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 Hmm so a lot has happened since I blogged last...

Lets see, I went up to upstate NY 2, Vermont 1, saw almost the entirety of my family , oh yeah and got married. I'll post a quicky write up of that some other time when the pictures come back, but in the meantime I've moved back to costume things. What can I say, I'm looking to return to that which creatively fulfills me :-)

So my next event this year is Belvidere, If and it's a big if, I can reclaim my sewing room from wedding central, I'd like to make something new. The problem is I have zero idea what. I feel all over the place and kind of lost. I know it's a combination of not being able to see my floor and the post-wedding crash but I just feel lost! 

Someone just tell me what to make...
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So My Mom and Sister are coming here tomorrow for my bridal shower, and therefore someone will be sleeping on the spare bed in the sewing room...currently this bed is being used as a storage/dumping ground in my sewing room. So I really need to clean it off and tidy up in there. But I just can't seem to get myself to focus today.  I'm all anxious about everything. My house is cluttered. Try as I might Rob and I just seem to accumulate stuff. We have stuff heavy hobbies. So I feel embarassed about my house. I was informed on Wednesday that while Molly invited a bunch of people to the shower turn out has been "very low" which makes me feel bad. They're paying for this big fancy place because we couldn't possibly have something in my small backyard. But if no one's coming we could all have saved a pretty penny and just done it in my tiny backyard! I know all the reason's people aren't coming. I KNEW there were events that weekend, and and apparently one of the Coccagna's has a big graduation so I cannot begrudge them not coming, and the wedding guest list isn't huge so it's a limited amount of women to invite to begin with, and most of my family is far far away. But even though I know alllll the rational things I still can't help feeling like the 'uncool kid' who no one will come to their party.

And I REALLy need to get in there and clean but all I want to do is pace.
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Meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] madamekat 

1981
I'm a twinkle in my Mother's eye.

1991
I am eight. I live on a street that except for the lack of puppets could easily be mistaken for Sesame street. I know all the people up and down my road, our Moms are all friends, we ride bikes up and down the street. Caitlin Crowley is my best friend, her backyard is across the street from my house and we spend hours and hours dressing up and walking up and down the neighborhood. We are known for our fabulous ensembles built of my mom's old bridesmaid dresses, her grandmothers old evening gowns, and random other pieces we've gathered over the years.

2001
I am 18. I graduated High School in 2001. And I started college. I began to experience what it meant to really be an adult. I walked into thin the theater in the round spacee theater building one day and classes were all cancelled and I heard the radio being broadcast . As I stood there the first tower fell and I realized the screams I heard were partially in the radio and partially surrounding me. It was a rough year, I came out of High school with an emotionally abusive boyfriend, an eating disorder, and a serious belief that my life wasn't worth much; with a side dish of teenage invincibility. What do you mean I shouldn't get a degree in sewing with tendonitis at 16.  The first month of my first semester of college I had to call the cops on a friend threatening suicide. It was a rough year.

2011
I am living in a tiny house filled with the things that I value most. I am about to marry the love of my life who makes me laugh every day and constantly reminds me of all that is good in the world. I have an amazing job working for a company that soon will take over the world. (Okay my boss is a tad pushy, but only if you stop scratching her ears) I wish we hadn't had such rough financial years before because all I want to do is buy a house and start nesting. But all will be achieved in good time. I feel like I finally know who I am, I'm going where I want, I have the perfect partner to go there with and now we just need to get the cash flow in order. Anyone know a multimillion dollar film that's looking for a director?
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*THUD*

Mom was in town to make me stop avoiding wedding planning in two days we:
  • met florist #1 (2 hour consultation)
  • Had lunch at the welcome dinner catering place
  • went to Bridal Salon one to look at the dress Molly likes better
  • went to the tux store and reserved the tuxedos
  • went to David's to look at the bridesmaid dress I liked but couldn't get a dressing room.
  • went to the thrift store and cleaned them out of milk glass
  • went BACK to David's to try on the dress from Mom that I liked. realized all their shoes have huge heels so there goes the shoes I liked best. Their selection of headpieces is also very lacking
  • Went to Wegman's to look into cake options, bought small cake to try
  • went to park where I want to have welcome dinner
  • went to Joann's and bought invitation kits to make invitations
  • went to Guenardi's to look into cakes
  • tasted cakes in car. Wegman's is FAR FAR better
  • Met with Florist #2 (2 hour consultation)
And then Mom had to go home and I'm home alone while Rob works. I've gone from full speed to stop and I'm exhausted! I'm looking forward to work tomorrow because it's totally non-wedding related...but I've been watching the huge pile of orders pile up and my elbows hurt just thinking about it. Plus I gots tons of printing to do for Gulf Wars. I better enjoy this quiet evening and recharge my batteries quickly! Tomorrow is another busy day!

And Rob just txted me "Five months from now we'll be married" mmm it's a nice night to listen to the rain.
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So I was going to write one of these great Costume recaps like everyone else and then I came the horrible realization that I only made TWO outfits all year...and one was only a bodice. I MUST improve this for next year. However I did accomplish a fair amount in life, so to make me feel better my things-that-got-in-the-way-of-costuming recap

1. I took a non-matriculated graduate course at temple in the spring semester. I had to read around 700 pages a week...I ended with a B+

2. Rob and I moved into an apt that required gutting and rebuilding the kitchen, along with repainting everything, scraping the ceiling and insulating the walls. I did however learn to and installed a sink all by myself!

3. Rob and I got engaged and with that came all the wedding planning crap. I bought a dress, set a date, and found a location.

4. I suckered , begged, convinced [livejournal.com profile] kass_rants that she should hire me to a fabulously exciting new job! So I'm leaving Joann's in 6 more shifts. And tomorrow I don't even have to be grumpy about since it's a holiday and I get time and a half. I will miss the good people I work with but I am SO ready to join the fabulous team at RH. I'm going to bring treats my first day since I figure if I win them over with treats I'll be starting on the right foot.

So with all that said I don't feel so bad about not having had time or energy to make stuff. I'm sure with my new job where I'll be dressing up much more I shall very quickly get tired of the same 10 outfits  I currently have and make lots of things for events.

and now to watch the ball drop in my jammies and be in bed by 12:30 as I have to work at 7 tomorrow and am old.
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There has been much hemming and hawing about my wedding dress. Should I buy one, Should I make one. They're soooo expensive, but perhaps worth it given the angst it would cause me in the end?

During my third fitting related meltdown before Belvidere Rob very sweetly pulled me aside. Looked me straight in the face and said "Dear, think about this feeling...PLEASE don't make your wedding dress" (Okay he never says Dear but I"m trying to make the moment seem sweeter than his just pointing out that I'm an idiot)...and that sealed it. I wasn't willing to ruin the fun of a wedding by making a wedding dress. I was going to suck it up, say "WOW I am incredibly blessed to have a family that can afford to buy me a lovely dress" and just go get one! 

We went shopping in the beginning in MA where my sister lives. Not intending to buy there, just because I was there, Molly was there, and Mom was there. Well it turns out that Shirley from Bridal Heirlooms is hands down the NICEST most wonderful bridal lady in the world. While the one who carries the designer I like in PA told me I was too fat for the samples and was wasting her time. So off we went to MA to buy a dress. I fit almost perfectly in the sample so really limited alterations will be needed and Molly will bring it down with her.

So if you want to see it. Here's the link. If you want it to be a surpise. Don't open it :-) There are also some potential bridesmaid dresses in there. We pretty much all agreed the green was our favorite. Possibly in the purple color, possibly in the green. It was way shiny in the photo due to crappy point and shoot flash. Please try to ignore the really stupid expression on my face.
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So in reading everyone's posts about people switching to Facebook it raises my hackles. I use facebook to keep up with people not on LJ but I've had this journal for almost 10 years and I check it daily. The thought of losing my connections to my costuming friends, and my online connections with them creates a deep deep saddness in my heart. I would hate to see everyone I follow move elsewhere. I have a blogger account, I never use it. I have google reader but it's nowhere as nice to read as a Friend's page. I cannot stand Twitter. I think twitter represents all that is wrong and insensitive with our country. One line entries do not give you depth, and I'm sorry I don't care thatyou're standing in line for a coffee. I know I know it's dumb but it reeeeeally gets under my skin!

SO I shall try to be much better about posting. The problem is I haven't done any costuming to post about, so you'll all just get stuck with my other life ramblings. Which mostly involve, work, wedding stuff and Victoria and I are preparing for a Craft show in October.

Wedding wise we've booked a veunue! and therefore a date! August 6, 2011 at the Joseph Ambler Inn  It's a lovely historic venue that will suit us just perfectly. The next big decision is can I make my Grandmother's not-super-attractive wedding dress work. It's VERY VERY shiney nylon satin. So Shiney it hurts. I know I could put an overlay on the skirt but the bodice would just have to stay super shiney. And it doesn't fit. So I'd have to put a piece in the sides. V thinks I should just make my own dress from scratch. That sounds like a whooole lotta stress. I'm never happy with my finished work, would I just look at it and see all the flaw?...
 
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So in reading everyone's posts about people switching to Facebook it raises my hackles. I use facebook to keep up with people not on LJ but I've had this journal for almost 10 years and I check it daily. The thought of losing my connections to my costuming friends, and my online connections with them creates a deep deep saddness in my heart. I would hate to see everyone I follow move elsewhere. I have a blogger account, I never use it. I have google reader but it's nowhere as nice to read as a Friend's page. I cannot stand Twitter. I think twitter represents all that is wrong and insensitive with our country. One line entries do not give you depth, and I'm sorry I don't care thatyou're standing in line for a coffee. I know I know it's dumb but it reeeeeally gets under my skin!

SO I shall try to be much better about posting. The problem is I haven't done any costuming to post about, so you'll all just get stuck with my other life ramblings. Which mostly involve, work, wedding stuff and Victoria and I are preparing for a Craft show in October.

Wedding wise we've booked a veunue! and therefore a date! August 6, 2011 at the Joseph Ambler Inn  It's a lovely historic venue that will suit us just perfectly. The next big decision is can I make my Grandmother's not-super-attractive wedding dress work. It's VERY VERY shiney nylon satin. So Shiney it hurts. I know I could put an overlay on the skirt but the bodice would just have to stay super shiney. And it doesn't fit. So I'd have to put a piece in the sides. V thinks I should just make my own dress from scratch. That sounds like a whooole lotta stress. I'm never happy with my finished work, would I just look at it and see all the flaw?...
 
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So now that the initial shock has worn off I'm starting to think about the wedding and of course my wedding dress. I mean duh right?

So we're thinking a fall wedding or possibly even a winter wedding, regardless I don't really like strapless dresses. I feel like everyone gets married in a strapless dress that lookes like a wadded napkin with the rouching. I want something really timeless and elegant. What I really want is what Grace Kelly wore. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://fashionbride.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/gracekellydress.jpg&imgrefurl=http://fashionbride.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/royal-bride-22/&usg=__JLcCL2nnwZ2Z2HDglaRrXPgZmPk=&h=320&w=240&sz=63&hl=en&start=10&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=NwEDsh92cxVZ0M:&tbnh=118&tbnw=89&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgrace%2Bkelly%2Bwedding%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26tbs%3Disch:1 

You don't get much more elegant than that.

Now I swore that I would never ever EVER make me own wedding dress but....http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v2979-products-7971.php?page_id=186  someone talk some sense into me!!!

I'm really very drawn to the 1950's style I like this one http://www.etsy.com/listing/37047741/1950s-vintage-ivory-white-silk-kauffman?ref=sr_gallery_27&ga_search_query=wedding+gown&ga_search_type=&ga_page=2&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title


and I like this one http://www.etsy.com/listing/31295226/absolutly-stunning-wedding-dress

Why do I like old things so much? there's an allure to the classic elegance...if it doesn't look dated now and it's 50 years old hopefully it won't look dated in another 50.

I'm thinking about starting a blog soley for wedding stuff so people who aren't interested in my wedding yammerings don't have to listen


There's something really sad about a buslte dress put over a hoop...it just looks distorted and sad, but Imagine It would be quite lovely if it was on it's proper foundations www.etsy.com/listing/35845075/sale-late-1800s-antique-victorian-lace


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So now that the initial shock has worn off I'm starting to think about the wedding and of course my wedding dress. I mean duh right?

So we're thinking a fall wedding or possibly even a winter wedding, regardless I don't really like strapless dresses. I feel like everyone gets married in a strapless dress that lookes like a wadded napkin with the rouching. I want something really timeless and elegant. What I really want is what Grace Kelly wore. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://fashionbride.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/gracekellydress.jpg&imgrefurl=http://fashionbride.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/royal-bride-22/&usg=__JLcCL2nnwZ2Z2HDglaRrXPgZmPk=&h=320&w=240&sz=63&hl=en&start=10&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=NwEDsh92cxVZ0M:&tbnh=118&tbnw=89&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgrace%2Bkelly%2Bwedding%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26tbs%3Disch:1 

You don't get much more elegant than that.

Now I swore that I would never ever EVER make me own wedding dress but....http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v2979-products-7971.php?page_id=186  someone talk some sense into me!!!

I'm really very drawn to the 1950's style I like this one http://www.etsy.com/listing/37047741/1950s-vintage-ivory-white-silk-kauffman?ref=sr_gallery_27&ga_search_query=wedding+gown&ga_search_type=&ga_page=2&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title


and I like this one http://www.etsy.com/listing/31295226/absolutly-stunning-wedding-dress

Why do I like old things so much? there's an allure to the classic elegance...if it doesn't look dated now and it's 50 years old hopefully it won't look dated in another 50.

I'm thinking about starting a blog soley for wedding stuff so people who aren't interested in my wedding yammerings don't have to listen


There's something really sad about a buslte dress put over a hoop...it just looks distorted and sad, but Imagine It would be quite lovely if it was on it's proper foundations www.etsy.com/listing/35845075/sale-late-1800s-antique-victorian-lace


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