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I have just been very busy.

Work continues to be busy, but that is good.
Hubby and kids all seem happy and healthy.

I have been playing some FFXIV and having some fun with that. I found a nice Linkshell and all the guys and gals are a lot of fun. Right now my highest rank is 45 Conjurer.

My SCA shire has stuff planned every Saturday in March. Tomorrow I will be going to garb sewing day and business meeting. I am no longer the group herald but I am now the web minister and that suits me just fine. My boys both need new garb before April 9th when we are hosting Spring Coronation. Galen wants a Heian Hunting Costume and Logan still wants just generic tunic and pants. Ashley has several things to pick from to wear so I am not worried about her.

I had a Amazon gift certificate so I ordered myself a copy of “Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing” and I want to try out some test swatches before I move on to an entire kosode. I think I will take pictures and document my tests online, perhaps some people would like to see it.

Next weekend is my monthly D&D game with my sisters so I probably should start writing a game pretty soon.
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The weekend started off crappy with me waking up with a headache on Friday morning that lasted all day. I left work a little early and went home and straight to bed.

On Saturday I grabbed my books, my daughter, and headed down to Fairmont to help the forming SCA group down there with their “Persona Day”. All in all I believe it went really well. There were six people there besides Ashley and I and all of them got a good start on their personas. I’m glad I got carried away bringing books. My plan was to just grab some of the name books but then I remembered that they asked for specifically Viking resources so I grabbed a bunch of my husbands Viking books and then I grabbed a bunch of my costuming books. I also had a binder full of persona type handouts I had accumulated through the years. The costume books really helped those that didn’t even know where to start.

It was nice to be able to help them out and I look forward to lending a hand to that group again.

Saturday night I cut fabric for one kosode and then watched a movie with Shawn.

Sunday I was supposed to go to the Solstice thing in Mankato and man a demo table but I received a call from the other lady who was going and we decided to cancel because of crappy weather. The nice thing about that was I was able to crawl back into bed and nap a little bit. After my nap I grabbed the kids and headed out to my sisters house. We hung out and chatted for a bit and then I headed home. My sister was showing me her game of the Sims 3 while I was there so I fired up my PC when I got home and told little virtual beings to wash dishes and go to work for awhile. Then Shawn got home from work and we watched another movie and went to sleep.

I have no children all week and hope to get my garb done before the weekend. We will see what happens.
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The fabric I wanted is now MINE. I got it prewashed and dried lastnight so tonight the cutting can begin. But first a quick review of gurdymonkey's Kosode page.

I won’t get much done this weekend though since I volunteered to help the new forming Shire to the south with a Persona Day on Saturday and to help my Shire hold down a demo table at Solstice “A day of Music and Art” on Sunday. My kids are going to my sister’s house for all of next week, woot!

Now I’m getting excited for WW and very excited to help with the sake party! I’m looking forward to see the fabulous gcmadtown81 again.

Wow, looking at my calendar my schedule is really busy. The weekend after this one is the monthly D&D get together at my sisters house with me DMing again. I should probably write a game… Then the following weekend is 4th of July at Mom and Dad’s cabin. The 5th of July is my youngest child’s 12th birthday. And then it is already time for WW!

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tap tap tap...

Here goes, my first Dreamwidth post.

WW is sneaking up on me and I have a lot to get done before then and no motivation to do it all. I will be bringing my Daughter with and leaving her brothers with their Grandma & Grandpa.

Other than normal event packing I need to prepare 2 other things.

1) Camping friendly Japanese garb
2) Sweets and wine for the party on Saturday night

Number one shouldn’t be too bad, wafuku is pretty darn easy to whip up and while I was going to cook more for number two I might just see what can be purchased premade and go that route. My real worry is not the food itself but how it will keep in a cooler from Thursday to Saturday night.

Oh well, I will figure it all out.
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I want to make SCA period bobbin lace and to learn the technique you get to make many, many bookmarks...

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Ishikawa Ayame is now registered as my alternate name! WooHoo!

I'm not sure I understand the comment in the LoAR...

"The documentation for the name was inadequately summarized on the LoI. A source was cited, but no page numbers or dates for the elements were given. Had the commenters not provided alternative documentation for the name, we would have been forced to pend or return this.".

Now I have a photocopy of my paperwork and page numbers and everything were included... So I don't understand why they wrote this.

I'm trying not to be bothered by it since it passed anyway.

I think I will celebrate by making Ishikawa something new to wear :D
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My boys have very few SCA clothes and I have gotten away with it for awhile since I've been shipping them off to family members when I go to events. This weekend I can't, and don't want, to do it again. It is our groups event and a really fun site for the boys. So I sewed up 1 new tunic last night and I should be able to get the other done today. This does not cover the pants they need since they have shot up like weeds this year, but oh well. Their pants might be a little short.

It's a little tricky though since they boys are at grandmas the last week and a half and I am sizing the new tunics on one of their dress shirts. I hope they fit.

Btw, if anyone cares, I am using the pattern RH004 - 12th through 16th c Peasant Man from Reconstructing History. I still hate gores.
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Well I finally did it. I wore my own* Japanese garb for the first time ever last Saturday. No one yelled "you suck" or threw tomatoes at me. Actually I got a couple of complements. However I did not get pictures. Ok I got 1 very poor picture in very dim light with a cellphone camera with no flash with me making a silly face behind my beta test sensu.

Note to self, less glue when making sensu, mine looked messed up.

Also, my daughter Ashley is awesome. She said so herself. She did help me get back into my pants when I had to use the restroom.

Sunday I joined a couple Shire members and manned a demo table at Solstice. Several interested people took fliers. The day rained and misted on us and was generally unpleasant.

*for those who remember seeing me at Boars Head last December, that garb was loaned to me.
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Work and going to my kids band and choir concerts filling my days this week.

Tonight it is HOT and last night it was HOT. I can't sleep for crying out loud. I swear I need to move to Alaska or something.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do this weekend. I was planning to go to Castle Fever (SCA event) but I don't know that I have it in me... Besides at least 1 child needs new garb and has nothing to wear even for 1 day. Also, I have been invited to go to Mom and Dad's cabin Sunday. Monday my daughter has several marching band things to go to. It is possible that I could day trip Castle Fever on Saturday, but I don't know.

Oh, and it's not much but I think I actually helped someone out on sca-jml and they thanked me! It was a heraldry question and I am a herald. At least they didn't complain how my answer wasn't good enough...

I am class coordenator for our shires event in August and I have done NOTHING so far. I better get on the ball. If anyone wants to teach something at St. Radegund's Fair in Northshield, lemme know.
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I have been looking and looking and trying to pick myself a new name.

What does everyone think of Ishikawa Ayame?
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That doesn't sound too exciting, but earlier today it was white silk and I've never dyed any before. It is quite pink, a little darker than I think my daughter wanted. I just did it in the clothes washer and it was pretty easy. I was really worried while it was still wet but after the dryer it looked better.

Now I suppose I should sew it up... Not tonight, tonight I'm playing FFXI and chatting with friends online.
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Daughter decided she NEEDED to wear them to History Fest today, but they held up. I teased her a lot that she was indecent running around in her underwear and would she please fix her collar.

I would have pictures except while I remembered the camera, the battery was at home in the charger....

They held up, now to see if they survive the first washing.

Dye arrived this week and hubby bought me a pot to dye in :D I love that man!
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My daughters kosode and hakama are done and look pretty good. Picture will be later since I can't find the damn camera.
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All fabric for daughters garb is here. The white kosode fabric is in the dryer and the hakama fabric is in the washer. This may also double as her Halloween costume. The bolt of silk arrived and is sitting in the living room. Dye has not yet been ordered since colors haven't been chosen.

Choosing colors for her and my garb is proving harder than I thought it would. I am not going to use any forbidden colors and even without those color combos there are a ton of lovely choices.

While at the fabric store I found 2.5 yards of linen look in 2 colors that will be perfect for tunics for the boys. Logan has no tunics at all anymore and I'm sure Galen could use a new one too.

Besides all that I want to make hoods before History Fest.

So much sewing to do..
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Your result for The hardcore SCA Test...

The Queen's Champion

You scored 58% hardcore SCA!

You are really involved in the SCA. You probably have some really cool garb. You put a lot of work into playing the game and making sure its fun for others too. For a lot of folks an event wouldn't be the same without you. You probably have a tendancy to over do it sometimes. You may need help knowing when to say "No" or when to stop sewing and go to bed.

Take The hardcore SCA Test at HelloQuizzy

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This weekend I think I am going to go to the movies. I've not been since Ironman and am itching to see several out right now. My sisters are going to Batman tonight and I think I will go with them. Mom has offered to watch the kids but I think they all want to see it too. It's nice that they are all 10 and up and pretty much able to see (and enjoy) most of the movies I am interested in. Actually now my youngest does not want to see Batman, he gets scared easily. We did go see Hellboy II last night and we all liked it.

The hubby is working today so we might go to mom and dad's cabin for a visit and let the kids splash around in the lake.

In other news I bought a new car last week before WW. It is a 2005 Ford Escape and I like it so far. Except that it gets worse gas milage than my Tarus but I knew it would. I needed more room for hauling SCA stuff.

In garb news. I want to do Japanese and so I have scoured the internet,  purchased and read many books, squinted at pictures. In the end I am chicken I guess so I ordered Kass Mcgann's patterns at and have my mom on board for sewing help. I want to have something completed by Clothiers Seminar North on November 8th.

SCA stuffs

May. 5th, 2008 07:14 pm
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Garb )

I was reading someones LJ and they were talking about Kumihimo, which I have never tried and I said I would like to learn.

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Asa and I went to  Coronation on Saturday and had a good time.  Several shire members attended and one recieved her AOA scroll.
Looks like I will be going to a SCA event called Ages of War in May.  While at Coronation Saturday Asa and I got recruited to each teach a class for Ages.
I’ve never been and I’m not sure why.  This year anyway it is a four day event, less than 2 hours drive from my house.
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New Garb

Mar. 7th, 2008 05:17 pm
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