danagryphon: (Default)
So this is E's new garb that I spent lots of last week working on. He needed something new because all his old tunics didn't fit anymore, and some of my old tunics are still a little too big for him. And I wanted him to have a really nice, spiffy outfit for Coronation. For those of you who aren't SCA garbgeeks, it's a cotehardie, which is a tight-fitting tunic with fitted sleeves, and buttons everywhere (there are 34 on this one). It was very common in Western Europe (began in France, I believe) in the 13th and 14th century. They are usually shorter (barely covering the hips), but there are pictures of them being knee length with a bit more flare in the "skirt", which was better for a teenage boy. They usually were worn with a hood (chaperone), and you can't see, but his hood has about a 3-foot liripipe in the back (a long, narrow dangly bit), and tippets at the elbows (the long red dangly bits on the sleeves, which you also can't see very well here). Anyway, despite the complaints about the tippets and the liripipe and the need to wear tights with it, he said it was quite comfortable to wear all day. I still need to put buttons to close the hood (I ran out of time), but it was wearable just being pinned for the day. Now he wants another one in green with a gray hood, but without the tippets and liripipe. I'll probably do that in a lighter linen (the yellow is a fairly heavy jacquard) so he can wear it in the summer, too. This one didn't even come out of the 30 yard linen stash I acquired this spring, but from a piece of about 10 yard jacquard I bought off a friend when *she* was de-stashing.

Heck, who knows, I might even make one or two for myself, just for something different from my usual Russian garb.

Pics below the cut )
danagryphon: (Default)
So this is E's new garb that I spent lots of last week working on. He needed something new because all his old tunics didn't fit anymore, and some of my old tunics are still a little too big for him. And I wanted him to have a really nice, spiffy outfit for Coronation. For those of you who aren't SCA garbgeeks, it's a cotehardie, which is a tight-fitting tunic with fitted sleeves, and buttons everywhere (there are 34 on this one). It was very common in Western Europe (began in France, I believe) in the 13th and 14th century. They are usually shorter (barely covering the hips), but there are pictures of them being knee length with a bit more flare in the "skirt", which was better for a teenage boy. They usually were worn with a hood (chaperone), and you can't see, but his hood has about a 3-foot liripipe in the back (a long, narrow dangly bit), and tippets at the elbows (the long red dangly bits on the sleeves, which you also can't see very well here). Anyway, despite the complaints about the tippets and the liripipe and the need to wear tights with it, he said it was quite comfortable to wear all day. I still need to put buttons to close the hood (I ran out of time), but it was wearable just being pinned for the day. Now he wants another one in green with a gray hood, but without the tippets and liripipe. I'll probably do that in a lighter linen (the yellow is a fairly heavy jacquard) so he can wear it in the summer, too. This one didn't even come out of the 30 yard linen stash I acquired this spring, but from a piece of about 10 yard jacquard I bought off a friend when *she* was de-stashing.

Heck, who knows, I might even make one or two for myself, just for something different from my usual Russian garb.

Pics below the cut )
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
I finished the garb last night, except for putting one hook and eye on the collar of the tunic. The coat has buttons now and a few more pearls (just can't stop adding pearls!). The tunic isn't DONE done, since I would like to embellish it eventually with beads and pearls, but it can be worn at this point. I'm also hoping to do a little more decorating of the hat, but that can also be done at a later date if necessary. So the agenda for tonight (after scouts) is to sew hooks and eyes into my tunic and into R's dress, put eyelets in her sleeves, and finish sewing the trim on the neckline of her dress. Great activities to do while watching the premier of Top Chef All Stars tonight.

Yesterday I emailed the certificate for the custom archery bracer I am donating to the Yule auction to benefit Pagan. I did one of these before and it seemed to do well. Also have to dig out my yeoman medallion to return to Li, since this is the first event we will both be at since I graduated. I also thought about getting together some stuff to put in the A&S display, maybe something in progress... And get together my full set of feast gear so I have loaners for D and R.

But I'm really looking forward to Saturday, it's definitely one of my favorite regular events.

In car news, I should be getting it back tomorrow afternoon. Paying the deductible in cash (the garage doesn't take plastic, grr) is going to put a bit of a pinch on our holiday season, but getting the reimbursement from the insurance company for the original tow from the scene will help somewhat.

Then Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , M and I are going to see You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown put on by the Littleton Middle School, which E is working the tech crew for. I'm also hoping to put up my Yule tree. Next Sunday is the Shire Yule, which I have to do a small award scroll for. Yep, going to be another busy month (aren't they all??)!
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
I finished the garb last night, except for putting one hook and eye on the collar of the tunic. The coat has buttons now and a few more pearls (just can't stop adding pearls!). The tunic isn't DONE done, since I would like to embellish it eventually with beads and pearls, but it can be worn at this point. I'm also hoping to do a little more decorating of the hat, but that can also be done at a later date if necessary. So the agenda for tonight (after scouts) is to sew hooks and eyes into my tunic and into R's dress, put eyelets in her sleeves, and finish sewing the trim on the neckline of her dress. Great activities to do while watching the premier of Top Chef All Stars tonight.

Yesterday I emailed the certificate for the custom archery bracer I am donating to the Yule auction to benefit Pagan. I did one of these before and it seemed to do well. Also have to dig out my yeoman medallion to return to Li, since this is the first event we will both be at since I graduated. I also thought about getting together some stuff to put in the A&S display, maybe something in progress... And get together my full set of feast gear so I have loaners for D and R.

But I'm really looking forward to Saturday, it's definitely one of my favorite regular events.

In car news, I should be getting it back tomorrow afternoon. Paying the deductible in cash (the garage doesn't take plastic, grr) is going to put a bit of a pinch on our holiday season, but getting the reimbursement from the insurance company for the original tow from the scene will help somewhat.

Then Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , M and I are going to see You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown put on by the Littleton Middle School, which E is working the tech crew for. I'm also hoping to put up my Yule tree. Next Sunday is the Shire Yule, which I have to do a small award scroll for. Yep, going to be another busy month (aren't they all??)!
danagryphon: (Aleksei)
The holiday weekend was very nice. I ended up working from home all last week, being sans car. The office closed early Wed, which gave me time to go on a mad cleaning spree (to me, one of the best parts of holidays is a CLEAN HOUSE). M took me to go do shopping for Turkey Day dinner Tuesday night, and I managed to score an 18 lb fresh turkey from Shaws for free. We had 8 for dinner, a nice round number that meant I got to put both leaves in my new table for the first time, but we weren't too crowded (the table can seat 12 if you are very, very friendly). The boys ate the two drumsticks (where did THAT come from? they've never shown interest in the drumsticks before?!), and there were plenty of leftovers, even after sending a doggie bag of turkey home with [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  for her boys.

Skiing trip drama... )

MY Friday was all about SEWING! My neighbor (D) and her daughter (R) (and one of their friends) came over to work on garb. D came to Duello and bought a dress (on payments, so she doesn't actually have it yet), in Italian Ren style. She needed a chemise to go with it, and I also wanted to make a dress in a matching style for R, who is an adorable little slip of a thing. So R picked out some fabric from my stash of leftovers, and I made her an equally adorable emerald green gown (velvet bodice, taffeta skirt) and royal blue underdress. She looks absolutely fabu, if I do say so myself. I still need to put some trim on the neckline, the eyelets to tie on the two part sleeves, and some hooks to close various parts, but it will be done for this Saturday, when they are hoping to come to the Bergental/BBM Yule event (if we can work out the money; she's on a very limited budget). So R now has the clothes to go with her nickname of "princess". ;)

Speaking of Yule, I will have spiffy new Russian BLING garb. The green and white Quintavia coat has turned into a Yule coat, with the addition of some cranberry red fabric, about 10 yards of gold braid, and lots of (real) pearls. Here's the front in progress:


I actually finished the rest of it last night, except for the buttons (which are gold and fake pearl, and are perfect). It's got a gold satin lining, and more of the cranberry and gold trim around the sleeves and the bottom. I would like to put some more pearls on the collar, but that might not happen until later. I cut out the yellow linen for the tunic that will go under it, as well as the fabric for the matching green, white, and cranberry hat (because this is Russian, after all, and we're all about the HATS!). I still have some more of the pearls, and of the gold cabochons, but no more of the settings for them, and couldn't find more at JoAnns. If I can get more of those, I am hoping to put some on the hat or the sleeves. This is going to be another "embellishment in progress" outfit, that I will continue to work on for a while, but can wear in the meantime. I would also like to embroider the linen undertunic eventually. More BLING!

So yes, I am going to look like a big Russian Christmas ornament. Hey, the Bergentallers asked for people to wear green and white/silver, so I'm just trying to oblige... <evil grin> And to think, this all started because I had these 1 yard pieces of matching green and white fabric hanging around, not enough to do anything individually, but together... and the rest is history.
danagryphon: (Aleksei)
The holiday weekend was very nice. I ended up working from home all last week, being sans car. The office closed early Wed, which gave me time to go on a mad cleaning spree (to me, one of the best parts of holidays is a CLEAN HOUSE). M took me to go do shopping for Turkey Day dinner Tuesday night, and I managed to score an 18 lb fresh turkey from Shaws for free. We had 8 for dinner, a nice round number that meant I got to put both leaves in my new table for the first time, but we weren't too crowded (the table can seat 12 if you are very, very friendly). The boys ate the two drumsticks (where did THAT come from? they've never shown interest in the drumsticks before?!), and there were plenty of leftovers, even after sending a doggie bag of turkey home with [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  for her boys.

Skiing trip drama... )

MY Friday was all about SEWING! My neighbor (D) and her daughter (R) (and one of their friends) came over to work on garb. D came to Duello and bought a dress (on payments, so she doesn't actually have it yet), in Italian Ren style. She needed a chemise to go with it, and I also wanted to make a dress in a matching style for R, who is an adorable little slip of a thing. So R picked out some fabric from my stash of leftovers, and I made her an equally adorable emerald green gown (velvet bodice, taffeta skirt) and royal blue underdress. She looks absolutely fabu, if I do say so myself. I still need to put some trim on the neckline, the eyelets to tie on the two part sleeves, and some hooks to close various parts, but it will be done for this Saturday, when they are hoping to come to the Bergental/BBM Yule event (if we can work out the money; she's on a very limited budget). So R now has the clothes to go with her nickname of "princess". ;)

Speaking of Yule, I will have spiffy new Russian BLING garb. The green and white Quintavia coat has turned into a Yule coat, with the addition of some cranberry red fabric, about 10 yards of gold braid, and lots of (real) pearls. Here's the front in progress:


I actually finished the rest of it last night, except for the buttons (which are gold and fake pearl, and are perfect). It's got a gold satin lining, and more of the cranberry and gold trim around the sleeves and the bottom. I would like to put some more pearls on the collar, but that might not happen until later. I cut out the yellow linen for the tunic that will go under it, as well as the fabric for the matching green, white, and cranberry hat (because this is Russian, after all, and we're all about the HATS!). I still have some more of the pearls, and of the gold cabochons, but no more of the settings for them, and couldn't find more at JoAnns. If I can get more of those, I am hoping to put some on the hat or the sleeves. This is going to be another "embellishment in progress" outfit, that I will continue to work on for a while, but can wear in the meantime. I would also like to embroider the linen undertunic eventually. More BLING!

So yes, I am going to look like a big Russian Christmas ornament. Hey, the Bergentallers asked for people to wear green and white/silver, so I'm just trying to oblige... <evil grin> And to think, this all started because I had these 1 yard pieces of matching green and white fabric hanging around, not enough to do anything individually, but together... and the rest is history.
danagryphon: (Guard)
Cooking for Duello goes well. I have 2 trays of stuffed mushrooms in the freezer now, which will be cooked Saturday morning along with the empanadas. Last night, I finished the cheese tarts, as in two big half-sheet trays. And they are even gluten free thanks the [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox 's advice on making an almond crust for them instead of a pastry crust. That way, people who are gluten free will have something for dessert that isn't the cake that Toi is making as a soteltie.

I had an email last night from a woman who has both gluten and milk allergies, asking if there is anything on the dayboard she will be able to eat, or if she should plan to bring her own food. I told her there is rabbit stew, and raw carrots, olives, pickles, but everything else has either bread or dairy or both. The autocrat of the event, who is GF, is going to eat most of the meat items by picking off the bread coverings, but it's hard to make medieval food that is both GF and dairy free. Hopefully this woman will like rabbit, but I suggested she might want to at least bring something to supplement what she could possibly eat from the dayboard. Which reminds me, gotta put together the ingredient list...

The three big remaining items are the ham croquettes, the vegetable pies, and the barley stew. Stew will get put in the roaster Friday night to cook overnight. Vegetable pies will also get done Friday night, as they have egg in them, so they shouldn't sit in the fridge too long after cooking. The croquettes will get done tonight (and I may roast the veggies for the pies tonight in the oven while cooking the croquettes on the stovetop), and then reheated in the oven Saturday morning. Wednesday and Thursday evenings are pretty much a wash for getting any cooking done as I have to take the boys to scouts on Wednesday, and B's school is having a "science movie night" on Thursday. Which normally I would probably skip, but it seems that the science teacher is going to be giving a quiz on the material covered by the movie. Grr.

While cooking the tarts last night (which involved a lot of setting the timer for 15 minutes, checking, turning, and cooking for 15 more minutes, repeated over at least an hour... amazing how long it takes to cooking something that big), I also got some work done on my garb for Dual Yule. It is truly going to be a very yule themed cote... In addition to the green and white, I'm now adding in some burgundy as an accent fabric, as well as a gold-yellow lining and trim. Add a bunch of pearls and green and red beads, and it is going to look fabulous. Very Russian. Hmmm... yeah, gotta make a hat to go with it, too. 'Cause in Russia, it's all about the hats.

Oh yeah, butters. Gotta make some flavored butters for all the wonderful bread [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox  is making. I'm thinking garlic butter and maybe a sweet cinnamon butter, and I've still got about 1/2 cup of honey left from making the tarts last night, so I might as well throw that in too. After I make the bechamel base for the croquettes tonight, I'll see how much butter I have left.
danagryphon: (Guard)
Cooking for Duello goes well. I have 2 trays of stuffed mushrooms in the freezer now, which will be cooked Saturday morning along with the empanadas. Last night, I finished the cheese tarts, as in two big half-sheet trays. And they are even gluten free thanks the [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox 's advice on making an almond crust for them instead of a pastry crust. That way, people who are gluten free will have something for dessert that isn't the cake that Toi is making as a soteltie.

I had an email last night from a woman who has both gluten and milk allergies, asking if there is anything on the dayboard she will be able to eat, or if she should plan to bring her own food. I told her there is rabbit stew, and raw carrots, olives, pickles, but everything else has either bread or dairy or both. The autocrat of the event, who is GF, is going to eat most of the meat items by picking off the bread coverings, but it's hard to make medieval food that is both GF and dairy free. Hopefully this woman will like rabbit, but I suggested she might want to at least bring something to supplement what she could possibly eat from the dayboard. Which reminds me, gotta put together the ingredient list...

The three big remaining items are the ham croquettes, the vegetable pies, and the barley stew. Stew will get put in the roaster Friday night to cook overnight. Vegetable pies will also get done Friday night, as they have egg in them, so they shouldn't sit in the fridge too long after cooking. The croquettes will get done tonight (and I may roast the veggies for the pies tonight in the oven while cooking the croquettes on the stovetop), and then reheated in the oven Saturday morning. Wednesday and Thursday evenings are pretty much a wash for getting any cooking done as I have to take the boys to scouts on Wednesday, and B's school is having a "science movie night" on Thursday. Which normally I would probably skip, but it seems that the science teacher is going to be giving a quiz on the material covered by the movie. Grr.

While cooking the tarts last night (which involved a lot of setting the timer for 15 minutes, checking, turning, and cooking for 15 more minutes, repeated over at least an hour... amazing how long it takes to cooking something that big), I also got some work done on my garb for Dual Yule. It is truly going to be a very yule themed cote... In addition to the green and white, I'm now adding in some burgundy as an accent fabric, as well as a gold-yellow lining and trim. Add a bunch of pearls and green and red beads, and it is going to look fabulous. Very Russian. Hmmm... yeah, gotta make a hat to go with it, too. 'Cause in Russia, it's all about the hats.

Oh yeah, butters. Gotta make some flavored butters for all the wonderful bread [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox  is making. I'm thinking garlic butter and maybe a sweet cinnamon butter, and I've still got about 1/2 cup of honey left from making the tarts last night, so I might as well throw that in too. After I make the bechamel base for the croquettes tonight, I'll see how much butter I have left.
danagryphon: (Cats)

Yesterday, I woke up with this weird painful and swollen eye. I called in sick to work, not being sure if this was something I'd have to go see the doc about, being particularly paranoid about conjunctivitis with two rather un-hygienic adolescents in the house. I called the doc's office when they opened and spoke to the nurse. No, there was no discharge. Yes, it was painful, even just blinking hurt. She suggested putting cold compresses on it, and call them back in the afternoon if it wasn't any better.

So I sat there the rest of the morning with an ice pack on my face, trying to figure out what it could be if it wasn't conjunctivitis. Usually, if I take an elbow during the night from M's flailing, I will certainly wake up. And it wasn't bruised, like I had gotten hit or bumped into anything, just puffy underneath, and a bit swollen all around.

My best guess is that Shadow, who loves to lay on my chest while I sleep, and occasionally reach up and touch my face with his paw, managed to deposit something *into* my eye from said paw, possibly a bit of litter from the litter box. And if not, well, he certainly makes a good scapegoat.

In any case, the eye is less swollen, and a little less painful, certainly not any worse, which it would be if it was any sort of infection. My vision is not affected at all, so I don't think it's anything like a corneal scratch, which I've heard are excruciatingly painful, cause tearing, blurred vision, etc., none of which is happening. So I'm back at work today.

Yesterday, between cold packs on the face, I was able to cut out M's farsetto and giornea, and get most of the construction on the giornea done last night. I remember now how much I hate pleats. But all that remains is to sew on one more piece of trim, and it will be done. The farsetto, however, will involve a bit more construction, but I am still hoping to get it done for Saturday. Then he will have an actual period Italian outfit. I'm glad I did it this first time in the cheap fabric, though, as there are some things I will improve upon with the second, more expensive version. I'm also a little annoyed with the way that Period Patterns sets up the tissue paper. Now, most pattern makers, if the pattern has multiple versions that are similar, will use the same pattern piece for all the versions with slightly different cut lines. But Period Patterns combined the 4 largest pieces, including the front AND back of the giornea in the same piece; even worse for the cioppa, which has the front, back, and sleeves all in the same piece. Which sucks for me because I hate tracing patterns onto the fabric. I prefer to pin the pattern to the fabric and cut around it. Which meant I had to do all sorts of interesting things with this piece to get the entire giornea cut out, not to mention then marking all the frigging pleats (~20 total). And some of the lines for the different sizes were hard to figure out, too, like when the line for size 36 seemed to connect at a corner with the line for size 48. But I did my best, and it looks pretty good. Next time, however, should also go a lot faster now that I know the weirdnesses of the pattern. Heck, I might even make a little Italian ren garb for myself, just for variety.

danagryphon: (Cats)

Yesterday, I woke up with this weird painful and swollen eye. I called in sick to work, not being sure if this was something I'd have to go see the doc about, being particularly paranoid about conjunctivitis with two rather un-hygienic adolescents in the house. I called the doc's office when they opened and spoke to the nurse. No, there was no discharge. Yes, it was painful, even just blinking hurt. She suggested putting cold compresses on it, and call them back in the afternoon if it wasn't any better.

So I sat there the rest of the morning with an ice pack on my face, trying to figure out what it could be if it wasn't conjunctivitis. Usually, if I take an elbow during the night from M's flailing, I will certainly wake up. And it wasn't bruised, like I had gotten hit or bumped into anything, just puffy underneath, and a bit swollen all around.

My best guess is that Shadow, who loves to lay on my chest while I sleep, and occasionally reach up and touch my face with his paw, managed to deposit something *into* my eye from said paw, possibly a bit of litter from the litter box. And if not, well, he certainly makes a good scapegoat.

In any case, the eye is less swollen, and a little less painful, certainly not any worse, which it would be if it was any sort of infection. My vision is not affected at all, so I don't think it's anything like a corneal scratch, which I've heard are excruciatingly painful, cause tearing, blurred vision, etc., none of which is happening. So I'm back at work today.

Yesterday, between cold packs on the face, I was able to cut out M's farsetto and giornea, and get most of the construction on the giornea done last night. I remember now how much I hate pleats. But all that remains is to sew on one more piece of trim, and it will be done. The farsetto, however, will involve a bit more construction, but I am still hoping to get it done for Saturday. Then he will have an actual period Italian outfit. I'm glad I did it this first time in the cheap fabric, though, as there are some things I will improve upon with the second, more expensive version. I'm also a little annoyed with the way that Period Patterns sets up the tissue paper. Now, most pattern makers, if the pattern has multiple versions that are similar, will use the same pattern piece for all the versions with slightly different cut lines. But Period Patterns combined the 4 largest pieces, including the front AND back of the giornea in the same piece; even worse for the cioppa, which has the front, back, and sleeves all in the same piece. Which sucks for me because I hate tracing patterns onto the fabric. I prefer to pin the pattern to the fabric and cut around it. Which meant I had to do all sorts of interesting things with this piece to get the entire giornea cut out, not to mention then marking all the frigging pleats (~20 total). And some of the lines for the different sizes were hard to figure out, too, like when the line for size 36 seemed to connect at a corner with the line for size 48. But I did my best, and it looks pretty good. Next time, however, should also go a lot faster now that I know the weirdnesses of the pattern. Heck, I might even make a little Italian ren garb for myself, just for variety.

danagryphon: (Autumn)
Thanksgiving dinner was a success. I have finally managed to get the hang of this electric stove/oven thing. Nothing got burnt, only one thing boiled over a little tiny bit, and everything pretty much came out at the same time. There was no goose or duck to be had at the grocery store for M; I think that is something I will have to visit a local farm (in advance, of course, which is always a challenge for me) to get a fresh one if that is something I want to do for Yule dinner. I tried a new recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake this year, and I think it is the best so far.

There were way too many leftovers, but I like T-day leftovers, so that's ok. The dark meat and the stuffing will be used in a couple of weeks (after being frozen) to make turkey croquettes for the Shire Yule pot luck, and I think I'll also use up the last of the apples to make another batch of apple crisp, since that came out pretty good, too.

We played Apples to Apples after dinner until way too late, then everyone headed home. We finished a little more cleaning up (had done most of it after dinner and before dessert), and were in bed by around midnight.

Friday we headed up to M's brother's house to visit the family (his parents are in town from FL), and had a big spaghetti meal. The kids do have a pretty good time there; B likes to be the big kid and show the little kids cool stuff, and E likes playing with his only male cousin who is about his age. M's parents did their holiday shopping for us while they were here (they are going to M's sister's house in MI for Xmas), and they got us a new DVD player/recorder, to replace our DVD player that died.

This morning, we all got in our uniforms and headed out to a double Eagle Court of Honor in Gardner for the sons of some friends we know from Council and from Wood Badge (the father was in my course). This evening, M is going up to NH to L's house, because he forgot to take his holiday wreath on Thursday. I'm watching Twilight with E, and in a few minutes, am going to go off to start working on some new garb for M for Dual Yule next weekend. Unfortunately, M has "outgrown" most of his garb, but I have a pattern I've been dying to use to make him a nice Italian farsetto and giornea. This is going to be the trial run with this pattern, with cheap (non-period) cloth, and then once I work out the details, I'll make him a nicer outfit with linen and brocade (which may end up being an A&S project), maybe for Birka. But this one is going to be pretty quick and dirty since I only have a week.

Tomorrow is grocery shopping, we are out of just about everything (except T-day leftovers!). And more work on garb. I'm looking forward to Yule, being a nice, low key event.
danagryphon: (Autumn)
Thanksgiving dinner was a success. I have finally managed to get the hang of this electric stove/oven thing. Nothing got burnt, only one thing boiled over a little tiny bit, and everything pretty much came out at the same time. There was no goose or duck to be had at the grocery store for M; I think that is something I will have to visit a local farm (in advance, of course, which is always a challenge for me) to get a fresh one if that is something I want to do for Yule dinner. I tried a new recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake this year, and I think it is the best so far.

There were way too many leftovers, but I like T-day leftovers, so that's ok. The dark meat and the stuffing will be used in a couple of weeks (after being frozen) to make turkey croquettes for the Shire Yule pot luck, and I think I'll also use up the last of the apples to make another batch of apple crisp, since that came out pretty good, too.

We played Apples to Apples after dinner until way too late, then everyone headed home. We finished a little more cleaning up (had done most of it after dinner and before dessert), and were in bed by around midnight.

Friday we headed up to M's brother's house to visit the family (his parents are in town from FL), and had a big spaghetti meal. The kids do have a pretty good time there; B likes to be the big kid and show the little kids cool stuff, and E likes playing with his only male cousin who is about his age. M's parents did their holiday shopping for us while they were here (they are going to M's sister's house in MI for Xmas), and they got us a new DVD player/recorder, to replace our DVD player that died.

This morning, we all got in our uniforms and headed out to a double Eagle Court of Honor in Gardner for the sons of some friends we know from Council and from Wood Badge (the father was in my course). This evening, M is going up to NH to L's house, because he forgot to take his holiday wreath on Thursday. I'm watching Twilight with E, and in a few minutes, am going to go off to start working on some new garb for M for Dual Yule next weekend. Unfortunately, M has "outgrown" most of his garb, but I have a pattern I've been dying to use to make him a nice Italian farsetto and giornea. This is going to be the trial run with this pattern, with cheap (non-period) cloth, and then once I work out the details, I'll make him a nicer outfit with linen and brocade (which may end up being an A&S project), maybe for Birka. But this one is going to be pretty quick and dirty since I only have a week.

Tomorrow is grocery shopping, we are out of just about everything (except T-day leftovers!). And more work on garb. I'm looking forward to Yule, being a nice, low key event.
danagryphon: (Fuzzy Mama)
I finished Antonio's back quiver. Yay! I took some pics, but having pulled them off the camera yet. I'll try to post them tonight or tomorrow. It turned out well, the gold painted fox and acanthus leaves look awesome against the dark blue dyed leather. And all the gold hardware and the white rabbit fur lining looks faboo. He's going to go shooting with it a couple of times this week down at Hoops so he can get used to it before Roses this weekend.

I started on a couple of other projects as well. E will need some more tunics if he is going to start coming with us to weekend camping events this summer. If B decides he wants to, which he doesn't seem inclined to, I can loan him some of mine, since he and I are now about the same size! But E now has one winter weight tunic and one summer weight tunic (recently made, too, after he grew out of his old summer weight one). I started another tunic in a sage green, from some leftover fabric from one of my tunics, and will also make him a blue tunic that is a little fancier, so he will have something for court, should he need it. I need to figure out one more after that (maybe yellow... I'll have to see if he has a preference), and a couple of undertunics. But I have until Sommer Draw to finish those.

I have a feeling I may end up loaning Antonio some tunics for Roses; he has put on a little weight in the last year, and I think a lot of his older tunics are now too small. I may also have to put some gussets in his fencing tunic. We also have to drag the tent out and patch the hole in the floor before this weekend.

I think I'm going to end up taking Wednesday off to get some things done, including having my car serviced before the big drive, repairing the tent, and that would also let me help out taking E and his den on a little field trip to finish up their World Conservation award. Things are kind of quiet around work right now, so hopefully that won't be a problem. I'm also going to work from home on Friday, since the office will almost certainly close early like they always do before a holiday weekend, which will let M and I get a bit of a jump on the weekend traffic heading to NY (hahahahahah).
danagryphon: (Fuzzy Mama)
I finished Antonio's back quiver. Yay! I took some pics, but having pulled them off the camera yet. I'll try to post them tonight or tomorrow. It turned out well, the gold painted fox and acanthus leaves look awesome against the dark blue dyed leather. And all the gold hardware and the white rabbit fur lining looks faboo. He's going to go shooting with it a couple of times this week down at Hoops so he can get used to it before Roses this weekend.

I started on a couple of other projects as well. E will need some more tunics if he is going to start coming with us to weekend camping events this summer. If B decides he wants to, which he doesn't seem inclined to, I can loan him some of mine, since he and I are now about the same size! But E now has one winter weight tunic and one summer weight tunic (recently made, too, after he grew out of his old summer weight one). I started another tunic in a sage green, from some leftover fabric from one of my tunics, and will also make him a blue tunic that is a little fancier, so he will have something for court, should he need it. I need to figure out one more after that (maybe yellow... I'll have to see if he has a preference), and a couple of undertunics. But I have until Sommer Draw to finish those.

I have a feeling I may end up loaning Antonio some tunics for Roses; he has put on a little weight in the last year, and I think a lot of his older tunics are now too small. I may also have to put some gussets in his fencing tunic. We also have to drag the tent out and patch the hole in the floor before this weekend.

I think I'm going to end up taking Wednesday off to get some things done, including having my car serviced before the big drive, repairing the tent, and that would also let me help out taking E and his den on a little field trip to finish up their World Conservation award. Things are kind of quiet around work right now, so hopefully that won't be a problem. I'm also going to work from home on Friday, since the office will almost certainly close early like they always do before a holiday weekend, which will let M and I get a bit of a jump on the weekend traffic heading to NY (hahahahahah).
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
A friend of mine was lamenting the fact that she is acquiring yarn for projects to be done in the future. I've been collecting fabric for projects as long as I have been sewing, and of course, have lately added new craft areas with their own batch of incomplete projects. So I though I would make a list to help myself remember what I need to work on:

Sewing projects )

Leatherworking )

Needlework/Embroidery/Kumihimo/Beadwork )

Painting/Scribal )

Woodworking )

This, of course, doesn't even get into the list of things that are just "repairs", like our cabin tent that has a hole in the floor along a seam.
danagryphon: (Discourse Hand)
A friend of mine was lamenting the fact that she is acquiring yarn for projects to be done in the future. I've been collecting fabric for projects as long as I have been sewing, and of course, have lately added new craft areas with their own batch of incomplete projects. So I though I would make a list to help myself remember what I need to work on:

Sewing projects )

Leatherworking )

Needlework/Embroidery/Kumihimo/Beadwork )

Painting/Scribal )

Woodworking )

This, of course, doesn't even get into the list of things that are just "repairs", like our cabin tent that has a hole in the floor along a seam.
danagryphon: (Arms)
Yep, it's that time of year again, when I provide a bribe to Li for another year of fine archery coaching. Last year's bribe was a new back quiver, tooled with his arms on it. We've bandied around a couple of ideas for this years, from a leather shoulder bag, to a bow case and quiver appropirate for his Magyar horsebow, but he has now requested garb.

Specifically, a cotehardie, with all the bells and whistles (being daggs and tippets). I've never done a men's cotehardie before, so this will be an interesting challenge. Of course, being the garb monster that I am when I have in my head to do a fairly authentic piece, I have found some pictures and sources that show the kinds of details I want to include.

First, it will be a black brocade of some sort, with either white or gray/silver accents, depending on what I can find. Maybe partied? Have to get Li's input on that. All the sources I've seen say that the tippets HAVE to be white, so that may also impact the decision. Second, there will be a hood, with an outrageous dagged collar and liripiping. Hehehehe...have to have liripiping, after all. I'm going to make all the buttons cloth covered to match, and I need to find a source that says whether they had actual buttonholes or buttonloops. The bottom hem is also going to be outrageously dagged, and I will probably make the skirt part below the waisted gored with accenting colors, rather than form-fitting through the hips, unless Li has a preference otherwise.

I'm also thinking about making hose to go with it, since that's another thing I have never made, and want to give it a try. I may also try my hand at making the jeweled metal belt that is generally worn on the hips with these things, depending on what I can find in the jewelry-making section of the local craft stores.

Yep, I think this will be a fun project, and I am going to try to take the time to make all the details nice. I'm going to hit a fabric store tonight to see what I can find, and maybe the fabric district in Boston on Friday if I come up empty there. Hmmm... lining, I wonder what would be the best lining material? Given that Uncle Li is predisposed to precipitate if overly warm, I probably want something that is not going to add too much heft to it, and will stand up to washing well.

In general, the entire thing needs to be machine-washable, which shouldn't be an issue. I hate garb I can't just throw the in machine. I'm having an issue with that with my Russian court garb, which has real rabbit fur trim on the sleeves and collar. One of these days, I'll have to take off the fur so I can wash the thing, then put the fur back on. Not a huge pain, but not trivial, either.
danagryphon: (Arms)
Yep, it's that time of year again, when I provide a bribe to Li for another year of fine archery coaching. Last year's bribe was a new back quiver, tooled with his arms on it. We've bandied around a couple of ideas for this years, from a leather shoulder bag, to a bow case and quiver appropirate for his Magyar horsebow, but he has now requested garb.

Specifically, a cotehardie, with all the bells and whistles (being daggs and tippets). I've never done a men's cotehardie before, so this will be an interesting challenge. Of course, being the garb monster that I am when I have in my head to do a fairly authentic piece, I have found some pictures and sources that show the kinds of details I want to include.

First, it will be a black brocade of some sort, with either white or gray/silver accents, depending on what I can find. Maybe partied? Have to get Li's input on that. All the sources I've seen say that the tippets HAVE to be white, so that may also impact the decision. Second, there will be a hood, with an outrageous dagged collar and liripiping. Hehehehe...have to have liripiping, after all. I'm going to make all the buttons cloth covered to match, and I need to find a source that says whether they had actual buttonholes or buttonloops. The bottom hem is also going to be outrageously dagged, and I will probably make the skirt part below the waisted gored with accenting colors, rather than form-fitting through the hips, unless Li has a preference otherwise.

I'm also thinking about making hose to go with it, since that's another thing I have never made, and want to give it a try. I may also try my hand at making the jeweled metal belt that is generally worn on the hips with these things, depending on what I can find in the jewelry-making section of the local craft stores.

Yep, I think this will be a fun project, and I am going to try to take the time to make all the details nice. I'm going to hit a fabric store tonight to see what I can find, and maybe the fabric district in Boston on Friday if I come up empty there. Hmmm... lining, I wonder what would be the best lining material? Given that Uncle Li is predisposed to precipitate if overly warm, I probably want something that is not going to add too much heft to it, and will stand up to washing well.

In general, the entire thing needs to be machine-washable, which shouldn't be an issue. I hate garb I can't just throw the in machine. I'm having an issue with that with my Russian court garb, which has real rabbit fur trim on the sleeves and collar. One of these days, I'll have to take off the fur so I can wash the thing, then put the fur back on. Not a huge pain, but not trivial, either.

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