Another Skirted Doublet Saturday, Mar 21 2009 

Another Skirted Doublet

18 March 2009

Another work day.  Another skirted doublet.  This one is for a friend named Joe.  We have lots of friends named Joe, it turns out.  But this Joe is getting a Tudor outfit this year, as is his wife Cindy.  And it should be noted that Joe does his own beading!  I gave him the gold diamond brocade last fall, and his photo shows how it looks as the trim on the bottom of the skirt of his doublet.


Close-up of Gold and Sparkly Sunday, Mar 15 2009 

Close-up of Gold and Sparkly

12 March 2009
Happy Birthday, John!

A few days ago, I took a photo of this doublet stomacher as I was applying trim and gold fleurs. Now, it’s all beaded and assembled, and this is a close-up of how the beading turned out—I like it! I hope Lionel will, too!

I had a sick husband today, home with me instead of at work —although he ended up working all day anyway. At least he didn’t have to get fully dressed and drive and deal with the office environment when he felt like crap. But, because he was home, it worked out really well for me to have lots of hand-sewing to do—I could be nearby if he needed me.


Ryan’s Velvet Thursday, Feb 19 2009 

Ryan's Velvet

17 February 2009

We’re into that portion of the year when my posts to The Daily KRuMB will be short. That’s merciful to our readers, since nearly every photo is going to be of some flavour of fabric, or trim, or combination of the two.
If you think that gets a little boring . . . welcome to my world. Sorry.

This is a photo of the beautiful chocolate brown cotton velvet that I am using for Ryan’s Tudor doublet. Together with the gold brocade fabric trim, it is quite striking. Yummy, even.


Claddagh Tuesday, Oct 28 2008 


26 October 2008

It was a long, long weekend.  Attendance seemed rather high on Saturday, and sales were average.  Sunday, on the other hand, was quiet and sloooooooow.  So, when the day had ended and my workers were paid and on their way to their respective homes, I was more than ready for a relaxing dinner at Ginger’s with my girlfriends.  

Not long after dinner, Laura asked me what the current photo assignment was.  I don’t even know if I’m right or not, but I think I remember Kyle telling me it was “Love.”  I commented then, that that sure left things wide open for interpretation and many, many options.  Laura’s first thought was to slip her ring off her finger and present it for my camera’s pleasure. (She misses you, Paul!) It was quickly determined that adding the Girl Glass goblet as a base and partial background would add much in the way of interest and beauty.  I took three or four shots, and this is the one I ended up liking the best. 

The ring, is a Claddagh— a symbol well-known to most with an interest in things historical, or things Celtic.  It is a traditional Irish ring design, frequently given in friendship or even worn as a wedding ring.  The design and customs associated with it, originated in the (now lost) Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old walls of the city of Galway.  First produced as a ring in the 17th century, the elements of the design are as follows:  the heart represents love; the crown represents loyalty; and the hands represent friendship. 

Modern traditions surround the wearing of this old symbol:  worn on the right hand, facing outward, it is a simple symbol of friendship.  Worn on the right hand, facing the wearer, it is a sign of commitment.  When worn on the left hand, facing outward,  it is normally being worn as an engagement/betrothal ring.  And once the union is made official (or the ring is being presented to a bride or groom during the wedding, it is worn on the left hand facing in toward the wearer.

Laura’s ring is very similar to my own engagement ring, and therefore a perfect symbol of love in my world, too.  It made me miss Kyle even more. 

He wrote that hopefully, this is the last weekend we have to be apart during TRF.  I hope he’s right.


Green and Gold Saturday, Aug 2 2008 

28 July 2008
Green & Gold twisted rope. That’s all I’m going to say.
Green & Gold

~KR (Written on 1 August 2008 )

Listening to:
Why Should I Love You by Mike Scott & the Waterboys
from Come Again: Essential Interpretations

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Treasure! Friday, May 16 2008 

14 May 2008
Have I mentioned that my wife is talented? She’ll take this bunch of geegaws
and turn it into works of art that she will then sell. I love what she does.
~KR (Written on 15 May 2008 )

Listening to:
Pay Me My Money Down by Bruce Springsteen
from We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire