Friday, December 9, 2011


My desk, metaphorically my life in a stack: an 1860s dance manual (bottom), Handbook of Developmental Social Neuroscience (second up), The BakeSale Cookbook (top book), striped miniature tophat waiting for repair

I've been writing literary analysis like a madwoman, so I haven't had nearly as much time to sew as I would like.  However, I have been using my work breaks to play about with my camera and picnik (which is a pretty fabulous free online photo editing website).  It's all been experimenting with 'artsy' effects and color filters, but considering I have an old and battered digital camera the results have been pretty nifty.
Two outfits, one day: my Halloween outfit at work...

I'm extremely lucky to have talented friends who love photography and are extremely indulgent of my love of dress up.

I'm currently working on two other posts, one on the regency corset I'm planning to make when I get home for winter break, and one about the speakeasy I threw last week as a preview event for the campus circus I'm directing in February.

Eventually when my papers are done and my thesis introduction is at a reasonable point, I'll be able to finalize them enough to post...or if I get bored enough at work tomorrow.  I suppose we'll see!

...and hiking to campus in my winter coat during the storm!
The speakeasy was a really lovely event, made even better by the fact that the apartment we used was a suite at the top of a private set of stairs--with our doorman at the bottom it was a perfect set-up for our guests!

The atmosphere was helped along by a healthy serving of glitter (easily one of my favorite things) and our cute dealer manning the Roulette table.  We planted publicity around the circus's blog and in the article on the school's student-run web magazine.  There are some really fabulous pictures, and I'll post them as soon as I can!

In general, even though I've abandoned my sewing machine for my typewriter (well, laptop), and had to mostly put my adventuring on hold until the semester is over, things have been off to a fabulous start.
Facing off with a bejeweled skull in August

I look forward to adventuring...let the plotting commence!


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