Victorian at Heart went to the old fort for our end of summer outing.
Shirley wore 1850’s, Lottie wore early 1860’s, I wore early 1870’s (which I ran around telling everyone was late 1860’s) but, look at the expression on my face…. I was quite clearly strung out from the excessive heat. I forgot the icepacks I usually wear under my hats to keep my brain functional.
In spite of the heat, it was a pleasant afternoon wandering around looking at things. The big house, which is the highlight of the place, was shut down for renovations which was too bad. But the smaller houses were charming as were the workers.
Here are a few of the better shots. Please excuse all the crazed, uptight expressions I am sporting.
Saturday was a good day. I went out for lunch with my mom. I got some new paints and some old rocks for my new hobby. I took puppy out for a walk and today was the first time she was able to complete our usual route without looking tired (we’ve been working on her new life style as a diabetic). While walking I found my first painted rock! Isn’t it a beauty!
Then I made a rock that I plan on placing during my costume outing today (stay tuned for photos-baring a cancellation due to rain). We are going to the old fort so I did one of the fort. That’s “me” in the blue!
This is not a Victorian activity. Many apologies. But, meh, I got nothin’ else so lets go for it.
Apparently, this has been a “thing” in other places for some time and now someone has started it here in Winnipeg. Winnipeg Rocks.
Basically, you find a rock or two you like. Paint it. (No doodads like gems or stickers because they fall off). Put a reference to the Facebook Page “Winnipeg Rocks” on the back of the rock and then you seal it. Find a public place to hide them (not in the grass…they mess up lawn mowers) and watch and see if anyone finds your rock and posts it on the page. Some people put notices on the page of where they hid their rocks so folks have a fighting chance of finding them…especially helpful for folks who are dragging kids out to hunt for rocks.
I’m not sure I will go hunting…that sounds like too much work. I do hope I will randomly stumble on one though. Some of them are pure works of art!
I painted up 3. Lets call them the monochrome phase. (i.e. to cheap to cough up for more than 3 bottles of paint until I know if I will like this BIG TIME.) Definitely not works of art.
I settled on 3 quick jobs as a “taste test”. I enjoyed painting them (if I did not think about how boring they are). We will see if they are found and posted about. If I get a big charge out of it I may do it again. Anyone else do this in their home town?
My good friend and her husband are in town and we met for lunch at McLeod House.
It would make a nice little outing for my costume crew. The food was fabulous! You must try the chicken salad sandwich and the cheese cake! The main floor is where the kitchen and eating areas are and the top floor is a gift shop. Though there is not a lot of period furniture and the kitchen and bathrooms are modern (as I believe they have to be to serve food) the “bones” of the house still have that old feeling.
There isn’t a lot of photo ops like Maple Grove Tea House had (I do miss that place) but there is shopping in and near the McLeod House.
Down the street is a gifts and antique shop where I saw this cool thing!
A paper dress form called the…
Adjust-o-matic dress form. It looked to be in mint condition and was from the mid 1960’s.
Not my era but still pretty cool!
For you bloggers out there who may be checking me out, I want you to know that I check you out too and I even read your old stuff. I was reading World Turn’d Upside Down and found a crochet pattern that I’d like to try. I don’t have any silk right now, nor do I have much expendable cash. A certain insulin junkie is using that all up.
Update: she is feeling like a puppy again but is going blind I think. I hope that if she does, it continues to be somewhat gradual.
But I like the pattern and may try it as a modern hat at first. I’m sure I have stuff in my stash I could use up so I wont need to cough up any cash for it.
I think what is happening is the lighter part of the pattern is close together crochet stitches and the darker part is the lining peaking through the spaces. Basically the hat has four layers. The outer layer is the crochet part. Then there is a layer that is a darker shade of the color used for the crochet. That creates the dark part of the pattern in the hat. Then there is some sort of stuffing, like a flannel, and then next to the head is a black lining. There is a reinforcing band of leather around the brim but I think gros grain ribbon could work too.
Judy Dench (Oh gosh! I love her) will be playing Queen Victoria! Coming to a theatre near me!
The hubby and I had gone to see a sci fi flick and there was this larger than life billboard for this movie! I was thrilled (and he was praying I don’t drag him to see it!) Shirley and Lottie, say you will go see this with me! Costumes optional. I acknowledge we’d be three of the biggest dorks on the planet if we go in costume!
While chatting with a long distance friend and making plans for her visit this week she mentioned McLeod House in a near by town. I’ve googled it and it is just up our alley! Built in 1898 it is suitable for our Victorian attire and with an Edwardian war hero associated with it, it could be a good place for our Edwardian outfits (if and when we get them together!)
I’ve been MIA for a bit. As you may recall, I have been juggling drama at work, a newly diagnosed diabetic dog, a son’s wedding and a house guest here from Germany for the wedding. Work is still drama and likely will be for the rest of the year (sigh), the dog is still diabetic but we are starting to get used to it, the wedding is over and the happy couple is on their honeymoon and the house guest is back home in Germany. It is time for me to try and get settled into my routines for my new normal. That means I should try and put out a post or two a week here.
For the wedding I made my own dress. Nothing difficult. A tube with sleeves really. I took a sleeveless dress I have that I find comfortable and relatively flattering and used it as a pattern (only I added sleeves).
I don’t have any good pictures yet because I vowed that for the wedding, I wouldn’t take any pictures. I would just be there “in the moment.” Once I have a good photo I will share. For now, you will have to settle for a blurry selfie with my eyes closed.
Sure, I would have felt prettier in a super fitted dress with all kinds of support systems in place (like a corset) but the day turned out to be brutally hot for an out door wedding and I was frankly happy I was wearing a loosey goosey gown. Father of the bride was smart and brought three shirts and a pair of shorts to change into as he sweated his way through everything! My hubby had to drive and hour and a half round trip, home to change!
There is a long weekend coming up and I have no real plans so hopefully my next post will be another completed project or at the very least, more Victorian in nature!