Things have been pretty quiet around here, haven't they? I've had a few things keeping me busy and have enjoyed some time not doing anything at all. The costume is finished (just in time since the event is this weekend) so pictures of that will probably come up next.
It's been a little over a month since I wrote my list of things to
do. Nothing drastic has been finished, but a couple items are
5. Draw a lot more: This one is obviously ongoing and I'm happy to say I've started to improve. Natalie and Q are helping me with this one by participating in a challenge to draw once a day. There are no rules or requirements... just draw something. Our very own Draw Once A Day is tracking our progress.
8. Attend at least 5 figure drawing sessions: I've gone to one session so far but the model never showed up. I guess that doesn't count towards the goal, but I'm calling it out anyway.
12. Purge clutter - paperwork, clothing, random stuff: Paperwork? Check! The rest will follow. It's such a nice feeling to get rid of some of the stuff. I'm sort of looking forward to cleaning out my closet once and for all.
15. Plan a budget: Done!
18. Start painting Descent miniatures: The beastmen are primed and ready to paint. I think this item says "start painting" because there are a zillion of them. We're taking it slow.
I put up a page to keep track of progress here. You can reach it through Stuff, too.
"I understand that many people were taught early in life
their sentences. I was too. But double-spacing is a habit held over from
the typewriter age. It has never been part of standard typography.
Because typewriter fonts were unusually proportioned, a double space
helped set off sentences better. Today, since we don't use typewriter
fonts, double spaces aren't necessary or desirable."
I really enjoy etiquette and knowing the "correct" thing to do. Whether it's the proper way to eat bread and butter or the correct time frame for sending thank you cards, I like to know the rules (even if I don't follow or remember then when they'd be useful). Color me sheepish when I realized my typing habits have been "incorrect" since I learned how to type. Weird. It's going to take some time to get used to this. I've already had to go back and erase a handful of spaces in this short post. (Yup, even in the sentence about having to go back and erase spaces.)
If you're interested in discovering your typographical faults or just learning something new, I recommend taking a look at Typography for Lawyers. No, I'm not a lawyer. Yes, I'm a little obsessed.
My old posts might magically become single spaced in the future. That's not going to be fun.
One might say I'm "not a morning person" but the truth is
I'm not much of a "waking up person." I think mornings are beautiful
once I've dragged myself out of bed, but the sweet, sweet seduction of
the snooze button gets me every time. Recently I tried out the Math Alarm Clock app for Android, and
while it hasn't cured me of my early morning bargaining, it's now my preferred phone alarm. Maybe it'll work for you.
There's a pretty extensive
review of it here, but the gist of it is that you have to answer
math problems to shut off your alarm. The problems range from "simple" to
"expert"... although I have to admit that the simple math seems much
harder with an alarm blaring at you and your eyes half shut. It's
pretty cool. It costs a dollar. If you're interesting, the direct download is to the right. (psst... Android only. Use a barcode app on your phone :))
P.S. I made a Youtube playlist of all the songs I've posted on the blerg. I'll continue to add to the playlist until I have a better solution. You don't need a Youtube account to listen, so save the link and enjoy!
The larger one is about the size of a carry on suitcase.
On the way to dinner last weekend Nils, Q and I came across a flea
market that was about to close up for the night.
Among the various
stalls hawking shabby-chic housewares, Q spotted a neat stack
of three beautiful suitcases. They were marked at $60 for the set of
three, but I was only interested in the smaller two since the largest
case had a large dent in one of the sides.
I assumed they wouldn't be
willing to split up the set due to some sort of bad vintage-luggage
karma, but I was wrong!
Instead of spending $60 on a full set that
would only be 2/3 loved, I sweet talked
my way into buying only the two smaller cases for $30. That's
100% love for half the price. Yeeeah buddy. The smaller case is missing a hasp but stays shut with the working one, and the larger case has a wobbly hinge. Other than that, they're pretty perfect.
I brought it to a local luggage shop to see if they do repairs and met a really nice woman named Nancy who knew everything there is to know about these suitcases. Nancy gave me the name of a repair shop for the hasp, some recommendations for fixing the wobbly hinge myself (a finishing nail should do the trick), and a little bit of history. She said that these probably date back to the 1940s and are made of plywood with white rawhide trim and leather handles. The cases I bought are in good condition, but I think it's a good thing I passed on the largest one because she said the plywood doesn't hold up very well once it's been dented or broken. These are definitely going to be carry-on luggage only.
Red leathery material, plastic loops and a mirror in one. Blue satin, pockets, and ribbons to keep clothing in place in the other.
The inside of the smaller case is coated with a vegetable based dye (I don't recall the name) that gives it a distinct smell. There are a few spots in the bottom of the red one that I can easily cover with some pretty fabric. She recommended cutting out the plastic strips on the inside since the leather was so dry the plastic would tear it when used. I'm not sure I'd use the plastic strips anyway, so it it sounds good to me. The inside of the larger case is blue satin with a couple side pockets. I'd like to use these for upcoming travel and may add some snaps to the pockets to hold them closed.
The labels reads "DRESNER ORIGINAL LUGGAGE
The moment I handed Nancy the suitcase she popped
it open, took a big whiff and smiled. Apparently they smell the same
today as they did the day they were made. That probably won't stop me from popping in a couple lavender sachets when they're stored away, but it was really cool to meet someone who knows these suitcases so well.
After my trip to Market
Spice I needed a place to store the tea I brought home. You all
gave me some great suggestions!
I realized I already had some clear
top, magnetic bottom, metal tins at home. They were storing things like
pushpins and paperclips so I gave them a
quick wash and glued some decorative paper on the insides of the lids.
Sharilyn of lovelydesign occasionally posts pretty patterns on her blog. They're free to use as long as you're not trying to make a profit, so if you like what you see on the left go take a look at her stuff. Her shop is full of pretty little things, all of which I love.
I printed out a few of the patterns on plain old printer paper and cut them into circles to fit within the lids. I used Elmer's glue around the edges and let them sit
overnight to make sure they were dry before popping in the tea.