While technically my birthday is tomorrow, I did a lot of my celebrating today. I didn't want my actual birthday to be too hectic, so I shifted most of my birthday plans back a day. Tomorrow will still feature a nice dinner and gift opening, but today I wandered around Port Hope/Cobourg, antique shopping and sipping coffee. It was very relaxing and an excellent way to spend my "almost birthday" day.
I haven't worn anything 1920's for ages, despite it being my favourite decade. I sew mostly for my Etsy shop now and have been very neglectful of my own wardrobe. My lack of summer clothes became apparent during the first heatwave, so I quickly made a couple lightweight pieces including this 1920's style dress. The plaid fabric was leftover from a skirt I helped a friend make, and I combined it with leftover grey material (from the half-circle skirt I wear all the time). For a "scrap" dress, I am quite happy with how it turned out. It feels so good to finally have a casual 1920's outfit. Once I finish some stuff for the shop, I will have to make myself a few more dresses!
My friend, Jochen, and I already celebrated my birthday last week. He treated me to a lovely day out and gave me a couple adorable Buster Keaton themed gifts, including a movie poster and a necklace! I have proudly displayed Buster above my desk and can't wait to wear the necklace.
I've been feeling a wee bit better this week and have done some sewing for the shop. Once I get back, I will be listing a bunch of new items. For now here is a mini sneak-peak of a couple garments:
While working hard, I've been trying to not over-do it and have been relaxing with Ruth Goodman's "How to be a Victorian". It's quite a fascinating read and, even though I've read only a small portion of it so far, I've learned a lot of interesting tidbits about Victorian life. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the nitty-gritty of the daily life of the Victorians.
Aggie doesn't normally sit still long enough for me to take pictures, but I was so happy to finally get a good shot of her the other day.
Poor little Aggie is going to be lonely for the next week. I'm off to the cottage first thing Monday for a bit of R&R. Agg's technically isn't going to be alone, but with only my dad for company she is going to be extra needy. She gets upset when I'm gone for a few hours, so I'm not sure how she is going to do for almost a full week... Being a shelter cat, she has abandonment issues. I will be sure to bring her back a couple new toys as an apology for my absence.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend!