New Scarf Finished, Old Scarf Reposted

I’d been working on a Dr. Who replica scarf for a while.  The biggest problem was that it was hard to travel with.  It needs a pretty decent space in the bag for the yarn and the unfinished product itself.  It came out very nice-looking, in my opinion, and I’m going to keep it, should it not sell in the requisite etsy-time.   I do love a scarf I can totally wrap myself in, after all.

I might make myself one, anyway.  I’m going to take time out to make some stuff I don’t intend to sell.  I’ve got way too many patterns up my sleeve.  I also “need” to finish my other costumes. A sale on clothing patterns for sewing also put me up replete with those, too.  I wish fabric were easier to come by here, and cheaper.

Who Scarf
Dr. Who Scarf

I have also recently given in to the siren song of making my own shiny jewelery.  It’s been trying to get to me for years, but now I’ve taken the first steps.

It all started with the Ablet Row Counter on Lion Brand Yarn’s site.  I saw it and instantly thought “Genius!  I can make that.  Why didn’t I already think to?”  Soon, I was buying what I thought would, but then I thought I’d go it one prettier, and bought crystals and a thinner stringing wire.  The wire wasn’t as slide-y as I thought it’d be, but it was nice.  The bracelet came out pretty and wearable.

My first handmade bracelet
Handmade Bracelet
I’m still sort of working on my own counter bracelet.  I’m still under the budget I’d be using if I’d bought it online.  That is such a fabulous idea.  Seriously.

I need to have a few of those.

In the meantime, I’ll just plug away on making pretty things for myself and others.

Election and Birthday

Last weekend was my birthday.

It was actually a pretty awesome week all around, because I was able to get the house back under control and my new Scott Sigler book came and so did my shiny replica of The One Ring.  They weren’t specifically birthday presents, but it was close enough that I counted them as “the world’s” birthday gifts to me, via serendipity and money I’d already paid.

 

We also went down to my parent’s home for the dual reasons of important community events in the community we hope to join  in Alexander County after the elections (they’re all so nice, and I so want to go back to that area of the country).  The funnel cake and pancakes and people were awesome, and I got to see my family.  The weather was crappy, and we hid from it a lot, too.

Giftwise, I got the sword from the GenCon entry.  I also got a lovely bag from Poetic Earth from my parents, there (in that, we’d discussed it, and I bought it and they paid Eric for it later, way).  I’m really pleased with those, but the important part is the love.  I got great cards from my parents, inlaws, and grandma(inlaw)[I know there should be dashes there, but for some reason the editor is NOT ALLOWING, and I’ll look at this problem, later].  I like feeling loved, and get SO VERKLEMPT when I read greeting cards.  It’s pathetic.  I could do a whole series of entries on how I’ve got the squishiest hidden center, ever.    However, I digress… I picked up a gorgeous jacket with the most beautiful embroidery EVER at the Missouri Botanical Gardens gift shop from my MIL/FIL when we all went to the Japanse Cultural Fair there on Sunday the 2nd.  I also got some money from Grandma Madsen.  My Aunt Debbie and Uncle Mike called and wished me a happy birthday, as did my Aunt Nell and Grandma(well, second hand, but I get it.  Love her.  Love them all.)  So… yeah… full weekend.

One Ring

Bag
My New Bag
Jacket
Jacket– Isn’t the Embroidery Awesome?

The storms let up enough to not get too wet at the Japanese Cultural Fair.  Eric and I had gone for my birthday two years before and loved it.  Our favorite part (then and now) was the Taiko drumming group.  I really wish there was a group in our area that was taking learners, because it looks SO FUN.  We also got to see various crafts and performances and martial arts displays.  The gardens themselves are also just gorgeous. We plan to go next year, too, if we can.

Taiki Drummers
St. Louis Taiko Drummers

I wish I’d taken more pictures, but some things just can’t be covered that way.  The man who makes the sugar sculptures and tells the stories can’t be really accurately displayed like that.  He’s just always in motion, as is the display of top “acrobatics.”

This year we missed out on the cooking demonstrations, but those are really well done and you learn a lot of techniques.  At least, you do if you’re relative newbs like my husband and I.  You also have to look at raw meat, which I’m not the best at, but I don’t have to touch it, so it’s all good.

 

Gen Con (in Pictures)

So, I went to Gen-Con with my husband and niece. It was pretty awesome. I shopped more than I should and slept less than I should. We went to Killer Breakfast and played in several games, old and new. We got to know our oldest niece a little better and generally had a heck of a time. We also decided that next time we’re probably going to stay in a closer hotel, maybe. It’s hard to not like free overnight parking and warm breakfasts. (WAFFLES! MMM!)

Without further adieu, some pictures illustrating the shopping and sights of Gen Con (admittedly, mostly not the best ones, because we were having too much fun to remember pictures.) Oh, and as an added explanation, the sword is the real katana that my husband bought me for my birthday. It is so sharp and I am so ready for the zompocalypse right now.

Toy Alpaca The Little Alpaca I Haggled For

Tree of Life
Tree of Life Necklace, by Honneck
Dice
Dice from GenCon
Dice 2
Dice From GenCon (2)
Shell Pen
Handmade Shell Pen with Barrel Made from the Bole of a Maple Tree
My Sword 1
My Sword End-on
My Sword 2
My Sword (the top one)
Dessert!
Awesome Giant Sundae at Bucca di Beppo
Us and the Spider Queen
Balloon Dragon
Us and the Balloon Dragon (half done)
Uhura!
The Awesome Nichelle Nichols, My Husband, and Me
Union Station Window
Gorgeous Window at the Old Union Station