A week of hiccups!

Happy Wednesday after a holiday weekend! I missed doing “My Fave 5 Friday” last week, as it was a crazy week of hiccups. It started on Monday and just snowballed from there. The thing that threw off my whole week? Well, the hubby was involved in a car accident last Monday, on his way to school. He’s okay, but his car, not so much. Since then, it’s been trips to body shop, dealing with the responsible person’s insurance company, and setting up doctor appointments. I was finally able to take a break from it all on Saturday, and took my mom, the Teenaged Attitude and her bestie to Fair at New Boston, just on the other side of Springfield.


I love going to this two day festival. I have missed the past two years, but definitely had a blast this year. Mom had never really been to a reenactment or festival of this type, so it was fun watching her jump every time the light artillery fired off the cannons. She was really fascinated by the ox that were pulling one of the carts around the grounds.


We had lots of fun wandering through the tents looking at hats, fans, fabric, patterns, and all the other fun reenactment wares.



The only other festival mom has visited with me is the Ohio Renaissance Festival a couple of years ago, so I had fun explaining the era this festival was portraying (1790-1810), along with the how’s and why’s, and differences in some of the costumes different ladies were wearing.


I turned the girls loose to wander as they pleased. They each had a bit of cash to feed themselves, and pick up any trinkets that caught their attention. After roaming as much as we wanted, having a bit of lunch, and then a bit of dessert before leaving, we headed out. On the way home, we decided to explore Buck Creek State Park a bit, just to see what the camping sites and cabins were like. When we first started holding our Regency Picnics, we held them at Buck Creek, at the picnic area close to the beach and boat launch (pictured below).


All in all, it was a great day with mom and the girls. I even came home with some awesome stuff.


Everything is in the photo above. I picked soap from a couple of vendors, a lovely silk fan and a quizzing glass (magnifier) from Daniel Boone of Kentucky, JP Ryan’s Fine Collection of Ladies’ Jackets pattern from a lovely stall, a shaped hat for my 18th c. hat collection, a nice guide book on 18th c. ladies’ dress (for ideas on future costumes), and some lip balm, deep tissue salve, and migraine salve from LBCC Historical Cosmetics (and now wishing I had picked up a few other things while I was there, lol).

On Sunday, the hubby and I met Miss PJ and her hubby out for brunch. Then, we dropped the menfolk off at my house to play video games while we made a quick (well, quick for us) trip to Target. Once we got back, we went down to the sewing room, and proceeded to take back Miss PJ’s sewing area, so she could get started on her Regency dress. After we got her table set up, I ironed her fabric and got my new set of stays cut out, and she decided to clear more space to set up a larger table for me to sew at, so I wouldn’t be stuck at my small travel table. I even have proof of her starting on her dress:



After she went home, I finally got the sleeves to set correctly on my mustard colored half robe, and then called it quits for the night. Monday morning, I went back down and got started on my new set of stays. Miss Elma did come by and join me for the middle part of the day. By the time I shut down the sewing room, I had all three layers of my stays together. After dinner last night, I sat on the couch, pinning the three layers together and watching Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on Netflix. This evening, I hope to get it stitched together, and the boning channels stitched in. That will just leave it for me to finish the stays, the skirts of the underdress, and the sleeves of the half robe. Good thing, too, since we only have a couple of weeks left, and I have a soap making class to teach this Saturday, while Miss PJ is out of town for a wedding. That means that next weekend will find us in the sewing room, finishing up everything. We are all looking forward to the picnic, as we all need the distraction right now. Once the picnic is out of the way, we have plans on pulling the sewing room apart, getting rid of the sofa and carpet, and putting it all back together the way we want it before we start out winter projects.

Did anyone else visit Fair at New Boston? Or another fun festival? If so, please comment, I would love to hear about. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

My Fave 5 Friday – Musicals

Happy Friday! This week, in honor of the Teenaged Attitude and myself going to see Wicked tonight, I will be sharing my 5 most favorite musical movies! Now, we love musicals in our house. Well, when I say “we”, I mean everyone but the hubby. And, let me tell you, we watch a wide variety of musicals, and of course we sing along. Who doesn’t, right? But, it was a very hard thing to narrow it down to just 5. I had to really think about the ones that we play the most. We watch everything from the animated musicals to the live action musicals, from the classics to the newest ones hitting the movie theaters. So, here are most favorite 5 musicals:

#5 – Sound of Music (1965 Twentieth Century Fox) 

Who doesn’t love to watch the Von Trapp family find love and understanding, sing in mountains, and escape the Nazis. I usually try to play this one when the hubby is out of the house, as he’ll just walk through the room and roll his eyes.

#4 – The King and I (1956 Twentieth Century Fox) 

The first time I saw this one, I was really young, and found it on one Saturday afternoon when I was staying at my grandmother’s house. The lovely costumes and singing caught my attention. This movie also made me love the hoop skirt.

#3 – Aladdin (1992 Disney) 

I was in high school when this movie came out. My favorite aunt took me to see it, like she did whenever a Disney movie came out. I was in choir in high school, so this was really fun for me. As soon as it hit VHS, mom went out and bought it. I think my oldest daughter has my original copy, and I’d be surprised if it still works. Between how much I played it, and then as many times as both girls watched growing up, before it hit DVD, that is. And, this summer, the suburb that I live in even played it at the free movie in the park. Miss PJ packed up her youngest, and joined the Teenaged Attitude and myself to sit on a lumpy hillside and brave the mosquito population to sing our way through it.

#2 – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953 Twentieth Century Fox) 

I love Marilyn Monroe movies, and I love Jane Russell movies, so this one is toward the top of my list. I can watch this movie all day long, literally, and not tire of it. When the oldest was really little, she loved this move. She loved it so much, we did have to play it all day. Because of that, my first husband (who was a butcher at the time) would go into work singing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”. The other guys never let him live it down.😉

And, we are at….

#1 – White Christmas (1954 Paramount) 

Not only is this my favorite musical, it is also my most favorite Christmas movie of all time. A couple of years ago, a local movie theater did a one time only showing just before Christmas, so Miss PJ and I made the Teenaged Attitude go with us to see it. There weren’t many people there, and I think we were the youngest adults, as rest of the audience seemed to be grandparents with their younger grandchildren. But, I have watched this movie so much that the hubby groans when he sees it come out in every year in December. To me, it’s just not a good Christmas if I don’t get to watch it once a week, and on Christmas Eve. And, maybe Christmas day…. a couple of times. lol.

Again, this was really hard to pick just five movies from so many. Here is a sample of some of the others we watch on the regular, and these are not in any particular order: Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, Moulin Rouge, Rocky Horror Picture Show, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, Funny Face, The Little Mermaid, Meet Me in St. Louis, Sweeny Todd, Sleeping Beauty, Into the Woods, Pitch Perfect 1 & 2, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Roust About, Mama Mia, Evita, Hair Spray (new and old versions), Holiday Inn, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Victor/Victoria, and The Wizard of Oz. A couple of musicals that I feel I haven’t watched nearly enough of, and will be fixing that soon, is Oklahoma! and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Do you have any favorites that I missed? Are there any on my list that you love? Please comment and share, I would love to hear from you. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

Making progress… well, a little

Life has gotten kind of crazy, again, and it’s slowed down sewing progress, that’s for sure. On Saturday, I had a cooking class to teach, so that meant no progress in the sewing room. However, I did make it down there on Sunday. I jumped in to finish up my new set of Regency stays. I only had the outer layer left to sew together, and then I was able to put them all together. I have everything lined up and was ready to start the boning channels.


That’s where I hit a stumbling block. When cleaning and rearranging the sewing room, I know I cam across a bag full of the zip ties I use for boning, but now I can’t find it. I searched the room a couple of times over, found a few other things I was missing, but still no boning. I didn’t feel like running out to the hardware store right then, and decided that I still had stuff that I could work on to keep from losing precious sewing time. So, I pulled out the pre-washed, bleached muslin I had set aside for a new chemise, and got started.


A short time later, and I finally have a sleeveless Regency chemise. Yay! Now, I just need to make a run to the hardware store to get some new zip ties (and then I’ll find the bag I was looking for, never fails!) so I can finish the stays. Once the stays are done, I can finish my under dress and move on to the half robes. The only plans I have for this weekend is to go see Wicked with the Teenaged Attitude on Friday night, and then I’m hitting the sewing room for the rest of weekend. I am determined to get as much done as I can, just in case I have to help someone with their dress before the picnic.

In other news, some fabric I ordered awhile ago for Miss PJ, Miss Elma and myself finally arrived on Saturday!


There sits 20 yds of satin in each color. Miss PJ ordered the purple, Miss Elma ordered the silver, I ordered the green, and I got the black as a bonus. We will be making our new Victorian Late Bustle era gowns with all of this satin. I already have all of my patterns lined up, and will be starting on my set of black cotton undergarments, along with a new emerald green corset, after I’m done with my Regency sewing. I can’t wait to get started! Is anyone else working on, or getting ready to start a new Victorian costume? Please comment and share, or leave a link to your blog, as I just love seeing other’s beautiful costumes. Until next time… Happy Sewing!