Time is weird, right?

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Edit note: I am publishing my drafts. Enjoy this one from 2015.

Time is weird. We recently “fell back” an hour as Daylight Savings Time came to an end. Now, I drive to and from work with the sun shining into my eyes, preventing me from seeing the other commuters on the road with me. It lead me to thinking about how arbitrary time is. Someone, somewhere, broke time down into measurable increments, and developed a device that keeps track of those increments. Now, it is all that we live our lives by. Time is universally accepted as a measurable constant by the majority, because if one were to start thinking about it too long, one would suddenly develop migraines and begin to question everything. Or maybe it is just me.

The problem with breaking down time into measurable increments and then building machines to keep track of those increments is that it can not be done. We have an approximated time that we are able to keep track of. However, we add an extra day to our calendar every four years due to the Earth’s solar day being less than the twenty four hours that we allow for it to be.

Twice a year, we change our clocks to accommodate the day/night cycle, and attempt to maximize the sunlight that is available to us, while minimizing the use of non-renewable resources. While it is better than losing weeks or months at a time, it is still not a perfect system. Then, when you factor in that humans will revert to a 25 hour circadian rhythm when they are taken out of the normal light/dark cycle of day and night, that is when things get really interesting.

What causes us to have the need to mark time? Why are we so obsessed with trying to keep our way of life in sync with the day and night, even as we try so hard to get more usable hours of daylight, and light up the night to more resemble the day? Why do we understand so little about time? Is there any other creature, on Earth or elsewhere, that is as obsessed and confused by the marking and passage of time as humans are?

Time is weird. Humans are weird. I’m going to get some chocolate and look up at the night sky, as it is filled with light from dead and dying stars. Only they do not look like they are dead and dying, as their light that is reaching us is from when they are young, with many years ahead of them. They are dead and gone, but still there, shining bright.

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Red (for Valentine’s day) Peacekeeper Part 1

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Edit note: I am publishing my drafts. Enjoy this one from 2014. I do not know where the images are for this post, which is why I kept delaying publishing.

The Facts

Fabric: stash fabric that I had on hand

Pattern: McCall’s M4745

Year: 2004

Notions: interfacing, thread

Time to complete: about 16 for this test

First worn: to try on and check for fit

Wear again? I doubt so, but I may be able to modify it to something that can be worn?

Total Cost:  Less than $10. I think that the fabric was either purchased on clearance or I was able to get it from my Mom during one of her fabric purging sprees. The interfacing was left over from a previous project.

I am super in love with all things steampunk and we have been watching Farscape on Netflix. It is only natural that as a result, Mr. Uncommon Geek has requested that I make him a Steampunk Peacekeeper outfit for use at local steampunk events as well as various conventions and possible photo opportunities.

The first step is to find the appropriate pattern. I’m not sure that it is possible to purchase a pattern of this particular cosplay item so I am using what I have available.

This McCall’s pattern is the closest that I have to the Peacekeeper vest. I need to modify the sleeves and the front panels. I also have to take away the bottom part and extend the length of the top by about 3 inches. If all goes well, Part 2 should look more like the final product and with any luck Part 3 will look and fit like the Peacekeeper vest that he is looking for.

Happy Sewing!

 

Hufflepuff scarf DIY

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Group costumes are fun to do. This most recent Halloween was no exception. However, for whatever reason, I really did not feel like going all out when making my costume. My coworkers and I decided to do Harry Potter themed costumes. We decided to go the easy route and be Hogwarts students. I was able to find a Gryffindor robe at my local Goodwill. I had the black skirt, white button down shirt, and grey sweater in my closet. I don’t really think of myself as possessing grand amounts of courage, so I chose to go with Hufflepuff as my house. I purchased a tie from Hot Topic, and printed out a sticker of the house crest to cover the Gryffindor crest on the thrifted robe. Since it is possible to have large amounts of snow during Halloween in Ohio, I wanted to make sure to have as many warm elements to my costume as possible. A scarf with my house colors seemed like a really good idea. I was able to find this tutorial here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431081#axzz2sCK8PZ00

I decided that I wanted the colors to alternate for the front and back of the scarf, as well as from side to side. Obviously, I did not think it through completely, as this would result in a checkerboard type finish and not look at all like any of the Hogwarts merchandise already in existence, whether officially licensed or fan made. Plus, in my efforts to get the colors as close as possible to the tie that I had purchased, I ended up with a scarf that looks more like a sports ball fan item than a magical student fan item. So, I highly recommend that you follow the instructions as laid out by graverobbergirl if you are going to follow her tutorial. Don’t be like me and end up with a scarf that looks like it would be worn by someone who doesn’t even know what Quidditch is. Or do. I’m not your supervisor.

Anyway, I did most everything as instructed by graverobbergirl, changing only the number of pieces that I cut out to give me equal numbers of each color. I had a 4×6 card that I was able to use as a pattern guide to cut out the majority of my pattern pieces.

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Once I had all my pieces cut out, all I had to do was sew them together in alternating colors. And, voila. A scarf that I didn’t even wear with my costume. Hey, they can’t all be wildly successful experiences. Sometimes things don’t turn out as planned. This has taught me that if I want my end result to look like someone else’s end result, then I probably shouldn’t change their pattern.

Happy sewing!

EDIT: Apparently this entry didn’t get posted after I wrote it. I was probably planning on adding a picture of how the scarf turned out, but I no longer have the scarf in my possession, so that is unlikely to happen. If I am able to find an image, I will add it in the future. Thanks for reading!

Free Comic Book Day 2017

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I am looking forward to Free Comic Book Day. I love that so many people go out into the world to celebrate reading. Free Comic Book Day is a great way to get started in the world of comic books. I know that I always look forward to reading titles that I would not have picked up otherwise. It is also a great way to find new stores in your area. Many of them will have local artists and writers selling their wares. It is a great opportunity to get a one of a kind piece signed by the creator.

For those of you who don’t know, the first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day, or FCBD.  There is a collection of comics released specifically for FCBD. Each store has its own way of getting the free comics to the readers. Most stores have sales on the non FCBD items, so keep your eyes open for some good deals.  Here are a list of the stores in my area that participated in Free Comic Book Day in 2016.

2nd and Charles

Bell, Book, and Comic

Bookery Fantasy Comics and Collectibles

Epic Loot Games and Comics

Heroes For Sale

Main Street Comics & Games

Mavericks Cards and Comics

Need More Comics & Toys

Super-Fly Comics and Games

Uncanny Comic Shop

For stores in your area and more information about Free Comic Book Day, you can check out http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Happy Reading!!

Sock creature – Slenderman inspired

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I like to use socks and bits of fabric to make little creatures. Usually, I will try to make something cute, and it will end up a little creepy looking. It will be completely unintentional. I will fully intend to make an owl, or a dog, or a cat. But I make the eyes just a little bit too big. Or the legs don’t come out quite right. Or everything turned out like it was supposed to, but something is just a little bit off about the whole thing. Over time, I have begun to embrace the fact that my sock creations will end up being a little creepy whether I intend for them to or not. And there are times like now, when I decide that I will make something creepy, just to make something creepy. One of my friends showed me a picture of Slenderman. I had not heard of this creature before they showed me the picture that they found so creepy. I had been in the middle of creating a sock creature, and they were reminded of Slenderman by my creation. By the time that creature was finished, it no longer looked like Slenderman, but the idea had been planted in my brain.

First, I am starting with a sock:

20170122_171333This one has already been used for something, but there is plenty of sock left for what I need. I sewed up the top for the head. Then I cut the bottom to create the legs, and sewed them up as well.

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Then I took the other sock and cut the really long arms. I also cut the heel of the second sock for the ears. I know part of what makes Slenderman so scary is the lack of face. However, I am making a Slenderman inspired creature, not a Slenderman sock creature. One day I may make a creature wearing a little black suit, with a black tie, and without a face. Today is not that day.

20170122_172026I sewed up the arms, stuffed them, and attached them to the body. Then I sewed up the ears and attached those as well. All that I have left is to create a face. Or not. I haven’t decided yet.

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Happy Sewing!!

Cat bed

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The weather here has been very weird for January. It had gone from cold and wintery, to warm and springlike, back to arctic and snow. It all just makes me want to stay in bed until spring really and truly arrives.

Since I am unable to hibernate until March, I decided to at least let our kitties have a chance at staying comfortable as they can be while the pendulum of nature swings back and forth between winter and summer. I sewed up a cat bed for another project I hope to get back to at some point during the summer. It was so easy to sew up and put together that I didn’t realize that I forgot to take pictures until I was done. So I did the only thing a cat owner can do – I made another one. Two cats means a minimum of two cat beds.

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Pollo alla Cacciatora

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Happy New Year!!

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While I am staying warm and defining my specific goals for 2017, one of which includes creating something each week of the year and blogging about it, I thought I would share a recipe that is loved in my house. This recipe is Pollo alla Cacciatora (Hunter’s Wife’s Chicken). I got the recipe from a cooking pamphlet that my mom was getting rid of (but thankfully, it is also available online!)

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