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.
The dummy behind the counter had a similar shirtwaist on as the dummy in front of the counter!
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!
I like these posts. I’m always surprised at how much I’ve actually done in a year! So lets see if this year holds true-in spite of the extra stresses and giving up on Historical Sew Monthly.
Lets start with the non wearable items: rock painting.
Next up: modern sewing projects.
Modern knitting and crochet. There were quite a few of these, including one where I spun the wool myself.
Gads! The wrinkles!
There were a few historical knitting projects.
There were not as many historical sewing projects as in years past but more than I thought!
The total is 25 which works about to be about 2 a month. Not to shabby! I’m happy with that.
I hope for myself another productive year and I wish it for you readers as well. I also wish happiness and peace!
I’m a bit Grinchy about Christmas. This attitude comes from my line of work which involves decorating my work space so that my seniors get into the spirit of the season. By the time I’ve put 3-5 trees (with varying degrees of functioning lights) and a crap load other things, I am not in the mood to do my tree at home. But the hubby insists.
Once it is up, though, I’m glad I did it.
Most of my ornaments have a little sentimental story attached so I enjoy the walk down memory lane.
This year, I took some of my birthday gift cards for Micheal’s Craft store and bought new garland for the tree. I was tired of the ancient tinsel garland that I have used for decades.
It wasn’t exactly cheap so I wouldn’t have actually paid for it myself. But with gift cards, I could afford to splurge. Better the garland than spending the cards on more wool to add to the hoard.
Okay, that title is a bit exaggerated! We had a costume contest for Halloween at work and I won “best individual costume for staff”. Unfortunately everyone thought I was either a baker or Little Bo Peep. But I’m not complaining. It got me a gift card for free food at the cafeteria and another costume got out of the closet.
This is another non-Victorian post. Sorry ’bout that! But, I bought a new toy and thought it would be fun to share it with you. It is called an Embellish Knit.
It is basically a mechanized spool knitter.
I bought it with two intensions…one is to take cheap crochet thread and use it to make cording for decorative trims on Victorian gowns. Cording and soutache is NOT cheap.
The other intension is to take all the cheap wool I have been hoarding for years and turn it into chunky yarn.
My first project used up 3 balls of this synthetic wool.
The Embellish knit turned those three balls of wool into one massive ball of chunky wool.
The beauty of chunky wool , of course is that it knits up quickly. The heavy neck cowls seems to be popular these days so I may try knitting up one of those with this stuff and see what it looks like.
Once I have knitted it up I have no idea what I will do with it. Donate it to charity? I have no idea. Another idea is to just make balls of chunky wool with my machine and old wool and see if I can sell that at my friend’s craft sale table. One thing I know is craft sales don’t just attract people who can’t craft; they attract people who can craft who are looking for ideas. A knitter may be attracted to an unusual looking wool.
Hopefully my next post is a completed project post-either a neck cowl or a corset cover! Have a good Thanksgiving Day Canada!
Saturday was Canada Day and it was a good one. Plenty of lounging. Time with family and a great fireworks display! There are plenty of good videos out there about the celebration and about why we should celebrate 150 as the country we know today (though it has been peopled much longer, starting with the original peoples who have been here for thousands of years.)
Here is one of my favorites.
I hope your holiday was a pleasant time, and for those of us who enjoy the Easter Monday off of work as well, I wish you a good rest.
I haven’t been doing much. Either cooking, eating, or playing Sims. But I did so some knitting and watching Netflix. I’m really into Dickensian these days. Nice costumes…the hats are the BEST.
For those of you who don’t know, Dickensian takes various characters from Dickens novels and puts them all together in one town and lets them interact. It is much like the concept of Once Upon a Time, which puts various fairy tale characters and lets them interact. The trick is, the characters still have to remain true to what happens to them in their repective stories. I recommend it highly.