Last Day

Sep. 11th, 2009 03:10 am
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For better or for worse, it's con time! See everyone at NDK!

Kiyomori.... isn't really ready. Wearable, yes. Done to my standards? No way.

Done today on thursday:
-purple layer
-channels for wires/balls

Not done or non-functional:
-wings (the attachments are screwed up and the robe isn't stiff enough to hold them up...)
-shoes/boots ... I know how I want to do them, but the time and the frustration were getting to me so I did everything else first
-bags/purses of any kind... one of those things I wanted to do once I got Kiyomori done... which never happened.


Sep. 8th, 2009 11:21 am
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Didn't keep my phone on me, so missed out on about half of truck. :3 Looks much more managable than I was afraid of though. Also got my first friend on Cosplay Atrchive. The site is still incredibly difficult to use, but I did find the search photo feature that actually works!

The photo collections are mostly memberz only, but they're worth it. Like 'Zomi, Saku, Chibi-Hakuryu and seven of eight Hachiyou. Not the highest quality costumes, but still an awesome group. :D
Also, I may start stalking (or try to friend) their Saku. I just need to compose a message that doesn't sound wierd and update my profile to look less lame. After NDK. >.<

Progess since this morning
-washed some laundry!
-sleeves attached to Kiyomori's yellow robe
-made frogs/closures for Kiyomori's robe (need a color consult before attaching)

Now back off to work. Then two whole days to pull this nonsense together before con. o.o;;

Slow going

Sep. 7th, 2009 01:54 am
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-Pants cut and sewn, just need elastic, ankle ties and bottom hems.
-White sleeves lined and finished. Need a body and neckband to attach to.
-Purple layer still in yardage
-Need white satin for boot covers and to fit them to some size 9 flipflops.
-found perfect wire for floating balls. need to set channels for wires into yellow lining.

Not /my/ progress, but the wings and crown are looking /gorgeous/. If we had psychic powers to levetate them, they would be almost done. XD

I love Project Runway.

Predictably, I picked up a shift on Tuesday (when I should already be on costume crunch PTO). Anyway. Very very tired now. Hopefully the motivation will come back tomorrow.
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Yes those are three bicycles in the drive through at Taco Bell. Which could actually be kinda cool, until they took off before the window and left the poor girl making three drinks for no one. I'm hoping the one on the left was going for irony when he chose his shirt; the back reads "Service Integrity Excellence".
If you could read it, I might actually try to put it on failblog or something.

Pretty good progress today. Screen printing was working great, but I may actually have discovered the limits of repeated printing with a single screen. The wings are deffinitely wings though and it's very exciting. ^_^


Aug. 29th, 2009 01:20 am
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I have a Japanese costume blog thing. Yez, that does make me a complete geek.
On Cosplay Archive
So far only a couple Saku and Kagetoki pics up and I'm still not done tagging them (read, don't know how to) but I'm working on it.

(Also, Tomomori and Masaomi ironically, one of the better pairs that I've seen. Oh to have such a tiny appropriately-shaped body to put my costumes on.)
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I got a little less done today than I'd hoped, but I did FINALLY watch AAA2009 in Tokyo. *_* I am in love ALL OVER AGAIN. As much as I can tell muself that I'm over it, it wasn't anyone else that I listened to to calm down and sleep when I was panicing over costumes last week; it wasn't anyone elses concert that I watched on my iPod Sunday at work to keep me from crying or murdering someone. Arashi never cease to entertain me. Watching them perform, in concerts and in varieties (AND dramas) are all fascinating to me. Plus they're beautiful. The biggest dissapointment of the show was probably Nino /not/ singing Gimmick Game, but the rest of it (like "Hip-Pop Boogie") very much made up for the lack. ALSO, the costumes were much much better this time around... even the first two super-neon outfits weren't that bad.

-White sleeves cut and edges melted (will have to do the body for mouse out of a different fabric, since there's barely enough for Corina's size, maybe >.>)
-Yellow sleeves lined and finished
-Yellow body lining cut and assembled (needs sewn to body and then turned and finished so neckband and sleeves can be attached) [[Note to self that neckband should be sewn on to the inside first, so that the horsehair braid ends up closer to the outside than the inside. Learned that on Tomomori.]

Considering apping Caboose on Paradisa now. I should probably sleep on that before I start to think it's too good of an idea. XD
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- Carpets cleaned (Jess was right, it took us two hours to clear the floor last nigh and them 10 minutes to clean it.
- imported recently-played lists into and got it to suck less!
- Too much sleep-apartment somewhat reassembled from carpet cleaning

- checked fan for Tomomori after painting last night... It's not perfect, but it's a start and it will pass if need be
- finished printing on body pieces and am now working on sleeves for the Noshi/Kariginu/thing
- have assigned other geniuses to figuring out wings
- chose BGM for walk on (first 50 seconds of the Haruka 4 opening is almost exactly the right length (45 secs) and has a proper tone and such. Also, sneaky former-Myu-boy pimping. :D
-started choosing potential songs for karaoke (probably not competition)

(Also, today I learned that slash fandom is older than me but not by very much. Granted, I wasn't into slash as soon as I was born, but still... it's always wierd to realize after the fact that you were actually there in the kindof early days of something. Lurking. And not contributing at all. Ah, my life.
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[[**EDIT: I need music suggestions for our walk on! Traditional robes, but two of us are warriors, so maybe something a bit battle-y? Anyone?**]]

NDK is in 22 days people! Are you panicking yet?
Time for lists. Of things to do before NDK and things I may NOT do.

Projects: Tomomori, Kiyomori, Etc. )

Only in my wildest fantasies will I possibly have time to work on him, and even if I did it wouldn't be up to my standards for competition.... anyway. >.>
すばらしきこのせかい(The World Ends With You)
Starting it doesn't mean you should keep playing it. Really. It can wait for con, you always need things to do in line and at night anyway.
Pokemon, Rock Band, Little Big Planet, 遙かなる時空の中で-夢浮橋-
Video games of any kind really? Not nearly as productive as you think they are. Get over it.
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Multiple cuts is so much work....

Day 6 complete and now I get a whole day off!
Work Today )

Since several people have asked, things are much better at my store. And will be even more better soon. I did talk with my boss a bit, and we appear to have settled things. With Inventory and the RVP visit over with for now, we're all hoping things will settle for a while, though it is August, so the roughest quarter of the year is still ahead of us.

I'm at a pretty much total standstill on Kiyomori... mostly because I broke the rhythm I had going and am a bit nervous to start back up. I /did/ however, get a couple yards of a /beautiful/ white brocade at the ARC last week and think it will work much better than what I had for his white layer. Additionally, we got in some new houndstooth suitings at work, so I have a new possibility for P4 costumes. Though I'm tempted to try to just throw together their casual outfits and buy wigs instead.

That pretty much covers my life updates. More tomorrow since I won't have work to distract me. :D

On an unrelated note, Corina and I figured out that the Heike memorial site thing I linked to before is most likely actually way way south at 赤間神宮, near the site of the Dan-no-Ura battle. Too far for her to see.

Also also, Random Mainichi Shinbun Rant )
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I ran out of fabric paint two hours ago, and I could have gone to sleep once I cleaned up my mess... but since I'm trying to shift my sleep to make me not insanely exhausted for inventory on friday, I seem to have some spare internet time on my hands. So today... have some random notes about.... the Taira!

Rambling. Some historically acurate and some not. )

Oh no!

Aug. 5th, 2009 02:28 am
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I'm updating again? Woah.

Some random things:
-[profile] starlit_dragon is in Japan, so 2/3 of the people I see most often outside of work are now there. I hung out with by Brother on monday night to make up for this. :D
-AX: MoriMori's hair, woah! I still always expect him to be blonde. (Photo was from [profile] double_dear. Yell at me if it's a problem to post it here.)
-NDK: It's that time of year in my store.... and it makes me panicy ever time a cosplayer talks to me. I'm like 'Aaaah, costumes aren't done!'.... even though two of mine totally are.

Thanks to the people who gave me feedback on the work-related letter I posted the other day. (Not everyone saw it, so ignore this if you didn't) Work has been better this week so far... and hopfully we'll get back into the nice balance that we've had historically really soon.
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I've been on a long break from LJ. Still reading and loving you all very much, but taking the time to post just hasn't happened.

Lots has happened in the last month. Tomomori got finished a couple weeks later than I'd planned (obi and all accessories are done though - except the necklace). I ended up gold-leafing the shirt with a technique that I saw in one of my quilting books. I looks amazing, but I'm not 100% sure that it will hold up to intensive wear. Anyway, since I'm already behind schedule, I've moved on to Kiyomori. Sunday night I got the body pieces for his outer robe cut out, and in the next day or two I'll be printing it. I carved a linoleum block with the design and tests with fabric paint look good to print it on the poplin.

I'm fiddling with the file format on the external a little to let the PS3 see all my files. It's really flipping awesome to go straight from the PS3 browser to my video files. This afternoon, I finally took a moment to start on Myuu no Anyo Papa ni Ageru (First Half) )

Had to pause in the middle for new Recreation. Which was awesome.

And now it's another two days gone even since I tryped this. Work is crazy since inventory is next week and then the RVP visits the week after.
Anyway. Good night LJ.
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Anyone studying Japanese or needing a review should deffinitely look at iKnow. The Japanese 2000 course starts very basic (Though you can thankfully set it to use all the kanji for things even before you've studied them), but it looks like getting up to level 10 will deffinitely be teaching me a thing or two. It'll also help you moderate how much you study at once and plan out when to help you review for best information retention. My 30-item quota for the day took me less than 30 minutes, though that will get longer as the items get harder, I'm sure. Anyway, for the time being, I'm hoping to add it to my daily routine, and I know there are some people *pointed look at [profile] ashitara* who could use some continual studying time.

There could be a costume rant here... but I'll let it go beacuse I'm really feeling burned out tonight. Masaomi's coat has been harder than I anticipated and now I'm going to watch Love Shuffle 9 as a sanity break before I try to work on him anymore.
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Since people seemed interested last time:
Here's more pictures of Masaomi-in-progress...
Now with completed kimono and applique sample... )

Tomorrow, I have most of the day off and then the rotation in Home Dec. I hope... I hope that everything will work out. I'm kind of at a loss about it again. It's been 6 months, the last one Emily did most of and we were fully prepped. This time... I really really just don't know.

Friday I have plans to take my Yudu over to Kimball and hangout with my sister and experiment. I wish I had more emulsion, but I might try to get some liquid before I go over, we'll see. At the very least, I should have a couple nifty 'cool&soul' t-shirts by the time I'm done. ^_^
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To all those (probably not directed at me anyway) comments that are in my email and flist about Midsummers: I'm sorry but I can't. I won't. The end.

Worked 13 hours today. Came home. Made an obi for Masaomi. Folded up Masaomi's kimono and obi and shirt and got them into his furoshiki (pics were taken too, coming soon). I cut out the purple for the jacket! This is a huge step. Next is the gold, then interfacing, then lining and binding. I played with the material for the pants a bit, but didn't do anything with it.

While all that was getting accomplished, we watched "The Other Boleyn Girl". Actually quite an awesome movie. With pretty under-appreciated Jim Sturgess too. ^__^

Tomorrow is truck, then craziness, then home. I want to go work out tomorrow night too, since I'm already feeling like it. Wednesday I get off early to go to the doctor, so get the whole afternoon and evening to myself and Masaomi. Then overnight thursday to friday for the HD rotation. Which ... hopefully... will not suck. Hopefully.
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Imagine for a moment that this kimono was closer to 'done' and a little further from 'ahahahahaNO':

Since I forced the picture on my flist, I'll cut the rant )

Also, for myself and anyone who cares - this is what my sewing space looks like when the apartment is actually cleaned up! I actually missed a lot because I was a little too far in. Another step or two back and you'd see several more piles of projects, fabric, and more drawers of stuff.

Now, sleeping. Two more days until my day off. Then only one day before my /weekend/.
Am very excited, but will try not to let myself go nuts with my Yudu once I get it. This week, for sure!
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-several sets of red bead and varioud ear-wire options obtained for earrings
-lining for Masaomi Jacket obtained (black swim lining)
-potential jacket trim obtained (still not sure)
-got sample buttons for Masaomi's jacket... (I'll need 36 total... that's 18 cards either way. ;_; )
-got the rest of the rust silk that I'll need for Shigehira's noshi
-got the gold poplin for Kiyomori's noshi. Still need to look into paint and a block-printing block

-vaccumed whole apartment (except sewing section)
-finished two additional loads of laundry (leaving only one small pile)
-RE-PACKED AND RE-ORGANIZED ALL STORED FABRIC! It is now neatly organized into 7 (?) neatly labeled boxes and I reduced the number of project-bags scattered around by A LOT.
-Three large bags of donations taken to Savers. Still lots more to sort through.

Sewing & Costume Stuff
-Masaomi's earrings completed (<3 I like them all right. I still want the 10 mm carnelian from FireMountain Gems really. Since it's a representative stone for the Leo starsign and also meant to sumbolize confidence and personal power. Also, crazily one site said that in magic it can be used "as a focus for past life work and for finding a "twin soul" or family".)
-assembled body of kimono and lining
-got out all extra fabric for Benkei's new cloak and obi

Also, we got [profile] starlit_dragon up to the end of Season 2 of Avatar.

Today I am grateful for: the wind, my awesome teal hoodie, my fabulous team at work, my now-working-again vacuum cleaner, and finding my old CDs and now having some Sweet Honey in the Rock on my iPod.

In the next day or two I'll probably have a lengthy rant about my taste in music and how it had developed over the past 8 years. Finding my CD case from high school and early college is a trip, as will ripping it to my iTunes library.
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Work killed me. Don't know why it was so hard but it just felt /so/ long... ;_;

After dinner, I wanted to walk around the mall a little. Which resulted in me buying a new phone. Which overall will probably serve me very well. It's just not what I expected to do tonight. It's a Blackberry Pearl Flip. And I am a very pleased Maya so far. We'll see how long it takes me for it to drive me nuts.

The rest of the past couple of days, I've spent a lot of time looking at Izayoiki cosplayers online. Mostly for ideas and thoughts (dos and don'ts) on Masaomi. The very idea of the jacket is making me kind of crazy at this point.

Unless you are really really interested in the inner workings of my mind on fabric choice, color usage and embellishment technique for this specific costume, you probably don't want to click this:
Links and comments under here )

Le sigh.

Feb. 2nd, 2009 05:26 pm
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I think... that I may be done with the base design layer of Masaomi.
If you want all the gritty details and whining, here you go. )

For the second time in my life, I really really want to purchase a proper kimono rack. They make ones that break down and aren't super-pretty for not all that expensive. On the other hand... how often do I really need it? On the other other hand, how many damned Haruka costumes are in my future?

[EDIT: *cries* NEEEEEEEED. I knew they'd hook me into buying a PSP (or stealing Jess's) somehow. Why must you kill me so, Koei?!]
[EDIT EDIT: And that whole 'Buy all three and get a calendar and other fabulous prizes campaign'? Really Koei? You're a bunch of bastards. You /know/ I don't need Forte. :| But I /do/ need a calendar. Hn.]
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Did nothing today.
Blah work splorge

Did decide on a fabric set for Kiyomori that I am very pleased with. Now to find a really big wood block and make a giant stamp. Why yes, I have lost my mind, thank you for asking.

Lots of painting done last night (most of the back panel) but still no photos to post.... and tonight... was a bust for accomplishing anything.

My brain is so dead that that's all you get. Sorry.
Mmm. Leader.


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