redsnake05: Adora Belle Dearheart, aka killer (Snark: Killer)
( Feb. 14th, 2019 06:24 pm)
Working with teenagers is always hilarious and infuriating, sometimes at the same time. Luckily, I skew far more to the end that finds them hilarious. Today, for example, being Valentine's Day, bought this exchange with a student who has both me and my Gentleman Friend as teachers.

Student: We asked Mr GF what he got you for Valentine's, and he laughed and said 'nothing'. That's stink.
Me: Yes, I think so. I made a big effort by taking home the leftover sausages from the meet-the-parents BBQ on Monday for him, which was totes romantic, don't you think?
Student: .... Don't you do Valentine's?
Me: Not really. He could get me some new red pens, I suppose.

Cut for pics of craft things )
I don't think I've ever posted before about my deep and abiding love and admiration for Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics. We will have to take it as read, at this point, while we thank our lucky stars that she was a musician and never tried to make it in the corporate world, because I believe I have found photographic proof that she styled an alternate version of Working Girl. Only, it was Lennox's weirdly repressed doppelganger. Fashion is complicated, okay?

Read more... )
redsnake05: Green regency lady (General: green regency lady)
( Jan. 22nd, 2019 06:44 pm)
So, today involved parcels, which made me very happy. First, I got three books, which was delightful and only a little bit awkwardly timed, considering that I ordered them in December and was expecting to be able to read them during my actual holiday. I am being very disciplined about not just diving into them right this instant.

Also! A lovely parcel from [personal profile] turlough, who sent me the loveliest pair of handknitted socks in a bright kind of apple green that makes my toes tingle just looking at it. It's too hot to put them on, even for a photo. I tried one on for size (perfect fit!), but then my foot rebelled. Thank you so much, Turlough! They will go into high use in about April, and I shall admire the neatness of the cables and the complete lack of any holes or bumps, which feature in my knitting with distressing frequency. These socks will inspire me!

2019 crafting plans )

I am also working on a bit of a mechanics project that I'm not quite ready to talk about just yet, it still being in the percolating stages. Suffice to say, I'm tinkering with some gears and cams and so on, and thinking about moving visual responses to text. The other half of my brain is turning over ideas about topographical maps and cartography in general. I am not sure where that one is going, but that's okay. I'll get there.
Today, I bring you how you solve a problem like Mariam. Well, actually, I don't, because the problem is all a little bit WTF, really. Fashion magazine pics and unlikely commentary )
redsnake05: The Cheshire cat grins (Happy: Cheshire grin)
( Jan. 13th, 2019 09:11 pm)
What is this wild dissipation of posting? Well, I did some laser cutting today and thought I'd post them. Some of them are destined for people who said they would like me to send them things (which you are all welcome to tell me! I love sending things to people! - you could do it on this post or on this one) so I hope they don't mind a sneak preview.

Laser cut goodness! )
redsnake05: Glue gun (Creative: Glue Gun)
( Jan. 13th, 2019 11:46 am)
I've seen people's fascinating responses to one of the Snowflake challenges, about one's creative process. While I don't do Snowflake (I live in the Southern Hemisphere, thank you very much), I have been thinking about creativity and creative thinking in general, and perhaps now is a good time to ramble a little about my current thoughts.

This could get long )
redsnake05: Art by Audrey Kawasaki (Default)
( Jan. 2nd, 2019 08:42 am)
I should say something about 2018, quick, while it's still early enough in 2019 that it can look deliberate.

2018 happened, and it was busy and productive. How about I just post some pictures, and we can pretend its a real update?

Pictures and some minimal explanations behind the cut )

Anyway, it's the time of year again when I offer to make things for people. This is a genuine and sincere offer (I love to make things, and I need to give some stuff away - I can't keep it all!), and I would be delighted to send something to any of you, no matter how much we do or don't interact throughout the year. Perhaps this is our chance to connect! There is never any pressure to reciprocate.

If you want a handmade thing, please let me know in the comments or via PM. I make bags, aprons, nighties, woodburned chopping boards and spoons, simple knitted things, and (now!) laser cut jewellery and other items.

I hope 2019 is delightful for you all, and that it's got off to the best possible start.
redsnake05: Art by Audrey Kawasaki (Default)
( Jul. 15th, 2018 05:03 pm)
So, things have been busy. It's a bit of an understatement. Things are always busy, but what has made this period less communicative and more grumpy than usual has been some annoying health issues.

Said annoying health issues, not life-threatening, nor graphic )

Otherwise, things continue as usual. I love my job, and teenagers are generally hilarious as well as infuriating. Crafting is going well, and I had a breakthrough with knitting (which I have always found fiddly and rejected as taking too long) when I acquired some super chunky (14ply) wool and gigantic needles. I just said to my Gentleman Friend this morning that I rather thought metalwork would be fun to learn, and his face was priceless. To do him justice, he just said 'each to their own', but it was clear he thought I was even crazier than usual.
redsnake05: Adora Belle Dearheart, aka killer (Snark: Killer)
( May. 3rd, 2018 06:37 pm)
So, I had a new student in one of my classes today. No one told me that there would be a new student in my class. We've been learning about inventions, and I promised the class that today we would make slings, of the weapon type. So this new student walks in unannounced, to find the following:

1. My do now/starter activity reads "make a list of as many non-automated invented weapons as you can"
2. My main activity reads: "your tyrannical Empress has ordered you to design a sling capable of destroying our enemies. Failure will lead to DEATH."
3. We then made our slings, which involves a bunch of playing around with fabric and twine and making a huge mess

If I had known there was going to be a new student, I would at least have changed the do now to something less militant. Although I possibly still would have referred to myself as a tyrannical Empress, because he has to learn that sooner or later. I really hope one of the other students explained, and he does not go home and give his family a detailed and accurate description of my class.

Anyway, yes, back at school. My kids are crazy, but so am I.
redsnake05: Glue gun (Creative: Glue Gun)
( Apr. 19th, 2018 05:08 pm)
I'm Red, and I'm a craft enthusiast. Technically, one could call me a craft existentialist, as someone who believes that I create myself by the things I make (the ideas I have, the things I say and the relationships I nurture too). Going by that criteria, I am a heap of finished products draped artfully over an enormous mass of failed projects learning prototypes. But I'm here as a recipient letter writer, not to tell you about my ~process.

I am very open-minded when it comes to craft, but here are some points to get you started if you want them:

1. I don't need my gift to be fandom related at all, but all the things I listed in my sign up are things I love deeply
2. I love bright, bold colours, especially reds and blues, and also love black and grey, and have a immoderate love of bold, intense florals
3. Any medium is fine with me, whether its one of the things listed or not. Go wild
4. My personal style is all about the statement
5. I have no allergies or sensitivities
6. NZ is a bit twitchy about food, plant and animal products coming into the country. If it's commercially procured (like feathers from a shop), that's fine I expect
7. If you make things that go on bodies, then I have a 41 inch (105cm) bust, I don't have my ears pierced, but wear a lot of massive necklaces, huge rings, and extravagant hair ornaments
8. I love cooking and baking

So, basically, whatever you want is absolutely fine with me. Do you want to make me a subversive cross stitch? Yes, great! A t-shirt with a handmade design? Yes, lovely! A goddess-inspired headpiece of awe-inspiring proportions? Yes, fabulous! An adorable felted animal? Yes, delightful!

You get the idea, right? I like pretty much everything, and whatever you make will not be an exception. If you wish to be certain, then [personal profile] tjs_whatnot knows everything about me and will be able to advise you.
redsnake05: Adora Belle Dearheart, aka killer (Snark: Killer)
( Apr. 12th, 2018 08:16 pm)
Winter abruptly started this week. On Monday I was wearing a light summer dress and today I dug out my winter woollies. It was only 20 degrees! Freezing!

Anyway, in an attempt to raise my spirits I took some selfies with my new phone:evidence )

Anyway, holidays start tomorrow night, so I'll be at the pub being sober and tired, but very, very relieved that I get a break.
It's Easter, and I made a new skirt! It's awesome what a feeling of liberation one gets with five days off work (we get Tuesday off too, as the traditional day that rural families went to town to buy winter clothing and uniforms for school). Of course, we're then back at school for ten awkward days, but I'm relatively confident that they will not be totally hideous.

First, before I blather on about anything else, sign ups are open:

[community profile] homemade2homemade is a new community for geeky crafters to share their obsessions and talents!

Come join us for our first gift exchange! All levels of geeks and crafters are welcome!
Sign up between April 1-15, 2018

Please feel free to follow that link, subscribe, and sign up!

In craft news, I recently made a chopping board with a woodburned tentacle design, and I made kimono top for a friend. It's been a bit slow and difficult to find time, but I'm excited about the skirt and the upcoming holiday frenzy of winter clothes. I don't fit much of my existing stuff. Squeak and I looked through my stash and she was appalled and outraged by my taste in fabric, which doesn't surprise me, though I was impressed by her vocabulary as she explained why they are all hideous. I, naturally, think they are all delightful.
redsnake05: Glue gun (Creative: Glue Gun)
( Mar. 12th, 2018 05:29 pm)
School is it's own special circle of hell, but I am here. I am particularly here today because Crafting Things are Important.

[community profile] homemade2homemade is a new community for geeky crafters to share their obsessions and talents!

Come join us for our first gift exchange! All levels of geeks and crafters are welcome!
Sign ups begin April 1st, 2018

That's all you need, don't you think? What's not to love? Okay, fine, since you asked, here are some selling points:

1. The definition of both 'geeky' and 'craft' is impressively wide, for those with niche interests
2. The timeframe is generous, for those who like to take their time
3. But there is a deadline, for those who need the pressure of expectation
4. It's being run by [personal profile] tjs_whatnot with me in steadfast support and semi-modly status, and we guarantee everyone who makes something will receive something. On our honour
5. I, at least, have a deep and abiding love of things that look homemade, so never worry that you're not good enough at whatever craft you do. You are exactly good enough for this exchange
6. You're going to receive some geeky craft, in your letterbox!
7. Naturally, we acknowledge that our address system is not perfectly privacy-compliant, but we've done our best
8. I'm pretty damn excited, and I'd love for you to be excited too

Forward, for statecraft, handcraft and warcraft! Or something.
redsnake05: Two beautiful cups of tea (General: two cups of tea)
( Jan. 31st, 2018 06:50 pm)
I just got through the first day with children, and I am so out of practice! There are a certain range of skills and attributes needed for teaching full-time, and it can be an effort to remember them and get back into the swing. It certainly was today, but it will all come back to me. In the meantime, I am going to be tired and a bit ridiculous for a week or so.

Once I come out of my new year fog, I have a knitting project ready. It's the armor scarf, and I choose a nice dark shade of indigo for it. I think it will be just right for days when I need just a small extra layer to keep my chest and back warm. I don't know that I'll make the hood as long as the original is, but we'll see. I also want to make another plain black skirt, and I want to buy some new copies of my favourite patterns because I need to cut them smaller. I still need to wear completely different sizes top and bottom, so it's always a little bit tricky.

In other news, there is no other news, and may not be for a while. While I find my students hilarious, I am not sure it translates well to journal posts.
redsnake05: Alice in Wonderland telling a secrets (Happy: Alice tells juicy secrets)
( Jan. 21st, 2018 06:57 pm)
Okay, yes, fine, the children don't come back until February 1st, but I'll be at school all week, having meetings and running training and basically being super busy as fuck. And, like, being all important and helping people, which is something I like.

Anyway, my last bit of freedom has been all good, though all the effort I went to around cleaning has been destroyed by the combined efforts of my Gentleman Friend and Squeak. And they wonder why I like having the house to myself.

Shakespeare last week was awesome! We saw Julius Caesar in the evening, which was a genderswapped production, and pretty violent with so much fake blood everywhere. It was a big production, in the sense that everything was turned up to eleven in it. I really liked it. The next day we had lunch at a super hip restaurant and then saw The Merchant of Venice. It was a traditional production with a traditional, all-male cast. It was fascinating and horrible both. Next up is Macbeth, later this month, and then we'll have a break till next season. I feel very cultured.

I hope you are all doing well, and I hope I am organised and on to it this year, and don't drop off the face of the earth until next holidays. Here's hoping.
redsnake05: Art by Audrey Kawasaki (Default)
( Jan. 13th, 2018 09:54 pm)
I am nearly at the end of my holidays, and I am actually rather looking forward to going back to school.

Rambling about life including blood tests for those not keen on that )

But the reverse wishlist! As you may know, I rather like crafting things. In my current state of slimming flux, I am cutting way back on making clothes beyond very boring, simple ones. On the other hand, crafting must go on (or I will stab someone). So, I would like to ask my dwircle, in the spirit of that Snowflake challenge to post a fannish wishlist, to tell me if they would like to receive a handmade item from me.

If you wish to receive something, you can either leave it entirely up to me and take your chances, or you can tell me things about your likes/wants/needs. For example, favourite colours, hobbies, special events coming up this year, craft items you particularly like and so on. I don't promise to give you exactly what you want (for example, no one is getting wheatbags or concrete things unless they live in NZ. Postage is hell), and I can't tell you when it will be done and sent. Please specify if you're okay with receiving clothing items like t-shirts and nighties, and send me your size if appropriate.

Here is a list of current items I make:

Small zippered bags (like this
Shoulder bags, messenger bags, shopping totes and so on
Painted t-shirts
Pyrography wooden spoons and boards
Flower hair clips (currently likely to be purple roses, because that's what I've got)
Cotton nana nighties
Cotton scrappy blankets (like this)
Various crafts using small plastic animals
Other things I see on pinterest and decide to have a play with

I'm screening comments so you can leave your address too. I'm hoping this will be a low-key way for me to connect with my favourite online people, so feel free to drop me a comment and tell me things about what you want. Also, you'll be saving me from craft boredom. Really.


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