Blue and Silver Trim Saturday, Feb 28 2009 

Blue and Silver Trim

27 February 2009

It has been a very fulfilling day! I write this tonight, at the end of a Friday. I’m sitting in bed, between my sleeping husband and my purring cat. We had dinner here at home, prepared by Kyle. During the day I got to visit with a couple of dear friends, one on the phone and one in person, and enjoyed a lively conversation with my mom on the phone, too.

My work day included the finish work on Ryan’s “George Boleyn” order—a pile of grommets and some hand sewing. Ryan picked up his entire order and took it away around two o’clock. I am very pleased with both the look of it, and the fit. After that, I did a little computer work, and then dug into the next project which is a cassock-style robe for James. James and Jessie play a pair of brothers who are Transylvanian nobility in the performing company of Scarborough Renaissance Festival. I made Jessie a robe like this a couple of years ago, and this year he wanted another one. And I think James decided he couldn’t be outdone! So, I have the honour of doing new outfits for both of them. My photo today is of one of the fancy trims I’ll be using on James’ robe.

It’s all cut out, now, and tomorrow I’ll do the major assembly and with any luck get it mostly trimmed out, too. No more relaxing weekend days off, that’s for sure. But when the days go smoothly and are as satisfying as this one, it’s not so bad.

~MB

Kyle’s Keys Saturday, Feb 28 2009 

Kyle's Keys

26 February 2009

I have no good reason for taking a photo of Kyle’s keys. They were just there.

“There” was the table at Abuelo’s—the place that has become our Mexican food eatery of choice. I worked my little butt off all day, was ready for Ryan’s fitting and was so pleased that it went well, that I decided I should have that margarita I’d been wanting all day. Kyle is a pretty easy sell on not having to cook, so off we went.

~MB

Mardi Gras Beads Thursday, Feb 26 2009 

25 February 2009
The day after Mardi Gras – Ash Wednesday.
Mardi Gras Beads
Got these beads at my local on Fat Tuesday where I met some friends for beer, laughter and trivia.
(if you look close, you can see my reflection in nearly all of the beads)
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 February 2009)

Listening to:
The Shape I’m In by Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros
from Walt Wilkins & the Mystiqueros

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: -1/3 EV
Flash: Off

Wire Mesh Thursday, Feb 26 2009 

24 February 2009
A wire mesh ornament currently hanging from a fan in the living room. It’s stuffed with some sweet-smelling potpourri that the wife put in.
Wire Mesh
Anyone know where I can get more of these wire mesh ornaments?
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 February 2009)

Listening to:
The Color of Right by Rush
from Test for Echo

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: +1 EV
Flash: Off

Finished for Ryan Thursday, Feb 26 2009 

Finished for Ryan

25 February 2009

After working ’til five o’clock in the morning, all that remains for my tired self to do today for Ryan, is to finish his breeches and codpiece. I will meet with him tonight for a quick fitting to verify all is well, and then I’ll set the grommets and hand sew the lining in at the waist of the outer doublet. I am very pleased with the way it all looks . . . hopefully, it will fit perfectly, and he’ll like it, too.  He is portraying George Boleyn at Scarborough Renaissance Festival this season.  It’s been a number of years since we had a “George” and I think Ryan will do a great job.  It’ll be fun for the queen to have “her brother” to play off of to entertain us!

My photo (although I realize this morning, it’s a tiny bit blurry—-what can I say, I was tired) shows fairly well, the stomacher portion of the ensemble . . . specifically that fun fabric manipulation I was working on the other day . . . I never did find my reference illustration, but, my memory seems to have served me well enough.  Amazing, that!

So, today, the morning after, my big challenge is just to stay awake long enough to get the coffee to kick in!

~MB

Ribbons in Wait Thursday, Feb 26 2009 

Ribbons in Wait

24 February 2009

One of many similar photos I’ve taken over the last couple of years, of stuff in my workshop. Not very exciting, I know . . . but that’s life right now. I did not even leave the house today . . . until No Frills-thirty this evening, that is. A little trivia, a little food and beer, and then back to work. Ryan’s outfit will be done in a day or two. Then, on to other projects.

~MB

Another Loss Wednesday, Feb 25 2009 

23 February 2009
0805 Selfie at Soccer
Another windy night. Another footy match. Another loss.
Oh well. There was beer afterwards.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 24 February 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: +2/3 EV
Flash: Off

Self, Brett & Jill at NFG Wednesday, Feb 25 2009 

22 February 2009
I actually took a number of photos on this day, but I didn’t like any of the other ones. Good thing, I have this 0805 Selfie project going. That’s Brett & Jill there behind me at our favourite haunt, No Frills Grill.
0805 Selfie at NFG
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 24 February 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: +2/3 EV
Flash: Off

Singular Wednesday, Feb 25 2009 

21 February 2009
Singularly uninspired and uninspiring.
Little Green Lights
These are the lights on the front of my Toshiba Tecra M5 laptop.
Hooray.

~KR (Written on 24 February 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.6
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Exposure Bias: -2/3 EV
Flash: Off

Crazy Details Tuesday, Feb 24 2009 

Crazy Details

23 February 2009

Almost a year ago, I found a historical portrait of Henry VIII that I hadn’t seen before, where you could plainly tell the construction method of his ornately slashed and beaded doublet.  I loved it, and sold the idea to a customer.  Now, I cannot find that portrait to save my life.    So, I’m doing my best attempt at recreating it solely from my memory.  Now that’s crazy.

Anyway,  I snapped a few shots late last night (okay, it was this morning, but my old rule kicks in) before I went to bed, of my trial attempts at spacing and such.  This one doesn’t show the overall look, but I love the details visible in the macro shot.  So, there you have it . . . crazy details.

~MB

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