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Red necklace, on me! Red necklace
I started making this quite a while ago and it's been lying on my bead board unfinished. I took a break from D H Lawrence this afternoon and finished it. It's a mixture of glass and reused metal beads on waxed linen cord, with a button and loop closure. Please look at the other photos of it in my 'craft' gallery, I'm really pleased with them. Have pity on their technical merits, though - they were taken either with the MacBook's webcam or with my camera with its champagne-damaged sensor and consequent blurry bits...



A closer view
Here's a closer, clearer view of the central beads.




Button bead
This is the bead which acts as a button to close the necklace at the back.

Haramaki

Tuesday, 16 October 2007 03:04 pm
taimatsu: (i make stuff)
A while back Eve found an article about haramaki. This is a type of old-fashioned underwear worn in Japan - the name means 'belly warmer'. They have been languishing in obscurity because they have the same coolness factor as granny pants do here - but now they are experiencing a renaissance, and are being made in funky patterns and colours. They look quite fun - people are shown wearing them over jeans, like a little mini-skirt but higher, or under long tops, like another layer. I could see myself wearing one.

Here is the original article, and here is a tutorial written by someone else (though I think the result looks a bit skimpier than I'd like).

I have camouflage-pattern stretch fleece. I think I know what I'm doing with it.

Good day, oh yes.

Thursday, 8 March 2007 04:57 pm
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I didn't go to Typography practical this morning as they are are at a late stage in a project I have hardly started, and I felt odd about it. But I *did* go to see the tutor afterwards, to confirm what work I have missed and a plan for catching up, and that was very positive. Then I went to see one of my English tutors, and had a fantastic meeting with him checking through this term's work; I managed to accidentally enthuse about his specialism (his thing is Victorian sensation novels, which I absolutely adore and read lots of) which was great. He told me his seminar this afternoon was on A Clockwork Orange which is the one set text I don't own, so I went off to the library, found it and read it (all of it!) before the class at 3. And then I came home, via the shops, as my father has (under protest) given me more money. I am eating food with, like, vitamins in, and drinking fruit juice. It's very good.

TOMORROW is a deadline for a Linguistics project, and for that I need YOUR HELP. I need to analyse a multi-modal text - ie. something with a message in mediums other than just text/speech. I have some fallbacks if I can't find anything suitable, but I would like your suggestions for a television-type advert which is available online. Preferably something a bit interesting/memorable - like, you know that ad with the dancing car? That's the one they describe in the seminar notes, so something equally memorable would be cool. Got any suggestions?

Friday, 19 January 2007 12:48 pm
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I was feeling a bit low last night, and moped at various people about various things. Then [livejournal.com profile] ladyfrances invited me over for dinner, so off I went. There was fabulous food (with real meat, which I haven't eaten for nearly a week!) and hugs, and silly television, and meeting Anthony's pet cockroaches, and watching Rikk do card tricks, and I went home some while after 10pm feeling happy and loved and calm. Friends are very good things to have.

New Year 2007

Monday, 1 January 2007 06:57 pm
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So here I am, and it's 2007. 2006 had some good points, it has to be said, but on the whole I think I'll gloss over the details and focus on where I am right now: sitting on Dave&Eve's sofa in Manchester, with my beloveds over there on the right, and the nice Luke over there on the left, and all of us geeking and watching DVDs and being happy. This is a good start to the year.
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Woohoo! The Steeleye Span song 'Who Told The Butcher' (second song down) has been confusing me ever since going to see them live in the summer. But some judicious Googling has finally told me what it's about, and I'm very amused :)

Monday, 12 September 2005 04:52 pm
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I have been productive today! 90% of our books are now on shelves or on the big rack, as opposed to being in heaps on the floor! I have rescued a quantity of my craft/sewing books from the rack shelf that I can't see, and have put them on my own shelves with the other such books. I have made a big box for Robert's Doctor Who books. I have also identified and imported to iTunes a batch of old mix CDs, and an Elton John Best Of double album :)

In an hour I will be off to Brownies, where I am intending to be a volunteer helper. I am nervous. Before then I have to call a job agency, write a couple of postcards, take a painkiller and change my clothes. Wheeeee!

Wednesday, 20 July 2005 07:18 pm
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Yumpty-yumpty-yumpty-yum, yumpty-yum, yumpty-yum...


This is the 'Lucy Is Eating Tasty Grapes' song. It is believed to be a derivative work based on the 'Lucy Is Hoiking Things Up The Stairs' song, which goes

Humpty-humpty-humpty-hum, humpty-hum, humpty-hum...


You may notice the similarity.

Said songs are heard only in very specific circumstances; not only must the Lucy be (respectively) eating tasty grapes or hoiking things up the stairs, she must be happy while so doing. These are rare occurrences, to be savoured and enjoyed by the intrepid anthropologist.
taimatsu: (yomikohappy)
... or, in English, the house is my bitch.

I have got up at a reasonable time this morning (9ish), found clean clothes that I like (the ankle-length thigh-slit satin skirt isn't practical but it is lovely), and Done Useful Things. I have made a list of things I need to get done, and begun doing them. Top of the list was sorting out clothes-drying facilities, as the dryer-bit of our washer-dryer is broken (and will get fixed sometime next week when we can afford it). So I found the hooks left over from putting the blind up, and the nails, and the hammer, and installed a hook at each end of the bath, and found the string, and now we have a mini-washing line which can be unhooked as required. I have also put the concertina-clothes-horse on *top* of the washer-dryer, which is currently pulled out of its space, and so the entire load of clothes is happily drying away - and I have blocked the bathroom door so the cat cannot get in and fluff all over them.

I have made myself delicious lunch - a potato, tuna, spring onion and butter-bean salad with pepper and a little reduced-fat mayonnaise - and after lunch I will get to work clearing my sewing table and make a start on Robert's patched coat.

House hurrah!

Sunday, 17 July 2005 11:36 pm
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Today has been as good as yesterday! I had a slow start, and woke up feeling very floppy and groggy and generally headachy. I therefore wimped out of meeting The Girls for moose and juffins, and instead spodded online for a while. Criossants and ham brought restored vigour and vitality, and I embarked upon the task Robert had spent the previous day enabling - he spent yesterday moving my bookshelf (my very own lovely bookshelf which has been marooned in the yucky dining room for two years!) into the back room upstairs, into the space vacated by the small bookshelf (which is now in the bedroom on top of a chest of drawers)! He'd cleaned it and everything, and put all the books in boxes for me :) I was very happy indeed when I came in last night.

So I got to organise my books! I have almost two shelves of theology/church history/religious-topics books, which makes me feel like I have a brain, and I have my nice copies of Austen all together, and all my Trollope in one place, and all the plays and poetry together on the bottom shelf. It's lovely and wonderful and I'm very pleased. Some of the spare books are now stacked neatly in a box.

Then later I was even more useful. As Robert had moved the bookcase the dining-room was quite a bit less awful than it had been (he'd also thrown out lots of stuff), and so I could get into it and extract all my fabric which has been lying around getting covered in fluff and hair and dirt and yuck. It's in five boes total now; one box of clean fabric (stuff which was put in there when it was brand new), one box of dirty fabric which can be used for peasant costumes, one box of dirty fabric which cannot be used for peasant costumes, and two buckets of scraps divided on the same principle. It's all neat and out of the way! It's great!

Must eat tasty crispbake, going cold.

Weekend update

Sunday, 17 July 2005 11:45 am
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Yesterday was good! [livejournal.com profile] purpleheather and I went over to [livejournal.com profile] aardnebby's mother's house, to use her conservatory floor to paint things on. We got 2.3 banners and 1 curtain painted, so I have .6 banner and 1 curtain to deal with and Heather's got a coverlet to sew. The banners are faaaaantastic; Heather has photos so hopefully they'll be online sometime soonish (or I'll see if I can take some with Robert's camera!) Heather did a marvellous Balance symbol banner, and we both worked on the designs for the animal totem banner, which I then drew. It actually all looks very good indeed :) Heather and Steve painted their hands and did a healing-hand-and-moons design for one curtain; I stencilled a phoenix on the third banner. I have to complete that, do another one and two moons, and paint 'Kul-Tha Rangers' in the middle.

We were meanwhile fantastically fed by Steve's mum, and then went on to Rikk's housewarming, which was most enjoyable :)

Book arts

Tuesday, 12 July 2005 11:28 am
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I need to make a book for LARP purposes, and while scouting around the net for help I came across various bits of info on different sorts of artists' books (books as art rather than text/only text). I got particularly interested in 'tunnel books', as I had some when I was little that I loved (but can't remember what they were now). I will probably try making one using Chinese papercut techniques. Links for my reference below:

The Owl And The Pussycat
Set of children's tunnel books
Miniature tunnel books (and others)
View of a tunnel book showing construction
Tunnel Map
Useful illustrated article on tunnel books

Foodgasm!

Monday, 4 July 2005 08:50 pm
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I am currently eating the yummiest impromptu meal ever!

Take one boneless pork thing, one portion of rice noodles, one sachet of instant miso soup, half an onion, one clove of garlic, and several spoonsful of sweetcorn.

Heat a wok containing a good splosh of sesame oil (and, if you are crazy, some soy sauce). Snip your pork into bite-size pieces. Slice up your garlic very fine, and your onion quite chunky. Meanwhile boil the kettle.

Chuck your pork into the wok. Stir it about to make sure it does not stick - repeat this frequently so it cooks on all sides and all the way through. Add the garlic. Add the onion

Put the miso in a saucepan and add about a cupful of boiling water. Bubble the thing gently. Add the noodles and a splosh of soy sauce and cook on a low low heat for the time it says on the noodle packet (four minutes for mine).

Add the sweetcorn to the wok, along with more soy sauce, and stir lots. Check the meat is cooked and the onion is softened. When the noodles are done, tip the contents of the saucepan (liquid and all) into the wok, and bubble like crazy till it looks good and you want to eat it. Then pour into a biggish bowl and devour it. Recommended cutlery = fork and spoon.

*goes away to finish eating delectable yumminess*

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