There is a part in the last episode of Firefly, “Objects in Space,” in which Jubal Early tells Simon Tam, something along the lines of, “your sister is the smallest cargo I’ve ever had to transport, but by far the most troublesome.” This quilt was my River Tam:
After three months of sewing every seam twice and still finishing several by hand, I finally completed this baby quilt for my cousin who had her baby in March.
Fortunately, I also just finished a quilt for yet another cousin getting married (did I mention my life is rapidly turning into four weddings and a funeral?) and I think this is my favorite of the bunch, just because of the colors.
There is a sport around here which involves riding a raft behind a speeding boat. Generally speaking, the goal of the person driving the boat is to throw the person on the raft into the water, and the goal of the person on the raft is to hang on for dear life. When you do fall off, you hurl into the water at such speeds that it feels like hitting concrete and for a moment, before your life jacket pulls you to the surface, you have no idea which way is up. Getting back from the road trip felt a little like that.
I had two poetry shows that I’m supposed to be getting off the ground, and people from every corner asking about these things. One show is just beginning, with people who were part of it threatening to drop out, and the other show needs a rebranding, including a new name, and did I mention it’s taking place at a venue where the owner just died?
Needless to say, the last few weeks have been very stressful. But the first show got off the ground (and is getting a new name!) and being in June, we celebrated Pride month, and I tried my hand at some rainbow eyeshadow.
And I had so much fun with that, I decided to do some Slytherin eyeshadow and support my house.
And then I made a new shirt.
The artistic endeavors have been helping me get out of my panic. The next show is tomorrow, so here’s to hope.
This month is the rough two year anniversary of my sewing habit. In that time, I have made half a dozen quilts, several shirts, a couple of skirts, and a dress. But all of this got started with a little Klutz book I picked up on a whim at our school’s book fair: Paper Fashions. Whenever I felt stressed out, I set to designing clothes. And then I got out my sewing machine to make them.
But then there’s the question of what do with all the paper fashions? Sure, I can make magnets out of them, but at some point, I’m going to have a lot of magnets cluttering up my refrigerator.
Solution: make cards with them.
And with some help from Chibitronics, I even made them light up!
I even tried my hand at a shaker card and attached one of my magnetic outfits to it.
So, I guess I’m a Potterhead… or whatever they’re calling them these days. I like Harry Potter. I was one of those kids who didn’t like reading until Harry Potter came out. Then I realized I liked fantasy books, and I’ve had my nose stuck in one ever since.
So I’m a fan of a lot of fantasy schools, not just Hogwarts. There’s also Bloor’s Academy, Cackle’s Academy, Brakebills, and Winding Circle Temple, to name a few. And all of these places have something in common–they tend to group people into houses.
I’m not just a Harry Potter fan, I’m one of those people who identifies with a given house. I’m a Slytherin, a fact that tends to surprise people. Most assume I’m a Ravenclaw, but I tell them I’m a Slytherin, and I’m a Slytherin for the worst reasons–I decided that was the house I wanted to be in. (If you’re not familiar with the series, it’s pretty clear that if you choose a house, the sorting hat likely sticks you in it.) So back in October, when I saw the house letterman jackets in Hot Topic, I decided I wanted that Slytherin jacket.
But the jacket inspired a whole new magic school with a whole new set of houses.
See, we have all these different magic schools that tend to sort students into houses, often associated with given colors, and they often have uniforms. But I wanted to see a magic school where kids actually wore letterman jackets. Thus, I invented Faraday.
A few notes about Faraday. Faraday is an international school for wizards in a fantasy world where wizards… are actually really common. Roughly 50% of the population. Granted, Faraday only takes the best of the best, but it’s worth noting that magic, by itself, does not make any of the following characters special.
Faraday’s house system is also a little different from Hogwarts (and all the others, for that matter. But you’re most likely to be familiar with Hogwarts.) There are five houses–each with its signature color and mascot–and a sixth house reserved for freshmen. Your first year at Faraday, you just live with all the other freshmen until the students in one of the other houses tap you to join them. So I guess you could say, I drew from all of the fantasy schools I knew. And, naturally, I created some characters to attend this school. And then I did some mock-ups: