Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Practical Idea for NASA

What the holy hell is glitter made out of? I bought some glitter for a project I'm working on (photos to come later) from A.C. Moore. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO WASH OFF YOUR HANDS!

"Glitter is primarily composed of very tiny flecks of glass, stone, paper or plastic, although polyester is perhaps the most common material used in modern glitter production. Coated paper can also be formed into glitter, and some have even used commercial grade diamond dust as a form of glitter."

Well, that's just fabulous, but it still doesn't get it washed off my hands! :) So here's my practical idea for NASA: to avoid any future problems with heat tiles coming off the shuttles, just coat the entire outside of the shuttles, rockets and boosters with glitter from the Glitterex Corporation. I guarantee, you'll never have to worry about a shuttle coming apart in flight again!

I think the glitter I bought is plastic or foil. At least, that's what it feels like. So if it's that great, then my finished project should last forever!

I...Am...IRON MAN!!!!!!!!!!!

Can I just say three things about this trailer?

I love Robert Downey Jr. as an actor. I will watch anything he's in, but he ROCKS the Tony Stark/Iron Man character. He owns it, like Christopher Reeve was Superman, like William Shatner is Captain Kirk.

After seeing The Wrestler last year, I am a believer in Mickey Rourke. I want to see more of him.

The very last image in this trailer, of Iron Man and War Machine together, made me squeal like a school girl!!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Getting Ready for Christmas!

Was Animal the original grunge rock drummer? He's wearing a little flannel shirt and he's in chains. "The grunge aesthetic is stripped-down compared to other forms of rock music, and many grunge musicians were noted for their unkempt appearances and rejection of theatrics."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Power of a Sewing Machine

I have a scooter: a Yamaha Vino 125 that I bought in October 2008. Compared to my husband and other motorcycle owners, I think I've been slow to get any kind of accessories for it. There hasn't been a whole lot that I want for it.

The only thing I discovered that I wanted was a seat cover. Those black pleather seats get hot in the summer and cold in the fall and winter (not that I do much riding when it gets to be about 30-40 degrees outside).

You'd think it would be easy to find a scooter seat cover, with the scooter industry booming like it was. But, it hasn't been easy. A woman up in Vermont had a scooter seat cover business online, where she custom made covers because she had just about every scooter seat known to man. She had a waiting list for covers. In March of this year, she decided to go on hiatus so redesign her business. Unfortunately, she closed the business.

I tried making a pattern here to make my own, but I couldn't get the cover to fit correctly around the front of the seat, but I was working kind of blind as I didn't have an actual cover yet.

The only other person I've found that was making covers was a seller on Etsy. It wasn't a custom made cover, as I had to basically pick from a few that were already made. So, I ordered a hot pink leopard print cover.

The best thing was that it came so quickly. So I've got a happy hiney now. But shortly after it arrived, I thought, I can do this now for myself. I can use the new cover as a guide and make up a couple more.

My mom picked out some good polar fleece for me, since she knows more about fabric than I do. Hell, she bought me the two sewing machines that I've had (I wore out first one). I got some flames, Justice League, and two Spider-Man prints. I already had plenty of thread, so I picked up a couple packages of elastic. I decided to use the Justice League fleece as my pattern pieces.

After a minimum amount of swearing (actually, I was amazed I didn't so more), I actually had a good feeling about this. I was being careful about my measuring and cutting of the pattern. My finished covers aren't quite as loose as the leopard print cover, because I'm not a professional seamstress and I was creating my own pattern as I went. But overall, I'm pretty happy with them. They are definitely usable.

My favorite is obviously the large print Spidey cover. I think these should last me for quite some time. And if they wear out, then I still have the Justice League pattern tucked away so I can make another one (but maybe a little more roomier).