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Making costume jewelery

I took some photographs of some of my costume jewelery creations. I don’t have a set up to take professional type photos but I draped a piece of black velvet on a chair for these. It’s hard to keep the glare down.I don’t have much of my stuff around but I kept this necklace which I made around 10 years ago. It’s bone, stone and glass with some macrame thrown in for good measure. It’s starting to fray so I will need to do some repair on it. I also lost a dangle on it some time back.This is also an older choker that I made, I was practicing beading around beads, it was inspired by a book that I had on making bead jewelry.This is made from a pattern that I used to have, I will look in my craft books and see if I can find the name of the book if you are interested.This is another simple ...

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crafts and pets

Many of our friends have lovely elegant houses, grown-up houses. Ours is more whimsical, when people enter the house, if they are Yucatecan their first comment is “Muy Mexicano”, which I choose to take as a complement. The colour choices are bold and bright, but my reasoning was that we are going to have to repaint every few years anyway, I can afford to take chances! This iguana is made of resin, he has fooled more than one person into thinking that he is real. We imagine that the little geckos come up and look at him in awe. They tell their children about the statue mysteriously being placed by alien beings. The pot also contains a double Phoenix roebeleni (pygmy date palm) and in the background is a huge diffenbachia. This little bird planter was a gift from one of our friends, it is carved from a coconut shell. I just put the bromeliad in it. In the fork ...

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I was kidnapped by aliens!

I always wanted to say that, nice title, eh?I spent yesterday morning playing catch up, I watered and did laundry. I got out my nifty new (to me) sewing machine attachments that I bought second hand NOB and played with them. My list of projects is growing, but I think project lists are like that. Right now I am concentrating on finishing a few. My neighbor had 2 director’s chair for sale, then his puppy gnawed the good one and the broken one turned out to be unrepairable, and the cloth seats got stolen so I bought them for $100. I decided to faux finish them to look like bamboo, some unimaginative person had painted them shiny dark brown. I removed the arms from the unrepairable one, so instead of 2 chairs I have a chair and a footstool. The chair is just waiting for it’s back and seat to be sewn, but the footstool is about halfway painted. The ...

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2 Dickens Fair Photos

  My comadre and her son came and saw us at Dickens Fair, she emailed me these pictures. This first one is from left to right, someone just walking by, my good friend, Harry (he is Mr. Bird the leader of the Temperance Union), me, I am Mrs. Linnet (a very vocal member of the Temperance Union who is for tea totalling and also espouses the view that “women deserve the right to vote and wear pants!”), Comadre is semi-hiding because her costume only consists of her lovely bonnet and finally my oldest daughter in her Christmas threw up on me dress that I made her, she was playing Mr. Bird’s niece Aurora Bird, who feels that while banning gin is a good idea, Champagne should be allowed for “it has bubbles !”.   I love this photo, it looks like Amber and I are dancing and you can see the details on my dress and hat! Plus with all the ...

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Hat tricks

I have finished all the hats!! Actually, I finished all my sewing. I made a complete 1860’s outfit for me. I made a Victorian style ensemble for my daughter and co-ordinating outfits with capes and hats for her stepdaughters. I am so pleased with how they have turned out I thought I would share them here. My bonnet is done, but I don’t have any photos of it yet. I bought 2 of the little green hats for $26.50 so about five bucks for the two. I transformed them into the pink plaid hats to match their dresses. There is a little lime green stripe in the plaid. This white frame is what I covered to make Amber a late 1860’s riding hat with a veil. It matches her red and white outfit. I am particularly proud of how it turned out. Someday, I will master the art of inserting photos into my blog in an orderly manner. I am ...

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Sew slow..

I feel like I have been not only not getting anywhere on my sewing but actually going backwards. I ran out of trim for my daughter’s cape, when I started to sew the granddaughter’s outfits my sewing machine went haywire on me! The bottom thread started bunching up on me. Somehow the manual for my sewing machine disappeared when we moved.After 2 hours of frustration, internet searching and a lot of trial and error. I found the problem! I had been using cones of thread because it’s just easier than going thru spools and spools of thread. There doesn’t seem to be a place that sells large spools of regular thread, let alone large spools of Gutermann’s which is my favorite. Since the girls’ outfits aren’t going to take a lot of thread, I got 3 spools of Guterman’ns. And there is the problem, this thread is finer and my thread tension is now off!I managed to solve my problem ...

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Problems technical and otherwise

Merida is full of dust and humidity. Is that an understatement or what? These very elements have taken a toll on my keyboard. I have keys that stick. Usually a little percussive therapy alleviates the problem enough so I can type away. I had plans to buy a new one in California while I was there. On a message board that I frequent (Merida Insider) I was given several solutions including using Windex to clean the proteineous junk causing the problem. I don’t have any Windex, and I didn’t see any when I went shopping, but I saw another cleaner in the tale tell blue, so I bought it. I can tell you that while it worked great on cleaning, it didn’t do anything good for my keyboard. In fact, it has made things worse, I think little scrubbing bubbles are traveling around and having a world of fun. I tried to type, and hitting the “D” made my window ...

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