Upright and Well-Chilled.

Things are much better on this side of the sunshine…I’m feeling pretty perky after some good sleep. Bonus – my elbow feels pretty darned good, too.

We’re in the midst of another front blowing through. Literally. The sky is clear in a beautiful blue that escapes description. However, it’s filled with gusts of snow that look like puffs of tiny, sparkling diamonds. The current weather report notes 32 degrees (F) with winds at 10 mph. Ha! Where I’m sitting it’s 30 degrees and the winds are running about 20 mph with gusts of about 40 mph. So when all of those beautiful, glittering bursts of snow hit your face it feels like thousands of sharp needles.

The hard-core shoppers will be severely disappointed – there are only two roads out of here and they are both closed due to a lot of downed trees (we’re talking big pines, firs and cedars) and dangerous conditions. You’ve seen official warnings along the lines of “don’t drive unless you have to”, right? Today it’s just plain “don’t drive.”

Aha – they just updated the weather report: wind chill is 20 degrees (F). That’s more like it. I was going to go out and take a photo of the laterally blowing snow. Change of plans. I’m staying indoors. (Although my front room is 55 degrees, that’s a whole lot better than 20.)

Sophie - going deep

Sophie – going deep

Sophie has her game plan on…1) wriggle yourself deep into a crevasse between the back of the sofa, the sofa blanket and the pillows, 2) snooze, and 3) repeat as desired.

Looks like there will be sewing today after all. As long as the hot chocolate holds out, that is. And the electricity.

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Magical Snow, Cranky Elbow and Not Sewing.

Two Victorian ladies making what has to be the most elegantly lovely snow(wo)man of all time.

Two Victorian ladies making what has to be the most elegant snow(wo)man of all time.

I’ve been trying to sleep for hours now, but slumber won’t come. My head is full of ideas cavorting about and having quite the bash – they refuse to settle down. So here I am at 4:30 in the morning with the hope that writing will help release some of those party animals. That’s what I get for serving my de-caffeinated self a strong cup of “real” tea in the evening.

After diligently babying my elbow for weeks it was about 99% healed. Until two days ago when, feeling cocky, I lifted a relatively heavy bag of groceries and carried it from the car to the house. Mr. E. has been screaming ever since. Stupid thing to do, but there you have it. It already feels better, but its stubborn achyness is another reason I’m doing this instead of sleeping.

Not much sewing got done this week, as you’ve probably suspected given the lack of posts. A particular annoying bit of life popped up and my energies were spent getting it straightened out. At least getting the paperwork together to straighten it out. My Georgian/Regency bodice lays there and pouts every time I pass by, and I don’t blame it one bit.

On the deliriously happy front, it started to snow a few hours ago. It went from icy rain to a bit of sleet to that weird not-sleet-but-not-snow transitional stuff to bona-fide snow – the first snow of the year.

I love snow. Love it. Love to watch it fall. Love to walk in it. Love to catch the flakes on my tongue. Love the absolute silence it creates. I was eight years old the first time I saw it snow and I still believe it’s powerful earth-magic. I get positively giddy over it and behave like a three-year-old when I’m in it.

Sophie, the Wonder Pup, has never seen snow so it will be interesting to see how she reacts. She already has snow boots and good coat (not that she knows it) so we’ll test out the new gear later today.

Well it’s now after 5am and I’m still wide awake. Looks like I’ll be watching the lovely blanket of white reveal itself as the sun comes up. Ooooohhhhh. Pretty. Yawn.

 

Your Weekend Wow!

It’s a tie this week – two lovely dresses, each elegant in its own way. I can’t decide which to post so I’m just going to share them both. Enjoy!!

Worth ballgown, 1900-1905. Silk and cotton with metallic thread, glass, and metal ornamentation.

Worth ballgown, 1900-1905. Silk and cotton with metallic thread, glass, and metal ornamentation.

detail of skirt - Worth ballgown, 1900-1905. Silk and cotton with metallic thread, glass, and metal ornamentation.

detail of skirt – Worth ballgown, 1900-1905. Silk and cotton with metallic thread, glass, and metal ornamentation.

Now, we go from 1903-ish silk and cotton to 1879 silk and wool.

Wedding dress, Finnish, 1879. Ivory silk and wool. One piece. Helsinki Univ. Museum via Tekstiilihistoria.

Wedding dress, Finnish, 1879. Ivory silk and wool. One piece. Helsinki Univ. Museum via Tekstiilihistoria.

Those thousands of itty bitty pleats absolutely blow my mind.