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A friend and I started talking about our first media crushes. And mine, stemming from the time I was about four or five, was Morticia Addams, as Carolyn Jones played her in The Addams Family. Well, I loved the show as a whole, but for me, Morticia was the epitome of beauty, and she was also so nice and loving. I wanted to be her when I grew up, and though I never had the guts to colour my hair black, I was certainly Morticia aesthetics I was going for when I was in my late teens/early twenties.

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Title: To Lucy With Love
Fandom: Timeless
Rating: General
Word Count: 2460
Pairings: Lucy Preston/Garcia Flynn
Warnings: None
Summary: Lucy wrote a journal to give to Flynn. And in another time and place, he writes back.
AN: Written for Chocolate Box as a gift for Rosecake

The whole fic on AO3

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I’ve finished The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I adore it! That, however, doesn’t mean I didn’t find some parts hard to watch, and a few things I liked less.

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A Moment

Feb. 19th, 2019 10:11 am
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Title: A Moment
Fandom: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 794
Characters/pairing Midge Maisel/Lenny Bruce
Warnings: Unresolved sexual tension, non-descriptive mention of kink.
Summary: Midge visits Lenny in his hotel room.
AN: This is what happens when I binge-watch Mrs. Maisel and fall a little in love with the idea of Midge/Lenny. It won’t happen, but the actors have such great chemistry between them, and this little fic suddenly sprung into my mind.

Being scent-oriented I imagine Midge would wear White Shoulders by Evyan. Launched In the 1940s it has been called “the iconic American scent” and with its notes of neroli, tuberose, aldehydes, gardenia, jasmine, orris, lily-of-the-valley, rose, lilac, sandalwood, amber, musk, oakmoss, civet, and benzoin I imagine it would suit Midge well.

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Feb. 19th, 2019 07:15 am
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Not much has happened. February isn’t my favourite month- I’m very tired of winter by now. Though most of the snow has melted away, everything is in dreary greys and everything is muddy. The dogs are incredibly dirty, and every walk has to end with the dreaded towel. I don’t know why being gently toweled is such a big deal, but they behave like I’m whipping them with it.

I had a week off from work, but it didn’t take- I was as tired when I got back to work as I was before. I still think I’m mentally behind from everything that happened last year.

I had a session with a PT and he helped me log in to a very nifty thing. It’s eight machines which go through all the major muscles, and when I log in the computer send me to one machine and it automatically reset itself to suit my height and weight resistance. After 46 sec of lifting I have 30 sec to move to the next machine and after two rounds I’m automatically logged off. I imagine all this are much too wishy-washy for hardcore people, but I’m just beginning. I also find training very boring and it helps hugely with my motivation of going that I know I don’t have to bother with the fiddly bits around the actual training.

I, Myra and Magdalene go together on Sunday to help each other fitting our Robe à la françaises. They are a bore to fit on yourself- I know because I’ve done it, so it was a huge relief having help. I have a narrow back and a very narrow ribcage; my underbust measurement is smaller than my waist, but I have very large breasts. It makes fitting difficult in ordinary clothes, but add 18th century stays and the fitting becomes a nightmare.

This is what it looks like right now, though the colour is off; it’s actually a cool dark brown. I need to sew down all the seams on the bodice now and re-pleat the back. We will get back together in March and by then I want it done enough so I can get help fitting the sleeves. Ignore the white stuff in the front. They are just there for fitting purposes. Everything you can see of the brown lining will be cut away and the gap will be filled with a decorated stomacher.

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With a dose of nepotism. The cutie with the guitar is my youngest cousin.

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I had two lovely fics for Chocolate Box.

Title: Chimera
Fandom: Timeless
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 346
Characters: Lucy Preston/Garcia Flynn
Warnings and tags: Daydreaming, Kisses, POV First Person, Mild Sexual Content
Summary: That night in Flynn's room.

Title: Unreliable
Fandom: Timeless
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1750
Characters: Lucy Preston/Garcia Flynn
Warnings and tags: RMS Titanic, That Kiss, original timeline, the journal, Fake Marriage, Emotional Hurt/Comfort
Summary: “This ship is going to sink!”
“I may not be a historian, but I'm pretty sure everyone knows what happened to the Titanic,” replied Flynn.
“We have four days. Four days left to live. How the hell can you be so calm?” Lucy looked ready to hyperventilate, and she wouldn't look at him.
This is how they spend those four days.
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I finished Crossing Lines. It had the worst bridge ever between season 2 and 3; season 2 ended with one character being involved with something potentially very dangerous, and the season ended with another character entering her hotel room, seeing her in her bed and sinking down into a chair. Which might have meant he found her dead- or found her sleeping and was so relieved he had to sit down.

And then season 3 started and all but three characters were gone. They were addressed in passing as “gone home to their countries”, with absolutely no mention of what happened to this character. Presumably, she survived, but what about the cliffhanger? Which was something season 2 had built toward the whole season. Absolutely nothing was said about that. Very annoying! BUT. Season three was was actually the best season with much better plots. Goran Visnjic was stellar, and I enjoyed the other actors as well. It is rather surprising it was canceled after this season.

Husband got me into watching Riverdale. I read Archie as a child and never cared much for it, so the show didn’t appeal. Well, it’s a very different animal. I like it; it’s rather like Twin Peaks, but I wish I could have seen it when I was a teenager. I think I would have loved it passionately then. And I’m sure I would have developed a huge crush on Jughead Jones.

I’ve just started to watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I love it! It’s very funny and Midge is such a likable character- though I don’t think she should have been a parent- she seems very interested in her children. And it’s gorgeous! I crave her wardrobe too! I love the colour combinations!

See what I mean )

I also look forward to Good Omens, American Gods, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
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I had Doctor Who dream last night which was so vivid I had to think a little to realise it was a real dream and not an old episode. I think it could very well be a pretty good beginning for a fanfic- If I could only come up with what should happen

I dreamt Three and Jo Grant was visiting a planet which was completely covered in an ocean. People lived where the water was most shallow- 15-20 inches deep. The water was warm and the sea floor covered with white, soft sand, here and there interspersed with brightly coloured seaweed. On the whole, the ocean was turquoise and green, and the sky very blue. People lived quite far from each other, even in their cities, with at least 100 yards between houses. They were built in stone in white and pink shades, and there or four stories high. As the bottom floor was covered with water all the furniture there had very high legs.

Three and Jo was very warmly received and given a house of their own. Three seemed to enjoy himself and waded around with his trousers rolled up to his knees. Jo we thankful for her short skirts, but by nighttime, she felt her toes were turning into raisins and opted to sleep on the second floor, while the Three stayed downstairs. Jo’s room was large with a high ceiling and large french windows opening out to a balcony which ran around the whole house. She was just getting into bed when she smelled cigar smoke and when she looked out she found Delgado!Master smoking, leaning against the rail.

And then I, most annoyingly, woke up before I could find out what nefarious plans he had.
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Den dag jag blir fri (The Day I Will Be Free) by Lawen Mohtadi; a biography over Katarina Taikon, author, Swedish Romany activist and leader in the civil rights movement. Romani have lived in Sweden since the early 16th century, and as in most other countries they have been met with considerable prejudice and aggression. Nowadays they are considered a national minority in Sweden along with Jews, Sami, Sweden Finns, and Tornedalians. Katarina Taikon who was born in 1932 didn’t learn to read and write until she was 30, and then she wrote the book Zigenerska (Gypsy Woman) which was a very prominent work in the struggle to finally allow Romani to live in hoses instead of tents and caravans and to go to school. In 1969 she started to write the Katitzi-series, biographical novels for children. It begins when Katitzi is seven. Her mother, a Swedish farmer’s daughter who ran away to marry, dies when she was a baby and when her father remarries when she is five, friends of the family takes in Katitizi. But as they are not allowed to adopt her, she eventually returns to her father. As a small child, Katitizi’s father was quite wealthy, and her foster family was too, but now her father, who runs a tivoli, is a lot poorer. For Katitzi who has forgotten her family, the return is a cultural shock. She quickly grows close to her three older siblings, but her step-mother, who also is Swedish, dislikes her step-children, and in particular Katitzi. In the course of several books the step-mother’s abuse escalates and when Katitizi is fourteen her father marries her off to a man several years older, as a way to remove Katitzi from her step-mother. Her husband, despite having promised to not have sex with Katitzi until she is older, rapes her and after a miscarriage, she runs away and eventually manages to get a divorce. The series ends when Katitzi is sixteen, she lives in a girl’s home in Stockholm and is starting a movie career. Resonating through the books are Katitzi longing to go to school, and also her anger over the prejudices she encounters.

The biography was very interesting. Katarina Taikon suffered a cardiac arrest when she was only 50 and was in a coma for 13 years before she died. The author draws heavily on interviews with Katarina’s older sister Rosa, who was a very interesting person as well. She was 36 when she learned to read and write and then went to art school and reinvented her father’s profession as a silversmith, traditionally something only Romani men did. You can find her work in museums today. Anyway, it was very interesting to learn how accurate the Katitzi-series are in regards of Katarina Taikon life, and gave a very interesting background to how Kalderash Romani came to Sweden in the late 19th century, and what Swedish attitudes and laws in regard of Romani looked like then. We also get an account of Katarina and Rosa’s lives as adults and their work for Romani rights.

But it also has some curious holes. There is nothing about Katarina’s older siblings as adults, which is especially odd as her brother Paul was murdered in the early 60’s, a murder which never got solved, probably largely because the murdered was Swedish. It is also very little about the stepmother and the younger half-siblings. Katarina’s own mother evidently adapted well to Romani culture and her marriages were happy, despite an age difference of nearly 25 years. But her step-mother, who ran away from husband and children t marry Katarina’s father, never integrated with her husband’s family, and could never understand why she, a blond Swedish woman, was met with the same prejudice and hate. It’s clear from the books that her abusive behaviour in large part is due to her own unhappiness. So there was a large chunk of things missing. I can imagine this is because a lot of these people are still alive, or have children who are, and may not want to be featured in a book. But overall it was a very interesting read.

I’m still reading Diana Wynne Jones. Soilers are under the cuts.

A Tale of Time City It’s 1939 and Vivian is evacuated from London. Only she gets kidnapped by two boys from the Time City, a place which consists outside time. They think she is a person called the Time Lady and the want her to stop the imminent destruction of the city and help find Faber John, the Time Lady’s husband and co-founder of Time City. It’s impossible for me to not see Romana and Four as these characters, especially since Faber John’s name means John Smith, and the book contains a lot of time travels. It’s more SF than fantasy, and a book I didn’t like much when I first read it, but now enjoy very much.

Conrad's Fate Fantasy meets Downton Abbey. Conrad has been told he has very bad karma and the only way to fix it is to start working at the Stallery, a huge manor house and find the person who he was supposed to murder in a previous life. He starts working as a trainee valet, along with a boy called Christopher. As in Christopher Chant, future Chrestomanci, who is looking for his friend Millie who has run away. I thoroughly enjoy this book, which is partly a parody of the romance of the big house with its numbers of happy servants. I also like Christopher more when he isn’t just the awe-inspiring Chrestomanci, even if he has wonderful dressing gowns.

The Pinhoe Egg Chronologically speaking this is the last Chrestomanci-book, written from the viewpoint of Cat Chant, and a girl, Marianne Pinhoe, living in a village close to Chrestomanci Castle. Her family is witches who have spent generations hiding from Chrestomanci, as they don’t want him to have opinions on their use of magic. But when her grandmother, the family’s matriarch, becomes senile, things start to dissolve quickly. And it certainly doesn’t get better when she befriends Cat and gives him an egg they find in her grandmother’s attic- an egg which turns out to be of a Read more... )

House of Many Ways This is the third Howl-book, and I find a little uneven. I like the heroine- bookish, sheltered Charmaine who dreams about working in the King’s library and is drafted to take care of her wizard-uncle’s house when he is ill. I love the concept of the house, which is like the TARDIS- bigger on the inside, and I Like the magical dog, Waif. And it’s always lovely to meet Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer again. Read more... )
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As Timeless made me notice I Goran Višnjić have made a point in checking him out in other movies/shows:

The Deep End with Tilda Swinton was a rather odd movie about a middle-aged wife and mother who gets blackmailed by Višnjić character Alek, who starts to feel sympathy for his victim. Swinton was good- she always is, but as we never get any background or motivations for Alek, apart, possibly, being blackmailed himself, he remains flat. As I know the actor can do so much better I guess it was a conscious decision from the director- perhaps for mystery, but it didn’t work.

Practical Magic with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. I remember considering watching this movie when it came because the story about two sisters from a family of witches appealed to me, but I somehow never got round to it. I’ve read some rather negative reviews, but I loved it. I can’t help wondering if some of the negativity is because this movie really is about sisters and the power of women working together, with the sister’s love interest being decidedly second place.

Pan Am I never watched this show when it came because Missy, who was my baby sitter when I was a kid, told me her SiL worked for Pan Am in the ’60s and was interviewed for this show- and she was so disappointed in it. But somewhat to my surprise I really loved it now when I’ve seen it. I’m sure it’s more glamorous than it really was, and no one smokes, but it’s gorgeous and well-acted. It takes place in 1963 and as the name suggests it’s about Pan Am, or rather about the crew on one of the planes. It’s an ensemble cast, but with ´four female and two male characters the focus still lands on the women, who also are a lot more interesting than the male characters. Kate, who starts to work for CIA as a courier, her sister Laura who ran away from her wedding, French Colette who still deals with the trauma of the German occupation and the murder of her parents and Maggie who doesn’t deal well with authority. Goran Višnjić plays a Yugoslavian diplomat who has a love affair with Kate, and he does it very well, though only in a few episodes. Unfortunately, the season ends with a lot of loose threads and then it was canceled. I’m miffed. Very miffed.

Crossing Lines, a crime show about a multi-national investigation group located in Hague, and solving crimes all over Europe. I haven’t actually seen Višnjić in it yet as he doesn’t show up until season 3, but I enjoy it. No gruesome corpses and plotlines which sometimes is quite unexpected.
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Day 9

Commit an Act of Kindness. In your own space, share what you’ve done, talk about what you’ve done, or simply leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I can’t say I have done anything especially kind in the last days, only ordinary everyday acts of kindness. Like cooking dinner I know my son is partial too, or giving the dogs tummy rubs.

Day 10

Create a fanwork. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I’m currently writing a fanfic gift for The Chocolate Box.

Day 11

In your own space, talk about your creative process(es) — anything from the initial inspiration to how you feel after something’s done. Do you struggle with motivation or is it a smooth process? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to pull out when a fanwork isn’t cooperating? What is your level of planning to pantsing/winging it? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I’ve never been able to figure out what it is that triggers me into fanfic. There are lots of things I love, but I never feel the need to write about it. Like Sense8, for example. Or I may write for a fandom, but feel no need to write about some character despite loving them. Most of the fandoms I write in take place/can take place in historical times, and a lot of them have fantastical/SF elements, but not everything I read and watch which fit into that description makes me want to write.

Inspiration can come for pretty much anything. A certain character, or interaction, or scene, but also a picture or a song which somehow gets attached to a fandom and gives me ideas. I usually map out the whole story in my head before I start writing it. Sometimes I write out a synopsis; mostly when I write something with several parts. But I also add and subtract as I write, and sometimes a fic stall because the scene I had envisioned doesn’t work, and I need to come up with something which flows better.

I never write on only one fic at any given time. I’m like that with all my creative processes- I always sew on at least three different things at once. I’ve tried to just work on one thing until it is finished, but the only thing which happens is that I get bores and completely stops doing anything. It works much better for me to switch between projects whenever I feel the need. At some point, however, one of them reach a state where I only want to work on it until it is finished.
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Day 8
In your own space, post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This is both a fun and a difficult challenge. I’ve tried to choose fics which have different themes.

Title: A Conversation in the Yellow Drawing-Room, And Other Letters To Mrs Strange
Fandom: Jonathan Strange and mr Norrell
Rating: Teens
Word Count: 9593
Characters/pairings: Emma Pole/John Childermass
Warnings: None
Summary: Lady Pole writes a letter to her friend Mrs Strange about an unexpected encounter.
Why I rec it:Childernass is such an intriguing character and Emma has so much potential we only see a glimpse of. I also think she is done being the damsel in distress and would prefer to save herself the next time around. It was a joy to write this fic, bouncing Childermass and Emma against each other.

Title: Nothing Interesting Ever Happens in Perivale
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: Teens
Word Count: 4475
Characters: Sarah Jane Smith, Ainley!Master, the Third Doctor, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
Warnings: There are no real pairings in this fic, but sexuality is acknowledged. There is also a strong implication of a past relationship between the Doctor and the Master.
Summary: A story where Sarah Jane goes to Perivale in the wake of Survival gets an unwelcome guest and has some unscheduled time travels.
Why I rec it: I love Sarah Jane. Three was the Doctor who made Doctor Who click for me. The Master is my favourite Who villain. And I always wondered how the Master got rid of the Cheetah virus. Also, I always suspected Sarah Jane would be good at Master-wrangling.

Title: Homeward
Fandom: The Borgias
Rating: Teens
Word Count: 2121
Characters/pairings: Cesare Borgia/Micheletto Corella, Lucrezia Borgia & Micheletto Corella
Warnings: None
Summary: Walk far enough and you end up where you left.
Why I rec it: Micheletto’s devotion to both Cesare and Lucrezia was something which stuck in me,and it always irked me season 3 left so many things hanging.

Title: Super Terram
Fandom: Original story/M. R. James
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 888
Characters: Original characters
Warnings: None, apart from one small ghost
Summary: Don’t disturb the dead. A ghost story.
Why I rec it: This is an original story paying homage to the ghost stories of M. R. James. It is also based on something which happened where I live some 200 years ago. As ghost stories goes it’s not particularly scary, but about half of it is absolutely true.
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Day 6

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

As for so many others I love to recieve comments on my fanfic. They can be found HERE.

And as I realise there are a lot of links produced for this challenge, here are the fandom I have written in so you don’t have to click in vain for something you are not interested in: Doctor Who, bot Classic and New, Peter Pan, Harry Potter, Versailles, Penny Dreadful, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Historian (also suitable for fans of Dracula in general), Sleepy Hollow (the movie), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Mummy, Victoria, Pirates of the Caribbean, Agent Carter, Labyrinth, Emily of New Moon, Ivanhoe, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, The Borgias, The Man in the High Castle, Angel, and one original ghost story.

2. Fanart of something I have written would be lovely.

3. Go and brighten someone else's day with a comment on their fanfic.

Day 7

Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 2 might be a good place to start.) Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I’m going to make a point to find a few new fandoms to read and comment on today.
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Day 4

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterward, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

The Snowflake Challenge is always a good kick in the butt for me to actually read all the fanfics I have marked for later. So I have read a few and commented on them, and I plan to read a few more.

Day 5

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I love fashion history and I love movies and TV shows set in historical times. But a costume may not always be a faithful interpretation of what fashion actually looked like during a historical period. (Reign, I’m looking at you.) FROCK FLICKS is a great blog for reviews over historical pieces, and everything you want to know (or not know) about how well they do the costumes. It’s also very funny.

An in case you are curious of how a certain fashion actually look like, MARQUISE is a good place to start. It covers all periods of history and was one of the first websites ever about fashion history.

There are still a few hours to sign up for THE CHOCOLATE BOX. Create a fanfiction with a minimum of 300 words/a piece of fanart for this multi-fandom exchange. It’s very low pressure and a lot of fun.
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Day 3

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

There are so many works to choose from, but I’m going back in time to a movie that truly started more than one fandom obsessions when I was five; Ivanhoe (1952).

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Day 2

Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

These are my last thee bookmarks, and I think you should read them all!

A Guiding Influence by Cousin Shelley. Deadwood, Al Swearengen/Alma Garret, Mature.

Old Friends and Wartime Acquaintances by chelseagirl. Agent Carter/Lord Peter Wimsey, Lord Peter Wimsey & Peggy Carter & Jack Thompson, Not Rated

Be Unwearied, Unceasing, Alive by OzQueen. The Mummy, Ardeth Bay/Evy Carnahan O'Connell/Rick O'Connell, Explicit.
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It’s Chocolate Box-time again!

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Day 1

In your own space, talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

First and foremost my family’s summer house in the archipelago outside Stockholm. My grandfather designed and built if in the early 60s, and it’s filled with art. My grandmother’s ceramic sculptures and textile art, and now my mother’s awesome embroideries. It’s a place filled with love and happy memories, and to go there is instant peace of mind.

On a smaller scale; my writing and sewing. I write every day; fanfic, or dairy, and a day when it doesn’t happen makes me feel a little lost. I also try to sew every day. I make both my everyday clothes as well as historical costumes, and I find it very relaxing to sew.

To be alone. I love my family and friends, but I also need time to be just on my own. It get rather antsy if I don’t get it.

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