because you're the greatest, ted!
07 May 2015 @ 12:18 am
Today I:

–assembled and stuffed three Robin robin bodies (still need wings, capes, and beaks, but they’ve got legs!)

–made sixteen wire bases for flower crowns

–put flowers on four of those bases

–watched in dismay as a super dumb post from a year ago ate my Activity feed on tumblr

–bought black and blue fabric to make Nightwing birdies from my robin pattern, and extra fake flowers for crowns

–watched a slightly absurd number of Steven Universe episodes while crafting (I like it so far? It’s more linear than Adventure Time and the worldbuilding is interesting.)

–still have not decided who the other two witches should be for this postcard set. Argh.

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05 May 2015 @ 12:14 pm
So, I got tickets to Antiques Roadshow.

I kind of signed up on a whim? It's done by lottery, and I didn't think I'd actually win it. But apparently it is my lucky day, because now I have two tickets to the Charleston taping on August 8.

Which means I guess I need to figure out how to get to Charleston on August 8?

Does... anyone want to go to Charleston, the weekend of August 8?

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23 April 2015 @ 03:43 pm
So, when I was signing up for an artist table at AwesomeCon, I noticed that they also had an open call for panel proposals. 'What the hell,' I figured, and suggested a panel on historical/vintage fashion for cosplayers, and a Galaxy Quest panel in which the panelists stay in character the entire time as fans of the nonexistent Galaxy Quest TV show. I was... mostly joking for the second one.

Yesterday, I got an email from the con organizers-- they want to put both panels on the schedule. Um. Okay. Great! 

Does... anyone want to be on a Galaxy Quest panel with me?

(I think I have a couple of people lined up for the cosplay panel, but if you'd like in on that one that'd be great too!)

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25 March 2015 @ 09:08 pm
 A lifehack for when you have over-optimistically turned off the heat for the season and had an unexpectedly cold day, and are now wearing two sweaters and a pair of gloves indoors:

Run the hottest bath your plumbing can produce. Let stand, with the bathroom door open, til it has cooled off enough to actually bathe in.

Take hot bath.

Leave stlll-hot water in the tub, bathroom door open. Allow water to cool entirely before draining. Bemoan your 80-year-old house's reliance on heating oil, again.

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05 March 2015 @ 05:20 pm
Two heaping plates of hamentaschen. 

And, of course, the recipe. (Which, for the record, is my great-grandmother's, and everyone who has ever tried them agrees they are the Best Possible Hamentaschen.)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar 
2 cups flour 
1 1/2 tsp baking powder 
1/4 tsp salt 
1/2 cup butter or margarine (Crisco if you want ’em pareve) 
1 egg 
2 T orange juice 
Filling of choice– poppyseed, prune, blueberry or cherry pie filling, various jams, chocolate, Nutella. My personal preference is for good-quality jam or preserves, the kind that use real sugar and not corn syrup. I have had especially good luck with peach, raspberry, and lemon curd.

Directions:

Mix sugar, flour, BP, salt in bowl; work in softened (NOT melted) butter 

separate bowl– mix egg and OJ, then add to rest of ingredients; mix until it’s dough.

Refrigerate 1 hour.

Roll out, cut into circles– use a cookie cutter or a large drinking glass for this. Place large spoonful of filling in center of each circle, and pinch dough into a triangle around it. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.

Cookies will be crisp when they first come out of the oven, but seal them in Tupperware for the night and they will get soft and ridiculously delicious.

Enjoy!
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25 February 2015 @ 02:22 am
Good news: I designed myself some new business cards, and they are hella cute!

The front of a business card, with drawing of a woman wearing a stack of hats.   The back of a business card. Text reads: "Holli (lastname)" and lists email and social media.

Bad news: Every time I try to figure out the requisite paperwork for opening my own vintage shop (or even try to figure out what paperwork needs doing, and how to get the necessary information for it) I last about fifteen minutes before I get so anxious that I have to stop and do something else.

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15 February 2015 @ 01:32 pm
 Anyone interested in seeing Song of the Sea at Union Market tomorrow? There's showings at 3:15, 5:15, and 7:15, and I will cheerfully drive everyone everywhere.

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27 January 2015 @ 02:47 pm
  1. Listened to the new Sleater-Kinney album somewhere north of eight times.
  2. Seriously considered driving to Raleigh in April for the one show remotely near me that's not sold out yet. (Road trip, anyone?)
  3. Watched Pride twice.
  4. Listened to this cover of Bread and Roses about fifty times.
  5. Sighed with relief when New York was not frozen in ice for seventy years, because I have Megabus tickets for Saturday and I want to see the goddamn Victorian mourning fashion exhibit before it closes, for fuck's sake.
  6. Got most of the way to done with the book of vintage fashion paper dolls I've been working on.
  7. Learned how to make rag dolls.
  8. Made two rag dolls (third is in progress)
  9. Signed up to volunteer at Scrap DC.
  10. Napped probably more than I should have, idk
  11. Seriously considered sponsoring a mine-detecting giant rat as a birthday present for my sister. Got hung up on what to name it. (Diglett? Scabbers? Rizzo?)
  12. Decided to make sister a pom-pom chandelier in her sorority colors instead.
  13. Made a whole lot of pom-poms.
  14. Still thinking about that rat, though.
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01 January 2015 @ 09:40 pm
 I wrote a Yuletide story! It is for the movie Belle, and it is called Fair Play, and it led me to spend several enjoyable hours looking at 18thc dolls on Pinterest. This entry was originally posted at http://holli.dreamwidth.org/394581.html. Please comment there using OpenID. There are comment count unavailable comments.
 
 
 
because you're the greatest, ted!
28 December 2014 @ 07:09 pm
I wrote a thing!

Sentimental Value


GotG, gen. Saturday dawned clear and bright, hot but not humid enough to be sticky: perfect yard sale weather. This entry was originally posted at http://holli.dreamwidth.org/394188.html. Please comment there using OpenID. There are comment count unavailable comments.