Dec 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

As I'm sure you're probably aware, today is Christmas Eve. The day before Christmas. Most people on Christmas Eve are getting excited to open presents early the next morning after Santa Clause drops them off. I don't know about you, but Christmas is kind of different for my family.

We opened presents this morning. I grew up never believing in Santa and we always opened our gifts on Christmas Eve night. A few years ago we opened gifts on Christmas morning for the first time. We all agreed that we liked opening presents in the morning better and the last few years have done it either Christmas morning or like this year, on Christmas Eve morning. That way we have more time to play with our gifts. Besides, it also means we have to wait one less day. ;)

Well, anyways. I woke up a little before six this morning and couldn't sleep so I decided to just get up. I got dressed into my 'Christmas clothing' which consists of my plaid skirt I made the other day, a red sweater, red and white striped socks with jingle bells on them, a jingle bell necklace, and Santa hat.

When I came out of my room I found Sereina was awake and we went to wake up Alina and Daniel. As soon as we entered the room Daniel jumped out of bed and Alina came, but a bit slower.

We always start by opening our stockings. I got a Michael Buble album and the Ever After soundtrack. I'm a huge Michael Buble fan, so I was really excited to see that. I also got a pack of chocolate waxy doughnuts which I may or may not have finished already. ;)

I got so many awesome gifts, but here's the main one's.

An Olaf boble head. Isn't this the best?!

Here's the soundtracks I got.

I've been eyeing this mug since I first saw it at the Disney Store. Isn't it awesome?!

My mom got me this awesome leather sketchbook. I'm always looking at the leather books at Hobby Lobby and wishing I could get one.

I got the Kristoff doll, which completed my Frozen doll collection.

And this is my favorite. It's a Phantom of the Opera mask necklace. I wasn't expecting this at all, and it's so great! I can't wait to wear it when I see the show next year!

After hanging out for a while admiring all of our gifts, we went to the mall. I found some awesome stuff at Target on clearance and got some drawing supplies from the Japanese 1.50 store. We had BLT's for dinner and now we're back to admiring our gifts. Well, the rest of my family is. I'm here listening to Michael Buble's Christmas album (which is available for free right now on Google Play) while writing this post. ;D

But I think that's it.

Merry Christmas!

Dec 10, 2014

Bustles, and wigs, and writing. Oh my!

It's almost the middle of December and Christmas is only two weeks away?! How did that even happen?

I love the Fall and Winter seasons. Cold, dark, rainy, and sometimes snowy days are some of my favorite things. I'm not really a summer person. I'll take the cold over the heat any day. That's partially because it gets really hot in my room in the afternoons when it's sunny out and then I can't really sew.

Speaking of sewing... I made 1870/80's under garments! I've been working on re-creating Christine Daae's Wishing Dress from Phantom of the Opera (the stage version) and have been making all the undergarments as historically accurate as I can.

This is my first historical piece I've ever done, which is really exciting! It's something I've wanted to do since I started costuming. I always thought I would make an 1860's dress first because I love the fashion from that era, but turns out my first historical piece is a bustle dress. Which is super cool, I love bustles too! And they're so fun to wear! Now to just make the actual dress...

You can see more on my costuming blog, HERE!
I've also been working on the wig for the Wishing Dress. Wigs are fairly new to me, but they add so much to a costume! And they're fun to wear. For this wig I got a lace front wig and will be adding to the front hairline with a technique that is called ventilating. Basically it's adding each hair 1-2 strands at a time.

Hair! Hair everywhere!
I've also been making it longer by removing the old wefts and replacing them with longer ones. The new wefts are about 36 inches long and when it's done will be down below my hips (I think it's closer to my knee's actually). I was working on that all day yesterday. It's a slow process but it's going to be worth it in the end.

And today I started rewriting my novel Stateroom 2032 that I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year. A few months ago I got an idea for the last book in the Drake & Houston series which has motivated me to re-write the first book so I can work on the rest in the series.

So far I've written just over 200 words. Yeah, I know. That's kind of weak. ;P I'm so excited to be working on it again that I couldn't help myself and I jumped ahead into the actual writing. I need to work on the characters a little bit and probably the plot too.

Nov 30, 2014

Thanksgiving Weekend

Happy delayed Thanksgiving, everyone! This past week has been a really busy, but awesome week! I finished my novel for NaNoWriMo on the 25th by writing approximately 7,000 words that day. I always like to have my novel done before Thanksgiving and the 25th just sounded like a good day. And when I say always, I mean since last year, LOL. Last year was my first year doing NaNoWriMo and I kinda set a standard for myself.

Thanksgiving was awesome! The day started out as every Thanksgiving does, with watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while going through the adds in the newspaper to decide what shops to hit the next morning. The last few years I've started getting interested in Broadway (even more so  these last few months) and always love watching the previews for the shows. I had 'New York, New York' from 'On the Town' stuck in my head all day Thursday and Friday.

We had friends over, played games, talked a lot, laughed even more, took some interesting pictures (mostly of me), ate a ton of Turkey, played Wii, had pie and root bear floats, and watched football. One of the great Thanksgivings.

Friday my sister had to go to work at 3 in the morning, so my mom and other sister decided we would just go with her to drop her off and get to the mall early. I woke up at 2 that morning, and needless to say I was pretty tired by noon.

I ended up getting some good deals though. I got 3 sweaters from J.C.Penny's for only $21, and they're my favorite sweaters! I bought some last year as well, so now I'm all stocked up on sweaters. I also found a bunch of awesome deals at Fred Meyers like boots, socks, and Christmas lights for my graduation party. Oh yeah, I also got a ton of free doughnuts. I also found a new art supply store which had Prismacolor pencils half off.

Later that afternoon we went to see our friends who were visiting from Idaho. It was so fun to see them in person again. We do a video chat every week to keep in touch though.

And guess what? We got snow! Saturday I woke up exhausted and feeling a bit sick, so I stayed home while the rest of my family went to decorate the Historic Flight Foundation's Christmas tree. I ended up watching White Christmas and having a Star Trek TNG marathon. It's been a long time since I've watched Star Trek and I forgot how much I love it.

I also got to test out my new colored pencils. I decided to draw Rapunzel since I could sketch it out pretty quick. I'm not use to working with color and don't have the proper blending tools right now, but all in all I think it turned out pretty good.

I pulled out my record player today and have been listening to my Christmas records for the first time. I bought a Barbra Streisand Christmas record at a garage sale earlier this year. It's my favorite Christmas record. I just love Barbra Streisand.

One last thing. The first Star Wars The Force Awakens teaser was released on Friday. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it. Like right now. I may have screamed a little when I saw the Falcon. ;)

How was your Thanksgiving?

Nov 1, 2014

Writing, costumes, and poker

Today is November 1st, which means it's NaNoWriMo again! YAY! I was up with my sister until 1 last night counting down the minutes until NaNoWriMo started. I wrote 760 words before going to bed and hitting par early this morning.

Alina and I get a little competitive when it comes to NaNoWriMo. After hitting par I took a little break then came back and my word count is currently at 2,158 and Alina's keeping up with me.

This year I'm so prepared! I've been working on my plot since September 1st (actually, I already had about half of the plot, but I've finished it and added a ton to it since then) and so far it's going extremely well. Okay, it's only the first day, so maybe I should hold off a while. ;)

Also, I've been using a new to me writing program called Scrivener. It's amazing! Seriously awesome! I've been using the free trial, which is set up so you can use it from October 'till December 8th so you can use it during NaNoWriMo. Also, anyone who complete's the 50k gets a 50% off code, which makes the program only $20. So yeah, I'm totally buying it.

So, yesterday was also also Halloween. Alina and I were so excited for NaNoWriMo we pretty much forgot about Halloween. But this year for Halloween I dressed up as Rose Tyler from the "Idiot's Lantern" episode of Doctor Who. If you want to see more pictures and read more about my costume you can check out my costume blog.

And last but not least, a few pictures from last night. Our Halloween tradition is playing poker, and well, this sorta happened. Oh, and I totally won the game. ;)

Oct 29, 2014

Starting Fresh

Ah, where to begin. Okay, so I've been having a hard time with blogging lately. I've just sorta felt like it's a lot of work to find something to write about, then to actually write it up, editing pictures, and in the end only have a few people read it (and most of those people being my family). I think every blogger likes to dream about having a million followers one day. I just sorta got lost in that idea. I thought that because my blog only has 7 followers it meant I wasn't doing it right. That my life was boring. Because lets face it, I don't live an exciting life all the time. I have my moments though.

But I'm going to start over. From this point on I'm going to post whenever I feel like it with no pressure. I'm going to post about my ordinary and most of the time boring life. I'm going to share what's going on with me and not worry about weather other people think it's amazing or not. Weather my posts are filled with lots of pictures or is just a paragraph or two long.

I've wanted to get back to blogging for so long but haven't because of these things. But that all ends now. I'm going to finish this post up with a quick little catch up and then I resume normal posts about my life.

  • In August I discovered Phantom of the Opera and am now a huge Phan and a bit of a Broadway fanatic.
  • Some friends had a costume party on the 25th, which was super fun! My friend Elie, my brother Daniel and I performed a skit at the party. Our skit was Rapunzel (because we're so creative when it comes to titles) and was basically a spoof on the original fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Oh, and I also went as Rose Tyler from Doctor Who (you can learn more about that on my costume blog)
  • We got to go to the Seattle Opera for an open house type thing and I discovered I may like opera. I'm still waiting till I actually see one before I can say for sure. ;P
  • I just got another Star Wars costume book. The book, Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, just came out yesterday, and I was so excited to get it the day it came out. It's awesome! There's a ton to read in it, and so far I've only flipped through the pages to look at all the costumes.
  • I've started planning my graduation party for next year. I'm going to have a Phantom of the Opera themed Masquerade! I'm so excited! It's going to be so much fun!

Just a little warning, it could be a day or  weeks from now until my next post. I'll just post whenever I have the time.

Sep 23, 2014

It's NaNo Season!

It's that time of year again; NaNoWriMo prep season! I've been working on my plot and characters for this years novel since the first of this month. I'm so excited for this year! Since it's my second year I know what to expect and know how to prepare myself (AKA, plot out my ENTIRE novel).

Anyways, I got a little ahead of myself and made a cover for my novel, Off Course. I found I liked making book covers, so I made one for my sister and a few for my other stories too.

Okay, premise of the story. It's about a group of astronaut that are a mission to Neptune when they get transported to another galaxy. That's the simple version, it's pretty complicated.

This is one I've been working on off and on for a couple years now. It's sort of like Sleeping Beauty, except not. It's kind of complicated. Again... :P

Okay, this one's simple!  It's a historical accurate version of Cinderella set in 1866 (still have to decide weather it's set in America or England though).

If you're also participating in NaNoWriMo, my username is Tiarab15, so be sure to add me!

Aug 3, 2014

The Tri Cities Trip

Last week my dad, sister, and I went over to the Tri Cities for Historic Flight to sell rides on the DC3 durring the Tri Cities Water Follies event. My dad went last year and this was my sister's and my first time going and flying in the DC3.

The morning we were supposed to leave there was thunder and rain. It was the first cloudy day we'd had in a while. We had to wait a few hours before taking off and ended up heading down to Portland before swinging over to the Tri Cities in order to avoid the storm.

Alina was happy to be on the ground again. We both were getting a little motion sickness which we believe is due to the droning of the engines.

One of the days we got to go down to the pits and see some of the racing.

Another night we got to go out on a river cruise on the Columbia River.

The guy who owned the boat let both me and my sister take the helm for a while. I can now say I've driven a boat much farther than I've driven a car.

The trip back was much smoother and the weather was clear. I was able to get some good shots of Seattle.

It was a super fun trip even though during the day we didn't really have anything to keep us busy with. And even though it was slow it was still successful. We sold lots of seats, got to do a lot of swimming at the hotel, and at lots of great food!