Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Red 'coral' necklace

Here is another necklace that I made as a prize for the upcoming fighter auction tourney. The beads are called coral, but are a natural substitute for reef coral. The black beads are wood, and the pendant is made of sterling silver and enamel (purchased).

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


My local group has a fighter auction tourney coming up, and the populace has been asked to donate prizes. Today I finished a white glass pearl necklace with a pearlised pendant. I think it will go nicely with just about any late period garb.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Elizabethan Hairstyle Accessories

Here are the photos of the items that I use to do my Elizabethan rolled hairstyle. The only things I have left out are the beaded bun cover, the hairspray, and the headbands I wear behind the rolls. I like this particular type of comb as the extra teeth help to hold everything in place and reduce movement.

The bun clips came from The Undertailor (
I use two of the combs on either side of my part to make the rolls.

And here is the finished style:

In this photo, I have added pearled pins on the rolls and a hanging pearl in the part. Using the barrel curler means that I don't need to tease my hair to make it stay in place.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Birthday gifts

I just celebrated a birthday and I got terribly spoilt. Two of the gems I got as presents were:




There is so much new information in these books; I need to rethink the projects that I had planned for the next six months!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pink Pearl Necklace

Today I finished the pink necklace that I have been working on this week as part of my entry for the 'Perfectly Period Pink' Mini-challenge through the Realm of Venus. It has pink glass peals in a shade called 'barely pink' and a glass stone that I painted to get the right shade of pink, mounted in an antique bronze setting.

Not being a very 'pink' sort of girl, I thought I wouldn't like the finished product much, but I am actually delighted by it! It is so pretty. Sigh. I am such a magpie and a sucker for anything sparkly!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


I haven't posted much lately because I have been unwell, and I have been struggling with my projects. One of the problems I have been having is with my hands, which are not working well. This has been making it difficult to get the embroidery for the 'Perfectly Period Pink' IRCC Challenge done on time.
Also, I tried on my blue front lacing dress and it looks pretty awful. I must have lost a lot of muscle tone during my recent illness because it is too big (! what a shock - that has NEVER happened before :-)  !) Now, it just looks sloppy.  (I am happy with the way it looks on the hanger.) That setback has made it hard to keep my motivation up to finish the complete outfit. I will get back into my regular exercise routine, keep plugging away at the Realm of Venus mini-Challenge, and hopefully, when I get back to the project it will look better on me.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Blue dress update

Not much has been happening on any of my projects due to being away and also health problems. The sleeves are a little closer to completion, but not much!