Well, we are back from our weekend at Fort Ticonderoga. We had so much fun. Here is a picture of myself and baby wearing our eighteenth century costumes. We are sitting next to her grandfather's forge. Baby got so many compliments on it, that it made all the hard work worth it. There were so many pretty things for sale, but I practiced much self control, and managed not to come home with too much. It was a struggle though. I had to work again today. I think business is picking up a little. I guess that is good, but that means I will have to work more. Thats all for now.
I Had to work today. Didn't get to drive the nice truck, but it was at least a short day. Tomorrow we leave for Ticonderoga. I will have to finish up the handwork in the car on the way. I will post pictures of the event and our costumes when I get back. We get back on Sunday night, and I should be able to get pictures up no later than Tuesday, hopefully. Next week is shaping up to be pretty busy as well.
I don't know what it is about us re-enactors but we all seem to be really shortsighted. It seems that the week before an event we all decide we need new costume pieces, and therefore are sewing like mad up until the last minute. (and when I say last minute, I mean LAST minute) It is not just me either. I know many people who have been caught doing this.
Today at work, I think I made a poor driver feel insecure in his "man-hood". I drive a 22 wheeler tanker vehicle and deliver gas to gas stations. The little oil trucks, like the kind that come to your house we refer to in the business as "peddle trucks" (the peddle from door to door) Well, I was talking to a peddle truck driver down where we fill our trucks up (we call them the racks) and I couldn't see if there was still another peddle truck under the rack, so I asked the driver I was chatting with if he could see if the little truck had moved out yet. That poor guy immediately started justifying why he drove a little truck himself and why he liked it. (something about weight lifting and getting into shape...) I just don't understand why some guys think they have something to prove by the size of their truck. Maybe it is just that "boys and their toys" thing. I mean, I like trucks and all, and the bigger the better, but if I can't drive the biggest and best of them, I don't feel a lesser person for that. Ah well, I guess I shouldn't over analyze it. One would think I should be used to it by now.
I must get to bed now, for I have a full day ahead of me. So until I come home again, that's all for now.
Well, I sewed all day today. Our eighteenth century costumes are almost done. Two adult petticoats, one adult gown, one baby gown, a baby cap, and a baby shift. That is a lot for a few days. I hope I don't have to work tomorrow, because that will give me a little much needed extra time. But for now to bed...
I had to work today, and it was a longish one-10 hours. The good news, is that I got to drive one of my company's brand new trucks. They have just barely 50,000 miles on them. That's nothing for a big rig. I had some much fun with it. They are 2009 long nosed Kentworths with a lot of chrome. A really nice looking truck. Drives like a sports car. The top of the hood is so tall, I can barely reach it. Must be over six feet. Things went kinda smoothe, but I lost an hour loading up cause they decided to shut the place down to upgrade their computers. Oh, well. Delays just don't jive with the trucker mindset, which is go, go, go. Tomorrow it is back to work on the eighteenth century clothing. I am very close to being done! Thats all for now.
Well, I have got a fair amount accomplished today. I spent most of the day working on prototype number one of my newest idea. I am getting excited about it. After that I finished working on and photographing these two preemie sized hats to be donated to a neonatal intensive care unit.
Hats are very important for premature babies as they help keep their body heat. They are also, I am told, the one personal thing these infants are allowed to have with them. These particular hats that I did are made with alpaca, and of course, lots of love. Alpaca is very very soft. I really enjoyed knitting them, knowing that I was helping out.
Tomorrow I must get back to work on my eighteenth century costume. The gown is almost done. It is so pretty. All it needs is hemming, which I cannot do until I make my two petticoats. I also have to make a stomacher as well. I cannot wait until we go to the event at Ticonderoga next weekend.
Here is the new fabric I bought yesterday. It is so yummy! I cannot wait to start sewing with it!
The blue is linen and the stripe is a really high quality cotton twill. They will be used as part of my eighteenth century costume. The print is cotton, and that is for my latest idea that I am working on. I am very excited about it. I hope to have it rolled out no later than early July.
Today baby, hubby, and I are off to the tool store. It is three floors of floor to ceiling old tools. A wonderful place that you can easily spend half a day wandering through. Across the street from the tool shop is a t-shirt store. They sell beautiful nature themed screen printed t-shirts, and they use only water-based inks. They sell their seconds for only five dollars each. You can see all the beautiful prints they make here. http://www.libertygraphicstshirts.com/
I am almost done with my gown. Now its off to the fabric store to get some stuff for the finishing touches. I can't wait! Also have to do other less interesting errands like grocery store and post office, but I guess that is life. Baby is up a raring to go, so we're off!
Well, I am sooooo excited. I have been working all day on an eighteenth century gown. I have a reenactment to go to in two weeks and none of my clothes fit anymore. (Something to do with having a baby...) So with some help from my wonderful mother in law I am now about half way done. When it is finished, I will be sure to post pictures.
My mother in law is an expert on all things eighteenth century. Especially clothing and textiles. If you are interested in these things, you can go to her website http://www.pinetreeshilling.com/ She also has a wonderful quarterly publication.
Well, I have got some lofty goals today...we'll see what happens. But for now a story. I was delivering gas to a customer late one night. These kids pulled on to fill up (it was a Friday or a Saturday) and the finish up. The pull out directly on top of one of my bright orange traffic cones. They were in line to hit another, and cause worse damage so I went running to them to point out the next cone. The kid looks at me ad says, "you should have put a cone out" and I said "what do you think you just ran over?" Sometimes you just have to wonder a little about people...
Well, I had to work yesterday. Not what I really wanted to do...My truck got stopped and inspected, but I got off pretty easy on that. I still lost over an hour of time. Oh well. Still working on those booties. must get them done soon.
I have finally got my first sale shipped today. It was a custom item and it was so much fun to make. You can see it here http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=16183046 I have to admit I am excited and a bit proud. I am working on a pair of reversible silk baby booties. I think they will come out really well. Hopefully they will be finished within the next couple of days. I will post them here as well, when I am done. Thats all for now.
I am a new mother and a part time truck driver. Reconciling these two aspects of my life sure can be something. I also am starting an online store of hand sewn accessories. Please visit it at thefiddlintrucker.etsy.com