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Confession: I hate traveling.

Oh, when I was little, I dreamt of glamorous travel, just like every eight year old who watches too many sitcoms. My great-aunts had all sorts of stories about pre-war Europe. As a teen, I entertained fantasies about going to the west coast and seeing the sights and other nonsense. One is supposed to loooooove to travel, see the sights, meet new people, expand one's horizons, partake in culture, etc. etc.

The truth is that I abhor it dreadfully.

Oh, I've had cocktails in the cafe car (or, last night, squashed in a row of other absurdly large individuals; we joked they lumped us all together by height), but somehow, it's never worth it. Perhaps because I largely travel out of obligation: enduring the torture of Getting There might be somehow worth it if my destination were a sunny beach (with more cocktails) but somehow, I doubt it. (After all, for the money, I can buy rather a lot of vodka and cranberry juice and drink it in my own little house.) Darlings, I love you, but the internet means I never have to actually visit anyone -- we can talk here, no?

And I have a horrid memory anyway, so I don't remember any of those supposedly life-formulating "experiences" travel is supposed to bring. I do enjoy daytrips into the city -- I love D.C. -- and a few fabulous Manhattan trips might be nice when I'm a good deal richer. Whitby, someday, perhaps. But the notion of "crashing" anywhere seems putrid. I daresay I'd rather be boiled alive in my own juices than backpack through Europe. I intend to never, ever see Australia.



How nice it is, my own bed. I'm sitting here scrolling through old Martha Stewart archives, thinking of how lovely I can make my tiny little house. How nice to be home... where my bottles of vodka are full sized.

Silly

Jan. 8th, 2010 06:53 pm
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I wish I were home... playing with dollies. :3

Toy Post!

Jan. 5th, 2010 01:06 pm
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Happy Birthday to me!

(Facebook must announce your birthday to people, because there's no way everyone would know otherwise. Making me sort of feel guilty because I'm crap at checking stuff, so I forget most people's birthdays. Mine is the day before Epiphany, so it's easy, uh, right?)


SO I AM THINKING ABOUT TOYS. I'm all set to find freelance work and lose weight in this upcoming year, but... uh... bizarrely enough, I generally don't stress over things like that.

(I'm okay with applying to things constantly, because rejection doesn't really bother me, and the weight thing, um, well, mostly I'm trying to motivate myself to care enough due to the medical aspect. Because I am the only female who really thinks she's cuter when she's chubby and doesn't have much motivation to be skinny for skinny's sake. I guess maybe clothes shopping would be easier, but eh, not much until I lose a lot of weight.)

BUT TOYS!

I have all kinds of goals there. I've mostly culled/set aside the extra doll stuff, so the things on display are my cool beloved toys. The designer plush is taunting me a bit on how to best display it. (Or just throw it on the bed/let it get a little beaten up but oh well?)

I have this gorgeous miniature bakery set up -- I mean, I should photograph it; it's really perfect -- but... I... see, the thing is, I'm gluten-free now... and... somehow I care less than I used to about miniature cakes.

I'M SORRY, MINIATURE CAKES! ;_;

I don't really want to put them in storage because it took me so long to arrange the display, but maybe I could pack them up with lots of tissue paper already displayed. Or put the bakery in Cory's action figure shed; minimate Chef Duff kind of goes with the Marvel Minimates anyway, right? Spider-man wants to eat a delicious cake!

We really need a second shed just for dioramas.

A miniature garden is really tempting, too. I've made them before, but I'm wondering if I could find a big-ish glass greenhouse, fill it with moss... we saw the most spectacular, HUGE 8' square mini-garden at this garden center; it was so neat. If I could figure out perennial plants for it, we certainly have the room to do that outdoors, here.

So that... I'm in love with my witch house, which I will photograph... someday... I reaaaaaaallllllllllllly need to find someone who does custom 1/6th clothes to make me two outfits. (Or force myself to make them, but uunghghg. I even had commissioned these already, but the person flaked out.) Also debating getting my Unoa Light (Sekiguchi) customized. Hm.


I really want to make more miniatures this year; I enjoy it so much. Maybe put sets/assemblages on Etsy -- not to make money, but because I feel like I have a lot of extra cute minis I should pass on/I really like putting together theme sets. I want to needlefelt a set of black cats (shorthaired, longhaired, persian, black-and-orange-tabby, etc.) and make some mini macarons and magic wands AND STUFF. And actually photograph Witch World.



And also put little tophats on Chloe and take pictures.
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I haven't posted any Army of Lovers lately...




Is there anything more stylish? Truly?
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Okay, I lied. I'm supposed to be less materialistic and more frugal and all, but...

Cosmetics Stuff:

Remember when I did that rundown of black lippies? Check out the coverage on SoBe Botanicals GothStix! BUH!

I... want... many of those. One thing that really baffles me with a lot of mineral makeup companies is why they don't do more wacky colors. (Aromaleigh has a whole "omg so freaky and bright" eyeshadow line, and yet all her lip stuff is blah reddish. It's no harder to throw black minerals into the pot than red, so... I guess she's worried about not getting enough orders, since she makes hers ahead of time, but still. Kind of blah.)

Since this company is made-to-order, you can even choose any one of the 300 (!!!) flavors. I'm a dork, so I'd want to coordinate the colors and flavors... I want:

Batty (black) - Trick or Treat (candy)
Gothique (blackened purple) - Clove
Tragic (golden green) - Witches' Brew
Greyscale (grey) - Earl Grey
and maybe
Blackened Rose - Gingerbread (or Mexican Chocolate? Coffee?!)


Also, I got some samples from Detrivore Cosmetics along with some gothy jewelery I bought recently. (Which may or may not involve taxidermy. Ummmm...) Anyway, they sent me almost-blacks (yay!) and they are pretty nice. I might pick up a few jars... like "Liver Mortis" and "Beetle".


Toy Stuff:

Baba Yaga's chicken leg hut -- I. Need. That. (Luckily, it's a consistent design, not an OOAK creation, so I can wait and be prudent. But I need it, oh, next month.) There's an itty bitty one that I also like... trying to tell myself I don't need both.

Miniature Laduree macarons. Another death by cuteness! Really freaking amazing designs in her shop. Kinda pricey and ships out of Europe, though... making miniatures is one of the few crafts I actually enjoy, so I may pick up some molds from Yippie Kawaii Yeah and make my own. (I've been wanting some of those bat molds, anyway!)

Looking at witchy stuff reminds me that someday I need a Windstone fledgling dragon in emerald-peacock. I have the BIG one (I got for free in college! Woo!) but I've always wanted the cute little baby one. Looks like the old colors might be retired, so I should probably get one soonish.


Witchy Stuff:

Wand holster. Mwahahahahah! I wonder if I could make one of these out of something... they don't have any black ones listed.

Captured Fairy Bottle. Okay, so that's actually a Zelda fairy. I've seen similar things at local con vendors, but those are the only ones I can find online at the moment. I really want a fairy bottle for my witch costumes!

Eventually I want to pick up the Tweeny Witches: Complete Book of Spells (DVD Fullset). That is seriously my favorite anime since Utena... and the big set seems to often be sold fairly cheaply used, so.

And, of course, I still need to pick up my teaset. (Closing in on it! I have the teacups to go with it!)


Geeky Stuff For You:

Okay, so I just mentioned I reeeeeally am not a fan of actually playing tabletop games, but I understand the culture, darlings. And look: Dice Dragons! You feed the dice to the dragon and the tongue is the closure and then it barfs up your dice! Squeeeeeeeeee so cute!

Witch witch

Jan. 2nd, 2010 08:49 pm
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I wish there were something like the SCA for fantasy characters. You know, like a LARP, but without any actual gaming, because -- BIG SECRET -- I actually find the gaming part pretty boring. I like costuming, pretty much.


Wait... maybe I can go hang out with the Harry Potter people. It's not my favorite series ever -- not that I have anything against it, mind you, but blah blah blah male messiah wizard blah blah lacks firelizards blah blah -- but I bet they'll understand my wand fetish.

I have this deep, burning desire to simply dress like a cartoon witch. I don't particularly fangirl anything, I don't want to pretend to be a character, I just... like costumes. It's all I can do to keep my everyday attire from looking like something out of a Jill Thompson comic.

I'm pretty sure I've alienated and driven off most of the angsty steampunk people, but really, I do get the costuming bit. Mind, I don't like the aesthetic (and I don't get why people get offended by this: unrelieved brown and airships are simply not my thing) but it seems weird that some steampunks (steampunkers?) don't admit how very roleplay the hobby is... it's NOT a legitimate street fashion by any stretch of the imagination. It's costuming. And there's nothing wrong with costuming! But come now, anything that involves pretend weaponry = costume. Come oooooooooooooon. The best steampunk is done by the hardcore cosplayers, because they KNOW how to costume, and look damn good doing it.


Heh, come to think of it, historical costuming people have the opposite problem -- the lolitas were always jumping down their throats, "NOT LOLI ENOUGH!" "Uh, no; it's a costume." I think that's mostly resolved itself now, though.



I'm going to start my Witch Fashion trend. It's not like I'm sitting here wearing a jumper dress, a cape, and a crow skull necklace or anything. Where DO the Harry Potter people hang out?
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I nearly had a heart attack just now because I opened the door to my porch and there was a big black cat sitting there. Spooky returned from the grave!

I'm pretty sure Black Cat is one of a litter of ferals in the neighborhood over the summer; it's a pretty distinctive litter since unlike most of them, they're all black and white cats -- no orange tabbies. They're old enough to start prowling...

I think I'm going to start taking a more active role caretaking for the local ferals; the old man who lived here before me took care of them before he died, and I really ought to honor both his and my dead kitty's memory.

We've had several grey feral cats (including one semi-friendly one) and now these siblings make it a big bunch. They all hang out in my yard because of all the abandoned ancient houses and sheds right along the edge of the woods. Mostly they're just hungry, so I figure if I feed them, the local wildlife actually stands a better chance. My local humane society also has a TNR (trap-neuter-release) program, which I'm going to see if can trap and take in some of these -- particularly the siblings, as they still hang around together, and I imagine that's a population explosion waiting to happen. Plus, it could cut down on the potential fights.



Kitties.


Besides, the blue jays apparently love catfood, too. Heh.
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All out of spoons and supposed to go do Big Family Dinner thing



help me, coffee

you're my only hope
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Dear Self:

Stop sticking your bare hands into tubs full of black dye.


Love,

Me
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.... Robert Kaufman 100% kona cotton fabric is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much nicer than that I'm used to.

*rolls around in it* So lovely~ I want a bolt of this~

Coat

Dec. 29th, 2009 10:45 pm
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Mmmmmmm... coat.


I'm kind of debating with myself if I want to order that -- cotton flannel is pretty warm, although not super warm. (Although the problem is, the only thing that's super warm is WOOL, and I honestly do find exposed wool parts itchy. Or those big polyester coats, but those... are not attractive anyway.)


I actually kind of like that whole site. "ZOMG THAT'S NOT LOLITA!!!!1!" Nope, it isn't. It's pretty damn goth, actually. Most of it gives me warm fuzzies in my big, big hair.



I have a headache because [livejournal.com profile] evilcresyluna came over and we drank two bottles of wine and wine always gives me a headache. Still pretty much the best day ever. When we were little, we wanted to grow up to be "old and moldy, twenty-five!" and do fabulous things that "ladies in apartments do," which apparently means drinking before noon! Mwahahahah.

Priorities

Dec. 28th, 2009 08:24 pm
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Sometimes I wonder if there's more to life than black dresses and tiny dogs.


And I'm pretty sure there isn't.

Pintucks?

Dec. 27th, 2009 04:22 pm
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http://www.fanplusfriend.com/c2/SP00031_02.jpg <- What I want to know, dear friends... do you do the tucks BEFORE sewing the side seams, or after, once it's a tube?

The ruffler rocks my world -- and I also bought the 3-pintuck foot for my machine, so that's my next technique to tackle.

I need frills, people. I need them. BLACK FRILLS.
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Picture a tranquil blue lake in the middle of a green grassy field
the sun shines overhead, and a rowboat bobs gently in the middle of the lake


A rowboat
full of kittens.

I can haz!

Dec. 26th, 2009 10:00 am
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I can haz!
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I know some of you would appreciate my loot! Coughcough[livejournal.com profile] tropigaliacoughcough.
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I wonder if I would look like a complete sausage in this. A BTSSB jumper that would theoretically possibly fit (or go around) my measurements? O_o

I could be a shirring-stretcher...


I still can't tell if that's 1. elastic thread shirring, 2. sewn-on elastic bands 3. covered elastic bands.

Smaller, brand-wearing people: Do YOU know? For that matter, anyone have any pictures of busty girls in that style of jsk? Googling "fat girls in BTSSB" SO DIDN'T WORK GUYS
Flickr is 100% pictures of dolls at this point, so no help there, either. Arg.



Oh ho ho ho. I could order that, and a parasol-umbrella. (I really want a Baby "parasol" to use as an umbrella. I'm not SUPPOSED to be covering myself up, I'm supposed to GET MORE SUN, but I do loathe the rain and those are frilly.)

Also I want teapots. And stuff. I'm feeling very consumerist today -- THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT HAS HIT ME AT LAST! YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
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I kind of feel like someday we might sell the farm and move closer to D.C.

But if we keep the farm forever, I want to build an aviary someday. When I'm 40, I will keep peacocks, exotic chicken breeds, and crows or rooks or some corvid from a breeder.


If I had ten million dollars, I'd buy a two-headed turtle, a hairless rabbit, and Transylvanian chickens.


Oh. And in my barn, I would also keep a bunch of hissing cockroaches and dermestid beetles. Wheeeeee!

Invasion

Dec. 24th, 2009 10:10 am
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Last night I put birdseed near my bedroom windows, hoping I'd be woken up by the birds coming to get it.

Instead, I was woken up by Cory shouting at me because there was a blue jay in the shower with him..


See, the blue jays figured out how to steal the cat's food (which we keep on the porch outdoors so the dogs don't get it). And despite all the lovely seeds I scattered, they still prefer the catfood. So Orange Cat chased one of them into the house.

Whee!

We caught it -- he was fine and angry and trying to keep hold of his catfood -- and I waited a bit for him to dry out and then put him outside; he flew off for a few seconds and then returned to raid the seeds. I sort of wish I had taken a picture, but I couldn't really do that and hold him. (And Cory was in the shower!)

Blue jays really are pretty birds. More corvids! The strong, aggressive bird that steals my heart! My morality prevented me from just keeping him domestically, since he was completely uninjured, but I admit, I was sorely tempted.
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Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country's done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.
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Chihuahua in snow
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She was only out there for about ten seconds, I promise.

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