Just one more photo from Doors Open


Good time was had by all.  Most of us are return volunteers…and one faithful girl travelled a long way to spend her birthday weekend with us!  Shirley is in the background and you can see a better view of my costume.  Not feeling very pretty but one must do what one must do for the sake of the show!


Doors Open Vaughn Street Jail 2016

I’m back at the old jail for Doors Open this year.  My first year at the jail, I played the first female doctor in Manitoba, the second year I played a prostitute, last year I was a generic mourner and this year I am Cora Hind, the first female stenographer in Manitoba, the first female Agricultural Editor for the local news paper and a woman who wrote newspaper articles about the horrible conditions in the jail in an effort to help promote better conditions for the inmates. Cora was a non-traditional dresser in that she preferred masculine attire.13310579_1092582567469664_3545026685330394933_n

At this point, I am reading the paper while I wait for another actor to play her part to the crowds.

One of my dresses was used to dress the prostitute for this years event.13330877_1092582557469665_5472724140805134247_n

Now, there is a little incentive to lose about 80 more pounds.  That is what I could look like too!  Needless to say, I needed about 80 pound of pins to cinch that dress into the point that she could wear it!  My goal, this year is to wear (or have worn) all of my dresses and so I can now tick off my 1900 Widows Weeds.

You will also notice our friend Shirley was also there.  She is in the door way ready to hand out some news papers and escort the next group into the jail.  If more photos become available, I will share them with you.

Made me laugh!

My fellow volunteers at the Costume Museum of Canada and I have been putting the final touches on this weekends display at the Dalnavert House Museum.  I wont actually get to see the display as I will be at my other volunteer job at the Vaughn Street Jail but I will be there in spirit!  As a fund raiser for the Costume Museum, they have come up with this poster:img_20160524_193236997.jpg

That cheered me up and made me laugh!

Cut cut cutty cut

Why do I always think “the next step is cutting my fabric…that will take a half hour tops”.  So stupid!  I spent over two hours cutting out my skirt.  I cut out some where around 32 pieces…5 of which I had to cut twice because I cut out the wrong material.  Really, how does one do that?  That cost some wasted fabric…grrrr.

There is actually 6 pieces I didn’t have to cut because I planned on using wide lace instead.  I bought tons of that thinking there would be left overs for cuffs FOR SURE! Not.  I didn’t buy enough length and the lace I bought is too narrow so I will need 50% more to piece it together and make it wider. I will need 6 meters more to do what I want! I went from having plenty left over to needing 6 more meters.   Please God, let there still be some in the store!

It is just a “simple” skirt?  How can it be so much work to cut it out?

She has a new friend

This may become a tradition that will eventually lead me to needing a china cabinet or at least a shelf!  My mother goes away for the winter and when she does she goes to an antique shop and picks up two Royal Doulton figurines.  (You have to say “Royal Doulton” like the queen might sound.) Then as a reward for being the best daughter EVER! and for keeping tabs on her apartment, she lets me pick my favorite of the two. I picked “Louise” in the red last year and this year I picked her friend “Autumtime”.img_20160521_191846174.jpg

She has a dog…how could I not pick her!  Her dress is 1990’s does 1870’s.  Louise is 1990’s does 1860’s.

I seem to be amassing a lot of bric-a-brac lately.

Grand isn’t it!  I’m over 50 now.  People expect it, don’t they!?

The cheese dish from my childhood has arrived

Back at the beginning of the month I wrote a post about a cheese dish from my childhood and about how I found one exactly like it on eBay.  Well it has arrived! And it looks great next to the original butter dish from my childhood.  img_20160517_190632731.jpg

They sit on top of my fridge just like when I was little.  But, you can really see how much better the cheese dish faired with its owner!  Live and learn, eh?