Treadle Sewing Machine

Finishing a big project always seems to leave me feeling frustrated.  I spent all this time and energy working on one thing, and now it’s gone and I don’t know what to do with myself.  I don’t know why, but I have always found antique stores to be very restful places.  I think it is…

Breadcrumbs: Keep It To Yourself

Nobody wants to hear about your plans.  If you have nice friends,  they’ll do a pretty good job of feigning interest.  They’ll say stuff like, “Oh wow that sounds cool!” or, “Man, I can’t wait to see that!”.  But they’ll never get to see “that” because you just got what you came for and didn’t…

1955 Life Magazine

I adore ads from the 50’s.  They’re so optimistic.  Every product is life-changing and full of promise.

Breadcrumbs: Realization

This particular crumb is more for personal use, dunno how useful it could possibly be to anyone else. I have just finished my most ambitious project yet, and all it has done is made me realize that I don’t know nearly as much as I thought.  I’m stuck in this terrible place between “beginner” and…

Corset 2 Finished!

I have emerged from beneath my cloud of anxiety (and muttered oaths) with a finished corset.  I’m so happy with it! I learned a lot, meaning I made a lot of mistakes.  But would you LOOK at that silhouette!  I’m in love with this thing.  It feels like it’s trying to rearrange my internal organs,…