Doors Open Vaughn Street Jail 2022

This is a week late…you know how it goes…busy,busy, busy! We had Doors Open in Winnipeg and I was happy to be back at it. I missed last year because of a family wedding. I went the year before but COVID made it weird.

This year’s crew

I played Mrs. Lawler, the jailor’s wife. She lived in the jail with Mr Lawler and their 5 kids.

I wore my tea gown, which I’ve never really liked but it suited my character who was in her bedroom getting ready for the day.

I was set up just outside what used to be their bedrooms.

The studs are still in what we think were in the original positions.

My spot had this lovely feature over head (added 20 years after the original build).

I’m so boring!

Since this photo, a border has been added and the quilt sandwich has been assembled.

I have nothing great to talk about these days…get ready for work, go to work, run errands, cook dinner, veg out, go to bed… lather, rinse, repeat. Doesn’t make much material for blogging.

I have been slowly plugging away at a summer weight quilt for my new bed (see above). The piecing is my favorite part. Once that is done and the border is on , I struggle with motivation. I may have to look into what is involved (effort and money wise) to hire a long arm quilter. At least for the big projects. I’m sure watching me flop around on the floor this evening, trying to make a quilt sandwich was pretty funny.

Latest quilt

Not loving this latest project. In fact, I like the back better than the front. If I were a painter and this was a canvas, I’d be painting over it.

It is meant to be a star sampler quilt. Too much gold and not enough time spent moving the blocks around.

Another picnic quilt! How’s that for positive thinking!

Flea Market Part 4 of 4

This young lady was purchased for only $1

I had decided not to buy any more cabinet cards that didn’t have a full dress to look at but we can bend the rules if it only costs a dollar! Right?

She seems to be fairly well off with a fashionable dress and a big piece (or 2) of jewelry at her throat.

Oct 30th 1899 Aunt Charles Banks Bedford (Bens? Bells?) For Pam

Blake of Blake and Edgar is possibly William Blake, who moved to Bedford Ireland in 1866. Blake’s wife, Annie, was also a photographer. Blake & Edgar photographers business began at 32 (later renumbered 74) Midland Road in 1871. It is unclear who Arthur Edgar was. Blake & Edgar moved to 38 and 40 High Street in 1897. Which fits the date on the back of the card.

Flea Market Find Part 3 of 4

In my previous 2 posts, a wrote about a flea market vendor who had a couple of bins of $1 items. At that price…why not! As well as the mechanical pencil and the pin, I got a pair of salt and pepper shakers. I don’t need them but I thought they were pretty. They are silver in color (silver plated?) and smaller in size.

I have since cleaned off the tarnish and they look nicer.

Flea market find part 1 of 4

Hubby and I got to a flea market a week ago and I lucked out a found a vendor that was selling random items for a $1 or 2. One item I found was a silver mechanical pencil. It might be Victorian but for a buck, it is probably more vintage than antique. That’s ok. I will look the part on a chatelaine…if ever I can get out in costume again…