January 30, 2009

A long post of not much importance

I have a confession to make.

I am obsessed with the periodic table of the elements.

It probably started back in high school, but it was definitely furthered by my fabulous (slightly eccentric) chemistry teacher* in college. (if you are wondering how this relates to sewing just keep reading) I waste time playing these addicting games, http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Elementsgames.htm and I sing this song at the top of my lungs, http://www.privatehand.com/flash/elements.html when I'm alone in the car of course!

Well, today I found Etsy.

Of course I have been on Etsy before, but today I actually sat down and started searching for fun. And my heart nearly failed, for what did I see,

Element Earrings

An Element Tote Bag

An Element Mouse Pad
And be still my heart,

Element Pillows!!!

Now, I'm not sure about you, but I can't exactly afford thirty dollar pillows, and I don't even really like throw pillows (I throw them off the bed every evening, and back on the bed every morning???) so my brain started a spinning. How about an embroidered periodic table of the elements quilt! It's every girl's dream isn't it?

I'll let you know if it ever materializes (unfortunately my signal flag quilt never did). But I just thought you might like to know how my little brain works. :)

If you ever might need earrings, bag, mouse pad, or throw pillows with the elements on them, here are the individual listings:

*I want no confusion over this issue, my chemistry teacher was fabulous! I mean eccentric in the absolute best sense of the word. If you ever desire three terms in college chem (warning: it leads to periodic table addiction) I would highly recommend this teacher.

January 28, 2009


I would like to formally introduce you all to a dear friend of mine, Clare Evangeline Warren. It is only recently that I have made her acquaintance, but we have become fast friends. She is just as fond of costuming as I am, and she is always a great source of inspiration to me.

Clare grew up in the East, but after the death of her Great Aunt she travelled west to Oregon Territory. She temporarily lived with some distant relations, however they did not get on well, and Clare was very lonely. Through a series of serendipitous events, Clare now lives in our little house. We both hope that we may have many happy years together.

January 25, 2009

Sunday Thoughts

"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God."
Philippians 1:9-11

January 24, 2009

My Medieval Gown

Never before seen pictures of my made-in-three-days Medieval gown! Even after years of costuming, I still manage to forget to take pictures when I am all laced, or buttoned, or zipped up into costumes.

Years ago I was in a British literature class and we were going on a field trip to Ashland to see two Shakespeare plays. Three days before the trip, my friend Jenna called and asked if I want to dress up with her (she had made a beautiful gown earlier that year). We met at the fabric store, spent hours picking out the right materials, and I spent the next two days in whirlwind of sewing!

The blue fabric actually has silver pinstripes, and the back is laced up with a silver cord. I have worn this gown many times since its debut in Ashland, but the dagger was only recently added to the ensemble. There is also a leather sheath I made for my arm so I can hide it in my sleeve.

January 20, 2009

January 18, 2009

Sunday Thoughts

Lift up your heads, O you gates;
Be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty-
he is the King of glory.
Psalm 24:7-10

(Photo: Schaumbourg Castle in Germany)

January 16, 2009

Christmas Gifts part 2

My sister, the fashionista, recieved these legwarmers. They were originally for me to wear ice skating, but she fell in love with them and asked me to make her a pair. I am not a fast knitter by any stretch of the imagination (I started these in August) so I ended up finishing these up in secret, and giving them to her for Christmas.

For some of my friends I made these matching pearl bracelets. Last term at school I met a girl who works at the best bead store in town; along with helping me pick out the beads, she gave me some excellent beading tips.

For my European-scarf-wearing-friend, I made this one that looks as if it's been knit or crocheted. It is merely strips of fabric cut on the bias, sewn together like a grid, and washed so it will fray.

These cute little flower pins were designed by Heather Bailey, and I made them in a variety of shades. Tied on with ribbon they made perfect little gift toppers.

That's everything I made this year, but I want to share with you the adorable little pillow my sweet Mother made for me. Isn't it so cute (and true)! The pocket on the right hand side holds my frequently used seam ripper.

January 14, 2009

Christmas Gifts part 1

I made many of the Christmas gifts for my family this year, and they were a big hit. My Brother, whose comforter was threadbare, got a new quilt. The main squares are all patriotic fabrics, and the back is flannel.

For my Mom, I made this sewing machine cover. Just for the record, I didn't plan on making every one's presents out of patriotic fabric, I didn't even realize the trend until now!

Hey look, it's even reversible.

I made my Dad some pajama/lounge pants. Never before have I noticed how hard it is to find masculine fabric! This is a very high quality flannel that I like to call the "I spy" fabric. Between the leaves there are black smudges, and if you are under a very bright light (and squint and look very closely) you can see fish and elk.

This was the first time I put in snaps, and I love their finished look.

That's all for now, I'll show you the rest later.

January 12, 2009

A Pocket

My current "big" project is an 18th century outfit. I finished the stays awhile ago, and I am working on the dress right now. While at a friend's house, watching the wonderful Elizabeth Gaskell movies, I embroidered this pocket. The fabric is linen, and the burgandy thread matches my stays (which I'll show you later). The pattern I used for the embroidery was from a book called White Work by Carter Houck.

January 11, 2009

Hello and Welcome

Hi there, welcome to my blog. Sorry I don't have a fabulous first post, I just wanted to get something up!

My name is Adelheide, I have curly brown hair, a very clean room, massive amounts of schoolwork, and lots of boxes of fabric. If you are curious about my name, it comes from the book Heidi by Johanna Spyri. When my Mom was a girl she loved the story so much she always wanted to name her daughter Heidi. Because I'm the first born I got it! My Dad added the e on the end for good measure.

Thanks for stopping by!