Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Life in January


 Well, lots has happened in just the few days of 2014. My professional photos of my blue Civil War gown are still being processed by my very particular cousin.
But I have some small tidbits and updates for you all now.

1. My Father started a new job the day after Christmas. A very much hoped for job-at a very much needed time! He is working for a native-owned computer company and has been bringing home gorgeous pieces of art!

2. After years of being out of dance, I have started back up. There was a lot of debate about what type of dance to begin again with-I considered a bunch of options and ended up back at my childhood dance studio.
I don't know if this dance phase will stick around,  but hopefully I will continue. It has been my express wish to start again for several years. 

3. I have started sewing earnest for my Etsy shop and began giving sewing lessons to kids I know.

4. The dog is pink again after months of being white. We are all happy she is back to normal. My Dad especially who is the one who always prefers her being pink. (we do use pet-safe dye by the way!)

5. My sister and I received a food dehydrator and I have been experimenting with apple crisps! 

6. Earl Grey has been my staple drink of choice ever since returning from the U.K.
Now I have described a wonderful twist!

7. After reading Jane Eyre, several histories of the Civil War in NM, various biographies and some interesting devotionals since November, I am on to a great book I found at our local library sale. A true-story of a lady home-steader . So charming and sweet.

8. Caroline got a new cloak.

9. I received a cookbook from my friend who wrote it for me! 
I am trying out new recipees and adding some of my old favorites.

What have you been up to this January?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ice Blue Civil War Dress Part 2

Some new photos of the dress as it was while I was working on it a few days ago...

 This update is the last you will see of the Ice Blue Civil War Ballgown until the profession photos are ready and sent to me!
My boy cousin Liam-who is a great photographer and owns an epic camera, and I went went out to the Bosque in down-town Albuquerque last week to have a photo-shoot.  
I really appreciate the fact that he offered to do this, as there is nothing worse to have awful photos  of an awesome dress that took tens of hours to make.
We spent 3 hours weeding through the barren brush, climbing over logs, and making our way to the Rio Grande to take pictures as the sun set. 
That was some serious climbing to do in a corset, hoop skirt and ball-gown.
We had an epic cousin-bonding session.
Liam is 20 and studies at UNM, but I think he will go on and become a professional photographer-regardless of whatever degree he gets, or doesn't get. He has natural talent.

 Onto the awful in-progress photos...
The dress you see here is more together than it was last time I updated you-but it is incomplete-because the bertha collar is not on it.
I have added so many details to this dress- you would not believe it!
It looks good here, but it looks better now that it is finished.

 I am really proud of how it turned out..the bodice had to be ripped apart after its completion-to be rebuilt-so the bodice you see here actually underwent a brutal murdering and reconstruction to reach this state!
I know this post doesn't go into sleeve close ups- (the sleeves gave me more trouble than the bodice!) or show my awesome hand-sewn eyelets-but it will have to do for the time being.