Chess Set idea

I fell down the rabbit hole of looking at chess sets this morning (damn- morning wasted) and I got a neat idea for one. Hoever, I am not that into chess so feel free to take the idea and run with it.

For one side, find the most industrial metal chess set you can and use the pieces from one side (or a combination. maybe) I’m envisioning black metal here but something else could be more fitting. For the other side, have carved wooden trees- different species for the different pieces. Say, fir for the bishop and maple for the rooks… or a tree with treehouse for the rooks. It could also be done with tree spirits but it really should be carved of wood. Use stones for the pawns. Could be named “Hope vs Dispair”… seeing as one could argue either case for either side.

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Fixing in progress

So far I’ve fixed the Nancy pages, the Advent calendar page and the first of the Unplugged summer posts. I decided that I should fix those because they’re picture heavy and they’re my version of a scrapbook page for the fun times we’ve had.

I’m on vacation this week so I’ll work on this a bit at a time but I’m not spending my whole vacation doing nothing but this inspite of that annoying company.

What I am going to do is go and get new glasses (my mid-distance ones broke and they won’t make me a new pair without a new prescription), possibly look at a new car, work on my coffee tablecloth and maybe a couple of other sewing projects, put the windows and doors on the cathedral for my game and teach myself how to play Viticulture.

I also need to take the time to call a friend who’s mom died recently and catch up. I resist calling anyone usually because I have so little time to myself that I tend to hibernate. With more than one day off (and that one filled up with chores) perhaps I can get rested enough to be a little social.

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Technical difficulties- Photobucket issues

Yesterday, I got an email from Photobucket. To whit:

WE NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE BEEN USING
PHOTOBUCKET FOR 3RD PARTY HOSTING*
PLEASE UPGRADE TO A PLUS 500 PLAN.

*What is 3rd Party Hosting?

Photobucket defines 3rd party hosting as the action of embedding an image or photo onto another website. For example, using the tag to embed or display a JPEG image from your Photobucket account on another website such as a forum, Etsy, eBay auction listings, a blog, etc. is definitively 3rd party hosting.

The plan is $400 per year.

Um, really? This is a change in policy on their part. I have a Photobucket account specifically to host pictures for my journal. Hence, I currently have no pictures hosted on Photobucket showing up here. I am in the process of migrating all my photos elsewhere and will be fixing all the links for the pages but it is a Herculean task and I am a busy person.

I will be fixing all the pages that show up across the top relating to interests and projects but I will not be going back through this whole journal and fixing those photo links. If, for some reason, a person would like to see a picture that was embeded in the journal body, message me in a comment and I will fix that specific picture.

I will be deleting my Photobucket account as soon as I have all the pictures. They have made themselves useless for my needs with this greedy money grab.

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Spoons

Emily just discovered where all our spoons are going… into the sink!

(She’s doing the dishes for me since I recently sprained my wrist)

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Pimping my board games: Rokoko

One of my favorite games! I upgraded the coins with metal coins and the tokens with Stonemaier balls of yarn and bundles of fabric. The fabric bundles came as blue and I scrubbed off the blue and redid them as white (this was before the white ones were available!) and found a locking clear box to use as a bank for both coins and tokens.

I also added the Jewelry Box expansion, 2 copies of the fancy dress expansion and a festivity dress expansion, created a custom insert with player trays, made fancy bags for all the tiles, added ten more coloured disks per player and sleeved the cards.

I’m considering upgrading the first player marker to a Stonemaier white scroll. (I decided against this because, on looking at the token, it’s really neat but too small.)

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Pimping my board games: Fields of Green

I have the kickstarter version with all the added content and card sleeves. I upgraded the coins to Mercury dimes, Buffalo nickles and Indian head pennies, made a box insert and upgraded the year marker to a miniature jar of jam.

I did something that coin collectors would consider horrible… I cleaned and polished the coins. First off, coins are dirty- very dirty- and secondly, I wanted them to look used, not be unidentifiable!




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Snow

Well, we have snow… and I have the day off, thank goodness. Emily does not so we’ll see how the roads are when it’s time to take her to work.

I plan to drink tea and work on my tablecloth… and not drive anywhere!

Lately I’ve been playing Undertale- my second video game ever. So far I’ve done two run throughs of the true pacifist mode including beating So Sorry… bUt not Glyde! I tried four or five times but I’m just not that good at dodging. I also can’t get through the end credits to make the door in Snowdin unlock but I think I have managed everything else.

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