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King Richard Competiton: The Good, The Bad and The Right Darn Ugly

The comments on Day 6 of the King Richard Competition are now closed, I’ll be drawing the last name and congratulating the winner shortly.

Day 6 winner

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated!

It’s you (yes, YOU!) who makes it fun, so thank you for helping me celebrate Armitage Day!

King Richard has left the busilding

As I’ve written in previous post, not everything (nothing more like…) has gone according to plan.

I had two types of jewellery: some that sealed the image with a cabochon and some that were covered in resin.

Let me tell you, both proved to be tricky!

Let me illustrate what “things going horribly wrong” looks like.

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, so see the horror of:

The man spouting brown blobs!

RAbad 1

Oh this one was a disappointment!

It all looked relatively good the day I made it, perhaps a few smudges that I insist aren’t a mistake, but give it an antique look.

Imagine my horror when a brown blob appeared centre of the image!

Oh, but that’s antiqued peanuts in comparison to:

Richard caught in a whirlpool!

Only the barrel is missing…

RAbad 2

OK, this one may have been my fault.

After applying the resin, it dried all ripple and I though it a good solution to salvage the piece was too…. drumroll… pour more resin on it.

FYI, NOT the way to go…

I shall hang on to these and scare children come Halloween!

Not one piece of jewellery has really turned out perfect, but I really do hope the competition winners focus on the fact that it’s the thought that counts, my heart was in the right place etc.

Anyway, if you’d like to give this a go (and I am sooooo not giving up on making the perfect piece of jewellery, so look out resin, here I come!), here’s a great guide on how to apply the cabochon (with more success than me).

I’ve spent more of the post writing about what not to do, but let me tell you about someone who gets her projects right every freakin’ time!

Some of you make know Jen from Cake Wrecks, possibly one of the funniest websites around, but she laso has a site called Epbot which caters for her geeky, nerdy steampunky interests.

Last year she wowed us all with her Lady Vadore costume.

This year she has unveiled her White Rabbit project just in time for a ComicCon cosplay.

The whole costume is hand-made and Jen talks her readers through the process as you try to pick your jaw off the floor!

I literally spend hours reading through her posts and green with envy at her skills.

Anyway, thanks again to all who came out and played!

As always, you were so much fun.

I hope the next post will be on The Forsyte Saga, because that is loooong overdue!

King Richard Vegas Competition Day 6

It’s Day 6 of the King Richard Vegas Competition, and it will also be the last day.

Unfortunately, due to technical and RL issues, I’ve had to cut the competition a day short, but I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you who have played along, retweeted, and supported it.

I’ve loved reading comments, you are just a highly amusing bunch 😉

Let’s just say I owe you a competition day and I won’t forget it!

King Richard Week

I have drawn the name of the winner of Day 5’s competition.

Congratulations and I’ll be getting in touch shortly 🙂

Day 5 winner

The competition may be winding down, but here’s the last item up for grabs:

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A John Thornton ring

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The size is adjustable and will fit anyon

Here’s the thing:

The new Ben Rayner photos have cause quite a stir within our fandom, especially this one:

OK, so it’s not the most flattering look for Richard, but when taking into account that winter lasted 6 months here this year and there was still snow about in the second week of April, I think he looks snug and warm.

Is there room for improvement?

Sure, I think he should start shedding layer until I tell him to stop 😉

The question is:

What look/item of clothing/ fashion style would you absolutely loathe to see Richard in?

I CANNOT stand cowboy boots.

Hate them with a passion, especially on men.

Comments close tomorrow at 12 GMT when I will be announcing the last winner of this year’s Amitage Day competition!

Good Luck!

Day 6 winner

King Richard Vegas Competition Day 5

Congrats to the winner of Day 4 of the King Richard Competition.

I shall be getting in touch with you shortly 🙂

RA day4

Just wanted to take a moment to express how much I’m enjoying reading all your comments 🙂

I don’t respond to competition comments because I don’t want to be accused of favouritism, but you’re all making me giggle.

King Richard 2013

This is Day FIVE of the King Richard Vegas Competition!

Up for grabs today is:

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A Richard pendant you can keep close to your heart.

This could be handy as the real one seems to be elusive and reluctant to go anywhere near our hearts, or any other part of our anatomy!

And I don’t mean in the metaphorical sense- he’s always lodged there 😉

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Here’s the thing:

The news that Richard may be in London got me breaking into song!

Forget Fergie Ferg, it’s Agzy Agz!

He just really makes “My London Bridge wanna go down!” (whatever the heck that means…).

The question is:

Which line of a song best describes how Richard makes you feel?

I’ll just leave this right here for inspiration…

Richard Armitage Ben Rayner shoot

Comments will close at 12 GMT tomorrow when I will announce the winner and Day 6 competition will be out!

Good Luck!

Day 5 winner

Collective Reading of The Sunne in Splendour and I want YOU to be a part of it!

You’ve probably heard about Sharon Kay Penman’s The Sunne in Splendour.

It’s the book Richard Armitage mentions in the  Vulpes Libris interview as one of his favorites.

This autumn and winter Fanny/iz4blue over at DistRActed musings of one ReAlity is organising a collective read of this historical fiction novel.

The group read will be accompanied by Richard III Bloggers and their ‘ fun activities‘.

Oh Dear 😉

The first deadline is:

Sept 23rd : Chapters 1 + 5 of Book One : Edward

Now, I know what many of you are thinking (I’ve had these thought too…):

Firstly, that bloke Richard III? Again?

He’s not even that good-looking!

What’s up with this obsession regarding some historical figure I don’t really know much about!

Why should I care?

Secondly, how can I possibly read an epic novels the size of a dictionary?

I don’t have the time/language skills/background knowledge to do that.

Here’s the deal.

I don’t really know anything about Richard III.

My fascination with British History starts with Henry VIII, and why couldn’t Richard Armitage and Papa Armitage be fascinated with him?

At least I’d know what the heck we’re talking about…

Then again, he’d have to be called Henry Armitage 😉

But I’d really like to learn more, as it seems like an important aspect to the Armitage fandom.

That’s why I’ve decided to set off on a quest.

And, you guessed it, I’m taking you with me!

I’m going to create a few Richard III for Dummies posts for all of you out there who (like me) haven’t got a clue!

By the end of it you still won’t be able to answer the Servetus RIII scavenger hunt questions, but maybe a little background knowledge will help with understanding The Sunne in Splendour.

That’s my second aim!

No matter if English is your native language or not, I want all of us to give the book a try.

Yes, I mean YOU!

No excuses!

That’s why I’ll be writing a post after each chapter I read to help with vocabulary, phrases etc.

Don’t get me wrong, it may be a case of the blind leading the blind, or the ignorant leading the ignorant 🙂

As the first deadline is in 15 days, that comes to roughly 1 chapter every 2 days or so.

That’s 80 pages.

I want all of us to exercise our little grey cells (as Poirot would put it).

Even if we don’t get to share our thoughts on twitter #ArmitageWatch with  #RA4R3, let’s read it because we can!

Let’s do it because the Armitage Fandom knows no boundaries!

Because a thing like a language barrier shouldn’t stand in the way of knowing more!

Learning and being exposed to new things is one of the most endearing aspects of our community.

Who’s with me?

Illustration: Martin Rowson/Guardian

You can purchase this The Sunne in Splendour on Amazon, and help support an RA charity.

For more info go here.

For those who are having trouble with getting their hands on the book, for whatever reason, please email me at iwanttobeapinup[at]wp.pl

WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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