My son’s mother is growing up

Yes, I mean myself.  I’m growing up and becoming more independent!

A few posts back, I mentioned that I had spilled coffee on my computer and it was having trouble typing.  Normally, I’d run crying to my older computer savvy boy for help but he is out of the country!  What’s a mother to do?

Well, one option was going to a repair shop and paying through the nose-not this cheap cowgirl!  I went on-line and got advice.  I tried drying it and dabbing it clean, as was advised-that didn’t help.  I also learned how to test if I had fried the computer  itself and not just the keyboard (plug a desk top key board into the USB port-if that works it is just the keyboard).  That is in fact what happened and is how I functioned while the original keyboard was broken.

Then I did some calling around to repair shops to see if I could buy the part and fix it myself.  “I’m sorry ma’am, we have to see the computer and all its parts and that will cost you $___ before we actually get the part and install it.”  Not this cheap cowgirl.

I could also torment my husband’s computer savvy friends.  But since I was sure I knew what the problem was, I didn’t want to wait until they were free.

More time on-line.  How to find the part number?  Where to order the part?… Part number found and Amazon to the rescue and guess what!  I’ve typed this whole post on my laptop keyboard that I bought and installed myself for half the cost of what the repair shops would have charged me JUST TO LOOK AT IT!  Yeah me!  I may survive the technological era!

The broken keyboard awaiting its fate in the dumpster!

The broken keyboard awaiting its fate in the dumpster!

Is it a Goth hand bag?

The find of the week at the Costume Museum of Canada is this smashing little red bag!

If I could find the metal bit somewhere, I'd try and reproduce this bag!

If I could find the metal bits somewhere, I’d try and reproduce this bag!

To open it you lift the clasp...

To open it you lift the clasp…

The main compartment is  plush like a coffin!  So Goth!

The main compartment is plush like a coffin! So Goth!

One side of the lid has empty slots...I wonder what was in there.  The slots are hidden by the tag that labels the item as being 1836-90.  Pretty general date...basically Victorian!

One side of the lid has empty slots…I wonder what was in there. The slots are hidden by the tag that labels the item as being 1836-90. Pretty general date…basically Victorian!

The other side of the lid has a few of the original tools.

The other side of the lid has a few of the original tools.

The 6 on the right side are various sizes of crochet hooks.  The second from the left is a handle that you can screw the hooks into.  The first from the left is obviously a pin.  I didn’t handle the third from the left so I don’t know what it is.  I think it might be a thread cutter.  So judging by the stuff still left in it, I’d say this bag is a work bag for crocheting fine things like lace.  Lovely.  I want it SOOOOOO bad!

Finished top to bottom

I have finished 1872 Lilac Dream’s hat and that completes the whole project.  Sometimes, after wearing a dress for a few hours, I realize that there are things that need to change and that may happen with this dress.  There are no events planned until spring, so this will have to wait.  For now it is done.

Trial run on my head.  I'll have to fiddle with my hair styles to make sure there is something to shove that hat pin through.

Trial run on my head. I’ll have to fiddle with my hair style to make sure there is something to shove that hat pin through (other than my scalp).

My husband said he thought there was too much on that hat.  I always worry I don’t put enough on because I can’t seem to find that line between embellished and crazy.

Another difficulty I have is with being too matchy-matchy.  I tried to live on the edge and add a detail to the hat that didn’t match.

Big ol' pink rose.

Big ol’ pink rose.

I hate it because it doesn’t match!  It might come off yet.  It is in the back so if I don’t have to see it I might be able to let it go.  I may trim back that netting too.  For now it is best to just walk away and let it be for now.  I’ll look at it with fresh eyes in a week or two.SAM_2707

And here it is with the dress.  Not to shabby, I think.

And here it is with the dress. Not to shabby, I think.

On to the next project which is stash busting for Sew Historical Monthly.  I’m planning on using up some of the left over fabric to add some more trim to the very plain skirt for this dress.SAM_1371

Oh how I love Netflix

I never watch my TV any more.  I sit with my laptop in front of me and I watch Netflix. Yesterday, while doing the hand sewing on my new project (hopefully, photos tomorrow) I watched a cute movie.  I had never heard of it before and, as I needed to be somewhat aware of what was happening in my hands, I hoped and expected it to be “intellect light”.  It was light but also terribly entertaining!  I give you Austenland!

Photo credit and movie info here.

Photo credit and movie info here.

The story is about a girl who is mad about Jane Austen and who is unlucky in love because she keeps on hoping for a Mr. Darcy.  She goes on vacation in England to Austenland to re-enact an Austen-like experience-complete with actors who will romance the single ladies a la Austen. I have always wanted something like that-only in Victorian environs and without the romance part (I already have my Mr. Victorian).  A total immersion in the era. It is what reenactors strive for isn’t it?

I liked how they blended the modern with the Regency.  At some points you get lost in the Regency only to get a shocking reminder that they are in modern times-example, a loud-speaker announcing the next scheduled event.  It made me laugh every time! I recommend this one highly! I will be putting this one in my watch over and over again pile.

(Movies in my Over and over again  pile: Austenland, PS I love you, Leap Year, Fifth Element, Water World (yeah I know I am the only one in the world), Planes Trains and Automobiles.)