Sunday, November 30, 2008

Working in my Template

I was working in my template and messed things up for a while. I fixed it now. I know a little HTML. I have taught myself all my computer skills.  My store has been opened for two years on the internet. I have learned may things and I am still learning. 

My template was designed by Amy. I like the design but I figured out I cannot change it in any way. I  can add on the bottom of the template after all the writing language has been completed. I do love these darn computers!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Evolution of a night-cap




I was trolling an auction, shopping for my Ebay store. I saw a group of old beautiful night-caps that intrigued my eyes. I thought WOW.  The fabric was soft and the fine feminine lace patterns I had never seen before.  My mind said women really wore these in the past. I impromptu won the action.  

The caps were beautiful and dirty. I clean old doll clothing and I thought I could clean the caps.  I cleaned them.  The caps feel silky and smell fresh. 

My research revealed night-caps were baggy and made of linen, adorned in lace. Some were of colored linen and threads. A body covering that seemed to be erotic for the era.  HE HE! The cap indeed kept women warm as they slept.

 I think bobbin lace is the lace adorning the caps. “Unlike needlepoint lace, which is made with a single-thread technique using embroidery stitches, bobbin lace is made with a variety of multiple-thread weaving techniques. Groups of threads are plaited, interwoven and twisted. This craft evolved naturally into the production of linen laces for decorative insertions and borders. Although evidence suggests that the first bobbin laces were made in Venice, the craft spread quickly to Milan, Genoa, Flanders and other parts of Europe. Bobbin laces were softer, lighter in weight, and more suitable than stiff needlepoint lace for the fashions of 18th century Europe, and so reached their peak at that time in Flanders and France.” bobbin lace

What can you do with these lovely night-caps? They would be ornate design in a home. You could frame them on your own or at a frame shop. Hang the multi-night-cap picture in your bedroom where you sleep.  A bear or a doll could wear the night-cap for display.  Use a cap in a victorian collage of various old items.  Any other ideas? Please leave them in my blog comments.



Sunday, November 16, 2008

E.S. Curtis

Framed Photoprint E.S. Curtis Coast Salish Women 1899

E.S Curtis was a pioneer anthropologist photographer of the American Indian from 1907 to 1930. His photos were significant to history. The photos were controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. The library of Congress documents him as “American Memory.”   Library of Congress 

His full name was Edward Sheriff Curtis and he photographed Indians west of the Mississippi. The curtis collection has a wide collection of photogravures and extensive history of the photographer.   Curtis-Collection 

The Royal BC Museum is the current name for the British Columbia Provincial  Museum. Vicky's Place  vickys-place-collectible-art-curio  (Item number:40184060918) has a beautiful print of one of his pictures. A 1899 Salish Women Indian photo print framed by the museum in 1977. The program dedicated was expressive of the history pertaining to Curtis's life and photos.royalbcmuseum

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Decorative tip

To cover your lamp cord with fabric, cut a 4-inch-wide strip of fabric that's approximately three times the length of the cord. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, right sides together, and machine stitch 1/2 inch from edges. Turn strip right side out. At each end, turn 1/2 inch of fabric to the inside, and stitch by hand. Slip tube onto cord, and gather fabric evenly.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Please give a 5 paw vote for Daisy May!!

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