jennythereader: (Lydia Bennet: Silly!)
I loved the Avengers movie, and when I saw a kid's Captain America costume at the mall yesterday, it struck me that a costume based on the movie would be a lot of fun. So who to be?

Well, there are three female characters with significant(ish) screen time, so I thought about them first.
Pepper Potts
I am not shaped properly to costume myself as any character Gwyneth Paltrow has ever played, so Pepper was right out.
Maria Hill
Same problem as Pepper, and I don't remember anything she wore as being particularly work appropriate.
Natasha Romanov
She's closer to my body type, but her wardrobe is even less work appropriate than Hill's.

So having crossed all of the major female characters off the list, I turned my mind to the male characters.

Nick Fury
This would take too much makeup for me to want to bother with.
Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Do-able, but the sleeveless costume would get a little chilly.
Loki
Theoretically do-able, but it would take a lot of work to put together and might be expensive.
Steve Rogers/Captain America
The Captain America costume isn't really work appropriate, and Rogers' everyday clothes aren't distinctive enough.
Thor
Same problem as Loki.
Tony Stark/Ironman
I could probably manage Tony Stark in his regular clothes, but Ironman is right out. There's no way I could do that in a way that I could function in it, especially for a reasonable budget.
Bruce Banner/Hulk
Very, very do-able, and what I decided to do. Actually, this was my first instinct, but I had to think about the others before I decided on this one.

See, I'm pretty sure I could pull off the "rumpled, absent-minded professor" type fairly well. I also think it would be pretty easy to imply Hulk without having to actually make a Hulk costume.

What I'm thinking of doing is that moment just before Banner turns all the way into the Hulk on the Helicarrier. He's wearing a purple button-up shirt and grey slacks. I figure I can get those at a thrift store for a reasonable price. I'll put a few holes in them, maybe damage them in other ways, and then wear them over a pair of green tights or leggings and a green shirt. I'll also use little touches of green make-up, and maybe some streaks of green dye in my hair.

What do you guys think?
jennythereader: (Lydia Bennet: Silly!)
I loved the Avengers movie, and when I saw a kid's Captain America costume at the mall yesterday, it struck me that a costume based on the movie would be a lot of fun. So who to be?

Well, there are three female characters with significant(ish) screen time, so I thought about them first.
Pepper Potts
I am not shaped properly to costume myself as any character Gwyneth Paltrow has ever played, so Pepper was right out.
Maria Hill
Same problem as Pepper, and I don't remember anything she wore as being particularly work appropriate.
Natasha Romanov
She's closer to my body type, but her wardrobe is even less work appropriate than Hill's.

So having crossed all of the major female characters off the list, I turned my mind to the male characters.

Nick Fury
This would take too much makeup for me to want to bother with.
Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Do-able, but the sleeveless costume would get a little chilly.
Loki
Theoretically do-able, but it would take a lot of work to put together and might be expensive.
Steve Rogers/Captain America
The Captain America costume isn't really work appropriate, and Rogers' everyday clothes aren't distinctive enough.
Thor
Same problem as Loki.
Tony Stark/Ironman
I could probably manage Tony Stark in his regular clothes, but Ironman is right out. There's no way I could do that in a way that I could function in it, especially for a reasonable budget.
Bruce Banner/Hulk
Very, very do-able, and what I decided to do. Actually, this was my first instinct, but I had to think about the others before I decided on this one.

See, I'm pretty sure I could pull off the "rumpled, absent-minded professor" type fairly well. I also think it would be pretty easy to imply Hulk without having to actually make a Hulk costume.

What I'm thinking of doing is that moment just before Banner turns all the way into the Hulk on the Helicarrier. He's wearing a purple button-up shirt and grey slacks. I figure I can get those at a thrift store for a reasonable price. I'll put a few holes in them, maybe damage them in other ways, and then wear them over a pair of green tights or leggings and a green shirt. I'll also use little touches of green make-up, and maybe some streaks of green dye in my hair.

What do you guys think?
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[livejournal.com profile] uawildcatgirl asked me "What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?"

That's a really easy one: I read.

I read books, my Kindle, LJ's, blogs, fan fiction, and magazines both physical and online. I read packages, instruction manuals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, web comics, newspapers, and online forums and discussion groups. I read anything I can get my hands on. I've been known, when there was nothing else around, to read cereal boxes.

I usually have one book going on my Kindle and a couple of dozen tabs open on my computer, each with a different site on it.

A close second would be making things. I knit, embroider, use both a lucet and a kumihimo to make cord, collage, cook, bake, and make my own liqueurs. I'm learning to tablet weave, finger-loop braid, garden, and make my own household and personal cleaning supplies. I have the bad habit of making something because I think it would be cool to try out, but then either getting bored and leaving it 90% finished or finishing it but not having anything to do with it once I'm done. Or I buy lots of tools and supplies but never do it enough to justify them.

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I'm trying to post more often, and am looking for writing prompts. You can help by asking me a question or giving me a topic. Anything you want as long as it's safe for work. No promises I'll actually be inspired by your idea, but I'll do my best.
jennythereader: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] uawildcatgirl asked me "What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?"

That's a really easy one: I read.

I read books, my Kindle, LJ's, blogs, fan fiction, and magazines both physical and online. I read packages, instruction manuals, encyclopedias, dictionaries, web comics, newspapers, and online forums and discussion groups. I read anything I can get my hands on. I've been known, when there was nothing else around, to read cereal boxes.

I usually have one book going on my Kindle and a couple of dozen tabs open on my computer, each with a different site on it.

A close second would be making things. I knit, embroider, use both a lucet and a kumihimo to make cord, collage, cook, bake, and make my own liqueurs. I'm learning to tablet weave, finger-loop braid, garden, and make my own household and personal cleaning supplies. I have the bad habit of making something because I think it would be cool to try out, but then either getting bored and leaving it 90% finished or finishing it but not having anything to do with it once I'm done. Or I buy lots of tools and supplies but never do it enough to justify them.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I'm trying to post more often, and am looking for writing prompts. You can help by asking me a question or giving me a topic. Anything you want as long as it's safe for work. No promises I'll actually be inspired by your idea, but I'll do my best.

My weekend

Mar. 19th, 2012 02:56 pm
jennythereader: (Con Bag 1)
My friend Katie & I shared a room for Lunacon this weekend.

The con was good, and hanging out was a lot of fun. I drove down to her place on Friday night, we rode over to the con together Saturday morning, and stayed till mid-afternoon Sunday. Once we got back to her place my plan was to stay for dinner or maybe a little later, but time got away from me and I ended up staying there Sunday night and driving straight in to work this morning.

I didn't make it to as many panels as I usually like to at a con, but the ones I did go to were pretty good. There was a Tamara Pierce reading, a panel about the legal aspect of fan-creations, one on trends in alternate history, and... I'm forgetting the others. I got a lot of knitting done during the panels and actually finished my little sister's (very late) Christmas present. Now I just have to get it to her.

I think this was the first time I've arrived in the middle of a con rather than very early or even just before it started. I have to say I didn't like it as much. I'm able to have more fun if I can settle into my room before I start going to panels and other activities. Something to keep in mind for the future.

I picked up a couple of books from the dealer's room: The Colman's Mustard Cookbook and The Big Book of the Dolls' House. I should be able to have fun with both of them.

My weekend

Mar. 19th, 2012 02:56 pm
jennythereader: (Con Bag 1)
My friend Katie & I shared a room for Lunacon this weekend.

The con was good, and hanging out was a lot of fun. I drove down to her place on Friday night, we rode over to the con together Saturday morning, and stayed till mid-afternoon Sunday. Once we got back to her place my plan was to stay for dinner or maybe a little later, but time got away from me and I ended up staying there Sunday night and driving straight in to work this morning.

I didn't make it to as many panels as I usually like to at a con, but the ones I did go to were pretty good. There was a Tamara Pierce reading, a panel about the legal aspect of fan-creations, one on trends in alternate history, and... I'm forgetting the others. I got a lot of knitting done during the panels and actually finished my little sister's (very late) Christmas present. Now I just have to get it to her.

I think this was the first time I've arrived in the middle of a con rather than very early or even just before it started. I have to say I didn't like it as much. I'm able to have more fun if I can settle into my room before I start going to panels and other activities. Something to keep in mind for the future.

I picked up a couple of books from the dealer's room: The Colman's Mustard Cookbook and The Big Book of the Dolls' House. I should be able to have fun with both of them.
jennythereader: (Opal *)
I've been listening to the podcast Dinner Party Download lately, and it sort of has me wanting to try making cocktails.

Yeah. I need another project like I need a hole in the head. On the other hand, it's something else I could do with the cordials I've been making.

Added: Semi-relatedly, I think I need to track down some of the 151-proof vodka made by Boyd and Blair. They've gotten all sorts of praise, and since it's a potato vodka I could make a cordial that is safe for my Gluten Free friends.
jennythereader: (Opal *)
I've been listening to the podcast Dinner Party Download lately, and it sort of has me wanting to try making cocktails.

Yeah. I need another project like I need a hole in the head. On the other hand, it's something else I could do with the cordials I've been making.

Added: Semi-relatedly, I think I need to track down some of the 151-proof vodka made by Boyd and Blair. They've gotten all sorts of praise, and since it's a potato vodka I could make a cordial that is safe for my Gluten Free friends.
jennythereader: (Default)
I'm sure everyone reading this has run across the term of approval "you win the internets." (See Jim Hines's Striking A Pose post for a recent example of someone who won.)

I'm equally sure that everyone reading this has heard the phrase "The internet is a series of tubes."

These two phrases have been bouncing off of each other in my head for a long time. At some point the bouncing generated an idea: a sculpture of this series of tubes, so that when I felt someone had won the internets I'd be able to send them a picture of what they'd won.

The first idea for implementation I had was to take some clear tubing, twist it into shapes like a child's bead maze, and fill the tubes with small interesting things.

Unfortunately I've been unable to find tubing that was large enough in diameter, clear, and flexible. I've been trying to figure out what else I could use, and at Arisia this year I finally stumbled across something. Tubular crinoline. It's not perfectly clear, but it's close enough, and it has the other two characteristics. I'll need to play with some before I can figure out if I can just put stuff inside of it (maybe stitched to the fabric or reinforced with wire), or if I'll have to make a skeleton of some sort and then put the crinoline over it.

Also, if you want me to make you something this year I still have 4 slots left in the meme! Sign up here.
jennythereader: (Default)
I'm sure everyone reading this has run across the term of approval "you win the internets." (See Jim Hines's Striking A Pose post for a recent example of someone who won.)

I'm equally sure that everyone reading this has heard the phrase "The internet is a series of tubes."

These two phrases have been bouncing off of each other in my head for a long time. At some point the bouncing generated an idea: a sculpture of this series of tubes, so that when I felt someone had won the internets I'd be able to send them a picture of what they'd won.

The first idea for implementation I had was to take some clear tubing, twist it into shapes like a child's bead maze, and fill the tubes with small interesting things.

Unfortunately I've been unable to find tubing that was large enough in diameter, clear, and flexible. I've been trying to figure out what else I could use, and at Arisia this year I finally stumbled across something. Tubular crinoline. It's not perfectly clear, but it's close enough, and it has the other two characteristics. I'll need to play with some before I can figure out if I can just put stuff inside of it (maybe stitched to the fabric or reinforced with wire), or if I'll have to make a skeleton of some sort and then put the crinoline over it.

Also, if you want me to make you something this year I still have 4 slots left in the meme! Sign up here.
jennythereader: (Me 002 *)
This year I ended up at mostly crafty/DIY panels and a few geek culture/lifestyle panels.

I walked away with some ideas for future projects. I also figured out how I'm going to make an idea I've had for a long time work. I just need to get my hands on some tubular crinoline.

I think I'm also going to end up getting some better picture software, probably Photoshop. I'm tired of using my crafty time and energy figuring out how to make my software do what I want it instead of actually doing it. There are a lot more tutorials and much better documentation available for Photoshop than for Gimp.
jennythereader: (Me 002 *)
This year I ended up at mostly crafty/DIY panels and a few geek culture/lifestyle panels.

I walked away with some ideas for future projects. I also figured out how I'm going to make an idea I've had for a long time work. I just need to get my hands on some tubular crinoline.

I think I'm also going to end up getting some better picture software, probably Photoshop. I'm tired of using my crafty time and energy figuring out how to make my software do what I want it instead of actually doing it. There are a lot more tutorials and much better documentation available for Photoshop than for Gimp.
jennythereader: (creativereader.etsy.com)
But I've been intrigued by custom My Little Ponies for years. I think I'll keep my eyes open at the thrift stores, and if I see one for cheap I'll give it a try.
jennythereader: (creativereader.etsy.com)
But I've been intrigued by custom My Little Ponies for years. I think I'll keep my eyes open at the thrift stores, and if I see one for cheap I'll give it a try.
jennythereader: (Default)
Over on Facebook and Google+, I've recently been asking people what skills they want to learn for no particular practical reason, but just because it sounds like fun.

Here's my list, broken up into different catagories:

Stuff I know the basics of, but want to get better:
- knitting (I need lots more practice reading patterns)
- tablet weaving (I took one class, but I need more practice)
- collage making
- bread baking
- freehand embroidery (I know lots of stitches, but not really when to use them to best effect)
- pickling food

Stuff I know pretty much nothing about:
- dying fiber and/or fabric
- crochet
- fruit, vegetable & herb gardening
- singing and reading music
- tatting
- real cooking on a open fire
- making jelly & jam
- crazy quilting
- soap making

... and there are lots of other things that I'm interested in for a little while and then forget about.
jennythereader: (Default)
Over on Facebook and Google+, I've recently been asking people what skills they want to learn for no particular practical reason, but just because it sounds like fun.

Here's my list, broken up into different catagories:

Stuff I know the basics of, but want to get better:
- knitting (I need lots more practice reading patterns)
- tablet weaving (I took one class, but I need more practice)
- collage making
- bread baking
- freehand embroidery (I know lots of stitches, but not really when to use them to best effect)
- pickling food

Stuff I know pretty much nothing about:
- dying fiber and/or fabric
- crochet
- fruit, vegetable & herb gardening
- singing and reading music
- tatting
- real cooking on a open fire
- making jelly & jam
- crazy quilting
- soap making

... and there are lots of other things that I'm interested in for a little while and then forget about.
jennythereader: (* Cross-Stitched Dragon *)
I signed up for October's collaboration over at [livejournal.com profile] 2xcreative and was assigned my partner on Saturday.

We've emailed back and forth a few times, and already roughly know what we want to do. We even have a backup idea in case the Muses don't like Plan A or in case Murphy likes it too much.

I'm really looking forward to it. I'll probably post pictures once I have anything to take pictures of.
jennythereader: (* Cross-Stitched Dragon *)
I signed up for October's collaboration over at [livejournal.com profile] 2xcreative and was assigned my partner on Saturday.

We've emailed back and forth a few times, and already roughly know what we want to do. We even have a backup idea in case the Muses don't like Plan A or in case Murphy likes it too much.

I'm really looking forward to it. I'll probably post pictures once I have anything to take pictures of.
jennythereader: (* Cross-Stitched Dragon *)
I'm turning off comments to my re-post, just to cut down on confusion.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] niamh_sage at October sign-ups
*schwiffff*

That was the sound of September flying past, about a foot above the corn, which they're already starting to harvest around here. So, who wants to sign up for an autumnal October 2xcreative collaboration?

As always, here's how it works:

- You put your name in the hat by commenting on this post (people without LJ accounts, please make sure to leave an email address!).
- After sign-ups are closed, I get all the names together and perform a feat of randomisation in order to produce a list of pairs, which I post here on the comm.
- You and your partner get in touch with each other to cook up a collaborative creative project, which you will have a month to complete.
- At the end of the month/beginning of next month, you and your partner come back to the comm to show us what you've made.

Sound cool? Okay, go to it! I'll leave the sign-up post open until Friday 30 September, 20:00 my time (GMT+1)).

One thing though - PLEASE only sign up if you intend to follow through on the project. There have been a few occasions recently where people's partners have not showed up. This is a big disappointment, so please, don't do that. Naturally, this doesn't include unexpected occurrences of Real Life, but if something comes up that makes it impossible for you to continue, please let your partner know as promptly as possible. Thanks!

One more thing: LJ has this spiffy new feature, a re-post button! If you'd like to spread the news of the latest [livejournal.com profile] 2xcreative sign-ups, you can do so by clicking on the button below and sharing this post on your own journal.

jennythereader: (* Cross-Stitched Dragon *)
I'm turning off comments to my re-post, just to cut down on confusion.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] niamh_sage at October sign-ups
*schwiffff*

That was the sound of September flying past, about a foot above the corn, which they're already starting to harvest around here. So, who wants to sign up for an autumnal October 2xcreative collaboration?

As always, here's how it works:

- You put your name in the hat by commenting on this post (people without LJ accounts, please make sure to leave an email address!).
- After sign-ups are closed, I get all the names together and perform a feat of randomisation in order to produce a list of pairs, which I post here on the comm.
- You and your partner get in touch with each other to cook up a collaborative creative project, which you will have a month to complete.
- At the end of the month/beginning of next month, you and your partner come back to the comm to show us what you've made.

Sound cool? Okay, go to it! I'll leave the sign-up post open until Friday 30 September, 20:00 my time (GMT+1)).

One thing though - PLEASE only sign up if you intend to follow through on the project. There have been a few occasions recently where people's partners have not showed up. This is a big disappointment, so please, don't do that. Naturally, this doesn't include unexpected occurrences of Real Life, but if something comes up that makes it impossible for you to continue, please let your partner know as promptly as possible. Thanks!

One more thing: LJ has this spiffy new feature, a re-post button! If you'd like to spread the news of the latest [livejournal.com profile] 2xcreative sign-ups, you can do so by clicking on the button below and sharing this post on your own journal.

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