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Sundry Wonders Reactivated

Well, after an approximately 3 year hiatus, I’ve decided to start blogging here again.

Lately I have been sucked into the allure of VINTAGE STUFF.  And while I have yet to actually sew or knit a vintage item, I’m full of ideas and plans.  The time period that particularly interests me is World War 2.  It may have have something to do with the BBC show Wartime Farm.

The awesome thing about 1930s-40s style is that (unlike Civil War style) it is not so far out that I wouldn’t wear it for my “normal” wardrobe.

I invite you to come along as I figure out the kinks of blogging and vintage stuff (with some non-vintage stuff too).

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Chicklings Update

A 2 week old Black Australorp.

The chicks are growing so quickly, they turned 3 weeks old on the 16th.  My Mom and I took them outside for the first time a week ago.  They loved scratching around in the grass.  They laid down in the sun and stretched out their wings as if to say “Aaaah!”

The first outing.

 

Me and my sleepy chicken.

I took Chunky Buff out of the box and she settled right down on the grass.  Then she wanted to go back to her friends so I put her back.

These little, feathery fluffballs make me so happy!  No matter what horror stories people may tell you about poo and stink and pecking, chickens are great birds.

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The Chicks Are Here!

They arrived on Friday, as scheduled.  Two extras were added to our order, one of which died, so we have a total of 17 chicks.

They immediately went to scratch in the feed.

We’re using pine shavings for bedding, but for the first 2 days I put paper towels down so they wouldn’t confuse food with bedding.  When we first put them in the brooder we dipped their beaks in the water to teach them to drink.

A Buff Orpington chick taking a nip from the font.

They’re very well handled birds, as you can see.

My sister holding a sleeping chick.

We got one rooster, a Black Australorp.  His name is Gregory Peck.  As of tomorrow, they’ll be officially one week old.  Feathers are coming in one their wings, and just starting on their tails.  They’re so cute!  More pictures will certainly be posted as they grow.

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In Memoriam: My Squash Plant

I tore out my Early Golden Crookneck Squash plant today, it was dying of bacterial wilt.  The cucumber beetles caused it.  It’s war!

Massive leaves on my squash plant.

It was perfectly fine one morning, and an hour later it was totally wilted.  😦  I’m going to put beets and lettuce where it used to be.

On a happier note, the chicks are scheduled to arrive Friday.  Expect a post soon, with pictures!

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Completed Project: The Shawl

The shawl is finally done!  I finished yesterday but didn’t get any pictures taken until today.

The Shawl Sprawled

Does it seem funny to take pictures of a wool-blend shawl outside on a 90 degree day?

The Shawl Hanging on one of the Pin Oaks Outside

 I had fun posing the shawl outside.  It looks nicer draped with a green background than flat on the carpet.

My zinnias are blooming.  They grow quite tall, about 24″.  I really like them.

There's another orange flower to the right.

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My Posting Has Become Delinquent

Delinquentadj.

1.  failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense.
2.  (of an account, tax, debt, etc.) past due; overdue.
  I have not posted in over 2 weeks!  Worse, I haven’t even been working on any of the unfinished projects mentioned last post.  (Except one row on the shawl.)
  Why?  I can’t think of much to post and haven’t felt like writing.  (See Stephanie Ann’s post: I Don’t Feel Like Writing a Post…)
  That said, I do have a life, despite the doubts of some people, and lately my brain has been filled with thoughts of chickens.  We’ve been wanting laying hens for some time now and already have a coop; we just need to set up a spot for the chicks, get feed and bedding, etc.  The peeps will be coming in mid-July so stay tuned!

Shake It To The Left by Kim Newburg

  My parents and I went to a poultry swap and farmers’ market on Saturday.  I really enjoyed seeing all the birds (mostly exotics and show birds) and holding the chicks.  There were rabbit and goat sellers as well.  I held the most adorable Netherlands Dwarf bunny!  It was mostly white with brown markings, tiny and oh so soft!  (I’m a nut for cute, fluffy animals.)
  Random fact:  It takes 2 lbs of feed to produce 1 lb of chicken, as opposed to 20 lbs of feed to get 1 lb of beef.
Happy Summer!

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What’s Going On Here?

I haven’t posted much on the finished projects front, so here is a little conglomeration of things I’ve made this year.   Without further ado, my photos:

Felicity in her 1840s handsewn chemise.

On Felicity’s arm is a drawstring bag I made to control the hairpin chaos.  I sewed it entirely by hand and used thin crochet cotton for the drawstring.

The chemise took a while to make, especially since it’s the first real hand sewing I’ve done.  (In my opinion.)  The head opening is large because Felicity’s head is large.

Construction detail of underarm gusset and side gores.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  The seams are not finished and I used running stitch since Felicity probably won’t put a lot of wear and tear on her garments.

Total, the chemise probably used less than half a yard of white muslin.

Mr Bunny in his jacket. Please pardon the blaring orange background.

Next project, Mr Bunny’s jacket.  This is him in the muslin which turned out so well I decided to keep it for a summer jacket.  I think it looks like linen (although it’s really cotton).

I have some herringbone suiting in a pleasing brown that I intend to use for his next jacket.  Mr Bunny is only 6 3/4″ tall counting his ears, more like 4 1/2″ to the top of his head.  This makes his jackets very tiny so they must be sewn by hand.

I used bodice draping instructions (sort of) from The Dressmaker’s Guide by Elizabeth Stewart Clark.  I messed with it until it mostly fit although there’s still a slight surplus of fabric at the back.

Some construction pictures:

Pattern Pieces

Beginning of the mock-up.
The finished mock-up.

I think I made these back in February. My current project is a tucked petticoat that I’m hoping to finish it soon.  Speaking of which, I need to get working on the hem…

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