Calling Halloween a bust this year.

Yeah, I give up. I really enjoy dressing up in costumes and the like, but this year I can’t find ANYTHING to make the costume I wanted to wear. Nor can I afford to purchase one. We have no costume shops in the area I currently reside in. it is over 100 + miles to the nearest mall and that is not saying much because the nearest mall has a small Penny’s, Herbergers and lost their Kmart. The most you can hope for is western wear which is what everyone wears so it isn’t really a costume. I wanted to go as something other than the traditional witch, vampire, “sexy” what have you, or ghost. And my application of elf ears never works. So this year I am breaking tradition (and my heart) and not going to dress up. I will do a little decoration in the window, but it isn’t the same. For me this is the beginning of the end of my fun and so to the season I bid you an early ado and fond fair-thee-well. I mean why bother when no one else cares enough to at least try to make the day fun.

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Sewing memories

I am titling this due to the fact that sewing is not only a hobby, but it is a memory in the making. I found that sewing keeps one calm, and helps me recall what was happening when I started and ended the project. When my son was younger and my husband a ball of unwanted fire, I would take up needle and thread … yes, I sewed many of the projects by hand … and put together Irish costumes from the 14 to 1500’s. It would take me a week on the skirts since I had not only the sides, but the waist and hem to do. The over dress took me about three days as did the long leine (shirt). It was like being back in those days with no machinery. I enjoyed these projects because when either of my “Boys” got on my nerves, I counted on tearing out the seams constantly and resewing them. GREAT THERAPY! Mostly I sew costumes which I wear to Ren faires and SCA meets. I also started making men’s nightshirts, ladies nightgowns and other items.

I love it when my family tells me how warm or comfortable the clothes fit and I love that they wear them. I think sewing clothes is like sewing memories because it is the look on their faces which brings me pleasure and knowing that they are wearing them adds to my memories which I have built over the years.example one Irish dress leine leine 2

Alteryears is the best for this outfit. They use paper patterns, not that flimsy crap from Simplicity, McCall’s and the like.