Mystery Costume

As predicted, some last minute costumes fell on my lap, this one’s for my friend. Anyone want to guess who she’s being?

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New Family Members

Introducing the two newest addition to our large family!

Meet Tallie and Meatlug (Meala)

Tallie is a Sulcata Tortoise and she’s the size of a small dog. All of our turtles are named after racetracks from the Nascar circuit so Tallie is short for Talladega. So far she’d proven very useful in keeping our lawn trimmed, since grasses make up the majority of a Sulctata’s diet we may never have to mow again!


Our actual dogs aren’t quite sure what to make of the new addition. Luckily, they’ve been raised around other animals and they quickly grew used to the large turtle wandering sedately around the house.


And this is Meatlug, a hairless guinea pig!

Isn’t she precious? This picture was taken right after she arrived and she was a little nervous, she’s since settled in and become quite demanding. Good thing I’m a professional Guinea pig spoiler.


We always pick a theme for animals and since my other Guinea pig is named Hiccup (from How To Train Your Dragon)  I always said that if I had a girl pig I would name her Astrid.

Well, I didn’t anticipate having a little girl who looks like an unearthed potato! She definitely has her own unique brand of adorable but … Astrid she’s not. Hence, Meatlug, the only female HTTYD character that she in anyway resembled. I’ve taken to calling her Meala, which I think suits my cute little potato better.

Our corgi made friends with Meala immediately. When we had to put her cage on the floor briefly, Moxie parked herself next to it and hung out with her new buddy. Meala seemed equally interested in the dog. At one point they were nose to nose, we tried to take a picture but, as soon as the camera came out, Meala did her best to thwart us and disappeared. Moxie, however, smiled for the camera.

Best Friends

Best Friends

 Please note that we do not go searching for exotic pets, we merely open our hearts and home to those in need of one. Always remember, the more exotic an animal the more intensive the care.

American Duchess Giveaway

American Duchess is pretty well known in the costuming circle but if you don’t know of their work they make gorgeous replicas of many different types of historical shoes. I’m not really a shoe girl but their work makes me want to whip out my bank card. Unfortunately like most people I live on a budget and thus far I haven’t been able to justify a purchase. However, American Duchess is running a contest right now for their Virginia Renaissance Shoes allowing everyone the chance to win a pair!

Go- bid, browse, buy.

I’m down to the last week of sewing here but I’ll be back shortly with a surprise!

Georgian Pirate Gown

My pile of unfinished costumes is still way too big for comfort but I’m sewing steadily on and I can cross something else off of my list. This costume is for my mother to wear to the the Haunted Pirate Fest in Boynton. She will wear this on the second day.

Here’s the mock up of the bodice. For some reason the mock up struck me as really cute, now I’m hoping I have enough left to do some sort of Victorian Christmas bustle dress.


The under garments: Full cotton skirt and shirt with appropriate pirate-esqe lace at the cuffs.


And the full gown with optional over skirt.


Obviously you are all smart enough to realize that the blue ribbon lacing up part of the bodice is temporary.

I want to bustle the skirt like the Georgian Robe a la Polonaise but I hit a bit of a SNAFU with this part. The skull fabric has a definite right way up, and I didn’t have enough of the fabric left to make it very full – or I did but the skulls would have been upside down. GRRRR. Also, the fabric just refuses to drap nicely when I bustle it. Ergo, we are not friends and I want to do away with ithe over skirt. We’ll see.


Welcome to the Manor

I know it’s been quiet here, but you’re going to have to be patient a little longer! Halloween is looming and I’m a little behind my sewing. It doesn’t help that I keep changing my mind about what to make AND I got hit with a bad case of Costumer’s A.D.D.

I did find the time to transform the house, though. These will have to do until I finish some costumes and find the time to post them!

We’re not completely done but it’s a good start!

Welcome To The Manor

Welcome To The Manor

Do come in ...

Do come in …



Thanks for looking! I’ll be back soon, I promise!