Week 8: Appreciating European laundry

June 27, 2015

SO many others have written about hteir experiences abroad.. in trying to do laundry today I discovered a drying room, and have no idea about it. So I googled it and found this post. It is informative. For me anyway. Many days I feel like I have come to some backwater place to live, the drying room really made me feel that way and having only one washing machine in a 3 tower apartment building. But this lady says that it is better for the clothing, despite the huge inconvenience to me the weare of the clothes. The clothing bought here is of such low quality that they need all the help they can get.

Another 52 Weeks

This weeks assignment isn’t so much a challenge but an acknowledgment. The realization that there are silver linings to be found just about anywhere.

And it revolves around dirty clothes.

Before moving to Switzerland I had lived in about 122 different apartments and houses. In almost all of them I had access to washing machines and dryers IN my living quarters.

And then there was Bern.

Let me explain a little about laundry in Swiss apartments. Often there are no washing machines and dryers in the apartment units. The machines are communal, in a basement, and shared based not on a first-come-first-served basis but on an assigned day of the week.

Our day is Friday. When I first learned we would have one day each week for laundry, my jaw dropped. At four months pregnant I could only imagine the laundering needs of a new little person. I’d heard tell…

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1815 Redingote a la Hussarde

October 16, 2014

I am watching all of these wonderful peoples blogs and trying to learn from their experiences and I am now understanding I need to stop being scared and just get started.

A Damsel in This Dress

Regency Ball-1-2

For our  Regency stay in Bath I needed something for daywear. I had the evening attire, but apart from my riding habit, I didn’t have anything suitable. I had limited financial resources, but was able to put aside a few days for stitching – so the idea was to invest more in time rather than in the materials per se.  For Regency that simply meant using cotton:-) A quick browse though the costume books and boards, and I set my heart on that lovely redingote from the Kyoto Institute of Fashion, all in white cotton, with pom poms and insane amounts of piping.  Cotton fabric is cheap, so most of the expense would be the pompoms and the accessories – and so a decision has been made.



6m of plain cotton ( for top layer and lining) ( approximately £45)

66 pompoms ( all handmade in cotton by…

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Super-sized Food and Drink

October 8, 2011

New Interests

October 4, 2011

Swedish Lesson One

October 4, 2011

This is starting to get a little less confusing. I will add in pictures later, I am staying so busy it’s almost unreal. Mr. Pants is teaching us Swedish. Jag är en docka. I am a doll. I learned to count to ten, en/ett, två, tre, fyra, fem, sex, sju, åtta, nio, tio. After that is was on to something else for awile as Ms. Skirt is always looking at a million things at once. I will sit down with a Swedish book soon while they are not home.

Smithfield Doll House

January 15, 2011

In a little town called Smithfield Virginia where Smithfield Hams come from there is a little museum in downtown that houses a little treasure that I found and wanted to share with all of you. It’s a little doll house built of the Smith home in Surry county Virginia between Jamestown and Smithfield. The details amazed me and I was very impressed with Mr. Smith that made it. Especially with all the little details and wonder where he got his supplies and how much of it he made by hand. Seeing this treasure there in a town I have fond memories of the backside of. I almost wanted to ask for a job there as I saw ways to develop the potential of the museum and get a few more tourists into town. The nearby art scene a few doors down boasted some treasures and some talent I hadn’t seen before and one that I will blog about later. Please enjoy the Smith House.

Cosplay at the St. Louis Japanese Festival

January 14, 2011

Historic Black Photo found

January 14, 2011

My first Tea Party

September 30, 2010

We are planning a tea party! I can not wait, yummy treats and snacks and fine china. Ms. Skirt was able to bargain a wonderful lady down to 10$ for a wonderful set of china, it only has 3 cups but she plans to make it work. Now we just have to find more pieces like these….

Dollie Slumber Party

August 19, 2010

     This weekend was the Dolly Slumber Party, and a lot of the gang was there! It was very fun. I am still learning all of the others names. I have realized that I was too overwhelmed with joy at not being alone to really bother to properly introduce myself and get the names of the others in attendance. We had a very nice set up with tables and chairs that were our size and a couple of different beds.

     Next time when I enter the room I shall introduce myself and ask all the other dolls for their names and request a picture of them with their mommies and daddies. At the slumber party where we had a blast, I got some body modifications done to make me look more human. It tickled. There were nice things to eat and wonderful friends to be friendly with. Ms.Skirt had so much fun that she stayed over the next day watching Korean Drama “You’re Beautiful” and with a new lady we will call Ms. Big Heart, and they had a blast, they laughed, cried, pouted and shouted at the computer screen.

   I think Ms. Skirt is already looking forward to doing it all again. Oh and the wonderful Doll Club President gave me a new wig and some grey eyes! She was an excellent hostess and I love the events that she puts together. I want to go again! Today!