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Had tea with family, then sat down to bead when I got home. Managed to remind myself how much faster than off-loom square stitch working on a loom can be - a 2/3 around my neck strip of beaded fabric worked up, in essentially 2 afternoons, with the only slow down at the adding and tying in of thread, and the weaving in of the warps. If I use my beading looms more often, I think I'll try the methods of laying in warps which don't result in having to weave in many many strands of warp threads after I'm done with the weaving.

Result: a totally used up 10g tube of cream coloured short Toho bugles, used up for the main strip of my new choker necklace. 14 picasso finish 2 - hole bar beads, and 40 8/0 cream coloured Toho seed beads, and one vine pattern anti-tarnish brass toggle-loop clasp, used to lengthen necklace strap and clasp it. Cream coloured 15/0 Toho seed beads, 4mm fire polished czech crystal, czech pressed glass bellflowers, both in a partly translucent pale gold-mauve colour, used as accents along with some 2-hole light mauve and black Toho superduos I've been meaning to find some good ideas for.

I think I'll wear it a while and let the necklace design percolate in my head a little before embellishing further. It's been quite a while since I've tried to add netting embellishments...
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Had a stressful day at the day job. Staring at bead stash when I got home, randomly thinking of what to do. Flipped through some of my beading reference material.... saw some interesting ideas on how to use Miyuki Tilas, but I just got those and I'd like to make some headway on turning my stash into pretty and potentially useful objects of art. So, no, not using Tilas.... and then I see this project that uses St Petersburd stitch, where the thread path is printed out in a cross-section diagram.. and it's like a bell goes ding in my head. Of course. St Petersburg stitch even has that obligatory turn around that would go very nicely for threading on daggers.

Out comes the bead mat, the seed beads, the needles, the size D nymo in neutral colours, the scissors... the several packets of daggers waiting for a good idea. Off to bead something interesting!
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Gifted a necklace crafted entirely on whimsy to use up a shell feather-shaped focal I got a while back to a colleague. Who wasn't expecting to get it, but hey, pleased to see it anyway. It's enough to make me wonder if I could get started on ArtFire. Just enough to at least cover the monthly costs of being on Artfire, with whatever extra being counted towards returns on my rather large bead stash. . . and to let others enjoy the pleasure of a unique handcrafted item. I certainly can't wear everything I could craft myself.

Of course, if I take this step, aside from having to bead more often in order to have stock, I'd have to actually try to do things like blog about it more often. Not a hardship, considering my own habits, but definitely something to keep in mind. Definitely a thought to pursue further.

And I'd have to find out what the international shipping costs are, and list prices and shipping policies accordingly... Maybe I really will take that plunge this year. After beading a bit more frenetically anyway.
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Raided my bead stash to donate to school art project. Sort of. Not really willing to cut down on some of those items...
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Specifically, one particular fic whose title and author I've forgotten. But not the highlights of the content. Aziraphale and Crowley, but not constantly explicitly on screen, with Crowley being inexplicably attractive to others will he nil he owing to side effects the relationship with Aziraphale. Culminating in a attempted sexual assault on Crowley by a 'colleague' that gets interrupted by Aziraphale getting his smite on. Which Crowley survives, owing to said side effects, and in the aftermath there's a faintly amusing mention of how he's now considered Aziraphale's by his 'colleagues' by right of combat, etc etc.

Funny how I can remember the plot, the highlights, the funny bits, but not who wrote it under what pen name and on what platform and where to find it. Argh.

beading

Dec. 30th, 2013 06:52 pm
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I admit it at last. For many years I've been bitten by the crafter's bug. My stash of beads, thread, needles, and findings used to fit into one small sewing bag. Now it overflows a large, sturdy cloth bag, and every few months the stash just gets bigger. On the other hand, nowadays I bead more often and at a higher level of quality than when I started. Good points and bad points both, I suppose.

If I ever make enough of pretty things when my fingers start to itch to create beauty, maybe I'll even take the plunge to actually making the effort to sell them. I certainly have the stash for it...
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its kind of sad, how, when playing ac 4, when James Kid reveala hirself as being a her.. and contemplating the .. set up between her and Edward Kenway, i had 5he sinking feeling she was going to die before game end. but that might have been my awareness of the historical fate of historical female pirates in the west indies talking...
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Spend the productive after lunch hours you were going to use on work.... looking at the options for setting up an online store to sell your own handcrafts... as inspired by many comments by people, who you've made jewelry for recently, that maybe you should set up a store to sell some...
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Go online, look at the US based online bead stores and their magnificent inventory. Almost decide to buy some internationally. Change Google search to bead stores in Singapore. Seriously contemplate a change of career to making pretty things and selling them for a living...


Also, long weekend. Yay!
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The yearly air affliction has arrived, and in greater force than previous records. Wake up, get out of bed, feel like you can't breathe. Go back to bed at night, feel like can't breathe. Don't want to breathe, scared the air will hurt yourself.. If I could keep the windows all shut tight and run the air purifiers all the time I would... So easy to take clean air for granted, until you don't have it anymore.
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Sometimes I love my job, my life, my work, etcetera etcetera. And sometimes the way of the world as it is now drives me to that old, old prayer, 'Oh Lord, how long?'.
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Plotting lessons is actually surprisingly fun. Provided, that is, one is looking forward to the lessons and students involved....
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Just finished playing AC3. And like most if not all of the fandom... what the flipping sort of finale was that? The unnecessary trauma conga line Ratonhake:ton gets put through to ensure some degree of historical compliance? Wasn't part of the draw of the whole thing as an alternate world history? How about the most stupid way to handle one's justifiably traumatised and what not child who was effectively orphaned young and traumatically? Haytham Kenway, have you forgotten all your subtlety and tact working as a Templar? Juno clearly hasn't had any good lessons in how to get compliance by any other method other than force.

And personally, if I'd been in Desmond's shoes? Let Juno rot in her electronically preserved carcass. So the whole 'cycle' of violence and occasional enlightenment is preserved, or is predicted to be preserved. At least it'll be that way because of the participants, and not because of external factors. Earning the bed you lie down in and all that.
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So I had some spare money and some spare time, and access to my sib's Steam account. And I saw Square Enix's the Last Remnant. On offer, I believe. And so I bought it, along with a copy of Europa Universalis III.... And now I've been spending most of my free moments frantically playing it. And frantically looking for fic for it, of which there is woefully little....

I've gone through all the stuff posted on AO3 that I can bear to read, and even trawled through FF.Net. I've read all of ciceqi's Last Remnant fic, and all the crossovers and what not featuring that verse....I am so, so, so hopped up on the Last Remnant right now.

And really, it's very fun. The storyline is nicely gripping, the world beautifully laid out - and ready for exploratory fiction! So very much of it! And there's the best mates forever/love of my life vibes that Rush and David give off in, oh, every cutscene they're in together. And there's the interesting comments the characters make when one fellow falls in combat... But the whole storyworld, it's beautiful. Rich and beautiful indeed. And so much room for things to develop...I want to read oh so much fic about it. What was Athlum like, under David's father? Or under the founders of the Nassau line? Before the Valeria Heart? What about Celapaleis, what purpose does the Umbermarici have there? What's the cost of it to the line of the dukes of Celapaleis? Where are the other sovani - or the female sovani? There is so much room for fic, I'm amazed that there's so little written for it. Maybe because despite all the things that happen, the characters seem to be mostly fairly sane, stable, able to cope with their problems. As opposed to other Square protagonists which don't cope very well with the problems they get thrown at them...
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Playing Kariosoft's Pocket Academy on my phone. Currently having a lot of fun, in between the sneezing that's been following me around for a while....

Now I'm wondering how to encourage more couples, since most of the attempts are failing miseraly...
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Collected my collector's edition of ME3. Sib did a run through while I sat behind him commenting. Have to say this, what little I saw of the ending is, well.... To quote TvTropes, Rocks Fall, Everybody Dies style Downer ending. With half-plausible excuses. Like, oh, the whole Reaper cycle thing is orchaestrated by the Citadel, which is built by the Reapers, and exists for some 'reason' involving interactions between synthetics and organics... And whichever way you pick everyone gets screwed over one more time... I have to wonder, though. How is it that something supposedly anti-Reaper can also take out the geth, who are not,well, Reaper-based.. Anyway. The ending was not terribly well thought out in some ways. Definitely inspires conspiracy theory in every direction.

Frankly speaking, I much prefer Myetel's take on a post-ME2 world. It's saner and more enjoyable.
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Somewhere on the internet, possibly on one wiki or guide or the other, I think I read something about Altair having hidden blade counters. Which I never did manage to trigger during my first playthrough.

Of course, this could just be attributed to Abstergo's crappy simulation system... Since, in-verse, it makes sense that there would be... all sorts of interesting, combat pragmatic options involving various combinations of any Assassin's veritable load of weaponry.
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playing AC1 after at least one round of AC2, AC:BH, AC:Revelations...

At the Sibrand assassination mission now. Totally amused by Sibrand's paranoia being right for once, there IS an assassin right there, quietly, patiently listening to you right under your nose.
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Have started playing Assassin's Creed Project Legacy on Facebook. Am currently faintly irritated by the way the Ubisoft server connection seems to not be cooperating, and demanding that I reload the page. Often. >.
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http://katsuko.dreamwidth.org/54383.html

Because Katsuko said it better, and I can't quite figure out reposting at the moment.

Also: would that raising awareness about such crap would move the people who look like they're in power. Though they've all sorts of things to worry about these days. Not to downplay the importance of ACTA or anything, but problems with more basic needs like employment, housing, clean water and sewage handling, are equally valid points to lambast people about. ACTA is just icing on the cake, as it were. Or another straw fit to break the camel's back.
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