Gahhh It’s So Cold And I Am Freezing My Butt Off

But the snow is so beautiful and our heat is so wonderful that I can bear it. Interesting fact: our white kitty (who is nicknamed Big White Kitty) doesn’t like the outside but is completely entranced with the snow. So much so that when we opened up the door to let him trot out in it for a bit (with the assumption that he would put one paw in the three or so inches of snow and then high tail it back into the house) he went completely out. He was bewildered and didn’t really know what to make of it, of course, but he was pretty comfortable despite never experiencing snow much less that kind of temperature.

 

In other news, doing another swap, this time Labyrinth themed! Not sure how it’s going to turn out since my partner really loves the Goblin King (and I do, just for David Bowie, the character actually creeps me the hell out) and I’m lukewarm… at best. But I scored a really great shirt at a thrift store that I know will be in the swap and I have at least one solid mediumish-large that is in the works. I have some other half-formed ideas but I really need to start cracking since my partner has already sent out hers to me! And the deadline isn’t for like a good week and a half. Gosh… realizing that I sound like such a procrastinator. I can’t help it though. I need the pressure of a deadline to motivate me! But it will be spectacular, I’m really excited to not only receive what she has made me, but also the things that I am making/plan on making!

And after a long hiatus I have started watching anime again. The BF wanted to watch Kenshin after lamenting that he hadn’t seen but the first few episodes all those years ago and I’ve just been watching anime nonstop since then. I fell off the bandwagon a while ago since everything I started was just so uninteresting (Bleach, Naruto, yaaaawwwnnnnn) but I’ve found that Hulu has a ridiculous amount of anime that I haven’t even heard of much less seen. So, working my way through that.

I know, one heck of an exciting blog post. Promise there will be interesting stuff next time.

Ja,

Shynii

Happy 12/12/12! And A Life Update

Been a while since I posted here, eh?

I’ve been up to quite a bit. Got the job at Sephora and have been working there part time for a few weeks now. So now I am working two part time jobs in addition to working on my portfolio.

We’ve had our first snowfall here in the Princess City. I believe this is the first snow I’ve seen since I was about 7! Can you believe that! That was in Northern California on one of the family trips. We’re definitely not in Florida weather habits anymore!

Nah, just snow with a pink filter. Girly snow.

 

The kitties kept looking out the window at it. I don’t think they were sure what it was. Only one of them was ever allowed to go outside (after we adopted them fully, they had a feral momma) so for the buddy, Yuri, everything in the outside world is kind of foreign. Kira, his sister, is only used to a little bit of rain when she escaped in Florida for an evening. All the excitement either of them get now is looking out the window at all the bizarre Indiana weather.

Girly snow on tree branches.

 

It really built up over night, hence the night photos. The next day the inch or so we had mostly lasted until the early

afternoon.

I have finished the pink dress that I worked on for about a month off and on.

Here it is, just a quick picture. In January I’ll be using it in a photoshoot and it will be much better showcased. It’s going to be part of my portfolio, either as an experimentation or as a final piece.

 

Wahoo!

Guys, not gonna lie, this was one of the most time consuming things I’ve ever made, not to mention one of the most material consuming things. But, my goodness, was it exciting when I finished! I’m not entirely sure how many yards of fabric went into this monster of a dress, but it’s got to be somewhere in the 20 yard range. I haven’t weighed the skirt but I have tried the whole getup on and after a while it is painful. I hope my poor model is strong enough to keep this on for however long it takes to get the shot.

This was also my first foray into hoop skirt making. I probably need to fix the one that’s being used right now because the joints where the end of the hoops meet are not stable and the waist tie is so narrow that it might hurt my model. I wasn’t thinking about the weight the hoop skirt would have to hold up when I was making it, not just in the weight of the hoops themselves (the piping that I used is sturdy and flexible, good for getting through doors, but it comes at the cost of being rather heavy) but the skirt as well. Once I fix the skirt I plan on making several other versions, like a bustle guy, for future dresses. Part of the fascination with the hoop skirts is the recent marathon of Gone With The Wind on AMC that I watched. Mah goodness are those dresses amazing. Impractical, but amazing.

But I shall have to set aside much of my art until after mid-January since I’ll be travelling and will have to live out of what I can fit into a carry-on, which isn’t very much. Much sketching will ensue, just not a lot of sewing. Half of my holiday will be spent in VA with the boyfriend’s family, so I’ll still have to deal with  the cold (and possible snow), but we’re driving there so I may be able to work on my smaller sewing, but once I hop that flight to FL I’ll be strictly pen and paper. So excited to see my family, this is the longest I have gone without seeing them (6 months!! Holy cow!) and my friends (the north is cold and lonely!!!).

So to end this update post, some link love, my favorites of the moment:

1. Favorite perfume: Tokyomilk’s Bulletproof – but beware, this will make you smell deliciously devious. Disclaimer: Doesn’t actually make you bulletproof, just makes you smell like a BAMF.

2. Favorite non-musical movie: The Fountain – took me a while, but I finally saw it and so happy I did! Love R.W. and H.J.

3. Favorite musical movie: The Devil’s Carnival – seriously, this is the best thing ever. Great songs, great characters, and a great theme around Aesop’s Fables.

4. Favorite musical artist: Kimbra – she’s amazing, especially if you hear some of her live stuff.

5. Favorite blog: Jessica Naomi – I think I’m a bit of a fangirl for this lady and she doesn’t even know it. She’s seems like such an old soul, she really lives life and shares it with the world in such an artistic way.

6. Favorite business guru: Maria Forleo – planning my business and this lady is so much fun as well as being very informative! Go girl, go!

7. Favorite TV show: Once Upon A Time – the costumes and characters are good enough for me, it doesn’t even need the great plot it has already.

8. Favorite book: The Annotated Brothers Grimm – did you know that Rumpelstiltskin has many names? Like Tom Tit Tot, Ricdin-Ricdon, Gilitrutt, Tambutoe, and Whuppity Stoorie?

Hope you’re having a great December thus far!

~Shynii

 

 

I’m Back

It’s been a while, n’est pas? I’ve been up to a lot lately, so I’ll try and write about all the important stuff.

 

First, the grad school thing. Well, I found out that the program I want to apply to only accepts one grad student each year. While it certainly is worth the gamble, I mean the entire thing would be paid for, I know that my chances right now are not the best. I believe I am going to wait one more year to get my portfolio in check before applying. I know that this time next year I’m going to be a fierce competitor for that one spot.

Speaking of portfolio, I’ve been sewing every chance I get. I have two volunteer models for my work, and I am scouting out local places that would be fitting for photoshoots. I feel like trying to do sculpture in an abstract sense was a bit of a stretch for me, especially since I love the human figure so much, so I’m going to push the textile sculpture that is fashion design and practice practice practice photography. I’ve found some amazing deals lately on fabric, from thrift stores to garage sales, that I have all this raw material to make something beautiful. I have two dresses, a top, and a skirt going right now, as well as a lolita JSK as a side project. I know that I can make this portfolio the best thing ever, so my goal at the moment is to get as much done before the new year as possible. That is, get as much quality work done. Luckily, my models are super amazing women who have been very accommodating with my crazy antics.

I now have two jobs, the visual merchandising spot at J. Crew and now a seasonal position at Sephora. The Sephora gig is great because it will allow me to meet makeup-savvy women who could help me with my photoshoots. Or, you know, I could learn so much with this job that I could do the makeup for my own shoots (because I love that kind of control mwahahahaha!). It’s going to be exciting working there, and the increase in my paycheck will be nice, but it also means that I won’t have as much time to work on my projects.

Speaking of projects, in addition to the sewing that I’m doing for my portfolio, I’ve signed up for two more craft swaps! I know, I’m crazy, because this is a terrible time with the extra working hours and the fact that I have to make a bunch of Christmas gifts as well, but I couldn’t resist. One is the Post-Apocalyptic Survival Swap, which is so appropriate because the Mayan calendar is supposed to end later this year. The other is an Anime/Manga Swap, which I know I’m going to love and actually serves a dual purpose – any items I receive could potentially be used as Christmas presents (I have family/friends who also love anime).

So, I guess that’s it in terms of updates. My life is great currently, all of the problems are so minor that they don’t even matter. I’m surrounded by things I love, my cats, and the man I love. Halloween is right around the corner (so excited!!!) and Thanksgiving and Christmas after that! I am going home to Florida right after Christmas for a nice 2 week vacation with my family and friends, which will be a nice reward for all of the goals I wish to accomplish before the year is out. So, excited for things to come!

~Shynii

Hiatus

I know I just started this blog, but this week will not have my usual Monday/Wednesday posts because I am freaking out about a meeting with the Sculpture Department Head at a school where I very much wish to get my graduate degree. I’m going in dreading the worse, so things can only go up from there, right? So don’t expect much from me this week and possibly next week. Wish me luck.

~Shynii

More on Tambour Beading and a Review

I received my order from Lacis for a .9mm Tambour Pointed Latch Hook (For wool chain-stitch embroidery). This is a little bit of a review for anyone who thinks they might want to buy supplies or tools from this company.

First of all, I ordered from their online website. As long as you are not buying wholesale, they offer free shipping. Of course this is still tricky because there is a $4.50 processing fee, but it’s still better than paying for both this fee and shipping. The tambour beading section is under the “Needlework Techniques” section and “Embroidery” subsection.

I had a hard time deciding which needle to buy as I am not sure what size needle works best for the sheer fabric that I am using. I decided to go somewhere in the middle at .9mm (from .055mm to 3mm), skewing towards a smaller needle. This will also give me a better gauge as to whether or not I should get a finer or larger needle. We shall see.

For payment, Lacis takes both Mastercard and Visa (Sorry American Express).

Lacis shipped my order to me super fast. Like, incredibly fast. You wouldn’t think it came from California and got across the US to me in like a week. I am always surprised by fast shipping. The package was a sturdy envelope, to keep the needle and its holder from getting damaged.

Overall I was very happy with my experience with Lacis. I think that if this embroidery thing works out I’ll be getting more needles from them.

I’ve tried using it once so far, but I failed miserably. I think it’s partly because I didn’t have something supporting the frame for me, and partly because I was impatient. Any sort of tutorial you find online for this technique tells you that patience is essential, especially at the beginning when you’re learning. Once you settle into a groove it will go a lot smoother. Let’s hope I can get over the hump.

Vivienne Westwood Fall 2012 RTW

Maybe not tambour beading, but I am obsessed with glittery shiny everything right now. And so is the rest of the fashion world (lucky for me).

~Shynii

Craft Magic

Hello everyone!

I am a big crafter and the best community of crafters online, that I have found, is that of Craftster. Their forums are fantastic even though I’ve only been a bit of a lurker. I’ve finally taken the plunge and signed up for one of their craft swaps. Now, what exactly is a craft swap you say? It’s  exactly what it sounds like. Everyone who is interested signs up, an organizer pairs people up, and then they swap crafts (by mail)! Craft swaps are organized by topic or theme, something that all of the participants find interesting. I’ve signed up for the Doctor Who swap, since I am a rather large Whovian. I’ve looked at the galleries of past Who Swaps and I must say that I’m really excited by the range of possibilities.

Lolita is a big thing for me, so maybe I’ll make some Loli-Who things. Frilly bowties and TARDIS cuffs. That’s silly sounding… for now. I know that as soon as I make them, they’ll be ah-mazing. Oh silly ideas in my head that need to come out…

I guess I will know more when I get my partner about what I should make but I’m rather overwhelmed at the moment. Too many possibilities? Psh…. I do know that I will be learning how to write Circular Gallifreyan specifically for this. Not sure what it’s going to be on but I do know that it is going to be awesome. Any Whovians out there with some brilliant ideas I can steal?

~Shynii