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.
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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.
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... )

soldiergrrrl: (Whimper)
Started badly and only got worse from there.

To wit: 



I was hoping to find out today if it's repairable or not.  *sigh*

I'm okay, I'm already seeing a doc for ouchies and sore muscles and I've cried my head off a few times.  This was a present from John, the first car bought for me because he simply thought it would make me happy.  Not because it was practical, not because it was a "good" idea, but because he knew I wanted one, and it makes him happy to make me happy.

If I haven't said it, my life rocks and I have the most amazing amount of love in my life. 
soldiergrrrl: (Default)
Yes, we had the Beer, Bruises and Barbeque party on Sunday.  I suck for not updating about it sooner.

I'll have to get to it sometime this week, I'm sure.  I know I will.  It just won't be today.

Suffice to say that it rocked, I found out our devices passed, and yes, Liam's cote really does look as awesome as I thought it did. 

:-)

Pictures to come.

Oh, and after last night, I want studio lights.  Lights, dagnabbit.
soldiergrrrl: (big blue)

I am *this* close to being done with my new tunic.  Then, I can focus on John's fighting garb.  Liam found some gorgeous trim to go on it, and in exchange, he's getting some gold and red trim, in addition to his Centurion eagle trim, to spiff out the bottom of the cote. 

Speaking of that fighting cote...Liam has done a fantastic job with it. 

He agreed to listen to me and slow down with the machine as well as hand-baste most of the seams rather than pinning.  Pinning would have been a lot faster, but the seams look so good!  He also flat felled them all, so the coat is darn-near reversible.  Slowing down with the machine also allows him to correct seam allowance and whatnot before it disappears under the needle and that's been a good thing. 

I'm really proud of him.  The bottom isn't nearly as fwooshy as I'd make it, but that's my personal preference.  Now, he's just got to make sleeves, and he's all set. 

So, my goal this week...finish up my tunic (and it's 99% handwork at this point, so I can work on it on the drive to Houston for the Quilt Show) and get John's tunic and pants cut out.  I managed to score a yard and half of heavy heavy dark blue linen that I'm going to use to reinforce the elbows, the collar and the cuffs so that they don't wear so fast, but I'm still struggling to understand the directions in Levantia's books on the collar slit for Byzantine men's clothing, so John may have to suck up the center slit for now.  I'm going to scan the bloody pages in one of these days and see if anyone else can make heads or tails of them.

Honestly, I'm way behind where I wanted to be, garb-wise, but at least I'll have something for Baronial and if I can, I'd like to make another new tunic for BAM, or maybe...just maybe a cotehardie.  I have some pretty bubblegum pink twill that would make a lovely cote.  ;-)

Speaking of cotes...[info]attack_laurel has a page on an interesting stitch technique on an Elizabethan garment, and I'm wondering if we have any evidence of this being used any earlier, like...oh...on a cote?  I'd love to try this for a cote, before I start working on my Elizabethan.  Excuse me while I giggle like a fiend.  Yeah, after I work on Turkish, German and Byzantine.  And a cote.  Then I'll work on Elizabethan.  (Ah hahahahaha hahahaha hahahahahah...*wheeze*...ahahahahahahahahahahah!) 

BTW, if you're doing research, and you're not so used to it, anyone have a good outline of how you go about it?  I can do research for news stuff, but costume research is totally out of my league.  I just don't know how to do it.

Okay...off to the salt mines with me!

soldiergrrrl: (Byzantine flag)
So, you might want to skip this if you're not interested in the Society. 

I'm running into my usual "want to do too much, with too little time."  

I want to fight.  Yeah, need to get my ass out there and practice.  I'll get right on that.  After work and moving.

I want to sew.  I'll do that, too, once I get the sewing room set up and find a place to cut out fabric.

I want to learn so much stuff, and I don't know where to start!  

*flail*

How do you fit it all in, if you've got a job that eats your life, like mine can?  Sersiously, I'm starting to think about packing a "handwork kit" to take on trips with me.  

*flail* 

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