To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Trip to the Silver City, Idaho Cemetery

Hello all and a good almost Wednesday morning to you!  Today's post is a little off the usual for this blog, but I wanted to share what Mom, Colton and I did today.  As some of you may know, my youngest son has a very incredible talent and eye for photography.  If you would like to check out his blog, you can see it here:  C Dub Photography.  He loves photographing the small things around buildings, structures and larger elements as well as the textures and angles that can be found on those buildings.  It is so fun to watch him as he attempts to capture what his eyes see.  We had planned back at the beginning of June to head to Silver City, (a two hour drive from our home) because I knew that any later in the summer it would be blazing hot.  Sure enough, it was 100 up there today and exceedingly dusty, hence the reason I decided to forgo any attempt at costuming while we were up there...that and I wanted this day to be just for him to shoot what he wished to shoot.

We were able to eat lunch in the Idaho Hotel dining room before they closed for the day at 2:00.  Walking across the floor of the hotel brings to mind what it would feel like being a drunk pirate on a ship in the middle of a maelstrom.  The hotel was built in 1863 so is quite old and she had quite a lovely personality. After our cheeseburgers, blackberry pie (which was most fabulous) and ice cream, we left the cool of the hotel to wander around the town.  All of the remaining houses and dwellings are privately owned so we made sure to stay off the lawns and for sure didn't peek in the windows (yes, there are some people who do that.  I think they think it is a living history museum or something which it is not...).  I found out that I was more out of shape than I realized as we walked around.  Silver City is build in a valley so the only level places to walk were in the hotel's dining room and as I said before, that was not at all level!

After Colton took all the pictures he cared to take in the town, we drove to the cemetery where he did as I bade and took some pictures of the grave stones and wrought iron fencing.

A couple of years ago, I purchased The Old Stone Rubbing Kit and never got around to using it.  Well, today that changed.  I carried my kit around with me and when I saw the grave stone below, I knew it would be my first ever grave stone rubbing!  It is gorgeous!  And hello!!!  It has an anchor on it.  My heart melted in my chest as I imagined this husband mourning the loss of his wife...I was delighted to see that no vandals had broken it or caused it any harm and it was still looking lovely after 103 years in the harsh Idaho elements.

The paper is a very interesting mix of paper and fabric, so didn't tear (like at all...I needed to tear it to fit around the stone and thankfully Colton had his knife on him so we could cut the paper) so it made for a nice medium for the wax disk to mark.

 I was shocked at how sharp the wording and, well, just everything was!

This is me impersonating a vampire.  I try to avoid a lot of sun exposure because I instantly burn and looking at a picture of the sun makes freckles pop out like, well, freckles on a red head.

I can't wait to find another beautiful grave stone to make a wax rubbing of.  I had Colton film me making the rubbing so you could see how simple and easy it was to do, just in case one of you is like me and loves cemeteries and grave stones!!

Well, I think I should go to bed as it is now Wednesday morning!!

Be Blessed!


Monday, August 15, 2016

1875 Riding Habit from the MET: Beginning the Skirt...

Good Monday to you all!  I hope you have had a most wonderful weekend!  After taking most of last week off from sewing (I did start and finish the altering to the maternity NFE tea gown that I wore to an event back in shoot later) I am back at work adding to my Victorian Sports wardrobe.  This week I begin work on an 1875 riding habit inspired by this fabulous one from The MET.  I made two riding habits years 7 or 8 years ago...and for some idiotic reason, I sold them both.  But that's ok, because I now have an "excuse" to make another one and this one out of a very deep forest green Pendleton Wool.

The patterns I'm using are:

Skirt;  Truly Victorian 1883 Riding Habit Skirt TV264
Bodice:  Past Patterns 902 Riding Habit Bodice PP 902
Past Patterns 901 Riding Habit Trousers PP 901

Inspiration Photos from The MET

Well, I am off to work!  I hope you all have a most wonderful day!



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Dressing The Victorian Bride

Well, the big event that I have been planning for and sewing for is over.  Yesterday, The House of Whyte did a fund raiser for The Bishops House in Boise, entitled, "Dressing the Victorian Bride" and it was incredible!  I have done many, many underwear shows in a variety places, but I must say that doing it here was the best experience ever!!!  TBH was build in 1889 and Elizabeth Yates, executive director, has kept it looking very much like I would imagine it did back then.  All the charm and beauty and awesomeness of the Victorian Era can be seen and felt in every room.  I must be honest with you, I covet this house.  We wants it precious!!!  It was the PERFECT place to do a Victorian Underwear Program and I am so happy that Mom and I were able to give them a helping hand!!

After the program was over and everyone had taken their leave, Mom and I did a short photo shoot in the yard.  I am not a lover of heat by any means, so this day had been hard on me so the shoot was a super short one and for some reason Mom's camera did not live up to it's lauded praises...but that's ok, I have the memories of how the dress and hair piece looked on me and that will keep me smiling for months to come!

As said in the previous post, this project has been the most expensive, time consuming, all encompassing, involved project I have subjected myself to.  In all, I made 17 items, and I am totally counting the bodice, skirt and belt for this separate as they were uber involved (the skirt had many layers and took about 3 days to complete!)

Orange Blossom Flowers and Veil
(Links Here and Here)

1. Headpiece
2. Corsage
3. belt cluster
4. bouquet
5. Veil

(Links Here and Here)

6. Stockings Belt and Supporter
7.  French Drawers
8.  Petticoat Chemise
9.  Corset
10.  Small Bustle Pad
11.  Lacy Petticoat
12.  Corset Cover

Wedding Gown
(Links HereHere and Here)

13.  Bodice
14.  Skirt
15.  Belt

Mama's "Mother of the Bride" Dress
(Links Here and Here)

16  Bodice
17.  Hat

I know that many costumers keep track of their time on a project and the cost of all the things used on their project and I probably should do the same.  I just can't bring myself do to it.  It may be that it would take the joy out of what I do...or it may just cause me to cry. Whatever the case, I have no idea how much I spent it time or money, I just know that I am thrilled that it is over!!

Because I have already posted pictures of both Mom's and my dresses in color, I chose to edit most of our photo shoot in sepia tone to give it that Victorian Wedding look...I hope you enjoy them!  Mom refused to let me take any pictures of her stating that I already had some of her in her dress...Next time I shall twist her arm a wee bit harder!

The Artifacts from our Traveling Wedding Museum

Mom and I have been collecting antiques for as long as I can remember and one of the pleasures we have is sharing our findings and family heirlooms with others.  We had the opportunity to do just that yesterday.  It was truly a delight!

I can honestly say that I am happy to be done with this project. When it is so all encompassing for such a long time (I have been working on this since April) it can get taxing on the creative juices and when that is all I have been blogging about and thinking about, I could have gotten really tired of it.  I think, personally that the time is just right that I don't hate the whole thing entirely.  I still love the dress in all its fluffiness and all the things that go along with it.  Now it's time to tackle something else.  The 1860s croquet dress that's been on my "to make" list for a long time?  The hunting dress that I just re-discovered?  Who knows!  All I know is that for today, I shall not think about sewing...
Yaaaaaaa riiiiiiiight!!

Be Blessed my friends!


Friday, August 5, 2016

1898 Wedding Ensemble COMPLETE!!!

Well, she's done.  And I am so happy!!!  It is so fluffy and ruffly and girly!!  In the words of Agnes of "Despicable Me"...."It's so fluffy I'm gonna die!!!!"

I can honestly say, this is the most involved, expensive, complicated, time-consuming, satisfying project I have ever subjected myself to and I am so happy, truly thrilled it's complete!  All that is left is to iron all the underwear, pack up the wedding artifacts, write a few things out, visit with my fabulous Mother-in-law, Pam (who is almost here) and take it easy!!!

If you didn't see my earlier post, pop on over and take a look see, you will witness me having an utter cow over my silk getting here.  Before today, the ruffly fluffiness was very only 25% was done, so it was with sheer, giddy delight (and some screaming for the whole neighborhood to hear) that the package was happily lying in my mail box this afternoon!

So, without further ado...I am pleased to introduce my 1898 Wedding ensemble to you!!

Inspiration photos courtesy of Antique Gown.  Thank you!!


Fabrics Used:


Silk Dupioni
Silk Chiffon


Silk Dupioni
Bridal Weight Taffeta
Antique Lace
Single Layer Buckram

Patterns Used:


Torso part of Bodice:  Butterick 5970
Sleeves:  Wisconsin Historical Society 1899 Wedding Gown
Belt:  Self draped


Wisconsin Historical Society 1899 Wedding Gown

Oh are my hero!

 You all are so rockin' fabulous!!  Truly you are!!

Have a fabulous and blessed weekend!