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Aug. 20th, 2016

Day 20 of the Create & Thrive Instagram Challenge...

Day 20 of the #ctmonthinthelife Instagram Challenge by Create & Thrive has a prompt of "finished"...

Day 20 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  by @createandthrive  has a prompt of #finished... As in a finished piece.  This is a #handdyed #silkscarf  that has been #handembroidered with #tentacles. It was a #customorder for @snowcinder82 :) #nofilter


As in a finished piece. This is a hand dyed silk scarf that has been handembroidered with tentacles. It was a custom order for a friend :)



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Aug. 7th, 2016

Day 7 of the #CTMonthInTheLife Instagram Challenge

Couldn't post Day 6 because, well, it's a video and Flickr doesn't allow videos to be uploaded, but you can see it here if you're so inclined.

So the prompt for day 7 was "Packaging"-

Day 7 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  presented by @createandthrive  is #packaging    I like to keep my packaging simple- clean, white boxes with acid free tissue paper for the scarves, silk and woven, and fiber cushioning for the jewelry.  A clea

I like to keep my packaging simple- clean, white boxes with acid free tissue paper for the scarves, silk and woven, and fiber cushioning for the jewelry. A clean, simple label with my Dante's profile, shop name and Facebook link go on the front.

This way, the pieces themselves are allowed to be the focal point when you open them up.




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Feb. 16th, 2016

The world ends in ice & the idiots come out to play...

We got 8" of snow Sunday night into Monday. Then, we got a coating of sleet. Then, as if *that* wasn't enough, it started raining.

Freezing rain, no less. All Monday evening through Tuesday morning. It was a mess. Thankfully we went out and shoveled the driveway before it started raining and put a crust of thick ice on everything.



The Birch Tree at 3 am. Insomnia sucks sometimes. Heh.



The two bird feeders out front were completely coated.}:/


Thanks to the thick coating of ice, power went out at 437am, for about 10 seconds. Then again around 630am, for another 10 seconds. Now that the sun has come up, the ice is crashing down from everything.



Everything had a 'shell' of ice this morning, as the snow melted out from under it.



Caena wasn't too keen on the ice and snow suddenly collapsing beneath her, but she got her sniffing on.



The back hill was very shiny. Heh.


Dear people-

How stupid are you? No, really, just how stupid are you?

You have a roof leak *right over valuable computer equipment*. It drips *right on said equipment*.

So. Do you do the smart thing and put a bucket directly under said leak? No! Of course not! You're morons who put buckets *everywhere but*!

Yeah.

Mark said there was a quarter inch of water in the bottom of the computer equipment cabinet. Buckets all around said cabinet, not a one on top where it was really leaking.

He works with some real winners.

Anyway, back to work. Almost finished with this silk scarf-

Clockwork handembroidered silk scarf, in progress.  One end finished, on to the other.  #silk #embroidery #handmade #handembroidered #clockwork #steampunk #silkscarf #scarf #handdyed #dantesspirit

Once it's finished, I have a couple ideas for some handwoven scarves I want to finish for Mysticon. So, back to work I go!


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Feb. 1st, 2016

No matter how hard I try...

I seem to keep falling behind on my mental list of things I want to have made before Mysticon. Which is in 26 days. Yeah.

I foresee more of these in my future...


I did finish the embroidered tentacle silk scarf. And promptly sold it. Which is awesome!

I have at least one other hand embroidered silk scarf in the works. I'm hoping to have at least it finished by Mysticon and the third started so I can actually work on it there.

Have several steampunk/clockwork jewelry pieces done, but want to get several more beaded pieces finished. Need to finish getting price tags on everything and sewing up the last 3.5 themed gaming bags.

Spending the weekend weaving up the last few shells for themed gaming bags. Love @wildharefiber 's hand dyed yarns in Time Machine and Doctor Blue. I need more of these yarns in my life.


The shells are all woven, just need to sew the liners. So that's what I've been working on the past couple days. I get those done, I can spend the rest of the week beading and next week beading and putting price tags on everything. I figure that'll give me a week to test out various setups and see which display version works best for my stuff.

Two weeks ago, we actually got the ball rolling on getting serious about getting a house this year. We sat down with a loan agent to figure out how much, based on what we were willing to pay per month, of a mortgage we would be able to get. It was less than we were hoping for but more than we expected if that makes sense.

So now we work on the credit card debt, saving money, keeping an eye out for potential houses- there are several out there in the price range we're looking at the would work nicely, one moreso than the others as it has an inlaw suite, but is also at the extreme range, timewise, of our potential search area- and when we're ready to house hunt, go prequalify again and try to find a house by the end of the year.

Meanwhile we watch our spending and save as much as we can. Fun times!

Back to work I go...



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Jan. 28th, 2016

Fun with dyes...

Ah, the fun of coming up with a custom dye color...


*adds a dash of Blue Wisteria to the water*

Hmmm, even as weak as that is, that's way too purple. It needs more blue.


*gets the container of Indigo and adds barely a pinch*

*watches it darken immediately*


Ummm... that might actually be too dark now. Hrm.


*drops scrap cotton fabric in anyway to see what it looks like, pulls it out 5 minutes later*


Huh, I think that will actually work just fine.


*adds silk scarf and crosses fingers.*

Now we wait.




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Jan. 26th, 2016

So tired of this.

You know, I really cannot wait until we have our own house. One that's not 10-15 ft from the neighbors whom I swear, are crazy. Whom I won't have to watch open their curtains, make strange faces out the window and yank them shut again. Whom I won't have to go have words with because I found *bread* in my yard again- and you know she does it deliberately because there's no way she's not aiming for throwing it over the fence. And I know it's her, because *we don't eat that type of bread, let alone throw it in our own backyard.*


I'm also really, really tired of this cold. It's on the tail end, but the hacking, nonproductive cough is really annoying. And makes my head hurt. And disrupts my sleep. Ugh.



In other news, we got snow. 13" of the 18-30" they were predicting. The birds left me lovely tracks on the porch...

The birds are looking for seed...  #nofilter #snow #birdtracksinthesnow #birdtracks #winterstormjonas2016 #winterstormjonas #birds #swva #dantesspirit


The feeders on the back hill actually stayed filled for longer than a day. Until the squirrels ventured out again. There are now piles of bird seed under the feeders. *sigh*

While it snowed, I made things, the latest of which is this charm style clockwork bracelet-
Clockwork charm bracelet, finished.  #nofilter #clockwork #steampunk #bracelet #handmade #jewelry #charmbracelet #dantesspirit


And I finished the embroidered tentacle silk scarf, only to realise that the jars I use to dye in are currently buried under a foot plus of snow... whoops.

I'm sure I have a jar inside, upstairs, somewhere. Heh. The best part is, this particular scarf may already be sold, as long as the buyer likes the overdyeing.}:) If not, well, that's what custom orders are for!

Meanwhile, I have a very special order to finish packing to ship tomorrow and the loom warped up for more gaming bag shells.

Packing a very special order today.   #nofilter #silk #handdyed #scarf #silkscarf #habotai #dantesspirit



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Jan. 12th, 2016

Tentacle silk scarf progress



One end is completed. This will be the main focal point of the the scarf itself. The other end won't have a full tentacle on it, but only a portion. It also should only take a day or two. (This was actually finished last week, but well, stuff happened and I'm only now getting around to posting it.)

Couple of close up photos-




It'll look a lot better once its completely finished with the hand embroidery, washed and ironed. This is a 8" wide x 54" long silk scarf, the tentacle itself is roughly 10.5" long, the other end will be roughly 3.5-4" long.


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