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22 March 2010 @ 12:44 am
Stories from The Knuckle Down Saloon  
This weekend was the grand opening of sirzig 's bar, The Knuckle Down Saloon and Eatin' Joint. There have been three weeks of hard work and a last major push to get things done before the opening. It was craziness sometimes, but well worth it in the end.

My major project was the ladies' room, which sounds dumb, but the 40+ hours I put in on it were all sorely needed. It's a smallish place, so the pictures did not turn out great, but it gives you an idea. Instead of being dark green, dirty and ugly, it's now sunshine yellow, blue/purple and *clean*.


The skirt on the sink was the last project, and the "garb for a sink" I referenced in my last title, since it was sewn from the latest batch of linen/cotton. Yay for bringing geek into the bar! ;)  It also helps vindicate my packrat tendencies... I make my coronet padding with the fluffy side of sticky-back velcro stuck to the coronet and the grippy side of baby-soft velcro on the padding side. This leaves me with lots of grippy-side sticky-back velcro and fluffy-side baby velcro. Finally, a project that used up the stash of leftover velcro!

I don't have a picture of "painting with bar straws," but here's the explanation. The walls of the bar are covered with planks of wood that were stained before they were nailed up, or at least should have been. Places where the stain was missed or gaps or scratches, etc needed to be touched up. Being the OCD-sufferer on the crew, I got assigned that job. After trying for awhile with foam brushes, I went home for some mini brushes, but found that those were even too large for some of the spaces. The light-colored wood was clearly visible, but inaccessible. Poo. I finally hit on a solution - I got some bar straws, flattened one end, sucked up some stain by capillary action and then blocked the open end with my finger. I put the end of the straw into the offending hole, carefully released the other end of the straw and then gravity, the pull of the stain into the dry wood, and sometimes a little squeeze sent the stain right where I wanted it. Win!

Sadly, none of my pictures of the general bar action turned out well - it was just too dark. However, there was a good crowd and we had some great fun... mightyjesse  brought the bebe by for awhile and we played hot potato for a bit, but they did not stay for long. Later in the night, some Countess (*cough*gwyneth1362*cough*) got out of hand and broke a chair and jinglymushroom  and I got into a punching fight, but otherwise the violence was limited. ;) The crowd was very SCA-heavy, but there were a lot of folks I did not recognize as well. We almost had an invasion by the MadCity Party Bus, but they sent in scouts who apparently decided to move along without disgorging their intoxicated masses. The extra income might have been nice for the bar, but I'm somewhat relieved we were not suddenly eye-balls deep in drunken frat boys.

I put out a pretty table of foods, including some fussy Victorian treats like Victoria sandwiches and cucumber sandwiches as well as standard fare like pretzels, chips, dips, subs, and veggies. There was also a cake, but that was a whole separate adventure. You cannot get a custom-image cake on less than 5 days notice. You cannot get a plain white cake on less than three days notice unless you are willing to pay for a Lane's Bakery cake. (I LOVE Lane's, but they were priced out of this budget.) I picked up this project on Thursday, ergo, I had to work with what was on the shelf. In this case, that was cakes that were already decorated with generic flowery crap. So, before I could decorate, I had to deflower the cake.

Then, the remaining color was carefully removed, the face of the cake carefully smoothed and re-shined, and the desired image sketched on. 

I always forget how hard it is to control the stupid "writing gel" - I need to figure out a better solution for cake decorating, since this is not the first time I have been frustrated.

As part of the festivities, belmikey  came down and stayed at my place, but my brother and his girlfriend were not able to make it, so I had fewer houseguests than I'd anticipated, which is OK, since I have been neglecting my place the last three weeks, between time spent at the bar and time spent on my A&S entry for Gulf Wars.

Anyway, here are some gratuitous cute pics of the new family and of the bebe (at the next morning's Samba brunch meat-and waffle-fest). Check it out - she has her daddy's haircut... ;)


Today, I failed at the productivity - I woke up from my post-brunch nap with a headache that quickly spiraled out of control into a migraine, meaning I lost the rest of the evening. I finally felt OK-ish in time to order dinner with Mr Scott and to search for the suspicious smell in the fridge, which eventually meant cleaning the whole damn thing since I could not actually find the source. The rest of the house will need to be addressed this week before mightyjesse's daddy and sister arrive for the week, but for now I'm thinking I'm done for the night, despite my six hours of nap today. :P *sigh* 
Current Mood: tiredtired
JinglyMushroomjinglymushroom on March 22nd, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
Well, you gotta have a good fist fight before you can really call it a bar, right? And the big guys obviously weren't getting the job done...
eithni: jumpingeithni on March 22nd, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
:D Exactly!
Gwyneth: Piglet cutgwyneth1362 on March 22nd, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Hey -
Somebody told me that chair was already broken. . .
eithni: greeneithni on March 22nd, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey -
Yeah, but that's not as funny as the look on your face when you thought you'd broken it. ;)
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on March 22nd, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
You deflowered a cake!

Thank you for writing up the adventures at the bar so that those of us who couldn't make it got to experience it.
FencerTfencert on March 22nd, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
You did a fantastic job on that cake!
eithni: jumpingeithni on March 22nd, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
frisky_turtle: Foodfrisky_turtle on March 24th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Writing gel
Were you using gel, straight out of the tube? I find those tubes very hard to work with - I'll always transfer it into a parchment cone so that I can cut off the tip to _exactly_ the diameter I want. Temperature can also help. If the gel is on the runny side, I'll chill it for a bit.

Another option is to do a "buttercream transfer". You draw the outlines directly onto a sheet of acetate, filling any other colored areas in afterwards, freeze, peel off the acetate and plop it down on the cake (acetate side up)
eithni: backliteithni on March 28th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Writing gel
Interesting. I may need to try that... I also think a core problem is that I always think the gel will be prettier, but the frosting is actually easier to control - it starts and stops easier and doesn't do the weird stretch/recoil things that te gel does.