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Friday, March 15, 2013

Use your best inner Farnsworth impression as you read the blog title :P

But I do have some good news on the fitness front!

My brother finally got an "extraction" date from this Bellmead store, and he gets to go home right before he goes on vacation. He's taking the girlfreind to Vegas in a week or so. This next Weds will be his last day off to hang out with us before he goes home. I'm a little sad he's leaving, because it's honestly been really nice having him live here with us. I know he is homesick, though, so I try to take it with a grain of salt when he says he's miserable here :P

I know he's not miserable in my house. He just wants to be back down in Austin. So, it's good news that he gets to go home soon! It's also good news that Weds is his last day off. I know we will be throwing some sort of mini going away party for him on Weds, because The Husband is also off. The Brother has been talking about Poppa Rollo's non-stop for the past two weeks, so we'll probably end up going there and having a pizza party. I never do well at that place, so yeah. I can say I'll try my best, but I know I will go over no matter what. With any luck, though, I'll be able to skip all afternoon snacks and either not have dinner (because I'll be too full), or have a very light dinner and come out at my top range. I think this is all dependant on beer. Because srsly? Beer.

But yeah.. he's going home BEFORE Easter, which means he'll be doing all his post-Easter clearance candy shopping DOWN AT HOME and not here. yay!

So diet-wise, things are looking way up just because he's going home and not bringing all this temptation into the house :P

Since I invited myself along on ADARKARA's challenge (is that what happened? She did a challenge and sparked me, at any rate :P) , I've managed to stay within my food ranges all days so far! That's incredible for someone who's been consistantly going over 6/7 days of the week for the last month or two. So another yay! I'm having a little bit of a hard time just because I've grown unaccustomed to staying in healthy ranges, but I know if I keep this up, it WILL get easier. I just need to be able to keep with it for a week, and not give in every 2-3 days. It's going to be a little trying for the next week I suppose, but if I can keep it up it should be much easier after that. At least all the junk is out of the house right now.

I was working on my costume yesterday, but kept hitting roadblocks. It was really frustrating. Every time I'd try to work on a DIFFERENT garment, I'd bump into another roadblock. Most of the time, I just kept hitting spots where I couldn't do anything else until I got the applique on. If you are going to applique, you need to do it on the garment before you sew your lining in, etc, so the stitching isn't visible. A lot of the details on this costume will be attached with heat n bond, and sometimes topstitched. Totally out of Heat n bond. :/ I used to be able to buy these huge 5 yard rolls, but Jo Ann's doesnt' carry them anymore. For a while, they carried it by the yard, and now it's gone, too. So, I bought the last 3 packs they had. They were small, and I think only 1/2 yd per pack, so I know I'm going to need to go buy more eventually. Damned near everything on this costume has stripes, flames, or dots on it that I'm going to have to customize.

So, I had to wait an hour or so to get access to my car. When I came home, I became a whirlwind of productivity! I managed to accidentally melt some of my satin because I forgot to check the setting on the iron. Unfortunately, that ruined both the satin and the heat n bond :P Fortunately, I was able to save a good ammount of it and get some work done! I am hoping to hit up one of the other two craft stores in town this weekend and see if I can't get another huge roll of the stuff. If I can't, I'm going to have to consider ponying up the money for one of the 75 yd rolls on the Jo Ann's website. When I can use a 50% off coupon on it, it's still like 125 bucks, but it's practically a lifetime supply. I've been waffling on it because over the past 5 years, I've only used like 10 yds of the stuff. But I'd probably never need to buy it again... :X Hmmmm

Anyway, I come bearing photos! Well, one photo. Here's a shot of the sash I was working on last night. I got some trim on it, purple dots& triangles, and got about half the painting done. I need to go back over the white on the dots once or twice more, but it's pretty much set. Oh, and I need to seal the edges of the applique with fabric paint on the purple parts, just to give it some durability.

The only way I could have done this better was if I'd plopped a stencil down over the parts that don't get painted, and use an airbrush for the gradiation over the triangles, but I simply didn't have the stuff for that. I think I did an ok job with the brush. I will probably go back over the more solid parts with more paint to give a bigger contrast at the bottom. I'm still really happy with how it turned out, though, because it reads REALLY well from a distance.

Looks like my photo turned out blurry as hell though. Ooops :X Sorry! I'd go take another, but I'm already really late getting on the bike.



And again, reference:


What I SHOULD do next is actually sew the sash. IT's all just kind of jammed onto the dress form for now. I was playing with colors for the sash, so that orange& yellow stuff isn't actually it. I think what I will probably do next, though, is salvage as much of the melted satin as I can and put the red stripey things at the bottom of the cape. If I get that done, I can cut the top of the cape out, and sew that all together! I also bought some buckram for the collar, and I'm going to try that out. Cape& collar would be a good thing to work on since (aside from all the applique), they're relatively simple. I'm not even using a pattern for the cape. lol

Anyway, more pics as I get stuff done. I seriously have to go spin now, though. I've procrastinated far too long today!
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JORDANLHALL 3/18/2013 12:34AM

    Haha even though it's bittersweet, it sounds like you're ready to take advantage of your brother's departure to truly get back on track! I'm happy for you!

I'm sure that you'll be able to get yourself back into lower ranges with consistency soon! I still think that will be easier than it was to start this whole process, haha. And yay for costumes! The sash looks great so far! A local friend of mine who is into cosplay has actually agreed to help me make a dress for Scarborough this year, so I'm kind of excited to channel this costume mojo for myself!

But anywho! Glad to hear you're productive and making progress on multiple fronts! Hope you had a great weekend!

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SIRENSONGS 3/17/2013 10:21AM

    That is good news about your brother leaving, at least where your diet is concerned. I know you'll miss him, but it sounds like he'll be happier in Austin, and so much temptation will be gone! Good luck with the pizza party. I'm sure you won't overdo it too much, and even if you do, it sounds like you have a back up plan. I think your new challenge sounds totally doable. You've done it before, you can do it again!

When you start talking about sewing, it's like you're talking in a different language. It all goes over my head, lol! But the sash you created is totally awesome! I am envious of your talent. That's quite an ambitious costume that you've decided to make, but if the rest of it turns out as good as that sash, you are a costuming genius! :)

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PIPPAMOUSE 3/16/2013 12:54AM

    Your sewing and costuming skills never cease to amaze me!

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ADARKARA 3/15/2013 12:53PM

    YAY I have a partner, sorta!!! We will look FABULOUS in our outfits!

The sash looks amazing! You did such a fantastic job! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 3/15/2013 12:05PM

    Things are looking good for you girlie! emoticon

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