Now into the fun times of Christmas

I could really do without all the bustle of Christmas…I really could.  But I do enjoy it when all the work starts to pay off.  The gatherings.  (Our clan heads out onto the lake for some hockey before dinner). photo 2The “Yessss” feeling when you get or give the perfect gift.  The food, mmmmmm.  photo 3Last night was one of those times.  I am content.

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Honey I’m home!

Baring any disasters, I expect to be back at home today.  I will be spending the day with all my children: my youngest boy who manned the house while we were away; my oldest boy who, at the time of this writing is expected to be back from his 5 1/2 month journey and my four legged child who has cuddles saved up for 2

There’s an app for that

I’m always a bit slow to get on board with new trends.  When answering machines came in, I hated them.  When cell phones came in, I couldn’t understand why people couldn’t just make their phone calls before leaving home.  I finally got a flip phone when my Dad got sick and I needed to be easily reached.  I hated texting on the thing because you had to hit the number buttons various times while it scrolled through the alphabet.  It would take a half hour to write a message.  Unfortunately, it was the only way my teens would communicate with me.  You can text your mother discretely but you can’t phone her without all your pals knowing.

I finally retired my flip phone last summer (yes it is true, I had a flip phone until last year) and got an iPhone.  Well, dang it all!  I now get what all the fuss is about.  I’m never far from that thing!  It is for that very reason, I don’t have a data plan and rely on wifi hot spots.  If I had a data plan I’d be surgically attached!

One thing I like is the apps.  Especially the free ones.  I’m all about the cheap thrills!  My latest fun thing is Photo Lab.  Oooo the great “WORKS OF ART” I have been creating.  How about me as an oil painting…


Or me in my husbands pocket watch.


I can’t remember what this one is called but it is pretty cool too.eab86cc1_o

My favorite is the sketch look.  I did several of these.


Shirley and I at the train station was followed by me on the beach.


I think the beach one looks most realistic.  The next one could be a future tattoo…


Awe!  What is your favorite app?  Would you give up your phone and computer if you could go back to the good old days?

In lieu of…

I am lounging in a post-Christmas haze of laziness.  Well, that is not exactly true.  I have been producing…just not in the sewing department.  After a busy year sewing, no huge Historical Sew Fortnightly projects due for a bit and no costume events until we leave this deep freeze, I haven’t felt the need to sew for a few days.  I have been lounging on the couch knitting random blocks of…well knitting.

I have been making blocks for a knitted quilt with the goal of using up a huge ball of turquoise acrylic wool.  This wool is completely useless for Victorian wear because of the color and fiber content and it isn’t a color I’d use for modern wear-too pastel.  Lord knows why I bought it.  Anyway, I have a book of random knitting stitches and I thought I’d make this turquoise wool up into the blocks using the different stitches.  In addition to using up the wool, I will be finding out what these stitches look like and how difficult they might be.  Ones that I like, might one day be used in a larger project.

Now, other sewing/costume bloggers resort to using photos of their cat being cute when they have nothing to offer in terms of completed work.  In lieu of the cat I don’t have, I give you my dog Ginger.

I was changing the blankets on the bed one day and look who climbed in.

I was changing the blankets on the bed one day and look who climbed in.


I know she needs a good grooming but, just look at that face.

I know she needs a good grooming but, just look at that face.

I could just kiss her…and I do.  She has been a sweetie pie sitting on the couch with me as I wallow in my post-Christmas laziness.