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I’ve had these done for a few days now but haven’t been able to upload them.  My computer had crashed and it was in the shop for repairs.

Both of these dresses are based on real dresses in the Wisconsin Historical Society.  They’re both circa 1865 dresses.

The blue one has a pleated bodice and sleeves.

The floral one has a gathered bodice with pleated sleeves and skirt.

The dolls were chosen for me as a lady I know collects AG dolls and her daughter just got Isabelle.  She wanted Isabelle and Molly to dress up.
Floral dress:
Blue dress:

Until next time:  time flies...or does it?
Happy Hallowe'en!
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As tomorrow is Hallowe'en please remember to bring your pets indoors!  Especially if you have a black cat.
On Wednesday I found out a friend of mine had been hit by a car and was hospitalized.  A mutual friend was preparing cards and other gifts to send to her.

It took me about six hours to make this dress from start to finish.  I had taken a TLC Samantha doll, re-wigged her, cleaned her up, and made the dress, apron, and pantaloons.

She's into 19th century nursing and Joseph Merrick A.K.A. The Elephant Man.  So I made a nurse who might have visited Joseph.

I know the Gibson Girl style was not in style in the 19th century but it's the closest I could find that would be appropriate on such short notice.

Until next time:  only nine weeks until Christmas.  Be prepared.

Star Trek dolls!

I finished these Star Trek dolls the other day and put them up on my Etsy page.  The Nurse Chapel one is no longer available but I have one of each of the rest for sale for $22 plus shipping.

Until next time:  to a certain someone I suspect is reading this.  Miss me yet??

Yes, I realize that was totally childish but I don't care.  I'll be better next time.

NEVER be afraid to stand up for yourself! Even if it means being labeled "crazy"!

I FINALLY told Creepy Guy off!  A lot of folks know of Creepy Guy.  He looks like a hippie reject and is aggressive as hell.  He's made multiple sexual remarks to me.  I've lied and said I had a boyfriend but that didn't stop him.  He's tried prying into my personal business and getting into my business in general.

Telling him off does squat about my lack of employment or getting out of here, but it DOES tell him I will NO longer tolerate his bullying.  I only hope the other women he harasses now stand up for themselves and tell him to piss off.

Today was a day I let loose the bitchy side of me.  I had enough of being politely angry and telling him "no" in terse ways.

Today at the post office I was preparing to send an order international so I've got to fill out the forms.  He saw me and said "Found you!"  I ignored him and continued to write.  He stopped next to me, leaned in close, and asked, "What are you doing?  Paying a bill?"

I made two new doll dresses based on American Girl/BeForever’s Addy.Her story is set in 1864.

I didn’t have any elastic so I made cuffs instead.I haven’t seen any girl’s dresses from that era with elastic, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t exist. For the shamrock dress I added multiple pintucks in the bodice and growth tucks on the skirt.

Both dresses have vintage trim and glass buttons. They close up the back with Velcro.

They are available for purchase here. Until next time:  what's everyone's view on the Ripper case allegedly being solved?  It proves at one point he was with her, be it before, during, or after death.  However, it doesn't prove he is the one who killed the women.
Was checking out the American Girl FB page and was greeted with a ton of so called "adults"--that's not a typo--and parents screaming bloody murder over hair clips, ribbons, whatever not being included in the doll and book.

My first thought was "Go to the damned store and BUY a piece of hair ribbon!  Problem solved!"

Second thought was "Were the kids I used to babysit preparing me for THEM or are THEY preparing me for someone in the future?  WHO is the adult here?  I forget."

Did I miss something?  Is it too much to ask for adults to behave like adults?  At the same time these people are the same ones who turn around and scream that such and such item is "cheap."

There's no pleasing some people.

However, I don't think it's too much to ask people to act their age and not their shoe size.

THIS is what happens when artists get new shoes...and get bored

I don't remember WHEN this happened but I remember as a kid someone talking about these really nice fancy shoes they had. They really WERE fancy and very decorated. Because I was always running around I had very basic and hard wearing shoes. I remember wishing that I could wear fancy shoes like that.

I suppose we all do when we're small children.

As I'm unable to take the pic from the view of the admirer I used forced perspective to make it appear as if I were the person watching myself button up my own shoes. T

he dress I have draped over me as well as the shoe button hook are authentic to the era.

The shoes are reproductions from American Duchess.

The socks and tablecloth I bought from various places.
The placing of this photograph was very intentional. When preparing for another photograph I noticed the way the crack in the bricks went and had an idea. In letters I've read people have written it felt like the world was splitting in two.  The war really shook up the …


I made some progress on my Eowyn green Edoras dress.  It's quite a heavy dress and I'm planning on wearing it to the Ren. Faire unless it's too hot out.

I apologize for the "meh" quality of this picture.  There's a fire outside of town and we're getting hit with the smoke and haze.

All that's left to do is the underskirt, "belt", and zipper closure.

Until next time:  The Picard has much wisdom.  This quote brought me a great deal of comfort when I saw it and thought about the events of Dad's passing.  I did nothing wrong after his death but I still lost.  Life isn't always fair and that's the way it is.  It's not right, but it's the way it is.
Today I was working on a photography idea I had last night.  I was able to slip my left arm into a real dress from circa 1910.  The ring I’m wearing is a fake engagement ring I got from a Diamond Rings candle.  I’m not engaged or even spoken for.  It was the weirdest feeling wearing a ring on my left hand ring finger.

For the wartime like photographs I donate the profits I make on any prints to the Wounded Warriors Project.

I haven’t uploaded them to my Etsy shop yet but will do so this weekend.  The watermark will not appear on any prints bought.  I put it on there to keep people from stealing my work which has happened in the past.
Always get a kitten to photo bomb your work!
Until next time:  I was told macaroni and cheese used to be canned!  Is that true?
These both appeared on my FaceBook wall.

Until next time:this, my friends, is why proof reading is everything!!

How to make a "haunted mirror."

This is actually a fairly simple tutorial I read about online.

You will need:

1 mirror with a frame
1 picture that you wish to use
Oven cleaner OR nail polish remover.  Personally I prefer nail polish remover.  Less fumes and easier clean up.


Box cutter with extra blades
Comet cleaner or something similar that's abrasive
Steel wool

I started out by buying a cheap mirror online that the customer liked.
She went for the sort of period shabby-chic look.  You can also paint your mirror frame and decorate it any way you wish.  May old fashioned mirror frames were dark colors with metal accents.  Glitter Glu would work well for the "accents" to give it a sparkly effect.  If you can remove the backing and mirror from the frame.  In my case the mirror was glued in so I used paper towels to catch any mess up.

The silver backing was hard for me to remove so I started by taking my box cutter and making hash marks over spots of the silver backing where I wanted the image to…

Crafting and two shout outs

It's been a while since I've last updated.  I've been busy working on doll clothes for The Broken Doll.

The Broken Doll is a charity organization that upcycles dolls and doll clothing.  The dolls plus their new clothes are donated to orphaned children.

If you have any extra dolls or doll clothes lying about please consider donating to them.  I have chatted with the lady who organizes the drive and she is very nice and easy to work with.

The second shout out is for a Go Fund Me page.

In April I found three abandoned kittens and their mother.  Once the kittens were old enough I was able to get their mother spayed, her shots, and turned back loose outside.

I am currently unemployed and do not have the funds necessary to pay for the cost of getting three kittens fixed, two females and one male.

I have been unsuccessful in finding homes for them.

The shelters have turned me away.  I've tried getting vouchers but they refuse b…

Some funnies for you all

I'm working on a new CW era petticoat.  I'm a quarter of the way in so it's coming along.  I need to add the trimming and do the pin tucks.

In the meantime I have some humor for you.  I swear this is a true story!

I'm normally not one to participate in the Throwback Thursday thing. I always keep on forgetting about it or don't think of anything to share.

This time, however, there is a story that I was being BEGGED to share. If this person were in front of me I'd swear she was on her knees with her hands clasped together begging me to tell this story.

First some background information, I'm a big LOTR fan and have many of the action figures. My dresser is right beside my bed and is good sized. I also had about four or five LOTR action figures lined up on it as I didn't have anywhere else to put them.

It took me a while to get used to the dresser being beside my bed as I'd hit my head against it or punch it when I was reaching for something that…

Why I do photography

Before we get down to business I want to post a trigger warning for sexual assault.

You're looking at the first photograph I ever took to make prints of. Before hand I just took photos to document things. Progress views of a new costume, the cats doing something funny, or just general all around stuff.

I called the print "Sailing Day." One of hope and promise.

The second photo I took was called "The Aftermath" showing death and the sinking of the Titanic.

I started doing this a year ago, shortly after my Dad joined Mom on the other side. Both my parents died from cancer.

In biology class we were told that sexual assault COULD happen to us. Like others I didn't think it WOULD happen to me.

It's been years since my ex-boyfriend assaulted me. I STILL think of it and sometimes it's damn hard to trust people. I've been assaulted twice in my life. The first time I was kicked in the head and am missing four teeth. Two wisdom teeth and two molars. My e…

Blue polka dot 1860's dress

Greetings all!

Today I finished off two of a kind blue polka dot 1860's dresses.
Quite a story behind this one. When I was first starting out on Etsy I had someone purchase a listing. They then decided to do a reverse payment so they had their money back and I was literally left holding the fabric. No reason given or anything. They had suddenly disappeared and left no forwarding address. I was quite upset over being ripped off for $50 and put the fabric away in the cedar chest as I had no idea what to do with it.

It hung around and sat in my cedar chest for years. Each time I saw it I had no idea what to do so back it went. Finally I saw some period photos of women wearing polka dot dresses and I decided to turn a negative into a positive.

I may have been out $50 but I had the fabric and two doll dresses done! One day I hope to sell them so they can go to someone who will enjoy them.

You can buy the dress here.…

Titanic tea dress for dolls!

It took forever to finish but I've completed four of a kind Titanic tea dresses for dolls.

The dresses are made from bridal satin and lace.  I used satin ribbon for the sash and a large ribbon rosette.

There are also faux pearl beads on the lace top.  I've done my best to sew them securely but it's not a dress for children who still pull things off and put them in their mouths.

The dress will fit 18 inch soft bodied dolls such as American Girl, Gotz, My Twinn, Springfield, and probably some I'm not remembering right now.

I've also ordered a doll that needs some TLC to become a boy doll.  I ordered a wig so I can exchange one for the other and there we go!  I might sell the original AG doll wig on eBay.

Until next time:  Old timey songs can be addictive.

New nurse's uniform

I've just completed my first commission for a WWII gray lady's nurse uniform!

I'm happy with how it turned out and really like it.

Until next time:  hearing 1860's music sung by modern bands is rather addictive.  They did have some...interesting songs.  Let's just say great-great-great grandpa wasn't that different after all!

My review of the Franklin Mint flying Rose doll

Today via FedEx I received the Franklin Mint Rose doll in her flying dress.  The flying dress has been my favorite Titanic costume since the movie came out.  When I first saw the advertisement I wanted so badly to have the doll but my parents and I knew she was far too expensive.

Over time the memories went away but the feelings always stayed.  I saw the doll recently for sale on eBay for a very cheap price.  It was from an estate sale and I immediately bought her.

This is the Franklin Mint advertisement of the doll.  I know they also made the outfit separate from the doll so people can have the jump doll wearing the flying dress and vise versa.  My doll's outfit came with the doll so mine might vary slightly from others.
This is the doll I received today.

PROS:  Though constructed a little oddly it's a very pretty outfit with lots of nice details.  She even has her engagement ring painted on her finger.
The embroidery on the skirt and lapels is very nicely done and delicate.

Danbury Mint Titanic "Rose" doll: a review

Recently I was given the Danbury Mint Rose Titanic doll.  You can tell they took Kate Winslet's head and photoshopped the entire head and body.  They also photoshopped the dress quite heavily.
Composite made by me.

This is what I received in the mail today.
Pros:  The did put effort into the doll.  It's more than just getting a random doll, slapping some hair and make up on it and claiming it's so and so. The dress is pretty. Her shoes and stockings are painted on. I like that they put details into the little features such as her shoes and the ring. She's sturdy. The dress, though a one piece, is removable and is held in place with snaps and hooks and eyes. Over all she's an attractive doll. Cons:  The Heart of the Ocean necklace that comes with the doll.  I hate it!  It's disappointing that they put so much effort into making the doll they just slap on a cheap blue charm onto a chain and go "Here's your necklace!"  If you were hoping to get a nice…
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

To help others

Greetings all,

I have a non-costuming post, but a serious one none the less.  It is to help a family in need.

A friend of mine brought this to my attention over FaceBook when a tea party group was set up for Ahmie where people can post photos of their tea and general parties. I started doing photography to help bring up Ahmie's spirits.  The pictures were well received and I was being asked for prints. My prints are sold here. Each print is an 8x10 and sells for $20 plus shipping.  Fifteen dollars of each print will go to Ahmie's family.  I'm only keeping the $5 to cover printing and shipping costs. If people do not wish for a print they can donate directly here.
If you cannot afford to donate or do not wish for a print you can help by spreading the word or dropping by the FaceBook group to give love and suppor…

Photography for a cause

I did two photos for a charity event on FaceBook. A friend of mine started it after learning of a young woman who had cancer and started an event with a digital tea party. Everyone could get as creative or as simple as they wanted. I saw that there were some doll pics so I took some of my own.

This one took me forever to set up. I wanted to have that whimsy and wonder from when we were kids. Anything was possible when we were children. Tea parties were dressed up for and something to be experienced and enjoyed. Location didn't matter, the tea party was always in a beautiful place and nothing else mattered.

I wanted the "girls" to be dressed up in nice clothing, maybe somewhat old fashioned, but still something pretty to have tea in.
I didn't have anyone to take the photo so it's taken by me. I like this one the best because you can see the shamrocks the best and they are good luck and good fortune.

Until next time:  never be afraid to help someone.  The…

Two new dresses!

I've been on a bit of a roll lately with recreating the dresses.

The pink one is a work between a friend and I.  They designed the dress and I put it together. We agreed to split any profits down the middle so it's nice for the both of us. This dress is a reproduction from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie.  I did my best to recreate Elizabeth Bennet's white ball gown. 
I also have two more dresses that are in the works.

I also have a job interview Monday!  Wish me luck!

Until next time:  I must go.  My people need me.

Life, men, women, and the whole damned thing. A.K.A. "So, like, are you like a feminist or something?"

Alice Paul
The above question was posed to me after sharing this one video about women's suffrage ((right to vote)).

 To answer if I'm a feminist or not depends on how one defines feminist. Some say that they're these bitter shrieking harpies while others say that they just want equal rights. I'd like to say right off I do not hate men, am bitter over being single, or anything like that. Women and men are our friends, not the enemy.

So which is it? When the backlash became so effective?

I'm trying to keep this as gender neutral as possible as men can also be feminists.

People of both genders can be nice and kind. At the same time they can both be hateful and mean. It's pretty much unavoidable that you're going to encounter nice people and not nice people.

To me feminism is about multiple things.

First, feminism is about equality. Women should have the same rights, earn equal pay for equal work, and so on as men do.

Second, feminism is about choice. A woman s…