Friday, August 29, 2014

Bloomers Photo Shoot - Behind the Scenes

So many moons ago I had a small pop up shoppe at a few local historial shows.
My booth was "Madame Fifi's Froufrous" and we sold bloomers, parasols, fans, etc.

 I have had these bloomers kicking around for awhile begging to be put up on Etsy.
 And so today, I did!

Mini photoshoot in my kitchen; here's some Behind-The-Scenes sillyness for your Friday.
 (The whole time I was thinking...gee I hope no neighbours can see in through my windows watching me trying to do silly things whilst photo-taking, in my kitchen this morning. ) 
Then I realized this would be a funny blog post, so I'm sharing it.
But I still hope my neighbours weren't peeking!

 I started off by just trying to hang them on hangers and get decent shots.

As you can see, it wasn't really getting the results I wanted.
So, THEN I thought; I'll put them on to really show their shape, and use the mirror in the hallway to get a photo.

Yes. Sigh> That's my belly.

And so THAT didn't work. So then..... I got to thinking. The mirror idea was valid; but I'd need good lighting, a simple backdrop......and inspiration hit. 
I dragged the huge hall mirror out into the brightly morning-lit kitchen.
I hung a sheet off our shelf; propped the hall mirror against the kitchen table; under the skylight and VOILA! Instant photo studio. Laugh.

 The first few shots still weren't what i was looking for. They were missing something....then I had my AHA moment. I ran down to the basement and dragged out one of my pirate skirts. Then I raced upstairs to drag out my granny boots and white tights.  And looked exactly how I wanted it to look.

So enjoy.... here are some shots of the work in progress.

Super flattering full shot (ACK) .Here's my rig as it appearing in the mirror!

OOOps! Can't balance and take photos.

Non-Flattering BEHIND the scenes. Laugh.

Gettin' my good side...heheheh.....stretch....

Vamp wasn't sure what was going on but I was blocking her view of outside.

But, the mirror made an okay cheek scratcher so.....

Muffin watching me thinking "what is she up to now..."

Please don't fall on me ...she seemed to say

Realized I didn't have to balance if I rested my foot on a chair. Duh. Muffin was *right* under me the entire time.
Full length!

 So that's that!! My bloomers are up and online at my Etsy shop. Perfect for Cosplay, Renfests, Steampunk, you name it!! AND they're all under $40. Plus I can do custom black or white ones for you. Keep your eyes peeled, I will be working on more as the fancy hits!!

It's Labour Day weekend, so I'll be off for a while. What're you up to this weekend?? Leave a comment, I'd love to know.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

#wipwednesday in photos

 Big pile o bloomers to be photographed and added to my Etsy page. Perfect for Reenactors, Rennies, theatre and more!

'Shattered' blocks, in progress. More on these later.

String quilt all put together, just needs borders and ...everything else. Lol.

What are you working on today?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wait....where did Summer Go???? Warning; lots of photos!

SO I've been off work for two months now. 
And at first, while scary, I was super excited to be able to actually get work done, finish off my UFOs, fix up stuff around the house, and above all, CLEAN up and out my sewing room.
(And I'm not gonna lie. Having the summer off?? This is the stuff dreams are made of.)
Garden Shed before Painting
 I had a long list of Things To Do.
This is my tiny but mighty back yard. All Primed up.
 Repaint the Garden Shed??

All done, painted nicely & clean looking. And lookit all dem birds!

Learn how to use my new zoom lens.
Flowerbeds at Chingacousy Park, Brampton.


Spend quality weekend time with Mr. J & Family

The family cottage is up on Lake Huron, in a small but gorgeous
town - Grand Bend, ON.
Mr. J is camera-shy.

Having Weekends off has been an absolute treat.

We hiked up the Niagara Escarpment. Wow. Stunning.

On top of the world!

Met a new friend!

We even went to the Zoo!

Baby Humphrey; the Polar Bear.

I love the otters.

Optical illusion!!!



Nice kitty.....biiiiiig teeth
And I spent countless hours watching the birds out our back window...including watching the Blue Jays & Robins fledge, AND we even had a very rare Albino Sparrow visit.
Our Albino Sparrow with friends.

Fledgling Blue Jays; family of Four. Learning how to balance!

Sparrows got it all down.

Albino sparrow with fledgemates

All in all; it's been a great summer.
Checked off a lot of things to do on my list. Getting the house tidied, mouse-proofing our back mudroom. Painting the shed; making lots of yummy food with fresh summer veggies, cleaning, organizing....and mostly, getting back in touch with Myself again. I kinda felt like I'd sold out to the Man for a bit too long. It's been great to just sit quietly with no real demands.
And yes, I sewed and sewed and sewed away. It's been great - I haven't had the drive or desire to sew in months so catching up has been wonderful. I've cleaned up my sewing space and organized by colours. Now I'm going thru my stash and trying to stashbust by working on scrap & string quilts....not too bad! Still lots to do, though. Isn't there always?!

How about you? What're you working on this week? What'd you do on your summer vacation?

This Week: 
Working on: String Quilts/Stashbusting
Quilting & sending a Surprise BDay gift for a good pal
Cooking: Stuffed Pasta shells with spinach, cheese & sausage; some to eat some to freeze

Listening to: Jukebox Oldies -50's & 60's music

Watching; Austenland (again!), Emma, The White Queen

Reading: Finished "The Red Queen" started "Austenland"

Misc: Sending out Resumes to Agents!