November Reflections

From Hoods to Holidays, November was packed.

At the beginning of the month, I was focused on the launch of two new winter hood patterns: The Wadded Hood Workbook and The Princess Capote Directions.

I was also focused on holiday shop offerings, both historical and whimsical. I am super excited that all but one of my gift filled pockets sold out so quickly. I am completely smitten with my wool cats.

Each weekend of November, I shared a crafty video over on Don’t Paint the Cat for a A Little Whimsy for the Holidays series. Check those out here.

The weekend before Thanksgiving, I left the 21st century behind for a weekend of 19th century Preparing for Winter. I had a great time talking with visitors about winter clothes.

I was delighted to find, to finally find, the edition of St Nicholas’s Magazine I had been trying to find at a price I could afford. It came just in time for December’s programs. Video

This brings us to looking ahead to December. It has been a while, a long while, since I’ve had a month scheduled this busy. I have the mundane things of getting new glasses, various appointments, and getting the heating /cooling system for the car flushed. Heat is a necessity in NY. I have the seasonal festivities of community parties. I have three weekends of Yuletide Open House where I will be talking about handmade gifts. Oh, and I have work too.

Published in: on November 29, 2021 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  

4th Hat of the Week

And this brings my recess week to a close.

This fashionable cream straw hat will make a wonderful gift this season. It has the popular tapered crown and shaped brim. The topof the crown has a vining ring.

This crown measures 21″ around the inside for an average size head.

Note: this white/cream straw has a yellow hue as the natural straw comes through the white. The crown is slightly more yellow than the brim.

Published in: on November 28, 2021 at 8:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Holiday Sale

Save 10% Friday & Saturday on Holiday Items

Millinery & Digital items excluded

Published in: on November 26, 2021 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Third hat of the week

Happy Thanksgiving!

The third hat of the week is now in my Etsy shop. This is the favorite fashionable tapered crown in green.

I am running a little behind where I wanted to be this week. I was basically out of it most of Tuesday. I am hoping to get at least one more hat finished for you this week. I do have to finish some special request Clara’s Friends and I have some videos I want to record. Oh, and I will be enjoying some holiday chocolate pie.

Published in: on November 25, 2021 at 11:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Will You Become a Patreon Patron?

When it was first recommended I start a Patreon account I was hesitant. Very hesitant. How could I ask people for money? Who would want to pay money when I’ve been posting for free for years?

As it turns out, I’ve had a lovely little group of loyal Patrons for the past year to year and a half. Their support brings me joy and much relief.

In the past year, with the funds from Patreon I have paid for my WordPress platform and domains, WeVideo video editing, and a new document camera.

In the coming year, I anticipate my budget getting even tighter as costs go up on nearly all the basics. I hope to be able to continue researching, developing presentations and interpretations, writing, and offering videos. To do this, I need your help keeping the lights on so to speak.

If you are able, please consider supporting me on Patreon:

Published in: on November 24, 2021 at 6:46 pm  Comments (2)  

2nd Hat of the Week

The second hat of the week is now available in my Etsy shop. It is a green tapered crown with black stripes on the brim.

I am working on number 3. But, I really need a nap.

Holiday Sale: Friday and Saturday receive 10% off holiday items. Millinery and publications excluded.

Published in: on November 23, 2021 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Timely Unboxing

Published in: on November 22, 2021 at 3:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Shop Additions

I just added the first of this week’s hats to the shop. This is the fashionable tapered crown with shapped brim. (I am currently working on a green hat. I hope to get two or three made this week for you.)

I also added two pocket options for the last Gift Filled Pocket. You can now choose between the green pocket or a blue pocket or a dark rosey pink pocket.

Published in: on November 22, 2021 at 8:28 am  Leave a Comment  

“Preparing for Winter” – Winter Hoods

I took a quick video of this weekend’s display of winter accessories, including a sampling of winter hoods.

Also, this weekend’s Holiday Whimsy  video shows how to make two gift card holder pockets.

Published in: on November 20, 2021 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

What do I Give My Reenactor or Interpreter for the Holidays???

Years ago, my What Do I Get My Wife for Christmas post was a big hit. Actually,  it got spike in views for years after writing it.

Time for an update!

There are some great craftspeople creating wonderful items to give as gifts. This is a short list of some of my favorites. I am trying to include newest products or at least new to me. Each (non-consumable) item I’ve included is well researched by the makers and made to last.

Fits in a Stocking (under $30)

Reproduction Handkerchiefs based on originals from the Susan Greene collection at GCVM available exclusively from Burnley & Trowbridge. I literally squeeled and jumped out of my chair when I saw these beautiful pieces announced. B&T added these 3 new handkerchiefs, each suitable for a different span of decades to their already excellent line of handkerchiefs. 

How about a little gift that is super useful? The Reproduction Safety Pins from Wicked Stepsister is just the gift for the later Victorian reenactor or interpreter.

I am late on the up-take with this next one.i finally tried LBCC Historical Apothecary‘s products this summer. They instantly won me over. They offer period cosmetics and fragrances. They detail their offerings with era and ingredients.

Tea can be a favorite gift for some. In recent years, there has been an increase in small shops offering loose tea. Most offer an assortment of period correct varieties. I pick my tea up from TeaLicious Trendz. You may have a shop local to you. (ps – Tea ships well because it is light weight.)

I wasn’t going to include anything from a previous list. But, I love Delp’s silk stockings too much not to recommend them. Their silk stockings are a great gift idea. They come plain and clocked, in a few different colors. Blue has been on my personal wishlist. I find them to be an excellent summer stocking, staying comfortable all day. They fit comfortably on my 18 inch calves. (ps – I also recommend several of their other stockings.  Their speckled blue/white ones used to fit my mountain of a Dad.)

Wraps up nice

Family Heirloom Weavers Fabrics available through the Button Baron. I’ve been swooning over these fabrics for months. Each one is based on an original textile or garment. The wider width means you only need 5 yards (6 to be extra safe) for a dress length. A single yard will make an apron or a sunbonnet.

SJ Pottery. I’ve become a big fan of this potter over tha last couple years. (It takes a lot to distract me from my fabulous local potters who I also highly recommend. Find the GCVM pottery in the Flint Hill Store..)

Do you have someone who likes to bake? I stumbled onto SR White Carver when looking for a friend. These are handmade cookie molds. How cool is that? (I have not yet personally bought from this artisan. GCVM also offers beautiful Springerle molds in their Flint Hill Store.)

Shaker, or Shaker style boxes are useful for holding sewing tools, hair pins, or even jewelry on the go. They come in many sizes from a couple inches to about the size of a serving bowl. While I get my personal Shaker style boxes from a local artisan, here are two online options to choose from: the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and C Mack Shaker Box. (PS – You can put more gifts inside when you wrap this one.)

There May Be Tears

Looking for a drool worthy gift for the late 18th to early 19th century? Check out the millinery offerings of Kitty Calash. Her work is excellent with high attention to accuracy.

Beth Miller Hall’s Reproduction Gutta Percha and More. Beth is recreating a fine selection of broaches, earrings, necklaces, and even haircombs to mimic gutta percha, horn, and bog oak. Her pieces are thoroughly researched and carefully crafted.

May I selfishly recommend one of my own Gift Filled Pockets or Filled Sewing Pockets? While most of the gift filled tie on pockets are sold out, I do have two left at this writing and am working on making some additional sewing work pockets.  Either of these can be a very useful gift, being used again and again throughout the years.

I am having a difficult time deciding whether to recommend a reproduction Jenny Lind Fan or a knit purse from Ruede La Paux Repros. So, I will recommend both. These are both detail pieces, amplifying an impression. Either will make a delightful gift.

What’s in My Etsy Shop?

I have an assortment of select items in my shop this year., including Gift Filled Pockets, Pen-Wipers, and sewing accessories. I will be adding a limited number of straw millinery during Thanksgiving week (as I complete each piece.)

Please remember to order early. This increases the likelihood of safe and timely shipping. It also helps the artisan or craftsperson you are ordering from. ❄

Published in: on November 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm  Leave a Comment