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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 12:22pm on 31/12/2006 under ,
This one generates the "Twelve Days of X," where X is your LJ name. Mine produces the following:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, cathyr19355 sent to me...
Twelve cmats drumming
Eleven etains piping
Ten euzieres a-leaping
Nine fuzzface00s dancing
Eight flaviarassens a-milking
Seven mekls a-reading
Six cats a-costuming
Five info-o-o-ocom games
Four video games
Three martial arts
Two strategy games
...and a discworld in a history.
Get your own Twelve Days:

I kind of like the idea of "six cats a-costuming," somehow.
Mood:: 'silly' silly
location: here
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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 12:16pm on 31/12/2006 under ,
There's a silly New Year's resolution generator that churns out resolutions to order based on your interests list when you type in your name. (Thanks, [ profile] jenthompson!) I typed in mine and got this:

In 2007, cathyr19355 resolves to...
Find a better erotica.
Go costuming three times a week.
Put fifty cats a month into my savings account.
Apply for a new linucon.
Give up reading.
Go to the strategy games every month.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

As much as I love cats, I don't see myself putting 50 of them in my savings account each month. (What would they eat?) And I refuse to give up reading! But the rest of these are kind of cool. I'd *like* to "apply" for a new Linucon, but doubt that [ profile] landley and [ profile] mirell are up to it. I already "go to the strategy games" at our favorite games store, Games Keep LLC, more than once a month, and costuming three times a week strikes me as a darn good idea.

Anyway, Happy New Year to you if I don't post again before the big day!
Mood:: 'mischievous' mischievous
Music:: the shower running
location: home
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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 12:12am on 07/11/2006 under ,
Most of you won't care about this one, since it relates to my historic costuming hobby, but I just had to jump in. Thanks to [ profile] mccadieux, who got this from somebody else.

1. What is the unfinished project that looms over you? Bonus points if you can remember how long you have been avoiding it.
I have at least two of about the same vintage. One is a complete Birka-style Viking costume, from the skin out, which I've been "working" on (i.e., planning and buying fabric) for about 4 years. The other is an 1840s ballgown, which I meant to make for a LARP in 2002, for which I bought the pattern and materials and never started. My other projects are all more recent.

2. What is your secret sewing vice? It could be anything from not pressing seams to cutting against the grain. It’s the thing you do that’s wrong—and you don’t care!
I almost never finish seams. The seams of my garments tend to have seam allowances of varying width along their length and look as though the fabric was cut with a butter knife.

3. Which of your sewing friends do you envy and why?
[ profile] mccadieux and [ profile] jenthompson, because they are true perfectionists who not only try to sew it right, but to do so in the most historic manner possible. I like to know what the right method is, but caring about actually *doing* it (let alone doing it consistently) is beyond me. :-)

4. If you could steal any costume sewn by anyone you know—and that includes in the LJ sense of the word—what would it be and who made it?
You mean, assuming it would fit me? Probably one of [ profile] mccadieux's 15th century wool gowns.

5. You’re stumped about how to proceed on a project, so you ask for advice from your pin posse. What is the WORST advice you received?
I don't think I've ever asked for sewing advice--which is another of my vices.

6. You worked hard on the costume, got it finished, and now you hate it and never wear it. What is it?
The pink 1890's ballgown I made for another LARP. It's way too short (even after I sewed ribbon on the bottom of the hem ruffle) and the bodice gapes hugely around the neckline. I wore it through the game, but I'll make another gown if I need a ballgown for an 1890's LARP again.

7. Have you ever had a costume you made implode—while you were wearing it? Do tell!
No, though I've had plenty that slipped or slid and didn't quite want to stay put when they were on.

8. You know you shouldn’t wear it—the costume is soooo unflattering--but you love it and wear it anyway. What is it?
My gold "Eura" style dress.

9. Complete the sentence: I know I’m a costume whore because…?
I will cheerfully make any kind of historic costume, even for periods in which I have little interest, at the slightest provocation.

10. You are at some kind of costumed event. You are trussed up in the pranciest of your prancy costumes. You are wearing a wig. And feathers. You see a work colleague. Do you step forward boldly and claim your geekitude, or do you flee?
I sure do. In fact, I've done this. I met a former college professor I had while dressed for a classical Roman LARP, and I've worn my faux 17th century gown to a work party.
Mood:: 'geeky' geeky
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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 12:22am on 23/07/2006 under , ,
Having just written about the movie everyone's talking about, I'm going to bore you for a few moments with a bit of random scholarship that almost nobody even knows about.

Courtesy of a monograph entitled Tools for Textile Production from Birka and Hedeby, by Eva Andersson, here's an excerpt from a description of archaeological finds from tenth century graves at a Viking-era site called Hedeby, which is in an area that is now part of Germany:

In several cases the grave furnishings that have been found include remains of down from a cushion or bolster. Covers of leather have been found mainly in male graves, whereas the covers in female graves were mostly of textile material.

So the association between men and leather upholstery goes back at least 1,000 years. Who knew?
location: still Pennsylvania
Mood:: 'amused' amused


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