Wednesday, September 12, 2012

And the Award Goes to...

This morning while enjoying my morning tea, I get a little email from Miss Angela, from La Châtelaine Chocolat, that says, "I have a surprise for you...." Surprise, indeed! She has presented me with the Liebster Blog Award! If you are not familiar with Miss Angela's work, I encourage you to do so! Not only is she an accomplished costumiere, she is an artist and authors another blog called As the Art Flies, where her fine arts and creative endeavors are further showcased. Thank you, Angela, for your thoughtfulness!

Ooo, now it's my turn to pass on the Liebster Award!

5) Miss Rachel's blog at Rachel's Costumes - she has a fine handle on costuming and I am impressed by her construction skills - there is talent here!

4) Miss Issy's blog at Costume Tea Party - her blog is like a little slice of cake, beautiful and delicious and rich with pictures detailing historical reenactments, costumes, and events. And, she loves tea! 

3) Miss Claudine at Idle Hands - She's an excellent costumiere who uses power tools - stuff just got real up in here! Her tutorials are wonderful and they include very good step-by-step photos.

2) Miss Sanna from Rococo Atelier - another young lady who knows her garment construction well! Miss Sanna is formally trained as a seamstress, and her excellent work is apparent! 

1) The Laced Angel - when I look at her work, especially the details (the Devil is always in the details) and care she puts into each garment, I want to faint. Her eye is exact, her ability to combine colors and textures is quite impressive!

All of these ladies - Angela, Rachel, Issy, Claudine, Sanna, and the Lace Angel - encourage and challenge my own costuming and creative ventures! Thank you, ladies, for being a part of the blogging community and sharing with us your talents and inspirations!

As recipients of the Liebester Blog Award, I ask Rachel, Issy, Claudine, Sanna, and the Lace Angel to:

a) Add the award icon to your blog! 
b) Link to your awarder to say "Thank You"...
c) And most importantly, award/present five (5) of your favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers with the award!

Again, thank you, Angela, for thinking of me - it's wonderful to receive support and affirmation from those in my creative community!

Blessings and happy sewing!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Regency Picnic

Yesterday was the Emerald Parlor's annual Regency picnic at Cowan Lake and it was beautiful! It was one of our most enjoyable picnics. We had the unexpected pleasure of being spectators to a boating race, and they had the unexpected pleasure of being spectators to our historically inspired retreat - the boating referees and event photographers took as many pictures of us as we did of them! lol!

How about some pictures? 

~A good table setting - essential to every picnic!~

~The little girls are always so precious!~

~The big girls getting serious on me!~

~Me and Tonia~

Me, Tonia, and PJ

~Who's winning the race?~

~Chasing the gulls (Miss Elma gave me the sole privilege - lol)~

For next year's picnic we are going to construct our gowns using the rich colors of fall (Would it surprise you that I already have my fabric? I'm proud to be a fabric hussy!) - excited! And speaking of Regency, I have some wonderful photos of Georgian and Regency fashion I have yet to share with you from Kent State! Until next post...

...blessings and happy sewing!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Day at New Boston

On Thursday of last week, word came down from the weather stations around the area that remnants of Hurricane Issac were going to smack into the great State of Ohio on Saturday in full force - 4 to 5 inches of rain for the Miami Valley area (that's Dayton) on that day alone - and continue to rain on into Monday. This is when Beautiful Husband informs me that he wanted to treat me to a day at the Fair at New Boston, but as things stood we probably wouldn't be able to go (that's like saying, "I was going to buy you that diamond ring, but the stock market crashed...") - what a tease my guy is! But as fate would have it, Hurricane Isaac leaped over the Miami Valley in a tall single bound, and me and Beautiful Hubs were fast on our way to the Fair. 

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to visit the New Boston show (just west of Springfield, Ohio), I thought I'd share some of the wonderful merchant wears available there (heaven knows I was drooling) - this to entice you, of course, and to encourage you to come to Central Ohio for a visit next year!

Turkey Foot Trading Company and Forge

T. Guy: Forks of the Wabash Bowl Carver

Old Dominion Forge

Apple Cart Creations

Fluir Herbals

Daniel Boone of Kentucky

Stone Cutter of Ye Tomb & Grave Stones

Flying Heart Millinery

Crane's Post

Bushnell Bottle Company

Margaret Bickenheuser, Maker of Fine Baskets

Dennis Bork, Furniture Maker, Elegance Under Canvas

Spencer's Mercantile

Ohio Valley Peddler

96 District Fabrics

All of the shops were wonderful and carried such a variety of items, including clothing, shoes, furs and skins, knitting and spinning supplies, weaponry, et cetera. And, who can resist fire roasted corn on the cob, bison burgers, ham and beans, and ham on a biscuit? The hubs and I enjoyed ourselves, and I thank Hurricane Isaac for leap-frogging Dayton and smacking into Columbus and Cleveland instead - lol! 

Blessings and happy sewing!