I don’t know which fan to use…

I had one fan and I lost it.  So I went out and bought a bag of 6 plain paper fans that will one day need to be redone because they are boring and the paper warped anyway.  I also bought this fan with a kind of Spanish (if Spain were tacky) feel to it.

Spanish Senorita....with a lazy eye.

Then last week at Craigdarroch Castle I bought this little fan.

More of a Japanese look.

 Neither fan is particularly accurate in material or even pattern for the 1850s.  That will have to come at another time.  I think the blue suits my coloring better. But, I think the red and yellow one will suit the dress better.  I guess we better wait and see when it is  done.  And then decide which one I will use for Queen Victoria’s Birthday tea.

After a day of playing Sims…

After being gone for a week and farting around with my computer game all day yesterday I have nothing sewing/costuming to relate so I will show you the gift my mom bought me at Craigdarroch Castle.  This thing is absolutely perfect for my costume that I am working on for this spring.  It is a really sweet reticule/bag. It has two chains to choose from…one hand bag length and one shoulder length.  For my costume I will choose the hand bag length as I don’t believe they wore shoulder length straps in by gone days. 

The criss cross pattern at the top edge will echo the same pattern in one of my fabrics and the dark beads will go with the other fabric.

 Sorry for the dreary photo.  My nice camera is broken and I’m back to my old one.  Honestly, I can’t really remember how to use it!


Wasted day and wasted night

I spent all of Sunday in my pajamas doing laundry and playing Sims.  Yes, I’m a Sims addict.  I like having total control of my virtual little town.  I spent the day trying to build Craigdarroch Castle.  I was limited by the options in the game but building it (using photographs and the tour map) made me realize that there is symmetry and lots of straight lines in what appears to be a random lay out.  It was like deconstructing a dress to see how it goes together.

I'm so lame!

Home now.

Well, the return trip was OK but not fabulous let me tell you!  First of all, I will give you a tip on how to guarantee that you will need to go through the “strip search x-ray machine” at an airport….wear a pair of pants with 4 decorative zippers put on them.

Purely, decorative not functional...try to tell a security officer that....

Also, try to take a photograph with a camera that has no LED screen and you end up with blurry photos.  Gonna have to try and see if I can get that fixed this week!

We had to do a stop over in Edmonton and after a week of green grass I was not prepared for a snow storm which created a lovely white out.  I hate winter.  Apparently, so do the birds that moved into the airport.

Poor little birdy. Trying to scratch a living off of a dirty airport carpet!

Tomorrow I tackle a mountain of laundry, cook a couple of meals for my boys who are tired of take out and finish cutting out my 1850’s skirt.

First leg on the return trip home.

We are in Vancouver now waiting for my friend to meet us for dinner.  I had hoped we would get some awesome shots of the ferry ride (missed them on the way out because the camera died) but the rainy, foggy weather got in the way.

A ferry going the opposite way. Foggy isn't it!

 We are also having another problem-the touch screen of my camera is broken.  I have no idea what I am pointing at.  Hence the pole in the middle of the photo.  I hope the warrantee covers its repair!

Before catching the ferry we went on one last Victorian mansion hunt and this is my favorite from that walk.

The hubby's cousin once stayed on one of the apartments. Lucky!

Bye Victoria…I will miss you.  One day I hope to live there!

More vacation…

I’ve been away from work so long I can’t remember what day it is so no more count down.  Today had my usual house hunt walk.  And I found this huge monster that is now an apartment block.


 And if that wasn’t big and Goth enough for you….

Side view.

 Then we went for a walk along the beach.  Some fellow decided to collect some drift wood and paint it up and make a fun spot along the beach.

Ship Ahoy!

 Tonight dinner with mom (PLEASE GOD LET THERE BE MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY) and a visit with the hubby’s cousin.

Tomorrow it will be time to pack up and head for Vancouver.

Vacation day 4


 Today this hubby and I went for a walk down the street the Lieutenant Govenor’s mansion.  There are nice walking paths there that are open to the public.

Its big but not as nice as the other houses I have been looking at. The grounds are nice though.

Then we went to the Butchart Gardens.

Hubby and I

 Before touring the gardens we went to their high tea.

Tea for two

 Once fortified we toured the gardens.  The Butchart’s mined lime for cement.  They built their home next to the quarry.  Later on Mrs. Butchart gradually converted the whole thing into a huge garden.  It was quite nice to see now but in the summer it is FULL of flowers.  My favorite part was the Japanese Garden.

Entrance into the Japanese Garden area

 There were lots of tranquil spots that begged for a good book and loads of down time.

This must be really nice when in full bloom.

 We also toured the house the Butchart’s lived in.  It wasn’t much on the outside but the inside was nice.

The veranda of the house that looks out on the Italian garden.

 And they set up a carousel for the kids…I couldn’t resist!

Yeee Haaaa!


 You can’t go to BC without the obligatory totum pole photo.

These things are fairly common in BC.

Bye until tomorrow.




Day three of vacation

I had so much going on today that it is worth about 5 posts.  But we will trim it down to something more manageable.

This morning I went on my walk about looking for Victorian houses.  I saw several I liked and I wont bore you with all of those but I will share the one that is for sale.

Only 2.25 million dollars....Sigh....

May need a course up grade or two to start making that kind of cash….

Then we went to Hatley Castle which unfortunately does not give tours during the summer.  So we were confined to the outdoors and the basement that housed a less than stellar museum. 

Front view of the castle.

 The next photo proves I was really there!

Hello from Hatley Castle

 The back view of the castle….

Back view of the castle

 After the disappointing tour of the castle we went to Merchies for lunch.  Yum.  Thought you might like the three tea grannies that they have had there for years.

The tea grannies.

 Then we went to the wharf where there are actual house boats.  All that bobbing would surely make me spill my coffee and perhaps toss my cookies.

All of these houses bobbed up and down but the little one in front went side to side too-barf!

At the wharf you can buy fish and….

Cute little seals!

 And then we went to Craigdarrouch Castle.  Ohhhh I love that place! 

My hubby standing in the front entry way.

 The whole place was loaded in wood paneling that came from the states. 

When you come into the front hall and look up the four floors of the staircase this is what you see...miles and miles of wood.

Since this is a costume blog I will confine the rest of my photos to the dresses they have.

The maids outfit.

I really loved the dress in this painting.  Turns out it was from my city!

A Ms. Raynford

 The photo is a bit dark but if you click on it I believe it will enlarge and you can see it better.  There was this lovely evening gown too.

And this is where my camera died with 3 floors to go! Arg!

 The lack of photos meant I had to buy postcards at the gift shop to make up the loss.  Those may one day be used as blog posts during a dry spell.  I also bought a gift for one son and a fan for myself.  My mom, bless her, bought me a purse that will go PERFECTLY with my 1850’s costume for the Victoria day tea!  That puts me one more week ahead in my costuming schedule!  Pictures to be seen at a later date!





Day two…

It was a lovely day today!  After catching up on my sleep and settling my luggage into a more usable state (there seems to be an unwritten rule that each baggage handler has to take each bag and shake it before tossing it upside down on the pile) I went for a walk in the neighborhood.  The neighborhood is a Victorian’s heaven.  The first house I took a photo of is the inn I am staying in.  Abbeymoore was built in 1912 and is an award-winning B&B now.

Abbeymoore B

Then I took a photo of my favorite house immediately across the street.

Don't you love the stone fence.

 Then I looked down the street and found several new favorite houses.

I love the gingerbread on this one. I'm so-so on the colors.

 I love this Tudor house too.

Love this!

 We went to the shore and did some shopping.  (Found a couple of thrift stores.  I didn’t find anything but the hubby found some hockey memorabilia).  After that we went to a marine discovery center.  Here is some of the best photos from that.



A Basket....I can't remember the rest of its name. But it is an animal not a plant.

 I can’t remember this fishes name either but I think it is a good photograph.

I like this photo....very screen saver.

One last fish one….

 Doesn’t he have a sad face?  Then we have to show you the photo-op of me….

I miss my puppy so I have to get some fur love....

Don’t know what is up for tomorrow but I’m sure it will be great!  Did I mention it is supposed to snow at home?  Ha!