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Come and have a look-see at my new pretty-pretties. I commissioned  [livejournal.com profile] bblackdahlia  to knit these gauntlets for me.  I wanted them for my 18th Century winter impression.  I was so excited when they arrived today, I got kitted out in my wools (100+ weather) to show you how awesome they are.   If you don't know her, she writes under the pen name momodesu, and she takes commissions and even knits house scarves.  Think about it.

And because I am told that there are some witchy people out there, here's a close-up on my 18th Century buckle shoes.  If you want a pair, I bought them from fugawee and they are the 'Connie' style.  Fugawee makes all sorts of reenacting shoes from the 18 to 20th century.   And Droxy - according to the Hubby:  Historical reenacting is NOT cosplay.  Just like G.I. Joes are NOT dolls.  (they're action figures!)

By popular request, I've also posted the pic of the flowers christev sent me. 

Date: 15 July 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] severely-lupine.livejournal.com
Ooh, lovely! Kind of like fingerless gloves, aren't they? I like those.

Date: 15 July 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Yes, they are. But they're more like mittens because they have thumbholes. It's period-appropriate for the 18th C. Thanks! bblackdahlia is talented.

Date: 15 July 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mischievous-t.livejournal.com
You have the sweetest face - I cannot imagine you kicking ass with an M16.

Just don't see it. LOL

Nice pics.

(love the robe)

Date: 15 July 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
*Sigh* I defy convention! I'm such a misunderstood person.

My dramatic emo statement for the day - especially after you called me emo the other day... which I've never been called.

And you called me a pragmatist today... which I've never been called either.

But it's much easier to envision the M16 if you knew how often I could go from zero to sixty on the Bitchometer.

I assume you're talking about the blue wool cloak. It's a thick blanket wool and I love it. It's much abused and gets toted to most of the reenactments even if the collar clasp is modern.

Date: 15 July 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miamadwyn.livejournal.com
Weaving and knitting are two things I'd love to do. Those are pretty gloves.

Date: 15 July 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Weaving and knitting are two things I don't do. Hence the commission. And I'd like to try my hand at them as well, but only in a fanasty realm. I have way too many hobbies to consider taking them on. And weaving is such an investment. I have a girlfriend who weaves and she has like 6 different looms each of them are worth thosands and take forever to work.

Yep, fantasy hobby.

Date: 15 July 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beffeysue.livejournal.com
You are beautiful! Your gauntlets and shoes, the dress and cloak are lovely, too. I'm with [livejournal.com profile] mischievous_t, I can't imagine you with your sweet face takin' names and kickin' butt with an M16.

Date: 15 July 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Sweet face, yes, but I can be an all out bitch. Iz scary.

Thanks! I love my 18th Century impression, I have a lot of fun with it. We go out and do encampments and I slog around open pit fires and cook for the masses using historical methods and recipes. Odd sure, but we already knew that.

Date: 15 July 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clairvoyant12.livejournal.com
Excellent historical threads. I once worked with a young lady who participated in Civil War reeanactments (there's quite a few here in Michigan), and she even wore hand-sewn undergarments! Bloomers, for heaven's sake! Her second favorite hobby was cake decoration, the red velvet being tops in her book. I think she was a closet Southerner. LOL

Love the shoes. Kinda witchy, in a "Cruicible" way.

Date: 15 July 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
I don't do CW reenacting because they tend to be um... insane. And I have many pieces that are entire handstitched, but not undergarments for heavensake! Why handwork something nobody will ever see. Most of my historical gear I will machine sew the internal seams and handfinish any hems.

I was trying to figure out what shoes to wear with my witches' costume for Hogsmeade Witch's Weekend, and I was like... duh... 18th Century buckle shoes should be both perfect and stereotypical.

Date: 15 July 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] voxangelus.livejournal.com
Those shoes are teh awesome. I love them.

I unfortunately will not be wearing any witchy clothes beyond a tie-dye Weird Sisters shirt. Oh, and pink hair, of course. Trying to keep my luggage to a backpack only.

Date: 15 July 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Thanks, I lusted after them for so long before I got them, but they're not Tonks-ish at all.

I can't wait to see your Tonks!

Date: 15 July 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eoforyth.livejournal.com
according to the Hubby: Historical reenacting is NOT cosplay

Actually, I have quite a few friends who do both, and would agree with him :)

Date: 15 July 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
*shrugs* It's all about the same to me - an excuse to play with cloth.

Date: 15 July 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eoforyth.livejournal.com
I'm with you on the subject *Mmmm, cloth - braids, buttons, buckles...*

Date: 15 July 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] christev.livejournal.com
Every now and then you scare me a little, so I totally buy the M16 bit... although do you look very sweet while you're kicking butt.

Love the gauntlets, love the robe (yay! clasp!), what's that on your head? Did you have to put your hair back in a kerchief since you were sporting wool on such a hot day?!

Thanks for posting the fleurs, too, nice to see how they came out! <3 :D

Date: 15 July 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
The hair is wrapped up, which is appropriate for the timeperiod and the impression regardless of the season. A woman doesn't run around with her hair loose! Good heavens! That's as unforgivable as not being in stays.

The flowers are lovely. Thank you again.

Date: 15 July 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mom0desu.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you like them! They look very good in the pictures. I was terrified that you wouldn't like them in the end, haha. I hope you get great use of them this winter :)

Date: 18 July 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
Thank you, they are a bit snug, but like you said a bit of stretching and they'll be fine. Actually after wearing them I didn't really notice.

I can't believe you sent back the wool. You didn't need to do that. I didn't expect that.

I hope others contact you for commissions.

Date: 5 August 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juno-magic.livejournal.com
Those gauntles are rather beautiful. I love the braided patterns. They look great. :)

Date: 8 August 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apollinav.livejournal.com
They are indeed! She's very talented. I'm certainly impressed by her skills. I can't manage to make a potholder on one of those kid's weaving frames.


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