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  1. Jeanne
    June 14, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

    I have bipolar disorder, the big kind, and just came from writing on a thread on a bipolar forum for seniors (yes, that too) in which we discuss in detail our meds and their awful side effects. Try to imagine the difference. This is so great. We bipolars can’t get in the condition you’re in when we’re medicated, the meds tamp it down. If we did it would just keep spinning and rising until it wasn’t fun at all. So I just enjoy your normal craziness very much. Do keep having all the creative fun you can and inspiring the rest of us.

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  2. mossum
    June 14, 2017 @ 4:15 pm

    Mania can be fun! 😝

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  3. Kathy
    June 14, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

    Love every post! More please. We can take it.

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  4. kmkat
    June 14, 2017 @ 4:32 pm

    Besides the Proper Victorian Lady in her many petticoats and layers, pity the poor maid/serving wench/laundress/etc who was actually WORKING in that heat. Of course, she wasn’t wearing multiple layers…

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  5. Marianne in Mo.
    June 14, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

    You left me breathless! I’m lucky to get beds made and dishes in the dishwasher! My problem is retirement – too much time on my hands, so I say I’ll do it later. But later never comes because I spend ridiculous amounts of time on the internet, seeing what OTHERS are doing! I’m so happy to see someone younger than me who sews! And you should design fabric – there is Spoonflower for that.

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    • Marianne in Mo.
      June 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

      P.S.
      It’s flaming hot here too! Don’t know how I survived my childhood without AC. We did used to put our sheets in the freezer for a bit before going to bed! And then in the middle of the night too.

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  6. Kathy N
    June 14, 2017 @ 6:16 pm

    Victorian clothing had more purpose than modern clothing. The layer closest to the skin was cotton and was there to wick away the moisture from the skin. It was also what was washed as opposed to the outermost layer which was spot cleaned. The hoops bell out the skirts and petticoats so there is very little hugging your legs and lets the air flow around you. I’ve done Civil War reenacting for about 10 years wearing all those layers in 100-degree heat and have been fairly comfortable. It’s sitting in the sun and doing modern things wearing all that that will get to you.

    The norms of 1860’s society would not let you leave the house if you were not properly dressed. Hats and gloves were a must. Hats could have a veil that acts as a sun blocking agent (think of mourning hats). Your everyday hat would have had a sheer veil in white or off white that you would pull back when you didn’t require it. Gloves were worn to help with not transferring perspiration should you touch someone while you were out. You would not have shaken hands with a male you weren’t introduced to.. Also, you would have been wearing a day dress, walking dress or visiting dress if you went out.

    Plus your house would have been built to help with the heating and cooling depending on the season. Another thing is that you would not have been doing modern things in that time frame. You would have been doing the societal norms of that time. The lady of the house would not have been cooking dinner. You would have a staff for that. She would not have been cleaning the house or doing laundry. She may have organized when all these things happen and supervised but the staff would do the actual labor.
    I could go on and on but the times were very different 130+ years ago than now for what women could and couldn’t do, wear, say, etc.

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  7. Dana
    June 14, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

    I was JUST thinking yesterday that I was wishing you’d post something soon- you crack.me.up. and I needed a laugh! Also: I saw a HUGE old bed on Craigslist the other day and thought of you.

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  8. Rebecca Grace
    June 14, 2017 @ 7:08 pm

    Yes, you need MORE wine and LESS caffeine. All of those projects sound fabulous, but you would need to start hiring employees in order to accomplish all of them. I feel your pain; I just had to make a list of my sewing projects in order of priority, and with GOALS, of all things. Deadlines are such a killjoy for the creative spirit, but I keep starting new projects even though it has been a REALLY LONG TIME since I have finished anything…

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  9. Emily
    June 14, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

    I love, love, love you.

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  10. E. Pounds
    June 14, 2017 @ 9:09 pm

    It’s like you’re stuck in my Jackson Pollock brain & our stream of consciousness has just discovered one another & decided to craft together…oh dread! 🙂

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  11. Shirley
    June 14, 2017 @ 9:34 pm

    Will there be a kitchen update in the future? It must look fabulous by now!?!

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  12. Jayne
    June 14, 2017 @ 9:34 pm

    You can never have too many chairs.

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  13. Val LaBore
    June 14, 2017 @ 10:44 pm

    Being a historical costumer myself, I make and wear all this stuff. The layers insulated your body from the heat, and the natural fabrics didn’t retain body heat like modern polyesters do, so it breathed. They weren’t much hotter than you would be in your shorts and t-shirt. And they moved slower.
    But much of our modern costumes unfortuantely are not natural fabric (although we do try) so somedays we do suffer. Especially if you have to wear a synthetic wig

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  14. Zefi Famelis
    June 15, 2017 @ 5:21 am

    ROLFLOL. I want to know how you got into my head! LOL

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  15. JoyinAlabama
    June 15, 2017 @ 7:36 am

    Please SHOW us the things! All the things! I’m not on IG so I need you to post PHOTOS! More PHOTOS!

    I love your blog! Your style is not my style but I wish your style WAS my style! I love it!!

    Have fun!

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  16. Patty
    June 15, 2017 @ 11:26 am

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  17. Amber S.
    June 15, 2017 @ 5:03 pm

    I love this stream of conciousness post!!! Also, I truly hope you bought that Forever 21 shirt, because that truly is fabulous! Those pom poms!!!

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  18. Amber S.
    June 15, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

    Oh, one more thing – the victorian question. I know they wore ALOT of linen in the summer, like everything was made of that almost transparant tissue paper thin linen, so that helped. Also, remember those transoms above the doors in each room of Victorian houses? I saw on a home show on tv where they said those acted like air conditioning, allowing air to flow through the house and keep it cooler. AND, it wasn’t as hot back then (thank you global warming). But still, I totally would’ve been one of those women needing smelling salts and to be put to bed all the time because corsets and heat, no thank you.

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  19. Joan
    June 15, 2017 @ 7:03 pm

    Can’t decide if throwing away the bottom 1/3 of the paper pile is genius or horrifying. I think I’m leaning towards genius.

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  20. Nina
    June 18, 2017 @ 3:05 am

    Bwahahahaha. Last month, I secretly made tutus a few nights before my sister’s bachelorette party because a group of us took her on a scavenger hunt that ended at a trampoline park! It was a whim worth pursuing. The biggest downside was that I couldn’t let her in on the secret when my room was OVERFLOWING in tulle and the sheer ridiculousness could not be shared! So, thanks for sharing your moments of “madness”. PS. This post trumps the last where you called your parents fools and idiots. 🙁 It was good without that.

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  21. Sue
    June 19, 2017 @ 10:57 am

    …my head is spinning!!!

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  22. Barbara Chapman ~ French Ethereal
    June 20, 2017 @ 7:29 pm

    Yes, sometimes I feel exactly how you wrote your post today: scattered, running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying hard to get everything done but often not accomplishing much. The heat is debilitating here in North Texas, too! Feels cooler today so I must be getting used to it (I hope!).

    Love your new earrings/cat toys! Cool that you can whip a pattern or two or three up out of your head… Pants sewing has always been a sore spot since high school. I buy jeans now, only jeans. 😉 Plus you are model thin so everything looks wonderful on you! 🙂 Oh! Do you know The Vintage Contessa’s blog? She is out in San Francisco. You’d probably enjoy her blog ~ her hubby is Italian and they were married in Italy, she has a pot bellied pig and several dogs, and she is really into fashion ~ which is WHY I thought you might like to check out her blog. 🙂 Bell sleeves are pretty but then you go out to dinner and dip them into some sauce and they are now a mess. Might want to make your bell sleeves slightly longer than elbow length or thereabouts. Just a thought… 😀

    Have a great evening! Still love the story about the Kingdom Mirror the best!!!
    Barb 🙂

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  23. Barbara Chapman ~ French Ethereal
    June 20, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

    Oh! Thought continued from above… The Vintage Contessa has chickens, too, in a really cute chicken chalet with a chandelier!

    xoxo Barb 🙂

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  24. Lauren F.
    June 22, 2017 @ 4:14 pm

    It burdens my husband to know that you validate my existence. Husband doesn’t like to admit there are more like me, and that I may not be the lone, defective, anomaly driving him nuts.

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