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Aug. 24th, 2013

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[sticky post] Hello world!

We are Austentatious and the Brontesaurus: craftmakers, book readers, BBC watchers, amateur historians, and clearly not using our real names. This is our journal. It will be filled with things we've made, things we've watched, things we've read, and things we've just found really, really interesting.

If you stick around, you might find such information as:
- Which film adaptations aren't as good as the books, and which are better.
- Who were William Wilberforce and William Pitt the Younger, and what happened when they went on their OE to France at the age of twenty-four.
- What a host of Regency, Victorian and post-WWI writers were doing when they weren't writing.
- And why all fictional heroes should be crocheted.

Then again, you might not!

Until then, believe us to be, yours very sincerely,

Austentatious and the Brontesaurus

Nov. 27th, 2013

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Scarf Bear

In honour of the 50th Anniversary of one of the greatest shows to ever grace the universe with its presence, I wanted to make something special for the Doctors (all 13 of them). The first thing that springs to mind, naturally, is The Scarf. But I already had one of those, and a project like that is rather intimidating. So I thought about something I could make that used The Scarf, and was probably something that the Doctor didn't have. The result: Scarf Bear!

He is modelled on a section of the pattern for the original Series 12 Scarf, at about 1/4 scale (occasionally fudged so there are no half rows), but the colours don't look quite right in this picture. Austentatious embroidered his little nose and eyes, which make him look quite Doctor-ish. He was finished a day or so after the anniversary, but time is relative.

Here he is!Collapse )

Yours very sincerely,

The Brontesaurus (who is not a Time Lord, but would quite like to be).

Nov. 16th, 2013

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Easier than eating turnips...

At long last, Mr Hornblower has some shipmates! Please welcome Lieutenants William Bush and Archie Kennedy (under the cut).

So full of yourselves, and of each other...Collapse )

Yours sincerely,

Austentatious and the Brontesaurus
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The Mighty Minion

One of my friends really loves the Despicable Me movies. In particular, she loves the minions (and hey, who doesn't?). So, to celebrate her birthday, I made her one of her very own to order around and try to take over the world with. This was my very first attempt at devising my own pattern, so here he is - expect to see him stealing the Eiffel Tower (even if it is only the small one from Las Vegas) very soon...

Click here for the Minion!Collapse )

Yours very sincerely,

The Brontesaurus

Oct. 22nd, 2013

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What is a swash and how does one buckle it?

We're back - and with another Regency hero. Please welcome the heroic Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower!

The exceptionally talented Brontesaurus crocheted his little body, complete with shoes, white trousers, shirt, cream waistcoat, and black neckerchief. I accessorised him with his coat, red silk lined cloak, and hat, based on his uniform as seen in "Mutiny" and "Retribution". I also embroidered in his soulful dark eyes, intriguingly triangular eyebrows, and perfect dark curls (well, the curls were actually purpose-bought doll hair, which I sewed on and tied back in a cue. Ioan Gruffudd's hair defeats even the most ingenious application of embroidery thread).

He's settling in very well, and eagerly awaiting the arrival of more of his shipmates before embarking on swashbuckling adventures in the name of duty, honour and jumping off cliffs.

Pictures under the cut!

Yours very sincerely,

Austentatious

Distinguished as the midshipman who was seasick in SpitheadCollapse )

Aug. 31st, 2013

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Sharpe's Friend

After making plushy Richard Sharpe for Austentatious, I thought he might be a little bit lonely (and endangered!) without his friend and sergeant, the faithful Harper to keep him out of trouble. So, I got my crochet hook and made him.

He's not quite 6'4'' and built like an Irish tank, but he has some truly remarkable curls embroidered by Austentatious, along with the buttons and insignias on his rifleman's jacket. And Plushy Sharpe seems a lot happier now he has someone to put up his tent, make him tea, and turn down his bed in the evenings.
You bone-headed Paddy...Collapse )

Yours very sincerely,

Brontesaurus.

Aug. 30th, 2013

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Will Power 2

Will Power2

Because I can't help it, I have more Wilberforce and Pitt to share. This time, in an adventure with politics, letters, and pistols at dawn (well, three in the afternoon. No-one ever accused Pitt of being an early riser).

By the way, those pictures are indeed of Wilberforce and Pitt, both in their late twenties. Wilberforce is the one on the left looking dreamy and visionary, and Pitt is the one on the right who looks (thanks to the Brontesaurus for this) as if he's expecting to be put on a bank-note. Most of the information I'm putting down comes from William Hague's two excellent biographies, and from way too much time spent reading eighteenth-century newspapers.

Read on under the cut!

Yours very sincerely,

Austentatious

How to challenge your PM to a duel...Collapse )
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May the Force be with us, especially now there's JJ Abrams at the helm...

I love Star Wars. More importantly, I love Obi-Wan Kenobi. As played by Alec Guinness in Episodes IV-VI, he is amazingly powerful and epic. As portrayed by Ewan McGregor in Episodes I-III, he is simply an amazing human being. With a lightsaber. I thought it was about time I immortalised him as a plushy. Since I'm incapable of making beards that don't look like space-fungus,it had to be the youngest version. With, as usual, hair and facial expressions (and his epic Jedi robe!) by the remarkably talented Austentatious, I submit to the internet at large, Jedi Padawan Plushy-Wan Kenobi:

I have a bad feeling about this...Collapse )


Yours very sincerely,

The Brontesaurus

Aug. 28th, 2013

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Still Sharpe

Behold a Regency-era hero - and no, it's not Mr Darcy (or William Wilberforce). The Brontesaurus has, at my request/plea, expertly crocheted Major Richard Sharpe!

He has been placed into my care, and I'm looking after him well. I've already embroidered some buttons on his jacket, gave him some suitably tousled hair, and forged him a sword (out of a paperclip). It's not quite as impressive as the sword of friendship and Celtic magic forged by Harper in Sharpe's Sword, but it will still skewer some French soldiers.

Here he is, under the cut!

I say, aren't you the Sharpe who took the eagle at Talavera?Collapse )


Very sincerely yours,

Austentatious

Aug. 26th, 2013

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King Under the Mountain

Because so far my only solo post is about eighteenth century politicians, I thought I would share one of my few solo plushy-making attempts. This is majestic Thorin, King Under the Mountain. He came out about two-thirds of the size he was supposed to, but then he IS a dwarf.
The leader of our company...Collapse )






No animals were harmed in the making of his mighty coat.

Yours sincerely,

Austentatious

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