franchesca: (Sapphire)
2013-03-15 11:08 am

kindness of the heart

I know that my life is full of great and positive things. When I am gently reminded of them I fall in love all over again.
Read more... ) I am so very glad that we found each other and so very glad that my children love her so much too. :)
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2012-06-11 12:15 pm

A Day at the Manor

In July I will be doing a hands on class on glove making.
The class is limited as I want to give as much of my attention to the students as I can and small class sizes are easier for me to do that.

After my class is done I am open to work with anyone that has a glove started and just wants to work on it some more. My daughter will be attending a few classes and once she is done I am fairly certain that she will have hit her limit on spending time away from home and we will be leaving.

I am more than willing to return on Sunday for those that want to work informally with me further on gloves. Just let me know. :)
franchesca: (Glove for Vanessa)
2012-02-13 09:28 am
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O M G!!!

This is soooo incredible!!

I am geeking out big time over here!

I got the cd mailed me of the gloves [ profile] the_thread_lady took pictures of from the Fashion Museum in Bath!

I have already looked through it like 3 times and still cannot get enough! I so want to hop on a plane and fly over there and bed them to let me publish a coffee table book of just the gloves and cuffs (they label them gauntlets) no matter the condition. Sigh, I can dream! :)
franchesca: (Christmas)
2011-12-11 01:57 pm

Happy Birthday!

to [ profile] nazerett

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 ║╔╗║╔╗║╔╣╔╩╗╔╝ ★ BIRTHDAY ☆
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2011-11-14 09:44 am

Italian Gloves

The page is not done yet and I do apologize for not posting here every day like I originally planned. Things just got in the way and I ended up working more than an hour a day on this project, way more. :P

I kept a running record in a word doc and have been slowly porting it over to a webpage off my glove site.

Here is the URL:

I would love comments on anything you see there. I especially would love any published references specific speaking to the gloves I show.

Along the way I have decided that I will be taking this project a step further and either recreate or find the pattern that is on the cuffs of the gloves I finally chose to make.

I am a bit of an outside of the box thinker, ok, I am a LOT on the outside of the box thinker. (Yes, I am the one that said "eye ball it" cause that is how my mom did it and my grandmother did it and how they chose to teach me when it comes to sewing. I just did not realize that it meant that you must have that talent in you to be able to "eye ball it".) I chose to make a pair of gloves that were not made of leather and not the every day cuff of an Italian from the renaissance. I chose velvet gloves.

/Madeleine de La Tour d AuvergneGo, have a look, tell me what you all think here. :)
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2010-11-27 03:05 pm

Amazon Dry Goods

Greetings Costuming Collective,

I have been asked to help with the scanning of the pattern catalog and then put it and the General catalog on my webpage.

I have posted it to my Live Journal, tweeted it, and created an FB page for them as well (need 25 likes to update the URL).!/pages/AmazonDryGoods/120933831302788

Please pass this message on to all places who have an interested in their items and story. It would be great to see reviews of items you have purchased from them. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Baronessa Chiara Francesca Arianna d'Onofrio
Porte de L'Eau, Canton of the Barony of Madrone
franchesca: (crying)
2010-11-08 06:52 pm

R.I.P. Carolyn Kayta Barrows

R.I.P. Carolyn Kayta Barrows, she was one of "Us", a fellow Glove maker, knitter, S.C.A., science fiction fandom, Dickens Faire, the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco, and the Suffragette Protest every March.

She loved butterscotch pudding and caramels, they have asked that we have small parties serving these items to remember her by.

God speed dear friend, I will miss you.
franchesca: (Crown 2003)
2010-09-26 03:58 pm
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Sunday equestrian Emprise event fun

By the time we got out to Kent it was nice and comfortable. Did not need hats or cloaks at all.

Got to watch horse games for a while, went to the archery range, nibbled on the lunch (Alexandria pretty much eat it all after telling me she was not hungry so I only got one lunch. LOL) and talked to a very nice group of folks. Met the new Baroness as we were getting ready to leave and she was very excited to hear that I taught a glove class. They would like for me to teach asap. :)

I am going to try to go to the A&S next weekend in Kirkland and bring a couple of patterns with me. If I have time I will sit with whoever is interested and talk gloves. :)

Ping me here or on FB if you are coming and want a quick and dirty pattern to play with. I will look into teaching a few classes between now and the end of year here in Antir.

Deal? :)
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2010-06-17 11:57 am


Wow, 48 does not feel too bad at all, nope not bad at all. :D
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2009-10-10 11:39 am

Cause hubby comes home for two days then leaves again ...

Today's list:
washing My laundry (finally!)
putting away laundry that has been done
kitchen counters
living area 1
put together glove kit for student
gather up anything else that needs to be mailed
run to post office with kiddos in tow
yeah, lets see how far I get. :)
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2008-10-21 03:06 pm

kitty go splash ...

The tub is not empty. Yet the newest addition to our family decided to take a walk along the edge and try her paw at a floating toy or two.

Result .....

kitty go splash.
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2008-10-06 10:06 am
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new pictures and an experiment

Experimenting with flicker ... Snoqualmie Falls
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2008-10-02 09:10 pm
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My Knight



My Knight is playing Saladine the last weekend of October in Austin Texas (Bryn Gwlad). Trying to see if I have the points to transfer for a flight out that way .... :D

Whose going?
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2008-10-02 02:39 pm
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The Classic Dames Test...

Taken from Bebccalynnlaw

Your result for The Classic Dames Test...

Myrna Loy

You scored 24% grit, 14% wit, 33% flair, and 45% class!

You are class itself, the calm, confident "perfect woman." Men turn and look at you admiringly as you walk down the street, and even your rivals have a grudging respect for you. You always know the right thing to say, do and, of course, wear. You can take charge of a situation when things get out of hand, and you're a great help to your partner even if they don't immediately see or know it. You are one classy dame. Your screen partners include William Powell and Cary Grant, you little simmerpot, you.

Find out what kind of classic leading man you'd make by taking the
Classic Leading Man Test.

Take The Classic Dames Test at HelloQuizzy

franchesca: (Louboutin Manicure)
2008-09-15 09:40 am

Memories of a Con in a galexy far far away

George Takei marries longtime partner Brad Altman


I had the esteem pleasure of taking Mr. Takei out to lunch many years ago. I was fresh out of a relationship where I dumped yet another a..hole and I wanted to just get away from the Con. I was part of the guest liasion's office and volunteered to take whoever was next out to lunch. I drew Mr. Takei. :)

We sat at a table with 3 others and eat and talked and bullshitted for over 4 hours. He did not want go back to the Con and used me as an excuse. I was very happy to oblige. That was one of the most wonderful lunches of my life. He of course has the charisma to make you feel as if you are the only one that he is talking to and that your conversation was the most important thing in the world to him at that moment.

I could care less if he remembers us or not. All I care about is that I was having lunch with someone that was a kind, generous, forgiving soul.

More power to you George!!
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2008-09-14 01:03 pm

Mt. Rainier


I finally got a morning shot of it.
There are two mountains between us and it.

There is a better shot of it from North of the city we live in that I can going to try to get at sunset today ... if I remember that is. It is laundry day again. Sigh.

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2008-08-28 06:05 pm

She is 13 today

My baby girl, the one that was soooo underweight when she was born, the tinyest student in her preschool through 5th grade, the one that I need to be a constant cheerleader for and advocate in the school systems world wide, my pooky girl, she is 13 today.

Happy Birthday!!


(I had a blast making this for her! It is one of those dresses that is already printed on the fabric, you just cut them out and sew!)

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2008-08-27 12:11 am


Ok, I finished the updates, here they are:

Out first Microsoft party, it was at a place called Medowbrook

Our Second Microsoft party, it was on the campus

Mt Rainier Trip

Some day I will finish unpacking and have time to put text on them. :)

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2008-08-09 11:49 am

Mt. Rainier

Today, we go to climb Mt. Rainier.

I will report back with pictures and hopefully some very tired kiddos. :D 
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2008-08-08 10:07 am

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Fifteen years ago I proved my closest friends wrong and did the unthinkable, the unimaginable,

I committed Marriage.

This is us today.

Happy Anniversary my Love!