Friday, August 31, 2012



I have just gotten back from a last minute trip up to the cottage. It was a lovely few days and the weather was cool enough to try out my new trousers. I altered a pair of my mothers old trousers and converted them into what my 1920's Sears Catalogue reprint calls "knickers". They are basically a short pant meant for sports. I am quite pleased with how they turned out. They are not overly flattering but they are so much fun to wear! I think I need to get some bright argyle knit socks to wear with them!

Inspiration Image
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Yikes! How has it been 10 days since I last posted?! Time has sure flown by very fast the last week or so. I've been very busy getting ready for school. I also completed my G2 driving test (and passed!). I now have almost a full license, although my interest in driving is almost zero. I just don't understand the appeal. But if I had an antique car....

While dreaming of owning an antique car, I came across this amusing little book on the internet archive. They are sort of nursery rhyme parodies about motor cars. Spoiler alert: a lot of the cars in the rhymes explode. It reminded me slightly of the Ghastlycrumb Tinies, although not quite as violent. The best part of the book is the illustrations. With a focus on the cars, here are a few of my favourites:


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Monday, August 13, 2012

"New" Skirt

As part of my sewing binge, I have been reworking many of the old pieces in my wardrobe. I had a black dress with a tube-top upper portion. It has never really fitted properly so I gathered points around the top and added a ruffle to hide the now rippled zipper. This may just be my new favourite skirt! I wore it when I accompanied my friend Britt to the hairdressers. Of course it was her hair being cut not mine. It is now a very adorable short bob which I have plans on waving/curling. (On a side note, I've decided to completely stop cutting my hair. I just want to know how long it can actually get. I wear it up 98% of the time so no one can really tell anyways.)  As always I didn't take photos until we got back so my skirt is super wrinkly.

Britt's new hair!

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Umbrella Revamp Part 2 - Shower Cap

Exams are finished and I have been enjoying my mini holiday a lot. Most of my time is spent sewing, and as a result I have been able to complete part 2 of the umbrella revamp I promised you guys weeks ago! Well here it is. Part one can be found here.

You will need:
-Umbrella fabric
-A piece of elastic 1” shorter than the circumference of your head (measure where you want the shower cap to go around).

1) Cut umbrella fabric into a circle with at least a 12” radius. If you plan on wearing the shower cap over foam rollers use a larger radius. 
2) Sew an elastic 2 ½ “ from the bottom using a zig zag stitch
3) Seal the hole in the centre with a dab of hot glue (smoosh it into the hole when it is still warm but cool enough to touch to get a better seal) 

That’s it! You can finish the edge of the cap if you wish but I haven’t had a problem with it fraying so I didn't bother. 

Here are some photos of the final project. The first one I made slightly smaller and the white one is a bit larger in order to accommodate foam rollers. The foam head is slightly smaller than real head size but it you want a better idea how it fits check out my photos of the pink one from earlier this year. 


Thursday, August 2, 2012


So far this summer I have been....

Finding ways to display my treasures...

Staying up late with my mom to watch silent comedies (we both have a thing for Buster Keaton)...

Drinking lattes at various coffee shops...

And mostly reading and studying for my two online courses.
Books for my Children's Literature course. The courses are not at all related to my degree; I just needed more credits. 

I am going to be away for a few days writing my exams in Waterloo. Hopefully I can squeeze in some antique shopping afterwards. And then I will actually have time for the enjoyable activities rather than just studying! Yay! Hope everyone has a great weekend!