Spring is in the air

Well, not really.  There is still snow EVERYWHERE but it isn’t quite as cold.  I had a day off so I actually got a lot done.  Not quite twitter-patted but more lively than I have been in awhile!

I dealt with my Sims game families.  Don’t mock me!  Having ultimate control over them helps me have control over myself!

Puppy got her walks done AND I finally got the nerve (and the technique) to do her glucose curve (I have to poke and draw blood from her ear 6 times in one day-we don’t like that.)

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I gave her a much needed hair cut and nail clipping on Saturday. What a job!

I made the head for a crochet horse.  I ran out of stuffing so lord knows if this horse will get a body.

I cleaned out the buttons, bones and hooks drawer in my sewing room.  There is room in there now to move some other stuff that is cluttering the room.IMG_20190311_162611834.jpg

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Yesterday I did my ribbons and lace drawer.

I have been on a bit of a de-cluttering thing.  We either want to downsize or convert our basement into an apartment for a student.  Either way, the crap has got to get thinned out!

In my efforts I finally found my sewing scissors and its case with a built in sharpener.

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I’d say for the last 15 years, I have had one or the other but never the two at the same time.  I’m forever misplacing one part only to find it and realize I lost the other part.  Good thing too.  My stand-by for the past few years, pinking shears, has gotten really dull.  I found it was gumming its way through my fabric.

That was the other thing I did…I cut out the fashion fabric for my next dress. I still need to do the lining.

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You can see the difference between the gummed edges and the clean cut edges.

My pal, the name sake of the dress and one of my few readers pointed out that my inspiration dress didn’t really have a lapel…it was more of a piece sewn in between the front and side front with the fringe sort of hiding the seams.

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Once I zoomed the photo, I found she was right.  This means the patterns I bought were not needed.  I could use the pattern I used for Copper Penny and Atessa.  I cut the neck line into a V instead of a scoop.

The I will Frankencut the sleeves by sewing on a ruffle like this pattern.

I think once the skirt is done (I will be putting it on a waist band and not sewing it to the bodice) I will have enough fabric left over for another bodice.  Perhaps I will use the one I bought….

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Then I had to clean up the mess!

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Look at that photo.  Puppy has a wary eye on me in case I come at her with the glucose meter again.  Look at the photo again. Any guesses how I manage to misplace the two parts of my scissors?

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Year in Review: Dresses worn this year

When you make these dresses, you sure hope you get some use out of them.  Because of some cancelled outings, I didn’t wear as many as I would have liked but some did get used.

In May, my 1861 Senora dress went to the old fort.16

And 1845 Atessa went to Kildonan Cemetary and Church.

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My 1903 skirt and blousewaist went to Dalnavert Museum at the end of May.

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In July, my medieval costume was worn at the Cook’s Creek Medieval Festival.

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1909 Olive made an appearance as a movie extra in August.

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And the last outing was in October for the annual train robbery.  I wore an 1895 walking outfit.4

6 out of 20 worn this year.  Hopefully, next year, there wont be so many cancelled trips so more of my children can get out and play.

 

Doors Open 2018: Kildonan Cemetery and Church

In the past few years, I have volunteered at the old jail for Doors Open.  This year I decided to change it up.

On the Saturday my costume group, Truly Victorian, went to 3 venues.  And on Sunday I volunteered at Dalnavert House museum.

The cemetery and church was the first stop.  Lottie and I went in 1840’s attire and Shirley was in later styles.  3 2

Of course when one goes to an old cemetery, one wants to see old graves.

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There are the sad ones of dead babies.

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The ones that reveal family tragedies.

The above stone shares of one man’s losses. His 24 year old wife died Feb 21, 1890.  Six days later, their daughter died at only 45 days old.  4 years prior, they lost a 12 day old baby girl.

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There are the stones that make you angry. Like this repaired one. There were several like this that possibly fell victim to vandals.

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And there are the ones that are creative and beautiful.

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The church, built in 1852, is under restoration at this time but we were allowed to go in and see it.

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The balcony was off limits as it is no longer safe.  But the main floor, in spite of needing a little TLC is in good shape. b

The stain glass, which was added in the 1920’s, was my favorite.

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And of the 4 of them, this was my favorite both in terms of the picture itself and because I recognize the Henderson name as I lived a few blocks from a street named after that family.  And on Henderson, there is a church named after the pastor that originally founded this church, John Black.

When we were done looking at the interior of the church, we walked around the exterior to see the work that had been done.

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On the right side of the photo you see the west side wall still covered in stucco. The left side of the photo shows the north wall with the stucco removed and the tyndall stone revealed.

For those of you who liked to be a bit grossed out, I have to show you what I saw next to the door on my way out of the church.

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Dozens of Lady Bugs.

I used to like Lady Bugs but last year they introduced an Asian variety to our city in hopes of controlling aphids.  Those little devils bite.  I can’t tell if these are the Asian ones or the nice kind but even the nice kind are gross in huge bunches!

 

Year in review: costumes that got out of the closet

I really thought more of my costumes got out of the closet this year but I guess not.  I think it was because there were no events like the Dicken’s Festival or Coco where multiple costumes get worn. Here are the ones that did get out.

Seven in total.  Eight if you count the time I played a hooker at the old jail and stood in my undies for the audience.

I’m hoping, this new year, my costuming buddies and I will make it out to the Dicken’s Festival in Saskatchewan.  That will increase the number of dresses that get worn!  I also hope that I will have the opportunity to wear the ones that didn’t get used this year.  I don’t like the idea of dresses languishing in the closet too long.  But perhaps that may encourage me to part with the ones that no longer thrill me.  The ones that have flaws that now seem glaringly obvious.

PS.  I hope you folks had a good New Year’s celebration and you enjoy this new one.  May your troubles be few and your joys be many!

 

Picnic in the park

In spite of my procrastination on Saturday, I did manage to get my crap together and was prepared for my outing on Sunday. We went to Birds Hill Park for a photo shoot at the old Kudlowich Farmstead.

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It was built in the 1930’s but has crumbled to the point of “looking the part” for our purposes.

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I wore 1840’s, Shirley wore 1850’s and Lottie wore 1860’s.

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A nosy neighbor shot…

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Then we went to the barn.

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The path between the barn and the house made for some nice shots.

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After the photoshoot, when went to the picnic areas.IMG_20170709_130125538

Shirley got her birthday gift.

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And Lottie got her REALLY LATE Christmas gift!

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Then we played games before heading home.

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So much inspiration so little time

When I made the Atessa dress, I ended up with a lot of material left over.

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Don’t know why.  The material was wider than I thought? Anyway, there it languishes in my stash.

I didn’t know what I would do with it.  Then I saw this dress at the Met.

1978.295.8ab_FThe fabric is a similar color range, and is also cotton.  The pattern in the fabric is different (mine is more paisley) but both are equally busy.1978.295.8ab_dAnd I’m quite fond of the bustle era.  So yummy.

I know I have said this before but I need to retire!  I need more time to sew up and knit up my ideas and I need more places to wear these things!  I need more weekends like CoCo and the Dickens Festival where I can wear MULTIPLE ensembles!  I keep piling up more and more outfits and I can’t possibly wear them all in one year!  And yet telling myself to stop is not going to happen. Anyone else feel my pain?