Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Antique Sewing machines

I collect old sewing machines...and really I shouldn't collect anything my house is too small and there are too many people living here.

I have an affection for beautiful wood...
I like antiques not only because of their beauty but their functionality. As opposed to modern machines they never break, everything is made out of metal and can be repaired instead of replaced. They have passed the test of time. Every town or county has a reliable sewing machine repair person you just have to look around.

I have a Singer featherweight that sews perfectly that I let Riley use. It has perfect even stitches.

And a treadle that was made in the early 1900's & works beautifully too, soon I will buy a new belt for it because sometimes leather needs to be replaced.

Also I love that the treadle doesn't require electricity. I have a fantasy of myself sewing quilts on it on my back patio. Note that I am a horrible quilter, but it is my guilty pleasure.

There are a couple of Vikings that I gave to my daughters which are so beautiful and work incredibly. No pictures sorry.

And a long time ago before I knew about the internet & ebay I bought this reproduction Singer which is beautiful and works but needs some adjustment that I am giving away...anyone want it? Come & get it.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Labyrinth of Jareth

The last few years my husband and I have been going to the annual Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball. This year we I came up with the bright idea that I wanted to go dressed as a lady riding a unicorn. This was not as easy as in reality as in my mind especially since I didn't start until really late. Instead of listing all the things that were wrong with my outfit let me show you some pictures of it and my family and friends.

Friday, July 1, 2011


She'enedra at Zulu Lounge June 2011
The Tattoo Master himself, Zulu

His apprentice-my daughter- selling raffle tickets
Rachel Brice practicing w/ Fishtank Ensemble

So as usual I'm super busy! I'm working really hard on my costume for Labyrinth of Jareth. My hopes were to wear a 18th century type costume with a big white wig & a skirt that had a unicorn head and little legs off the sides...well this isn't working as well as I'd hoped. I have made a unicorn head & have adjusted my hoop skirt but now I'm realizing if I put the head on the skirt it will flop over in front of me. So I'm still working on this with a LOT of wire etc...we'll see. I will post pics in the end.

Here are some pictures from Zulu lounge a couple of weeks ago with Rachel Brice & Sonia etc to share.

Me, Rachel Brice, Heidi
Note to non belly dancers-Rachel Brice is a big deal!
Me, Sonia, Tonantzin
Another note to non belly dancers: Sonia is a BIG deal too!
Last night Jillian danced at Cafe Firenze. I was just there as a mom & wife to the dj when I realized he was having a hard time fussing with music & mc-ing. So I ended up taking over on the microphone to help.
We have continued to have lots of great vegetables so more veggie portraits! Sorry if they are boring!