Posts tagged ‘Clothes’

January 25, 2012

Time Travel

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to travel back in time thanks to the Alafia River Rendezvous in Homeland, Florida.  The event is a pre 1840 representation of how fur trappers would gather once a year to trade.  This event is hosted annually by the Florida Frontiersmen.
Break time

For those of us who like period costumes, handmade crafts and the simplicity of days past, this is an event not to miss.  Be prepared to dress for the weather.  Closed shoes are a must.  The ground doesn’t have a lot of grass this time of the year and it can get pretty dirty.  I suggest sneakers as the camp is large and you will do a lot of walking.  I spent 2 hours at the site and didn’t even see half of the exhibit.  This year the weather was perfect and the skies provided a beautiful backdrop for pictures.
Trade area

When you first arrive, you are greated with folk music and then you realize you have just stepped into the 19th century.

Horse patrol

There is a market where you can eat buffalo burgers, elk chili and brunswick stew.  Artisans show their work and some even give demonstrations.


Here is the camp’s seamstress.  She’s known as the go to person for “time period” fashion advice.  Her shop has something for everyone.


Seamstress Shop

This is Laura Sylvester, a retired teacher from Kentucky who turned her love of history and textiles into lovely hand printed fabric.

Textile Artist

The fiber shop offered many yarns, threads and free weaving demonstrations.


I can’t wait for next year’s rendezvous. Now I know better to get there early so I have enough time to see all the sites. Who knows, maybe I’ll have my own period costume and can fit in with the crowd :)


March 30, 2010

Last Scarf of this Cold Season

I received my skein of free Country yarn from Caron.  Just in time for Easter.  I was beginning to think they wouldn’t send it to me after so many people asked for a skein on Facebook.  I have to say that I was not disappointed.  The color is a bright happy yellow.  It’s very soft with a slight sheen that makes it look elegant once it’s stitched into a piece.


I asked the Caron on Facebook for a pattern and Vickie Howell sent a link for a very cute scarf.  A little too frilly for a woman my age.  I decided to use Lion Brand Pattern #90114AD Glitzy Accent Scarf.  Once again I fall in love with Caron’s yarn, but I find Lion Brand has more “modern” patterns on their site.

January 19, 2010

Fighting Jack Frost

I have commited blogging sin by not posting for about 2 months.  I had family in and out of my home and they deserved my full attention.  I hope my followers understand and do the same when they have visitors.

Most of you know about the 3 weeks of cold weather in FL.  It caught me by surprise as I got rid of my winter clothes when I moved.  So now that the Holidays are over, it’s time to do some crafting for me.

FL Frost

I still refuse to wear a winter jacket in FL, but the above accesories can help me keep warm. I used Lion Brand Patterns: All Season Wristers #80703AD and North Pole Ruffle Scarf #90326AD.

Sorry Lion Brand, I didn’t use your yarn for theses projects. I love Homespun but couldn’t find the right color I wanted and the Sock-Ease colors are, dare I say, dull?!? I used Deborah Norville Serenity in Sapphire for the wristers and Caron Simply Soft Eco in Ocean for the scarf.

Bring it on Jack Frost…I’m ready for you now…I think…

December 20, 2009

An Apron for my Favorite Baker

I’ve been gone for a while. This project took me a little longer than expected. It’s nice to be able to make crafts your own with a couple of changes.


The apron intructions come from the Coats and Clark website. I didn’t add the crochet trim. Instead I embroidered cupcakes to the waistband before assembling the apron. I also used different fabric for the ties and pockets.


And now I must leave again. The Holidays are here and we all need to unplug and spend time with family and friends. It is the simplest way of bringing cheer to your life!

September 29, 2009

D1D Label

Ok. So the Holidays are aproaching fast and money is really tight. Plus I have a slight problem when it comes to crafting. If I don’t finish the project in one sitting…I usually never finish it. So I have been searching for projects that can be done in 1 day and can be given as a gift. Hence the new D1D label. All projects I finish in a day will have this label. Keep in mind they might be done faster or longer depending on your crafting skills.

This weekend was very productive. Besides finishing my sewing nook, I also made a couple of D1D crafts:


Dishcloths are quick and easy to make. Pair them with wooden cooking spoons and a rafia bow or package them up with handmade soap.   I used Lily’s Sugar and cream 100% cotton yarn for this one. There are plenty of patterns on their site.

Hats are great for friends and relatives who live up North.  I actually used one pattern for the Cloche that Purple Kitty posted at her site and the Brilliant flower pattern from Patons.   Sewing projects will be posted soon. Happy crafting!