When I first started this blog, I was an unemployed costumer attempting to create period gowns and costumes with very limited means. Although now employed, I still try to be as thrifty as possible. I am still "The Broke Costumer"!

In addition to posts about the outfits I make on a budget, this blog includes short research articles on fashion, history, accessories, styles, or whatever interests me at the moment.

I hope you enjoy my journey into the land of inexpensive costuming and short articles.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Oh WOW!  I am honored, as I have been given the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Chelsea from   http://asartorialstatement.blogspot.com/    Check out her blog.  Her recent post about her Regency gown is wonderful.  Thank you Chelsea!

 To accept the award, one must:
1. Display the award and link back to the person who nominated you.
2. State 7 facts about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 bloggers for the award.
4. Notify the winners.

Seven things about me.....

1.   I love collecting things.  Right now, my favorite collections are: Jadite, Fiesta Ware, Jewel Tone purses, retro frosted bar glasses, Victorian and Edwardian fashion plates, and vintage postcards.

2.   I have always had cats my entire life.  I have never had a dog.

3.   I am very interested in genealogy.   My father was adopted, but I have traced both his blood family line and his adopted family line back to the 1200s.  Both lines originated in Scotland!

4.   I don’t like seafood.  You couldn’t pay me to eat anything with claws or shells.  I do like tuna sandwiches though, my only exception..

5.   I am an avid scrapbooker.   My house looks like a scrapbook supply store.  I actually have racks for my paper, and have dedicated cupboards for supplies and books.

6.   I love crime drama.  My favorites are Law and Order SVU, CSI and NCIS.  I also love retro crime drama like Adam 12 and Dragnet.  I used to be a closet Dog the Bounty Hunter watcher, but I kicked that habit a few years ago.  Maybe its because my dad was a cop.

7.   I have never been on a train (Disneyland doesn’t count).  I have never been on a cruise ship either, but am afraid to.   I got sick on the ferry boat from Victoria, BC to Washington State.  I was green for two days.

My blogger nominations.  I really enjoy reading these and have them saved as my favorites.

1.  http://timetravelingincostume.blogspot.com/  Val is the one who encouraged me to start a blog in the first place.  She is a wonderful costumer, and has helped me personally with my costuming.

2.   http://vintageattirew-dnalof2007.blogspot.com/  Trudy has a flair for adapting patterns to fit her ideals, has wonderful ideas on how to salvage pieces and turn them into something else.

3.  http://madamnovice.blogspot.com/  Kate is no novice in my eyes.  She makes beautiful 18th century gowns and jewelry.

4.   http://vintagepurse.blogspot.com/   Love love love all these purses!  Wherever does she find them all?  I am extremely jealous of her collection of Jewel Tone purses in the photo on her home page.

5.   http://fairyfingers.blogspot.com/  Threads of my Life is an all around great costume blog.  Such cute costumes!

6.   http://americanduchess.blogspot.com/    Absolute perfection in everything!  From hats to her very special shoes, we all love her.

7.  http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com/   Informative, funny, inspirational, I have learned so many interesting tidbits from these ladies.

8.   http://evadress.blogspot.com/    Fantastic vintage patterns.  I like to see the photos of what their clients make from the patterns.

9.  http://georgianaduchessofdevonshire.blogspot.com/    Heather posts Interesting stories about ladies of the 18th century.  The Duchess of Devonshire’s gossip guide is full of history.

10.  http://marie-antoinettequeenoffrance.blogspot.com/  This lovely blog contains paintings, stories and gossip of Marie’s time.    Thank you Lauren!

11.  http://extantgowns.blogspot.com/   All the Pretty Dresses is just that - almost every beautiful gown ever made!  Its here that I get my inspiration for projects.

12.  http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com/    Food, costumes, events and historical homes.   A full lifestyle in this blog!  I want to go visit them now.

13.   http://historicalquintessence.blogspot.com/  Kyrie says it best: adventures with historical costume, haberdashery, antiques, art and other curiosities.  Great blog just full of goodies!

14.   http://livingwithjane.blogspot.com/    Based on her love of Jane Austen, Jenni writes about the things she loves. This blog really shows her love for the simple and beautiful things in life.  I like her Words from Jane at the bottom of her page.

15.  http://quaintrellelife.blogspot.com/   Great vintage blog of fun stuff!  Nifty retro ads, hairstyles, recipes, lifestyles, clothing - all vintage fun.

I am in the process of informing all my nominees, please check out all their awesome blogs.


  1. Thank you for the nomination! It means the world to me. :)

  2. Thank you! Give me a few days to do something with it.

  3. Thank you for your nomination! I'll take care of it tomorrow!

  4. Well SNAP I've awarded you a Very Inspiring Blogger award as well! Really enjoy your posts.
    Sandra (A traveller in time)

  5. Finally got around to forwarding my award, and it went to Mennonite Girls Can Cook. http://timetravelingincostume.blogspot.com/2013/05/very-inspiring-blogger-award_4.html