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Subject:Spring Cleaning!
Time:09:03 am
I've listed a few handbaskets up on Etsy. Although I didn't make the baskets - I find them at the thrift store I'm always going to- I do line them and, in a few cases, paint them. I'll put up some of my old garb as well over the next few days. I have some old jewelry as well that I think I'm going to put up on ebay.



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Subject:My new dress
Time:10:33 pm
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I fixed it last night at the last minute. The pattern needs some tweaks but it fits pretty well now. I'm using if for my Historical Sew Monthly project this month - this dress is very practical after all.

I really like this one although I'd like the bodice to be an inch longer. I didn't cut the back on the fold because I had only 4 yards of fabric and wanted to max out the fabric in the skirt. Instead, since the fabric was wide, I cut the bodice out what I had left after the skirt. This entry was originally posted at http://isabelladangelo.dreamwidth.org/1032107.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
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Subject:Exhausted
Time:05:26 pm
Pictures later but I dug up the yard and planted a garden. It's a rather large garden for me. I've planted strawberries, basil, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, and mint. I still need to do some yard work but I do have a garden now (and it's all very yummy stuff!). Once the front yard is done, I need to tackle the backyard...although I'm getting to the point where I might pay someone to do that. I hate ivy.

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Subject:Maryland Fairie Festival Anyone?
Time:07:59 am
The Maryland Fairie Festival is being held June 13 & 14 at 2564 Silver Rd.
Darlington,MD 21034. This is in northern Maryland (a few minutes outside of Havre de Grace since most of us that travel north know where that is) and not far off of route 1. I would suggest carpooling only because it's $5 to park the car on top of the ticket fee. Tickets are $15 for adults.

I haven't been to this one in many, many years. When I last went, I recall it being somewhere near Silver Spring - the people that run the festival basically rented a field and put up tents. Now, it's actually on the map as an attraction in northern Maryland. It's being held at a campground. Anything elvish, renaissance, medieval, or fairie is good for garb at this one. It was originally created to celebrate Queen Elizabeth I as the "fairy queen" but it has long since diverged from that to all things fairies.

If anyone would like to join me, let me know! I really just want an excuse to wear my fairy outfit. ;-) More info at: http://www.marylandfaeriefestival.org/ This entry was originally posted at http://isabelladangelo.dreamwidth.org/1030105.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
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Subject:Shoes?
Time:06:40 pm
In case anyone is a size 7 or wears a Euro 38, I have a few shoes to sell:
American duchess and DanskoCollapse )

Feel free to ask any questions. I'm happy to bring any of these with me to Fort Fred to save on shipping (you might have to remind me beforehand). My guess is that shipping will be around $15 each. If these aren't spoken for by Saturday, I'll put them up on Etsy.

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Subject:Because I came across this in my latest research...
Time:02:33 am
...and found this to it a bit to close to home still. This is only part of the article but, seriously, the entire thing reads like any blog entry today. It's from 1892 and about the woes of do we buy the dress or the dress form or remake that old dress that doesn't really fit anymore? Well, a decent new dress would be the same amount of money as a dress form so...I'm going to sit here and remake that stupid old dress to save money! Yay! Not.




In case you can't see the above graphic:

After I had wasted many precious hours and endured much weariness of the flesh in trying to fit the back of my gown myself, and had exhausted the usual expedients of borrowing somebody for a model who was supposed to be my size and shape and wasn't, and of stuffing out a dress-waist with a pillow or other handy material for a dummy, I resolved by the Venus of Milo (who was looking down upon my efforts with all the sympathy of a plaster cast) that I would find a way out of the difficulty or make one!"Make one!" was the counsel that came with the rebound of my thoughts, and "Make one!" the Venus seemed ever to suggest. One what? A dress form? But how?I purchased two yards of very coarse and very stiff white crinoline. From it I shaped roughly two waists, high necked and coming well down over the hips, basting them together with edges overlapping to make flat seams.I dampened one of them thoroughly and put it on over close-fitting underwear, pulling it close and molding it to my shape till it was like another skin, the thin material yielding easily in any direction. It was July weather, and this form of wet pack was grateful rather than otherwise. I was careful to keep erect, immovable posture till the material was dry; then I peeled off this epidermis, basted up the opening, and there - how like the headless ghost of me!
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Subject:And your moment of cuteness....
Time:09:10 am
Abby wearing her first tiara

Abby wearing her first tiara! It's the one I got at Francaise. As you can see, it fits her perfectly.

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Subject:Various sewing projects
Time:09:47 am
I posted the dress I made for Francaise up on my blogspot page. Unfortunately, early in the evening, I bent too much and I ripped out the top of one of the back pleats. Luckily, it's an easy fix - just annoying.

I also made the dress for the Historical Monthly Sew Stashbusting challenge. Everything on the dress was stash. Everything. From the lining, to the lining of the cuffs, to the trim, and even the silk thread I used to sew it together - it was all stash.

I've also posted about my wig that I made. It's a yarn wig mainly because I need something that will stay on my head but will also stretch. A knitted cap works beautifully for that. I'd like to do a bit of a different style next time but I really like this for the "first" one that I've made. I've seen a couple of cool ideas to do with yarn that I'd like to implement into the next yarn wig - that should make it look less like yarn. This entry was originally posted at http://isabelladangelo.dreamwidth.org/1024422.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
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Subject:Koko on the Piano
Time:11:35 pm
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Seriously, this was real. We went out to dinner Friday night and there was really a dog on the piano. Her name was Koko.

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Subject:Leonard Nimoy Has Passed Away
Time:12:48 pm
The full article here. I've always been a big Star Trek fan and it's horrible to see yet another member of the original cast pass away.

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