Month: October 2016


Completing the look… glove at a time

I know this should probably be a post about Halloween.  I mean, today is Halloween.  However, I have a more pressing matter at hand.  A lost glove. It has been so chilly  and crisp in the mornings.  Chilly enough for me to remember to wear a coat…but not to grab my gloves.  Having had cold fingers a little too often this week, I was determined not to forget them again.  After an hour searching and pulling out just about the entire coat closet,  I only found my super heavy pair of mittens.  I knew I had a lighter weight pair that would be perfect for the current weather but had no idea where they ended up.  So I took a deep breath and tried again.  This time I turned up one glove, but not it’s buddy.  Sigh… I really liked that pair.  So, I will try one more time to find the lost glove, and if no luck, than I will have to pick up another pair. Now, on the few occasions when I do …


Four Fabulous Fall Crafts

Even though it is nearing the end of October, there is still plenty of time to create a few more fall themed crafts!  With Thanksgiving weeks away, spending a few happy hours creating something festive the perfect way to prepare and welcome this most joyous holiday.  So, with that in mind, I scoured the internet to find four fabulous ideas that are perfect to either bedeck the house with, or keep you warm while you watch those fall football games! So take a look and see if anything tickles your crafting fancy!  Then, simply click the link under each picture to be take to the post along with instructions! To start, I adored these no sew pumpkins.  Perfect to whip up in a hurry, and in a variety of colors and patterns, these can be done by adults and children alike! Project from Confessions of a Plate Addict Although I don’t personally crochet, these adorable little leaves make me wish I did!  Perfect for a wreath, a garland, or pinned to a jacket, these colorful little …


An Eye (and Envy) for Detail

Which came first for me? Learning to sew by hand or by machine?  I’m sitting here trying to remember….I think it was by hand first?  Maybe?  Regardless, when I did learn to sew by hand, I remember as a young girl, sitting as patiently as possible with some old scrap of calico, trying to get my stitches as even and neat as possible.  You know, like Laura Ingalls Wilder had to do when she was a child.  I remember really struggling with not bunching up the thread on the back side of the fabric, and trying to make sure knots didn’t form on the thread itself….it was a very stressful experience! 🙂  But, like so many things in life, the more practice and time I put in, the easier and better looking my hand sewing became. This is why when I see any examples of hand sewing so stunning that one questions if a machine did it, it makes me simply giddy with envy and happiness.  Whoever that person was who created that magnificent item, …


Jacket Weather

Despite the unusually warm weather over the last few days, the air is beginning to take on a definite nip.  And with that comes the ability to wear my absolutely, most favorite type of clothing: jackets.  I love jackets!  All jackets…any jackets….it doesn’t matter.  They are all more than welcome to come make a home in my closet! I love coats as well, but to me, there is a very big difference between coats and jackets.  Jackets are usually shorter, lighter weight, and come in a variety of shapes and colors.  This trend is not only visible in today’s fashion world, but it was also true of fashion from the past two hundred years.  For example, the Spencer jacket was a common piece of clothing for women during the Regency era.  Different than a pelisse, the Spencer was a short jacket with long sleeves and a fancy collar.  Like this example: As fashions adapted over the next few decades, so did the jacket’s shape and length.  This 1860’s jacket, often referred to as a mantle, …


A Regency Era Photoshoot

What do you get when you take two friends, a plethora of historical gowns, and two large Pumpkin Spice Lattes?  A wonderfully fun time with some fabulous pictures to prove it!  A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to photograph a large portion of my historical gown stock using real life models.  So armed with a fully charged camera, my friend Cassandra and I braved the rainy and slightly chilly elements over the past two weekends to photograph some really stunning images!  And since there are so many pictures to see, I will just get right to it!!   I hope you enjoy!!! Oh and one last picture of Cassandra discovering the most perfect fall leaf of all….lovingly named “Leif Erikson” All of these gowns are available on my Etsy Shop! I hope you enjoyed these photos as they were an absolute delight to take! Have a fabulous Monday!!    


Warm and Cozy Pajamas!!

As I sit here writing this post, I am very comfortably snuggled up in my pajamas.  A little too early perhaps, but as long as no one rings my doorbell, I am free to lounge around in my pjs until bedtime! 🙂  It’s funny how clothes that have specific “jobs” can often make a person feel as if they are cheating or will be judged for wearing them at the wrong time.  It is also very freeing to spend the day at home in the same clothes you woke up….very freeing indeed! And of course as the weather begins to take a chilly turn, warm and cozy pajamas are a must.  Nothing feels as comfy and relaxing as hopping into a cute pair of pajamas then spending the last evening hours on the couch with a book…assuming, of course, you don’t sack out within in 15 minutes! 🙂  While a good pair of pajamas can be tricky to come by, one can always whip up a pair!  So with that in mind…. Here are a …


The Timeless Appeal of Velvet….

I am going to a wedding this weekend and, of course, when a major event requires you to dress up….you suddenly have “nothing to wear.”  Well, let me be the first to say that I have plenty  to wear in my closet.  And I am sure if I dug deep enough, I would have found something that would have done a passably good job.  But this is a very good friend’s wedding and, well, do I want to look just passably good?  Heck no!  So, off I went to the mall this past week in search for the perfect dress.  Now, normally when a person is determined to find a certain item, it always turns out that you can’t find anything.  But not this time!!  The fashion gods were beaming their good graces down upon me and dress upon dress was looking and feeling great.  But it wasn’t until I slipped on a wild card that the bells of discovery clanged loudly! This out of the box, never thought it would work, item was a …


All Things Apple Pie

I think I have eaten apple pie at least once a week for the past month and a half….I can’t get enough of it!  I love every warm, soft, gooey, delicious bite.  So nothing would do but take some time to fully appreciate all things apple pie! To start with, here is one of my go-to recipes from my 1950’s Betty Crocker Cookbook: 1 recipe for Double-Crust Pastry 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon salt 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (8 medium) 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 Heat oven to 425ºF. Prepare Double-Crust Pastry. 2 Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Stir in apples. Turn into pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with butter. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of plate. 3 Roll other round of pastry. Fold into fourths and cut slits so steam can escape. Unfold top pastry over filling; trim overhanging edge 1 inch from rim of plate. Fold and roll top edge under lower …