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No really I mean it this time

Considering I actively follow exactly four journals here, three of which have external RSS feeds, I am signing out for the foreseeable future. LJ, you were good to me when it mattered, and I might be back again someday. But in the spirit of uncluttering aspects of my life, this has to go.

*poof* *vanishes*

Uhhh...mushroom what??

How on earth did my Divine Bird icon turn into a mushroom? I didn't do that. It wasn't like that this morning. It's even been changed in my image folder.



My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
divinebird goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Renaissance Bar Wench.
dawn_metcalf gives you 13 softly glowing cinnamon-flavoured jawbreakers.
drakonlily gives you 11 green peach-flavoured wafers.
grand_sealink gives you 5 mottled green root beer-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
huaman tricks you! You get a block of wood.
jaggedapple tricks you! You get an eraser.
kathrynt tricks you! You lose 6 pieces of candy!
kling_to_me tricks you! You get a piece of paper.
skullx tricks you! You lose 4 pieces of candy!
sorda_sol gives you 14 mottled green tropical-flavoured gummy bats.
tezcatlipoca98 gives you 9 light blue cherry-flavoured wafers.
divinebird ends up with 42 pieces of candy, a block of wood, an eraser, and a piece of paper.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

AHAHAHAH Jaggedapple, you gave me back that damn eraser. :P

Trick or treat, my dears! And yay, my blog really is back. Check out pics of my socks (I KNOW SO EXCITING TO YOU NON-KNITTERS) here. :D


Yeah, it's time again--get yer writing butts over to the NaNoWriMo website and sign up, ya pansies!

I am actually kind of fired up about it this year, more so than other years. Like, I always look forward to it, but this year I'm facing it as a catalyst for my nearly dead writing mojo. I've got a great story (*I* think) and some great ideas, but I've been lacking the drive to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. But if I can get 50k words out of my head, maybe...just maybe...I'll feel the old magic once more.

Heck, even if I don't, I'll still have 50k words written that I didn't before! :D

Oh, and I'm Chocobo Goddess (two words) on the site. FRIEND ME OMG.


Finished Socks!

Check out pics and stuff on my blog (which is back up, yay!) at http://divinebird.com/wordpress

Also, did you know you can get updates from my blog that show up in your flist here on LJ? I have an LJ RSS feed that automatically sends a message to your friends list and links back to my blog. You can also comment on the entry here at LJ; I will see the comment either way.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled lurking! ;)

Back up, HOORAY, and a book meme

Yep, Divinebird.com is back up and running again! Hooray!! To celebrate, here's a fun little meme from the always-entertaining jaggedapple:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next seven sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
6. Tag five friends to do the same!

After the hem and tuck have been stitched, press them well on the wrong side. The hem and tuck finished are shown at No. 9. Sometimes the perforations will mark the fold line of the tuck, in which case follow the directions on the label.

If the tucks are not provided in the pattern they must be allowed for in cutting, and experiment in pinning them in place must determine their position, depth and the space between. Both sides of the skirt should be traced at once with tailors' tacks, as explained. After the stitches are cut and the two sides separated, fold each tuck along the line of the tracing thread and baste. Now measure from the
under side of the tuck, toward the bottom of the skirt, the allowed width of the tuck.

From Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques, edited by Kristina Harris.

I tag drakonlily, kling_to_me, duskydawn, esotaria, and skullx. I admit this is technically the THIRD book I grabbed, as the first one was a book of sock knitting patterns with no real sentences on that page, and the other was a collection of Belle Epoque illustrations of women with NO text.

Empty Bobbins

I finished several large projects today, and now five of my six spinning wheel bobbins are empty. It always feels so good to see those empty bobbins looking back at me!

My spindle demo at the Coventry Farmer's Market fiber festival went pretty well today. I brought all of my spindles to show different types to the crowd, as well as different fibers. While I was successful in keeping people's attention, there were a few things I'd change for my next demo. First and foremost, I'd get myself a freaking timer!! I was supposed to speak from 11:45-12:15, but when I was done, it was 1:00! No wonder it seemed like it took forever. :) At least I know I have enough material for demos like that.

It was also nice to sell some things for once. I sold a pair of baby hats and a set of notecards, and a bunch of people really looked at my yarn. I mean, REALLY looked. I hope I see this translate into a few sales from the shop! Deb & Sandra did very well, too, so it's worth it for us to go back again. Each time we do this kind of thing, we learn something new to make the following time even better. One thing I know is that we are DEFINITELY getting our own canopy, and I will make fabric panels for the walls so we have some shade. I also need to get my own folding or collapsible chair. It's finally become a real necessity.

Oh! And I bought myself a little Bolga basket. It's the perfect size and shape for my drop spindle projects, it's portable, and it's cute. I'll get a large one someday, but this one makes me happy on its own. I also picked up some more Wensleydale roving from the same source as my prize-winning skeins. My goal is to spin enough for a sweater, especially since it's a nice neutral charcoal color. I have been asked in the past whether or not I can get more, so now the answer is YES.

Divinebird.com is still down; I'm in the process of redirecting to Divinebird.net, but that may take a little while. *sigh* I just want my site back. Anyone else have ideas about how I can get some results? It'll be two weeks as of Tuesday. :(

PS: jaggedapple, I met someone today who also works in Ghana, and she had two Ghanians with her! I told them I knew someone who worked with the Volta school and she was very happy to hear that. Also, I need to teach you to spin so you can teach people there. She came to see my demo because she wanted them to learn. :)

Divinebird.com DOWN

I'm hoping this pops up to the top of searches soon. My page, DIVINEBIRD.COM, is down at the moment. I am adding DIVINEBIRD.NET as a secondary domain until I can get the .com back up, but even that will take a few days to start.

Please bear with me while I get my page back on track. I am now considering my domain to be held hostage by Internet Names For Business, and I'm pursuing any route I can to get my name back.

Thanks, guys!

Holding Pattern

Still no website. I officially hate the people who bought my old webhost, for a) not getting back to me right away and b) not even telling me they were the owners of my domain when they bought the company. Until then, please bear with me while I maintain a holding pattern here on LJ. That being said...

First of all, my yarn got a 4th place, a 2nd place, and two 1st place ribbons at the Big E's Fiber Nook skein competition. Best part? One of my skeins got Best of Show! :D


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And now, seriously, the coolest meme ever:

My Interests Collage!Collapse )

duskydawn, drakonlily, and esotaria, you guys totally need to try this. I beefed up my interests on LJ so I would get more pics, and I love how it all looks together.