the same morning, so we had a bit of a SNAFU with the traffic situation and road closure, but overall?  It went really well.  The gate guards were polite, professional and got our folks through the gate with little to no hassle. 

I did the site tokens, and they were pretty well received I think.  Basically, I copied a page from a German fencing manual, then copied that painting with some quotes, to make bookmarks.  The originals were framed for HRM, as her site token.

I also ended up with waterbearing, not that I minded.  It just kinda slipped Liam's mind, and so I grabbed it.  Sara and Ghilean helped like crazy, though, so I appreciated them manning the table when I couldn't or was off being a social butterfly.

Overall?  OMG great event.  Exhausting, but fun, and everyeone seemed to have a good time.  I also made the Queen cry, first thing in the morning, so I count that as a win.  (They have all go to invest heavily in waterproof makeup.)

Uh.  Other than that, not much else going on.  Tired and sore from the weekend, but back at work and trucking along.

This weekend coming up is a quiet weekend, and then next weekend is 3 Whosiwhatsis, where I WILL be fighting.  In fact, I've got ONE scroll lined up for Gulf Wars, and that's IT for a while.  I'd like to concentrate on my fighting, and get at least some of the rust knocked off before I take on another commission, so I'm going to tie my hands to my knees so they don't float up any more.
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: (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: (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.
soldiergrrrl: (Device)

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... )

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: (angry bunny)
I'd like to know where Winston is, but even if I could stand to ask, he'd just lie to me.  All he ever did was lie.  There are days when I'm still amazed I was SO stupid, and fell for his bullshit.

*snerk* 

:-P  Some times, I learn really really slowly.  He was one of those times.

Have I *ever* mentioned how much John's honestly played into why I fell in love with him?

ETA-  Winston is the dog.  The ex is the one who lies.  ;-)
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: (superb cast)
So, I've finally shed the last vestiges of my life with Syd.  The Blazer had served me well and faithfully, but slowly but surely, was falling apart.  It's not that surprising.  With 175,000 miles on her, and some really hard use, she was bound to show her age.  Add to that, she was a reminder of a horrible time in my life and really...it was time to pass her on. 

So...I traded her in and bought a little silver....minivan....Yeah... a little silver minivan.  (And the first person who asks about kids is going to get deleted, I swear to freakin' Bob....)  It's a Nissan Quest, and it's really cute!  I think it's a she, and I still need a name for her, but I'm happy.  She's pretty zippy and responsive and OMG more comfy than the Blazer.  WAY more comfy.  Considering we routinely haul three adults (one of whom is screamingly claustrophobic), two kids, seven-foot tent poles, nine-foot spears, swords and armor, along with assorted camping accoutrement, it really just seemed like a better idea than another SUV.  Also, seriously, much easier to load stuff in to the van, with the lower deck.

Over all, I'm happy.

Now, to go put an SCA sticker on the window.
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.

In case...

Jul. 23rd, 2010 09:53 pm
soldiergrrrl: (Scribal)
Anyone was wondering what madness I've been up to...

you can click here... )
soldiergrrrl: (Device)
Well, the scroll is in Oklahoma by now, and I'm biting my nails to the quick with nerves.

This is the final product.  I can see almost nothing but what's wrong with it, but for a first effort, I'm happy.  I need to work on smoothing out my color, a LOT.

 

 

soldiergrrrl: (Device)
 



 

That's all the progress for tonight.  I was thinking of starting in on the green, but I need time to mix the color right and time to paint it all once I get the color correct.
soldiergrrrl: (Device)
Well, it's getting closer!  Here's the start of the calligraphy on the original.  Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cenliamgordon for the calligraphy work!



Sorry it's sideways!

Okay...

Jul. 3rd, 2010 06:22 pm
soldiergrrrl: (Aaaaah!)
So, what have I been doing in my spare time?  Besides wishing some Dallas peeps could go pick this up for me and hang on to it until I can get up there next weekend??

http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/fuo/1815775367.html

Well, working on a scroll.  Our Stronghold is holding our first event in August, and so, I decided we needed to do invites.  Personally, I blame [livejournal.com profile] zaphod_groupie , because our group got an invite to an event she was doing, and well...that kinda made me all keen on doing it too!

Well, because I am insano in the braino, I decided to take on the idea of making this invite.

I've done...three...scrolls. I think.

So, what else to do but go all out?  This is not inked yet, but it'll give you an idea.

So I don't eat your friends page... )

Oh, good.

Feb. 9th, 2010 11:32 am
soldiergrrrl: (Down not out.)
I snarked something, that well...probably shouldn't have been snarked. 

I put my foot in my mouth, although I'm glad it spawned some interesting discussion and some IKA.  That being said, I really don't *like* being a bitch, but I wasn't as careful as I could have been in expressing my frustration, and so...I offended and hurt some folx.  I'm working on fixing that, but damn...this is one of those days I really wish the comm rules didn't forbid deleting a post, yanno?

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