I saw a notice from the Town Council the other day informing me about the Victorian weekend that we, like many towns, have just before the festive period. To go along with this there is a window competition, judged by the Mayor. We do usually enter (although I've never had anything to do with it) I don't know if we'll apply this year as the manager doesn't seem amazingly keen on things like this, but I hope we do (even though the fancy fabric shop always wins these things).
But it got me thinking about what we might do, and in that way the mind wanders, it reminded me of an unfinished cross stitch I had in the fabric bag. It must be at least 12 years since I last did anything with it, and it was finished other than half of the border. So yesterday, as we drank tea and watched Soccer Saturday I decided to get on with it. Of course I didn't have the same shade of green to finish the border, but thanks to the huge amount of embroidery floss Dan brought over from his grandmother's house I found something that was not-too-bad.
It took a little while, so Dan kindly made our evening meal (delicious), but I finished it, then left it to soak for a few hours as it smelled very musty after having been at the bottom of a bag for years.
Cross stitch doesn't really fit in with the style of the house, but I thought about some other pictures we have - one of a rabbit, a print of some trees, and a couple of other things, when they're all framed nicely they can hang together in the spare room, I think it will look good.
In the end, it was a very nice way to get through a wet and windy afternoon, especially as we'd come home with half a box of chocolates when we visited Dan's mum on Friday evening, who could ask for more?
If anyone has any very simple Victorian costume ideas I'd be very grateful to hear them. I'm not a massive fan of the sewing machine but I do have one, and I also have a glue gun, but other than that there will be no budget at all for this potential project!