Current work in progress. This was a practice piece for the capital letter contests, turned into an almost complete scroll. Calligraphy by Thomas Brownwell, the rest by me.

Getting ready for Art Every Day Month, so practicing posting more frequently.
I'm home from the War (and back at work). It was fun! It got warm during the day and cold at night, but not as bad as it could have been.

The bed that Lorccan made for me was even better than last year. I bought a better quality air mattress, then added a pillow-top mattress cover, sheets, blanket and comforter and I was warmer (and more comfortable) then if I had been in a sleeping bag. The bed does need a couple of shims to keep it from shaking, but that is not a big deal.

This is going to be my last year in the regent pavilion (no, really!) A 12x12 square Marquee will be much better for me.

The Scribal stuff all went well, but I took too much scribal stuff and had to haul it to A&S (even though I had help a couple of times, it was still tiring.). The Scriptorium had it's own Pavilion and tables in A&S and that was perfect (except that the only spot for it was right in the afternoon sun. No helping it, the A&S area has to accommodate a lot of stuff. It was amazing the number of classes and activities.

More later.


Sep. 24th, 2011 09:29 am
I have made a list of things to do today and started on it, though nothing is crossed off yet. The first several things are getting information from people and I'm waiting to hear back from them before crossing those off the list. And further action depends on hearing back.

Time to motivate!


Sep. 22nd, 2011 02:49 pm
I did a sort of a clean up of my desk. I had trades sitting here for I don't know how long. (I get them after 2 other people get them and some were dated July. Stale news.) So now I have a couple of smaller piles. One things to do (or things I'm waiting for other people to get back to me on) and one pile of scripts that need to be read.

Tonight I am *not* staying late. I don't care! I'm in fact going to leave early. As close to 6 as I can manage. I was here last night until 7:30. (And I worked from home Monday from 8:30 to 11.)

Nothing else has gotten done this week. Worked late Monday and Wed. Homeowners meeting on Tuesday. And I really need to do laundry. And work on a million and 12 SCA things. And clean my house.

I think I would be a lot happier, if my house was clean. (I know, I know....I harp on that a lot and don't do much). It's really daunting right now. I know I should go home and just give it a solid hour or two without a break, but I'm lazy and like to stop a lot and read emails and FB and now Google+. I should be more disciplined. *sigh*


Sep. 21st, 2011 10:04 am
So, FB has gone all stupid (again). Which I suppose makes a good opportunity to come back and start using LJ more often. I suppose I can use Google+ for the quickie update posts, but I really did want to start doing more substantial (well more wordy) posts again.

I was lucky last night not to get elected to the Board of Directors for my homeowners association. The former BoD decided it was time for everyone who has never been on the Board (or haven't for a long time) to do it so my name went on the ballot. I was on the BoD when I first moved in 1992 to 1994. No idea what the vote totals were. Needless to say: I did not vote for myself. :) In fact everyone I voted for was elected.

In other news, I'm tired of work. Oh so tired. Monday night I got a call that a script had come in late (and it was shooting on Tuesday) and the project attorney was frothing at the mouth so I spent 2 and half hours working on it. Tuesday he barely acknowledged my effort. It is too much to expect a thoughtful thank you? Today looks like animation Wednesday with 2 new animation scripts and 1 revision plus the usual stuff.

In SCA news, I finished embroidery on new collar and cuffs and need to finish a new shift this weekend. And see if I can finish any other sewing before GWW. And pull out my camping checklist and start getting camping gear lined up.

And lots of other SCA things that have been sitting on the back burner.
Well, not exactly, or even close, but since I returned from Nerdtrek 2011, I've been getting up earlier (around 7, 7:30) and getting in to the office before 9am. This is quite a coup as I'd been getting to the office around 9:30 or later. Our office hours used to be 9 to 6, then it shifted to 9:30 to 6:30. (The attorneys often get in later, but they generally stay until 7pm or later). I'd much rather get in early and leave early (though I've mostly been leaving at 6:30.)

The next step is to get all organized so I can exercise in the morning before I go to work but still get to work by 9. Right now the house is in such a mess it's really having a negative impact on the organizational parts of my life.

Tonight, I'll clean some more, tomorror night is gaming.

Today is my 26th Anniversary at 20th Century Fox TV and a co-worker sent me this:

You've worked at Fox longer than:

Justin Bieber has been alive;
the internet has been in existence;
Fox Broadcasting has been in existence;
BAD reality television has been on the air;
Rupert Murdoch has owned Fox;
most of your colleagues have been here; and
any of the stars of Harry Potter have been alive – except for Snape and Dumbledore!

but NOT as long as:

the San Diego Freeway and the Santa Monica Freeways have been open;
GOOD reality television has been on the air;
Public Television has been on the air;
Twentieth Century Fox has been around;
J.K. Rowling has been alive and writing; and, more important than all of the above,
Lisa and I have been here at Fox!!!

Catalina scroll , originally uploaded by alizkye.

Catalina's scroll is done!

Lessons learned:

Hand made paints sometimes need a day or two to set up. Some colors really like to sit for a while before painting. (Red in particular).

The titanium white was brighter than the lead white.

Scrolls always take longer than you think. Don't paint when you are tired. Big lesson: leave more time!

Practice things you aren't familiar with, or aren't sure of. Then practice some more.

Flemish white leaf style is fun. The Hastings Hours rock.

Shell gold rocks!

Ruling pens ftw!

I need chocolate now.

Jayne Hat

May. 17th, 2011 09:37 pm

Jayne Hat, originally uploaded by alizkye.

My nephew asked it I could make him a Jayne hat so I finally got around to making one. I wish I had time to treat this one as a proto-type and do a better one, but he graduates from college on Friday and I'm going to give it to him then.

Mothers' Day 2011, originally uploaded by alizkye.

I've been meaning to blog more but there never seems to be a lot of time these days for more than a quick Facebook page.

I think I'm realy missing writing longer posts though. For a time in my life I was getting up early to write a journal and getting up early to exercise. Now, I'm staying in bed absolutely as long as possible. I need to change this. I really do love the early morning hours, when the day is rich with possibilty and not dragged down with reality.

Sunday I spent a good long time at the beach with what has become a yearly ritual, building a sandcastle. I've done it by myself, I've done it with a bunch of relatives, but mostly my niece Jennifer and I do it together.

This year we both wanted to try a new technique for stacking up the sand and Jennifer actually made a sketch of what she wanted to build. I think it's one of the best we've ever done.

I'd like to try and get out to do this more than once a year.

So I've been working on a scroll and over the weekend I wanted to do the gilding on it (as generally that needs to be done before it's painted and I *really* want to start painting). I thought I would use Instalcol which is a modern size that is ready to gild in a very short time. Utter fail. The gold only sticks in a few places and even where it sticks oddly another layer of gold won't stick. (I thought gold was supposed to stick to gold?) It doesn't help that humidity is like 10% the day I want to do this.

So I decided to make up a gesso based size based on one of Sylvana Barrett's recipes. She works in Southern California and her recipe has an adjustment of the ratio of fish glue and honey to compensate for the (frequent) low humidity. I decide I better test before committing to the scroll this time. First round, not quite sticky enough. I add more fish glue and more honey. Better, but I come to realize that this stuff needs to dry thoroughly before the gold is applied. Add more fish glue and more honey. Second test (after waiting 12 hours) is pretty good. Next test waiting 24 hours is even better. I have way more fish glue and honey in the recipe then is called for. :)

So, back to the scroll. Going to lay the size down in layers and wait a little for each layer to dry a bit before doing the next one.

Catalina's Aoa Scroll, originally uploaded by alizkye.

Catalina's scroll is underway. I need to finish penciling in the capital letters and the design. Then I'm going to outline everything with a dilute ink and erase all the pencil marks. It would be nice to have it ready so I can do that at Collegium Scriptorium on Sunday.

Poor LJ!

Apr. 4th, 2011 02:16 pm
Subject to wicked DoS attacks! Stand strong LJ! Fight back!

Err. Poor LJ. I really ought to post more stuff here. I'll post the calligraphy I just finished later.

Knitting needle case, originally uploaded by alizkye.

I finally finished a case to store all my knitting needles. (At least all the needles I've located so far.) This project has been sitting on my ironning board forever. I feel like a real knitter now. And it may be time to start my first pair of socks. Weee!

From a review of "Battle: LA"

"...a murily shot, poorly explained alien invasion."

and "...longer-term prospects appear limited to those who like their movies stupid and very, very loud."

lol. I want to see it. :)

Art corner

Feb. 4th, 2011 01:49 pm

Art corner, originally uploaded by alizkye.

Tried to insert a picture into the previous entry with major fail. Here's my new arts and crafts corner. Now to get all the art supplies in those drawers. The stuff under the table? Fabric and unfinished costume stuff. Some day!

This is amazing!!! Actually this is for all my musical friends:


Dec. 26th, 2010 01:59 pm
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago,you would have $49.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you would have $33.00 today.

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have $0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you
Would have received a $214.00.

Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle. It is called the 401-Keg.

A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of
Alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon!

Makes you damned proud to be an American!

Apprentice Token, originally uploaded by alizkye.

This is the token I made for Aurelia for our apprenctice taking. (Techncally she's my protege, but I never really liked that word). it's gouache on cardstock. I'd like to find more jewelry findings like this and do a few more. It was fun to do.

So, contributing to the constant amusement that is my family, we had a tailgate party before the USC-UCLA football game yesterday. In the driveway of my parent's house. Before watching the game on the television inside. :)

It was an away game for us (game at the Rose Bowl) so not included in our season tickets. No one really wanted to trek out to the Rose Bowl for the game. (The visiting seats are on benches and very uncomfortable and the parking is atrocious (though tailgating on the golf course is great)).

So we set up the USC popup on the driveway and brought out the barbecue and made hot dogs. It was terrible fun. Mom invited some of the neighbors and they joined us. (One is a sportscaster on ESPN).

I even managed to handle all the food within my WW guidelines (though I had to run to the store and get reduced fat hot dogs as the monster dogs mom had are 10 points a piece! Not counting bun or anything.)

I'm really pleased with the new WW system. I'm finding it much easier to stick to and I've lost 4 pounds already. I really hope to keep it up over the holidays (and my vacation).

And USC won!!!!! 28-14 (It should have been 38-7 :) but I'll take the win :)



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