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Time to post [28 Apr 2009|10:08am]
[ mood | happy ]

I don't know what to do myself now that Pentathalon is over. I don't really want to do anything, really! Pentathalon was both the bane of my existence for months, and the best thing I have ever done. I was really happy to have projects to keep my mind off the stress of my life, but the stress and lack of sleep was amazing. Rob drove us out on Friday night and I was sewing for four hours of it, and then until 2:30 the night before. In the end, it was worth it!

I ended up entering 7 projects, 5 of which were recognized. I am floored by this. I did not imagine that my items would win, I was just happy to finally finish a project for once!

Costume Construction: Female costume, 14th century - 1st Place Journeyman

2 cotehardies based on a painting from the Tres Riches Belle Heures. Both dresses have hand-worked eyelets for the lacing (88 total), and all sleeves have been hand-finished inside.

Costume Review: Rus Male Costume, 12th century - 2nd place Journeyman

the pants look better on then laying on a chair :)
Under-tunic with keyhole neckline, over-tunic with neck closure at side with finger loop braiding on neckline. Baggy Rus trousers, linen leg wraps, and lightweight wool svita (over-coat). All seams are hand-finished on inside. What I did not make was a hat, due to lack of time, which I regret. But I am extremely happy with the fit.

Illumination: Initial R with St. George and the Dragon - 2nd place Apprentice

Gouache paint. I was so excited when I finished this. This is my first illumination ever and I had so much fun with it. It's been a long time since I have mixed paint, so the illumination is layers and layers of paint, which Mistress Medb pointed out is a period way of doing it.... I knew that!

Fiber - Embroidery: Viking Embroidery and Appliques based off of 9th century Oseberg Burials in Denmark - 1st place Apprentice

This took me forever to start! I created the tunic as the base and hand-finished all the seams, and then it hung there forever until I got the courage to start. I will definitely do more of this in the future... I had a blast. Double herringbone stitch alone the seams, couched cording along neckline, appliques applied with a blanket stitch, eagle decorated with satin stitch, stem stitch, running stitch, and whipped running stitch. Of course, since I finished the seams prior to embroidering, I had to be careful not to let the stiches show inside along the seams. So much fun.

Ethic Dance: Classical Persian Court Dance from the 16th century - 1st place Journeyman
Talk about the bane of my existence. I could not have performed this if it weren't for the support of jillaw and marianavivia. I have not danced since August and have been beating myself up about that. In the end, Persian dance was more comfortable than dancing tribal fusion alone. I stopped dancing in the SCA because I wanted to do more period styles. At least now I know I can dance at events in the future. The best recognition of all was the Queen's Fancy (Queen's Prize) from Her Majesty Kolfinna. Thank you again kottr, I am so shocked and honored.

I had two other entries, that did not place:
Inkle woven garters based on extant finds from the 14th century

and my research paper, Costuming and Gender Roles during the Tudor Period. In retrospect, my documentation for individual projects was probably MUCH better than my research paper alone. But I will be happy to see my score sheets for these, and all of my entries.

Team Cu Buidhe did not win, but we worked hard!
laumlyu, rampantmouse, beathog, bardelder, caitlincw, and estokien and me, of course. I am impressed that we learned the latin. For some reason, middle english is WAY easier than latin. Latin is just random syllables! Our costume review (14th century male) also went really well - five people created seven garments and he looked fabulous. I was not happy with my pin-on sleeves, but happy at least that I finished them. The kick-wheel went over well, and the pottery and the nalbinding. All the performances did as well. Did I forget anything else?

I am very proud of myself for entering as an individual for the first time. The response has been overwhelming. I have already been told I am entering in the next three displays/competitions out here in Atenveldt...haha. I was going to anyway. The original plan was to use these again, but I have a feeling I will be doing new projects to try out some new ideas. :)

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[05 Jun 2008|10:55am]
1. Is it you who thinks up all the silly routines (dancin' queen, etc) or is it a joint group thing?
2. What are you going to miss most about Caid?
3. What did you really think about that silly drinking game from Potrero?
4. What in Atenveldt are you excited about (beside rob)?
5. What is your next big performance (and will it have a theme?)?

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Looking for dancers / New Classes! [31 Dec 2007|12:01pm]
[ mood | excited ]

First off, Happy New Year! 2007 has been a wonderful year for me, and I am looking forward to what 2008 has instore for me!

That being said, it's time to get dancing again! I am starting up classes in January- 2x a week! 3 classes! yay! I am super excited to start dancing 2-3 times a week again, and looking forward to meeting new people!

That also being said, I am looking for dancers who are interested in finding a group to dance with-- if you or someone you know is interesting in the possibility of joining a troupe, Ban-dal is now looking for new members! Basic ATS is required, but all dance levels are encouraged! All you need is a basic understanding of tribal-fusion bellydance, a willingness to learn, and a sense of humor! Please email me at bookings@ban-dal.com if you are interested!

Here's the class info:

Admit it.

You know you ate a lot over the holidays. No matter what we try to do, we cannot resist that yummy cookie or eggnog!

What better timing than January to get back into shape and have fun while doing it??

Introducing THREE classes in TWO locations starting this January!
Tribal Fusion Belly dance is a creative and fun form of belly dance that focuses on cardio and muscle tonement, as well as sensuality, woman's spirit, and some kick-ass fun!

Tuesday nights- Hidden Talents Fitness Studio (www.hiddentalentsfitness.com)
$40.00/month (4 or 5 classes). 6-7pm
19039 Bushard
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Call to reserve your place now! (714) 964-2448

Thursday Nights- Tustin Parks and Rec. 6 weeks/$60.00
Clifton C. Miller Community Center
Beginning 6:30-7:30 pm
Intermediate Rockin Combinations 7:30-8:30
check out tustinca.org/parksrec/classes.htm for online registration!

(Please pass this info on to any one who might be interested--- thanks!)

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In case I don't have your email.....APOLOGIZE if you get this a million times...:) [22 Aug 2007|11:10pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I have exciting news! I found out this afternoon that I got the teaching job at Hidden Talents, a dance and fitness studio for adults in Hungtington Beach- and I begin instruction NEXT Wednesday, as in one week from today!

Next week Hidden Talents is holding a free workshop to introduce Tribal to the studio, then class sessions begin the following Wednesday, September 5th. This is all in addition to the other class I am teaching in October Saturday ams...

So in case you didn't get this, here's the info:

New Tribal Fusion Classes with Abby Duval of Ban-dál!
Two chances to experience the excitement of Tribal Fusion Belly dance this fall!
Beginning this September, experience the fundamentals of Tribal Belly dance with some rockin’ choreographies -

Instruction in two locations!

Hidden Talents - Wednesday nights from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
19039 Bushard, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
(714) 964-2448
Monthly Sessions, $50.00 a month (4 or 5 weeks). Starts September 5th!!
http://hiddentalentsfitness.com/ for more information
*** Try this class out for FREE Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30 pm!! ***

If you can't make it Wednesday nights, don't worry, you haven't missed out! Classes begin Saturday mornings in October!
Clifton C. Miller Community Center, Saturday mornings from 8:00am-9:00pm
300 Centennial Way, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 573-3325
6 Week Session, $60.00. Starts October 13th
http://tustinca.org for more information
Could there be a better way to start your weekend??!

Don’t miss out! Contact Abby at (949) 444-8844, or email bookings@ban-dal.com for more information!

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*sigh* [31 May 2007|03:35pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

Sometimes, my procrastination just amazes me...

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New updates [22 May 2007|04:00pm]
Go see!


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[07 Apr 2007|11:00pm]
[ mood | creative ]

I had the entire day off today, with literally nothing that had to get done.

This is new! I decided to get created... This is a canvas painting I did with acryllic paint and fabric. Just thought I'd share with you....enjoy!

I also have seemed to have pulled something in my left ankle. I have had this reoccurring throbbing pain that seems to have come out of nowhere! :(

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This is a RANT.(updated) [31 Mar 2007|12:06am]
[ mood | annoyed ]

I have to admit that my first (random) post about this was probably long-winded and a little angry. I have just been frustrated with things that I have witnessed in my last two years of being a member in the SCA. I look up to a lot of people that I have met in the SCA and it is always very disheartening and disappointing when they do things (or say things) that hurt myself or people that I know. I grew up in the SCA, and look to the *adults* to lead good examples. They should know better. That being said,I will not be removing my "rant", but I apologize for it's lack of sincerity, or if it offends anyone. xoxo A.

What do I love about the SCA?
-People are fantastically brilliant. They are so talented and crafty, and fun to be around. They have amazing sense of style and humor. They dress amazing. They dance and sing and act and sew and do everything to the best of their capabilities. They dress up funny in the park by a campfire and then hang out at a dive bar later in their tipits (Oh wait, that's just me!) They are great!

What do I hate about the SCA?
-The cattiness.
-The inability to expand themselves from middle school behavior.
-The sitting online 24 hours a day with some sort of response to every single utterance.
-The reprimading of someone for something that they wrote in their own livejournal.
-BUTTING IN without knowing what they are talking about.
-Whose friend ARE you? Are you really my friend? Can I really not trust that after 23 years? Do I really have to watch what I say to my "friends" who will turn around and surprise me time after time? If you love me, you love my family and friends. We are a package deal.

I thought for sure after spending my life in school that when I graduated, all of this would be over. It seemed to get worse. WHY??

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Just a few pictures from the weekend.... [26 Mar 2007|12:38pm]
I was fancy! Look!

And here are pictures of my corset:

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some accomplishments.... yay! [13 Feb 2007|10:02am]
My new gwahzee only needs the sleeves finished, and the 12 buttons sewn on(that I'll save for the 8 year car drive).

My new coat needs frogs added to the front.

Laundry is working. I'm about to go get my errands run.

I worked 3 hours last night, made $90 on $300 in sales, which is fantastic and I still don't know how it happened.

And the most amazing thing is that we are not leaving Thursday am, but Wednesday, which means I get to shower on Wed, and then on Thurs before we leave Phoenix. Oh happy day!!

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Finding it hard to be productive... [12 Feb 2007|12:54pm]
I am feeling so lazy today! I want to do absolutely NOTHING except lounge and sleep.

Am I crazy? i leave for AZ in 2 days!! I still have to finish my garb!!!!

I need a personal trainer for my brain....

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The amazing weekend with the amazing Rachel Brice [11 Jan 2007|10:45pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Reminiscing on the past year, here's the best picture of them all!

Here's a lovely picture of us sweaty worn out girls playing giddy fans... She not only ruled but looks amazing as well....

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I am figuring out technology [09 Jan 2007|10:51pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I just reached another level of learning technology.

Since I got an ipod for christmas (that itself was a big deal), I have itunes downloaded onto my computer.

Since Liz isn't around to make our show cds for us anymore, I was suddenly struck with the realization that I had to do that too!

Today, I figured out how to burn my own cd on my computer. Yay!

Now, this might seem so stupid, and easy to everyone reading this. But those of you that knew the phone saga, I have reached *AMAZING* heights of technological adventures in the past 3 months.

yay me!

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Boxes, boxes everywhere!! [09 Jan 2007|07:00pm]
[ mood | busy ]

*I just dropped a portable-hole on my foot and sliced my toe. Lame!*

My room is full of boxes! Moving day is getting closer and closer!

It's driving me nuts because my entire life is on hiatus until I get settled in. I have a million things to do, including pentathalon, to get working on, not to mention tons of dancing and cliar singing performances to get ready for. Being 2007 now, I can't wait to get started!

This moving mess has left me without a calendar still. I'm a wreck!

I'm very excited though. I think this is what my life needs to get the ball moving on a LOT of "to-do" things off of my many lists...

To add one more thing to my list, I have been emailing back and forth with a dancer-friend and war merchant, who may be interested in selling carpet wraps for me! I either will give a % of my profits to her, or I might volunteer a few hours at her booth. yay me!

[my dog is addicted to ice cubes, and keeps trying to get the vodka-loaded ice cubes out of my glass. poor little addict, no vodka for you!]

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[23 Dec 2006|10:44pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

I'm in Pennsylvania, it's 40 degrees...

There is supposively some lovely snow heading here by Christmas night...

Please, please!!! :) :)

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How is it Christmas already?! [21 Dec 2006|08:44am]
I leave at 5:30 tomorrow morning.. how did it happen so fast!? I have a lot of packing to do, and things to organize.

It feels like this past week has gone amazingly fast. Last weekend's Tribal Fusion Faire seemed so far away and then it was over immediately. We didn't get to hang out there on Sunday and watch all the dancers, but we did take Kajira's class (she's crazy!) and two classes with the amazing Rachel Brice. She floored me. Not only is she one of the most phenomenal dancers I have ever seen, but is probably one of the nicest people I have ever met. We were talking with her afterwards and took a picture (yay!) with her. So, so fun.

While we were up in SLO we had a girls night and went out dancing. So much fun. And we managed to make it out of there at midnight so we could at least get a couple hours of sleep before Rachel's next class...

Sunday was my family's main Christmas celebration. Since we are all getting to PA at different times, we decided the best thing would be to do our main christmas here so that we don't have to ship everything, and then have a small something for each other out there. I got an ipod shuffle! I dont even know how to use that...haha!

Finished the tailoring projects (now known as the "tailoring projects from hell". Tuesday was the deadline so somehow i got 2.5 hrs of sleep the night before.. my fingers are still raw from all the handwork. I am very pleased with the dress, and i think the jacket turned out okay.. needs a little fixing here and there but not bad for a tailoring first attempt. i was really just so struck at how long each thing took, i wasn't prepared enough for that.

Last night, Ban-dál had our gift exchange. We exchanged names since we are all poor. But we all wanted to give stuff to Liz since she's moving away
:(. That too came ultra fast. I still can't believe she won't be here to dance next year... :( She will try and come out as much as possible, but it still sucks that she won't be around all the time. Especially since we already have 10 festivals on our list already.. hahahha

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Lyondemere Yule [03 Dec 2006|10:18am]
[ mood | content ]

Yesterday, Cu Buidhe went to Lyondemere Yule. Beathog and Domhnall were 2 of the 3 competitors in the Lyon Bard Competition- and Domhnall was named the winner! He is now the new Lyon Bard for the Barony of Lyondemere.

We are all so very excited for him! And now we get to be the "Domhnall-ettes", his backup singers:)

The whole event was a lot of fun. I have never felt so welcome in a barony and at a Yule in general in my entire experience in the SCA (7 years) even during Gyldenholt events when we were actual participants in the barony. Even before Cu Buidhe left the barony, none of us really ever felt welcome there, and it is truly refreshing to find a place where you are constantly welcomed with open arms and the Baroness herself even greets you with a hug.

And I got a pickle site token, which alone was worth the drive to Venice :)

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Christmas Update. [02 Dec 2006|09:53am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I stayed home last night to crack down on my Christmas projects. Christmas has pretty much taken over my room- I added another work table in there, my desk and bed have the brunt of the stuff I need, and the floor became a nice work space:) Nonetheless, I need place to move in there! I had to finish SOMETHING.

I finished the three decoupaged boxes I was making for my sisters and my grandma. They are patched with different paper, with ribbon along the top and the bottom, and some of my designs from my exhibit in May on the lid. I think they turned out great. There's one that I'm not completely happy with, but it has character..

Lyondemere Yule is tonight, and we're leaving early for the bard competition. So I don't think I am going to get a lot more done today. I still have lots of pillows, bags, and cards to make. And I need to figure out what I am shipping to PA this week!

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becoming the decoupage queen.... [01 Dec 2006|05:13pm]
[ mood | creative ]

I LOVE mod podge.

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Hmm... [29 Nov 2006|10:40pm]
[ mood | busy ]

I think the person that coined the phrase "change is good" was a liar.

I don't believe them. It sucks.

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