Saturday, January 15, 2011

Our first year reenacting

My first year of civil war reenacting was made possible by a dear friend of mine that helped me out greatly by finding clothes for my then 18 month old son and lending me items that would help me look period correct. And the greatest gift she gave me was the knowledge of how to make my own items and where to start my research to expand my knowledge on my own.

Tonight as I was doing some web surfing about different types of clothing for my now 3yr old, I stumbled upon a blog that had pictures of a child in dresses that seemed very similar to the first dresses my son started in. I sent my friend a message and found out these were the same exact clothes! How random!! My favorite discoveries seem to be that way! I left a post on this gal's blog telling her that I would post some pictures of my boy on her for her to see. Hope they are enjoyed!

Friday, January 14, 2011

My newest Project!

Once again I have drifted away from the world of blogging, and I apologize!! Ive been super busy with working at Cabela's for the past few months and as of December 28th, I am done there!!

I was out and about on Dec 23rd with my son and we stopped by the local pet store to purchase some crickets for my lepard gecko, Lizzy. I was talking to my son about the different animals and fishies that the owner had for sale when he himself asked me how I knew so much about all of them and I informed him that I had previously worked at Petsmart in Waterloo, Ia, for four years. We talked for a few more minutes when he asked me if I had ever thought about grooming dogs. After a short discussion, I told him I'd think about it over the weekend and get back to him the following Monday.

After talking awhile with a grooming friend that weelendI decided to take the job! I've only had a few dogs so far but I must say, I do believe I'm doing fairly well!!

My next step was to start getting tools gathered, which the owner was sweet enough to supply most the things I would need to get started.

My latest project was a box to store and dispense ribbon from! I've included pictures of the project and the way I make my ribbons and how I put them in the dogs hair with help of my son's fuzzy teddy bear!

t was a great project! All the materials (except for the ribbon) was stuff that I had laying around the house. The box was one that I had used at Cabela's to warehouse to store my daily tools in.
The fabric I had purchased at Walmart a few months ago and had used a lot of it to
make a set of curtains for my sewing room.
The rods that I used to put the ribbon on were actually, at one point, part of a stand up lamp that my boyfriend had that was in pieces. It was a fairly easy project that only took me about 3 hours. The part that took the longest was waiting for the glue to dry! I started with fabric glue and used it on all the parts of the box that wouldn't show, but soon found out that it would take a lot more glue than I had anticipated!! At that point I started using Elmer's glue. This project was all about what I had already in our home because it was just going to be a rough draft.
I finally used my ribbon today on a gorgeous little Shih Tzu named Ella that was a dream to groom!! She was a perfect angel and her daddy absolutely loved the look of her!! Unfortunately, since I don't have to pet parent's permission, I won't be posting pictures of the pups on here. But on a happier note, I've got lots of work to do on my Civilian dresses so I hope to keep up with this blog and keep everyone up to date on how my endevors are coming!!