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just thoughts

The past few weeks have been a bit busy. Exciting things, and painful things.

Exciting things first: something good came in the mail!

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a very tentative life plan emerges

For the past year, I’ve mostly lost interest in making things. I had my Regency dress project; I worked on that in spurts, and had fun sharing it on my blog, but overall I haven’t had sustained energy or interest in making things.

I haven’t even been interested in knitting. That is unprecedented. A friend invited me to join his knitting group, and I realized that I don’t even have an ongoing knitting project to bring. (WHO AM I???!!) Continue reading “a very tentative life plan emerges”

desk (1/3)

Hi friends! I’ve had some questions about why I’ve chosen to name my blog “desk nest shelf”.
I picked this name for two main reasons.

It’s a bit difficult to say but sounds very satisfying when you annunciate it very clearly. DessssK NessssT SHHHHelF. So I like it for the sound of this combination of words.

Each of these words represent ways I know myself, and ways other people can known me.

Today I’ll explain desk.

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DIY planner

I don’t really like buying planners because the pages are never set up exactly the way I want, and they tend to be a bit pricey. I also have lots of little notebooks that live in drawers and never get used up.

There is a solution to this problem.

(This is kind of a silly thing but I’m very pleased with it. It’s not exactly a complicated DIY but an idea you might like to run with.)

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historical costuming part 3!

I’m working on the half-robe for my regency outfit–here’s a sneak peak!

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10 things

self portrait 2011
self portrait 2011

1) It’s not my job to make people treat me well.

2) It’s also not my moral obligation to patiently endure and forgive people who are abusive–regardless of how much they are suffering.

self portrait 2012
self portrait 2012

3) I know better than anyone else what I have experienced.

4) I am under no obligation to give other people my time when I don’t want to.

self portrait 2012
self portrait 2012

5) Nobody gets to tell me who I am.

6) I am not interested in bashing myself for choosing not to live according to other people’s expectations.

self portrait 2013
self portrait 2013

7) I can trust that my emotions are legitimate information to work with, not irrational inconveniences for other people to shut down.

8) I don’t have to change everything about myself.

self tracing (dry erase maker on mirror) 2013
self tracing (dry erase maker on mirror) 2013

9) I am allowed to pick my battles.

10) It’s ok to not be ok all the time.

self portrait 2011
self portrait 2011

Bonus: But sometimes I get to  be happy

Historical costuming! part 2

I finished my Regency dress! I’m hoping that soon I’ll get some nice photos of the dress being worn. But here are some photos of just the dress, to start.

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Historical costuming!

I normally keep artsy-craftsy posts on my Tumblr, but I am so happy about this that I want to share it here too!

I’ve spent the summer collecting materials to make a Regency dress (like what you see in Jane Austen movies). I think of this as historical costuming rather than cosplay because I don’t have a particular character in mind, nor am I trying to reproduce a particular outfit from a movie. But maybe a character will come to mind as I work.

I found these lovely fabrics for very cheap at a discount fabric store. I didn't notice until I got home that the blue roses print says that it is from 1815-1850 on the selvage, so it's a little off, but not too bad!!
I found these lovely fabrics for very cheap at a discount fabric store. I didn’t notice until I got home that the blue roses print says that the pattern is from 1815-1850 on the selvage, so it’s a little off for the pattern I’m using (1790s-1805), but not too bad! I’m rather pleased with myself.

The print with the blue roses is going to be a dress with elbow-length sleeves and a drawstring neckline (see rest of the post!) and the greenish print is going to be a crossover-front half-robe. Basically like a waist-length jacket to wear over it.

I’m completely in love with the color combination. The cashier at the fabric store called the green/gold one “hard to love”. Hard to love? It’s GORGEOUS!

I also spent a long time designing and hand-stitching short-stays to go under the dress to get the right fit.

This was a very tricky project. A lot of hours went into it, and it's pretty solid, but I think I will eventually make a new, improved, studier one.
This was a very tricky project. A lot of hours went into it, and it’s pretty solid, but I think I will eventually make a new, improved, studier one. That, or make a slip with some supportive structure to it.

Here’s what I started yesterday.

The bodice in progress, with bias binding pinned around the neckline to make a drawstring casing. This part took a lot of patience to sew!
The bodice in progress, with bias binding pinned around the neckline to make a drawstring casing. This part took a lot of patience to sew!
Tiny stitching! Pretty good, I think?
Tiny stitching! Pretty good, I think? (Yeah, ok. I didn’t make my own bias binding.)
Yay! All done!
Yay! All done!

Photo on 2015-09-15 at 13.42 #2Next step is the skirt– shouldn’t be too hard– and elbow length sleeves. I’m not sure if I’m going to hand-stitch all the way down the skirt (48 inches…) but I think I probably will. I’m not too crazy about the sewing machine I have access to at the moment.

There was an emergency when I started out, though. I spent 3 hours pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric, and re-checked at least 6 times. Immediately after cutting the pieces out, I realized that the bodice pieces had the print UPSIDE DOWN!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I know the print is so small, but I couldn’t stand the idea of putting so much work into it and have all the tiny roses be upside down. That would be too sad.

After I’d cooled down a bit I realized that I had just enough to cut out new pieces for the bodice, and use the mess-up pieces for the lining. The sleeves will be the other way around, but I don’t think that will be too noticeable. I probably shouldn’t tell you, because you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.

Ah well.

projecting!

My aunt's kitty helps to arrange the colors!
My aunt’s kitty helps to arrange the colors!

I’m the sort of person who likes to always have busy hands.

For a few years I’ve been using up little bits and pieces of yarn to make a colorful afghan. (Originally the plan was just to use up old bits, but of course I ended up buying some more yarn too…)

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