Friday, November 20, 2015

In the Shop | Lothlorien Fall

I finally cracked down and made my first medieval design for the shop.  True, a while ago I did a Lady Galadriel Gown, but that was a self drafted pattern and it didn't come out as pleasing as this one has.

I used a mustard yellow linen blend and brown linen for lining the under sleeves.  I wanted the colors to speak of earth and late fall. 

I was very happy with the way it turned out and fit my Marie Grace perfectly.  It's definitely designed for the slimmer American Girls, but there's nothing like having a perfect fit.  Sometimes trying to accommodate the older chunkier dolls as well as the newer slimmer ones is a bonus, but you lose out on that tailored look.

The belt was simple, just some black cording and a bronze medallion that slipped right on.

Currently working on the Christmas gowns and will be getting them on soon.  Check out this gown in my Etsy shop by clicking here.

Have a lovely afternoon!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Home at Last!

   Lots of things have happened to me over the past couple months, but most importantly, I have come home.  Yes, finally and officially I have moved home.  Many of you may have not known I had moved out of the house over a year ago, but I did, last August.  *gasps from all the horrified stay at home daughters*  I will explain.  At the time, my family was moving back to Pennsylvania from Ohio, and instead of going with them I decided to stay in Ohio and pursue my education and experience as a living history interpreter at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, OH. I had been offered that job soon after I graduated high school, and considering almost all of the other staff were in their mid to late twenties and with college degrees, it was a huge opportunity. It was also a big decision for me.  As many of you know I have been a self proclaimed SAHD since I started this blog, and I believed I would stay that way until I got married.  But when those crossroads were put in my path, either going with my family or staying in Ohio, I gave it some thought.  Being a stay at home daughter is a great thing.  If God leads you to live a fruitful, enriching life at home with your parents then that is wonderful.  But suddenly I realized, it wasn't for me.  The growth and encouragement I experienced working at that job was huge for me, as was the experience of simply living on my own.  Of course I always had plans to move back home, but the experiences I had over that year and the lessons I learned will always stay with me.  What made me move back?  I felt that my time away from home was coming to a close, and I felt that God was telling me to begin the next chapter, and that began with moving back home.  It was just time.

    Now I am happily at home, working and saving and exploring a lot of creative outlets I hadn't had time for when working full time, a few of which would be my shop and blog.  I am in the heart of Civil War history, just a stone's throw from Gettysburg, which means lots of day trips on my days off!  I just got back from Europe (which will definitely be a post of it's own, or two).  Life is good.  I have been greatly blessed.  And yes, there is still that special man in my life.  However, details on that you will have to wait for.  But there is big news. :)

   Expect a post very soon on my adventures, starting in Rome. Have a lovely fall afternoon!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Off to Europe My Dears!

    I know you haven't heard from me in awhile and I do have a post up and coming with all the updates of where I've been and what I've been getting into.  However, I shall not be able to write for the next three weeks because I will be abroad.

    Yes.  At last.

    First to Rome, then Barcelona and Malaga, then I shall return on a cruise ship home.  Of course I will be photographing the entire trip so I will have lots to share when I return!

   If you follow me on Instgram (MissElizabeth95) I may post some pictures during the trip!  So be sure to go follow me.  Do it. You won't regret it.


Friday, September 18, 2015

In the Shop | Marianne's Ball Gown

    Hello again my friends! Just stopping by the blog again to first, invite you to like my new Facebook page for Pemberley Threads!  Stop by and let's rack up those likes. And two, I'm here to post some pictures of my latest creation: a ball gown for the younger Miss Dashwood. :)  Sense and Sensibility is one of my favorite Austen novels and this dress seemed to fit Marianne's personality perfectly.  Sweet, simple, but fiesty. 

I used a gold block printed cotton for the dress, and a sky blue and gold brocade for trim, inspired by the Indian saris so often used in fashion during the time the novel was released.   Saris were the perfect length to make a gown, so many were imported from India, hence the strong Indian influence on the fashions of the time. 

Included with the dress is a hair pin made of turquoise ribbon, crystal, and just a few black feathers, another high fashion ornament from the period.  

Your little Marianne Dashwood would love to go to the ball in London in a gown such as this! 

Now available in the shop here!

Have a lovely morning!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

In the Shop | Little Miss Bennet

I just finished this ensemble for the shop this week!  It is a sheer lined dress with Spencer jacket and bonnet.  Lots of hand sewing but it was worth the extra time.  I am very happy with it!

Hand sewn braid and embroidered edging with pearls

I took her to the steps of the local art institute to be photographed. Doesn't it look very Pemberly-ish?

Includes a separate chemisette that ties on under the arms.  All 100% cotton lace and a beautiful little brooch to match.

Stop by the shop to see it!  Click here for the listing.

Have a lovely afternoon!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

And Love Came Softly

    Sometimes two people fall in love at first sight, and sometimes they take years of detesting each other before they realize they really were meant to be.

    For me, love came softly.

    About a year and a half ago when I went on the pilgrimage to New York I met a certain fellow who introduced himself the first night of the trip.  Turns out, our families had been going to the same church for years but we had never actually formally met each other.  In fact my only memory I had of him was seeing his pudgy 8th grade self years ago when a bunch of my friends were hanging out behind our church.

    Well being at a boys boarding school for all of his high school years had changed him.  He was sweet, and funny, and had beautiful kind blue eyes.  The next night he sat me down and played some guitar for me, after we resolved a heated debate over whether Starbucks was better than Dunkin Donuts.   We agreed to disagree.

    When I returned from my trip, there was a friend request waiting for me on Facebook from guess who.  The proceeding weeks we talked online for hours, and saw each other on Sundays.  I still remember seeing him waiting patiently by the door when I came down the stairs from the choir loft after Mass. :)

    I told myself we were just friends, because I thought I was going to be moving away soon because of my dad's job and I didn't want to get emotionally attached.  But the weeks and months went by, and by an amazing turn of events, the Lord kept me here.  Turns out that sweet boy had been praying harder than I knew so that God wouldn't take me away from him.

   Once I knew I was staying here, I slowly realized I had fallen in love with him.  It sort of crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder.  He was perfect for me.  Though it came gradually for me, when he told me how he felt the first time we met, he said he fell in love with me right away.  That poor young man said "It was love at first sight for me, only I wasn't getting it back."  Well now he is, in great abundance.

   I really could not have asked for anyone better.  He and my dad have a good relationship, my mother loves him, and he has already become like an older brother to my siblings.  It's funny how this courtship is coming to be.  I always thought it would start with someone coming to my dad and asking to date me, and for me to get to know him that way.  But I like the way it turned out.  It's like we became wonderful friends first, then it blossomed into something so much more.  It all felt so natural.

   And yes, marriage is in the future. :)  We are going to wait until he is closer to graduating from college before getting married.  But when we do we plan on having a farm and raising as many children as God will give us.
And so goes the story of how I fell in love with Jonathan. 

   I am enjoying checking things off my bucket list every day with him, one of which was carving our initials into a tree.  He did that today on our morning hike at a nearby state park.  It was a gorgeous spring morning; we arrived just as the sun was rising.  There were little glowing green pieces of spring growth everywhere.

    The woods were quiet and smelled sweetly of damp earth.  We climbed to the top of a cliff and sat for a while listening to the river.  How I pine for springtime all winter long!  It has been so special enjoying my favorite season for the first time together with my soul mate. :)

    And that is the story of my courtship thus far.  Of course you will be hearing of my dear Jon very often on here as I recount our adventures.  Our next plans are to go see Cinderella in theaters!  I also am currently making him a civil war costume so he can take me to my events this season.  It is such a blessing to have a man who loves me for all of my weird and nerdy hobbies. :)

    Enjoy this wonderful spring season that the gracious Lord has given to us!

Lots of love

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Civil War "Housewife"

   My latest addition to my collection of historical accessories is this Civil War period sewing kit, called a "housewife".

   The housewife was a long piece of fabric with different hand sewing accessories included in pockets and such inside.

   I made a pocket for buttons and lace, and also a pocket for holding my bone thread winders.

    Also in my kit is a pair of period embroidery scissors and a few pieces of flannel for holding pins and sewing needles.

   I embroidered my initials on one of the pockets.  It was common for ladies to mark their clothing and accessories with their initials.

   After tucking all of the sewing tools away, it easily rolls up and is tied by a ribbon sewn to the back.

Also, the perks of working at a museum...... 
plenty of sites to photograph all of your projects on your lunch break. ;)

Have a lovely morning!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My First... Real... Valentines Day :)

I probably could have come up with a more creative title.  But I didn't want to just say Happy St. Valentines Day or Happy Singles Awareness Day because, well.....

I'm not single anymore.

God blessed me this past year with meeting the love of my life when I least expected it.

And now as I write I can smell my first bouquet of a dozen roses sitting here in my room.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

More pictures and details to come!

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Warm Welcome to the Newest Member of Our Family!

Today I would like to introduce Marie-Grace, my newest doll.  Some Christmas money allowed me to finally add my current favorite American Girl to my collection, and I have enjoyed her so much already, even though I haven't modeled her in any of my outfits yet!   I bought her brand new in the box from a sweet girl on Ebay who wanted her to go to a good home.  Needless to say she did eventually get here, after Fedex flew her out to Portland, Oregon and back because they got the address wrong. :)

     The thing I loved most about her is her hair.   The ringlets on the sides will be perfect for regency dresses and since the rest of it is long and straight I will be able to put it up in all sorts of historical dos.  I am very excited to start sewing!!

   Speaking of sewing, I am currently officially working on the spring collection for my shop, Pemberley Threads.  Things are looking a bit scarce right now but we do have a couple things left from the last collection.   This spring I have many high hopes and plans!!!  Since this is also the time of year I put together my plan for the year of which reenactments I would like to go to, plans for new costumes for my own wardrobe are also taking place so I am pretty much sewing every minute I am not at work!  So much tizzy!!   Oh, but it's a happy tizzy.

    Well I hope you are all having a lovely lovely morning!!!!  What are you all up to anyways?


Thursday, January 15, 2015

In Which I Return to the Blogging World

    At this point if you all haven't forgotten about me completely, you may be wondering what obscure end of the earth I ended up on, or what pirate ship took me prisoner and is whisking me across the seven seas, or perhaps just what I have been doing for the past six months?

    Since that wonderful weekend of the Jane Austen festival, life has been up and down with some big changes.  I will devote a paragraph or two to each.

    First, this past summer I landed my dream job.

   Dayton History has various living history sites around Dayton, the largest being Carillon Historical Park, where a collection of historic buildings have been brought to one beautiful park and have been brought to life by historical interpreters.  I had volunteered a few times for Dayton History over the past year.  Mostly I went for special events with my wheel in tow.  Then one day the manager of early settlement asked me if I would be interested in working there.   Of course I said yes, but I told her I didn't have any kind of college degree, and didn't have plans to get one, but she told me to send in my resume anyway.  So I did, and after I completely forgot I had even applied, an email popped into my inbox one fine day asking me in for an interview.  They said they liked my experience enough to hire me and wave the requirement of having a degree!


    One thing led to another and before I knew it I was going in three days a week to work in costume in whichever site I was assigned to.  I was ecstatic.  This job has been such a blessing to me, and it has really showed me that the Lord has a plan for all of us even if we don't see it right away.

    Of course once I began reenacting three days a week I realized I needed a few more staple dresses.  First came an 1860s visiting dress for working the Victorian teas we have at the civil war homestead.

     Please excuse the grainy mobile photos, and I know the background is awful but the playroom had the best lighting so....... you work with what you have!

      I used Past Patterns 1850-1860 Darted Bodice pattern for the jacket, and did the skirt with 5 yards and knife pleats.  I used black ribbon for the pagoda sleeves, and wore my under sleeves that my mother bought in Gettysburg for me.  Also with this outfit I like wearing my blue felt bonnet, and a nice pair of crochet gloves.

     Next on the list was an 1830s day dress for all of the tavern dinners we do, and also because most of the interpreting we do in early settlement at the park is 1830s.  If you didn't know, 1830s is the time period of Wives and Daughters.  Waistlines were beginning to lower, and skirts became much more full than the Regency dresses.

     The fabric I used for this dress was purchased in a shop in Gettysburg.  It's a lovely heavy cotton with cranberry and brown stripes.  The pattern was Sense and Sensibility's Romantic Era Dress pattern.

I wear a modesty piece in the neck for warmth and throw my brown wool shawl over it.
It is very comfortable and I just love the fabric!

    This job has been so much fun and such a huge learning experience for me.  I never see it as work at all.  Each day I get to do something different, whether it's working with a bunch of first graders teaching them to bake on a hearth, showing visitors around the park, attending special events in costume to help set the mood, helping with high teas at the homestead, cooking and playing fiddle for early nineteenth century dinners in the historic tavern, or helping behind the scenes to make the park a better place, each and every minute is a minute I won't ever forget.  You will definitely see many posts about what I have been up to at the park in the near future!

     And now for the project I was working on in the fall........ bridesmaid dresses!
     One of the daughters of a family who goes to our church was getting married in November and asked me if I would sew dresses for her eight bridesmaids.  Of course I said yes!  I haven't done a lot of formal wear so I knew this would be a good opportunity for me.

     So here you have.... more mobile photos!

    It was such fun working with these girls to make them all look beautiful for the wedding day!

There are still a couple more things I would like to share but I am going to save them for another post since this one is now so long already.   But now that I am done talking, I would love to hear from you!  What have you all been up to?  What projects are you working on?  What places have you visited?  How was your Christmas?  Do tell all!

Hope you have a lovely day!!

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