Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Vanguard camp: Hic castra combibo

Well folks, my big brother will be here in an hour or so to get me for hanging out with the family and Pennisc! This will be the last post for a week and 1/2 or so. I'm taking the phone, so calls and text messages will be received, I'm not out of communication completely. I think I have everything I need; 40lbs of dresses, sun screen, beads, and even a foam sword (thanks All√≥!! =) ! 

I'm a bundle of nerves. I feel bad that Vlad is stuck hauling my butt up there. I wish I was in a better position, both physically and financially to help the camp. I'm excited about getting out of town for a while and best yet, I get time to be with my niece et al. I wish I had more $$ to spend, but realistically, all I would end up buying is lots of fabric and beads, anyway. 

well, everyone take care for a while and wish good weather for us!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A sense of accomplishment

I just finished the quilt I was working on for my niece. It feels really good to look at it and know I made it. Sure, it's not perfectly square, the border is varying widths and the quilted design isn't exactly centered or perfectly symmetrical, but that doesn't really bother me, oddly enough. I had been most worried that I wouldn't have it finished by the time I see her again. I proved myself wrong and I'm rather proud of myself. *kicks toe in dirt* It's just a little quirky (which, given who made it, no wonder =-) which gives it 'character'. 

Aside from some of the piecework stitching being done with polyester thread, it's 100% cotton. Even the actual quilting thread was 100% cotton. And it should be really sturdy and stand up to lots of washing. That was really important to me. I wanted it to be used, not a show piece. Good wishes with every stitch to be wrapped around someone I love. Corny, maybe, but there you have it. 

I will wait to put photos up till after she gets it. I don't want to spoil the fun. 

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Pennsic. It's approaching rapidly. I'm starting to get that 'wound up with crazy energy' feeling you get when you're just waiting to go somewhere really awesome like an amusement park. It's that 'countdown to X-mas' feeling kids get, if that makes sense. =) I wander around the apartment grabbing this and that and put it in the pile on the kitchen table. It takes the stress out of packing, since I just put things in the pile as I think of them or see something. 

Aurora dropped me a note (*wave* it really made my day! =) about hooking up to go bead shopping at Pennsic. Woo!! While my blue/pink/purple hair is decidedly NOT period, I'm feeling more confident about going out and being around 10K+- people who, realistically, are probably just as quirky as me. My big Brother has this way of making things seem better. Calmer. easier to deal with. Aurora's shopping date give me something specific to look forward to (not that the Bridge Battles and food don't count too! =). 

I always mistrust feeling like this. It's been a VERY long time since I've been.... happy.... and excited....
 Especially to this level. They're rather foreign emotions but I'm just running with it. Finishing the quilt, getting ready for Pennsic, family, sun, food, photography... today it just makes me bouncy. *snort* being afraid to be happy. silly, huh?

As an aside, I'm on a Mac using Safari to post. It kept telling me that 'Pennsic' was misspelled. It's suggestion? "Penis" I thought I was going to pass out from laughing. I've since told it to learn 'Pennsic'.

I leave you with a photo of Havoc I took the other day: