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Oct. 23rd, 2016 @ 04:36 pm Answer a poll
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Poll #2056179 Is that thing a:

Is that thing a:

Beer receptacle
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Oct. 20th, 2016 @ 12:09 am It begins

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Oct. 16th, 2016 @ 09:49 pm Washington's Crossing
Current Location: washington crossing, pa
Current Mood: happyhappy
Washington"s crossing harvest market 2016

You'll never guess what historic event happend at Washington's Crossing....that whole delaware thing. Anyway it's a sweet little historic site and they had an 18th century market faire thing today. Very low key, but ZOMG gorgeous day, lots of shopping and kind of the perfect outting.

Washington"s crossing harvest market 2016

Lets see there's hiraimi, mandie_rw, me, miss_philomena and new friend Meredith who I'm not sure is on LJ?

There was a hot dog vendor for lunch (next time we might picnic) and lots of fun hanging out. Several sutlers and maybe a half dozen displays set up with docents who knew nothing about the buildings.  I indugled in the luxury of REWEARING. I sewed NOTHING. and felt beautifuly relaxed.

(yoinked from the Washington Crossing Historic site FB page)

I didn't buy much as being a responsible adult stinks...but others bought hat blanks, sewing tools, lotion and other fun things...also there was a period baker who made some delicious noms.

Washington"s crossing harvest market 2016

Trying to get a serious photo with these nut jobs proved...difficult

Washington"s crossing harvest market 2016

Washington"s crossing harvest market 2016

Washington"s crossing harvest market 2016

Why do I go places with them...

The best part of the day for me at least was definitely playing Graces. miss_philomena and I had a bit of an advantage having played before, but with practice we did quite well! And much laughing was had at our inability to be graceful...


All in all a perfect fall day with friends who make me endlessly happy

Washington"s crossing harvest market 2016
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Sep. 25th, 2016 @ 08:57 am I got an iPhone...

Testing, testing is this thing on? Apparently there's an app for this.

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Sep. 22nd, 2016 @ 11:37 pm sadness
Current Mood: sadsad
Found out this morning that Gramps had a stroke. He seems to be sort of stable now, what I got from Mom, via my Uncle, is that his vitals are still "erratic." they've been talking about what his wishes are should he cardiac arrest. This is not a huge shock as he's been in a.fib since June, it was only a matter of time till he threw a clot. When it first happened he apparently lost all speech and one side of his face was drooping. They got him to the ED right away and following a clot buster has regained some speech but it's very slurred and he can't close one side of his mouth. I cringe to think how confused he is. as the last hospitalization cause a precipitous decline in his dementia.

There is nothing harder than watching someone who was always so strong, in control and a fixture in my life decline so rapidly. My wish for him is comfort. He's been nothing but miserable since going into a.fib, angry and tired and feeling "trapped." He's aware that he can't remember anything (like where he lives) and very angry at himself and the world for it.  Despite knowing this was coming, knowing in my nursing brain it was going to be months not years before something major happened and everything changed...I just feel sad.

I'm so increadibly blessed to have not really lost anyone close to me, and I'm 33! What an amazing gift...I have no idea how to do this. I kept bursting into tears at work, and realizing I was aimlessly pacing...I can't wait to see my friends this weekend. I need to be reminded that life is a cycle and where there is saddness there is also Joy.

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Sep. 12th, 2016 @ 11:47 pm Our Tintype!
Current Mood: excitedexcited

I've had my tintype taken maybe 6 or 7 times now...it never gets old!
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Sep. 11th, 2016 @ 10:39 pm I wasn't naked!
Current Mood: happyhappy

It's really too bad that we didn't have any fun, none at all.
I made it to Belvidere not naked! Well mostly, we showed up late and went to the fashion show in our underoos so we wouldn't miss it (except miss_philomena who can drive in a corset and arrived dressed)...I think clothes might have been a better use of our time. But that was the only lame part of the event (unless you count the 100 degree heat). We did the traditional Dress-In-The-Street-Behind-Robin's-Car and were on our way!

Do you need any leaves? I have about 100 in my hem

We did a little wandering and shopping, I picked up a few things at my favorite jewlery vendor, but I think the heat drove a lot of the regular antique vendors away as it was sparse on the shopping this year. The highlight as always was hanging out with our friend the Earl of Westwood and his encampment from 1882. The Gentlemen were dashing, the other ladies friendly and all around worth the sweating through my dress. We even saw laracorsets!

I thought about wearing make up, probably wise I didn't as it'd have slipped off.

Wedgie shot!

Posing for our tintype
A huge thank you to those who went with me. Those who helped me sew and laugh my face off. mandie_rw made the bonnet and deemed it "ugly" but I ADORED it. I kept her and hiraimi overnight so the fun could continue
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Sep. 6th, 2016 @ 11:00 pm lemonade dress
The dress for belvidere progresses. I got a fraction of the sewing done this weekend I thought I would. There are several kinds of sewers I know. Some are increadibly fast and make masterpieces (koshka_the_cat) some are slow and meticulous and make masterpieces (mandie_rw), and then there's me. I seem to both be increadibly slow, and yet sloppy and never quite as perfect as I'd like...you see I'm not slow because I'm meticulous. I'm slow because I have zero attention span and wander away.

That said, the dress is in this state.

Cut out

Structurally done, bottom row of pleats on.

Over skirt:

If I assemble the bodice after work tomorrow, set sleeves on thursday then I can over skirt and finishing friday when I get out early....it won't be NEARLY as nice or finished as I dreamed...but it'll be wearable?
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Aug. 31st, 2016 @ 09:06 pm confessions
Current Mood: tiredtired
I am in fact way behind on the dress for Belvidere. I barely touched it...you see I opened the fabric and "off white" was...yellow. a creamy butter cup yellow, but 100% yellow. So I very much needed to throw it in the naughty pile and stew about it. I don't want a yellow dress! I look jaundiced in yellow!

I tried to bleach a sample..turned a slightly lighter shade of yellow, but in order to get a cream I'd have to fully bleach it and probably over dye it with something bluer...*sigh*

In the end I've resigned myself to a yellow dress. Not what I wanted but maybe it'll be surprisingly nice? I'll just put on A LOT of blush or something...HELP jennylafleur how do I look not ill in yellow?! One plus I did think of, yellow sometimes shows up black in tintypes so hopefully the tintype man will be there this year.

I thought about doing yellow and black and making a bumble bee dress but when I looked at a swatch when buying my contrast it just looked too costumey and the yellow and brown felt more "right." Rob reinforced my decision.

So...Can I make a dress for Belvidere in two weeks? one thing I have going for me is that I get 4 days for labor day this weekend...I came home from work tonight and cut out my skirt pieces which was my goal for tonight. Tomorrow I'd like to get them assembled....
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Aug. 25th, 2016 @ 09:47 pm Belvidere
Current Mood: contentcontent
Starting to get excited for Belvidere this year. I have a plan, fabric should arrive tomorrow. TV patterns already arrived. So who's going? We're planning to invade on Saturday, if you're in the area it's really one of my favorite events.

I know it's not my typical LOUDness but somehow this dress spoke to me. I've doing natural form as our friend Mick has an amazing camp that's set up for 1882. But honestly Belvidere is pretty much anything from hoops to 80s prom dresses to gorgeous bustles. Anything goes.

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