I’ll be missing in action

It is time for my annual winter escape.  In years past, I have arranged a bunch of posts to pop up on their own while I’m gone but that is not happening this year-to much crapola in my life the past two months.  I will be back after a week of blissful rest (at least I hope it is blissful) and I will be fully recharged. (Well…at least less crabby….) Until then

To excited to blog!

I booked my winter vacation yesterday!  I’m off to Cuba next winter!  Veradero here I come!

I’m looking forward to what seems to be amazing beaches and amazing locals!  I expect things to be like Mexico in terms of hearing Spanish all of the time (lovely language), seeing lovely buildings with some degree of wear and tear (thousands of people tromping through a hotel in a damp tropical climate makes for some issues but nothing that is vacation ruining) and dedicated staff trying to make a good living by making a good vacation for me.  I have heard that Cuban food can be a bit more bland than what we are used to so I plan on eating a ton of amazing fresh bread and bringing my own ketchup and may be a spice bottle or two.

I’ve also done my research about sand flies.  It seems I am one of those people who react badly to those damn things!IMG_20160129_163534164.jpg

It was terrible.  It itched like mad and it was not so much welts as my whole ankle swelled up into one big kankle.  It went on for weeks after the trip.  This year, I’m going prepared.  I’ll be taking garlic pills and antihistamines before I leave and keeping that up, as well as a bug spray regime through out the trip.  Any hint of a bite and I will be slathering in after bite lotions.

Okay, January, hurry up and get here!

 

Road trip!

Shirley and I are almost done packing.  We are off this morning to Carlyle Saskatchewan for their Dickens’ Festival!

http://www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/things-to-do/events/103396/carlyle’s-dickens-village-festival

There will be photos!  The horrifying thing is how much STUFF I have.  I will definitely have to pare it down before Costume College.  I would be SCREWED with luggage fees on a plane!  At least there would be no winter wear on that trip!

Confirmed: my job does get in the way of my “art”

In between catching up on the laundry and grocery shopping, I have been spending the remainder of my vacation in the sewing room.  I have completed the 1872 Lilac Dreams bodice!  Yeah me!

Truly Victorian 1872 Vested Bodice TV403

Truly Victorian 1872 Vested Bodice TV403

The white part has little white buttons running up it that the glare washes out but I was making myself crazy trying to get the fabric to not look blue and didn’t notice I had washed out the white part.  Me thinks I need a better camera.

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I think I may need to tack that bow down a bit more.  It seems to be sitting a bit cockeyed.

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That is how it is supposed to sit.

In addition to finishing the bodice, I have cut out and sewn two skirts a la assembly line style.  There is a purple skirt to go with this bodice and a blue one for another project.  I’m at the hand sewing stage now.  They both might get some trim but I’m going to wait and see how they look with their bodice and over skirt first.  They might not need anything…especially the purple as the pattern it pretty wild on its own.

 

Mexico-my home away from home

I’m back from my annual pilgrimage to Mexico.  The past two years, we have been going to Playa Del Carmen but this year we tried Cancun.  Cancun wasn’t my cup of tea.  It has a busy city/party place feel and I’m past that stage in life.  But, I can’t say I had a bad time because I really didn’t.

There was fabulous views

There was fabulous views

Cute sites and photo ops

Cute sites and photo ops

Interesting food...okay, I didn't eat these because there was so much more to choose from.  But I thought these were cute.

Interesting food…okay, I didn’t eat these because there was so much more to choose from. But I thought these were cute.

We saw a show with a fire eater.

We saw a show with a fire-eater.

We had a catamaran ride.   It was pretty wavy so Mr Victorian got a bit sea sick.

We had a catamaran ride. It was pretty wavy so Mr Victorian got a bit sea sick.

I tried sitting up front on the “hood” of the catamaran but it was so wavy I was sure I was going to slide right off my perch into the ocean.  There was a sweet little Chilean Grandmother in the same “boat” as myself and we clung to each other for dear life.  Once we moved to the back and sat in proper seats all was well.  But, I made a friend for life.  At the end we babbled to each other in our native tongues and she gave me a big hug and kiss on the cheek.  That made me feel really good.  I think of her as my adopted abuela (grandma).

While on our trip, we saw this ship which is part of the Captain Hook Dinner and Show.

While on our trip, we saw this ship which is part of the Captain Hook Dinner and Show.

I was so taken by the idea that we had to try it a couple of days later.

I was so taken by the idea that we had to try it a couple of days later.

It is a ton of fun and I highly recommend it!

It is a ton of fun and I highly recommend it!

Those are the highlights of my trip.  Cheers!

Those are the highlights of my trip. Cheers!

Weekend vacation to Women of Faith 2014

Last weekend some ladies from my church loaded up into several cars and headed to Minneapolis Minnesota for the Women of Faith Conference.  It was a wonderful weekend of bonding with other women that I didn’t know that well (I go to a really big church so it is possible to know faces but not people).  Some car loads went a day early – most with the intention of shopping but some with the intention of relaxing.

I was hoping that this year, like last year, I’d find a car load that was willing to drive me to fabric store heaven…SR Harris.  Well, it didn’t work out.  But, I started this weekend trip with the intention of exercising my “go with the flow” muscles and my “find joy in all circumstances” muscles.  I am a list maker and a “plan down to the last-minute” girl so those muscles are weak!  If I couldn’t get to the fabric store what could I do?  Not much. It seems my car load was planning a lay by the pool and read day and all other car loads were full.  Not to be thwarted, I decided that to maximize my joy I needed to do something other than reading by the pool.  I needed to do something I’ve never done before.  I needed to plan an adventure.  I had two choices pay: $90 for cab fare to the fabric store or take the bus ALONE in a strange city to Mall of America.  I opted for the bus.   It seemed more intrepid!2

I got on the bus and my first reaction was to act like I did when I was riding the bus at home.  It is a long ride so pull out something to do.  My phone was my go to object. 1

Well then it hit me!  That is not joyful or intrepid!  I put the phone away and I (gasp!) looked out the window at this city that is not my home.  I took note of places I wanted to go to later on.  I was a creepazoid and talked to total strangers.  I had fun!

My reward for being so brave was to get to Mall of America and eat at the Rainforest Cafe.

I love the decor...especially the fish tanks.

I love the decor…especially the fish tanks.

I enjoyed my view from my table....

I enjoyed my view from my table….

...while I sipped my drink.  Who cares that it was only 11:30 am...I was on vacation and I wasn't driving!

…while I sipped my drink. Who cares that it was only 11:30 am…I was on vacation and I wasn’t driving!

I’ve been dreaming of their bacon wrapped shrimp since the last time I had it.

Heaven!

Heaven!

I did some shopping, getting some gifts for my family and myself.

A new wallet and a  wonderfully tacky phone case!

A new wallet and a wonderfully tacky phone case!

I also enjoyed a massage chair so much that I was tempted to go home and sell my car so I could buy it.  It was wonderful.  I took the bus back to the hotel and had dinner.  I was very tired and sore after all my walking at the Mall and knew I couldn’t walk to the opening session of the Conference.  That is okay because on my bus ride I discovered that it stops right in front of the Excel Center!  So I bused it there and back no problems.  Lesson learned…you can learn useful things when you step out of your comfort zone.

The next morning, my roomies and I started to walk to the Excel Center. As I was walking I saw some lovely buildings (that I couldn’t take pictures of because I forgot my phone and camera) and some red fall leaves (which I picked up) and a lovely unbroken piece of blue glass (which I picked up).  Upon closer inspection I had picked up a crack pipe.  (I hope that is all I picked up.)

I enjoyed the conference very much. 7

But since this is not a blog on religion or Christianity I will spare you the details. I will share that during our lunch break, I dragged a few of my buddies with me up the street to an antique store that I saw from the bus window the day before.

I recommend Wescott Station for its good prices, fun selection, friendly owners and well…the wonderful smell of old!  There were a few things I would have loved to haul home with me but space in the car ride home was at a premium so I chose these items.SAM_2505

You will eventually see the photos in more detail. But I will show you the chain.SAM_2507

To me it looks like a simple chatelaine and that is how I will use it.  If anyone else knows what it really is I’d love to hear from you.  There is a slot at the back of the large end that looks like a belt would have been slid into.  I have intended to make some belts for some of my outfits so this will work out wonderfully.  Then I will hang a watch or a batch of keys from the other end.

So that concludes my post on my weekend vacation.  You all have a nice week back at work.

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My doctor knows me very well doesn't she?

My doctor knows me very well doesn’t she?

While on vacation I went to the fabric store that I consider “heaven”.  Fabrics stacked 2 stories high and a floor space as big as a football field!  SR Harris Fabric is so big and the prices are fabulous!  It is also in the middle of an industrial area so poor Mr Victorian-Not had to sit in the car with some reading material while I wandered around in awe-struck wonder.

This time around, it was the buttons that had me.  sr fabrics 3

Buckets of them.

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Waist high BARRELS OF THEM.

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There happened to be two teenaged girls there.  Know what they did?  They sunk their hands into that barrel…up to the arm pits.  God, I regretted being a semi dignified 50 year old because I had been wanting to do that very thing.

I looked at the silk but didn’t go for it.  I bought my Silky Skies dress fabric there and after having it fade so easily, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go for silk again.  So I went for a sensible cotton in a fabulous dark purple and a purple flower print that will go nicely with it.  I’ve been craving a dark purple for some time.  sr fabrics 6I also bought some lace appliques and buttons as well.  I don’t know what it will become.  I’ll let it stew in my mind for a while.  See what ideas I come up with.

 

Time to get back on track

I had a very nice vacation in Minneapolis.  And some of it is Victorian enough to be worth a share with you.  We went to Fort Snelling which was built in the Regency times but that means it was around during the Victorian Era.  Apparently, one of its jobs, once built was to keep the British and Canadians out.  Muhahahaha! I, a Canadian, managed to walk right in!  It must have been my disguise!

Being a proud Canadian, I had to make comparisons with the Fort in my neck of the woods.  Their Fort is older.  Point for them.

Oldest home in Minnesota.

Oldest home in Minnesota.

Both Forts have costumed employees that do a good job of telling and showing how it might have been.

Cooking up an egg for the lady of the house.

Cooking up an egg for the lady of the house.

Compared to MY fort, Fort Snelling’s buildings are pretty sparsely furnished.

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Point for Lower Fort Garry.  We are now tied.

Fort Garry didn’t seem to have a lot of uniforms there.  I wonder why?  The uniforms are cool but I wouldn’t say it made my day to see them.

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Fort Snelling had their employees shoot their muskets and canon!  Now that was very cool!  I loved that!  Point for Fort Snelling.

 

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Fort Snelling had different items for sale in the gift shop.  I’ve always wanted this!

snell fort 20Three to one for Fort Snelling so far.  Fort Garry is Victorian, is open almost all year, and close enough for me to go to anytime I want to and I can go in costume! Four more points for Fort Garry, 5-1, we win!