Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cape Weather

Yesterday we had record high temps, rain and tornado warnings. This weekend promises a frost warning and the return of Autumnal bliss just in time for Halloween!
It is almost cape-wearing weather - a few I've made over the years.
One of my most complex and favorites made this January, worn to the Waterhouse Exhibit in Montreal. Heavy wool with lace embellishment and a very large clasp!

Back view of the Kinsale hood.
the mighty clasp!
Made from a practical faux suede for "everyday" forest walks. Finished this year.
I call this my Greyfriars cape because I wore it on a winter trip to Edinburgh, so it was dragged up many a stone stairs and a haunted Close or two. Wet wool has a very distinctive smell!
Black velvet cape I made in the mid-1990s, recently found "hidden" in my cedar closet.
This was a flea market find, I love the patina. I'd guess originally used for a belt closure.

This one was inspired by BBC's Robin Hood series and also used in Lisa Stock's beautiful movie, Brother & Sister.

Friday, October 22, 2010

LOLcats - historical edition

How did I not know that LOLcats had expanded?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fine Fabric Finds

I'm not usually a Walmart shopper, but sometimes one gets lucky. I found this pre-elasticized fabric that almost made itself into this fanciful skirt.  Here, I've paired it with a lace edged underskirt, a thrifted velveteen jacket that I bought in 1986 for $3! Antique buttons added and the shattered lining was replaced; it remains one of my favorite articles of clothing.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Lovely costume worn by Olive Fremstad in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

my Etsy

How long have I promised to do this? Finally putting my little bags out there and have made an Etsy shop. I'll have my nose to the sewing machine this weekend.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Owl Guardians

Gifted to me by thoughtful friend, Linda, this little owl stands guard on a little box holding one's deepest desires.
from Gaelsong

Guardians of the animated sort that I hope to see this week.

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Celebration

To celebrate October - probably my favorite month other than May - I'm going to post on the theme of owls. Today's offering is a pair of wooden figures recently found in a thrift store for $1.