TheEvenStar

Female
from Oviedo, FL

  • Activity

    • 6 years ago

      TheEvenStar

      Season's Greetings! 2012_12PartyChristmasetc019_zpscd3cf632.
      I may not have a lot to say here - but I do 'check in' with all my friend's journals pretty often! I hope this season is all you hope it to be. We hosted a holiday party last evening - and I'd have to say that it was a big success! Thanks to all who came! 2012_12PartyChristmasetc002_zps40ee6d62.

    • 6 years ago

      TheEvenStar

      I just got home from a very pleasant 'face to face' meeting with 'Dadhavoc' and 'Dear Wife'! They were visiting in my area and we set up a meeting together. I think we hit it off, shared stores and they were kind enough to spring for my wine and appetizer! TGIF came a day early! (wink!). Hope we get to do it again someday. I'll look forward to hearing about the rest of your stay in sunny FL!

    • Mother's Day

      7 years ago

      TheEvenStar

      Thanks to my two great kids for making my Mother's Day really special this year! I was pleased with knowing you were both going to come to dinner - and then you brought me - flowers, candy, cute card AND a gift card - WOW! Thanks a million - you really made my day, week, month!!

    • Two years, eight months in the making...

      7 years ago

      TheEvenStar

      I put the finishing touches on my Requiem Gown project today. What began with an Internet search for fabrics, trims and photos of the movie gown for reference - has finally culminated in my 'close as I can' reproduction.
      The custom dyed velvet jumper presented "challenges" I hadn't anticipated - and while I can see lots of 'mistakes' - it turned out okay.
      For those of you who've been following my progress - here are a few 'finshed product' photos. First is a full length shot of just the jumper:
      2011_10_24requiemjumperfinished002.jpg
      Left profile full ensemble:
      2011_10_24requiemjumperfinished011.jpg
      Right profile full ensemble:
      2011_10_24requiemjumperfinished013.jpg
      One more for good measure!:
      2011_10_24requiemjumperfinished007.jpg
      No - I'm not going to 'dress up' for Halloween in this. I don't know if I'll ever wear it in public - for me the enjoyment was in crafting it. I'm trying to decide if I want to 'take on' making the cloak next...

    • Finally!

      8 years ago

      TheEvenStar

      I am finally moving forward with my 'Requiem Project' once again. I've been 'stalled' for some time now. First it was the holidays, then it was a family visit, then it was issues at work, then it was my father's passing.... Now I have reached a point where I NEED to move on with my life - so moving on with this project is a metaphor for getting on with my life.

      It took me a long time to work up my courage to actually CUT the silk velvet. I had it custom dyed to match the color I could see for the gown in all the movie stills and museum shots. Velvet is difficult to work with - it is slippery and has 'nap' - a trait that means you have to lay all of the pattern pieces the same direction - or the garment will look two toned - nap running different directions.

      Here is picture of my first pattern piece pinned out on the back of the velvet:
      2011_05_velvet001.jpg
      This is that piece - the front of the jumper - with the 'trim' laid out to see how it looks:
      2011_05_velvet003.jpg
      Finally - here is a shot of the two back pieces of the jumper...
      2011_05_velvet008.jpg
      "The Hobbit" Premier anyone?

    • It is never easy...

      8 years ago

      TheEvenStar

      ... to say goodbye. My father passed away this morning. It was peaceful - and just what I'd always wanted for him - to be at home. I feel more tired than I've ever been before and I know that there are still days of being 'on' to get through. Then will be the returning to my 'normal' life - how can it ever be normal again?

      I will always miss him. I will always remember him. He is an essential part of who I am today. The best way I can honor him - is to incorporate what he taught me into my life - to serve his memory by living it. This will not be easy - I am not tolerant or forgiving as he was.... but I will hope for the strength to be better.

    • Hospice

      8 years ago

      TheEvenStar

      I'm in MA - brought my father home from the hospital today. I couldn't bear the thought of him passing in a souless nursing home among strangers. I've put my job, family and life on 'hold' and have come here to hold vigil with my mother. At 90 years old - he's had a good long life. Never easy to let go of those you love.

    • Thinking about a wig....

      8 years ago

      TheEvenStar

      I am beginning to think about getting the 'right' wig for my Arwen Requiem Gown costume. I have already decided to get a human hair wig - I've invested a 'significant' sum in this costume - so I might as well "go for broke".

      Given that the color of these photos is not appropriate (I will order a very dark brown) - vote - which do you think looks most like Arwen's hair?
      Jasmin
      Jasmine2.jpg
      Bel Air
      Belair.jpg
      Reference photo of Arwen in the costume I am re-creating:
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      Also check out the 'angel' gif on my profile page!

    • J.R.R. Tolkein

      8 years ago

      TheEvenStar

      Happy Birthday Professor Tolkein! ( born this date in 1892)

      Frodo Lives!

      "There and Back Again" - filming starts next month!!

    • Working 11 days straight....

      8 years ago

      TheEvenStar

      STINKS!!! I am too much of a 'lady' to use stronger language - but you get my drift!

      Due to budget cuts, a miserly administration, staff cuts, and staff losses (people are quitting right and left) - I am working 11 days in a row. WAY more hours than I can comfortably handle -and I am very tired and 'stressed out' - word to the wise - if it can happen in MY hospital - it IS happening in your local hospitals - THINK about it - the people who are there to care for you are stretched WAY beyond the breaking point - NOT a SAFE situation - THANK YOU - NOT - Obama Care......

  • About Me

  • Comments (1176)

    • DadHavoc

      6 years ago

      My wife and I are going to be in Orlando 11/7 to 11/12. Would love to have coffee if you can get away. Carl

      • TheEvenStar

        6 years ago

        Thursday the 8th - 4pm or later (I'm at work till 3:15). Where abouts will you be staying? I work in downtown Orlando - ORMC. Would you and your wife be interested in seeing the gown I made?
        Laurie

    • DadHavoc

      6 years ago

      I'm in New Orleans at the moment. When I get home next week, I'll send you our schedule and see if we can work anything out. Thanks.....Carl

      • TheEvenStar

        6 years ago

        I'll check in to RT more often...hope you make it here.

    • DadHavoc

      6 years ago

      Hi, Dear Wife and I are going to be in Florida mid-November. I don't know the exact dates or schedule at this point. If things work on your end, want to meet for coffee?

      • TheEvenStar

        6 years ago

        As long as we can work out mutual schedules - it would be fun to meet you guys! Where will you be staying?

    • DadHavoc

      7 years ago

      The girls father was a pretty scary guy. Not one I would want to mess with. The sad and untold part of this story is that a friend of mine dated her later and was also run off by her dad. When we compared notes, it turns out he chased off a lot of her boy friends. Something that I didn't really make clear was that none of us were "items" within our group. We enjoyed each others company and doing things together. It wasn't really a boyfriend girlfriend relationship within the group..

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      In reply to TheEvenStar, #1:

      Ah, Canada's Thanksgiving is earlier than the U.S. Driving home from where? It was a lovely weekend in New England.


      The Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      I'll have to find some more light houses first.

      :-)

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      Please?!



      ???

      More lighthouse pictures?

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      In reply to TheEvenStar, #1:

      You mean there won't be any more? Boo hoo!


      Maybe if I make some more of my own

      :-)

    • DadHavoc

      7 years ago

      Hey, I meant to ask how the Requiem Project is going. Are you still working on it?

    • DadHavoc

      7 years ago

      My brother in law has already been contacted by his company's Crisis Counseling Team. He has been offered counseling and time off from work as needed. When I spoke to him this evening, he told me he will make a decision Monday morning based on how he feels whether to return to work or take the counseling. He is a great guy and a tough cookie but I can see that this has rattled him.

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      In reply to TheEvenStar, #7:

      What kind of camera do you use? I've never heard of a 'sunset' setting before. I often wonder how to 'correct' an image - like when a subject looks too dark against a bright background....

      Your photos are great - adjusted and otherwise!


      It's a Fujifilm HS20.

      It's seems pretty standard now for digital cameras to have "scene recognition", but I find that auto feature doesn't work that well.

      Another feature they have is "scene selection". And one of the selections is for sunsets.

      Others are evening, portraits, scenic, ...

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      In reply to TheEvenStar, #1:

      Is that a doll or a dead baby? It looks like it has a fish tail... and a missing arm...


      A doll, I think, but I'm not sure

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      i]In reply to TheEvenStar, #2:

      Actually, I don't recall missing posting a picture for quite a while.

      Could be the site is messing up the alerts again.

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      In reply to TheEvenStar, #2:

      So you got to keep the insurance adjustment?


      I suggested we just look after our own damage.
      Going through insurance would mean a rate jump.

    • DadHavoc

      7 years ago

      My brother in law works in security at Epcot. He told me they are always looking for experienced people to run the monorail and other railroad attractions there. All of that is under social security which is great. The only problem is Dear Wife is "married" to Western New York so here we stay at least for now.. Maybe winter employment there??????

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      In reply to TheEvenStar, #2:

      a concept drawing of a dwarf perhaps?


      I think he's suppose to be dragonish

    • mathfreak

      7 years ago

      Thanks for noticing... the views of our pretty state that is. I live South of Denver about 10 +/- miles in Littleton. Close enough to be downtown in minutes, but far enough out to be in the mountains rather quickly.

      But, I am moving soon (around mid-August). Going back to my roots in Seattle WA.

    • MoonFire77

      8 years ago

      Hi Laurie, I get my gifs from photobucket, you just have to word it right & do a lot of searching! LOL! My eldest daughter just finished nursing college & will be doing her externship (?) in the Maternity ward...I'm going to probably be doing a whole lot of babysitting! Just hope that she can get the munchkins to me as driving is still hard for me & of course, my Montero's been acting up, not to mention the price of fuel! Jess (my daughter) has been complaining about being tired, I've got a feeling she's going to get a lot more tired! Hope you get some rest time, working such long hours really drains the mind & body! Hope you have a Splended, Peaceful day! <3 :D

    • MoonFire77

      8 years ago

      You're right, It has been a long time...health issues, Family drama & moving from the mobile home park to a wee country house & having to purge a lot of my belongings & trying to keep up with my whole clan & my Husbands (on FB) took up most of my time & energy! I hope things with you & your Family are doing well & that you haven't had any damage from all the storms that have been plagueing the south & east coast! Have you made anymore of your Beautiful costumes!? Take care & have a Blessed Day! :D

    • TheEvenStar

      8 years ago

      Ah - thanks for the info

    • Raynos Wild Eagle

      8 years ago

      The picture is of the Mass Effect Character Lieutenant Jeff Moreau, who is the pilot of the ship that serves as the primary setting of the game. He commonly goes by the nickname Joker, and now that one of my best friends at work has played through the series, he's started calling me Joker because of my being a pilot and my sarcastic sense of humor that is reminiscent of the character himself.

    • Stonesword

      8 years ago

      In reply to TheEvenStar, #3:

      African or Asian? I love elephants - gentle giants!


      African elephant.

      Asian elephants have smaller ears compared to their head.

    • Heather

      8 years ago

      Merry Christmas!
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      It doesn't feel super foreign to me. I guess it's like living in a postcard, or a Christmas movie. Though I DID dream I was having a New Years party outdoors around a BBQ, so I guess my brain hasn't quite caught up yet. smiley8.gif

    • Stonesword

      8 years ago

      Sorry, no info on the lighthouse

    • Heather

      8 years ago

      That was Ottawa, Canada's capital. The Parliament buildings are behind me in the top right of the photograph. The bridge is crossing the river between Ontario and Quebec. smiley1.gif

    • Heather

      8 years ago

      Thanks!
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      It's just 'old timey' because the colours have been edited to make it look a bit washed out and sepia-esque.
      The actual colouring is more like this:

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    • Heather

      8 years ago

      They were big, easy to trap, and New Zealand's only real source of bulk meat. Other than that it was go fishing.
      They were hunted to extinction somewhere between 1300 and 1600 - they're not sure when!

    • Heather

      8 years ago

      I know, right? Trust me to leave just as things get interesting! It's the 'Big One' they've been waiting for, and in a geological sense, I'm disappointed I missed it. I do have a fair few family and friend there, but all are fine.
      As far as I'm aware there are no casualties, just a variety of minor to severe injuries. The biggest problem is damage - property, infrastructure, it's a real mess. They're also having large, semi-hourly aftershocks (3 days on!) which is depriving many of sleep and a sense of security.
      Such an interesting country, to be sure :)

    • Heather

      8 years ago

      We're drilling on Lake Ontario, but not for oil. Just usual investigation stuffs. smiley1.gif
      Fortunately I love being on the water, and do not get seasick.
      Also, they load the truck and drilling equipment onto the barge at the dock, then it's towed out by a tug to wherever we need it to be, and jacked up on it's legs. Pretty nifty, really.
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    • lostone

      8 years ago

      I have to say we love having our own house. It's nice to know everything works and that it's ours. Not some slumlord!!!

    • lostone

      8 years ago

      This just made me think of you!

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G3HJ6m3E9E

    • Stonesword

      8 years ago

      The Earth rotates, so that depends on the time and your position.

      The best I can say is that for us, (we are in Eastern Canada), the "W" in the above picture is about NE and about 70 degrees up at around 11 pm AST

      You could see a meteor anywhere, but that is where the main concentration is.

    • Dragonbreath

      8 years ago

      Thank you very much for your kind comments about my recent endeavors! It's still all kind of surreal. I think I did pretty well on the bar exam, much better than I expected to, and I'm trying not to have any false hope, but I still feel good!

      It's very weird, you know, I've been working my behind off for four years, and I am proud of what I've done, but part of me still can't believe its ME that did this. I wish I could explain that. I have the knowledge, but some of the experience is a blur. It went by so slowly and so fast at the same time! And yes, I do feel weird for feeling so weird. lol.

    • Stonesword

      8 years ago

      In reply to TheEvenStar, #1:

      The other plane had more people than just the pilot?

    • Stonesword

      8 years ago

      Lynx. Leopards don't have ears that big.

    • Heather

      8 years ago

      Ah, don't worry - you know me better than that!
      Am I the type of person to do anything illegal that may get me into trouble and potentially removed from the country I'm trying to start a life in?
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    • Heather

      8 years ago

      Actually, I didn't have a learner license at that point either. What I did have was my New Zealand full license, which is valid in both the USA and Canada for up to 60 days from date of entry. So don't worry, the driving has been entirely 100% legal the whole time. smiley1.gif

    • Heather

      8 years ago

      I know what you mean - intricate and fiddly work is best done when you're not tense and stressed!
      I hope you find some peace in your world soon. smiley1.gif
      When you do, let us know how things are going.
      Thanks for always stopping by to say g'day, and offer some words of encouragement. Every now and then I look around and realise where I am and what I've done, and it can be surprising and overwhelming, but by and large my life has always been 'full steam ahead' - so I'm used to getting all round the place and doing new and exciting things.

    • Heather

      8 years ago

      You HAVE been very quiet of late. What's going on in your world? How's the gown coming along?

    • DadHavoc

      8 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJEA_kAqUso

      I was trying to explain hummingbirds to our Chinese student's parents and found this clip. I have never seen so many hummers in one place at the same time.

    • DadHavoc

      8 years ago

      I don't know about Target but I believe I bought my feeder from Home Despot. Good Luck!

    • Stonesword

      8 years ago

      I don't know how it's done.
      I imagine the biggest thing would be to use a "drawing tablet" rather than a mouse or track ball.
      Photoshop is pretty expensive, I think.
      Gimp seems to be pretty versatile and it's free.

    • DadHavoc

      9 years ago

      Hummingbird feeders are not that expensive. Get one that has the retractable perches. that way you can screw them out so the bird perches to feed or crank in to watch the bird hover. You can buy all sorts of expensive "feed" for them but the best, and what I use, is 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. You do not need food coloring and shouldn't use it anyway. Boil water, dissolve sugar and let cool. When cool pour into feeder. I am told that the hummingbirds have an internal GPS and will return to the exact same location every year. The Ruby Throated guys we have here winter in Mexico. Pretty long trip for such small fellows. They are fun to watch but keep two things in mind. I have never seen a feeder that didn't weep a bit so put it where sugar water won't make a mess and far enough from activity where you can watch but not scare them off with movement. Check this site:
      www.birdwatchers.com/debtips.html

    • Stonesword

      9 years ago

      I don't know.
      I find it interesting.
      Maybe it's the colors.

    • Dragonbreath

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the kind congratulations! it was a long slog at times, but I chalk up having made it to the power of positive thinking...

      A dear friend once told me, "You can eat a whole elephant, one bite at a time." That's what I've tried hard to keep in mind.

    • Heather

      9 years ago

      Hullo!
      Yes, in a nutshell - too busy to post! But I'll get there in the next few days, hopefully. A few decent updates - moving to a new place this weekend, and working on getting a car - then I'll be housed and mobile, and things will be good.
      Thanks for thinking of me. :)

    • Heather

      9 years ago

      Simply put - I hate being hot. I despise the heat, and humidity makes it worse. I get grumpy and uncomfortable and miserable. People think I don't know what I'm talking about when I say I can't wait for winter. I say those people don't know me as well as they think I do.

      So with regard to that image, I'm disappointed that I left NZ right before a drop into beautiful cold and wet weather, and came to stinking hot summer and humidity.
      Especially because when I left NZ, it was stinking hot and humid...

    • DadHavoc

      9 years ago

      No, we don't have any sugar maples of size. Red Maples do not provide the correct type of sap. Back years ago, I did try sapping one year. You would not believe the amount of work and hours to produce one lousy gallon of maple syrup. Toward the end of the season I was exhausted and fell asleep, had a chimney fire and the place burned flat. That was the last of my syrup efforts.

    • Heather

      9 years ago

      I'm in a 'residence' hotel for 4 weeks, at which point I need to move into my own apartment. It has a kitchenette, which is why I was cooking dinner - steak seemed a fitting choice to recharge my fuel cells after a week of junk and fast foods. smiley1.gif
      Zak left for home this morning, sadly.

    • Stonesword

      9 years ago

      In reply to TheEvenStar, #2:

      I guess I liked computers more.

      :-)

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