The win every time lottery

This is a non-Victorian post.  Other than the news that I will soon start volunteering at Dalnavert House (yeah!), I have no new things to share.

I was out shopping for my youngest boy’s 25th birthday (when did he get so old!) when I happened upon a Hidden Gem’s candle.  I have wanted to try one for some time now and so I bought one for myself.  In fact I had a “gift” for myself before I had one for my son!  Since I was there for the original birthday, I deserve a gift too, right?

I brought it home and lit it up.

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It took a couple of evenings of burning to get to the point where I could find the hidden packet inside.

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With the tweezers, I was able to get the packet out.

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With a bit of ripping, I removed the foil and found my ring.

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Wonders of wonders, it fit!  And is quite pretty on my wrinkly old hand.

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It is valued at $25 which is less than I paid for the candle but I still have a few more nights of the candle and a the jar once it is done.  All in all a good deal.  I think I will add Hidden Gem’s candles to my birthday and Christmas wish list.  I think they are rather fun.

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Feeling up beat!

I had a great day at work today.  I had a major success with one of my seniors and that always makes me feel like a rock star!

I’m feeling so good that I don’t mind that I had to cancel tomorrow’s outing with Victorian at Heart.  It is all good.

How about some more good news…Dalnavert has contacted me about an orientation to volunteer at the house in a more regular fashion so I’m super stoked about that.  Dang job will keep me from volunteering often but I’m okay with that today (reference: the first paragraph of this post).

In other good news, the Costume museum is going to have a button and trunk sale to rid themselves of some unused space killers.  Guess who is going shopping!  Let me start drooling over those buttons!  I love the trunks too but I’m not sure where I’d put one of those.

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And one final good news story: when I was a young mom, I sold the old treadle sewing machine my grandmother taught me to sew on when I was just a kid.  I regretted that move from the moment I watched pull out of my drive way.  I’ve been watching for one just like it.  Well, one of the volunteer’s at the Costume Museum brought in one of her own to add to the display that was up last May.  It is so exactly like the one I sold that I am wondering if it IS the one I sold.  I can’t wait to speak to this lady and find out it’s back story!

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Bringing home a treasure!

This past Tuesday, I was able to get back to volunteering at the Costume Museum after nearly 2 years of not being available because of my work schedule.

This session was not hands on as the group was planning the display coming up next month.  It will be a display of things bought at the now defunct Eaton’s store.  Alas, there will be no Victorian items but there will be a few Edwardian things.

During the meeting I did score something for my home…a display piece that was being chucked because of wobbly legs.  I have a few handy fellows in my family so I saved it from the garbage bin.

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I think it may have originally been a desk.  It is tall enough.  I fell in love with the handle!  It is solid wood…not veneer and particle board. I may get it refinished but honestly, I don’t mind the scratches.  The chip in one leg is easily hidden if moved to the back.  It just needs some glue and a few bolts tightened!

 

Lazy 4 day weekend

I have been lax in keeping up this blog and I have been lax in everything else.  I’ve, basically, been on “mental pause” for the past month.  I’ll blame work.

Currently I work a 12:00 to 8:15 shift which is great money but a bit hard on life.  For the past month I have been applying for a day time shift and waiting on the news to see if I got it.  I did get it and I start on April 16th.

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It is like my whole life and mind is on pause until that date.

It doesn’t help that spring weather seems to be on pause as well.  It just wont warm up and we are stuck in the half melted dirty phase of spring!

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I haven’t been completely idle.  I’ve been getting my butt kicked in my new favorite game.

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I’ve been Netflixing and knitting up a storm-especially during the past lovely long weekend.  I reknit a scarf that I found to wide but not long enough.

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I’ve been working on a blanket.  Once this pile of squares is done and attached, I will be half way done.

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This is it so far.

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I am hoping that as the weather warms up, I will get more excited about sewing again.  My Edwardian Olive dress is stuck in the same spot…just a few more buttons made.

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My costume group has been brain storming our plans for outings this year.  IMG_20180402_173255626

May be that will get me going in the sewing room again!  We shall see!

 

 

Painting Rocks

This is not a Victorian activity.  Many apologies.  But, meh, I got nothin’ else so lets go for it.

Apparently, this has been a “thing” in other places for some time and now someone has started it here in Winnipeg.  Winnipeg Rocks.

Basically, you find a rock or two you like.  Paint it.  (No doodads like gems or stickers because they fall off). Put a reference to the Facebook Page “Winnipeg Rocks” on the back of the rock and then you seal it.  Find a public place to hide them (not in the grass…they mess up lawn mowers) and watch and see if anyone finds your rock and posts it on the page.  Some people put notices on the page of where they hid their rocks so folks have a fighting chance of finding them…especially helpful for folks who are dragging kids out to hunt for rocks.

I’m not sure I will go hunting…that sounds like too much work.  I do hope I will randomly stumble on one though.  Some of them are pure works of art!

I painted up 3.  Lets call them the monochrome phase.  (i.e. to cheap to cough up for more than 3 bottles of paint until I know if I will like this BIG TIME.) Definitely not works of art.

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I settled on 3 quick jobs as a “taste test”.  I enjoyed painting them (if I did not think about how boring they are).  We will see if they are found and posted about.  If I get a big charge out of it I may do it again.  Anyone else do this in their home town?

 

Oh, I must see this! In costume please!

Judy Dench (Oh gosh! I love her) will be playing Queen Victoria!  Coming to a theatre near me!

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The hubby and I had gone to see a sci fi flick and there was this larger than life billboard for this movie!  I was thrilled (and he was praying I don’t drag him to see it!) Shirley and Lottie, say you will go see this with me!  Costumes optional.  I acknowledge we’d be three of the biggest dorks on the planet if we go in costume!

We have plans…so does life

At the beginning of the year I took the time to sketch out some projects that would go with the Historical Sew Fortnightly themes.  As the year has progressed, I hit some road blocks. (Projects that took longer than expected.  Supplies for projects getting ordered but not showing up.)  And then there was the drop in my own enthusiasm.

I had started to feel more intensely that I was making items I didn’t really want at this time or making items in strange orders (accessories before outfits, for example) so that I could match a challenge or really stretching the parameters of the challenge to make something I wanted to only to rush through it to meet the deadline as reasonably as possible.

Don’t get me wrong!  I loved doing HSF!  It did exactly what I wanted it to, which was motivate me to get started on projects AND actually finish them so that I could build a wardrobe for costume events.  Now I have a huge wardrobe. I have actually reached the point that it is to big! I have more outfits than I can wear in a year.  Several of which, I am no longer satisfied with.

With those thoughts and feelings in mind I decided a few months back that I would finish the HSF year out and next year I would change my way of doing things.   First I’d pack up the outfits I no longer love.  They’d go into storage until I reached the point that I could part with them.  Then I’d limit my creativity for the year to finishing UFO projects (the vast majority being modern knitting) and limiting myself to one costume, which I would take great pains to choose, to shop for and to sew slowly and carefully.

And then life stepped in.  There is actually a lot going on but the primary stepping has been done by my doggy.  This is her last Christmas.  Lookin’ fine!

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She has been slowing down lately and I thought “hmmm, old age is kicking in”.  But within a few weeks, old age seemed to be running her over with a truck.  Here she is lookin’ not so fine.  And starting to have accidents in the house, which she has never done!

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I took her to the vets a couple of weeks ago and the old age turned out to be diabetes.  We are early into the treatments (strict diet, twice daily insulin shots) but already we are seeing a vast improvement!  It is like having a young dog again!

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Mom!  Stop takin’ pictures!  We are playin’ here!

 

But, keeping her this way means I have to do some changing.  I have fast forwarded my plan to back off of the HSF challenges (though I intend to watch and be amazed by the work of others!)  Not having the deadlines takes some un-needed stress off of me.   And I am vowing that any future projects be either UFO or at least 80% stash busting thus freeing up some cash to support my insulin junkie’s new habit.

Who knows, I may have to start a blog about my life with a diabetic dog!