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And dozens of white ibis flying overhead, in a very ragged V!

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Big Year update

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Hawk, red-shouldered

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A Gun for Barns

Gunnar Volk, until recently a courier for the Mojave Express, struggles to make sense of things in a world and a self he cannot remember.

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Part One of A Gun for Barns is now posted to AO3! 14 chapters in all. Part one is in diary format, but later parts will be more traditional storytelling.

A Gun for Barns is a completed novel in seven parts; I'll be posting updates regularly. It's a telling of Fallout: New Vegas, originally done for a friend who wasn't able to play the game themselves, and because I love storytelling. ^_^ A Gun for Barns features a bisexual/pansexual main character.

Thanks to PorkWithBones for beta reading and support and getting me to use Scrivener at last.

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Dove, white-winged
Waxwing, cedar

The waxwings are only here in wintertime, in one park near us, so I'm glad today we got a chance to find them. :)

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2 more today, both Columbidae:

Eurasian collared dove
Rock dove (pigeon)

That brings us to 22 for 2019 so far.

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Big Year update

#20 for 2019 - Yellow-rumped warbler (aka butterbutt).

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I have a bullet journal!

Huxrin decided to try journaling and/or bullet journaling, and the package she decided on had 2 journals in it. Therefore she told me:

"If you pick out some themes, I'll do art for your bujo and you can dress up the rest of it."

Which is cool, because if she starts it, I can do the rest, right? Using stickers and washi tape and stuff. I can get artsy-fartsy too! ;) Though I will likely use this for collections and scrapbooky stuff and all that instead of "to do" because I already have a good to-do system set up.

Well, here's what she gifted me with!
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Today: a whole (small) flock of American goldfinches! Easily identifiable by their strongly marked wing bars even in winter plumage. Between 8-12 of them descended on the feeders. Much joy!

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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update

My first piece from Japan! JP-1201692 sent a really cute pop-up card and this colorful fabric.



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Today:
Wren, Carolina
Vulture, turkey

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Greta in Enclave uniform



Greta is scary in just about anything, but here she looks ready to straight up murder someone.

Also she looks really great in the Enclave uniform.

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The Great Wall Art Project

Today it's time to show how I converted a wall hanging into a faux stretched canvas type portrait (with a little help from Dad).

You may remember this piece here:


Mom and I discussed how to do set this up, because goodness knows we have enough wall hangings around the place already. Mom suggested framing it.

There's not a real good way to frame it, because I had to already tack it down to batting to keep the applique in place, and it's an odd size, so framing it would cost something (especially since the art supply store moved and we don't know where).

Instead we came up with the following idea, under the cut. Read more...Collapse )

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Commission: Memory pillow covers

[personal profile] porkwithbones' mother commissioned me to make pillow covers from her late husband's shirts. They were a variety of fabrics and styles that I cut down and sewed for standard sized square pillow forms (not included - covers by themselves ship easily).

Comment/PM me if you're interested in something similar :)



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Finally accessing MST Season 12

Mostly because we got a free month of Netflix again, so we're going to use it.

Some of you may remember that I was not super enthused about Season 11 / nu-MST. They talked too fast (it's not a race, guys) and the movies/jokes got better as the season went on. I questioned the need for that giant cast of skeleton guys as the "live" band. Etc.

So the new season is only 6 episodes long. Man, I remember when a season of anything was 24 episodes or thereabouts. I guess now for any show, a season is what you say it is. /getoffmylawn This is the shortest season of MST, which feels a little like a struggle already. (Maybe the budget now goes toward accommodating all that extra stuff going on? idk)

Anyway we watched the first episode last night - Mac & Me - and holy crap that was funny! It was awesome! J&TB slowed down, it was actually easier to understand them now, and the jokes came fast and furious. Mac & Me was a good choice, it was, wow, quite the stinkburger of a movie, but it helped that stuff happened in it to make jokes about. (Movies where nothing much happens = harder to work with.) All of us laughed so much.

So I have better hopes for Season 12 in general.

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Added today:
Robin, American
Kinglet, ruby-crowned
Jay, blue
Woodpecker, downy
Titmouse, tufted

RCKs are tiny, round, and that "crown" is a little Sharpie streak on the top of their heads that is usually invisible. BUT STILL. One's been hanging around our feeders this week and we finally got enough ID on it.

ETA: It's warm enough to put my own birds outside (in their cage) in the sun, and the RCK landed on the cage to look in on them!

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Mockingbird
Grackle, boat-tailed
Dove, mourning
Sparrow, house

These are all the low-hanging fruit of birding in January, the stuff we see everyday and don't even think about until suddenly someone remembers "oh yeah! We can count them again!"

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Huxrin's finished first quilting project




As noted previously, Huxrin decided to make a complicated pattern for her first quilt project, and a big one to boot, and then displayed her Type A heritage by working on it 14 hours a day over 3 days to get it finished. No lie.

This is the best picture we're likely to get because at this point she was DONE and ready to never try something like this again, or at least without more practice on other stuff first. I said nothing because I would've done the same thing in her shoes (go big or go home! just don't go to practice! lol)

It's a twin size blanket, with (iirc) minky fabric on the backing, fleece remnants for batting (turned out we had *a lot* of them) and the all cotton black and white Vault logo from Borderlands on the front, hand laid out, hand cut, repeatedly fixed, ironed, etc ... I'm very impressed by her work on it.

We all agree, if her boyfriend doesn't appreciate this, he goes into the crocodile pit.

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Postcrossing quilt: fabric update!

Today I received a piece from Russia's Far East, from RU-6929168:



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Huxrin's first quilting project

Still a WIP, but the bulk of it is done. She's making a Borderlands Vault logo quilt (shown here upside down because I'm on the balcony). She charted out approximately how big it had to be, figured out fabric amounts (!) and then freehand-cut all the individual pieces, row by row. There will be more black pieces on the outsides.

It's taken a few days to cut, piece, iron, sew, fix, etc and get to this stage. Yesterday she worked on it all day and after I went to bed around 10-ish. (The black "notch" in upper right is the corner of the fabric falling over the white part, it's not an actual black notch.)

The final will be a bed-sized quilt. This is all a gift for her boyfriend, and, she notes, "he'd better appreciate it." All of us who make things by hand can sympathize.



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WIP Wednesday

800-900 each 2.5" squares of red and white fabric for a future patchwork project.



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