Hiatus

I’ve already missed a couple of posts and I’m here to tell you I will be missing a couple more.  Mr Victorian-Not and myself are off on a driving trip tomorrow.  Usually, when I head out of town I write a few extra posts and set them on automatic pilot but fate and time have conspired against me and I couldn’t keep up with regular posts, never mind write extras, this past week.  I should be back and on track by this time next week and hopefully will have relevant material from my trip to share with you.  I will be back…hope you will be too!

Last vacation post

I just wanted to share a few more photos of some of the highlights of my trip.  Again, I apologize for the poor photo quality.  I used my phone and not my nice camera.

The view from my hotel room.

The view from my hotel room.

My room looked out over the duck pond.

My room looked out over the duck pond.

I went to Lego Land In Mall of America.

I went to Lego Land In Mall of America.

I went to the Sea Life exhibit in the Mall of America, where I saw beautiful creatures...

I went to the Sea Life exhibit in the Mall of America, where I saw beautiful creatures…

...ugly creatures...

…ugly creatures…

...scary creatures...

…scary creatures…

...and funny creatures...

…and funny creatures…

I also saw a reminder about what my son is doing in Australia now...sigh.

I also saw a reminder about what my son is doing in Australia now…sigh.

I went to the Disney store...with no children in tow.  Yeah, I'm a kid at heart.

I went to the Disney store…with no children in tow. Yeah, I’m a kid at heart.

I hope I, one day, have a grand-daughter who is a girly girl so I can take her to the princess section and she can go in the castle dressing room to try on princess gowns.....

I hope I, one day, have a grand-daughter who is a girly girl so I can take her to the princess section and she can go in the castle dressing room to try on princess gowns…..

Or better yet, she wants to go with Grandma when she dresses up in Victorian costumes and grandma can make her matching dresses from scraps in the stash!  Happy face.  My luck, I will get a grand-daughter but she will be a jock like grandpa and she will be going with him to the hockey rink.  I doubt she’d want me in the hockey rink in Victorian garb.

SR Harris…aka Heaven…

While in Minneapolis I made a car load of women drive over a half hour on unfamiliar streets through a town that is 15 times the size of our city so that I could see Heaven On Earth.  Heaven on earth is SR Harris Fabric Outlet Store the size of a mega supermarket.  Shelves of the stuff towering over my head.  Sigh.

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Look at how happy I am!

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The best part was the silk at 50% off!  And 50% off of a price that is already lower than what I can get in Canada!  And so much selection.

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I really wanted that blue one in the middle (it had pretty little flowers embroidered on it) but there wasn’t enough to make a dress out of and I hadn’t any ideas for a smaller project I could use it for.  I ended up with this plaid.  I’ve been thinking it is time to try tackling a plaid pattern.  I’m a bit worried that I wont have enough to try pattern matching.  But, I have seen examples from the time, where pattern matching didn’t happen for the same reason (not enough material) or from mistakes made by the seamstress.

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The lace and buttons were cheap like borscht.  And very different from what I can get here.  Now I have to decide what to make with this.  I think I want 1860’s but I’m not exactly sure what style.  I have a few projects to get off the ground first so I have time to stew on it a bit and then take the plunge.

Most of my projects have been poly blends and fairly inexpensive.  I have some anxiety about actually taking scissors to real silk and then eventually wearing it and possibly ruining it.  (Bites nails)  But, I’m hoping to drag my husband back there one day on a vacation so I have to prove to myself and him that there is actually a need to go back there!

If you are in Minneapolis, I would highly recommend it to you!

 

 

Minneapolis trip

Some ladies from my church drove down to Minneapolis to join 10,000 other ladies for some good music and speakers.  The walk between my hotel and the conference had some lovely old buildings.  I didn’t have time to get their names so if anyone knows, please let me know. (I think this first one is their government building).

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I would think most of them are Victorian or at the very least Edwardian…well except for that dinning car one.  That would be mid 1900s I would think.

My Victorian Weekend part 1 of 3

Friday evening Mr Victorian-not and I finally cashed in a prize I had won over a year ago for one of my gowns.  It was a stay in a bed and breakfast called the Beechmount.  It was built 1895 and went through several owners and several horrible “updates” before it was bought by the current owners, who carefully restored its Victorian charm while keeping its modern comforts.  I’ll share some of my photos with you.

Front of the house.

Front of the house.

Our room was the window on the second floor and the veranda on the second floor was just off of our bathroom and had it been warmer, would have been a nice spot to sit and read!

Me pretending I own the place.

Me pretending I own the place.

I'd need a gardener for all the plants.  If left up to me, they'd all die horrible deaths.

I’d need a gardener for all the plants. If left up to me, they’d all die horrible deaths.

Formal Dinning Room

Formal Dinning Room

We didn’t have our breakfast in here.  We had it in the conservatory (which used to be the summer kitchen).

Isn't it nice...

Isn’t it nice…

More plants for me to kill…

On the veranda, looking into the bathroom.

On the veranda, looking into the bathroom.

Wanda B Mexican!

So here are some of my photos from my trip.  Be grateful you didn’t have to sit through all 600 like my seniors at the nursing home!

I saw lots of cute animals.  Some I hugged.

I saw lots of cute animals. Some I hugged.

Ahhhh.  Isn’t Pele cute!

Some I kissed.

Some I kissed.

The kiss photo didn’t turn out to well.  You couldn’t tell what Romeo was (manatee).  In the water you can just see his flippers hanging on to me.  That was so cool!

And some I rode.

And some I rode.

One dolphin was named Lulu and one was Aida or something like that.  I can’t remember.

I had quite a few drinks.

I had quite a few drinks.

Luckily, for me they were pretty watered down. And the glasses weren’t all that big.

I saw some lovely sites that makes even this amature photographer look good.

I saw some lovely sites that makes even this lame photographer look good.

There was a grave yard with graves that were literally works of art.SAM_0900

I even hung out with some like-minded Victorian ladies.SAM_0379I want to go back today!

My home comming

I flew home yesterday from lovely warm Mexico to Winter Winnipeg. Mercifully, it has been warm (for winter) for the last few days and that made the culture shock easier to take.   It has also been a blessing to see that my trust in my boys has not been miss placed.  The house was clean when we got home and they even did some of the laundry!  My little doll face puppy is alive and well but in sad need of a hair combing.

I’ve begun the process of going through my photos and I hope to have something to show you in the next couple of days.  This evening I will begin my usual routine of writing up my post for the following day. For now I tackle my own laundry, finish unpacking and work on all my trip photos.