Lost earrings

I’ve lost two earrings, one from two different pairs in the last two weeks.  Really annoying.  I’m really upset about one as the pair came from my grandma and they go really well with a ring and pin from her as well.

How about a couple pair of earrings that have not lost their mates!  This set is from 1890-1900.1890-1900 earring CMC

Did you see the pineapple on the top?  At least it looks like an upside down pineapple to me.

Here is a cute pair with a star theme. I like the gold on black look.   1900 earrings CMC

Have a good week folks!

HSF: Challenge 5 holes

Well HOLEY cow! I am late with this challenge.  And in fact, I have had to do some switching up of my plans because last months challenge wouldn’t have been finished for this month and neither would this months planned project.  I made a day cap for last months challenge yesterday.IMG_20160625_123514487IMG_20160625_123320221

What the item is: A day cap

The Challenge: Holes-lace has holes-obviously!

Fabric/Materials: cotton for base, 6 m of cotton lace, poly ribbon.

Pattern: self drafted based off of photographs of original caps…this was my main inspiration….


Year: I will wear with 1830-50’s dresses

Notions: none

How historically accurate is it? The shape is not bad. It is mainly hand sewn.  (I used the machine to finish the edges of the base.) The base and lace are at least natural fibers but silk was more likely used. The poly ribbon is wrong-but available and cost effective. The lappettes that I have seen have been single pieces that have been tatted in the correct shape and not a ribbon with lace based around it. The fact that I, as an older woman, have been running around with out one of these on my head all these years is shocking and so having one will up my accuracy game a bit!

Hours to complete: 5

First worn: for this photograph

Total cost: $30…most of the cost being for the lace.


Turn the page: last of the Cabinet Cards

This post will be the last of the cabinet cards in my antique photo album.  The last few pages are carte de visite  sized (the smaller photographs that some used to hand out to and trade with friends and visitors).

4aCloser view of the one on the left.4bThere is not to much on this card for dating.  The dress appears to be a bustle.  There is quite a bit going on the skirt which I like a lot. They look so young don’t they?  I also like that I can clearly see that hems didn’t always drag on the ground like they seem to in fashion plates!  I think the higher hems were more common in the 1880’s, which fits the general dates of most of the cards in the album.

This next couple is more modern, moving towards the turn of the century.  She either has a very short hair cut or very thin hair in a bun in the back.  The side part for a woman is not too common.  Her fella is quite handsome I must say!

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J Leary and Co was working in St. Mary’s Ontario from 1891-96 so this is a later card than I have been finding in my album.  Hope you enjoyed!

A little steampunk

Gads, I hate trying to get anything done when I have a headache.  I had 4 projects I hoped to put some time into today and my success rate was minimal.

One project was changing some hooks and eyes into real buttons and button holes on an older project.  Nah.  Didn’t feel like it.

dawn stairs

I want the buttons to be functional, not just decorative

One was getting some knitting done on my Canadian cloud which will be my offering for this months HSF challenge.  It may still happen but don’t hold your breath…the wool is too fine and my eyes are sore…especially the right one.img_20160619_181345106.jpg

I did get some work done on last months really late offering for HSF but I probably should have stayed away.  I corded and attached a ruffle on a skirt but I had to take the ruffle off and reapply because the base skirt was wadded, bunched and pleated under the needle and I essentially shortened the skirt by 1/4 to 2 inches in a very random fashion.  I blame the migraine.  It alters my reality.  tv242colorfin

The second ruffle from the bottom was the devil that got me. It is on now but the whole skirt will sit idle until next weekend.

I had more success on the project I wanted to complete for Costume College.  They are having a Steampunk event and I am basically going to take an existing outfit and punk it up.


I will shorten (temporarily) the skirt, petticoat and bustle.

You will be able to see my feet so I will finally have a use for these things.

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I will use the “book bag” from my son’s old costume as the purse.


I bought a “bag o’ gears” from the craft store and tacked them onto the hat I will use.img_20160619_134817522.jpg

They will come off easy and not mess up my Victorian hat much.  There were a few gears left over so I made a down and dirty set of earrings to go with it.img_20160619_163512.jpg

My headache day wasn’t a complete bust.

A belt

I’m in a blogging slump…I can’t seem to get motivated to do anything more inspired these days!  Luckily, I have a ton of pictures from the Costume Museum of Canada to keep things going…

Today I have a belt that has similar features that I have seen in some of the chatelaines they also have in the collection.  It is dated 1890’s.

1890 belt CMC a

It has nice purple stones.  I love purple…1890 belt CMC b

And this is the part that reminds me of the chatelaines.1890 belt CMC c

I think it is made from brass.  I wonder what it would have looked like when new and shiny.

Old bags

For your viewing pleasure, I present various Victorian bags.  First up is a beaded bag from 1880’s-1900.1880-1900 beaded bag CMC a

1880’s Miser purse.1880's miser purse CMC a

1890-95 beaded net bag.  I could totally do this…and it was big enough for my phone…1890-95 beaded reticule CMC

1890-1900 carpet bag.

1900 chain change purse.  It is actually quite small…about the size of the palm of my hand.1900 chain change purse CMC

1900 chatelaine purse.1900 chatelaine bag CMC a

1900 coin purse.1900 coin purse CMC a

Look how tiny this is!  So cute!1900 coin purse CMC b


Great Train Robbery 2016

It was time for the annual train robbery trip on the Prairie Dog Central.  Here are some of the best from my camera.


Lottie’s first time for the train robbery!


Shirley cozying up to the Sheriff!


The “robbery” raised over $700 for cancer patient services.

We stopped in Grosse Isle for some food and photo ops.


Good advice for our young female traveler posted on the wall behind her!


Here is the group posing with some of the desperados!

It was a cool wet day so some of the costume details got lost in wraps but Lottie and Shirley were in 1890’s and I was in 1880’s.23.jpg

We spent some time in the little house from 1880’s.  A good place for photos when it is raining.

That was fun!

Completed project: fixed cheap loom

I bought a cheap weaving loom at a garage sale this past week and then found it was so cheap because it was missing a few parts. img_20160609_200628580.jpgIt was missing the shuttle, but I have one I made when I was trying tablet weaving.  It is missing the beater but a comb or fork should do the trick.  Today, hubby and I replaced the other 3 missing parts.  Two are dowels that are loose (which is likely why they got lost).  They are loose because that is how you remove the finished product without having to cut the threads.img_20160611_161318300.jpg

One of the new dowels is white and sitting up top and the other is also white and sitting under the front of the loom.

The other missing piece is an apparently optional secondary latch but I think if it is meant to have two it should have two.  img_20160611_162700405.jpg

The missing piece was the mirror of the short dowel with the nob on the end…it looks like a hammer.  The nob’s job is a bit of a weight.

I got the hubby to help me make another one.

And here is the completed replacement.  We used a nut and screw as the weight.img_20160611_162710381.jpg

It ain’t pretty but I think it will work.  Now all I need is the time to get caught up on all my other projects (I’m nearly 2 weeks behind in the latest Historical Sew Monthly project!) so I can try it.   It is my job!  If it isn’t robbing me of time to do things, it is robbing me of the will to live.  (Crafting is life is it not?)

Bought a new toy

During my lunch break at work, I wandered over to a garage sale.  Stress levels at work are high and Momma needed some retail therapy.  I found a weaving loom (something I’ve always wanted to try) for two dollars.  The instructions that came with it seem a bit vague so I will trip over to YouTube to see if I can find some help there. (I’m a visual learner…I do best if I can see someone do it).  I have a sneaking suspicion that I am missing a few pieces but one seems optional and two seem like I just need some doweling and the other two, I can use household items.  I will know better once I find those videos.  But for two dollars, it isn’t a big loss if I cant get it to work.  Worst case scenario, kindling for the fire pit. img_20160609_200628580.jpg