Thursday, February 28, 2013

Time for another jewelry round-up

I scored two more Maggie Victorian name pins off ebay, coincidentally off the same seller:

I really like the first one - it's different than anything else I have. It's actually really small and pretty, and I was really pleased with it.  Pics are from the ebay auctions.

I got this paste silver heart a little while ago from one of my favorite sellers, Mary Fine. It's really pretty and I wear it a lot.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Another muff cover

I made another one - this one out of a piece of slubby blue dupioni I had.  It's too slubby to do much with, but I thought I'd try a muff cover with it.  On this one I used real pearls, and more flat sequins. Silver this time.  Plus some small flowers and blue silk ribbon.  Everything came from the stash, except the portrait, which was printed at Spoonflower on silk.

I once again followed Katherine's directions - you can see links on my original muff/cover page:

Monday, February 18, 2013

A muff and cover

Katherine put together these awesome tutorials and I followed them to make my own muff and cover.  I have to say that making the covers is pretty satisfying since you can make them relatively quickly.

Like Katherine, I uploaded a portrait to Spoonflower and had it printed on silk.  I actually was able to have the portrait tile so that I was able to get more than one on a single test swatch.

This project was also great because I managed to use things from my stash, which included muslin, cotton batting I had leftover (and I had to pull it all apart because it was flat and not the loose stuff), cream dupioni, flat gold sequins, and cream silk satin ribbon. 

The portrait I used is one of my favorite portraits, "Portrait of Mrs Russell nee Cox 1781" by John Smart. (Larger version and more detail here.)

Here are Katherine's tutorial links:

Muff base:
Muff Cover:
Decorating the Cover:

And here's how mine turned out. It's not perfect, but I like it! And I want to do another!

I actually later upgraded to one of The Lady Detalle's muffs, because she makes really down ones for a totally reasonable price, especially for the amount of work they take to make. It's way nicer than my polyfilled one!

For my own future reference, this muff cover is 13.5"x 25".

The cover before decoration:

Monday, February 4, 2013

Regency Card Party, post 2

Here are a few more Card Party photos!

These are Gloria's. Here's us with Kat and Adrienne.

Mike and I (and Kat) playing cards:

Chatting with Kat!

And now Kat's photo of us in the mirror together:
Kat's pic

My mom's new open robe:

My outfit:

And a few more from my Mom that I Instagrammed:
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Regency Card Party, part 1

I've been out almost all day yesterday (with the parents and at a Superbowl party) and am so behind. I see a whole bunch of people posted pics from the card party, but I will have to look at them later!

I wanted to put up the pics I took, but I'll probably have another post tomorrow with some pics from my Mom's camera that I didn't have time to look at yet.

Anyway, Jenny-Rose threw a lovely card party with period food and I had so much fun seeing everyone, taking Kat around the party on a laptop via Facetime, and meeting new people! (Hey Kristin and Jessica, I remembered your names!) (I'm terrible at remember names.) :-)

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Two tables played whist (like Hearts with partners) and one played Speculation:
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More whist players:
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My mom in her new open robe:
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My whist partner, Jessica:
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Me and Kat - she "played" whist with us for a while and then we took her on a tour of Jenny-Rose's new sewing room. You can almost make out my little moon/arrow regency comb!
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So, more pics to come when I go through the others!