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ianuk: (butterfly)
Managed to do some relaxing, some antiquing, some adulting, some parenting, some knitting, some spinning and heading out to the fair. Not too shabby.

I got a new to me spinning chair:
My new spinning chair. British made. It was bought in 1962. We are pretty sure it was made well before then. #spinning #fiberart #woodworking

Mel and I hit a newer antique mall and had a good time. Got Benton from school and had a nice Friday night. I may have had too many margaritas.

Saturday I relaxed while the boys went to the dojo and then we headed to the Pima County Fair again to do rides and carnival stuff as well as the exhibitors hall. I bought shoes...at the fair but how could I not?
I liked them so much I ordered another pair in blues. #shoes I also ordered them in blue....

We got home and had a nice evening in. Sunday dawned at 345 in the morning with Benton falling head first off of his bunk into his trash can. I stayed up with him until he could sleep which was about 5am. He's okay, a bit bruised and reminded of why you need to put your head at the head of your bed. He had flipped around and slid down the opening at the ladder. Sighs. At 6am the cat broke int the bedroom, at 630 mel got up for Black belt testing for the dojo and mercifully I and teh boy slept in until about 830am. I was still zonked though and I managed clean up my library corner of books, patterns, yarn etc. I tidyied everything and now its useable as space. I also got out things for projects since Saturday night I finished my Darth Rainbow socks.

Finished! #operationsockdrawer #smoothoperator #knittersofinstagram

Mel got home at 345. Icka was over chatting since I found her something cool while shopping friday. I ran errands and then was home to cook dinner and then to work for a while before setting my spinning wheel back up to spin some fiber while we watched a movie.

All in all an okay weekend....wish I had more done but it was nice none the less.
ianuk: (batman)
Thursday was crazy working and then leaving early to get Ben for his group therapy appointment. We were 30mins early so that meant we headed to Fabrics that Go around the corner. I got a pretty veil for me and a gift one for Baroness Brighed for her stepping down on Saturday. I got some neat sun batik for Benton and a really nice red black and white plaid. Got done and headed back to his appointment. Ben did fall in absolute love with a soft leopard print that if it hadn't been $30+ per yard I would have gotten him some.


So Thursday is group therapy day and she has 2 sessions, younger boys and older boys. The older boys start coming in while the little guys are in session. I need to bring headphones and to sit against the wall cause boy are they loud and disruptive while I was working on drawings. We headed to Beyond Bread for dinner where Benton ate his fill. And then home for bed by 8pm. Mel's flight had been delayed and delayed and finally touched down about 1030pm and he was home by 11pm. He was tired but he got me presents of a double decker bus coffee cup and the brit version of The Cursed Child. Ben got a Brit Lion, a GB Olympics Team t-shirt and a Gruffolo book.

While I was waiting for Mel to get home I finished the cyber dread falls for the convention. Though I won't be wearing the one set with the Lolita...[livejournal.com profile] danabren is right...it looks like a jelly fish.

I also worked on Socks this weekend. I was inspired by finishing the Slytherin socks and pulled out Mel's Caution Socks and put a cable down the center which I'm liking.

And I cast on 2 pairs for myself since my second set of Signature sock needles arrived. I am making a rainbow/black striped ones and a pretty sparkly set.


Friday was busy with errands, the van driverside window mechanism breaking (thank you Jack Furriers for fixing it fast!) and my hair cut/color and errands before we picked Ben up for his followup appointment about his lungs. He got put on Singluar to help with the asthma and allergies. Additionally, we made the followup appointment to get him eval'd for ADHD meds. This is a preemptive strike since the school already hit him with a referral, he gets 3 before he is suspended. Sighs. Ben did not have a good day, he hadn't the day before so when we got home and I made dinner of lamb chops, mel took all of his toys out of his room. He was not happy about that but tough cookies. He went to bed whiny but well fed. He really, really likes lamb chops. I worked on the socks friday night. I was just not into starting anything else. Though I did get to sewing the crown under dress seams so I could have hand work the next day.

Saturday we got going for Mon's Investiture. Mel was very out of it. The jet lag was catching up fiercely but he was maintaining being awake etc. Ben did good during the day playing with Mason and keeping out of trouble. I sat at the back corner of the event and let it pass by while I sewed and chatted with Ari, Jules and various other folks. I got half way through the dress during the event before I called a time to go home cause I was toast. That site makes my allergies really bad. Got home, had leftovers and a whiny kiddo. Mel didn't even get through dinner before he passed out. Ben went to bed and then had screaming terror fears from stuff he over heard on the playground. It was lots of cuddling, snuggles and signing "My Favorite Things" to get his mind off of the scary things. Sighs.

I sat and finished the dress and knit on socks until late. My left tear duct in my eye was very swollen so I took some benadryl and hot compressed it. Which means I woke up horribly drugged out. Sighs. I got coffee and breakfast before I started to feel better and then I avoided paid work to clean up my studio from the crazy cosplay frenzy for the crazy crown frenzy, cleaned up the front room from the detritus of the previous days event and got my test fabrics out for Choli sunday building with Ari.

I managed to get the neckline cut/ pinned and machine sewn with the bound edge machine sewn ready for the hand stitching on the turn as well as the racing stripes on the sleeves before I headed for errands then to Ari's. I did not find what I wanted at Kohl's but I did hit a jewelry sale (SHINY!). Then we sat and got things worked out for my choli/vest/bolero patterning. Yay! I now have a plan. My goals are Tuesday, finish the under dress for crown, Wednesday Finish the over dress for Crown, Thursday night cut out the choli/Vest/bolero and maybe sew but I'm not guaranteeing it. I may drag the sewing machine with to sew on Friday/Saturday nights but not sure. I hope to get the choli done at least before we leave. But we shall see. I may just stay up way late the next few nights and get things done. We shall see.

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ianuk: (lazycat)
Yesterday was odd but okay. I worked hard and then picked up Benton at Mary's gym. Mel called quite tipsy from Britain while I was driving. Ben was squirrely the entire evening and went to bed in tears. You insult me, you don't get tucked in. Sighs. Its not been a great week on behavior. I'm pretty sure friday while he's at school we will be removing all of his toys from his room. Sighs.

I pulled out the Lolita and got the sleeve trim sewn on, it was only pinned on teh one sleeve. We had stopped at Hobby Lobby and I got ribbon to finish. The man at the front asked me how my day was and I answered honestly "pretty sucky" which I guess he didn't expect. You ask that kind of question you get an answer you might not like. I got the trim done and then decided on the bottom trim on the jacket. I had thought I'd use the thick trim but with the bustling it would have been too stiff so I used the thin trim and I'm quite happy with it. I then pinned the bustle rosettes I had made on and called it done. IT was late but the women's sand volleyball was on and I attempted to figure out how to hike that skirt section up on the loli but did not trust myself to do delicate pleating up work when tired and after 10pm. I mucked around with the alligator clip attachments on the buns and added a few bow that I need to sew on to the buns. Yes, I bought premade small bows cause they were cheap and will be consistent for what I need.



I also was an adult and packed lunches and did the cat boxes since mel was not here to do his chores. I also got the trash/recycle bins moved out into the sidewalk for this AM. This was good cause this AM I'm tired and just a bit toasty from so much work. I have plans for sewing tonight which will mean I finish the hydra cheerleader and the loli skirt and the base sewing of my over dress for crown. Mel will be home (hopefully) by 8pm, I may be going out to karaoke. We shall see. I may just be in project hiding mode after taking Ben to his first group therapy session. I have to leave work at 3 to pick him up by 4 and get him to his appointment by 5pm. Sighs. Bringing work along so I can get going on this papwerwork avalanche.

Tomorrow is massage, haircut/color and doc appointment for Ben for his lungs. I need to sew the over dress of the crown clothes including getting the neckline done by the evening so I have hand work for Saturday. I don't expect Mel to be in any shape to do anything so I'm thinking in terms of single mom stuff at least until Saturday. We shall see.

Sunday I'm heading to Ari's for choli work and I hope things are set for me to finalize the final 3 pieces for Zatanna.

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ianuk: (crafts)
Work was work worky work work. I found some issues and now I have a lot of work a head of me. Oof. Luckily I need more things to do (LOL). Got done, got home and the boy had not had a good day at school and that made all of us tired. Plus a random no-sleep text from my mom made me in a further foul mood. Sighs. I ended up in bed by 10pm. I was so tired. The whole family was grumpy so nuf said.

Saturday morning I got up way before I wanted to since Mel and Ben were talking on the porch while mel got ready for his ride. Sighs. I got up though, had coffee and attempted to stay on task and get things done. Which I did, overall. But the one thing I wanted to figure out was a spectacular fail. Ooops. I made a choli and it did not fit and was not what I wanted for the Zatanna. Its not even useable for a pattern itself. Sighs. But that clouded my brain when I finished a skirt, finished putting trim on the sari, Finished a scarf and didn't kill people. It was an almost thing at the pizza place cause they were dumb. But I ate pizza drank beer and went to bed much happier than when I started.


Mel had a productive day and finished the entertainment center. He will shellac it next weekend so we can get it installed into the house the following week. That means I have 1 piece of my parent's furniture left and that is the curio cabinet. We are looking for an antique to replace it.

Sunday AM mel woke up early for his flight and I snuggled in bed until Ben kept banging on my door from 630-715am. I was not happy. I told him that I would not accept that behavior and sent him to his room after he immediately threw something I told him not the throw. I left him sit there while I drank a cup of coffee and then planned the day. After that he was right as rain. We had breakfast at Prep and Pastry, did errands and came home for snacks etc. He played well, watched a movie nicely and was in general just awesome to everyone. Willa came over in the afternoon to help me cut out crown clothes. I had to do fabric kung fu and was left with a tiny bit of scrap. My under is short sleeved due to fabric but I think it will be very comfy.


Had a wonderful dinner with Ben and we watched more Olympics. He really liked watching the skeet earlier in the day, we watched some golf, synchronized swimming and volleyball. He got a good shower and bed shortly there after. I was tired but I sat and was watching the Olympics until the cable went out so I turned on Hulu and started watching Sleepy Hollow and finished my socks.


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ianuk: (orly)
Yesterday at work I found an issue that will now cause me a tremendous amount of work. I reviewed another 25 drawings yesterday and found 12 drawings that may also be needed to be updated in the slog I'm working on to restart this production line. Oof. It was disheartening.

Ben did not have a great day at school and then was obstinate with me. I held firm and calmly explained things and he threw the first real kicking screaming throwing things tantrum I've seen in a while. Obviously he had a lot of things to burst out and I just let him do it in the sanctuary of his room while I ate dinner and got on with my evening. He relaxed and then had quick dinner and shower before bed. He's bulking at what he has to do versus what he wants to do and while I understand that completely we have to learn that we do our "have tos" before we get to do our "want tos". We had a bit more of that this AM so we shall see how today goes.

But I was calm, I did not yell, he got one pat on the bottom when I took him to his room to scream and I think that unnerved him more. I'm also trying to not fly off the handle and be annoyed with the little things.

Got him to bed and I put on the Olympics which were awesome! GO Phelps! Go Simone B! Go Ally and Go Simone M! Wow! I watched and was amazed while working on the Chun Li (a la Street Fighter) buns for my Star Wars Lolita. They are uber silly but should be cute once I get them onto clips for attaching to my hair and put some more ribbons and some cyber dreads on them.



Today is work work work and then we shall figure out dinner and I should get more work on the lolita done on the jacket. I have to sew in the bustling, make 2 rosettes for them and then get the bottom ruffles attached. Tomorrow will be me making the collar and cutting out the crown clothes. Mel leaves for Britain Sunday so I hope to have things to the hand work stage a bit so Ben can have some supervised TV time etc. Though we may also get an outing like the zoo or something. We really should get out of the house him and I.

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ianuk: (happy)
I had not realized what a big ball of stress I was leading up to the first day of Kindergarten. Wow. I felt very free and focused at work which is a change and I was happy to get done and feel like I accomplished things even though it was just electronic things that aren't tangible unless you physically print them. Only one weird setback for pickup which I need to call the school about but other than that he had a good day.

I left work and got dinner at Beyond Bread before heading to knit night. I started on my very first afterthought heel for a sock which was daunting since no one had really done them at knit night. I got things picked up but messed up one of the corners a bit but I fixed that without too much of it showing. So I have my first sox done for Ravellenics 2016 in the WIPWrestling event.

I still need to weave in ends but one sock is done and I will get the other one done this weekend in between cosplay stuff. The heel fits really well.


And that was my night. I was focused on doing the heel and was still spinning on how to accomplish the vision in my head for the hair pieces for the lolita which [livejournal.com profile] danabren helped with this AM. So that was good.

Tonight I will try to get back on the cosplay train and get those done which will check that off of my list. So, not too shabby though not a lot to show yet.
ianuk: (benton)
Wow, its come to that. Seriously. FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN!!!!

Oof, last night we were all tired. Ben had had an exciting day due the rain and a power outage at Sioux's house. He did good at martial arts but he was upset with me for getting the mail when he wanted to do it (he sat in the car 'tired') and then he wanted to play outside when I had dinner ready and it went down hill from there. I sat down and read to calm down after he was in bed and then when mel was home I got going on sorting Ben's laundry and culling the old clothes out of it.

Then I sat down and did this:

I had seen some tutorials on Pinterest and used some of my calligraphy background to make art. I haven't used chalk in years and I have missed it. The slate isn't great though and if it had been a real one I think it would have been better. But i did it. And then I enjoyed the olympics and went to bed kinda early for me.

We got up this AM, got school stuff set and went to joe's for breakfast. Then it was to the school and we got to go across the "red carpet" into school which was fun. I stayed until after flag and went to the "Boo-hoo/Yahoo!" parent mixer. Got to meet another mom in Ben's class so that was good. Ben did well and I think he really liked the slower start to the morning and being able to run around like crazy on the big playground.


All good. Now its work etc and I hope he has a good day. I have knit night where I will work on my first afterthought heel and that should be exciting if I have the brain power....if not I will work on my scarf of doom.
ianuk: (lazycat)
Work was work. I made harddrive backups just in case my computer takes another dump. Its been buggy all day yesterday. Worked paperwork etc but my heart wasn't in it. I am inspired and my little muses were "drink coffee! Make stuff!!!" and I had to make electronic paperwork versus something tangible.

Got done with work and drove to the school for Parent/Student/Teacher Meet and Greet. We are in Miss Sammy's class as we knew. Ben was squirrely the entire time. He was tired and overwhelmed by things plus I think he had too much sugar with Sioux but he had a fun day and went bowling. It was hot and muggy and I had to park outside of the school and down the road. I wore heels yesterday and that was a bad bad plan. My legs and feet were so sore from the 7k steps I did in them.

Got us home, all tired and cranky. Got home and reheated leftovers from Saturday for dinner. We all ate and then Ben got ready for Ben while I showed off the Loli to [livejournal.com profile] lferion and Ashley. I am going to bustle the skirt and I pinned it up with Wander's help. Got my calligraphy supplies set, grabbed the stuff for the box for [livejournal.com profile] danabren and then headed to scribble. Got there...took care of box stuff and then went through all of the scrolls we needed for the rest of the reign. Sam put names on the last even of things I'd already pulled and I did the final calligraphy for that event as well. Ari has 2 scrolls left and we are done with the reign minus 2 we are awaiting what award they will be. Yay! Not too shabby considering its August and Coronation isn't until November. Woot! I love summer reigns and organized crowns.

I'm supremely happy with the callig I did last night. Its a special scroll and I really matched the style of the scroll with the hand I chose and balanced the text well. Quite happy.

I headed home just a bit early but in the end stayed up too late again but chatting with friends is good for your soul too. I slept well, no one woke up in the middle of the night but the weather this am (dark and stormy) is making me sleepy and tired. Plus my eyes are still gummy. I have extra protein in my eyes and its still flushing out for when I put my contacts in. I think I need to flush them before I put the lenses in and then wait before eye makeup. I do have to say that putting my eyeliner on is hard now since the lens gets in the way.

Today will be get boy from martial arts, get him fed and bathed and ready for school the next day. I have picture sheets of what we need to do and will make changes as we see fit so he can see what he needs to do visually. Hopefully that works. We shall see.

Tonight after I get the "First Day of Kindergarten" Sign done I will get working on the bun covers for the lolita, the trim on the bottom of the jacket and the skirt layer that needs to be tucked up. Tomorrow will be crazy morning but good with the school stuff I hope. We are doing breakfast out to celebrate. Here is to a good day.
ianuk: (crafts)
I spent Friday doing school shopping with the boy. I was completely tuckered when we got home. I didn't craft on Thursday night or on Friday night for cosplay. I worked on the damnable scarf and am very close to finishing it. Mel has been decompressing from work stress and it has been nice to sit on the couch and watch the Olympics.

Saturday I did the grocery shopping and then worked on the lolita. Sunday AM was lolita in the AM/noon and the afternoon was working on the sarees at Ari's.

Benton had some rough spots this weekend. He did not listen well and did not get his reward for good behaviour (eegees) twice. I had to have him do pushups in the stores and he was annoying to the stylist who cut his hair. He did well at Ari's playing with Mason for hours and then he lost the groove. But he was tired and hungry so I can understand. I was tired and hungry too.

On the saree front I made the decision to add the pallau from the saree [livejournal.com profile] uaekiwi got me for my wedding and that I've already gotten trim and a skirt out of. I got the bottom trim all sewn on, the extra fabric and now just need to sew down the top trim and the edge of the extra fabric. The pallau piece has red on it which will go nice with Zatana's cape she wears at times off the back of her tuxedo jacket.


I still need to pattern the jacket/vest/chemise but I think that can be accomplished this week so that I can spend the following week working on SCA clothes for crown and then just working last minute items. Mel goes to Britain Sunday so I want things pretty settled and be at hand work so Ben and I can watch movies and color together etc versus me making yards and yards of trim in my studio.

The Loli is now getting very close to done.



I still need to put a bit of trim on the ends of the undersleeve, trim the bottom of the jacket, takeup the skirt piece and make the collar. The entire weekend it was "more floofy, if you think its too much, add more!" and I think I got the asthetic right on the butt bow. I still probably need bows in the front but now I'm thinking I'm going to bustle up the skirt on the jacket to show off all of my hard work on those damnable ruffles.

I sat down after dinner last night and finished up our hair bows for the Hydra Cheer squad, though I need to figure out how to use the cyber dreads I bought. I also cut out the fabric for the bun covers but I need to dig out my cotton batting to make them bigger and smoother, plus add more lace.

So, lots of progress and things are falling into place nicely. Just need to get through the next few days before school starts and then we can get back into a normal routine.

I also finished Venom in the same series I've been reading by Estep. Kev didn't give me the fourth book in the series so I started in on The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay.

I slept like utter crap last night and its now been a monday with computers, late sleepers etc. Sighs.

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ianuk: (caw!)
Work was exciting as in sarcastic exciting...our main DB for drawings, models etc was down for half the day which means I got no really good work done other than reviewing things I already did and planning my attack for today. But I managed and that was okay. It forced me to slow down on a task and think and that is good.

Got Ben picked up from martial arts and then home for reheat dinner. He was tired. I'm very sure he's growing right now since he's going to bed by 730pm and not waking up until 8am. I'm sure getting his breathing back on track has helped but that is tired boy. Which is good. Grow before school starts.

In annoying news Mel is headed for two almost back to back overseas trips. Sighs. He's missing the first day of school for Ben. Hell, he's missing the meet and great next week as well. Sighs. Just realized my shift in schedules. Grump.

Anywhoo...Ben and I had an okay night...he was tired, I was tired but I think I did okay on not yelling and he did pretty good on listening so I say that is a win. I just have to consciously remember how to say things and how to act. Though thinking about it we did have an issue with the trashcan that led to some tears and yelling. Le sigh so I guess a C- for yesterday.

Got him abed and then I got laundry sorted for me to do....course I didn't remember I was doing laundry since I didn't set my timer but it worked out okay due to other clock issues.

I then decided to work on the sleeves of the Lolita since I didn't want to finish anything else...but that meant I needed to put white on the serger and that was 30mins of fun. I usually have no issues switching out threads but last night...man and I finally got it almost right and turned on some music and it worked...Willa's serger needs music. Who knew? I then re-did the seams on the flounce and put a strip of ribbon on the inside of the pouf to make it pouf always. Neat trick I learned from Ari. Then it was cutting out gauzey flounce for the sleeves out of not enough fabric but I managed and then I raided some saved trim that kept not working for SCA stuff or for my saree and got progress. Plus, I looked at my sewing machine does a smocking stitch which I used to do gathering for the trim....headdesk. Seriously...this would have been way useful during the Victorian Baroness and the ruffles in the Lolita Skirt. Oh, well.

I did get my dummy set up with my corset chemise and my corset only to realize that my boobs are bigger in the corset so I grabbed some yarn and stuff it. Lol.

This is so I can get the shape right for when I do the shirt and the collar treatments on the jacket. Plus it just makes me giggle.


So the sleeves are currently pinned with idea trims. Mel and [livejournal.com profile] danabren think the under pouf trim needs something flouncy....I shall see. Maybe some pleated ribbon under it in white? OR some more lace? Need to get this set done and then figure out what more I want. But part of that will mean taking the white flounce off of the sleeves cause I didn't think this plan all the way through yet. But all good.


So I sat down to think about the trims while I was pulling gathering stitches and realized it was 1026pm. Sighs. So much for going to bed on time. Oh, well. Got the trim pinned on, the table cleaned up and the laundry out of the dryer and went to shower and bed.

This morning I got sheets on to wash and did the dishes before Bridget got there. Her mermaid portrait turned out awesome.

Now work. Yay!

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Aug. 2nd, 2016 10:50 am
ianuk: (confused)
Work was work and I could only get a few things done in the 6 hours I was there. Got out on time to head to the school for the meeting. The meeting was good but not quite what we had hoped it would be but it was good. (more on a different post).

Got home and the kiddos were good and [livejournal.com profile] bewilde was watercolor painting. I got changed and then made dinner for all of us and then we cleaned house. Having kiddos help was good and we were ready for scribble. I have a few more calligs to get done in the next week for things and we are still waiting for some events to get filled out through the end of the reign but we are making sure that nothing is due for us before D*C that isn't done now. All good.

Got Poe hooked on Post Modern Jukebox and then it was bed. I was exhausted but felt good about the day.

This morning since I didn't need to bake anything, btw, the Alton Brown's Blueberry Buckle is faboo and you need to make some. Just sayin; I sat and drank my coffee and had breakfast (buckle) and started my day slow. I think tomorrow I will do a bit of spinning.

Anyhoo, the morning after that has been busy with work stuff, school faxes and issues on my old program I'm making commentary on.

Tonight will be working on the Lolita. I need to futz with the sleeves, add more flounces and cut and bind trims. Plus work out the under chemise. We shall see how productive I am. I'm tired but every little bit helps.
ianuk: (crafts)
Friday I left work and ran a couple of errands. Got my new contacts...still need to break those in though and will start on that tomorrow. Got home and was deciding what we wanted for dinner when Paul called for dinner out. We got to meet his new boyfriend (Tim) and see Ari as well. Ben was a handful but he was exhausted and tired but he ate good. It stormed really well while we were gone too. Got home and headed to sit on the couch after getting into comfy clothes. I was beat. I didn't stay up too late but did finish Spider's Bite. Mel was up playing Minecraft for a bit.

Woke up nicely on Saturday. Mel fixed the pantry cabinet which mean I spent the morning reorganizing it and throwing lots of weird stuff out and finding I had 5#s total of cous cous. oops. I guess I kept buying it thinking I hadn't?

Got into the studio and started serging fabric. I figured out I would need to head to the store later for other serger thread to match the blue. Got my machine figured out on how to do a rolled hem and then started building the tiers of the lolita skirt. And here is where [livejournal.com profile] scribe_ari and [livejournal.com profile] danabren and I scream "fucking ruffles. The bottom tier alone is 12+ yards of fabric. I attempted to do them gathered and kept breaking threads so I just hand pleating everything. I'm used to it for the Rus pants.

First tier and cat helps:


Benton as came in and helped pick up pins and clean up the thread off of the floor for me which was actually really helpful. He also handed me pins while I pinned the first tier. Which is also helpful. I sat down to teach him to handsew a bit and he didn't do too bad. Still needs to finish it though.

Now as I was working Mel and I had an argument about dinner. I didn't realize I was grilling and would have set things out, got the grill going etc. But I managed to get it settled and done just before the storm moved in. I ate and then headed out to Joanns (serger thread and coupons), ulta (20% coupons), old navy (school uniforms for $5, Icing (hair supplies) and Total Wine (booze). Got home and then started in on serging the rest of the tiers since I was going to have to switch colors so I did all the white first and about 930pm the serger started growling. I shut it down thinking over heating....game it 15 mins and it still did it. Snarfed on Twitter and the awesome [livejournal.com profile] swordmage came over with hers at 1015 at night. We got it running, figured out how to do the turned hem on it and I got going. Woot. I ended up with insomnia and got a shower after I switched to the blue thread and got it setup for the gauzy fabric. I read until 1am on the next book in the series Venom.

I woke up early and got up about 730. I just couldn't stay abed. Ben slept in until 830! (which was good for him). I got dressed and headed out to shopping and got Donuts at the new Queen Donuts near the subway by the base. Their donuts are huge and the price reflects that but they were tasty. Mel said their old fashioned is not as good as Donut Wheel. Got home and started in on ruffles and there is where I made a mistake. I read the directions which weren't clear and I missed a location for a set of ruffles and well, I realized that when I got to a tier about that. Ari saved my bacon with a suggestion and I made another layer to go in there and added another layer at the top. Sighs.


That white shouldn't be seen....sighs. So....

To final!

Though I think I will bring the white fabric up by half its height. The weight of the bottom tier is pulling it strangely and it looks odd. [livejournal.com profile] bewilde agreed this AM.

I got that done and then had a beer..it was 930 pm but I was wired. I made a peach cobbler and decided (smartly) to not attempt to make the AB Blueberry Buckle. I saved that for this AM where I put on an apron and made a wonderful confection like a 1950s housewife. I'm in a skirt and lowish heels and "gussied" up a bit. Bridget and the kids arrived about 10 mins after Ben woke up and got them settled. The buckle was not out of the oven yet but Bridget says it turned out fabulous.

So, in all a frustrating weekend in some respects but not too bad. Ben was okay. I know he missed his friends but a week of Maddie and Mark should be good for him. We have the appt with the school today and then we will be hopefully set for Kindergarten minus me being school supplies. I hope to get that done on Friday.


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ianuk: (benton)
Well, yesterday started the same with a bit of clingy Ben at drop off. He was tired and had a cough but you never know with kids. They are "sick" and then the minute they see their friends they are fine. Well, that was not the case. We got a call at 1015 that he had pulled himself out of the pool at school to lay down. And yeah, my kid who you can't get out of the pool was voluntarily getting out to lay down. I got there and he was not well. He was coughing and his breathing was awful.

Got him home and snuggled up with books and tv while we waited for his doc appt at 330pm. He was almost inconsolble for feeling bad and his head hurt. I got him some tylenol and it took forever to kick in....(I really hope he hasn't inherited my drug resistance) before he settled down in a light doze watching the tv. He was awake, mostly but resting which was good. Got him to the doc and he fell asleep in the car. I got him there and after some questions and having Dr. McMahon see him they started in on breathing treatments. His sinuses and ears were clear of infection but he had some nose congestion. She was shocked by his breathing and wanted that under control.

So, we sat and read books through the 3 treatments. He was getting squireelly due to the exhaustion, the drugs and being Ben. But we got things doing better, not great but much better than when he came in. He has to take prednisone for 3 days to help with the inflammation and has a rescue inhaler with the spacer. Did you know that they want everyone to use a spacer now? Seems to be that most people were really only swollowing the meds versus really breathing them in. Huh...I think I have one some where in my stuff under my sink. I will have to see. If not I'll get a scrip for one. So, after the doc we got gas, go the scrips, got Ben a Happy Meal for really doing well at the doc and to make sure he'd eat something other than the gogurt and a milk I finally got him to eat before the afternoon. He ate well, but slowly and was happy to get the little stuffy of Snowball from Secret Life of Pets which I want to see (though park place is stopping playing it today...its only been out a month! WTF?). Got home, he finished his dinner with his first dose of bubblegum flavored prednisone (bleah) and then it was shower and bed. I gave him an inhaler dose about 715 just before Mel came home and we kept checking in on him to make sure it was all right.

Mel came home and I was exhausted. I'd had enough wherewithal to ask him to pick up Pizza for dinner. He didn't question it and that was nice. We had dinner, I explained the day and what we needed to do and then I dinked around on my phone for over an hour before I got the gumption to actually be productive. Being a worried mom was making me addled.

Anyhoo, I sat down with the fabrics for the skirt and started sewing all of the strips together for each tier. Basically there are 3 main tiers which have a base fabric (white with silver stripe), a silvery under-ruffle and a gauzy blue over ruffle. There is a 4th tier which is just the silver under ruffle and the blue gauze which has lace trim on it. Its a lot of pieces. The 4th level has 7 pieces of guaze and 9 pieces of silver and I think now I'm to separate the pieces into quarters and gather them together but the directions are confusing. I think I've sussed it out though. We shall see. I also may need to serge the edge of the gauze fabric but not certain yet and I may also take the lace off and gather it a bit since it has space for ribbon to do that. Again, not certain. We shall see.


But today I'm at work and Mel is home with Benton. I wore my shoes I plan on wearing for the lolita to start breaking them in. I have socks coming from Sock Dreams for the dress so we shall see how it all goes together.


I have 2 errands to run after work and then it will be home to the boys for the weekend. I had hoped we could go to the zoo or the air or children's museum but it may be better to hit a movie. We shall see.

To Do List )
ianuk: (walking pig)
Up until about 2pm on Sunday I was feeling like a total failure. It took Ari hitting me upside the head to tell me that just cause I wasn't working on my cosplay stuff completely 24/7, didn't mean I suck. I was making stuff and doing good and I need to shut up and color.

So, lets rewind a bit....I had things to do this weekend which involved finishing up the lolita....I only managed to shop for it...I got some trims and another yard of fabric to make more trim...but I've been thinking about it.

Thursday I went to karaoke after spinning while Ben was in the shower. I got my first bobbin of 2 ply done on the red/denim yarn.
Stage 18: first bobbin plied

Had nice time singing and having a drink before getting home about 11pm. Mel was out and had to go to work in the AM. I set my alarm and crashed. He left around 515am and when I got up at 10 to 7 there was coffee. Yay! Got Ben to school and then came home to spin. I got the second bobbin done of the plying and then started in on errands (see above purchases) before I headed to my massage and a bit of other shopping. I didn't get my toes done...they were too busy but I picked up the boy who had had an awesome day and we got muchkins and coffee at Dunkin before heading home. I sat and finished up the pieces of the cat I was working on for a baby gift and the boys played legos. I got that done and we showered and then headed out for [livejournal.com profile] swordmage's bday at Ermanos. Ben did really well though he was tuckered. Good beer, food and conversations. Got home and I was tuckered myself. I didn't have the energy to do more than stare at fabrics but I managed to pull things out of stash for more purse/project bags for D*C.

Went to bed and slept pretty horribly....not sure what is up. We got up late to head to the event but it was all okay. Things were seriously running on SCA time. We should have carpooled with Dom...lol. Ben did okay. He was tired but he ran around with the kiddos there while we judged and taught folks what a median standard means and how not to be a jackass when judging. I saw lightbulbs going off above peoples heads which was good. We finished judging and then had almost 3 hours until court....seriously. 3 hours. Sighs. This meant we had to eat in SV and then drive home to make sure Ben didn't melt down. But he did good, we had Culvers and it was tasty. I did manage to get pictures of me spinning during court and also to chat and kibitz with Caolfinn. Which was awesome.


Got home and I started in on plying the rambouillet. It is so pretty.

Sunday I woke up poorly. Like the bed was on the wrong floor kind of waking up. Boy oh boy was I in a bad mood. I was a grump which was not helped by the fact that I had nothing but coffee until lunch. I had lunch and a beer and was much better. I got dinner on to cook and made spanish rice for the house hold meeting/pool party. But during the finale of this years Tour de France:
I finished my plying and then spooled everything off and organized it into this picture just as Froome crossed the line with team Sky in a can-can line.


Left: Silk/Merino singles 22-24 wpi and 233 yards all drop spindle.
Top: 2 ply rambouillet of 160 and 236 yards in skeins, Full singles to ply during tour
Middle (little): left overs from red and another project. 17.5 yards 3ply, plied during tour
Middle: red and denim merino, 69 yards and 131 yards 2 ply, 1 oz of red spun during tour all else plied.
Bottom: Easter yarn 148 and 174 yards plied only.

Total yardage spun and plied: 1633.5 yards
Total yarn to use: 1168.5 yards

We left for the household meeting a bit late because I couldnt' find my swim suit....it was in the laundry still from the retreat...really???? Sighs.

I relaxed a lot when I chatted with Ari who hit me on the head and chatted with A'isha on hair styles for the loli. We got home and dinner was not going to be done..I should have set the cooker to high while we were gone...oops. Ben ate his lunch which he hadn't earlier in the day and I think I drank a beer for dinner while mel had chips. I wasn't hungry. Hrafnheim can cook and if you go hungry its your own damn fault. Ben had a ice cream drumstick...thus he ate dinner.

I was feeling restless and just started cleaning up my messes. I had spinning stuff everywhere in the family room and I organized it and put things away. I cleaned up the studio for use, organized the stuff I had bought, put more things away, finished the cat for Julia/Eric, cleaned off the table for cutting later in the week, pulled fabric for crown clothes and just tidied things up. It felt really good. I then sat down about 9pm, pulled up Pinterest for how to make hair bows and made 3 as test pieces for our Hydra Cheer Squad.

The Cat:

The Bows:
Option 1
Options 2 and 3

And then I decided to finish a long lingering knitting project that just needed a hook and eye put on it.


So, I guess I was all about finishing things that have been on my plate and are stealing my muses to work on things I need to. All good, just didn't feel up to it...Now I do.
ianuk: (lazycat)
Well, the morning was stress balls. Got the diagnosis summary for Ben and that was truthful but still damaging in my head. Yes, he presents as ADHD and by itself the summary hurts but with the plan etc its part of the same package and taking it out of context is a bad plan. Got that settled and we have a meeting with the school August 1st to go through the plan for the year with his K teacher etc. So, we are in, we just need to make sure to follow everything so we can stay there. oof. I'm less stress and more stressed due to now the worry that we have the sword of Damocles hanging over our heads since we aren't out of the woods yet. But its forward progress.

Got done with the day and headed to knitting. I got myself noms at Beyond Bread including their green chille corn chowder. OMG was that good. I also got myself their raspberry torte cup since its tasty and I've been craving sweet things. I weigh in tomorrow to see how much this past week of stress and back pain has nerfed my weight loss. My pants are falling off my butt so I don't think its been too bad and I've only went over my calories 1-2 days and not by a lot either. So all good.

I finished one back foot on the cat and almost finished the second one before it was time to leave. The girls also helped me decide that I want to barbepole the singles I had for the red and blue.

16 WPI on Denim Merino from GDW Retreat 2016

20 WPI on Red Merino from Stage 2.

Headed to Lowes where again, no receipt and this time my lowes member number wasn't linked to my purchase which sucked but I have store credit to get things now. Course I think I realized what is up..I probably have 2 mylowes accounts. Need to fix that.

Anyhoo...got home and took care of things and then sat down to work on spinning and really got into a groove until my back wasn't happy with me. It was spasming and I'm sure spinning didn't help it. So I sat on the floor with the tennis ball for pressure points before I headed to bed on time etc. I read for a bit and then was zonked.

Stage 17: 4th bobbin almost done. Rambouillet

Today is lots of things to do...and mandatory training we have to do. My goals are to pick Ben up, have dinner, get him cleaned up, read a book and then finish the 4th bobbin of rambouillet which will leave me to plying for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the TourdeFleece.

As well as working on the Loli (I hope to finish it this weekend) and working other costumes/pieces for D*C. I also need to go through my fabric and pull out things for crown. I need a new under and another overdress. Plus we are going to Mons for their A&S and have a household gathering/pool party.
ianuk: (confused)
Work is progressing. I got a call and had to head home to get the cooler worked on. I had data analysis to do so it was nice to do that in the quiet of home. The cooler is operational but neither I or the installers trust the wiring or the controller. So its off until we need to use it when we are home and they will be coming Friday to replace wiring and the controller. The manager was completely surprised by how the unit sounded and how much force its pulling for the pump and the fan. They had other installs for "older clients" to do Wed and Thursday so Friday while we are home is okay. They understood my frustration and what we've been dealing with, finally.

Mel came home with Ben and well...he'd gotten another note from school and then refused to sit in the corner as needed and was sent to bed. I don't agree with that...but I was working and Mel was handling it. He was only removed from class for about an hour and not the entire day and I'm more lenient on that but he was not listening, nor making an effort to listen. It dampened the evening to be sure.

I didn't cook since I lost my appetite. I managed to spin for a bit and then read for a bit and then cut out fabric for the lolita dress. I got the main skirt pieces set and the underruffles but the over ruffles confused me. It was asking for you to cut the casing out of that fabric and I was like "huh" and what? Plus it was late and my back was hurting so I cleaned up my mess and stopped like a good girl. I think I just need to cut out the ruffle parts, ignore the information to cut out another 2 pieces of waistband and do things how I think it should be done. Ari got her coat top all put together and trimmed and it looks uber cute. I hope I can make mine as cute. We shall see.

Just worried about the school paperwork and their probable rejection of it which will lead me to have more stress coming up. Sighs.
ianuk: (here's looking at you)
Last week was sucky. Too much crappiness going on. Work was weird...I may be moving to another new program...I may not. Its all up in the air right now. But I was determined to have a nice weekend. So, Got things done friday after work though I must say that I need to not break my rule of getting a vehicle worked on the day before an event, even if its local. Got home and relaxed into the evening where I made a list for packing and I think I got to bed a reasonable time.

Got up on Saturday and had the mad dash of packing getting things sorted etc. The folks all carpooling were all ontime and we headed out about 815 to go up the mountain. I drove it easy since we had 2 people who get car sick in the van. But it was nice drive. Lots of bikes out. Got to site, got unloaded and then began the "how do we set this us" shuffle for the setup of our area of Boast and Toast. Hrafnheim had a lot of stuff to put out and figure out and we all teamed up and got it done with nice signs for what foods we had etc. The beers were on tap, ginger ale on tap, smoked salmon, potato soup, tarts, spinach puffs, cheese, pies, breadpudding, beets, sausage, steak, breads, butters, jams, pickles, mustard etc. Basically, we provided the hospitality our household is known for and had a good time. I grilled up sprouts chicken sausages and Dickman's ugly steaks. Tim was awesome and sliced those up thin for serving. It was exhausting and fun and I forgot to bring my charcoal chimney so that meant Mel had to muck with the chunk charcoal I brought to get me fire to cook on but it cooked perfectly.

The toasts were great all around and I spent the afternoon doing some spinning and chatting. Got cleaned up and ready for court. Our household knows how to tear down and get things moving. Such a good house. They even made sure we had a household picture before the night was done. I think Berki or Magdalen took this.
Taken by Berki and Magdalen - Hrafnheim.

Ben had just snarfed a piece of bread pudding but didn't chew or swallow it so he's chipmunk in each picture that was taken. LOL.

I did some TdF spinning at the event and finally got a picture of me spinning at an event.

Stage 14: spindle

We ended up winning the competition which was awesome. We like to entertain and provide good food and drink. I'm especially happy with our plan to put up the cloaks as decorations worked great and the aprons we got to match looked nice too.

Got loaded up and headed home with a bit of rearrangement of passengers for motion sickness and then down we went. Got home exhausted but happy and got Ben into a much needed bath. He was so tired. We were tired and it was beer and ice cream for dinner. LOL.

Sunday Mel got up and road his bike. I slept in a bit but Benton was hungry and woke me up for breakfast. Got up and moving and we all got food and then started in on the cleaning of the kitchen and the front room. I successfully threw out 4 pairs of shoes. Go me. Still need to get the piano cleaned off a bit more but it looks better than it has. The living room needs a bit of a tidy before it scribble but not too bad.

I had lunch with Ari, Bill, Faydra and Sarah and it was good. After that I headed to shopping for things at Target and Sprouts before getting home and being DONE. I was hot, tired and not motivated. Ben was tired and we sat down to watch the second season of Shaun the Sheep. This is seriously the only thing I've seen him watch that gets Benton going on giggling. Its so cute to hear and I love the show. I made bratwurst and ahi tuna on the grill to go with mac and cheese for dinner and relaxed on the couch before I decided to sit and do more spinning while we watched American Pickers. I finished off the 6th oz of fiber and now have 2 oz left.
ianuk: (ouchie)
Friday was spent relaxing and getting things organized for the next day crafting fest. I had a nice breakfast out with the hubby, spun, did some reading and then had a massage and pedicure before picking up Benton from school. We had a nice night. Saturday we got up and headed to the zoo with Ari and the kiddos.

Zoo Trip July

After that it was home to have lunch and rest. It was damn hot that morning. I headed over to Ari's with Ben for a play date and crafting time. What sucked was that my back threw out when I took stuff out of the car. Sighs. I put on a corset to try on for my costumes and just wore it while I cut out fabric for my Star Wars Lolita dress for D*C.

I'm using the riding jacket pattern that Ari had draped on me for the Victorian Baroness and it works great for the top of the Loli. I'm using the rest of the pattern for the peplum on the jacket and the skirt from Simplicity 1300.

The directions are awful. Sighs. I'm okay with following directions but man, when veteran sewers look at these directions and shake their head its annoying. I managed to get the jacket, peplum and sleeves all cut out before my back told me to fuck off. Got home and rested. Mel made a great dinner and I laid down with a tennis ball to pressure point my back. Sighs. I spun a little bit but the day really wiped me out and I was in bed after we watched some tv.

Sunday mel got up early and got on his bike and if my back wasn't a bitch I would have loved to have joined him. My last ride was Sept 13, 2014. Damn. huh. Anyway, he got back, got a quick shower and we headed to Joe's for breakfast. It was nice. Got home and I worked off and on on the studio clean up and the front room cleanup. We all went to costco in the afternoon and then back for dinner. I managed to cut out two skirts and sew the top of the loli. I figured out I am missing a piece and have to piece fabric to cut it out. Sighs. It was late when I realized this and well, I'll cope and fix it tonight and then cut out a tremendous amount of ruffles. A metric butt tonne of ruffles.

So plans are a foot. Need to order a few things and just make stuff. All good though. Minus my back.....

Should hear from the doc tomorrow on the eval at the school and plan forward for Ben. He was very happy that "Mommy's friend who he sees in her office was at school" LOL.
ianuk: (drinking)
Got a hold of the Doc for Ben and she is confused as we are on what the school is looking for. She is making the appointment for her being able to observe him and will help us through this. What I love about her is that she heard my brief on the concerns and then asked me how I was doing. I told her we were panicked which is true in many ways. I felt better and need to chat up her office today to see if she got a hold of the school for the meeting.

The day was long and I'm in between projects which doesn't help but I left about 5pm to head to meet Ari for sushi and knit night. When I arrived at Sakura I realized that Grandma's was closed due to them being out of town....so, just sushi for us. I got us a table in sniper position and got to watch the Tour de France. Our server was okay and our orders were slow but OMG the salmon melted in my mouth. We had a good time good food, drink and conversation. Then we headed to my house to work on things and watch the Tour wrap up. What a finish....first time in a long time the breakaway worked.

I spun the second ounce of the ramboulliet and then worked on the kitten for Julia's baby.

Day5: first bobbin of Rambouillet


Ari attempted to cast on a shawl....it went poorly but comically. Then she got us hooked on Post Modern Jukebox" and Mel and I were up very late watching and listening to them. HOLY COW....I also got a plunnie (plot bunny) for a fic which I hope to get sussed out today as well. Seriously inspired. Darn you ARI!!!! (grin)

So got to bed way late but felt good for once and not too panicked. All good.


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