Friday, December 12, 2014

Printing Press



A couple weeks ago, my family was invited to attend a printing demonstration at Black Creek Pioneer Village. (My mother's grandfather originally donated the press back in the 1960's, hence the reason for the invitation.) The press has been restored to it's original 1860's condition and they were printing on it that day as a special event. My mother's family owned and operated a local newspaper, and my mom has often talked about growing up around the newspaper office. It was fantastic is finally get a chance to see this part of my family history.

(I don't think this will actually play on here as a video, but it gives you an idea of what it looked like in action)



While we were there, we did the full tour and checked out all the great historical buildings. The house pictured below was my favourite. I wanted to move in!


I love heritage breeds!

I didn't take an outfit photo that day, as I've had a wicked cold and wasn't looking my sparkling best. However, I thought I would tack on my work outfit from a couple days ago. It was supposed to be Victorian inspired, but came out a bit more 1930's to my mind. 


I hope everyone has a great weekend!

That's All.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Free Victorian Labels and Stickers


With Christmas fast approaching, I have been busy whipping up my usual lotions and potions to give away as gifts. Of course handmade gifts need handmade labels. I created two pages filled with Victorian labels and little images which could be used as stickers (I may seal my Christmas card envelopes with them). In keeping with the holiday spirit, I've uploaded them below so you may use them for whatever you wish as well. Just open the image in a new tab and print on 8 1/2 by 11 sticky label page, or use regular paper and glue them on. Enjoy!




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Winter Fashion (1912)








With the weather quickly turning to ice and snow, I've been pondering my winter wardrobe. I'm dreaming of long Victorian/Edwardian style skirts, paired with warm sweaters and lace-up boots. I'm on a "no spending" kick at the moment, so any new pieces are going to have to come from my fabric stash. Time to get creative! 

That's All.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Nature Walk

I love going for walks in conservation areas. A couple weeks ago Britt and I went for a walk at one nearby that has a ton of animals. People feed the birds so everything is very tame. I tend prefer more "wild" areas, but Britt is a sucker for cute chipmunks so we made a trip there just before the weather turned. We didn't see many chipmunks, but there were a ton of blue jays, chubby squirrels, and very bold wild turkeys. 

 I actually didn't use the camera zoom for these turkey photos. Yes, we were that close!





 Britt dressed casually and practically for our walk. I decided to be silly and dress up in a nature inspired outfit. At least my shoes were practical.

Outfit Details:
Dress and belt -Made by me
Boots- Ariat Riding Boots
Hair Ornament- from the Christmas floral section at Michaels


Now that there is suddenly snow on the ground, it is much less conducive to nature walks. However, I'm trying to make an effort to get out more often regardless of the weather. I'm going to need boots with a better tread through. My riding boots are a great practical boot, but they don't have good tread for winter. 

That's All

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Home-made Coiffure Decorations (1911)




(Open images in new tab to view larger)

Aren't these pretty? I've been extremely busy crafting Christmas gifts for everyone, but if I get a chance I may have to make one of these for myself to wear during the holidays. 

That's All.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Work "Uniform"


These photos show one variation of the outfit I wear most days. Bright tights (with matching hair flower of course), comfy skirt, and top. This has become my work "uniform" lately. It looks nice, is relatively practical, and super comfy so it fit my criteria for a tutoring outfit.

As you will notice in these pictures, I put a red streak in my hair. While I liked the hair-chalk, I wanted to try something less messy. I know I'm allergic to most hair dyes, but thought maybe I would be ok with a temporary dye. Nope.  It's a shame because I really liked the red. I did one large streak, then some more subtle streaks throughout the rest of my hair. Anyone have an suggestions for natural yet non-permanent hair dye? I'm starting to think such a thing doesn't exist. 



With winter fast approaching, my work "uniform" is going to need to change. I'm thinking of getting some warmer tights and wearing a sweater on top. While dressing up is always fun, it's great to have an easy "no-thought-required" outfit for when I only have 5 minutes to get ready. 

That's All.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween


I hope everyone had a great Halloween! This month has been rather exhausting for me, but it was great to kick up my feet and spend a night with my bestie. We both dressed up to hand out candy, but it was pouring rain so we didn't get many kids. That didn't stand in the way of our fun though! We watched The Nightmare Before Christmas (Britt hadn't seen it before), ate candy and snacks, and took a bunch of photos. There was some video taken as well of an "epic battle" between us, but that is much too embarrassing to show to anyone. Ever.

We both made our costumes. Britt is dressed as "Link" from Legend of Zelda. She made her cape, tunic and matching hat with the help from my sewing machine. 

My costume was mainly an excuse for fun Halloween fabric. I'm a spider web! The top is a beautiful spider-web lace, and the skirt has a printed white web and glittery green spiders. Unfortunately the glittery green spiders got glittery green sparkles EVERYWHERE! But at least it looked good :)





The cute little black spider was handmade by a lady Britt works with.
 We named him Fred Astaire.



I took a short video of my costume so you can see it in motion. The best part of the top/skirt is twirling in it! It's so swishy!

That's All.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Knitting Failure



I love knitting, but sometimes working from vintage patterns isn't all it's cracked up to be. I have been working on and off on the lovely sweater pictured above for over a year and a half now, and was really excited to finally finish it this week. Unfortunately, the collar (i.e. the reason I picked this pattern in the first place) looks nothing whatsoever like the illustration. 


What the?! What happened? I re-sized the pattern but kept all the original dimensions of the sweater. Everything fit perfectly together like a puzzle, so I know there wasn't a mistake in my calculations. But somehow the collar illustrated looks nothing like the final result. There are two points on the collar, but even after blocking it twists oddly so the bottom point disappears. Also, there is no way the collar can stand up like in the picture. Just not possible. It also sits much farther back that illustrated. So all and all, nothing like the picture.



It's quite disappointing when so much work goes into something and it turns out sub-par. Other than the odd collar, I quite like the fit of the sweater so I'm trying to come up with a way to alter it. I don't have enough yarn to knit a new collar though. Anyone have any suggestions?

I'm going to have to do a more fail-proof project next to lift my spirits. Maybe a hat?

To make up for this rather grumpy post, here is a pretty illustration from 1914

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

That's All.