Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Favorite Recipe Source

I love to cook. I love to bake even more. Whenever I get the urge to stir up something delicious, I have a formidable pile of recipe-books, some new, some old, some homemade, to choose from. But - sometimes I want to find something new, so I can expand my culinary horizons and surprise the family with a sweet treat.
Several years ago, while searching for new recipes, I stumbled upon Joy of Baking. What a find! It has proven to be an invaluable source for recipes that are reliable, have excellent directions - and best of all scrumptious magazine-worthy pictures of the final product. (I love that. It's so hard to choose something new to make when you can't see what it looks like!) Anyway - I hope you enjoy the fresh recipes and inspirations as much as I do!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Newly Discovered Fashion Inspiration

Last night from an advertisment on another blog - I discovered Mod Cloth. Browsing through the dresses - I was absolutely delighted to find quite a few very orginial and vintage-inspired frocks. (many of them are also quite modest!) Being a seamstress, I usually don't buy dresses ready made - but I am very inspired by the Mod Cloth designs.

They also have some amazing shoes. I adore shoes. If I had the $$, I would probably end up having an entire closet full of vintage-like heels!

I love many of their coats and jackets - the cut is so perfect to wear with dresses! 

The blue 'Drummer Girl' coat reminds me of the military-inspired dresses and paletots of the 1860s!

Do you have any favorite indie online fashion shops?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Three more Dickens Quizzes!

I promise my next post will be something besides quizzes - but these next three are such fun - i just had to share! If you take any of the quizzes, do tell the results!

Who is Your Perfect Dickensian Hero?

Eugene Wrayburn is something of an antihero in Our Mutual Friend. Lazy and sarcastic in nearly every element of his life, he finds his first true passion in his love for Lizzie Hexam. But their class division makes it difficult for Eugene to be honorable and marry her. In the end, he renounces his family and his wealth so he can be with the girl he loves.

Which Dickensian Heroine Are You?

Amy Dorrit was born in debtor's prison, and she has spent her entire life trying to make enough money to support her family and get them out of jail. Childlike and dutiful, she soon develops feelings for her benefactor, Arthur Clennam. Clennam soon realizes the impact Little Dorrit has had on her life, and her selfless reactions to those around her. He finds he can't live without her, and when her father dies, he feels he is finally able to marry and and support her.

Which Dickensian Villian Are You?

Madame Defarge is the wife of a wine-shop owner, known for her ability to knit fantastic designs. What many do not know is that Madame is knitting the names of her enemies into her cloth. When she and her husband stir up the French peasants, chaos and anarchy ensues, with Madame at the front of the pack in control of the guillotine. Madame encounters a servant of the Manette family who she tries to kill, but she is instead murdered herself

(Okay - the villians one is a little weird. lol. What book is Madame Defarge from? A Tale of Two Cities?)


Friday, January 22, 2010

Two More Quizzes

Okay - it was pretty fun seeing who everyone was on the Bleak House quiz! So - I'm going to share a couple more quizzes we had fun with last night:

Which Classic Heronine Are You?
Which Classic Hero Are You?   (a fun one for brothers to take!)

For the Heroine I got Elizabeth Bennet. (That doesn't seem to fit. Never was too fond of Lizzy.)
For the Hero I got...Mr. Darcy?!? HUH?

My brothers got Marcellus Gallio (C.) and Hamlet (L).

very interesting. Let me know what result you get!


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bleak House

I recently watched the 2005 version of Bleak House (thanks, Rebecca!) and loved it. I'm currently reading the book, too. So - I was excited to find a 'Bleak House Week' event at Wickfield.
I just took the personality quiz. Take it and see who you get! I am Esther Summerson.....

You are mature and sensible with a high moral standard, but you tend to lack confidence in your own abilities and worth.

Which Bleak House character are you?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Corded Petticoat

Finished a corded petticoat today! I originally was making it to list on my Etsy shop, but when it was finally done - I just couldn't! I need a new one so badly for reenactment events. So - I'll keep this one, and use the pictures on Etsy for a custom listing.

Corded pettis were a sort of pre-hoop skirt support. 1840-50s mostly. (even so, I do wear mine for 1860s events) I wear one or two plain, full gathered petticoats over the corded. It gives quite a nice bell shape to skirts. Much less bothersome than my cage hoop!

For the material, I use white cotton muslin. Cording is Sugar 'n' Cream cotton cording. The cords are sewn into tiny channels between the fabric and the facing with a zipper foot. Quite tiresome and time consuming, but the results are worth it!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Little Women 2010

I've been asked to be a judge for an exciting blog event - Little Women of 2010, A Literary Inspired Challenge - coming up in February. My good friend Rebecca is hosting it at A Young Lady's Blog.
You can read more here and here. I understand there will be events for sewing items as well as writing. I can't wait to see all the wonderful entries! Be sure to put Rebecca's blog on your favorites, because she is going to be giving weekly updates as the event nears!

The Little Red Riding Hood.....that isn't red....

I love adding cute accessories to my reenactment wardrobe. This fall I finally finished the "Little Red Riding Hood" Pattern from Peterson's 1862. I didn't do it exactly as the directions specified, for I didn't feel up to doing all those little scalloped edges. Instead, I did a bias binding in matching fabric. The outer fabric is a lightweight tan wool, and the lining/bows/binding are done in a lovely blue/green silk. This is a super simple and easy project!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Return to Cranford

I'm looking forward to seeing the new 'Return to Cranford'. It's available to watch online until Feb. 16!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My New Shawl!

My very dear friend Sarah made me the most wonderful knitted wool shawl recently. She is so talented! And it is one of my all-time favorite colors - a lovely dusty rose red. It's so perfect and I can't wait to wear it to a reenactment! You can read more about on a thread at  The Sewing Academy.
And she is taking orders, if any of you reenactoresses are interested....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Etsy Sewing Projects & Photoshop

Following are some pictures of costumes that I -ahem- have had way too much fun with.  They are all made for my Etsy shop and modeled by my darling littlest sister. I photoshopped each into an appropriate backgound. And if I do say so myself, I think they turned out rather well. I had fun, anyway! I think the Red Riding Hood ones are my favs. Enjoy!

My first post...

Well.....I finally got a blog. Not sure how much I'll be able to post - hopefully every now and then at any rate. Expect alot of pictures of sewing projects and reenactment events - probably with a few book  reviews, recipes, shopping finds, random thoughs, and things like that thrown in. More later.


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