Saturday, March 30, 2013

Winter Warmth

One of my dear friends started a March-Craft along on her Blog!
I was very excited to be able to take part in it!
I know I am cutting it a bit short on the deadline, but hey, it is still March!!!
The category was "winter accessory". So many possibility's!
Since I am working now, I was unable to do what I had first thought of, due to the lack of time. But what I did come up with I have been wanting to make for a long time now and I am happy that I was finally able to do it!
*Drum roll*
A Fur muff!

It is made from dark brown rabbit fur with lovely sea-green silk lining.

All hand sewn.
 Blech sewing leather :P
While I am here I might as well post about another accessory that I made for my doll.
A 18th century pinball.

Maybe someday I will be able to make the cloak that should go with the fur muff. Someday, maybe...
Hope you are having a splendid Spring!
Happy Sewing~

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The river of life and some rapids.

Gosh has it been a year!
And it's only just March yet...
I feel as though I have not had time to breath let alone post anything.
I have been busy with so many things. Both good and bad.
January- Bad. 'nough said.
February- Crazy-
At the beginning of the month I was job hunting ( woohoo.. )
Then on Feb 11th my little peanut poochie went to doggie heaven.

She had been very sick during January.
Trip to the vet, two weeks of hand feeding her a liquid diet, many other things...
Finally in Feb we thought she might be pulling out of it. She was eating an all kibble diet for the first time in two years. she was even spunky! ( see photo above!! )
But then on the weekend of the 9th, 10th we noticed that she was not her normal self, not wanting to eat, not settling down.
Then on Sunday night she started getting sick. I stayed up with her till the wee hours of the morning.
Monday, she was not well at all. Finally at around 8:50 p.m. she passed away from this world surrounded by her family.
I will be the first to admit that it has hit me rather hard. She had been apart of our family for more then half my life. I grew up with her at my side, snorting, and wagging her tail to let me know she was there for me.
She truly was my best friend.
With her passing I have had time to reflect. And it truly feels as though with her dieing, that chapter of my life is over and I am now beginning the next part of my life. I am sad that she is gone, especially on days like this where I am home alone all day. But at the same time, it is time to move on.
I am both excited and scared to death for this next chapter.
Peanut had died on a Monday ( great way to start a week I know.. )
I decided that I would take a break from job hunting. Feeling like I just needed a week to regroup and get my self together.
The next week I pulled my big girl panties up and went back out into the big bad world of job hunting.
I can't count how many places I tried. When finally on my way home I just started praying
( beg is more like it.. )
"Lord. Please Lord, let SOMEONE take a chance on me! Please lord, PLEASE!!"
When I got home my Mom and I had a good long talk and we both prayed for the rest of the day.
The next afternoon I got a call from an assisted living community that I had applied at a few weeks previous, asking if was free the next day for an interview!
YES! Thank you Lord!
Had the interview and was offered the job.
I started work the next Monday ( two weeks to the day that Peanut passed..).
They are training me to be a caregiver/Med aid. I had not really gone in for this job but it is the one that the Lord saw fit to open up to me so I am learning as fast as I can!
It is a HUGE adjustment for me, but even though it is very hard work I am going to succeed at this if it kills me!!
It just astounds me how God trains us for life. Life is not easy, no one ever said it would be but each part of it is training for the Next part. I started thinking of getting a job three years ago in a retirement community, but I see now that if I had gotten one I would NOT have been strong enough to handle it.
Here is a photo of me in my work duds!
( Worst color EVER, but what are you going to do? )

So this was Feb. and what does March have to bring?

With both my Mom and I working we found that we where going to have to get very creative about how each of us was going to get to work if I was working from 2p.m.-10p.m. and she was working from 10a.m.-4:30p.m. ...
So my amazing parents went out he other night and we found a car that would work very nicely, and help me to get it! Am I blessed or what?!
So in the span of two months and a few days-
My Dog has died ( Sad )-I got a job ( good )-I got a car ( GREAT )
And in between of all this craziness I have been very busy knitting and sewing, and some more knitting!
So now in the future if I don't post for a bit I have a legit excuse!
I am to busy working!
Happy life Journeys~

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Here's to the Holidays!

Well, it's about time I posted what I made for Christmas.
Don't you think?
I made a tiny sweater for my Nana. And I mean tiny! It is the smallest I have ever made.
I am so happy with how it turned out!

For my Mother I made a pair of wool fingerless gloves that she can wear reenacting.
( or even just when her hands are cold :) )

For my future sister I made an amazing helmet hat that evokes the roaring 20's.
( It looks so much cuter on her..! )

For my sister the School teacher I made some curtains for her class room.

I love how the fabric looks like tiny little pendents flapping in the breeze.

Now moving on to what I made for friends

Some deliciously difficult cabled tams.

Fingerless gloves that could keep a yeti's hands toasty.

And Buttons!!!!

1/2 inch big. Fifteen minutes apiece to make.
Tedious, but, oh so fun to make!

I also made a new Scarf for my Brother. A hat for my Dad, And a pair of silhouettes for my Brother and future Sister. All of which I forgot to take photos of when they where still in my position....
Eh, What are you gonna do?

I also made for my Cousin's ( who just had a beautiful little girl )~~~

A little red hood, and

A baby girl hedge-pig!
I can't tell you how much fun I had making these cute little things!
Oh, how I long to be an Auntie!
Someday Kacie, someday...

Hope you had a snowy and super Christmas!

Happy Holidays~

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pots, pans and a little bit of shiny.

WELL! It is that time of year again folks!!
The time where you start getting the hats and scarves out of moth-balls, drinking tea by the gallon, and having cozy evenings with the fam.
Not to mention- KNITTING!!!

I finally got the inspiration for finishing a few things that I have been putting off...
First- I finally made Sam's cookware.

They are crochet
with Black bedspread-weight cotton crochet thread.

After crocheting them I starched the heck out of them.

( Yes, that IS an aluminum foil fire:) )

My Mother pointed out the fact that if these where really cast iron pots.
They would not be hanging on only one side of his pack...
As true as this is, I just think it looks much cooler having them on the one side.
Plus this is Middle Earth right?
The same rules don't apply there as they do here...Right? 

I also made his elven rope.

once again, Crochet, with cream crochet thread.

I also made both Sam and Frodo bed rolls.
I just haven't taken a picture of them yet...
And finally. It is rather sad how long it has taken me to make Gandalf's silver scarf...

It is knitted in seed st. out of silver DMC.


Now that I have finished a few more things it is about time I start a new character...
I wonder who will be next?
Mwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah..*cough* :)

I am unsure of how often I will be able to post.
As I have started to work on Christmas presents..which I can not tell you about or show you till January...
Happy Knitting~

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

To answer the question.

Before Ft. Stevens, my last post had been about My 1863 coat project.

After receiving some very good comments
( Thank you every one who left one! )
I decided that I would go the authentic rout and have the hood to the coat detached.
Once I had come this conclusion, it was time to finalize my design.

The fabric that I found online.
100% Wool for $6.99 a yard!
It is a great Red/Brown color.
I got 5 1/2 yards, 58'' wide.

I decided that I would be using Dorset buttons for the closure.
I had learned how to make them before Willamette
( That new brown dress with the buttons down the front.
Yeah, thous are ALL hand made Dorset buttons...)

I have always wanted to use for on one of my projects.
So when I found rabbit fur pelts at Joann's on clearance for about $5.95 APIECE!!
I knew I would finally be able to have mmmfurmmm.

I got this flannel wonderful flannel for freeeeee earlier this year.
I had JUST enough for my coat!

You can find patterns for 1860's traveling coats but,
I'm cheap and decided that once again I could just make my own pattern.
( This is turning into a habit... )
Here is the pile of all my pieces cut out and ready to go.

And here is the finished product.
Basically this is a cape with sleeves.
Coat sleeves in fact.
Four Dorset button closure, two pockets, jewel neckline, quilted hem.
And that is the coat in a nut shell.
( The quilted hem did not turn out as awesome as I thought it would. It would have been better if I had used a contrasting color instead of a thread that matched. So in the end it just makes the hem look crinkly, but I know that there is a beautiful paisly quilted hem that compliments the lining... )

The great colorful flannel lining

Now, as I made the hood removable I wanted there to be a fur collar as well as having fur around the hood.
I found that the hood would not fit properly with a collar though.
So to solve this problem I made the collar removable.

It attaches to the coat with glass buttons.

It only takes a few seconds and I can just pot the collar on and off.


Here is the coat with a puffy skirt underneath.

It is rather large.. and makes me look as though I might be pregnant but it is SO warm and comfortable that I really don't care!

Now for the hood.
Here is the down.

Here it is up.
Unfortunately the fur makes the hood opening a little wonky but I can kind fix that.

And here is the hood AND the coat together.
I am so glad that I had this coat at McIver!
I had a really bad cold the week of McIver and was not fully recuperated by the weekend. It was very cold and wet during the mornings. walking to the bathroom through knee high WET grass was not as bad as it could have been with the warm embrace of this coat around me.

If you ever see me wearing my coat and I have nothing better to do.
You might see me doing this.

What am I doing you may be asking yourself?
Why I am playing with the spinny thingy that I made
( I am sorry I can't remember what they are called...)
On one side it is a ship on a sunny day.
Everything honky-dory

The other side...
Is a steep drop off.

When you hold on to the strings and twist, the two picture blend together, forming one picture
I wish I could capture it on photo.
but alas, I can't.

I always keep it in the left hand pocket of my coat.

I am so very happy with how my coat came out!
So much better having sleeves then constantly fight a cape flipping here and flapping there.
I am thinking I might just wear it around this winter I love it so much!
( Plus it seems a shame to only wear it a few times a year when it is a good $40something coat! )

Happy Warmth~