Thursday, February 1, 2018

Baby, it's cold outside!

 Why, hello there! It's been a while. 

I feel like I haven't blogged in forever. There's been a number of reasons for that (fatigue, terrible weather for photo-taking, lack of time or motivation, etc) but I didn't really realize how much I missed taking outfit photos until today! I'd forgotten how much I enjoy playing around with my camera, and having my bff snapping the pictures and making me laugh certainly upped the fun level. 

But golly, it was cold outside! 

I've been rather lax in my dressing lately, so I decided a theme was needed. I flipped through Eaton's Fall and Winter Catalogue 1920-21 for inspiration, and attempted an outfit similar to those that could have been purchased through the catalog.

Here are my inspiration images:

And here is what I came up with:

The faux fur coat is a vintage piece, as is the clutch. My boots were purchased many years ago at Soft-Moc, and my gloves are from a small boutique that sadly is no longer around. 

  The hat was purchased from a dollar-store, with the intention to refashion it into something a bit more vintage. I cut the brim down (finishing the raw edges with bias tape) and added a scarf + vintage brooch. The earrings are also me-made from some pendants from a craft-store. 
For a dress, I went with a brown velvet dress (refashioned from a velvet pant-suit) with a turquoise ribbon worn as a belt. While "1920's dresses" usually make one think of dropped waists, from the catalog images you can see that in the early 1920's a higher, natural waist-line was still quite popular. 

(It was so cold taking these photos! Did I mention it was cold?!)

I wish I had some news to report or something interesting to talk about, but basically my life for the last month has just been a marathon of doctors appointments which are sadly quite routine for me now. Hopefully in the next month or two I will have time/energy for something more exciting. 

I hope everyone is staying cosy and warm this winter. In that theme, I will leave you with a picture of the egg-cosy I knit a few weeks ago:

That's All.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Halloween Costumes

Oh boy, it's been a busy few weeks! I finally managed to get a few minutes today to look through and edit the photos from Halloween. I had planned on posting these about a week ago, but better late than never! I had technically had three different costumes this year: one for a Halloween party, one for Halloween day, and then a third for handing out candy.

First Costume: The Night Sky
This was a last minute costume for a party I attended the weekend before Halloween. I made a super quick cape and star crown, and threw it together with "starry" pieces from my wardrobe to complete the look. It was raining that night so a) I didn't get proper photos and b) my hair turned out a bit of a disaster. I quite liked the concept of this costume though, so it may be enhanced and re-worked for a future Halloween.

Second Costume: Forest Princess
 I'm calling this one my "forest princess" costume for lack of a better name. There are plans to add some special effects to the photos so I may turn into more of a fairy or something magical, but for now "forest princess" is a more accurate description. I definitely felt like a Disney character, albeit perhaps more of an evil step-sister than a heroine. The dress is a vintage one, which I've paired with a real corset to give it a bit more shape. Instead of a crown, I opted for a glittery headpiece of green leaves and baubles. I was also too lazy to curl my real hair, so I used it as an excuse to wear one of my many costume wigs that I use for photo-shoots. This one looked like 1920's style ringlets on the package photo, but in reality it's huge! Not really appropriate for it's intended purpose but it made a great vaguely 18th century wig when pinned up. 

Every princess needs a animal familiar!

Costume #3: Knitting Unicorn
 I was planning on wearing my princess costume all night, but after several hours in it I decided perhaps it wasn't the comfiest nor the most practical outfit. I took inspiration from Britt's fox costume and hopped into my Unicorn onesie for the rest of the night. It was definitely the best choice for knitting, movie watching, and handing out candy.

And those were all my costume for this year! Hopefully I will get more time soon for more proper blogging and such. 

I hope everyone is having a great week,

That's All. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumn Colours

Whew! It's been an exhausting couple of weeks! Between a quick trip to the cottage to check out the autumn colour, birthdays, weddings, doctors visits, video filming, plus a whole lot of other things, I am utterly shattered. I've luckily managed to schedule myself a couple slower days to rest up. (The sofa and I are going to be spending some quality time together!) However, I still have a bunch of editing to get done on Britt's wedding video so I can be idle but productive at the same time. 

Speaking of being productive, I recently finished another "3-hour sweater". This is my 5th time using this pattern and this time I've modified it into a cardigan. I love this sweater so much! The yarn I used has a subtle copper shimmery fiber running throughout it, which I've complemented with a very shimmery copper yarn along the yoke. 

For my regular weekly coffee with Britt, I wore my new sweater with a pair of high-waisted trousers (from an Etsy shop that sadly no longer exists), brown brogues, and a brown tank top. The necklace I'm wearing is actually made from petrified wood (i.e. fossilized tree remains). Isn't that cool?! 

Yes, I'm wearing camo unicorn socks with my brogues... They were a present from Britt and her new husband Tommy (he was in the military, hence the camo was fitting). 

On a completely unrelated note, after receiving a rather large unexpected bill, I feel the need to warn others against using FedEx. I ordered some makeup-making supplies over a month ago, and while I love the supplies, my experience with the shipping was awful. Firstly, FedEx claimed they couldn't find my house and that I had provided them with the wrong address (we literally saw them drive right in front of the house). Then a month after receiving my package, I was sent a bill for $45. I had already paid almost $30 in shipping initially and was not expecting this wallop at all! I understand paying custom fees, but the duty on the parcel was $0.27 plus taxes around $12. The rest of the fees were from FedEx and seem to be standard for them to charge. Having never shipped with them before, I had no idea there were all these extra "standard" fees that were not mentioned initially and would be later charged. The package was a small one and all these extra charges are costing me more than the actual package was worth! I contacted FedEx but they basically shrugged and said if the customs fees were calculated wrong they see what they could do but the other fees were just the way it is. Long story short: when ordering online, check who is shipping the package. I order online all the time and have never had such an awful experience with any other postal service. 
Ok, rant over. Let's take a deep breath and look at the pretty leaves... ⇑

To end on a happier note, here is the video I filmed with Britt in case you haven't seen it. We went on a day-trip to visit an antique carousel, plus wandered around a cute small town. 

Well, I feel I should write more as I definitely have more news and things to share, but that will have to do for now. As I said before, I'm exhausted!

That's All.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Last weekend was the wedding of my best friend, Britt, and I was a bridesmaid! When it came to picking out the bridesmaid dresses, I offered my sewing services to create us something one-of-a-kind. There were a few design ideas kicked around, but in the end we decided to go with this design inspired by a 1919 Vionnet dress. Britt's colour scheme was shades of blue, so we went with a royal blue material with black hems+belt. I love this dress so much!! I am going to be making a few for the shop (in different material), since it's just such a pretty and flattering style.

I'll post more about the wedding once we get the official photos back, but for now here are some photos I took of the dress after the wedding. I tried really hard to smile in the photos but I was pretty exhausted by that point. It was a lovely but very long day. Time to sleep for a week!

 That's All.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Almost Autumn

Hello everyone! Long time no see. Last month was not the best health month for me and I haven't been around the ol' interwebs as much as normal. Just the last couple days have been a bit better energy-wise, so I'm enjoying it while I can. My best friend's wedding is coming up soon and I'm certain I will absolutely shattered after that! 

I just passed my final driving test and am now a fully licensed driver! (Ontario has a graduated license system meaning you have to take a written test plus two different driving tests over a few years before you are fully licensed. I've technically been able to drive for many years, just not alone on some of the major highways). To celebrate, my parents took me to Cobourg. It was a lovely afternoon of driving in the beautiful countryside and sipping lattes in a quirky independent coffee shop. 

I haven't dressed up in ages. When I'm not feeling well, dressing up is just too much effort and thus doesn't happen. But I don't feel like myself in normal clothes, so I took the opportunity today to put on something vintage-inspired. I wore my me-made grey-wool skirt, hand-knitted 3-hour sweater plus a matching hat from a 1930's pattern, and a necklace/earring set I made a few years ago. I also brought along a shawl (which you can see off to the side in the photos) as it was a touch cool out when we left.  

I am so happy autumn is soon arriving. Bring on the wool and knitwear!!!!! I've just cast on yet another 3-hour sweater (this makes #5), because I may have gone to the yarn store after passing my test and may have been overwhelmed by the yarn fumes and may have succumb to buying even more yarn... Celebratory yarn purchases are hard to resist! Even though I have zero need for more yarn, I bought enough for 2 more 3-hour sweaters. One will be in autumnal shades of brown and copper, with the other one in wintery shades of blue, grey, and silver. Did I mention I already have several other projects on the needles that I have yet to finish? I think I may have a problem. (The problem is not enough time and not enough yarn, obviously­čśë)

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend!

That's All. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Shopping for Fall Clothing (1920)

I've been fantasy shopping in old catalogs again. Browsing through antique mail order catalogs has long been a hobby of mine and oh how I wish I could actually order from them still! With autumn approaching, I've started to think about my fall wardrobe and what gaps need filling. I will post an updated wardrobe plan in the near future, but for now here is my wishlist if time-travel was possible and I could order from the 1920 Eaton's Fall/Winter catalog!

I'm loving the plum coloured coat on the right. The lower neckline would suit me better than the high collars, plus it would be the perfect shade for when winter rolls around.

I may have to get a few of these dresses. Hmm... let's see... The green one for sure and the turquoise one. I rather like the navy one on the far right and at only $11 I may as well order one of those too.  

Yes. All of them.

A big shawl would be perfect for the colder months ahead. The serviceable all-wool shawl for $2.50 will do.  

This is hard choice, but I think I will go with the hat on special bargain. It would be easy to add extra trimmings to if I fancied something a little bolder. Although that smart velveteen hat is also calling my name...

I should pick up an apron for wearing around the house. I think I'll go with the bungalow apron.

A new chemise or two as well, I think. 

Yes to any of these.


Before I place my order, I may as well add some yarn because...well.... yarn.

Well, that was fun. I do wish one could still order from old catalogs because they have the loveliest items. At least it gives inspiration and ideas for styles to be on the lookout for. Maybe next time I should go furniture shopping and redo my rooms.

And if anyone invents a time machine... can you pick me up a few things?

That's All.