Tuesday, April 28, 2015

My Part of the Fandom Swap

So here are the goodies I sent to RovingAnarchist. I got an email from USPS today telling me the package was in Canada, in customs.

Roving, if you're looking at this...SPOILERS!!!!! Look away!!!! Be gone! :)

Okay (looking around), I think it's safe!

"The Dukes of Hazzard" was one of Roving's fandoms. This is a 6" hoop of the General Lee's numbers, made out of felt applique.
Another hoop: a 9" hoop of an embroidered Bo and Daisy Duke on their CB radios: Shepherd, this is Lost Sheep, come on Shepherd. You got your ears on? Did you know there are actually images on Yahoo from DOH coloring books? That's where these came from.

From "Grimm" and "Sons of Anarchy": an Altoids tin done up to be the trailer from "Grimm" (here's the inside) and an SOA dogtag. I put the dogtag inside the trailer, along with a (non-pictured) bottle cap charm I made of a little bird that looks like something Sailor Jerry would have designed.

Outside of the tin (the back of the tin does show the other side of that trailer) and the other side of the SOA dogtag. Lots of Mod Podge was used on these two little projects!

Roving said she would really like a "Roadkill" t-shirt. "Roadkill," from what I can tell, is a program on the Motor Trend Channel and the episodes are also on You Tube.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Craft My Fandom Swap on Craftster

I decided to take a little break from the crocheting to participate in the "Craft My Fandom" swap on Craftster.

"Do you have a fandom you love that may not get as much attention as it should? Do you love a major fandom and want to show your love to the world? Do you want to swap with other crafters who are also superfans? Then this is the swap for you!"

I was paired up with RovingAnarchist in Ontario. Her package to me arrived today! I think I have been stalked electronically, and I love it!

"Hi Amy! Merry 'Craft My Fandom!!' I hope everything is all in one piece, and not melted. If your ever in the mood to get strange looks, go to a beauty supply store for a Styrofoam head and when they ask if you're a student, tell 'em you're building a zombie. In April. Some folks have no imagination. Cheers, Milo" Here we have a knitted TARDIS washcloth and a chocolate Dalek, which I will exterminate tomorrow!

Holy shit, I tried making one of these myself about four years ago and it didn't turn out! I was trying to bleach the Vulcan hand gesture onto a black hoodie and the fabric wasn't taking the bleach. Obviously, RovingAnarchist is smarter than me, because she used fabric paint!

Holy crap...I was thinking about doing a zombie head like this for Halloween this year! I even had a site bookmarked on my computer with directions on how to get it zombified just right. She beat me to it! :)
My package to RovingAnarchist is either still in, or just left, Chicago.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Another Entry Off The Bucket List

Earlier today, I finally got off my ass and got up to the historic Jamestown settlement. I've been meaning to go for a couple years now and the time was finally right.

"Walk in the footsteps of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and the men and women who settled England’s first permanent colony in North America in 1607. Jamestown served as the 17th-century capital of Virginia and saw the establishment of the customs, laws and government still practiced in our nation today.

Archaeology at James Fort
"Explore the original site of 1607 James Fort as archaeologists uncover the remains of the settlement. For 20 years, archaeologists led by Dr. William Kelso of Preservation Virginia have been excavating the fort. See them at work weekdays from April – October. The Archaearium, Jamestown’s archaeology museum, displays the artifacts excavated from James Fort and tells the story of this early settlement. Here also follow the story of a fourteen-year-old English girl named ‘Jane’ by the archaeologists. Her partial remains were discovered during excavation of a 17th-century trash deposit from “the starving time” winter of 1609-10. The Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg and Preservation Virginia recently came together to confirm this first scientifically-proven occurrence of survival cannibalism in Colonial America."

This image of Pocahontas is the Anglicized version, after she became a Christian and started using the name Rebecca Rolfe. There are various stories about Pocahontas: that she was married already when she saved John Smith; that she wasn't already married; that she didn't save him because she loved him, etc. I guess there's just enough info about her to support whatever theory about her you want to believe.

I liked this quote. I feel this way every time I go someplace with historical significance out here. And there were always those what died out there, at whatever battleground I've visited. It makes me wonder if any of their spirits are still there.

Pocahantas was only 22 when she died. She was 12 when she supposedly placed her head upon John Smith's own when her father ( Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribal nations in the Tsenacommacah, encompassing the Tidewater region of Virginia) raised his war club to execute him. Other than than the above portrait of her as a civilized savage," there's no other authentic images of what she actually looked like. Any other images are just guesses.

This part of the church was built in 1907, to celebrate 300 years of Jamestown. I'm not a religious person by any means, but I think it would be amazing to have gotten married here,
During the voyage, Smith was charged with mutiny, and Captain Christopher Newport (in charge of the three ships) had planned to execute him. Fortunately for Smith, upon first landing at what is now Cape Henry on 26 April 1607, unsealed orders from the Virginia Company designated Smith to be one of the leaders of the new colony, thus, perhaps, sparing Smith from the gallows. In December 1607, while seeking food along the Chickahominy River, Smith was captured and taken to meet the chief of the Powhatans at Werowocomoco, the main village of the Powhatan Confederacy.
Jamestown was interesting and I took a bunch of nice pictures, but I had it more built up in my head to be more exciting than it actually was. While it is a current archaeological site, there wasn't any digging going on while I was there, probably because of the rain from yesterday. But at least I finally got up there to visit it!

  • I'd like to take a tour of a Navy sub, but my husband and I don't know anyone that works on board a sub.
  • I'd like to take a tour of a Navy ship that most people will never get to go on. I got to go walk around under a ship while it was in dry dock, and then I walked up the scaffolding around the mast, almost to the very top!
  • I'd love to go for a ride in a fighter jet of some kind.
  • I want to go jet skiing in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • I want to go scuba diving or snorkeling in the Caribbean.
  • I want to go to the top of the Washington Monument. 
  • I want to go to NYC, and see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Twin Towers, and go to a show of some sort. We went there in 2000 and saw The Late Show with David Letterman.
  • I want to go to the Saint Louis Arch. We did this in 1999.
  • I want to go to Niagara Falls. We did this in 2000.
  • I want to go to Universal Studios Florida. We did this in 2001 and I'd love to do it again!
  • I want to go to the Poconos and stay in one of their themed suites. We did this in 2006 and stayed at Caesar's in the champagne glass suite.
  • I want to stay in a themed suit at the HoJo in Florence, KY.
  • I want to visit Santa Claus, IN, "American's Christmas Hometown."
  • I want to go to Metropolis, IL.
  • I want to get a memorial tattoo in honor of my mom and my mother-in-law.
  • I want to take a road trip up to DC to see the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum and go to Horace and Dickie's Seafood Restaurant/
  • I want to write a bad sci-fi horror script and present it to The Asylum to see if they'd be willing to make it into an actual movie for the SyFy Channel. I finished this on April 12, 2015.
  • I want to finally order the "Hell's Admin Assistant" patch for my motorcycle jacket that I've been thinking about for years.--I figure it's a funny alternative to a Hell's Angel patch, which I'm clearly not a member of Hell's Angels. I ordered one from Star City Stitchery
  • I'd like to cuddle a baby gorilla. I really don't know where this one comes from, but aren't baby gorillas the cutest babies EVER??!
  • I want to take a painting class, a la Bob Ross. I did this in a restaurant in Virginia Beach with a bunch of motorcycle riders from an American Legion post, in 2014.
  • I want to go hang gliding in Kill Devil Hills, NC. I did this over Memorial Day weekend with my husband.
  • I want to see the archaeological dig at the Jamestown Settlement.  I did this in April 2015.
  • I want to go charter boat fishing in the Atlantic Ocean: I tried doing this in 2012, but the water was really rough that day. I didn't catch anything but I sure made a lot of chum!
  • I want to go to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • I want to see KISS in concert, in the make-up. 
  • I will get a job at some kind of animal shelter, and I'm going to be damn good at whatever I end up doing there. 
  • I will get at least one old, beat up piece of wood furniture, save it from going to the landfill, and refinish it. I've actually done two pieces now.
  • I'd like to go on an LCAC ride with my husband before he transfers to his new command.I had to cross this one off finally, because Shane left this command already. This bummed me out. I never got a ride on an LCAC out on the bay. Some of his family members did, and even though I offered to take any number of half days off from work, I never got to ride. 
  • I will go to see the Booth Trail in 2013. 
  • I will go to Natural Bridge, VA (We did this in 2013) and the Shenandoah Valley and stay in a cabin in the woods.  We did this for the end of the year in 2014.
  • I will go to Hiddenite Gems, an emerald mine open to the public, in NC. 
  • I will go to the Richmond Zoo and the Virginia Zoo (they have done a lot of remodeling and I haven't been there for a several years). 
  • I can't drive a clutch and have no desire to learn, but I'd like to go for a ride in a 1957 Chevy BelAire and a mid-80's Lamborghini Countach.
  • I'd like to sit in any of the Batmobiles, ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters, KITT from Knight Rider, and the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • I will go to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. 
  • I want to go to Rhode Island, Boston and Seattle, just for the sake of going.
  • I want to go to Tokyo some day.--I've been to Hanoi and Hue, Vietnam, but it wasn't close enough.
  • I want to see the pyramids and sphinx in Egypt. 
  • I'd love to see the Mona Lisa (she's in the Louvre in Paris) and The Scream (there are a couple, two of them are in Munich). 
  • I want to go to London, and maybe look for the TARDIS and the Doctor. 
  • I want to go to San Diego to see my best friend, go to Comic Con, wear a costume, take lots of photos, find an awesome looking Spider-Man so I can give him a hug for just being Spidey, and then walk a beach on the Pacific Ocean, looking for shells. 
  • I'd like to go to a taping of "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" if we ever go to California.  I had to cross this one off: On April 28, 2014, Ferguson announced that he will leave the show on December 19, 2014.
  • I want to have at least one great, wildly creative crochet pattern published in a real book somewhere. 
  • I'd like to have our yard be featured for our Halloween decorations with a local tv station, so people might understand you don't have to spend big bucks on decorations and still put together a great display (I say this because we don't go as crazy for Christmas decorations). 
  • I'd like to win a challenge on Craftster. 
  • I'd like to compete on Craft Wars on TLC. I had to cross this one off too, because I'm pretty sure it's no longer on the air. I can't find any updated information on it. 
  • I will finish the Jedi costume finally and I will join the Rebel Legion I was accepted in December 2014!
  • I want to ride a mechanical bull. --I did this in April 2015.
  • I will finish the doll house I started several years ago. 
  • I want to go to Ohio and see Ralphie Harper's house from The Christmas Story. 
  • I want to see Weird Al Yankovic in concert, and maybe even the Bangles if I ever get to California. 
  • I want to see the Barenaked Ladies again, the next time they come to Hampton Roads.
  • I want to take my friends to the Virginia Safari drive through park in Stanton, VA. Did this in July 2014.