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Award Winning Clothes & New Quilt

Posted By on Jan 29, 2012

Dull moments seldom befall us at Crowder House. The last two months have been no exception. Including a brief foray into the holy land, the Man and I have been galavanting a-plenty. While progress on the house remains in a winter freeze, sewing projects have been many. Pictured to the right is my first truly pieced quilt. I pieced and hand stitched this quilt, using embroidery floss to give it a bit more of a country feel. The undertaking was for two dear friends, namely Lola2 and her husband, who are expecting their first child. For friends that close, a truly original quilt had to be concocted. I refuse to attest to any high quality, but insist that the thought was definitely there. Whether it was laziness or something else, this quilt took me nearly three months to complete. It’s the longest quilting project to date. Concurrently, I was also attempting newer, fancier Regency clothes to wear to a recent ball in Toronto. Much of it without existing patterns, these new outfits were a real challenge for this inexperienced seamstress. You can imagine our surprise when they took the top prize for costumes at this established event. Here we are to the left, pictured in the new garb.  The Man’s jacket was created by combining two existing patterns, thanks to Mistress Mardi. Using copious amounts of interfacing, the velvet was able to stand up just right. Everything of the new pattern was manageable, except the sleeves, from which Mistress Mardi had to rescue me. His new vest is a more tailored version of attempts past, while his breeches and slippers were crafted by my aforementioned tailoring saviour. My gown was inspired by a period fashion plate, pictured here to the right. Much like modern runway fashions, these creations are not exactly realistic. In particular, I had difficulty mirroring the right side of the overdress, which wraps under the arm. Nothing seemed to work in reality. Likewise, fabric just doesn’t seem to fall the same way it does in the illustration. I attempted the reproduction in a cotton silk, and trimmed it with braid and ribbon. Following all of that creation, I’m now out of ideas on what to do next. We brought some fabric back from Jerusalem, but I haven’t a clue as to what it will be come.      ...

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First a stripper, now a moll?

Posted By on Dec 14, 2010

Reading these blog posts you’d think that since moving to rural Spencerville I’ve become a degenerate. First I turn to stripping, and now I’m a moll? What’s the world coming to? Well, I tell you this, there is no shortage of entertainment in this otherwise sleepy village. Last weekend brought the very fun A Country Christmas Remembered to town – and with it a fancy-dress swing dance! Being the go-getters that we are, Lola2 and I made a gown for the occasion. For once, and just for your viewing pleasure, I’ll even break my own rules about posting pictures of myself on this site. Consider this your Merry...

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Glamming it up.

Posted By on Nov 29, 2010

Lola2 and I spent the weekend sewing. Quite literally. That’s nearly all we did for the entire weekend. It’s a bit fatiguing, but that girl is some fun. And let’s face it, at my skill level there is very little I could do without her help. We worked on two projects. The first, a cape, is complete. The second an ultra-glamorous dress in a style reminiscent of the 1930s is not yet finished – we made that one for the Starlight Dance this Saturday in Spencerville. (Yeah, I know I will be overdressed, but what fun is a costume party without great outfits?) The obsession with making a cape began after watching that appalling film, Confessions of a Shopaholic. While, I am not sure that Lola2 and I quite achieved that cute masterpiece, the finished piece is still pretty neat. The cape was made to wear with a dress underneath and is lined. We used a relatively fine wool material for the outer layer, which makes it pretty soft. There are two holes for upper arm access (um, Dear Man, if you are reading, I now require some long leather gloves to complete the ensemble. You know, if you had been concerned about Christmas presents and whatnot. Just saying.) Hopefully, I will soon work up the nerve to wear it outside the house. And as a warning to any well-meaning friends, the person who mentions anything about Sherlock Holmes will regret it. Happy Monday,...

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Who doesn’t love jewellery?

Posted By on Nov 8, 2010

Here is to hoping that something sparkly might distract you for a little while. Crowder House will sparkle again in a few days or so – that is if Lola2 and her Man are still coming! Otherwise, it has been pretty busy out here in Spencerville and news will be forthcoming soon. Until then, the master bedroom updates wait until a suitable day for picture taking… In the meantime, the local ArtScene is planning a party! Not only are they showcasing Barry Fawcett’s wonderful photography, but on Friday night the Village’s artistic co-op is hosting a bedazzling extravaganza. Spencerville’s Sparkles is a Jewellery and Accessories Show opening with a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday, November 12 from 7:00 to 9:30 at night. As the ArtScene promotes it: “Join ArtScene Jewelry artisan, Helene Watelle, and guests, for a dazzling display of hand-crafted jewelry and other accessory items. This talented group can offer advice on what will suit any taste. Most of the artisans also take commissioned work, to create just the right piece for you or someone you wish to gift for.” Below is the flyer promoting the event. I guess it’s pointless to tell you where I will be that evening – that is, if the fineries of Wings Night at the Legion do not tempt me...

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A Kitchen Emerging At Last

Posted By on Oct 13, 2010

You might have noticed an absence of updates and pictures of the kitchen these past few months. The reason being, that it has been, perhaps, the most challenging room in our house to plan. With four points of entry (a front door, a back door, and entries from the back stairs and dining room), a pantry closet and two large windows, the kitchen is design-challenged to say the least. Moreover, the kitchen is particularly heritage. We looked at modern cupboards trying to be old, but something just didn’t seem to fit. Eventually, one rainy day, the Man and I ventured over to the Spencerville Fall Fair and were pleasantly surprised to find Garnet and Maureen Carmichael running a very damp outdoor booth. We took one look at a reproduction hutch that Garnet had made and knew instantly what we wanted to do in the kitchen. Our plan, instead of having fitted built-in cupboards, is to have free standing pieces that look more authentic to the age of the home. Garnet managed to complete the first piece just before the Open House, which we very much appreciated. Not only does he do custom pieces, but Garnet will use the same accent colours you are using already in your design, and does amazing finishes to make the piece look older. Furthermore, the furniture is solid wood! None of the this press-board veneer so common to pre-fabricated kitchen cupboards. The hutch Garnet built has already transformed the kitchen, and we look forward to what the rest of our plans will bring once he has finished. As usual, the before shots are to below-left and the after pictures to the right: We found the above cupboard in what I like to call the shack – a hastily put together and unfinished addition that might have had some condemned tape around it, put there by the bank to avoid liability after repossessing the house. In a fit of desperation to clean out the shack and gain some much needed storage space before the Open House, Carlotta and I ventured to clean it. Let’s not go into any great detail about what we found, but suffice it to say that Hanta virus is something I never gave much thought to previously. The Man spent a considerable amount of time repairing my beloved corner hutch, pictured below. There were many a man, in particular, who suggested we divest of this antiquity in favour of making space for modern appliances. Fortunately, the Man has now laboured so much on this built-in, that I am safe to venture that it will remain indefinitely – and for that, I...

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