Bits and bobs

I haven't done one of these in a terribly long time.  I'm sorry about that!  I think when we get swamped with things in life (in my case the different start dates of my kids' schools and then my current and impending foot surgery) we tend to think we'll do all the things we're planning on doing "when things are back to normal."  But there's always something, isn't there?  Maybe it's time to accept that this IS normal...

* Anyway, I thought of you when I found this wonderful store on Etsy.  Hosting a Jane Austen tea Or a Marie Antoinette one?  These cookie cutters will be just the thing.  They also have several Alice in Wonderland themed ones perfect for your next mad tea party.

Lauren of Wearing History has a kickstarter for a new Ready-to-Wear vintage styled clothing line.  Perks include Wearing History e-patterns and clothing pieces from the new line.  Only 30 more hours to go before the kickstarter ends so become a backer now!

* Lots of buzz amongst my costumer friends about the Outlander costumes, especially Claire's wedding dress.  You can read Kendra from Demode/Frock Flicks take here, Lauren of American Duchess here and Outlander costume designer Terry Desbach's details on making the dress here.

* If you are in Southern California from October 2, 2014 to March 2 2014 you big treat coming your way - the Hollywood Costume Exhibition.  The exhibit a collaboration between the V&A and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Over 150 costumes will be on display from a slew of movies including Titanic, Raider of the Lost Ark, Moulin Rouge and many more.  Los Angles is the last stop on this traveling exhibit, so come see it while you have the chance!

* Speaking of exhibits those of you on the east coast also have an exciting exhibition coming your way.  The Met's show Death Becomes Her, A Century of Mourning Attire will run from October 21, 2014 through February 1, 2015 and will feature mourning dress from 1815 to 1915.  Including gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra.

* With Halloween around the corner I'm in a gothy mood.  Thank goodness we have Trystan, the Gothic Martha Stewart, who's created a great Pinterest board with all this year's Halloween goodies.  Lots of awesomely spooky stuff to outfit your home for the perfect Halloween costume party!

* And a last minute addition - for those of you into 18th C hair, jewelry and make up Colonial Williamsburg has a new conference right up your alley.  From November 14th through 16th attendees can hear lectures, get tours and take classes.  Boy, do I wish I could go!