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The Real World - Such a Letdown.

I had a wonderful time at Plimoth ; pinkleader, cathgrace and I are now an official item at the embroidery sessions. At least, I assume that's what they meant when they said "who let the Three Stooges in here?!". I had a great time, and I'll post pics when I get them off my camera.

Unfortunately, I came home to the same situation some of you know about, and I had a complete meltdown on Bob, but it has now been resolved (I think). I am going to quit that doctor's office and stay with Hopkins exclusively, even though it means more doctor visits.

I'm still in pain, and feeling quite shattered at having to deal with this nonsense at the same time as trying to get a major Gardiner's event under control and sorted, trying to deal with a mountain of work that requires my full (no distractions, which is why I use my Shuffle to block sound at work) attention, and I still haven't written to my mother.

We're having a work weekend at the farm which will be mostly landscaping and doing stuff to the garage bathroom so people can use it for the event (two bathrooms! With showers! And hot water!). When I remember that our first events had one porta-potty and solar showers, I'm amazed at the luxury. This is our big Elizabethan living history event, and I want it to be a success (I'm technically running it), so I'm only slightly stressed. It's like running a huge party - which I do in March. Both run themselves to some extent, but someone has to coordinate all the happenings and people volunteering for different jobs.

But we're going to have a huge bonfire at the event, and it will be amazingly fun. Skirmishing in the woods, "bear" baiting, long-bow archery (I hope), and a bonfire and fireworks. Awesome.

(Because we're just a bunch of people and it's private land, there are no worries about insurance and stuff. And we know where the medical center is.)

It was just hard coming back to the real world after such a wonderful four days. We're fed, entertained, and allowed to work on the most beautiful, beautiful thing, and then it's all over, and I'm at my desk, eating squished fudge from Plymouth, and wondering how I can incapacitate the person who will model the jacket before it is mounted so I can wear it instead when I can get back.

pic from pinkleader:

Me, finishing up the detached butterfly wing on the finished collar.


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Sep. 16th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Having coordinated a number of 'overnighter' reenactment events I sympathize with your workload pre-party. Despite them 'practically running themselves' we both know that in reality no-one would remember to bring toilet paper unless *someone* though of a list of necessary items and then ensured that a spot to use said paper was also available.


So, just in case you don't get enough of this over the course of the event - Thank You For Your Hard Work! Seriously, even though I won't be attending, I appreciate everyone who goes through the effort of putting any historically based event on. The more of these we have, the more that we will get.

Even is a few of us end up sleepless for the weeks prior trying to make sure that all the period-correct 'fishing kit favors' are ready to hand out...

God, why did I think of that at the last minute! *grin*

Oh yeah - because sitting at the edge of a creek with a crock of beer and a linen line is a blast!
Sep. 16th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Glad you had fun! And I am so looking forward to the photos! I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that things work out for you. gentle ::hugs::
Sep. 16th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Shoulders dislocate pretty easily. Just sayin'
Sep. 16th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous of your event. A friend of mine in the Netherlands just went to a 17th century LARP that sounds more historical than anything I've ever done and here I sit and do nothing.
Sep. 16th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
and here I sit and do nothing

Hrmm? Thou, the little whirlwind of pattern-drafting activity?

Give yourself credit. If not currently re-enacting at the moment, you're contributing vastly to the level of authenticity in the community in general by providing an alternative to the Big 3's "costume" lines.

Though I'm insanely jealous of proximity to Plimouth myself. *g* However, I think my personality would in general fit badly with East Coast life. I'll stay where I'm at for now.
Sep. 16th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Awwww. You're sweet. I just think of all the things I could be doing if I were better organised, if I wasn't so busy putting out fires, if I could only lock myself in a room and focus...

Thank you for the perspective. =)

How different we are... I am such a dyed-in-the-wool, Type A, Nor'easter. My husband once had a job opportunity in Ohio, and I told him I could never live that far West. California would absolutely kill me. I'd burst a blood vessel.
Sep. 17th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
I speak but the truth, as I see it.

As any phlegmatic, staid, sleepy-natured midwesterner.

Cue music.... "...But what the heck, you're welcome, glad to have you with us. Even though we may not ever mention it again."
Sep. 16th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
As a recent customer of your Irish patterns, you are seriously selling yourself short! The documentation is amazing and I don't have draft the patterns myself.

Thank you for your contribution to the Irish events in my future.
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
Awww. Thank you!

It's been a rough week, you see... I'm not always so down.
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
Hee! I changed that! :)
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
Yes you did! Thank you!
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd been able to meet up with you on your trip to Plimoth.

Another time perhaps. I'm always willing to collect/deliver guests to the airport or train station.
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
You are very sweet, and I will keep that in mind - usually, we rent a car so we can cruise around, though. :)
Sep. 18th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Well, if you ever need an almost-native guide, or a beer, cup of tea, or anything like that... I'm in Quincy.
Sep. 16th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
let us know if it would be convenient for the kids to be present for your work weekend and we can come down and help, Paul is pretty darn handy, and I am a fair gardener and a decent work horse. (we could even enslave the children for various things)
Sep. 16th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
If you're willing to bring bedding and stuff, I think we can fit you all in - the kids can come with me and help clear sticks and rake. :)

e-mail me at the elsworthy AT netzeroDOT com address.
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
E-mail is sent - looking forward to seeing you!
Sep. 16th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Grin...a bit offside of subject...but your nails really DO look good, hahahaha
Sep. 16th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing - AttackLaurel did mention the other day that her fake nails fool people. They do look fab.
Sep. 16th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Sorry, forgot to sign in, didn't mean that to be anonymous.
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
Thank you - they are good, aren't they? All from a $6 pack of fake nails. Unlike acrylics, they are thin (and can occasionally break, but not through normal usage, just things like hammers and such), and look more like real nails, since you can see the nail bed through them.

The ones I use most of the time even have a little "moon" at the base. :)
Sep. 16th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I hope you left some stitching for us in two weeks :). Can't wait to see the progress since January.
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
Oh, believe me, there's still stuff to do - just not the shoulder wings. :)
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Extreme Costuming Webpage Query
Hi, other than the usual sycophantic drooling and obeisance normally laid at your exalted feet...well, not much other than that. Oh, yes, the original reason...errr...yes...On the Elizabethan Seam, though it may seem sacrilege, how would I replicate this strong seam on a machine? I ask this simply because with my current job and schooling I am more pressed for time and may only hand-sew OR embroider and bead, not both, and since I am a 16th Century Spanish Fop in the court of Elizabeth (he's Jewish), it seems more important to have the embroidery. So, would I want to replicate this on a machine, or is there a better suggestion you may have for those of us who are philistines? Un admirador de su grandeza desde lejos, Don Pedro Fransisco Allejandro D'Espagne. (told you...annoying 16th century Spanish fop...darned uppity middle class Spaniards trying to make themselves even more pompous.)
Sep. 18th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
Re: Extreme Costuming Webpage Query
Well - the modern machine flat-felled seam is the machine's answer to the whipped stitch seam, so your basic machine seam will do the trick. Zig-zag or serge the fabric edges before sewing, and iron them flat afterwards. It's not as good at going 'round curves, but it is possible to "ease" the seam with judicious clipping.

Unfortunately, there's no way to exactly replicate the seam with a machine, which is why modern clothing construction is different from period clothing construction.

...personally, while I think it's great if someone wants to completely hand-sew something, I don't require it from anyone. All I prefer is that no machining is visible on the outside of the finished garment - and even that's not a requirement (though I think it looks a lot better).

p.s. "Exalted Feet?" Smurf, please. People burn and salt the ground I walk on, don'tcha know. 8)
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