So. I've got company coming over for 6pm tonight.

My living room is, as is often the case, a bit of a mess.

What am I doing?

Crafting. Of course. :-P

I had a bunch of jewelry to repair or recycle --> I turned a couple of my grandmother's old, mismatched earrings into pendants (one for me, one for my sister), and switched out the hooks on a bunch of inherited earrings - from various grandmothers plus Ghost's NPPP (who is doing just fine, but was cleaning out her jewelry box and so sent some stuff my way).
Plus, I've got the Yule Craft Fair coming up in two weeks and, while I've got buckets of stock, I wanted to do some new stuff, too. I made some (sort of) winter-themed earrings, and a batch of fairly whimsical pendants, so we'll see where that gets me. :-)


Persephone - cascades of white shell and clear quartz tipped with snowflake obsidian and accented with six garnet drops.

Memory and Thought - Long, slender dangly earrings. Snowflake obsidian and black onyx, tipped with feather charms.

Hail to the Holly King - Malachite, red coral, and Australian Jasper, tipped with pentacle charms. Because if you're going to name something after an Inkubus Sukubus song, you might as well go all the way.

Scylla - A fringe of white shell and clear quartz hung on a silver (coloured, not SS) frame, and accented with lapis lazuli.

Mountains in the Snow - Chunks of snowflake obsidian accented with white shell and rainbow moonston, tipped with a simple, wire-work spiral.

"Mythical Realms" key necklaces:
These are made out of old house/apartment/car keys that are decorated with short strands of recycled beads and whatever other goodies I can cobble together.

Secret Garden - Steal key decorated with: rose glass flower + recyled silver leaf charm (strand one); grean glass bauble, silver rose spacer bead, palest green jade, and dark green glass (strand two)

Kingdom of the Sun - Brass key decorated with: hematite, fire agate, and red (banded) agate (Strand one); hematite, fire agate, and a recycled amber (I think) pendant (Strand two)

Najara - Steal apartment building key decorated with: red coral, recycled silver charms and spacer beads (one of the charms appears to be someone doing Namaste, thense the name of the necklace)

Snow Queen's Castle - Long, narrow, steal key decorated with: Found ice-blue glass beads, rainbow moonstone, silver spacer beads, silver filigree bead, and a silver ring charm that I'm pretty sure started life as part of a necklace closure

Freedom - Steel key with the word "defiant" stamped into the metal, decorated with: Black lava stone, black onyx, hematite, black glass (wire-wrapped) and silver spacer beads TIPPED WITH a cage charm (strand one) and a feather (Strand two)

Anyway. That's been my morning (more than my morning... the last five or six hours?) It was a good run, anyway. But. Now I need to (a) send a few emails, mostly about modeling stuff; and (b) tidy up the living room, particularly the table that I'm currently using as a desk.

Wish me luck! :-)
Up, up and awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! :-)

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( Oct. 13th, 2012 09:41 pm)
All the bath stuff is wrapped and labeled. All the jewelry has labels, although most of those will be stuck on with scotch tape tomorrow morning.

I need to re-pack my show bucket (a large rubbermade tub, fyi). I have a (very, very pretty) new jewelry stand that should hold a fair few peices, plus my copper tree and the earring stand I inherrited (sp) from my grandmother as back-up.

I'm still sorting through the "how" of displaying various heaps of soap, candles, and bath bombs... I need a(nother) make-shift set of risers. I will most likely bring a couple of shoe boxes with me tomorrow (I can pack soap and bath bombs in them and then use them as fabric-covered display risers at the event). That'll work.

Anyway. I'm tired as all get out.

To do tomorrow morning:

1) Pack soaps and bath bombs into shoe boxes

2) Re-pack show bucket and leave the un-needed stuff - screens, tea-tree soap, anything else I find in there that doesn't quite work - at home. BRING scisors, earring tabs, packing tape, clear rubber earring-backs, two pairs of pliers, wire cutters, and jewelry first-aid-kit.

3) Do a eucalyptus inhalation because hoy have I ever got a cold

4) Pick up scotch tape and tissues - this may be an errant on-which I send Ghost, as I think set-up (though not the actual show) starts before most places will be open on Sundays.

5) Arrive at Jack Purcell by 10am, because I have no idea what the set-up is like and I'd rather not wind up with a lousy location if it turns out to be First Come First Served.

Right. Time to get some sleep!

Amazon. :-D
The soup stock continues to do its thing. I figure it'll be cooked enough by around noon tomorrow, so I'll strain it and bottle it (and put it in the fridge) then.

I spent most of the morning uploading stuff to my etsy site. I currently have all of six things listed, with rather more than that yet to be added. But if I can wrangle doing six items per day for a while, that'll work, I think.

I spent this afternoon modeling. YAY! :-D I am now rather still and sore, but a good night's sleep should do me some good. (That and some neo-citron - I've apparently got a cold, although Ghost tells me that the Thing that's going around is walking pnumonia so... yikes).

I spent this evening soaking barcodes off the bottoms of my candle-cups and then wrapping them up in black tissue paper and little white cardboard boxes.

Things to do tomorrow:

1) Make three different kinds of bath bombs (I now have coconut oil, so I can get this done!) and set out to dry for a good few hours (ideally about eight)

2) Buy white tissue paper for wrapping up soap

3) Finish writing the labels for the jewelry and other products (I still need to make labels for the Honey Month earrings, plus re-label most of the Lunar Months pieces, and print the cards for soaps, bath bombs, and candles)

4) Print, cut out, and hole-punch said labels

5) Wrap soap in tissue paper, then bag up in draw-string burlap bags[1] and apply appropriate tags

6) Tie ribbons around candle boxes and afix appropriate labels

7) Have dinner with Ghost and her NPPP

8) Bag up bath bombs (these, alas, will be wrapped in plastic and packaged in polyester mesh bags, but at least that way they won't crumble all over everything) and afix appropriate labels

9) Tape (or something) the appropriate cards to the appropriate earrings. Hoy...

Somewhere in here, Ghost needs to drill some holes and build me a new jewelry stand, but that'll take all of 20 minutes, so I'm not too worried about it. Soup-stock straining and bottling needs to happen, too, but I can treat that as a break from crafty stuff.

I also want to keep listing things on Etsy, but that - at the moment - takes a long ass time, so I'm doing the more pressing things first.

Anyway. On to the bath.


[1] I think these would also make pretty spiffy Bath Tea bags... but the mesh might be too loose.
I have confirmed, yet again, that I feel better about myself - more confident, less like a loser with Things to Hide - and tend to be more open with/to my partner, when I actually get Work done during the day.

So today I've been crafting.

I watched (for a given value of "watched") Practical Magic this morning. But while I had it in the dvd player, I was also making two kinds of soap[1] and about two dozen tea lights (the last of which are hardening up as I type this).

The silicone mini-muffin (two-bite brownies, whatever) pan makes tea-light-sized candles like a charm. They are narrower on the bottom than the holders are, and I'm not entirely sure how to sort that out[2].

My plan is to sell the tea-lights at half-a-dozen for $5. Which should still make me a little bit of profit beyond breaking-even/overhead, and have a basket of them out at one-for-a-dollar as well[4].

Half of me wants to just not use the foil liners and sell them as cute, brownie-shaped tealight candles that fit easily into a foil tealight liner or other tealight holder, but create less waste. But, for now, I've actually got a hundred shiny-and-brand-new tealight cups that I bought specifically for this purpose, so I'm going to use them (dammit). But later on...? Who knows...

Anyway. I'm starting to poke at a grocery list that I probably won't shop for until some time tomorrow morning, and I'm figuring out what to do for lunch, and I'm basically avoiding starting to write.

I'm having a bit of a Time with this novel. I haven't got a clue what to do with it to make it actually interesting.
Me? I want to write her daily diary. Scribble two hundred words for each of the following categories:
Current Events
Plus a list of what she brought in and/or put up from the garden (and, later, what she's pulled out of the pantry/freezer that she put up earlier).

So... fuck it. Maybe that's what I'll do.


[1] Pomander (sweet orange and clove) and Winter Solstice (Juniper, Peppermint, and Cinnamon), both made with a saponified mix of sunflower oil, olive oil, beeswax, soy wax, and coconut oil.

[2] It may involve putting a layer of beeswax pellets[3] in the bottom of each tealight cup, putting the tealight cups in the oven (on a cookie sheet) for a couple of minutes, and then re-inserting the already-made candle into the cup, so that (a) the candle will sink to the bottom of the cup, and (b) stick to it, and then (c) the spare melted wax will be displaced up around the candle to fill in the empty space between it and the wall of the tealight cup.

[3] Which I would have to order, at a much higher price, from somewhere like Skincare Naturals or similar.

[4] Although this will involve making a LOT more candles... I've got four half-dozen sets made, but I would want another two (at least) plus 20-30 to put in the one-dollar "bulk" basket.
Hey there!

So I've spent the last couple of hours working on my Honey-Month-inspired earring collection.

I am now (a) out of silver bees - well, I have one left, but I'd need at least two to continue... I may yet start taking the old necklaces apart - AND (b) more than half-way done.

I have eleven left to do. ELEVEN! (Mwahahahaha...)


Today I did:

#8 - Raspberry Creamed Honey - 4mm rose quartz, 8mm lapis lazuli, 3mm iolite, 2mm silver, silver bees ("I'll pluck the flight of doves for you")

#9 - Zambian Honey - 4mm mahogany obsidian and 6mm wood + 8mm fire agate + silver bees ("Only the sun will touch me")

#10 - French Rhododendron Honey - 2mm silver, 3mm rainbow moonstone, 6mm labradorite, 8mm cloudy quartz[1], silver bees ("Melting on my tongue")[2]

#11 - Blackberry Honey - 2mm silver, 4mm garnet, 8mm lapis lazuli, blue aventurine chips[3], silver bees ("Yesterday I had daughters")

#12 - Red Gum Honey - 2mm silver, 4mm iolite, 6mm yellow jade[4], 8mm lapis lazuli, silver bees ("The world is not for catching")[5]

#13 - Black Locust Blossom Honey - 2mm silver, 4mm green aventurine, 4mm malachite, 6mm australian jasper, 10mm green aventurine, silver bees ("Against the broad, green earth")

#14 - Raspberry Honey - 2mm silver, 4mm hematite, 6mm rhodonite, 6mm rainbow obsidian, silver bees ("Come shut my wild, wild eyes")[6]

#27 - Leatherwood Honey[7] - 2mm silver, 4mm hematite, 8mm hematite, silver bees, silver (plated) chain, black leather lacing[8] ("I will have you for my own // With a gaze full of the giver")


So I'm feeling pretty pleased with them, so far.
The only trick, really, is that they are VERY long - shoulder dusters, easily.

I've placed an order for 25 more pewter, silver-plated bee charms plus some additional supplies. I should be able to get these done shortly. :-)

I'm also looking at two sign-up-any-time online courses.
Paranormal Romance Writing
All About Herbs

They're free, week-by-week courses and, while some of it is stuff I can do fine on already (character development, culinary herbs), other bits (story arcs and pacing; medicinal herbs and herbal peparations) look like they could be helpful even at the 101 level.

In other news, I've signed up for Camp Nanowrimo and, with any luck (and some stick-to-it-ivness), I'll have a story that is a little bit more like an actual STORY by the end of June. (I figure I can try doing it again in August, for Camp Nano Round Two, and do a Paranormal Romance. ;-)

Anyway. I'm modeling tonight, and I've got a poster to make (and an event to heavily promote) within the next 4.5 hours. (I also need to go for a walk, pick up eggs, eat something, and get prepped for my gig). So here we go! :-D

Amazon. :-)

[1] I confess, I have no idea what this stone is. I suspect it's a quartz. It could also very easily be a jade. It's a bargain bin stone that didn't come with a label, so I'm guessing here.

[2] Because this one is a haiku, I originally wanted to do the beads in a pattern of 5-7-5 BUT that didn't quite look right (and my moonstone beads are a MESS and I couldn't find enough with holes that could take the pins without breaking), SO I ended up doing 2-7-3-5 instead.

[3] I was aiming for both rubble and the invocation of its blueberry taste, despite the name.

[4] I have two kinds of yellow jade. One is yellow jade chips that are almost the colour of old ivory; the other is 6mm yellow jade balls - they are clear and flecked with orange, and remind me very much of honey-amber.

[5] I was going for the deep blue of the night (drawn back home, sip by sip), and the mellow, dark sugar of the taste.

[6] Rhodonite for kisses, jams, and attar; hematite and rainbow obsidian for the Night herself.

[7] Of course I chose this one to do as my last, pre-re-order. :-)

[8] Truth be told, I haven't actually added the lacing yet. And it'll most likely be suede, not leather - the kind of stuff that comes wrapped on a spool in 50m-100m lengths.
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( May. 30th, 2012 10:10 am)
I am a tired girl.
I slept something like eleven hours last night.
Which, I know, my life is so hard.
But I also know I have a funny/metalic taste in my mouth, so I wonder if maybe I'm a little sick. :-P

I am a tired girl.
What shall I do?
Make crafts! :-D

The plan: To do the jewelry components for seven more of the Honey Month pieces.

Here's hoping they go well. :-D

Amazon. :-)
Okay, y'all. I'm feeling super-excited.

A while back, I ordered tealight wicks that were billed as being for "dark beeswax" - I looked up the wick number and, in theory, it was supposed to have a two-inch burn pool.

The wicks arrived and (finally, today) I got around to making an experimental candle using a steel sauce cup as my holder.

It worked!!! :-D

Which means I can do my votive-esques[1] as planned! :-D :-D :-D

I've also spent a good chunk of today[2] putting together further jewelry components for the Honey Month collection.
I still haven't varathaned the wooden pieces. I admit, I'm kind of nervous about screwing that bit up. However I did get six more jewelry-bits completed.

We have:
Peach Creamed Honey ("Bite Ripe Summer Flesh"): 4mm Mookalite, 4mm pink (dyed) shell, 4mm carnelian, amber chips, silver bees

Raspberry Rose Honey ("Judge Me Worthy"): 2mm silver, 4mm garnet, 4mm rose quartz, citrine chips (because I don't have rubies and topaz, so I went with the colour families, instead)

Cranberry Creamed Honey ("It Is Never Red Enough"): 2mm silver, 5mm, 7mm, and various oblongs of red (dyed) coral, silver bees

Lemon Creamed Honey ("The Lemon Road Will Have You // For Its Bride"): 2mm silver, 6mm citrine, citrine chips, 4mm clear quartz (salt and lemon -- good with tequila but painful on broken soles)

Thistle Honey ("You Look Like Summer"): 6mm and 4mm lapis lazuli, 6mm citrine, 4mm green aventurine (for the hint of green apple), 2mm silver, silver bees

Hungarian Forest Honey ("Some of Wood // Some of Bone"): 5mm dark wood, oblong pale wood, 12mm carved bone, 2mm silver, silver bees


I'm rather pleased. :-)

Half of me wants to continue doing assembly, and half of me wants to make more candles and half of me (there's a lot of me to go around, can't you tell?) want to varathane those wooden bits, and half of me wants to put on LotR and work on my latest knitting project.

My latest knitting project being: A shrug! :-D
Actual clothing, rather than some kind of accessory! :-D

Yesterday, while Ghost and her girl where headed out of town, I walked down into Hintoburg (handily avoiding the GGGS) and stopped in at Wabi Sabi. I picked up three balls (so about 600m) of black Cascade superwash wool. The idea being to knit what amounts to a couple of scarves (that each taper at one end and are trimmed in about 5" of ribbing) and then stitch them together along the wide ends (to make the back) and then again along (most of) the long ends (to make the arms). If there's any yarn left, I will probably do a Huge Circle of Ribbing which I can then stitch to the open parts so that my long-sleeved (summer? - fairly loose knit, if you're me) shrug will have some nice trim going on.

Given that I've only done all of four rows, so far, I suspect it's going to take For Evar to get done. But we'll see.

My improvised/planned-out pattern:
Cast on 50 stiches
Knit until you have 20 inches of knitting on your needle - in theory this could be between 120 and 160 rows
Then start decreasing (10 sitches every 6-8 rows - using the ever-popular knit-two-together method) for the next 3 inches (now your "scarf" should be about 9" wide, rather than about 12" wide)
Transfer to circular needles (or DPNs, if you prefer) and switch to kk/pp/kk/pp/etc for the last 3"-5" of your "scarf"/sleeve
Cast off
Repeat from start for the other half of the shrug


This will, in theory, work. In practice... it may be three inches too narrow to accomodate my shoulders comfortably... We shall see...

In other news: I've learned that we go through about 2kg of granulated sugar in a month (which makes sense, really, given that we probably put 2C/week into our combined tea and coffee, so...). I admit - despite how likely this is when I break it down - I'm rather shocked by this. That doesn't even include extra stuff like baked goods or custards. O.O (Never mind Canning Season, which probably sees me going through upwards of 10kg in a given month, rather than two...)
It's good to be aware of. :-)

[1] A votive candle, I hear tell, takes about 2oz worth of wax. (call it a quarter cup). I'm not sure how big my sauce cups are, ounce-wise (though I could measure that easily enough), so I'm not sure if I can bill them as "votives" or something else. So "votive-esques" until I get the volume figured out.

[2] My Ghost is off for an overnight with one of her other partners - I have no earthly notion when she's getting back - though I'm guessing some time in the next two hours, given her Other Partner needs to get back to Montreal at a reasonable hour... afaik. But I don't actually have an ETA. What I'm getting at, mind you, is that I've had the place to myself since late yesterday morning. So I've been crafting. ;-)
I started work on another jewelry collection a couple of days ago. It's based on this poem by Yuki_Onna (go read it, I'll wait). I did one pair of earrings for each devil, plus a bonus pair for the end of the poem. They are all long (starting at 2", not counting the shepherds' crook findings, and eventually getting up to about 5"), all very skinny, and all made of interlinked parts so that they'll swing nicely. Oh, and they all involve the little carved bone skull-beads that Raynedaze gave me last year. :-)

When Ghost looked at the first three I'd made, she said they reminded her of California, because of the colours. The colour palate has since gotten a bit broader, but it was heartening to hear, none the less. :-)


The devil of diverted rivers is a mix of green garnet (opaque, olive green) 4mm spheres, 4mm white shell spheres, chips of white citrine, and chips of gold-stone (which is actually a synthetic thing full of iron pyrite). Each one is finished with a little bone skull. Sage, salt and silt, with flecks of gold.

The devil of imported brides is a mix of 5mm red aventurine (orange) spheres, 6mm yellow jade (very clear) spheres, white rice-beads, and butter-amber chips. Each one is finished with a 4mm garnet sphere and a little bone skull. Orange blossoms, wedding rice, and the blood of the birth/death bed.

The devil of fruit pickers is where things start getting colourful. Yellow seed beads, 4mm green aventurine sphere, 8mm fire agate spheres, and white rice beads, finished with a little bone skull. Oranges, soy beans, corn, and rice, but no nickles.

The devil of gold flake is all blues and browns. Gold-stone chunks, gold-flecked 4mm lapis lazuli spheres, 6mm gold filigree balls, 6mm black onyx banded in browns and whites, 4mm mustard yellow jasper spheres, finished with a little bone skull and a couple of yellow seed beads. Little bits of gold and glitter, everywhere you look.

The devil of mine canaries is pale yellow. 6mm yellow jade and 4mm yellow mookalite, plus the fleck of 4mm pink shell, and a little bone skull. Canary feathers falling, and the pretty pink of death. (That part of the poem frequently makes me cry, fyi).

The devil of acorn mash is a long hollow of dark wood, capped with 6mm banded black onyx streaked with yellow, brown and white, plus 4mm mahogany obsidian and little bone skulls. Wood for the oaks, and brown, brown, for the meal that comes from them.

The devil of the railroad is black and silver, 4mm hematite, spiraling 6mm silver disks, 8mm hematite, garnets and little bone skulls. Iron ore, metal, and the garnet of a shattered heart.

California Falls Into the Sea is a little different. The bone skulls are at the top, rather than the bottom, flanked by 4mm tiger iron jasper. Linked below is a chain of seven blue pieces: turquoise, blue aventurine, rainbow moonstone, and lapis lazuli, plus many, many 2mm silver balls. A long engine-whistle // breaks the blue // into seven pieces.


I know it's not pictures. But it's what I can do without a steady hand to guide my camera.

It was nice to be getting creative in this particular way again. I find that stuff with patterns like this (seven devils, 28 days, 12 elements of nature...) are good for developing collection plans. They aren't just "Random stuff involving lapis lazuli and amber" (although I've got a wodge of those that are actually really nice, so...) I could, in theory, make up collections where each piece was based on a character in a given book... We'll see what happens on that note, though. No promises.

In other news: My young miss should be arriving Toronto in the next half-hour or so, at which point I will give her a call and then (gratefully) take myself to bed. Hoy. I'm rather tired. :-)

- Amazon.
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( May. 28th, 2011 04:27 pm)

So this morning we went to Home Despot and got Gardening Supplies.

These included three rubbermade bins ($4.99 each), three 35L (or so) bags of potting soil and two bags of manure compost.

They also included:
1 cucumber plant
1 cherry tomato (sweet baby girl) plant
1 beefsteak tomato (don't know the breed) plant
1 sweet banana pepper plant (which will probably be hot to my tastes, but not hers)
1 package each of: scarlet runner beans, kentucky wonder beans, french breakfast radishes, butternut squash, and baby letuce salad mix

I've got two blue plastic bowls planted with letuce and radishes, respectively, a rubbermade bin of tomatoes and peppers, another of various pole beans (I'll need to dig around and see if I can't find some romano bean seeds lying around -- I'd like to plant a few for butter beans if I can swing it), and a third of butternut squash and cucumber.

The squash bin and the tomato bin are placed in such a way that they'll get water and (a little) sun on their own. The beans, radishes and lettuce are closer to the patio doors, but they'll be alright. (I have to remember to water them regularly!)

I've also got four other plastic bowls (and two flower pots) which I'm holding for herbs -- dill, cilantro, basil, peppermint... not sure what will go in the other two (maybe nasturtiums in one, the other... Don't know. We'll figure it out as we go). We'll see. Beth is going to build a little plant stand for them out of scrap cedar in the next little while.

Tomorrow's craft show is currently scheduled for the rain location. Which is great. We've found a tent to borrow anyway -- which we'll do, in part because the gal in question has left it out on her porch for us, and I don't want to just leave it sitting there, and also because there's always a chance things'll change with Ravenswing and we'll be outdoors after all. And I want a roof over my head (and my soap) if that's the case.

Things to remember:
Rubbermade bin of crafty wares and equipment
Folding lawn chair

I'm still going "To candle or not to candle..." The foils I've got are not empty enough to just melt the wax, set the wicks and pour everything out.
Honestly, for all that I suspect I'll kind of regret it, I don't think I'm going to do it this time. (Ghost is probably sighing with relief at that news).

I went out a while back and looked for canape foils -- the kind that are basically a cubic inch with a wide rim? The next size down from "tart shells" in the disposable/aluminum bakeware section of the grocery store? -- but I didn't find any. And I really don't want to be taking my parafin tea-lights out of their foils just so I have empty ones to work with. It's not that I can't put them in different foils BUT why bother?

So I think I'll hold off and either keep an eye out for those canape shells OR just order some tea-light foils online. Crepe. :-P

I'd love to use silicone ice-cube trays as candle molds. Star-shapes or heart-shapes or something else (even silicone two-bite-brownie pans) with flat bottoms. But I worry about them melting funnily and running wax all over everything. I mean, I don't think anyone else worries about that, but I do. Maybe because I'm slightly insecure about my candle-pouring abilities or something.

ANYWAY. I think that's a project for another time. Hopefully people will be all over soap and jewellery since that's what I'm bringing.

In other news: Read Holly Black's Red Glove. It's awesome, and a great follow-up to the first book in the trilogy (White Cat). Having done that, I've started in on "The Academy" which is number four in the Marketplace series by Laura Antoniou.
So far, so good. We'll see how it goes.

- Amazon.
I have made marmalade (four 2C jars, to be exact)
I have eaten chicken (om-nom-nom)

<*eyes dining room table*>

I think I need some kind of an organizer -- Like stacked drawers or something -- that can sit on the corner of my table, be easily moved, and contain all my various Heaps of craft projects. A drawer or two for beading, a drawer hair accessories, a drawer for sewing-related stuff, maybe even a drawer for soap and general Bath Stuff (though that's a bit trickier, since it involve a LOT of oils and some fairly large containers of various things).

I can still smell the forest fires. (Isn't that astonishing? That the smoke is here?)

Part of me wants to get icecream.

Another part of me wants to make a Pretty Hair Clip or similar using the turquoise roses I picked up today. So I think I'm going to do that. :-)

- Amazon. :-)

Bathbombs: Made, bagged and labeled

Unscented Soap: Made, ribbonned and labeled

Business Cards: Are being their usual fucking nightmare (Seriously. Every FUCKING time I try to print them up, SOMETHING is out of fucking wack SOMEWHERE and I end up WASTING these damn business-card forms trying to re-sort out what needs to be tweaked THIS TIME).
... There. Fixed it. (Bastards).

Tools: Still need to be Packed (why I'm packing a hammer to this thing when I'm getting via tool box is beyond me, but still. Self-sufficiency for the win? ;-)

Money Box: REPAIRED! (See above, re: self-sufficiency for the win). Still, it would be nice if I had something to cap the screws with, as they poke through on the inside of the box and are rather on the sharp side. :-)

Change: Acquired! (Woot!) $50 in fives and $50 in loonies. For once, I actually feel like I'm SET. :-)

Lunch: Packed! (strawberries, havarti, goat cheese, veggie-crackers, 2L of raspberry lemonade, sliced cucumbers and baby tomatoes for Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!)

Eee-Hee! :-D Ghost is here. I heard her bracelets from four floors up, and looked over the balcony, and YUP! There she was! :-D

Off we go!

- Amazon. :-D
I'll be here on Sunday. Specifically, at the parkdale market craft show from 10am-4pm.

Woot! :-D
amazon_syren: (Default)
( Feb. 19th, 2010 02:33 pm)
Soemthing Tithenai said:

[To] have an object that is the manifestation of time I've spent in your thoughts is to have a treasure, pure and simple.

I like this. I think it expresses what's so awesome about home-made gifts, and what makes them special, what makes them beautiful even when they're rough around the edges. :-)
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( Jun. 27th, 2009 11:51 am)

I got up today.

Which, given yesterday, definitely counts as Accomplishement Number One. ;-)

Seanchaidh and I are getting together tomorrow afternoon for tarot and griping, or similar, which should be nice. :-) I think I'll be cleaning out the fridge this afternoon in preparation for said event. :-)

This morning, I have done the following:

1) Made a pair of earrings for my sweetie-pie (I shan't describe them, as said sweetie-pie can see this post and I want them to be a surprise. ;-)

2) Started typing up "In the Pink" (my latest bit of erotica).

[EDIT: "In the Pink" is coming along. It's very... breast-centric at the moment. Hm... Also: Have bought shoes online. Pointy-Toed Mary-Janes. Just 'cause I can. :-)

Things I'd like to get done today (and/or tomorrow morning):

1) Laundry
2) Fridge-Cleaning
3) Dishes
4) Finish "In the Pink"
5) Start typing my next erotica story (a significantly kinkier one), which currently has no title but will probably end up being called "Scent of Cedar" or something equally sensual and evocative.
6) Postering for VoV (Whee!)
7) Get gatoraide or similar, as I think it will help me get rid of this headache.

With that in mind: Time for more writing.

- Amazon.
Have been working on my mask.

Many years ago, I went to a mask-making day at a friend's place, and I started on this blue half-mask. It's got huge eye holes and is (now) covered in pearls and cowrie shells. I had started, way back when, adding yarn braids to an across-the-top-of-the-head strap, but found it to be (A) time-consuming and (B) boring, so I stopped. And it has since languished, lo, these long years, on various shelves around my various houses.

And today I took her out again - my Sea Queen - and started working on her again. Basically, I cut off all the cross pieces, and mave made "over the ear" ties (out of some of the braids). I'll be using the rest of the braids to make clip-on extensions -- possibly (if I can find some on the cheap) involving clusters of shells (or cowrie-flowers or what-have-you) that I can attach all over my head, and mix in with real braids and so-on.

I've got a tonne of cowrie shells left over from when I started this mask (plus a bunch in my beading bags, too) that I can probably rig into hair accessories or similar.

This is what looking at Trible Bellydance pictures will do to me. ;-)

However. Just now, I'm stringing beads.

I've (finally - last minute much?) figured out what to do for my annual ornament gift. (I tend to do things with bells). This year, the ornament is "jingle bell rock". Because I'm making them out of green stones (aventurine and moss agate chips) and silver jingle bells, and topping them off with a scrap of silver ribbon.
Yes, they are absolutely cobbled together out of "what have I got in my bead-box that I'm willing to give up for this". Thankfully, the ribbon makes them work. :-D

Anywhoo. I've got four more of these things to make, so I'd best get on them. :-)

- Amazon.
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( Jan. 11th, 2008 09:39 pm)
Got all dolled up to go to the gallery show.

What I Wore (because you all care about that) )

I was quite pleasantly surprised to see that he'd actually included two of the me-shots in the collection. One was called "Onion Girl" (hehe, like the Charles de Lint book) and was a picture of me smelling a bouquet of green onions, as if they were a bouquet of tulips. The other is one called "Lock and Key" - which is from the same set of shots as the one I called by the same name. )

I confess, I'm having a grand old time playing around with those pictures again. ;-)

Now that I've got a scanner, I may try it out by scanning in some of the shots Diane LaPlante took of me, years and years ago, just to play around with cropping and stuff. That would be nice. :-)

There were a couple of photos that really jumped out at me, including the two featuring another Allison - one featuring her holding a bouquet of asparagus, and another involving her and big glasses and a neck-tie and a sneer. The other, the one that caught my attention right when I walked in, was a gal with a tarantula tattoo'd on her shoulder - in the picture, you couldn't (or I couldn't) quite tell whether it was a tattoo or an actual spider, because the tattoo itself included a shadow. It was *very* well done. :-)

The photographer has this irritating thing about the idea of threat, and women in threatened possitions, as being Really Awesome and Provocative subject matter. Which rather makes me want to give him a smack upside the head and a sharp suggestion that he increase his scope a little.
<*sigh*> But, otherwise, he takes good pictures. (For the most part. ;-)

Anyway, the show got me thinking about a couple of things:

1) Just random musings about beauty and how it's defined (narrowly, usually) and how it's everywhere, if you just bloody look around.

2) The nifty shapes you can find in people's bodies.

3) A story about a vampire photographer (No, not Otto) who works for a lifestyle/pop-culture magazine targeted at The Children of the Night (called "Night Life", it purports to explore the Darker end of the subcultural spectrum - S&M, Goth and Metal and Industrial (maybe or maybe not Punk), Tattoos and general body-mod, and so on - while also talking about being a non-human who can pass for human (most of the time), in a way that is (in theory) subtle enough to go un-noticed by the subscribers who don't *actually* live the Night Life. ;-)

I kind of want to write a story about that. The idea's been floating in my head for years, and it started solidifying again tonight, so maybe I'll get somewhere with it. :-)

<*looks at clock*>

Aaaaaand it's 10:45. Must remove my makeup and get to sleep so that I can actually be functional for Choir tomorrow. :-)

- Amazon. :-)

[1] I really love stuff like that. It looks formal and decaying/aggressive at the same time. Like SteamPunk. :-D (It's times like this that I wouldn't mind being better at drawing. then I could have some Real Fun doodling the stuff that wanders, half formed, through my mind. ;-)

[2] This is one of the ones I made. I'm still thinking of putting a dab from the glue-gun onto the knots, just to be sure. But I'm glad it worked out. :-) I quite like the two different shades of not-exactly black, and how they combine and play off each other. :-) I'm almost done re-stringing the lapis lazuli one - using white/cream pearls this time, as I think they provide a better contrast - and I'm thinking that maybe (maybe) I'll do a turquoise and black pearl one, just to see what it looks like. I may not, though. Who knows. ;-)
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( Oct. 17th, 2006 08:50 am)
I have a new toy. :-)

Her name is Venus de Milo, and she's an old bust-form that was being thrown away at work. :-)

She is now my (attempt at a) dress-maker's dummy. :-)

There is a second one, upon-which Reyl has called dibs (don't forget to pick it up today, m'dear), to use for the same type of work. :-)

Three cheers for re-using stuff! :-)

I'm also thinking that, with a few stratigic applications of tin-foil, Venus can be my Frozen Minion, sitting outside my door near my jack-o'-lantern. :-)

I got a new wreath-frame. It turned out to be a bit big, so I'll either (A) have to brink it back (but the tag ripped off in my bag on the way home, so I don't know if that's an opiton) and exchange it for something smaller (which I'm not sure they have) and/or (B) get myself some wide, russet/brown ribbon and wrap the frame in that before putting the leaf-vine back on. :-)

Ah, crafting. What fun it is. :-)

Anyway, tonight Ami_B is coming over and we're yacking about plots. And probably griping about jobs as well. :-)
This will be fun.
I need to make a hearty soup. I'll have a quick look in my 365 Veggie Soups recipe book for some imspiration before I go today. :-)

I also need to:
A) Call Tara and Stephanie from Maxsys who have both phoned me to say 'come in and talk', which is at least something. Even if it isn't an actual offer of employment, it's an offer to help me find some. So that's good. (YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!)

B) Call the spa where I have my pre-payed collection of treatments and actually book one of them. :-) I'm thinking Facial. Next Tuesday. :-) That will be pleasant. :-)

C) Eat breakfast. :-)

So, good.

Oo. I also need to find my sister a birthday present. Her birthday is November 11th, so I need to come up with something fairly soon. :-) It will be a CD of some-sort, I believe. :-)

Anyway, time for me to go. :-)

- Amazon. :-)
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( Oct. 16th, 2006 08:43 am)
I figured out what my Hallowe'en costume is going to be.

I'm going to be Winter.

This basically means that I'm going to wear my wedding gown and a mask.

But. It's a really cool mask!

It's just a little harlequin-style half-mask from Michael's, but I covered it with tinfoil so that it's silver.
There's silver sequins around the eye-holes (which I enlarged significantly) and silver gauze across the eye-holes so that the eyes actually look blank. It's kinda creepy to look at yourself in the mirror and not actually have your reflection able to look back at you, if you will.

There are silver ribbons and plastic (tree ornament style) icicles hanging at the temples, and there is a big silver tear-drop thing (off a necklace I got from a second hand store in, like, 1999) in the middle of the forehead.

There is also a hair piece -- which is nine long, wide ribbons (about 1.5" wide x three feet long) of white mesh with little fuzzy silver stripes (sort of) stittched to a hair elastic with a sprig of silver and white holly glue-gunned to it. (I love having a glue-gun! It makes crafts easy! :-)

Lastly, there is the head band. Which is silver gauze (the same stuff I put over the eye-holes of the mask) with silver-&-white holly sprigs glued all over it.

I need to get a new set of hair sticks (one of my old sticks broke, and I can't seem to get all my hair up with just the one stick. Alas. I know it's possible, it's just not sticking right for me).
So perhaps I'll get a set in silver (or chrome, or clear plastic, or what-ever) as well, so that I can put my hair up under the ribbon-thing. :-)

(Hm... and potentially some silver glitter... Or not... But it's been a while since I wore glitter. :-)

That was my fantastical creation for yesterday. :-)

(I also -- finally -- switched out my summer wreath for my autumn wreath. Took me long enough. So now there are billowing autumn leaves gracing my door. I think I may pay a visit to Michael's this afternoon and pick up some more wreath-making matterials. I've currently got the leaves wrapped around a grape-vine wreath, and the combined bulk means that the wreath gets a bit smushed against the screen door. So getting a wire hoop or something similar and transfering the leaf-vine might be a good thing to do. :-)

Whee! Making stuff! :-D

Time to get ready for work, I think. :-)

- Amazon. :-)


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