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Why in the heck is it so hard to find decent dress diaries?  I mean, where people take the time to iron the project and use materials that are suitable?  I'm sorry, but cotton is NOT a substitute for silk in general, and the fabrics behave differently, I think. 

madamemodiste is the best I've found right now, but I'm sure there are others.  I just can't *find* them!



Baronial scrolls...I can has to do them. 

I am, evidently, batshit crazy.  I mean, we all knew this, but now, there is  proof.  (Again.  Like we needed more, right??)

I have been asked to do the Bryn Gwlad fall Baronial event scrolls.  Yes, three of them.  One for heavy combat, one for light, and one for archery.  Honesty, since the event is "harvest festival" themed, with no real time or place nailed down, I was at a bit of a loss as to where to start looking for ideas.  There are TONS of illuminations out there, and when you've got "use your judgement, I trust you!" as your guidelines, it can get intimidating.  FAST.

So, I poked The Laurel Brain of Awesome and Niceness (really, she's amazing.  And REALLY sweet.  And doesn't mind me asking six million questions, thank God).  She did a bit of thinking and mentioned that the event falls on the feast of Michaelmas.  From Wikipedia: "Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel (also the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels) is a day in the Western Christian calendar which occurs on 29 September. Because it falls near the equinox, it is associated in the northern hemisphere with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days. In medieval England, Michaelmas marked the ending and beginning of the husbandman's year, George C. Homans observes: "at that time harvest was over, and the bailiff or reeve of the manor would be making out the accounts for the year."[1]"

So, she suggested maybe using St. Michael, at least for the heavy scroll, and I think it's a fabulous idea!  After doing some research, though, I'm going to use the Archangel Michael for the light scroll, St. Sebastian for the archery scroll and St. George and the Dragon for the heavy scroll.

You can see some of the images I've been looking at under the cut.  Or not.  I have to upgrade my account again to upload images, evidently.  Meh.  I'll put 'em over at the Blogger. 

The buffet is done

You can find it here, so I don't upset some of my friends with wood abuse.

Overall, I'm thrilled with it.  The storage is phenomenal and we love having the appliances off the counter.  The mixer is just a wee bit too tall, but without everything else crowding it, the floor of the pantry works just fine to keep it off the counter.  The depth (18 inches) is just about perfect, since anything wider would be an issue in a fairly narrow kitchen, but overall...faboooooo!

It's good to go!

The buffet is solid and in pretty good shape.  There are some scratches on the top, and a couple of places where I SWEAR it looks like someone drilled into it but the veneer is in good shape overall.

We'll see how it looks at the end of the process. :-)

It shall be mine!

I am picking the buffet up tomorrow on my lunch break. 

I shall then sand it, apply some deglosser, and paint that puppy.  Also, I will get something to go on the back so that's not to boring and ugly.  The tiles on the top should be pretty easy to do, and I think that will help in the kitchen immensely.  If it turns out to NOT be the case, I shall sell said spiffed up buffet on CL and go from there. 

There's a weird little round indent with a knob in it and I'm thinking about putting a full sized brass or crystal knob in there instead, because I think it would look cool.

So...crafty stuff

I wish our kitchen had an island.  Oh, not one that you could play shuffleboard on, or anything, just a fairly narrow space with storage for appliances that currently live on the counters.

I've found a mid-century modern buffet that is 36" high, 42" long and 18" deep.  I keep thinking it would make a good island, courtesy of this link, which mentions making an island out of a dresser or a buffet

I think this mid-century buffet, with a coat of black paint to match our cabinets and some pretty granite tiles on top would do nicely as an island, and it would also keep some folks from bonking their heads on the pot rack. 

Has anyone tried this?

Visit my Blogspot to see the buffet in question.


I can't upload photos at ALL?  Well, screw this.

I'll see if I can do it through Blogger.  Might move my crafting stuff over there, since LJ is rapidly going downhill...

Try here:

I think this shall be my crafting icon...

Because I am mighty!

Not much to report on for the weekend.  I did not actually get anything crafty done, but I did find a bunch of cute purse patterns that I might need.

The Pink October.  C' I *wouldn't* make it?

The Buttercup.  I'm not sure it's twoo love, but it's cute!

The messenger bag.  The tutorial is a bit confusing but overall it's a nice looking bag.

Placemat tote bag.  I've got a couple of purses made from placemats and love them, so I might have to see about this.

That's about it today.


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