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Still painful.  In fact, a little more so than yesterday.  A couple more days, and I'll be back to normal.  Whee, painkillers. 

But, I had a delightful Halloween.  I think pinkleaderwill have pictures - I dressed in my "Moulin Rouge" outfit (blue brocade corset with black beaded sleeves, tiered petticoat, bustled skirt, Enzo Agnolini '80s "Victorian" ankle boots to DIE FOR that I got for $5 at the thrift store) with my bird bones necklace, and handed out candy at pinkleaderand Alan's house.

Pink did put one of me up on her Flikr page, so I've snaffled it:  

Not the most flattering angle, but hey.  I'm not exactly tall and willowy to begin with.

(Oh, the beaded sleeves on the corset were originally made as part of a black version of the Ever After ball gown - they're constructed rather well, I think, and have copious amounts of beading.  Sadly, the rest of the dress didn't turn out as well as I liked, and then I lost more weight, so I took off the sleeves and put them on my blue corset that I wear out dancing, and it all looked so great I left them on there.  I'm not sure any of the photos capture them well enough, so I may have to take other pics.  I really should put that one on my "other eras" page - they took forever to make.)

We drank a bit, handed out some candy (most of the kids were in costume this year!  ...and we unmercifully hassled the ones that weren't), then  theodoradcame over, and Pink (resplendent in her electric pink wig), theblueleader, theodorad, Alan and I went out to downtown Silver Spring to a restaurant called Ceviche.

Now, I work right down the road from the downtown section, but I've never seen it at night.  During the day, it's a bunch of buildings, and looks rather boring.  But apparently, at night, it turns into a neon wonderland of restaurants and shops, and it's really rather cool.  We must do things like that more often, since it's right down the road from Pink's place.  One of the things I love is hanging out on summer nights in night-friendly areas (I love Fell's Point, and the Inner Harbour in Baltimore).  When I was a teenager, friends and I used to go down to the Smithsonian to walk around and hang out, and I always loved that sort of thing.  So, last night was fun.  And should be repeated.  Often.

The restaurant is rather good, too - it's South American, but I got a beef pasty.  Oh, it was called an empanada, but I know a beef pasty when I eat one, and this was a beef pasty (albeit missing the peas).  Very tasty, as were the corn fritters stuffed with Gruyere cheese.  Alan's mussels were good, too - and I probably drove him up the wall reaching over his plate to dump the shells in the bowl.  :)  The prices were pretty reasonable, and they, as the name implies, have a variety of raw fish dishes in the traditional South American style.  They have a bar/tapas area, and a dining area, the music wasn't too loud, the service was good, and there's a parking garage right nearby.  What's not to love?

And beef pastys.  I'm serious - perfect flaky pastry, fine beef, potatoes (and okay, a little red pepper, which isn't normally featured in your Cornish pasty).  Yum.  And the right amounts, too - though I needed considerable help finishing off the corn fritters.

So much fun, I got home at 11:15, and didn't get to sleep until after midnight.  Unfortunately, I didn't sleep well - I haven't been entirely gluten-free lately, and it's showing - so I woke up permanently at around 4:30am.  At least I get to nap this afternoon.

I worked some more on the test motif for the cover (it's all reverse chain stitch), but it isn't completely done (still testing some bits), so I'll post a picture Monday.  I'm up to about 15 hours on the one motif, so I should have the bed cover done in... oh, about five years.

Thank God the things I make don't go out of fashion, eh?

Extra edit: Oh, my god, oh, my god, oh, my GAWD http://fourfour.typepad.com/fourfour/2007/10/happy-halloween.html



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Nov. 1st, 2007 11:25 am (UTC)
Being from Michigan, where pasties are de rigeur, all I can think of is the commercial that used to play when I was in college for one of the local places. It had a woman holding a plate while the narator intoned, "This is PATsy, holding a PASS-ty with a PASTE-y on it." And indeed, she's holding a plate with a pastry that looks to be wearing a conical hat with a tassel. He repeats "PAT-sy. PASS-ty. PASTE-y. If you'd like a great PASS-ty, call Sir Michael's Pasties. If you want PAT-sy with the PASTE-ies - well, you're on your own."

I thought it was hysterical. And then had to explain to my rathered sheltered roomie what a PASTE-y was. *g*

Thanks for the giggle. Glad you had a good night, as it was somewhat rainy here. You want I should send you some of my pile of leftover candy?
Nov. 1st, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
That's okay - I snagged a bunch of leftovers from Pink for Bob. :)
Nov. 1st, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
Whenever I hear pasty, I see that commercial also... Lived in MI for four years and that's what I remember...
Nov. 1st, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
There are kids who come to your house for treats and dare not wear costumes?!?!?!

Sounds like a lovely evening and I hope you get to do it more often, but without the pain. =)
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Nov. 1st, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
Niiiiiice. :)
Nov. 1st, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
That is a beautiful story.
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Nov. 1st, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
I lived on cheese an onion pasties because they were cheap. Still love them. :)
Nov. 1st, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
Out of the 23 neighborhood kids who came by last night, just one wasn't wearing a costume. Or so I thought. I was about to razz her and give her a bag of rice (we had leftover rice bags from Diamond Wars), she looked up at me and I saw a big old sea of mascara.

I was a bit taken aback. I asked her what the mascara was for.

She tried to repress a giggle, then just smiled. "I'm Emo Girl, but I'm not doing a very good job."

I just grinned back and reached for one of the packs I'd made up. That was good.

And this year was the first non-candy year. Usually I stick to giving the kids microwave popcorn and sugarfree gum. But this year, I found out that Playdoh now comes in Halloween packs! So each of my packs included Playdoh, pencils, erasers, rubber bracelets, a can koozie, and a little frisbee. Oh, and a rubber jar opener pad -- something for the parents, right?

My neighbor across the street informed me this morning that we had the cool house this year. Yay Playdoh!
Nov. 1st, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Peas? In a Cornish pasty? I think not! Beef, onion, potato and maybe a little bit of turnip or sweded.

That odd rumbling sound you can hear is my great aunt Flo, her daughter Sheila, and her sister-in-law, my maternal grandmother spinning in their graves!!

No one ever made Cornish pasties as good as Flo. Nuh-uh! And she never let a single pea come anywhere near hers.
Nov. 1st, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
I like my peas. I stand by my peas recipe. Carrots, too, if I feel like it. Nyah. :P
Nov. 1st, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Hello, it's Kimberly from Plimoth work shop
Hello Laura,
First, I loved your blackwork / void-work bag that you brought to Plimoth. I'm curious about the technique you used for filling in the background. I've only ever seen voidwork backgrounds with Italian cross and another cross variation whose name I can't recall at the moment. Have you seen older pieces using your technique? (Please note that I'm not a stickler for historical accuracy; my question is for my education only).
Secondly, You noted on your costume site that you used 2 different thicknesses of silk thread for the embroidery of your bag. I have used several colors for my blackwork, excluding black, but I've always done the reversible, counted blackwork and used only one thread thickness. I'm having trouble locating silk in varying thicknesses of the same color/shade. Have you found a supplier?

Thanks in advance for your help,
Nov. 5th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
Re: Hello, it's Kimberly from Plimoth work shop

The voided work background is based on a dress panel piece in the V&A that uses single over/under stitches on the diagonal - it's outlined, then the background is filled in (I tend to stick with English sources for my embroidery). I don't mind the question - using blackwork for sweet bag decoration is completely unsupported, as far as I can tell, as all the one's I've found use some sort of polychrome stitch. :)

As for thread, I tend to pick up thread when I find it, usually at SCA events like Pennsic. I always use silk twist, so it's just a matter of finding the different thicknesses/ply of different threads. My thicker silks I get from Halcyon Yarn (their thinnest gemstone silk is excellent for blackwork, and only $7 or so for a 300 yard mini-cone), and the thinner threads are available from Hedgehog Handworks.
Nov. 1st, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Sorry, It's Kimberly again
I forgot to give you my email address. It's

I'm new to blogging so I'm not sure where you'll post an answer to my previous comment.
Nov. 5th, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry, It's Kimberly again
The reply I posted should e-mail to you if you put in your e-mail address, but I'll e-mail it to you as well.
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