Monday, December 20, 2010

Well I've done it again.  I've abandoned anything to do with the blog world for the past 2 weeks, and probably won't even visit for the next two weeks.  Yikes! That's a lot of reading to catch up and posts to write.  But I thought I might post a few pictures in the meantime.  First, is just a daily outfit I took about a week ago for my dad's birthday.  Then, pictures of the 20's/30's hats I found at an estate sale.  Last, we had Christmas already with my mom's side.  There were about 30 of us which was just amazing and completely fun and chaotic.  I wore a pencil skirt and bolero that I made up in about a day, and finished hand sewing on the way up there.  It seemed like almost everyone was there which was a first.  That hardly ever happens.  Usually there is only about 15. And, I always seem to be a kid magnet, I don't know why.  I think I get along with them better, or maybe it is my strong desire to have kids that it just comes naturally. Haha.  I think I did about 15 rounds of ring around the rosy.  Anyways, that's about it for now.  I hope everyone has a wonderful, blessed Christmas this year!
 one of the original boxes the hats came in!
my sweet new baby cousin Rachael.  Isn't she beautiful
 the best gifts I could have gotten!  Some of my grandmother's 50's hats and matching hat boxes:D
my cousin Karie
The choker, bracelet, and earring set that was my grandmother's.  It is absolutely beautiful and I will only wear it on very special occasions. 
My cousins Trina and Justin
one of the thirty times playing ring around the rosy.  I don't know how I became the only adult to get stuck playing
My little first cousins, once removed (I think)

That's it for now

Isaiah 9:6: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fingerwaves Attempt

These past few weeks, my mom and I have been marathoning Wind at My Back (5 seasons).  Have you seen this darling show?  It was produced and created by Sullivan Entertainment, who also created Avonlea (7 seasons).  Avonlea was one of my very favorite shows growing up. It was on the Disney channel back when it actually had quality family entertainment and took place in the 1900's.  Wind at My Back takes places in the early 1930's and tells the story of the charming townspeople in Canada.  I am going to do a post on this show later on today or tomorrow, so I won't go into too much detail about it, but suffice it to say I have officially fallen in love with everything about the 1930's.
 (Forgive the no makeup look:D Yikes!!)
I was a little hesitant about the clothes, the hair, etc. but now it is a full on love affair.  So, I got my hair cut a few inches and attempted to do fingerwaves for the second time last night.
I am pretty happy with the results.  I only used a bit of setting lotion on top of my soaking wet hair, and the rest of my hair I pin curled.
It took me a few goes to get it right, but after about the 2nd time I was happy with how it looked.
I think I might do a video tutorial after I practice it a few more times if anyone is interested.  I think it is so much more easier to figure out how to do it from a video than book instructions. 
The dress I found at an Antique Mall a few weeks ago.  I believe it is a 1930's dress- it has a side button closure.  I absolutely adore the lace.  It was a whopping $10.  See- sometimes you can find a good deal at Antique stores.
I also have planned my winter sewing wardrobe.  Here's about half of the things I plan to sew:
Has anyone ever sewed with fur?  Do you see the tiny bit of fur around the wrist?  I think it would be gorgeous with the color fabric I chose, but I really am unsure of how to go about sewing with fur.
I also have been making Limoncello the past couple of days.  It takes a few weeks to make it properly (actually, it takes a month if you want to do it really properly).

Basically you buy 1 thing of Vodka- I chose Smirnoffs 100 proof and 10 lemons.
Then you peel off the skin of the lemon with a vegetable peeler without getting the white stuff(pith).  This will take you awhile.
If you like lemons you could make lemonade or something else with the remaining part of the lemons.  The skin is the only part that goes in the Limoncello.
Then you pour the vodka into a container and put the lemon rinds in.  Cover the top with saran wrap and a rubber band.  I let mine steep for 4 days. 
On the 4th day, I put in 2 vanilla beans- Split it open and scoop out the seeds.  I just dropped it into the container and then whisked it up a little to separate the vanilla beans a bit.

That is where I am in the process of making the limoncello.  I am going to let it steep for the next week and continue the recipe next Sunday.

Last thing- My Etsy Store is having a 10%-15% off sale.  Prices are as marked.  This will go on for the entire month of December.  Also, I created a fanpage for my blog and etsy store for facebook.  The link is on the right side under My Etsy Store slideshow.  I will be doing all of my etsy store updates, among other things, on there.

One last thing.  This Friday there is an amazing estate sale that I am going to go to, but so far I have found no one to go with.  I am still trying to convince my best friend to go with me, but if she cant and I have to go alone, does anyone know if it is acceptable to bring large plastic bags with you or something or the sort to put everything in that you want?  There are a lot of hats with hatboxes that I am determined to get, but am unsure of how to carry them out without having to put them down and risk losing them.

Okay, now I am going to work on my Wind at My Back Fashion Post.