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My favorite songs – Christian addendum

Today, a video occurred to me that I left out of my fav christian songs post.

I love this song “Goodly Heritage” since my sister first read me the lyrics. My siblings were gonna sing it and record it for me to use in the music video for my parents 50th anniversary dinner. but we decided instead to just have me do a video from my sister’s Goodly Heritage CD. (I believe we even got permission since she knows them)
my sister said there was no way she could sing it without crying. (I think this was the video that made my brother “mr. tough guy” cry at the anniversary.)

This song fits my parents so perfectly. I really do have a goodly heritage. my parents weren’t/aren’t perfect because they’re godly not God. But when I heard this song, I thought “how do they know Mom & Dad?”  the answer is clear, it’s because they have similar parents.

I rewatched my video today and it made me tear up. Probably because of Daddy being Home (with a capital H), and because I’m now a grand-aunt and I know the importance of passing on that goodly heritage.

This link goes to a video of my family. If you know my last name, you can watch the video. http://wp.me/pIXIq-lR

In the meantime, here is an acapella version of just the song.

 

Here are the lyrics:

I may not have riches as some others may
But I have a mother who knows how to pray
There may be some things I’ve missed in my youth
But I have a father who stands for the truth

Chorus:

I have a goodly heritage
I’m blessed with things you can’t see
I have a goodly heritage
And that is worth far more to me

And if in the future, my parents pass on,
To dwell in that City, we’ve come to call Home
They may not leave me the wealth of this world
But I will inherit their God and His Word

Chorus

When problems plague you and troubles rage on.
just look at your children who’ll bear your name on.
Someday they’ll walk down the same path you’re on
and they’ll need a witness that his grace is strong.

They need a goodly heritage.
they’ll look at you and press on
they’ll say my folks stay faithful.
in that strength they can carry on

I have a goodly heritage
I want for them the same thing.
I have a goodly heritage
that’s something worth passing on.

now, that’s something worth passing on.

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My Favorite Songs – Christian edition

I sing; I love to sing; but I don’t sing well. I make a “joyful noise” emphasis on the noise. But I love music, I don’t listen to it as much as I used to because I realized I was singing along at work and it wasn’t quite under my breath.

I don’t understand how people can have 1 favorite song. I have so many.  Every so often, I get the urge to share my favorite songs. Normally, it’s a million shares. But this time I decided to do a post.

These are Christian songs/hymns etc that I love. I’ll probably add more as others occur to me.  Many of them have been my favorites for years. The videos below aren’t necessarily the best video or even the version I  think of when I sing (several are family versions so my version might be ) but they’re online.

I’m Gonna Sing

This song more then anything seems to make me show the Joy of the Lord that is in me. I just love it. I’m a dried up Baptist, but this song gets me moving. I sing it loud & badly and I’m moving my arms & my head in my own idea of rhythm so it’s a good thing I listen alone. This is probably the  newest addition to my favorites list.

God’s Perfect Lamb

This song I’ve loved since the first time I heard it. I love the music and the words. (I’m more all about the words then anything else). I want to translate this into Korean. (there’s not a Korean translation, but the owners are Ok with me translating it – if I send them the translation)

He is King

This song isn’t a great favorite, but it came to mind today and the lyrics would be easier to translate.

Symphony of Praise

This is another favorite. I haven’t listened to it in ages. Love it.  (He was one of my favorite singers growing up. It’s also awesome in Spanish. (I had his Spanish albums as well.)

When I get Carried Away

This is along the same as first one. It gets me moving. tho typicallly just toe-tapping. I can actually listen to this one in public.

The Victor

This is my Easter song. I love love love it.

God is Still Good

I heard this song (or a version of it) for the first time going to see my dad at the hospital. I listened to it probably 10 times in a row. It’s an old song so it’s strange that I hadn’t heard it before. The music isn’t my favorite style (little twangy) – but the lyrics are what I needed.

He’s Alive

I love this song. When I took vocal lessons, I wanted to sing it. (teacher wanted me to sing in public) I obviously don’t have the ability to sing this well (especially in Public) because it requires letting loose.

Because He Lives

Yet another favorite of mine thru the years. I haven’t heard this version before but it’s Ok. It’s kinda slow but singable. (I don’t care for the versions where they go so high on “reigns” ) There are millions of Because He Lives videos on YT – pick one that you like 🙂

This is a very good version in Korean.  It’s the tempo I like. (but she can go pretty high which isn’t my favorite because I can’t)

I Repent

The lyrics to this are so powerful. It never fails to convict me.

Hallelujah Chorus

I was going to end there but I have to share my all time favorite. Since I can’t sing, I just pick a part and sing. Tho sometimes I sign it. It’s beautiful signed.

This is not the sign language I was looking for but it’s awesome.

Rant: TV Bad Guys

Why is it that bad guys on television always store all their data on a secret partition on their hard drive or a password protected folder? Is it just so the quirky, IT girl can crack the password dramatically saving the day somehow? They need to make life more difficult for the good guys: even quirky IT girls.

If I were a TV bad guy, and I had top secret data, maybe it’s the photos of Ronald McDonald eating a whopper that I’m using for blackmail or whatever, I’m not leaving it on any computer, phone or tablet for quirky IT girls to hack when I’m not there. Flash drives and SD Cards, which are only accessed via a guest account – that gets automatically wiped every time it shuts down, are the way to go. Heck, with Macs & the size of flash drives now a days, I could have the BadGuy user acct be on the flash drive.  Flash drive stays on my person; probably in disguise.

The SD card backups (128 GB minimum) can be hidden anywhere.  I’d probably have 2. One would be behind a baseboard, behind the medicine cabinet, light fixture or otherwise well hidden – it’s my longterm TimeMachine backup that I only access every so often to update. and the other would be labeled 4 gb (easy enough to fake) and placed in a crappy old camera, with some landscape shots (taken with that camera) in the default directory.

Cameras have functions to wipe cards automatically. Not difficult to run – not that secure but who would pay attention? If I see TV cops at my house, the flash drive gets tossed into a handy sewer (or hidden to retrieve later if I can do it safely).  If I can’t it’s disguised enough not to be completely obvious what it is.

The camera with the short-term backup card is almost hidden in plain sight but not quite – and definitely not in the same room with the computer stuff. That’s where the good guys will be focusing.  In a storage area with random old junk. (I’ll keep diatomaceous earth handy if I need to add more dust to the box when I put it away – it’s just a green way to kill bugs so that’s not suspicious a fan blowing would help the dust placement.) If I can, I’ll swap out the memory card with a fake that looks identical. Else I hope it doesn’t get noticed.  Another possibility is formatting it multiple times using the camera’s function.  This would only work if I can access the storage room when I say I’m going to the bathroom.

And of course, my long term storage is hidden safely away where it would be darn impossible to find; and preferably somewhere that a normal warrant wouldn’t cover. I’m the TV bad guy; what do I care about the rule of law and complying with warrants.

Another option for keeping the LT backup away from the TV good guys. Multiple PO Boxes in a different name, and just forward it around the country; eventually, it returns and I update it and then start the cycle all over again for the price of a stamp. this is also a way to get rid of the USB drive temporarily.

And if I were a really smart TV bad guy, I’d make it so that the flash drive and SD cards would look for each other and wouldn’t operate properly without the other.

One way or another, I’d confound the quirky IT girl  & the TV good guys and she wouldn’t be able to save the day so I’d be freed and be able to change to blackmailing the Taco Bell Dog for eating Pizza hut. They’d have to catch me accessing my stuff (and of course, my wifi would be disabled when I use it) for the TV good guys to triumph.

It’s a good thing I’m not a TV bad guy, cause if I can come up with this in the shower who knows what I could come up with if this was my full time job. 😀

Rant over. 😀

Doctor Who Mini-Standees and Pandorica

It’s no secret that I’m a geek. It’s also no secret that I love Doctor Who. And since this blog is called The Inept Seamstress, you’d expect I’d have some type of crafting ability.

I don’t. Not really.  But I’m good with computers. So I ordered a Brother ScanNcut for some of my projects. It sat barely used for months until I got this idea.

I made Doctor Who PaperDolls – or if you prefer, mini-Standees. I took some promo photos, and added a paper doll base (half-circle) in Photoshop, printed them on photo paper, then uses my Xyron adhesive roller machine thingy to attach them to some card I had lying around (notebook covers) and then cut it out using my ScanNCut.
If you want to steal this idea, make sure you Scan to Data first so you can check everything carefully, and if necessary fix it in Canvas. Whatever you do, don’t eject your mat while you’re trying to fix the cutting file.  It may not come in the same position. Also try not to move your object around while fixing it in Canvas.

I totally screwed up the Pandorica, but I was able to recover. It was a 2 part cube with spiral cut out. Each part of the cube was a top and 2 sides with tabs to connect them.
The first half around I forgot to connect the spiral to the cube so it had a circle cut out. I used my Xyron to apply adhesive to it and I stuck it on green cardstock. Green because my reference photos were showing green ragged spirals.
The second time around I fixed that and I remembered to mirror the cutting file so it would have a bottom. What I hadn’t paid attention to was the paper template I had adapted had 2 tabs on 1 side. Unfortunately, the tab with the slits was on the other half and they didn’t line up,  I’ve since redone the cutting file so I would have it for the future.

Unfortunately, I didn’t use enough glue on the spiral on the fixed one (I was afraid of making a mess), so that may show wear.

If I were properly crafty, I would have made it out of a dark gray or stone print paper and/or would have used ink to age/texture it, but I used what I had. It’s still cool even with all the mistakes.

I may decide to upload the cutting file (fcm) if any fellows geeks are interested.

I did a music video using some video I took and the below photos. It’s not that great but you might find it funny/touching.

 

This is gallery of all my creations and detailed photos of the Pandora

Wonder Woman Costume Making – Overly Modest

Important Making Edit: Do not, do not, do not use the double-side adhesive tape for fasteners (no matter how much I rave about them) – yes, I raved about tape. But it was too weak to be keep at least one of the velcro’s attached to the belt. and it also wasn’t strong enough for my tiara. so I had wardrobe malfunctions. Unfortunately, I lost my belt when it fell off before I left. I hope a friend picked it up. (I picked it up the next day)
My theory is that the texture of the felt makes its hold weaker.

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I love Wonder Woman. Always have. Ever since I first saw Lynda Carter on FX (it used to show classic TV). I don’t care for the comics (haven’t really read them), so my Wonder Woman is the Lynda Carter version. And I really love her costume (even tho it is totally impractical in real life, but she gets away with it cause she’s an Amazonian princess and obviously has some clothing superpowers).
(Disclaimer: the Wonder Woman screen captures I’m posting were ones I created and they qualify as fair use. No infringement is implied or encouraged.)

Oh and if you haven’t seen Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, you can buy it on Amazon & ITunes. I own all the DVDs but I’m still tempted to buy eps.

Rabbit trail

Here’s the fun part about my love of Wonder Woman and her costume. I dress modestly. And I mean very modestly; I mean, I’ve been tempted to throw on a polo when the Duggars are in town & see if someone mistakes me for one. 😀 (I also have long hair – so that why it could’ve worked). (see bottom for Disclaimer about how this is only about me & no one else.)

Basically, I don’t wear shorter then knee length skirts & I keep the girls covered. (I try not to wear tight shirts, but sometimes I don’t realize how tight a top is.) I wear pretty clothes that aren’t sexy in the least.  (Flattering yes (or I try), sexy no). I don’t care for sleeveless shirts/dresses either, but that’s not really a modesty thing.

Anyway, that’s all to say that my love of Wonder Woman seems a bit strange.  I think I like her because she was a geek but could kick butt. Anyway, I’ve always wanted a Wonder Woman bathing suit, but since the first bathing suit I’ve felt comfortable in came from this site:Simply Modest Swimwear and I’m too cheap to have one custom made; I resigned myself to only thinking about it.  I now create my own swimwear – from light, fast-drying, synthetic, readymade clothing (yes, I swim in that – I do take off my hat). But you can’t get spangled skirts.

One of my bathing suit creations (there are bike shorts underneath)

One of my bathing suit creations (there are bike shorts underneath)

This too long discussion on modesty is to explain some of the choices I made with this costume. Normal people won’t make these same choices.  But they may find my experiences helpful, just like I found the experiences of other bloggers helpful, interesting & just plain fun to read. I don’t know that I’m doing anything like other bloggers cause they had a sewing machine and did it properly, but I did enjoy seeing what they had posted and all the variations.

Back to topic:

Anyway, last year I decided I was gonna be Wonder Woman for Halloween. Even bought some stuff, but my Daddy’s illness got worse in the fall and he died on Oct. 24th. So I wasn’t in the costume mood.

So this year, I decided to make a Wonder Woman costume, but make it something that I’d still feel comfortable wearing in public.

I also didn’t have my sewing machine, so I was limited on what I could make myself.  This double-side adhesive tape was a godsend.  You can see how much I used. I’m going to try to always keep some on hand. (Disclaimer: I just like Fabric Fuse – this isn’t an ad. Use whatever you like if you need a fabric adhesive. This works for me cause I’m not gonna iron anything and didn’t have a sewing machine handy.) Note, get a pair of cheap scissors (dollar store etc) that you won’t mind ruining if the adhesive sticks all over them. Definitely, do not try to cut this with your good fabric scissors especially if you have to make long narrow strips like I had to at different points.

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Couple criteria:

  • It was gonna be based (as much as possible) on Lynda Carter’s costume, cause she is Wonder Woman to me.
  • It was gonna have a skirt. There is precedent for this. Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman had 2 skirts that I know of. This one is from the Pilot. It’s a wrap-around that is spangled all over.
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    This one is from “Last of the Two Dollar Bills” – It’s a wrap-around that is only partially spangled and the gap is on the side not the front.  I think this one is prettier. I especially like the side opening.
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Costume Pieces

Forgive the color issues. The room was, I think, too dark, so everything is yellowy. Rest assured, these are royal & not navy blue. Links are provided for convenience and cause I’m too lazy (for the most part) to take photos when the good photos are already there.

  1. Star Spangled Leggings from Amazon. This was for several reasons, but not the least of which – it’s pretty impossible to find anything blue with big white stars (the real costume even had embroidered stars). This also allows me more freedom in the skirt choice. (I could go for solid royal blue – instead of spangled). These are very tight, but the fabric is perfect. (Amazon also has them in shorter lengths.)
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  2. Top – Red Tee Shirt with the Eagle Design. I wasn’t going to do the eagle because of the work involved but the XL Wonder Woman Tee shirt I had ordered was basically a XS. I could barely get it on and I’m an M. So back to the drawing board
    How I made the eagle. I found a good forward facing photo of the costume. I downloaded it and opened it in Photoshop, where I cropped it, & after a lot of trial & error, I created an outline with white fill the size i wanted.  3 pieces: eagle (looked more like a penguin), and the wings.
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    It’s not very pretty – but it worked. I pinned each piece to yellow felt and cut out the rough shape. Then I covered it with ribbon using Fabric Fuse and then I cut out the the actual pieces. I decided to attach the eagle to red fabric to make it easier to safety-pin on and off my shirts.  I don’t really like that look that way. I  realized I had forgotten the little pedestal so I added it. When I was attaching it to my shirt, I added a strip of gold ribbon that I could safety pin to my skirt so there wasn’t a gap between the belt and the eagle. The point of my belt was shorter because I wasn’t planning on having the eagle and I wanted to be comfortable. Here is the eagle before  I added the red backing.
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  3. Royal Blue Cheerleader/Tennis skirt from Goodwill. This was just lucky. I was shopping for skirts for me & saw this. It’s the perfect shade of blue. (I had something else, but I don’t need it now). I may stick on some white stars but I may not.
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  4. Bullet Stopping Bracelets (also from Amazon)  I then decorated them w/ red stick on stars (with a sparkly sticker on top) so they ended up like this.
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  5. Cape. This is the inside lining of an evening dress from Goodwill. I was running out of time cause I had forgotten the party was next Saturday. I paid too much money for it (20 – but I really wanted a cape.)  It’s not my dream cape (I want red/white/blue), but it is something I can do without a sewing machine. I have no idea what I’m going to do with the cut up evening gown that is currently on my craft table.
    (I had been looking for a big red, round, satin table cloth to use – I still think that idea would have worked.)
    Unfortunately, I screwed up a bit when I split the top of the cape (it already had a long slit all the way up the thigh so I didn’t have to worry about that.). I did it at an angle instead of straight & the fabric below was off center. If I had it to do over, I would cut on both sides of the seam to remove the seam.
    Because it was part of a dress, what I’m using as neck was originally the waist – so it doesn’t sit properly on the shoulders. I kept having to adjust it to keep it from looking like a Dracula cape with a big collar. Also the dress was asymmetrical so I had to work to adjust it so it look symmetrical when I had finished it.
    Funny story: when I was adjusting it, I ended up cutting off several inches in small chunks. It had been floor length at the back. 😀
    The binding for the cut area and the neckline/tie are satin ribbons from Walmart attached with Fabric Fuse. I had to cut it in half for the thinner ribbon, and that was a pain. (the tie was too long so I ended up cutting it after the party.)
    The stars are 2 packs of stick on felt stars (glittered & non-glittered from ACMoore), plus scrapbooking star sticker from Walmart. Unfortunately, the felt stickers fall off a lot, so I have to use the fabric fuse to help them. The stars are placed randomly especially since I just started putting them on wherever as they fell.
    Note: use sew on stars if you do your own cape – the adhesive felt stars fell off and also my hair would get caught in the exposed adhesive when I wore it. It was, however, neater once I decided to keep the backing on the stars – and use fabric fuse to attach them. Those stars didn’t fall off as often, and when they did, they didn’t stick to anything.
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  6. Lasso – some weird type of hollow craft cord I got from Walmart. I’m not sure what it could be used for in normal crafts, but it was cheap, there and suited my purpose (mostly).  Gold satin cord would be best, but I didn’t have any. Annoyingly, it kept the bumps from the package, so I used monofilament cord to keep it neat & more lasso-ey. It didn’t work that great.
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  7. Boots. I’ll meant to wear my red tennis shoes with red socks. Since I couldn’t find solid red socks (found them the next week) – I created quasi-boot covers. Red fabric (again from the same dress as the cape) and white grosgrain ribbon attached with Fabric Fuse – with an extra long piece of ribbon to disguise my laces.  These are shaped to my legs and I used Velcro to close them. I wore socks that were mostly red to disguise the gap between the boot cover & my shoes. I apologize for the poor quality of this photo.
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  8. The Belt & the Tiara were my biggest worry. I had my plan in mind and had even ordered gold satin from Amazon, but since it wasn’t Prime, it didn’t arrive in time. So I was kinda worried. But I found Gold Ribbon and Gold Scrapbooking Paper that work pretty perfectly. Instructions below.

Instructions – for Belt & Tiara.

If you’re interesting in making your own Wonder Woman belt or Tiara, feel free to see if any of my techniques will work for you.  These “instructions” are more my ramblings on what I did then real proper instructions.
Important: Do not use Fabric Fuse for any closures. It doesn’t have the strength – I kept having Wardrobe malfunctions and my belt actually fell off in the parking lot leaving the party and I had to drive back the next day to get it. I thought I had fixed it but it happened again when I wore it to the office so I MacGyvered it.
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Forgive me – I didn’t take photos during the creation process. But I’ll try to put photos that you can reference if you want to make your own.

Belt Steps:

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  1. Figure out Design and Dimensions.  I figured about 3-4 inches tall at the center with a 2 inch waist strap. I think the point is about 3.5 inches tall.
  2. Cut out design on 2 pieces of tan felt. (Tan so it would be less likely to show thru the satin that never came.) I stack them on top of each other & used a rotary cutter so both pieces were identical.
  3. Use Fabric Fuse and layer the two pieces together at the point. (I later had to add a piece of chipboard because it kept bending).
  4. Add 3rd piece of 2inch tan felt to both sides. so the belt goes around waist.  Attach to both sides then cut in the middle so seam is in the back. (This of course depends on waist size).
  5. Use Fabric fuse to attach ribbon – starting from the center. (the center required an additional layer or ribbon.  Remember to smooth carefully (I didn’t always).
    The ribbon was wired, but I removed the wire. I left the decorative casing of the wire visible at the bottom cause I thought it was pretty and add a decorative touch.
  6. After the outside is covered, then fold over the top using Fabric Fuse to secure. For the point you’ll need to clip and then fold. I didn’t do a very good job at this so it’s a bit bumpy. There was leftover adhesive that stuck out further then the ribbon, so I used random ribbon that I had in my stash to keep it from sticking to everything.
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  7. The closure is velcro. Again, attached with my new best friend: Fabric Fuse. (This was a mistake – sew it on or use safety pins)
    I can add more of the rough side of the elastic if I need to tighten it. There’s enough give right now that I should be able to eat lots of snacks at the party and still breathe.
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  8. Create loop for Lasso. I used a leftover strip of felt about 1 inch by 5 inches. about an inch & a half from the top I sewed a button on the back and cut a small button hole the same distance from the front.  I covered the front with ribbon cut to size – but I left plenty of give around the  button (no adhesive) so I could button & un button as needed. The button is hidden but still useable. I wanted to use snaps but I couldn’t find mine and I wasn’t going out for them so I used a shank button I inherited from my grandmother. I also covered up the inside, where the button was so when it was unbuttoned, Gold was visible and not tan felt.
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  9. Use Fabric Fuse to attach loop to just in front of the right hip.
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Tiara Steps:

The Tiara was also supposed to be gold satin over felt, but since my satin didn’t come I used gold scrapbooking cardstock. It came out way better then it would have otherwise.   So if you want an inexpensive tiara, definitely use this method. (You can probably get cuffs as well from the same piece of cardstock)
This technique of cardstock over felt could be adapted easily for shoebox gifts. Just use ribbon to tie it on instead. It will lie flat & be adjustable for the child that gets it. The tiara would need to be shorter then 12 inches to fit in most shoeboxes tho.
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  1. Figure out design and dimensions. I decided I only wanted the front to be gold and the back to be brown felt so it would blend in with my hair. I thought 3 inches worked for the point and about 1.5 for the band.
  2. Sketch a pattern on scrap paper and hold to forehead to test design & position.
  3. Trace and cut out final design on the back of the cardstock. Rotary cutter works well.
  4. Make a slightly smaller version using felt. I used some tan felt that was a reject for my belt. You want something comfortable between your head and the cardstock.
  5. Attach the felt to the back of the cardstock, using you guessed it: Fabric Fuse.
  6. Cut a piece of brown felt, 1.5 inches tall. Attach to one side of tan felt.
  7. Using trial and error, figure out how tight you want your tiara to be. I realized I had made it too loose, and then too tight because I felt to adjust for the differences between all my hair being under it, and the majority of my hair falling over it. Once you have it figured out, use Fabric Fuse – and then leave it alone so it sticks better.
    It won’t stick well enough so either hand-sew the pieces together or safety pin. Or my personal recommendation, hand-sew one-side and safety pin the other so it’s adjustable. It kept popping off – I thought it was just one side so I safety-pinned that side after the party – when I wore it to work,  the other side popped so I taped it. Elastic would be a good choice – since then it would be adjustable.
    Here’s the back of it.
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  8. Add the Star. Since I had plenty of self-adhesive stars, I used 3. I used a glittery big felt star, with a small non-glittery felt star, and then top it with a teeny sparkly sticker. I wasn’t about to sew on bugle beads to do it properly. Here’s a close-up. I think it came out rather well.
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So that’s my Wonder Woman costume. Here are photos with and without the cape. (my apologies for the first one – I went a bit crazy making sure all identifiable information was gone and then I found stickers.)
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Modesty Note/Disclaimer/whatever you wanna call it: I don’t really have a list of “thou shalts” – I wear what I believe is right and what I feel comfortable wearing. I wouldn’t call someone a hussy cause she wears shorts above her knees or wants to wear a normal Wonder Woman costume, etc. What someone else wears doesn’t affect me, just like what I wear doesn’t affect them. (Besides, I know I’m the weird one.)  Also, this isn’t something that is forced on me. This is what I believe and how I personally dress.  It affects only me. I know no one who has my standards, some family members (not all) have similar beliefs, but not the same. Again, this affects me and me only.

 

Doctor Who Quiz NoteBook

This is my first paper craft how-to kinda. Please excuse the poor quality photos and please learn from my mistakes.

I bought something I’ve been wanting for awhile: a wire binder. Mine is called the Zutter Bind-it-All.

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I did a quick play with it and my first “notebook” was very bad (I think I know how to use it now). but this is my first real project. I have the Official Doctor Who Quiz Book. I’ve had it for a while, but I never really did anything cause I didn’t want to mark in it. I had decided to buy a blue notebook to put my answers in, but when I got the Bind-It-All, I decided to do one better. I made a custom notebook for it. Not only is the cover custom, but so is the content. I scanned in the table of contents, and OCRed it to extract the titles of the quizzes.

I had to clean up the OCR, and since I was in a hurry, I didn’t do that great. (missed a few misspellings).

Then in Word, I formatted it so the title of each Quiz was at the top of the page, and each page had 15 lines. I had originally formatted it in Word (during lunch break)  for an 8.5×11 page, but when I got home I changed it to 5.5×8.5 in OpenOffice. I didn’t bother with too much reformatting so the quiz titles bounce around a little (e.g, they don’t all line up the same because of the titles of the sections etc). Here is a sample page.

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If I thought about it, I would have originally formatted in Word for the smaller paper, and also forced pagination where I wanted it, so there would be no “bouncing.”  I was in a hurry, so it’s not perfect, but it’s OK.   I wanted a title page, so I did this. It’s boring as all get out, but it’s OK.  I also punched all the pages.

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But the fun part is the covers:

This is Tennant’s TARDIS, because 10 is my Doctor. 😀

I think I’m most proud of the inside covers, it is the rondels. It took me about 3 hours in photoshop to make this.  My first print out was too pink, so I adjusted it to this which I think is pretty perfect. I decided to keep my pinkey cover for the back (more on that later) because I didn’t want to waste the paper & ink.
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I had originally intended to make the TARDIS outside covers out of craft paper (and then construction paper when I couldn’t find “Bluest Blue” craft paper), but I realized I’m nowhere near crafty enough for that.  I had created a TARDIS binder cover years ago, but I couldn’t find the PSD file. (that was several computers and hard drive crashes ago). I was going to recreate it (I was so dreading it) when I found this: someone had created a TARDIS PSD for other fans.

I only have Photoshop Elements, so I can’t tell you how fully how cool it is but it is very very cool. I flattened it, cropped it, covered the St. john’s ambulance seal because it wasn’t on Tennant’s TARDIS (and the lock – just cause), added a blue background and ended up with this.

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Because I’m inept at anything crafty, I also bought lots of gadgets for this project. the key piece (other then the BIA) was a Xyron Creative Station to turn the paper for the covers into a giant sticker.  (I knew I’d make a mess with glue.) I was going to make the back first so I could mess up a little.

I had already cut the chipboard into cover size pieces, I also cut down the covers pieces and sent them through the Xyron. (I don’t have pictures of this because I was having difficulty with the machine)

I had previously marked on the white side of the paper where the TARDIS was so I could line it up perfectly. I then removed the protective cover from the adhesive, carefully placed it down. then I folded down the corners and all four sides. I should have clipped the corners but I forgot so the corners are bulkier then I had wanted.

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Now for the inside cover,  I carefully placed my oops rondel paper and smoothed it. IMG_0703

Then I went to punch it. Oops, I had punched it the wrong way so it was going to have to be the front cover. 😦 (Remember place front towards the handle)

I repeated the steps for the back cover and then I made my big problem. I had decided to modpodge it for protection. I had never used modpodge except for a quick test to see which one I wanted to use (I got a sampler). Because my printer is an inkjet, the ink ran some. and in a few places, it even came off. I decided it was almost OK because it looked like it came through a time war. 🙂

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I did a better job on the inside covers because I was learning as I went. and the backs are more forgiving.

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Now to Bind it. I remembered to place the back cover on the front to make it look nicer. (I got white rings on sale (100 for $17 – so I’ll be using them a lot)

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This is so cool. I think it came out pretty great. (other then the modpodge failure). But next time, I think I’ll pay to have it printed on a laser printer instead of my little inkjet.

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Video

Do they play the bagpipes on Mars?

If you didn’t know, one of my many geeky hobbies is making music videos, usually of my family and friends. I’m not that great at them, but they are fun (well, seeing the completed video is fun, the rest is work). This is a very very not great video, but I think my mutated clipart makes it funny. Or at least it makes me smile.
Enter The Haggis is a celtic fusion band; I was a total HaggisHead back in the day, but I’ve calmed down some now. I still like them, but I’ve found other obsessions, namely kdramas.
I made this in a little over 30 days start to finish. I had never opened the program before or since.
TL:DR Background:
10 years ago, I was three things in my free time: a computer geek, a sci-fi geek and a HaggisHead (a fan of the celtic fusion band Enter the Haggis). At the time, JibJab animations were hugely popular, and I thought “I could do that,” forgetting that I have no sense of rhythm or artistic ability. Nevertheless, I decided to learn MacroMedia Flash. I decided to combine all my geekiness into one cartoon, by doing an animation of one of my favorite songs.
But the software was way too expensive for me, so I got a 30 day trial for home PC. And then when I was almost done, I downloaded Flash on my work PC and finished it during lunch and after hours. For some reason, I actually thought learning Flash would be a bonus at work (I suppose for presentations).
I finished the video, saved it as a swf, shared it with a few people and pretty much forgot about it. Every couple of years, I’d see it, find a way to watch it, think I should share this, but promptly forgot about it. Today, I decided to do something about it. I did a screen capture and then reimported the music.
While this “animation” was made in Macromedia Flash originally, this video is actually a screen capture and then I placed the sound back. There were some timing issues because the video would suddenly lag (10 year old technology) so I had to fix them, and I removed my real name from the video because of internet safety. Those were the only two adjustments I made.