Turn the page: kinda reminds me of…

Whoa! Been awhile since I’ve done one of these.  For those of you who don’t know/remember, I bought a carte de visite album some time ago and I have been sharing the book page by page.

The next set of pictures is of a man and a woman.


The gentleman kind of reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch.  Something about the face shape and the long legs.


Does anyone else see it or am I falling victim to binge watching Sherlock?

Tell me I’m not crazy!

Anyway, the doppelganger had the photo taken by Micklethwaite in Biggleswade which is frequently the photographer and location in this particular album so it is safe to assume the original owner of this album likely came from there.


My regular readers will know that I am typically more interested in the ladies and what they are wearing in these old photos so rather than waiting for the next blog post, I will talk about the young lady in these two pages of the book.


The hat! The jewelry! The pattern in the bodice fabric!  The lace on the sleeve!  All to die for!


Out of the album sleeve

She is also from England.  Heckmondwike is about 150 miles north of Biggleswade.  (What great names!)  Perhaps these two people knew each other or are related.


Back of the photo



I came across a pair of boots at the Costume Museum (possibly for the second time) and I just had to blog about them (possibly for the second time).  They are just so DANG cute!IMG_20180710_184815942

I see little shoes like these and I want to pinch the baby’s cheeks.  But that little baby is long gone.  Even if it lived to a ripe old age, it is long gone by now. I don’t know the year.  If I were to guess…1890’s because I’ve seen similar (but larger) ones in the collection that were dated 1890’s.

Button buys

It was a whirlwind weekend with lots of action that made it fly by.  On Saturday I had an orientation so that I can start volunteering officially at Dalnavert Museum later on in the month.  After that I went to a gathering for my nephews who have started a heavy metal band and were wanting to play in front of people.  Though it sounded like noise to me, I did appreciate the skill required and could see how people who like that crap music would like it.  Then there was supper at an out door café.  It was too hot for me (36 Celsius  98 Fahrenheit) and I couldn’t eat.  All I could do was pray it would be over soon.  Sunday was church, lunch at my sister-in-laws and then the kids and their significant others joined us for dinner and a games night.  Whew! busy!

It all started off on Friday night when my costuming buds and I met at the costume museum’s button sale.  As a volunteer, I was able to pre shop and I came home with quite the haul!  Shirley, Lottie and I went for coffee afterwards and ooo’d and awed over each others scores.  This is what I got…


Three large brass buttons


6 smaller matching buttons


8 metal buttons


1 Blurry close up.


16 matching metal buttons


Less blurry close up

A jar of bone buttons.


A tea cup full of buttons. In this case, I was more interested in the tea cup than the buttons.





For the find of the day….


A box of jet buttons.


Very few match.


But there is a few pairs.


And some are close enough that from far away, they’d be fine.


Some weren’t jet but I still liked them anyway!

Dorset buttons take two. 

I am still having computer issues so this is being done on my phone. In order to avoid aggravating my carpel tunnel, I am going to make this short and sweet. 

I wanted Dorset buttons for my Edwardian dress but couldn’t find rings in the size I wanted. I settled for huge ones and made several buttons. Of course I have since found a different size. A better size so I am making these up instead. What to do with the huge ones? Here they are side by side.

Happy Canada Day to my fellow country men

Happy Canada Day and good wishes for July 4th to my US readers. 

My holiday weekend has begun with some computer issues. I am attempting to fix them myself so Lord knows how that will go. The experts either want a ton of money to fix it or they want you to buy a new one. Grumble, grumble, grumble. In the meantime, I will use my phone.

I took some of my seniors out for a jaunt in the park last week and I saw two woodpeckers. In fact I was dive bombed by the little darlings! 

The win every time lottery

This is a non-Victorian post.  Other than the news that I will soon start volunteering at Dalnavert House (yeah!), I have no new things to share.

I was out shopping for my youngest boy’s 25th birthday (when did he get so old!) when I happened upon a Hidden Gem’s candle.  I have wanted to try one for some time now and so I bought one for myself.  In fact I had a “gift” for myself before I had one for my son!  Since I was there for the original birthday, I deserve a gift too, right?

I brought it home and lit it up.


It took a couple of evenings of burning to get to the point where I could find the hidden packet inside.


With the tweezers, I was able to get the packet out.


With a bit of ripping, I removed the foil and found my ring.


Wonders of wonders, it fit!  And is quite pretty on my wrinkly old hand.


It is valued at $25 which is less than I paid for the candle but I still have a few more nights of the candle and a the jar once it is done.  All in all a good deal.  I think I will add Hidden Gem’s candles to my birthday and Christmas wish list.  I think they are rather fun.

Button, Button. Who’s got the button?

This past Tuesday, the volunteer session at the Costume Museum of Canada was prep work for the Trunk and Button sale that will be taking place early next month.

Some people were working selecting buttons for the scoop bins.  (Pay the price and scoop out a bunch of buttons.)  Others were sorting buttons that matched for sale as sets.  I was working assembling random pretty buttons on cards for collectors.


This is one of mine. The card is a photo of hat pins in the museum’s collection. I sewed some pretty buttons over top of a few for a “3D” look.

One of the perks of volunteering is some pre shopping I can do.  My selection has been set aside for me to be priced and then paid for on sale day.


My little potential hoard.  I may have to “throw some back” if the price ends up being higher than I thought.  I hope not….

If the little darlings become mine, I will share photos of my loot!