Little Christmas Dress

I blame it on being an empty nester.  No little bambinos to dress in cute little outfits.  And because I had boys I’ve never had the joy of cute little dresses.  So this Christmas, I went nuts and hacked up a babies dress and made a dress for my fur baby.

I think she looks adorable!

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I was hunting in a thrift store with this very project in mind when I found a Christmas red dress with hearts and dogs on it.  Destiny!

She was very comfy in her little dress.

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Have yourselves a Merry Little Christmas!

Abominable snowdog

We had some snow last week.  I didn’t enjoy it but puppy did.

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The winter weather motivated me to work on my knitting and I have the neck and shoulders done on my sweater-dress. I tried it on and it fits.  I don’t have any photos because try on day was not a support underwear day and that is not a good look for photos. I have decided on 3/4 length sleeves so it shouldn’t take to much time or wool to finish them.  (Assuming I don’t loose interest in it and it ends up in my unfinished knitting project TRUNK.)

I really am disgusted with myself.  Last week I gathered up all my unfinished knitting projects and put them in an old steamer trunk.  I had to sit on the lid to get it to shut.  And that is not counting my unfinished sewing projects and my hoards of wool and fabric that have not yet been started.  I shake my head in disgust!  I need another year of absolutely NO MORE BUYING for wool and fabric.  I could use an early retirement so I’d have more time but since that wont be happening anytime soon, I could use some discipline when it comes to time wasters games on my phone.

Talk to ya next week!

Orange and homeless

I know I have been MIA for a bit.  One of my kids moved out of the country this past week and I have been curled up into a ball emotionally.  But, alas, life goes on.  I managed to finish another baby blanket for a baby I don’t have.

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I realize the fur ball could use a hair cut.  Luckily, she is more or less blind so has very little idea that the hair is in her eyes.  But she does deserve to look her best.  I will get on that ASAP.

I have a costume event on Thursday so hopefully I will get a post up on Friday.  Have a good week folks.

Little bit of everything

I have lots of things to share with you all.  First, a completed project.

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I have a friend at work that is expecting a baby. I will add this to my contributions for her baby shower.

Spring has sprung around here.  I’m loving all the flowers.  Late spring is my favorite time of year.

My sweet 4 legged baby loves spring too.

 

 

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The baby ducks and geese are out now.  So cute!

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And now finally, something Victorian.  Lottie gave me a cabinet card that I want to share with you.  I love the detail on the “lapel”.  I’m thinking beading and embroidery.

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There is quite a bit of writing on the back of the card.

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The clearest bit says…

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Taken in May 1896.

The next clearest bit says…

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With love and best wishes

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Janice(?)

What do you think the name says?

There is more writing on the bottom.

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All I can make out is “…day I am…”

Can you make any of it out?  Sure you can with such blurry photos.

 

 

 

 

 

Piping done

Everything is cut out and the piping is made so next available day the sewing will commence.  IMG_20190324_174237586.jpg

I got some more de-cluttering done and now my sewing space is fit to actually work in.

In my cleaning up, I found a lost item…again. My pocket watch.

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In other productivity news, I used up some wool and made a mitt.  I wonder how many days/weeks/months/years it will take me to make the mate?

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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?

Making my free time mean something

The reduced hours at work are starting to take effect and I had a day off this week.  I used it wisely.  I cleaned out 4 cupboards.  One was just a mess and now it is sorted. One opened up space so all of my candles can be stored in one spot. And two are now empty (future plans for them still in the works).  They used to hold unfinished projects.  I moved them into my son’s old room.  I got real with myself about 2 of those UFO’s and unraveled them.

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Some of that crap is just nasty and will get donated to charity.  Some of it is less nasty and it might be made into toys.  Not sure yet.

My dog got a hair cut “a la mommy”.  Cute alert.

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It is the dog version of a bowl cut.  Uneven ears, stray strands hanging out.  I’m on a budget and she wont sit still.  Better than letting her become like a sheep that missed shearing day.

I also made some progress on the dark modern version of the counterpane I saw at a local museum.

Museum version.

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My version.

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The above photo shows where I left off.  I made 4 more blocks.  I think the blocks are lovely.  A bit hard to see the detail but still nice.

I’m proud of myself!

 

 

 

Blending hobbies

I painted a couple more rocks.  I may have a hard time parting with them.  The first one is a portrait of my dog.  I am pretty sure I am keeping this one.

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Looks like her I think.

The next one I am pretty sure I will hide on my next costume outing.  That wont be until October so I can enjoy it till then.IMG_20170903_164635809Edwardian lady with a big hat.

Between the dog and her diabetes and my new hobby, I’ve been really bad about getting projects done.  I need to get down to business though.  For the next outing, I want new stuff and that means a corset cover, a skirt and a hat.  Chop, chop girl!  Get on that!

New idea found on another blog

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.

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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.

Godey's Lady's Book 1861 Crochet Glengarry CapI 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.