Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sorry about not updating recently.  A case of the stomach flu bug and real life have reared their ugly heads.  Blaaaaaaaaaaaaah....

I do have some works in progress to be posted and shared soon.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Goodbye, little friend


Sadly our little four pound cat Orca has passed on.  She was seventeen when she passed.  We believe she had kidney failure but the only good thing is she died very quickly.

She stopped eating and couldn't even stand up when I told Mom.

I took her to the vet, speeding the entire time as the freeway was empty, willing to risk a ticket for that little cat. Out of hurt Dad admonished me for speeding but thanked me for doing so.

Before we took her into the vet's room she tried sitting up and meowed at me. I scritched her one last time and with tears in my eyes I said it would be okay.

Thankfully she passed on before she could be put to sleep.  We had been really worried about her being frightened when receiving the needle.

Until next time:  I regret nothing I did and would do so again.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Zouave doll dresses

I completed a set of Zouave doll dresses today.

I've got to be honest, at the tender age of 13 when I first saw this style I hated it.  I don't know why but I did.  Now at the ripe age of 28 I saw it again on a doll and fell in love.  Funny how things work out, isn't it?  Crow, anyone?

I immediately went to work and created four OOAK dresses for sale on my Etsy page.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Errowyn

All my pictures were taken inside as it was raining.  Lots and lots of rain here.

Oh, and dear plants:  quit pollinating on the car!!  That is all.

Until Next Time:  Crow always goes best down fresh.  Now pass the ketchup please.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Remembering "The Wizard of Oz"

The Wizard of Oz was my favorite childhood movie. Even at the young age of nine I knew I wanted to dress up as Dorothy Gale for Hallowe’en.

Though my dress was a gingham sun dress with a white blouse I felt beautiful. There was a boy in my class named Matthew who liked to make the girls scream. As I stood in my costume he ran up to me dressed as a highwayman, grabbed my braids, and kissed me. The girls screamed and he ran away disappearing into a crowd of costumed characters.

Wearing my new Dorothy dress reminds me of those days gone by.

Can you guess who this is?
It's Billie Burke!  Isn't she beautiful?  It's hard to believe the woman who played Glinda was fifty-five when she took on the role.

I completed my Wizard of Oz costume yesterday and was able to take pictures today.





http://www.etsy.com/listing/73827348/custom-made-dorothy-gale-dress

Until next time:  Dorothy, lend me your ruby slippers!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

This never fails to make me a little teary-eyed.  It makes me think of those I knew who died a long time ago in the war.  I sometimes miss Lackey and Lon....

Vintage flair

I enjoy vintage things and styles.  Throw in antiques and you'll have me screaming hysterically.  That's why it was all the more fun to complete these dresses and petticoat.

My first two dresses are circa 1942 dresses.

This one I affectionately call "the bubble girl dress" because of the print.  I had origially wanted to use actual flour sacks from the era but couldn't find enough to make a dress.  Finding this reprint fabric was a lucky find.
This fabric was a lucky find.  I got the last three yards for $9.
Gone With the Wind has always been one of my favorite movies and I knew I had to have a petticoat.  For safety purposes I chose cotton instead of taffeta.  It took a full six yards of fabric to make this but it turned out great and is surprisingly lightweight.

And yes, the petticoat really is that red.  :D

I am also in ownership of an insane cat.  Really, this cat is insane!  He's the only cat I've ever had who will jump into my arms from the floor.  He's made quite the habit of it and I've gotten to the point I can scoop him right up when he jumps for me.

Currently in the making is Dorothy Gale's costume from The Wizard of Oz.  Another childhood favorite movie of mine.

Until next time:  Did you know the lady who played the Wicked Witch of the West was a school teacher?  Really!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Totally unrelated to sewing

I was watching The Simpsons on TV when the news came on that Bin Laden has been killed.  People are outside the White House chanting "USA!"
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/01/usama-bin-laden-dead-say-sources/

Until Next Time:  It's rather fitting an American bomb got him, isn't it?