Steampunk!

May. 25th, 2009 08:51 am
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Ok, I've decided to attempt starting/organizing a steampunk group here in Calgary. There seems to be a lot of interest, but no one has really tried to organize it and hey, I've got lots of spare time so I figured I'd give it a shot. So, if I somehow missed inviting you on facebook, join the group! The first event is on June 13th; I'm hosting a mad tea party. The event page is here and the group's page is here. I hope to see you there!
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 Guess who freemounted (twice) today! That's right, ME. MWAHAHAHAHA
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"Positive events can be as taxing as negative events"

That explains a lot.

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Yesterday I read Herodotus for fun. Today I practiced unicycling. In the rain. Directly after riding my bike for half an hour (also in the rain).

Yep, I think I've officially gone crazy.
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Things I want to learn:

Unicycle
- ride long (indefinite) distances without falling off and being in perfect control the whole time.
- freemounting
- dismount gracefully
- hop
- hop curbs
- steer 90% (really tight corners need work)
- hills
- ride with no weight in seat.
- freemount either foot
- kickup mount
- idle
- idle with either foot 20%
- idle with one foot 25%
- ride with one foot
- go backwards 70% (steering needs improvement)
- coast
- ride on grass 90%
- 180 backspin and/or front spin
- 180 jump
- spin
- standing glide
- while hula hooping (50%)
- while juggling (60%)
- while hooping and juggling.


Juggling
- 3 ball cascade
- 423
- 3 ball tennis
- 3 ball reverse cascade
- 3 ball half shower
- 3 ball shower (75% need to smooth out half shower)
- 3 ball box 30%
- 3 ball false shower
- 2 up 1up + variations (80%)
- back toss 80%
- crossing tossing
- 2 in 1 hand
- 3 ball duplex
- 3 ball snake
- 3 ball mills mess
- 3 club cascade (80%).
- 4 balls (80%).
- 3 in 1 hand
- 5 ball cascade


I'm pretty sure if I practice a lot I'll be able to learn all this stuff (unlike the things on the unicycle list). This list is in the approximate order that I'd like to learn stuff.
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So, guess who can unicycle for a really long time without falling off? ME.

OH YEAH.

It's amazing how having enough space makes not running into things so easy! (today I practiced in an empty parking lot instead of on the sidewalk).

Next up: steering.

heehee

Apr. 29th, 2009 12:06 pm
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I think I want a pince-nez for my steampunk costume. I also want a giant hat with flowers and stuff on it. I want to buy fabric and get stuff done. Stupid economy and no jobs. I've also decided that my steampunk persona is a poet because poets are crazy and would probably hang out with sky pirates and stuff, which is what the majority of steampunkers seem to be.

Also, Dale the Birthday Guy just emailed me, asking me to go to the Glenbow with him. I said yes and we're setting up a time now.

EDIT: Thanks to ebay and my mom I now have a pince-nez! Woohoo. Now I just have to wait for it to ship.
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And it looks awesome! I can barely breath or bend over or do much of anything (hello, 23.5 inch waist!) but it looks awesome, and that's all that matters. Now I just need to find something to lace it up with that's a better colour than the bright white skate lace I'm using now.

Up next: bustle! But first, I need to find my mom and get her to unlace me so I can get something to eat.

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I got out of dance early today, so I called Paula and we had lunch. We sat outside in the sun for about an hour and it was glorious; then I got some jelly beans. I'm totally in my happy place. Heehee. Yay. I love life right now.
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Today was a lazy day. I had a really excellent nap, and I did a bit of knitting. And by a bit I mean I started a legwarmer and am now about half finished.
Mah legwarmer )
And now I'm watching Sense and Sensibility. The Regency era puzzles me. How do you go from giant paniers and stuff, to a glorified nightie, and then back to huge, elaborate skirts? I don't get it.

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OMG you guyz! I want one.

Finished my paper.

Eating a sandwhich.

Life is good.

Mmm

Mar. 21st, 2009 02:14 am
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+ mmm swing
+ mmmmmmmmm blues
+ my dress is fabulous.
+ Read is awesome, and hasn't changed a bit.
+ mmmm blues
+ scritches

I'm not gonna be able to move tomorrow, but it was so worth it.
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Had an awesome time dancing today, as usual. We did more work on our partner dance, and I think I figured out why I find dancing with a partner so much easier in that class than dancing by myself or in a group or whatever. I'm used to dancing with a partner, and it feels good and right and comfortable. This all makes me feel much more confident, and I don't worry as much about remembering the steps or looking good or whatever. And apparently as soon as I stop worrying it just comes naturally.

(In my very unbiased opinion my partner and I are the best at the routine. I am SO GRATEFUL I ended up with him. Seriously. I think I'd still enjoy it if I was with some clueless girl, but I'm enjoying it a lot more with him. Plus our lift is awesome, as well as our octopus.)

Knowing what makes the difference doesn't really help with my large group dancing because my confidence comes from experience, and there's no way to get years of experience without experiencing something for years, so I'll just struggle along and do my best and try to at least pretend to be confident. 

Tomorrow I'm meeting with my dance group to do some more choreographing and practicing. Then I have to race over to poetry right after, then home to gussy up for swing (live band, woohoo! Fabulous dress, woohoo! New nail polish, woohoo!). 

I think I might be becomming a Dancer (with a capital D). This week I'll spend at least 8 hours dancing, between swing and jazz class. Probably more, if I stay late with swing. I'll probably have the energy for it, since thanks to all of my excessive dancing my stamina is really good. Anyway, dancing makes me happy, and I like being happy. I'll miss jazz class when the semester ends.
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You know what's awesome? My Little Pony Tales is awesome!


You know what's even more awesome? My Little Ponies rollerskating!
girlnamedxena: (costuming)
I'm considering making a steampunk outfit for con.

crappy sketch )

I dunno, though. I really do want to make a Tudor dress at some point. The idea behind this is that it wouldn't take very much fabric or time. Then I worked out approximately how much fabric I thought it would take which is waaaay too much for a little project like this. I'm trying to justify it by saying I want a bustle anyway, but it would have to be a very short bustle and if/when I make a Victorian dress I'll probably want a longer one.

I'm assuming that the bustle will take about 2 yds, the underskirt 2 1/2 yds, the drape 1 1/2yds, the jacket 3 yds, the chemise 2 1/2 yds and the spats 1yd, which comes to a whopping 13 yds. Way, way too much. Plus I really ought to have a very ruffle-tastic petticoat. Although now that I'm looking at patterns, it looks like I can make a pretty big bustle with only one yd. It looks like it'd be longer than knee length, tough, so I'd have to make a smaller one. I'm looking at buying this pattern because it has so many options, but the person who reviewed it said it fits larger ladies better. I'm sure I could mess around with it and fix it. So maybe bustle: 1 yd, underskirt: 1 1/2 yd, drape: 1 yd, jacket: 3 yds, chemise: 2 1/2 yds, spats: 1 yd + petticoat. That's still at least 10 yds. Eeek. Although I would make the jacket last and maybe not at all so that's only 7 yds + petticoat. Then there's the notions: tubing or steel for the bustle, yards of lace and ribbon and twill tape (actually, I probably have enough twill tape in my stash), the jewellery (which I would make myself because I'm a crazy person. Where do you get cameos for jewelery making anyway?). I'll have to figure out how to make hats and find stuff to adorn it with. Ugh. I dunno.

I think I'm going to start on the corset soon anyway because I've been meaning to make that for over a year. And maybe I'll go to Value Villiage and see if I can find some old sheets on the cheap for the bustle/petticoat, or a big skirt that I could alter/salvage the fabric from. I can't say I like the idea of using someone else's bedding as my underpinnings, but this project is one that has to be made on the cheap or not at all. Which means if I want it to be of decent quality I have to get started soon.*

So, any thoughts? For the people who've been to ConVersion do you think this is costume contest winning material? For some reason I feel really weird making a non-historically accurate costume. As if making historically accurate stuff isn't a waste of time/ressources. And by waste I mean time and money that could be spent on everyday clothes so I'd look fabulous all the time, rather just a couple times a year when I'm in costume. I don't think costuming is a useless activity, but I know my skills could be used in service of things that are much more useful.

On the other hand, it is really nice to be able to let my creativity loose and see what I can come up with without the constraints of historical accuracy.

*there's a saying among artisans that you can have at most two of the three things: cheap, good and fast. I usually try to go for the first two.

EDIT: ok, I found a bedsheet I can use for the bustle and petticoat. It even has kinda nice lace on it. Guess I ought to buy a pattern O.o (My mom seems to think this, like most of my costumes, is a complete waste of time and I should be making everyday clothes. But she is marginally in favour of this one because it will take much less fabric than most of my projects do).

Meme

Feb. 28th, 2009 12:31 am
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From [livejournal.com profile] goldjadeocean 

One little compliment can make you feel amazing. So give me a compliment, anything in the entire world, even that my shoelaces are pretty. Put this in your journal. And once you get some comments, put that entry in a memory or tag and when you are feeling down, just go to that entry and this will remind you how great you are.

Comments are going to be screened so none of you will know if I'm the über-popular kind who gets over 100 comments on this or a total loser who doesn't get any.


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You guyz! Tanya Huff is gonna be at ConVersion! Looks like I'll be going after all =/ 
girlnamedxena: (dr. horrible)
This came up while I was chatting with Laura today. Which is worse? Twilight or Eragon? (Movie or book version) Laura said it was like choosing between having your tongue cut off or your eyes ripped out, though I found that was easier to decide.

Anyway, what's your vote? I'm still having difficulty deciding myself, but I'm interested in seeing what you all think.

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