Last week I told you about British Pub find, which I did go to the Burn's Night celebration. It was a great time with a wonderful setting, a bit of Burn's history and readings, and great food. I was very pleased with the evening.
Still working on my Outlander wardrobe. (Did you catch the word "wardrobe"?) In one of the posts from the American Duchess' blog, she speaks of quilted petticoats. Apparently when the weather gets colder, one just keeps adding petticoats or there is a quilted petticoat. So in the interest of saving time, energy and sanity on another blog it mentioned one could find a quilted coverlet to use. These are thin quilts that one would use more for looks than actual warmth I would think. Anyways, while scouring my favorite store (Saver's) I found this luscious tidbit. this is actually the backside of the quilted coverlet. The front was brighter patchwork pieces and was pretty in it's own right, but when I saw the underside, I nearly fainted. This could even be shown with an open front over skirt. It probably was a good thing no one else was holding it at the time or I probably would have snatched it right out of their hands, though I try not to do things like that. SO my best advice to anyone this week is: Haunt those second hand stores! I find the most treasures there.
Here are some links on the quilted petticoat (history and ideas):
I love finding new opportunities for Scottish type activities. A British pub opened up in the town I work in. It even has a cool British name "The Duke and Dagger". The best part is Robert Burns birthday is this coming week and they are having a Burns Night planned. There is a speaker who will be sharing the life and times of the poet, along with some poetry ready and singing of Auld Land Syne. There will also be ethnic food specials and Scotch tasting. I do like a bit of Jameson in my Pepsi, but always wanted to sample scotch. I was thrilled to find this out, for there is little to no Scottish activities in my area. I will let you know how it works out.
What is one to do when there are no opportunities to enjoy your favorite interests. One can travel to far away places, but that can be pricey or get things started in your area which can also be pricey if you are not very clever. As you know I have been learning to speak Scottish Gaelic. It has been a slow process(which is alright), but I think it would help a great deal if I had someone to talk to. Someone to use what I have learned on. So hence the Gaelic lesson at libraries and Ren fests. I am by no means fluent or even very good, but I do speak some basics. So my theory is that if I can get someone else interested, then I will have some one to talk to and with. That is the plan. Along with the language learning a group of friends and I, have also started an annual belly dance show that is now in its 9th year and a steampunk festival that will be it's 3rd year this year. It is so easy to say oh well and let it go, but it is so much more fun to get things started and meet new people and have fun. In my favorite immortal words of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard "Make it so!"
I love all things Scottish, Steampunk, belly dancing, and spending time with the granddaughters.