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.


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!


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


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.


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


This is it so far.


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.


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!




Turn the page: Fabulous 60’s Part one

The next page in my carte de visite book is two women who appear to be dressed in 1860’s styles.


The first woman is dressed in a skirt with matching bodice.



I wish I could see the detail on the upper sleeve more clearly.  It’s a design feature I would copy if I could.


Chas Hall is the photographer and after a quick Google search I found he was on Market St. from 1863-1881.  (Scroll down to the 7th row, middle picture)

Can’t get off the couch

I did plan on getting into my sewing room and whipping up the over sleeve on my next dress project but couldn’t get my butt off the couch.  I’m not sick…just lazy.  But I did work on the dress.

I want to use Dorset buttons on the dress and I have 12 that I made a year or two ago.  Unfortunately I have 12 and need 16.  I was unable to find more of the same sized rings so I had to buy 16 more of a slightly larger size.   This weekend I started making new buttons. (3 done)


Definitely bigger than I want but usable.

I also bought the cording I will need to go with it.  So some progress was had.


Turn the page: holey jewels Granny Part 2


Last post addressed the “holey” part of my title.  This part addresses the jewels on Granny part.


Okay, there are no jewels.  But she sure is blingy with her broach, earrings and all the beading on her dress!


I’m glad I pulled her out of the book because the frame was hiding the wonderful detail on the cuff of her sleeve.  Is it a lace or embroidery?  Fabulous!

The card stock itself has a embossed stamp on the bottom.  There is a large photographers stamp on the back.  There is extensive information on the photographer, Warner Gothard here. He started work at this studio in 1893. (Based on the sleeves, I think the 90’s is when this photograph was taken.


The handwriting is cool.  I wish it was a bit clearer.  The clearest bit says our grand dame was 78 years old at the time of this photograph.  I can’t make out the rest.  I think this is possibly her name.  If anyone else is good at reading bad handwriting I welcome your input!

Turn the page: holey jewels Granny! Part 1

Time for the next page in the carte de visit book I now own.


On the right side we have a sharp dressed Granny and we will focus more on her next time.  On the left is a young woman and child.  It looks like it caught fire or … I don’t know what!  May be a baby was carved out of the photo and put in a locket?

What do you think?


She is holding something in her hand but I can’t make it out.  From what is left of the photo, it appears she is wearing a 60’s style dress.  I think the child is a girl and I think they are both rather pretty.

Here is the photo out of the album.


And here is the back.


It is the same photographer as previous pages. Here, here, and here.  And I think there is a family resemblance.

2 dollars!

I went thrifting this weekend and finally found a pair of leather gloves that fit my big hands. They need to be stretched out a bit so at some point I need to soak them and wear them till they dry. The best part is they were only $2! Yeah me! They will look so good with my costumes!