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Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 07:27 pm
I went estate sale shopping again and dug up a few cool things. Check it out in my blog.
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Friday, November 27th, 2009 06:31 pm
I made a new dress! Check it out here.

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009 03:59 pm
Mike took the boy to the Bass Pro Shop today to do manly things, and I went to Finishing Touch Antique Mall in downtown Carrollton today, which has my favorite antiques vendor in the whole world - "Button Up!" - which sells vintage buttons, fabric, photos, and patterns. I bought a few new CDV's and cabinet cards, a giant roll of black soutache (for $6!), and more $1.25 patterns from the 50's. I need to dig out my old scanner and start scanning this stuff. Maybe I'll have some time this week.

Anyway, if you are in the area, you should stop in and shop there sometime! I'm sure they'd appreciate the business.
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Sunday, October 4th, 2009 04:23 pm


I had a bit of spare time while E was napping yeterday, so I tried doing a faux-CDV/cabinet card self-portrait from the pic in my current icon. I wasn't happy with it at first, but it's not annoying me as much today.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 07:28 pm


I haven't posted anything in awhile, so here's something just for fun.

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 10:17 am


I got my jeweled buckles in the mail yesterday, and they are gorgeous! I am guessing that they are Victorian instead of Georgan buckles... but that is probably a good thing because I would be too nervous to wear them if they were the real deal. Anyway, they are definitely silver and high quality, but I don't think the stones have the black spots that they are supposed to have if they were really old. (I'm still not exactly sure what I should be looking for with that one, but I'm assuming it would be fairly obvious if it was there.)

Here's a picture of the buckles with my fabric for the dress and shoes. I am beyond thrilled. :)

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 05:29 pm
Anybody interested in buying a pair of size 9 spool heel pumps for $18? Free shipping in the US... I'd have to check for overseas. I was going to recover them for my 18th c. outfit, but they are a little tight. I'm usually more comfortable in 9 1/2 or 10's but they were so cheap that I thought I'd take the chance. But I don't want my feet to be hurting at the event since we are going to be playing games and walking around a good bit. They are in great shape, and look exactly like these (but I'll take pictures of my own shoes if anybody is interested). If you don't want to recover them for 18th c. stuff, you could also add some decoration to the vamp or make some spats and use them for Victorian. It's just so hard to find good spool heel shoes that I don't want them to go to waste.
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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 10:28 am
Vintage Martini is having a trunk sale this Friday and Saturday, and I'm going to be out of town! NOOOOOO!!!!! But in case any of you other DFW folks are interested, here are the details: )

*sob* I want to go SO BAD! :(
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Sunday, June 14th, 2009 10:58 pm
On my way to the guild business meeting today, I saw signs for a Dallas vintage flea market. They have one every month at Fair Park. I had no clue. The guys at Vintage Martini were talking about selling some stuff at the flea market, so I'm guessing this is the one they go to.

I'm definitely going next month. Woohoo! Just what I need - another place to go waste my money on old crap! ;)
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Saturday, June 6th, 2009 04:58 pm
I ran down to Vintage Martini after doing the SAT this morning, and picked up 2 great items on sale. I got this cute 1950's dress and a damaged black silk faille swing coat, which will probably be recycled into a Victorian bodice. Best of all, they were only $10.80 each! Sweet! I love that place so much. The guys who own it are so nice, and they remember me every time I go in. They even gave E a cookie and offered to watch him for me while I dug through the other damaged items in the back room. The clothing and accessories on the website are all 40% off through Monday, so you might want to check it out.
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Monday, June 1st, 2009 08:07 pm
Oh my... I'm one of THOSE people, aren't I? I was a little offended at first, but by the end I was laughing so hard tears were rolling down my cheeks! It really is a goofy thing that we reenactors do.

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Saturday, May 30th, 2009 02:06 pm
So I draped a pleated bodice with release tucks at the shoulders for my 1860's dress. Everything looked great on the dress form, but it absolutely refuses to convert to flat pieces so I can assemble it. Nothing wants to go back together right, and for the life of me, I can't figure out where I went wrong.

Oh well. At this point, I just want to get done, so I guess I'll just follow the original pattern and do a simple gathered bodice. It was just supposed to be a work dress anyway, so I'm going to cut my losses before I get frustrated and throw it in a corner. It is definitely time to move on to other things.
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Saturday, May 30th, 2009 12:23 pm


So I picked a fabric pattern (dibs!) and enlarged it to the size I want and traced off what was there. You can see the repeat in the original textile going one direction, but I had to fill in the gaps with my own designs going the other direction. The drafting stage took two days of work and lots and lots of checking to make sure the edges would tile seamlessly. Now I'm going over the outlines with colored pencil (I'll also be mixing in brown and pink and green over the indigo to match to original better), then the outlines will be scanned and turned into a vector graphic in illustrator so it will be nice and clean in the final version. After the outlines are done, I'm going to put a piece of acetate over this drawing and fill in the colors with gouache... which will also be scanned and worked up on separate digital layers. We used a similar method when I worked in a screen printing shop back in college (pre-computer!), so it seemed like a good idea here too. The cool thing is that I'll be able to tweak the colors of the flowers and leaves and outlines separately, and I could make many different color versions once I'm done. If this fabric turns out decent, I have dreams of selling it on etsy and people could even custom pick their colors so it wouldn't look the same every time.

Anyhoo... just thought I'd do a mini fabric diary for those of you who are interested in the custom fabric stuff.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2009 06:09 pm


At last! It's done!!!!

The hoops from hell have finally been tamed. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. I really like the size of them... although they seem even smaller than I thought they would be. My legs bump them when I walk, but I just need to make an effort to take smaller steps. They are VERY sturdy too. I'll try to do a little write-up on my thoughts and suggestions about using piano wire next week.

Yay!

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Sunday, May 17th, 2009 11:39 am
emma

I want some more practice making faux CDV/tintype/cabinet card photos, so I got Emma to pose for me at the tea. I think it turned out pretty good for a quickie with bad lighting and background. Here is the original for comparison.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2009 10:00 am
We had the guild tea party yesterday, and I had a lot of fun! Not many people came, but that made it a nice little intimate affair that was actually nicer in some ways than the big stuff. I feel like I really got a chance to relax and chat with everybody. The tea service and food were a little more causal than last year's, but everything was yummy, and I found a tea that I really liked, which was surprising since I usually don't like tea. Coleen brought her box-o-vintage patterns again, and I got another stack of fabulous 30's, 40's, and 50's patterns. Score! We talked about doing a 1940's themed event next year, which would be crazy fun, and [livejournal.com profile] bonatirer has pledged to get a croquet set so we can have a victorian croquet day at some point in the future.

Here are my pics in the DFWCG flickr pool, and here's the one group shot where you can see my 1940's dress.
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It always cracks me up when I see pictures of [livejournal.com profile] demode next to [livejournal.com profile] sarahbellem because they are both perfectly proportional, but built on entirely different scales. Well, I feel like I've got that effect going on with this picture - that'll teach me for wearing heels!
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Saturday, May 9th, 2009 08:40 pm
Okay, so [livejournal.com profile] nuranar, [livejournal.com profile] bonatirer, and I are all talking about wearing 1860's gowns to the VE show in September. I know how much costumers love a themed gathering, so I just wanted to put the word out in case anybody else in the area wanted an excuse to make an 1860's something or other. We'll never fit into the booths, but we sure will look pretty walking around!!

Who else is in?
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 06:36 am


Texans have some sort of weird obsession with taking pictures of kids (and horses and cows and pets - see Exhibit A) sitting in a field of bluebonnets. It's like a rite of passage. I think it's hokey but I enjoy a bit of kitch every now and then, so I thought I'd take some bluebonnet pics to send to E's Grandma.

He's a smart boy though and fought me tooth and nail. Elijah HATES bluebonnets. They apparently make him cry on contact. Which resulted in possibly the best bluebonnet picture ever. I love the big crocodile tears on his cheeks. That probably makes me an evil person, but it's just too funny.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 09:32 pm


I have fallen off the Art Wednesday horse due to absolute insanity at my job lately, but things are calming down a bit, so I'm going to give it another shot.

Just trying out some more texture stuff to spiff up my photos.

Here's another one for good measure...
the house with the green roof
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Saturday, April 11th, 2009 02:59 pm
Have any of you subscribed to this site? They have almost all of the Godey's books archived there, and great search features. I was wondering how good the image scans were, and if you thought it was worth the $50.