Saturday, October 8, 2016

2016 Christmas Project!

I am going to sign up for decorating the Sunroom/Sewing Room at Ardenwood.  Cathy is going to help me and she already has lots of ideas.  We always work well together on these planning projects.

The room looks like this currently:

I am seriously thinking of "sort of" reproducing this dress ......

It is a 1900 House of Worth Ball Gown.

It will be fitted to this 1900 dress form.

I bought this fabric just on a whim several years ago.  It is peacock colors sort of metallic irridescent.

Think I can do it?  Good thoughts, please!

These are the measurements of the dress form:
neck      15.5
bust       36.25
waist     30
hips       47

bust to shoulder     9.5
waist to bust         6.5
shoulder to floor   53
waist to floor        37.5

There is a lot of beading to time may be an issue.  Know what I will be doing evenings and rainy days...if it ever rains this winter.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Latest Ardenwood Tea!

The Tea was held last weekend!  We were just going into a small heat wave, so it was a bit warm but not bad under the tents.

Some of the pictures:

 Can you believe these beautiful paper dolls that greeted our guests!

Carol Pike, of all the talents, made these!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Back to Painting!

When my Aunt Edna was really going down as far as her dementia was concerned I came to a point where painting wasn't relaxing and fun.   I always felt there was something else I should be doing.

I have decided to take up the brush again after about 4 years.

I have started with doing some studies of other paintings to see where I am at after all this time.  I unfortunately could not find some of the artist's names where the paintings were displayed.

So, these are my studies while I am trying to get back in the grove:
This is my study from Kathleen Dumphy's.  She is a wonderful artist.

I don't know the artist that did the original of this.

This is from a photo taken by Simone Archer of Newark, CA.  It is of a rock we all love in Pacific Grove, CA.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Looky who is new to the family!

This is Rouen, my newest grand-dog.  And my daughter, Cathy, is a new mommy.  The whole family is enjoying this little ball of fluff.  He is a Coton de Tulear.  He is so sweet.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Still thinking of France and other trips

I enjoyed our visit to France so much and am still catching myself thinking about different aspects of it.

I was thinking of the beautiful red Flanders Poppies and what they represent.  They are so beautiful sprinkled around the countryside of France.  The girls called them the War Poppies.  I bought some seed so maybe they will grow here in the SF Bay Area.

And Monet's garden! (Although this picture is from their web site)  That place is lovely.

And then as my thoughts were wondering, I remember the wonderful times with the grandkids:

In Williamsburg, VA,  the Turkey Leg war

And Luke and I visited the Williamsburg legislature .
 And then this wonderful picture of Ben while we were visiting George Washington's Mt. Vernon!

But then I came back to our camping trip we are leaving on tomorrow.  I remembered back to my little pup tent from our Slice 1 trip.  And wondered what the new tent will be like!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Camping Trip!

Looking forward to going camping with grandkids and their family!  It has been about 5 years since I was last camping....not counting camping in the RV.

The big tent hasn't been used since then when it encountered the huge storm at Mt Rushmore!  The 2 man tent I was using at that time was toooo small and short!  So I now have a brand new 6-person tent and a new air mattress which is higher than the normal one.  With my sore hips that should make it easier to get up in the morning!  Timmy will be sharing my tent with me and I am looking forward to that!  He is packing the most important things for camping:  1. marshmellos, 2. chocolate, 3. graham crackers!

Photos later!!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

1800 Bathing Suit - Skirt option

We know some of those ladies would not be caught dead in the modern skimpy bathing suit.  So, we  have the "modesty panel",  the Bathing Suit Skirt!

All done and ready for the Ardenwood Tea, Sept 24, Theme Victorian Sports.
Tickets are going fast  - 4 tables sold already and it hasn't been advertised!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

1800 Bathing suit

Ardenwood had a Victorian bathing suit but a few years ago it disappeared.  Ardenwood Foundation Tea is themed "Victorian Sports" is coming up September 24th.  I decided to make a new 1800 Bathing Suit for the event.    

the bathing suits were made of a wool twill, of which I could not find any available in this day and age.  I had to go with a knit that wouldn't have existed then.

In the 1800s, going to the beach was quite different than today.  For modesty sake, a lady would not want anyone to see her walking on the beach in her bathing suit, she would have to use a Bathing Machine.

The bathing machine was a box, similar to an outhouse, on wheels and was pushed down into the water with the lady ready for a dip inside.  She would exit the box from a door on the water side and enter the water by way of steps at the door of the box.

The bathing suits were made of a wool twill which doesn't seem to be made anymore.  Can you imagine going in water wearing wool?  First, wool, when wet stinks, Second, wool when wet is extremely heavy!  And the bathing suits had LOTS of fabric.  Of course, they wouldn't be able to swim.

So, this is Mantua Makers Pattern "1880s Bathing Suit:

The Front

The Back
There is an optional skirt and bathing hat but I haven't started them yet.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Now that we are home and over jet lag!

After the week of jet lag, catching up on life here at home, order is coming back to my life.

Heads up!! There is an Ardenwood Tea coming up in September.  The theme is Victorian Sports.

France Trip Day 14, 6/29 and 15, 6/30 - Paris and goodby!

Well, we made it to our Hotel Mistral ok, even though we had to circle around several times to figure out just where it was.
This morning we went off to find the opening for the Catacombs of Paris.  This was rather a strange place to explore when in Paris, but I'm up for most things.

To get up ready for the Catacombs we wandered through the Montparnasse Cemetery on the way.
A lot of famous authors, doctors, pioneers in aviation and others are buried here.

This is the opening of the Catacombs. . . . during closing hours.
 We arrived before they opened and there was a line around the block, which was on the edge of a little park.  The park made it nice to stand near with nice shade trees.  We were in line for about an hour before reaching the door.

Once in you are faced with stairs going down, more stairs going down and more and more stairs...going down.  For some reason I didn't expect it to be so far down.  Finally we reached the bottom and faced a damp hallway.  The hall wandered quite a ways before we came to an area that started having shelves of bones, mostly leg and arm bones and skulls arranged in neat rows and designs.  We were wondering where all the ribs, finger, hip bones were.  We think they are behind all the skulls and long bones.

Anyhow, Paris was running out of room in cemeteries and they came up with the idea of taking out the old skeletons and stacking them in the catacombs that had already been created by mining many years before.  They are nice and neat and a headstones tell the cemetery they came from and when.

The catacombs go for quite a ways and it does have some damp spots and a little muddy. It is cool but wasn't cold when we were there.

And, of course, all those stairs down, now turn into stairs going up.   It was memorable.

By the time we left there we decided we needed something to eat and then go back to the hotel for a rest.

That afternoon we took off for the Eiffel Tower and the cruise we had reserved.  We took the Metro which was very easy to figure out and were on our way.

When Mr. Eiffel started building his tower for the World Faire, there were plenty of hecklers that thought it was a stupid idea.  He certainly proved him wrong.  It is not only still a draw for tourists to visit Paris but it is very beautiful.  The Victorian is so lacy and lovely we took lots of pictures.  Since the World Soccer Championships were being held in Paris they had a huge soccer ball suspended within the tower.

The design is so beautiful!

Mr Eiffel also added the names of the sponsors on the towers.

 Can you see the soccer ball in the tower?

And we catch our cruise boat....
we saw lots of historic buildings on the cruise.  This was great because we have to leave France early tomorrow morning so we would not have a chance to see much of Paris otherwise.

I love these unexpected places of humor!

I know this doesn't look like much but if you look closely there are thousands of locks (love locks) that have been locked on the bridge railings.  

We had a meal on the street and people watched before heading back to the hotel to pack.  Tomorrow morning we are off to the airport to fly home!

Good-by Paris!!

Our Itinerary from home:

June 29 ~ Wednesday ~ Day 14 
See Optional Maps and Routes Maps 14........

After Breakfast: Take a stroll through the Montparnesse Cemetary Map 14.1

Mid Morn walkover to Catacombs (10min) map 14.2

Noonish: Head towards the Eiffel Tower 
Have lunch at La Verriere 
24 Avenue de Tourville  

or Try -
Kozy Salon Urban 
79 Avenue Bosquet

1:30ish; walk around the Eiffel Tower,
get selfies in and look for the cruise place 

3:00ish take a sight seeing water cuise.  

We don't want to expect a cruise during these hours since we have a ticket for scenic only. Lunch Cruises Departure at 12:45pm - Return to dock at 2:45pm Dinner Cruises Departure at 6:15pm - Return to dock at 7:45pm Departure at 8:30pm - Return to dock at 11pm  Departure at 9pm - Return to dock at 10:30pm 

5:00ish As we start heading back to the hotel, find a place for dinner.

Dinner Options:
Tashi Delek closer to Luxingburg Park  - Asian Veg Friendly, 4 Rue des Foss├ęs Saint-Jacques T&W 12-12:30 7-11pm
Aquarius Vegetarian restaurant 10 min walk from our hotel 40 Rue de Gergovie Tues & Wed 12-2:15 7:00-10:30
Indiana Club   9 min walk from Hotel 77 avenue Maine, huge wonderful vegetarian section - enchilada, quinoa salad, taco's, quinoa burger, nacho's, quesadilla - Also sell Burgers & Trad. American food. 
La Campagnola 2 min walk from Hotel 
122 avenue du Maine 
 12-2:30 7-11 
La Forchetta  3 min walk 
85 rue Daguerre  Italian 12-2:30 7-11 

7:00ish Head back to hotel.

9:00ish finish packing and just relax before going to bed


June 30 Thur~ Day 15 - Flying Home

4:30 wake up and prep to leave

5:30 Leave for the airport to return the car (45 min with no traffic)
Maps 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.4

6:30 drop off car

7:00 head towards checking in

  * Air France REQUIRES check in before __9:40__ am.

Booked June 30 Air France Depart CDG Terminal 2E Flt

AF083        10:40 AM   Paris time
June 30 Arrive SF 1:00 PM SFO time
11 hours 20 minute 

8:00ish relax and have breakfast. Organize carry ons.
9:30 be in boarding area and board when possible
10:40 Flight takes off for HOME!

1:00 pm (11hours 20min later) Arrive in SF, USA