Just like Christmas

The Costume Museum of Canada, where I volunteer, has been sorting through boxes of hundreds of shoes.  Some times random things-non shoe things-end up in the boxes and I have the fun of finding them.  In one pair of man’s button boots I found this.button hook

Cool.  I had seen them in photographs and from a distance in museums.  I’ve seen replicas up close.  This is the first one I have ever held in my hot little gloved hands!  Well those button boots happened to be unbuttoned and so for the sake of preservation of those shoes I buttoned them with the hook.  Had a blast.  Learned the hard way it is best to button from the bottom up and not top down.  I can be a hands on learner for sure!

Later on, I found two lumps wrapped in tissue that were not shoe shaped.  I thought they were books.

They turned out to be cases.  Both looked like this one.

They turned out to be cases. Both looked like this one.

Inside one….

3 packets of needles.  2 bodkins.  2 button hooks...one long and one short.  1 crochet hook and 1 tapestry needle.  A few items seemed to be missing.

3 packets of needles. 2 bodkins. 2 button hooks…one long and one short. 1 crochet hook and 1 tapestry needle. A few items seemed to be missing from this “sewing kit”.

If I were to guess, I’d think that scissors would be missing.  The second case seemed to be missing several items as well.

This one had a shoe horn, tweezers and a cuticle cutter.  Would this be a grooming kit?

This one had a shoe horn, tweezers and a cuticle cutter. Would this be a grooming kit for a man?

It seems to be missing a pair of scissors, a button hook and 3 other items.

Completed project…really ugly squirrel costume!

It was National Squirrel Appreciation day on the 21st and at the nursing home, we did a trivia event for the occasion.  I dressed as a grey squirrel.  A really, really big grey squirrel.  Those sweat pants do nothing for me!photo

The tail was made out of brushed out wool tied to a braided strip of wool.  The ears were cut from a strip off of an old fur coat.  The face make up was a grey pallet of eye shadow that I bought myself but ended up not liking on my eyes.  The teeth, which are hidden in the shadows are my own 🙂

 

Oh, the glare!

My blog is on automatic pilot now as I am currently flying to Mexico.  (Hope the plane isn’t on automatic pilot.)  Any time now I will be squinting into the glare of that long forgotten sky-thing which, if memory serves, is called the sun.  Perhaps you’d care for some glare too.SAM_2523

Ackk! My eyes.  I swear that photograph of a photograph didn’t look that bad on the screen of my camera!  If you put on your sunglasses, you can see a nice BIG family of 4 children, a mom and a dad with a killer ‘stash! My guess is early 1900’s as she has a bit of a Gibson girl hair style but smaller, more fitted sleeves.

My wrists are bigger than…

I was looking at some lovely button boots from the 1910’s and thinking, “wouldn’t it be nice if I could buy a pair and put them on”.  I won’t bother stating the obvious about the narrowness of the Victorian foot compared to a modern foot.  We walk around bare foot.  We like comfortable runners and sandles.  Our feet haven’t been squished every moment of our waking day so they are WIDE.  But did you know that our ankles are likely an issue as well.  Apparently they are for me at least!

My wrist is wider!

My wrist is wider!

They also have the heel sticking out so far behind the ankle part.boot 2

Still pretty.  I saw two pairs of 1910’s boots that were virtually unworn.boot 1

The second pair was stretchy in the ankle part.boot 4

Evil Sleevil next

I got a ton of hand sewing done this past weekend!  Bodice is all done except for the sleeves.  The faux shirt had to be hand sewn in and all the buttons-16-in all needed to be put on.  Kept me busy for a couple of movies.photo

What am I gonna call this dress? 1872 Lilac…um…Lovely Lilac….no….Lily’s Lilac….no….ah….Lilac Bush….GADS NO!  1872 Lilac Dream.  Sure why not Lilac Dream it is.