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Writer's Block: Kiss me, I’m Irish!

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

I am eating Colcannon for dinner along with Irish Soda Bread and listening to all of my Celtic/Irish music. I am also wearing green.
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Writer's Block: Singing in the rain

What tune do you regularly find yourself humming or singing in the shower?


Hoist the Colors or On We Go

Writer's Block: Globetrotting

If you were given the opportunity to spend two weeks in any country in the world free of charge, which country would you choose, and why?


Ireland.

I have wanted to go back since I left after studying abroad there for a month. I loved it there and made a promise to myself that I would go back and do all the things I didn't get to do. Plus I have a better camera now so I can take even more pics and not worry about the x-rays damaging the film.

Writer's Block: Mother Monster returns

In three words, how would you describe Lady Gaga?

21st Century Madonna

Writer's Block: Hit the road, Cupid

If you had the power, would you permanently eliminate Valentine's Day?


I wouldn't get rid of Valentine's Day, but I would get rid of Sweetest Day. One corporate endorsed love themed merchandising day per year, thank you very much!

Writer's Block: My Journey

If you had the chance to travel anywhere in the world for a year, where would you go?
I would go back to Ireland and England and get to places that I missed and want to go to and revisit some that I have already been to. Ring of Kerry, the Skellig Islands, back to Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher (hopefully it won't be raining), London, Stonehenge, Doolin and the greatest fish chowder I have ever had, Blarney again (and I will kiss the Blarney stone), Galway and the Aran Islands, the Giants Causeway, more castles, and many MANY other places just soaking in the culture and just roaming around. I don't think I'd be able to do everything I want to in one year, but I would certainly try!

Smoldering Rage

Its been . . . 3 weeks . . . since this happened and it still amkes me rage whenever I think about it.

Let me set the stage:
July 17. Celtic weekend at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire is Rock Creek, OH. Girls weekend for me and my friends, which consists of me, Daria, Rachel (Daria's sister), and Emily. All of us are dressed in our best Renaissance outfits that won't have us keeling over in the heat and humidity. Daria's outfit at this point consists of a chemise, pants, and a black waist cincher all made or tailored by me.

Now the story:
All of us are walking around, enjoying our day, looking at all of the cool things to buy and look at, cause there are a lot of shinies to look at. Much fun was had, we all got to dance at Lady Ophelia's dance, we looked around, talked about the things we wanted to improve about our outfits, noraml ren faire things. Daria and Emily get distracted by a nice looking corset and we all go into the shop to browse their wares. The shop is Renaissance Fashions - Fine Ladies Apparel. They had chemises and victorian corsets. Both Emily and Daria are intrigued by the very pointy corset on display. They start talking to the salesman, with me wishing to go somewhere else, since I like what I have on and have no intention on paying for something I could make myself. I am standing with them listening to the salesman extol the virtues of his corsets, when he decided to insult the wiast cincher that Daria is wearing. He calls it, "an ugly black bag". Now i know the stuff I make is not perfect, and I could do better now since I have learned things since I made it last year, but that is not the way to sell your product. Daria sees my face, and tells the guy that he just insulted me. He back pedals sooooooo fast! He says that he said that becasue he is a corset conissouer. Ha! Corset snob is more like it.

Looking back I wish I had just left the shop, but I wanted to see my friends try on the spiky corset since that is what we came in there for. I am still fuming, what right did he have to insult something someone was wearing? For all he knew she had made it herself and was really proud of it. And its not a bad waist cincher, it looks nice, has good boning, and she like it a lot. I will never step foot in that store again, and have dissuaded thos I know from going in there as well.

And I think it will still make my blood boil months from now.

Steampunk Update

So, yeah, a Steampunk Update. Please refer to last post for anything confusing.

Christmas saw me gaining the gift of the two Truly Victorian patterns that i wanted. I believe that they will go together well, even though they are historically 2 years apart. I had planned to get started right away on my outfit, but life and Renaissance garb ideas got in the way. I made a pink (yes I said pink) kirtle for the Ren Faires I go to. As I was fiddling with fitting problems, I realized that I will need to make a few mock ups before I create my proper Steampunk outfit since I have so little of the faux velvet to work with. While pondering this, having little motivation, and looking at all the meet ups others were having I came up with a grand idea.

The Chautauqua Movement was an important part of the Victorian era in the United States. I've been to Chautauqua Institution. It would be cool to have a meet up, during the summer, for people from Ohio, Penn., and New York. I could organize it, and it would be a blast. They have some really nice architecture, and its just a fun place to walk around and visit for an afternoon. Genius! Unfortunately it will have to wait until next year, since being unemployed and broke doesn't work well with outings like this, and all of my fun money is going to Ren. Faires this year.

That is also when I realized that the outfit I am planning to make, in the fabrics I have, would not do well at all in the summer. I found some pretty fabrics that will be pretty, and cool, for an outfit. It will also be a sort of test for the proper one. I think THIS for the body and the skirt (minus ruffles and embellishment) and THIS for the vest inset and cuffs will look real pretty together. Since Steampunk is greater technology than the Victorians had it is only natural that they have better and more complex fabric making and dying ability, so my patterns would not look too out of place. About 6 yards of the scroll and 1 yard of the bright pink should do it. I am going to wait a bit till I get done with a project for my cousin and till I'm done making Renaissance Faire things. Also for a better coupon to come through from Jo-Anns.

Dream

Weird dream last night.

It was a mesh of Indiana Jones movies, The Librarian, and National Treasure type of adventures.

With Shawn and Gus of Psych starring.

I have a crazy mind.

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