Thursday, October 29

FUN NEW EXCITING THINGS, AND YET OH SO OLD . . .

It's time to have sooo much fun!!!
It's time to make dreams come true!!!
It's time to play dress ups!!!

When my girls were wee littles, we would frequently have tea parties.
As they grew, we continued to have tea parties with more and more frills and dress-up fancies.

I need to go on a little tangent here.  Back in the late 1990's, I discovered Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for the first time.  No, I did not read the book, I had 5 children at home and I didn't make time for reading (oops, another tangent!).  I watched this old black and white movie (1940's) on TV and loved it. 


 I didn't even know what the name of it was. When I found the name "Pride and Prejudice" I searched for more and discovered the 1995, 6-hour miniseries with the handsome Colin Firth version and watched it. I became a fan!



THEN (drum roll),  the 2005 Keira Knightley version came out and not only did I absolutely love it but my daughters loved it too.  My youngest daughter has watched the movie so many times she has the whole movie memorized.


We became obsessed with the Regency Era of Jane Austen and watched more movies based on her novels.

Over the last 10 years we have been gathering satin gloves, fans, parasols, and bonnets. I have also collected an assortment of tea party dishes (nothin' crazy, just a few).

 This year I brought it to a whole new level.  Starting in June I've been working on a new project. From age 9, I have been sewing and designing cloths. So, in June, I decided to combine my dream of the romantic life of Jane Austen with my practical sewing skills.  

Here are some of the results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today, as I look outside it is cold and rainy, just like any countryside in England.  Needless to say, we will be taking our herbal tea and crumpets in the drawing room, next to a warm fire.  Where are my servants, the fire needs to be stoked (actually, I'm the one who's stoked.  I'm so excited to go back 200 years to the genteel times of 1815 at Pemberly).
I have more empire waist dresses I plan to sew, more bonnets to make, little purses (or I found out they are called "reticules") to crochet, etc.  The fun has just begun!!!

9 comments:

  1. Wow! U r a wonderful mother I wish I could do all of dat I have the time,I'm starting to learn how to crochet.I watched ur u tube video.n lived it I understood it better than others,they went to fast.I will be buying everything I need dis wkend to start my first crochet ,wish me luck. Quick question wat number should I buy (meaning) the lol metal sticks w/hook.

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  2. I meant to say I luved the video I watch. I will b looking for more ,plz put more n thanks for the time u put n to teach ppl like myself. I luved the dresses u made,Beautiful! I'm still trying to learn how to see w a sewing machine.I bought one but it battery operated so it runs out fast.I still can't figure it out.I set everything up but I can't get the thread right on the bottom of the needle.I don't know if I'm doing it right I already broke one needle.so I stop n I bought a hand sewing machine n this one was easy but hard to hold n push button down while pulling w the other hand.I taking a break n gonna try crochet since I used to make bracelets ,key chains ,n necklaces w crosses. Sorry to bored u,but thanks again & good night

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  3. I meant to say I luved the video I watch. I will b looking for more ,plz put more n thanks for the time u put n to teach ppl like myself. I luved the dresses u made,Beautiful! I'm still trying to learn how to see w a sewing machine.I bought one but it battery operated so it runs out fast.I still can't figure it out.I set everything up but I can't get the thread right on the bottom of the needle.I don't know if I'm doing it right I already broke one needle.so I stop n I bought a hand sewing machine n this one was easy but hard to hold n push button down while pulling w the other hand.I taking a break n gonna try crochet since I used to make bracelets ,key chains ,n necklaces w crosses. Sorry to bored u,but thanks again & good night

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  4. Wow! U r a wonderful mother I wish I could do all of dat I have the time,I'm starting to learn how to crochet.I watched ur u tube video.n lived it I understood it better than others,they went to fast.I will be buying everything I need dis wkend to start my first crochet ,wish me luck. Quick question wat number should I buy (meaning) the lol metal sticks w/hook.

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  5. Hi Krystal,
    I hope you're enjoying learning how to crochet, and I hope you got my message about the hook sizes. If not, I suggested you use a size "G" or "H" hook to start with. Definitely don't use a smaller hook than that :)
    Yes, sewing can be frustrating sometimes, especially when the needles break!!!
    Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!
    Alyssa

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  6. Stunning work Alyssa. They are all beautiful, I am quite a fan of period costume and used to make my eldest daughter dresses when she was very young. More through necessity due to her petit stature.

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  8. Hi. I ordered your elf Christmas stocking crochet pattern but haven't heard anything back. I really need to get moving on these as I have quite a few I want to make. Don't mean to be a pest! Any idea when I might receive the PDF?

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