I splurged the other day. Totally worth it.



First I had tea…

Then the Bebe rode a giant yellow armadillo.


Gratuitous Self Portraiture

I’ve been feeling really pretty lately. This is kind of a big thing for me. I was an awkward adolescent (at least, I perceived myself that way) with a gorgeous best friend growing up, and always felt like I inhabited a face that hovered on the pretty side of plain.

But recently, in the last year or so, and especially in the last few months, I feel like maybe I’ve started to grow into myself. I inhabit my body, if not always comfortably, with grace. I have a confidence now that would have been completely foreign to my fifteen-year-old self. And I think that’s been showing in some of the pictures I’ve snapped of myself lately.  So have some gratuitous self portraits that have made me feel really good about myself recently.

Having a good hair day.

Good hair AND good makeup? I think I just used up this week's beauty karma.

Perfect end to a fantastic day.

Felt pretty today.

Fall selfie. 'Cause braids.

Halloween 2013

I’m a little late posting our Halloween pictures this year; sorry. I’m still collecting my thoughts and feeling really behind on this whole NaBloPoMo things this year.  This year was the first year since Nick and I started dating that there wasn’t a theme of any kind for our Halloween costumes. I feel a little bit like a failure.

The Bebe wanted to be Tinkerbell, and our friend (with whom we went trick or treating) happened to have a costume from when her daughter was younger that fir her perfectly.


I went with a slightly cheater-ish Lizzie Bennett, from Pride and Prejudice. Here’s a kind of crappy mirror shot, showing my pretty curls (if I’d been thinking harder about it, I would have pin curled them the night before) and the infamous letter from Mr Darcy.

This year's Halloween costume: Lizzie Bennett.

Nick took the totally cheater  way out and wore his Elizabethan court doublet. I have a rule that I don’t wear any SCA garb for Halloween, unless it’s the best thing to portray something different (i.e.: last year I wore my green cotehardie to be Kat Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire). But he wore it to work and won third place in a costume contest, so that’s cool.


You can see here how my hair was falling out of its curls. It’s cause I used the stupid curling iron instead of pin curling it. Won’t make that mistake again. I do love the way the Regency stuff looks on me, though. And OMG LOOK AT THE BEBE.


I love both the scoop of the back neckline and how I managed to make a substantial looking bun, considering that my hair is SO SHORT still.




Been doing a couple of sketchy things lately, playing around on toned paper, and trying to keep my hand in. I drew some faces on kraft paper with Platinum Carbon ink in my LAMY fountain pen, and white and sepia prismacolor pencils:

Playing around with toned paper.

And I drew a youngish Hermione. Aiming for fourteen or fifteen years old here. Stuff has just gotten pretty dark.


Kind of a blurry picture of Princess Irulan from Dune. Basically, I wanted an excuse to draw an ridiculously elaborate headdress.

Princess Irulan.

But I liked it so much that I’m going to turn it into a finished painting. And maybe sell it, if I like it enough, after.

I liked this little doodle enough to make it a painting. It will be one of three, and they will all be for sale when finished.

Chai Date

Today’s tea date is brought to you by home-made, stovetop-brewed chai. It was so delicious.



The Apple

It doesn’t fall far from the tree.



It’s finally getting cold enough to wear my hand knit socks!


Shire Socks

Still working on my Shire Hills socks. This may be the longest I’ve taken to knit a pair of socks in a long time. I did turn the heels, though, so now it’s smooth sailing on the cuffs. You know, when I have to time to knit.


NaBloPoMo 2013

It’s that time again! I’ll be posting every day this month. I know I’ve mostly been doing stuff over at Opus Elenae, but I’m hoping that I can get back into the habit of posting both places.

To kick it off: have a picture of the Bebe in her Halloween costume, as Tinkerbell.


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