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christmas meme

 Step One

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. 

And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out; it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish and it might come true. Give and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

1. Models, I need models. Have a costume you just want to capture, an idea you want to create, lets collaborate. I really want to stretch my creative muscles this year. Even if its just plotting for future collaborations, like at COCO this year lets do..... I would like to have creative ideas to look forward to. 
2. Give me some ideas to stretch my photo abilities. Hey Amy there is this really cool technique and tutorial on how to do it. Try it out on me/ your cat. Hey Amy I think you could really express this idea..... Don't be offended if I can't get to it right away. My camera is on the down hill slide. 6 month goal before COCO is to get a new camera.
3. Costumed events. I'm working! Which means money, which means I can go places now. Where's all the places I can go? Preferably 6 months or so out so I can work it into a new employee schedule and pay off a few bills first.
4. A sew and bitch session in January. IRL would be awesome but even a skyped in one would be nice. I'm lonely and need costuming inspiration.
5. I adore Christmas cards. Since my military days and mail call, mail makes me stupid happy. Even a card that just says "hi", it makes my day.
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6.Nursing things. Bonus points for vintage or historical
7. Polariod films.   I have some creative projects that require lots and lots of it. I have been telling EVERYONE who asks what I want for Christmas that I want film. regular, monochrome, colored backgrounds. ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the film. Link takes to options but it just needs to be fujifilm, Mini, intanx 
8. Here's my Etsy wishlist.  I don't actually expect anything off of there but I figure it doesn't hurt.
9. If anyone knows a  source of cut steel buckles/clasps that aren't to expensive, please share!

10. Do you make any hand made x-mas decoration? I love ornaments, especially ones that have meaning or are handmade.

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Day 7. 16.25 more motifs and 26 days to go

 I didn't get to posting last night either. I'll get the hang of it some day. I only got a quarter done yesterday. I was having a very BLAH day. I'm not entirely sure why. Summer blues... feeling guilty that I'm not working or going to school type thing. The torn feeling about not wanting to jump into school but at the same time I do. Lack of sleep. Who knows. Just feeling blah and didn't want to embroider. But hey I did get .25 done, and while the blahs are lingering they are not nearly as bad as yesterday.
So I am only 1.25 ahead now. If I can get 1.75 done tonight I'll be back where I started with being 2 days ahead.  This weekend we didn't schedule anything so the plan is to do 2 each day and get my sewing room straightened out. Plus work in the garden a bit, finish my BSN registration, and make dinner each night. Hopefully all doable.
If I do get 2 each done this weekend I won't feel bad about going with my brother to his in-laws house on the beach for 4th of July. The two days I'll be there will be covered so any I get done at their house will be bonus and I'll still be two days ahead. So that's my weekend plans. Whats everyone else working on this weekend?
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 I missed posting yesterday. I finished my motif around midnight and crashed for the night. It was a trying day. I got a phone call that woke me up and it was Cal State Bakersfield, the school I was going to do my BSN through. They had more seats open up. I had choose back in March that I couldn’t handle the stress at that time and I’d wait a year and get set in my job. Then they extended the deadline and I felt guilty but the hubby and I had our plan so I was sticking to it. People got there acceptance letters and I felt even worse. Now this and I can’t help but think big guns is saying do the program. I’m torn. Even though hubby said go for it. Leave it to fate, if I’m meant to go I’ll get accepted and the student loan will go through. If not I take the year off. Part of me wants to be selfish. I want a life. I want to sew and not look like a said excuse of a costumer for the 5th year in a row at CoCo. I want to go to Big events like France. I’m tired of being tired all the time. I sick of all the stress. 
But I also know this is a needed step towards Nurse Practioner. It’s more money in the long run. Plus I’ll have the potential to save money if my FAFSA goes off last years vs waiting and starting to work and the FAFSA reflecting 2 full time incomes. And this will get me there quicker if I get in. Also I’ll know some of my classmates, since some of mine already got accepted. I cried because of frustration hereand the hubby talked with me and that’s how we came up with the go for it.  That’s my goal for tomorrow.
When hubby got home we went to dinner with my folks as a late bday thing then went to the rental property. Kid flushed a toothbrush down the toilet ! !??
today was my last day of review for my NCLEX exam and I ran a bunch of errands while I was in town. And I still managed 2. Motifs! So I’m 2 ahead.
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Day 2 of 32.

 It’s technically tomorrow but I haven’t gone to sleep so I’m counting it as posting for the second day. I didn’t make my goal of getting ahead. It’s my hubby’s bday so we did stuff to celebrate all weekend. Card games Friday and Saturday nights. Dinner and a game tonight. I did finish my 1 motif a day though. So on track but not ahead. My sewing room didn’t get touched either. 😑
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 In case you didn’t know, 32 days until CoCo. So I thought I’d try and do something new and post everyday until then. Maybe boring, lots of embroidery but it may help me keep on track. So I won’t bore you with a ton of similiar life looking pics.
I have 23.5 more motifs to go than I can assemble the dress. I have to dedicate a couple hours a day to studying for my State boards. I have one more 6 hour day of review and I tutor Monday’s and Thursdays which take away 3 hours on those days. I still need to clean and finish unpacking my sewing room, and want to make the battle ready Belle in time for SDCC which is the weekend before CoCo. Oh and there’s SDCC which won’t have a whole lot of sewing happening. Goal is minimum of one motif a day. They are averaging 3 hrs each. So yea... that’s where I’m at. Now to get embroidering. Hoping to get 2 done today so I’m ahead and start tackling my sewing room.
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Remember me? I use to costume, take photos.... be creative. Not a whole lot of that happening. Well unless you count this.
I graduated! I'm officially a graduated nurse! I don't have a ton of pics of myself in the nursing outfit. I was a good girl and left it in my bag/didn't bring it on stage and into the green room with me. And by the time everything was said and done I was done and ready to be out of it.  Guess I'll just have to do a photoshoot sometime this summer. :)

I still have a hard time believing it. The last semester was pretty hard. I had a teacher who was extremely rough. 4 people failed with her. My grandma also passed at the start of the semester, which was hard to deal with while doing my clinicals in the ICU. I'll start studying for my NCLEX soon. Maybe then it will seem more real.
Katherine came out which I was super happy for. And she showed me her recent pretties that she is working on so I am getting pumped for CoCo. Unfortunately the end of the stress, immune system bottoming out, sickness hit me pretty bad. Today's the first day I've tried to do anything since Wednesday. I've started plotting for CoCo. I know better than to plan to much. I will only disappoint myself. So currently my focus is on two. And I have a few back up in case those go faster than I expect, (does it ever?) and a few tweaks needed ideas.
So here's my ideas: The silver embroidery Regency dress I started for the Jane Austen Evening.  Yea... I should finish that. So the plan is to embroider the bodice. Construct the gown and then embroider more if I have time. But the minimum will be the bodice is done. My ultimate goal is an embroidered bodice and an elborately embrodered hem, with new transitional stays to go underneath. Will that be done by CoCo..... no. But maybe by the next Jane Austen.
My second plan is also wanted/needed for SDCC. Battle ready Disney Princess, Belle.

I'm super excited to start on this one. I get to try my hand at foam armor constuction. And there are so many fun elements to this dress. Only thing I am dreading is the wig. I don't have a ton of money right now to throw at this project. Has anybody heard of this company? Because this is a great deal and the wig doesn't look half bad.... TO good to be true though?
Back up plan would be to finish a 1910-1920s ensemble I found in a fashion calender. I was going to do quick and dirty version last year but they had no sewing machines at CoCo so I scraped it. I have the fabric and antique lace.....
I also have a chemise gown that hasn't been worn in several years. As long as the sleeves still fit the rest is very forgiving. I can use a different sash, make a colored pettioat... lots of options and I woud be wearing what feels like a new gown.
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But again I am stuck with what do I do with my hair. The crappy wig I wore with it before was thrown into the trash when we moved. And it needs to be on the cheaper side of things...
And the last idea I had was I could wear my nursing uniform. That ugly white sack needs some more outings. And the hat is stupidly cute. My dream would be if I could wear it with a WW1 or WW2 Nursing uniform cape. I freakin adore them. I keep debating buying a vintage one as a present to myself for graduating. But I decided what I really want is to get a REPRO. That way I can embroier my initials and what not into the collar. And I wouldn't feel bad about rocking it EVERYWHERE. :)
So thats my ideas.....
I missed you guys..... I hope you didn't forget me to much.
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 I was able to finish the mock ups for the new gown, thanks to Katherine.  I unfortunately didn't get much else done on it. Yesterday I hung out with Katherine until she left. Putzed around the house till we went out to dinner with friends.  Had a few drinks, edited a few photos, and fell asleep on the couch. Woke up  and went to bed. Today I stayed in bed late snuggling kitties.I finished up a bunch of school related chores. Signed up to take Advanced Cardiac LIfe support and Pediatic Advance life support classes and ordered books.  Did chores around the house and finished editing photos. I didn't finish until after midnight though, because I did the one's Katherine and I took and the ones I took at my sister-in-laws wedding. I know myself enough to know that if I start to cut out anything after midnight, it'll take me 3x as long as it normally would. So I'm calling it an 'early' night. After Katherine gets a chance to see the photos I'll share a couple of my favorites. :)
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I know I said I would post daily

Its all Katherine's fault. Well only partially. Its because we are up talking and working on projects that I forget to post right before bed. When we decided to roll up and go to bed I am falling asleep. Not complaining. Its been nice to have someone to talk to. And it has to be helping my anxiety some. I've slept in longer spurts then I have in 3 weeks.
Past two nights I have been working out an embroidery piece. I think I got it to a good place last night to actually start on the real thing. Now for mock ups, which is where I am dragging my feet a little. Just don't want to get into the corset that I know is a tad small. If I can get over this hump, I know the gown should go together pretty quickly. I am super excited about this gown guys. LIKE CRAZY excited. Just have to get mock ups done...... Tonight... goals for tonight.... and maybe with Katherine here she can keep me focused. (Maybe I should let her know the plan.)
I'm also a horrible copy cat of Katherine's. I had been humming and hawing about the lack of proper dress diaries in blogging anymore and if there was a way to still do it. And yes DW is a journal style that you can follow tags, but I don't have that kind of time with school. She mentioned her Instagram dress diary idea, and it was the missing piece to what I had already been thinking about. So I asked her if she minded if I be a total and utter copycat. She said it was fine so...... Here is my new instagram account.
In case you wanted to follow but are not already. My completed costume, pushing my cosplay more, and a little bit of my day to day account is this one
New dress diary account is above, and my photography account is this one

I get to go and take some photos of Katherine now. So hopefully next update will have some pretties to show.
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Day 2

Not a whole lot done today. Cleaned up around the house and ran errands. Then went into town to see if I have strep. Rapid strep says no. So more rest and push the liquids.
I pulled out the crazy quilt bear UFO. But didn’t make any progress on it. I needed scissors and got lost in my sewing room putting things away for a hour or 2. Never did find my scisssors, and it’s like the “Where’s Waldo” of cleaning/sorting. Not sure what all I did but it was solid work. So that felt good. Just wish I had found my scissors.