Blue Collar, White Collar, Pink Collar

Several years back I made some mid eighteen sixti-ish work dresses for a textile museum in Connecticut. They were simple one-size-fits-all outfits for employees to wear. This was pretty exciting for me, my work being worn at a real museum! The dresses have also made an appearance at the Big E Fair which I understand is a fairly big fair.By now though, I’d mostly forgotten about these dresses but it turns out that their story has another chapter.

     They were used in a temporary exhibit on American work clothes from Colonial times through Present.


 And flanking the board…


Sure, not the most glamorous but I’m proud of where these little dresses have gone! There’s even a sign with my name on it.

For more information on the museum and the exhibit check out this link:


Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone! I may be a week late but I’ve been wonderfully busy sewing, writing, and refurnishing an antique sewing table (which I forgot to take pictures of so that will have to wait for another post).

I don’t put much stock into New Year’s resolutions but I do always make the same one: That this is the year I will publish. I’ve been saying it for years but that doesn’t wear me down, I feel closer than ever to publishing with my new writing project! You know, after I finish it, edit it, edit it, edit it, write a half way decent query and synopsis then edit everything again … But again this doesn’t discourage me, I know I’ll get there and I feel like I learned so much last year. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Christmas was a quiet affair, just the way my family likes it. We start our morning with stockings then a huge Scottish Breakfast, by the time we got to presents the morning was over!

Naughty list contenders.

Naughty list contenders.

I had picked out my present back in June; A Dixon Trad Low Whistle.

For those who aren’t familiar with tin whistles there are high whistles and low whistles, the low whistles being larger and of a lower octave. A Low D is the largest and lowest.

I vacillated for several months between a Low D and a Low G but finally picked the Low G. I’m really glad I did because even this smaller whistle is a bit of a challenge for my hands. I love the sound, this is my second Dixon Trad and they’re really great whistles for me.


Dixon Trad Low G Whistle

 Maybe next year I’ll move up to a Low D, once I’ve mastered this darn pipers grip!
Regarding guinea pigs, the babies will be three weeks old this friday but we’ve already separated the boy from his mother and sister. This is sadly necessary since he was starting to discovery his …maleness.
My little puffballs before they were sepperated.

My little puffballs before they were separated.

  Now that the Holidays are over I should be having some exciting things coming up! St. Patrick’s day is on the way which sets my heart to treble reelin’. A pirate fest is coming up at the end of this month which I hope to make an appearance at and in the meantime here is a sneak peek of my current project. 

Hope everyone’s year is off to a happy and productive start!