Just heard back from HGA – they are willing to let me send in my garment late. So now I am revisiting the question of whether to send them in at all. I am thinking that the dress might be too much of a risk, since it would need to be pulled on over someone’s head. But the coat might be a lesser risk, since it’s just a matter of slipping your arms into the sleeves and closing the front fastening – less chance of encountering someone else’s makeup! So I may try to see whether I can finish the coat in time.
Meanwhile, I have been a little bored in the mornings because, despite the time shift, I still wake up earlier than everyone else. So I have purchased two books on using Photoshop CS4 and will be reading through them in the mornings and in the plane on the way home. It’s absolutely amazing what you can do with Photoshop using the different effects!
The first book I’ve bought is “Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual”, which is an encyclopedic reference explaining every tool, filter, etc. in Photoshop – a tool-centric book. The second book is “Art & Design in Photoshop”, which is more project-centric, and provides artistic tips as well as Photoshop tips as you work through the exercises. I’m hoping that the project-oriented book will inspire me to keep going as I work through the encyclopedic one.
I’m not sure how much study I’ll continue doing once I get home, but I figure if I’m not doing that, I’ll be doing something even more interesting! (But I do plan to look into it in the mornings, when Mike’s asleep and I can’t weave.)