Updates, sewing, and Empirical Russia.

Well, I've been fairly busy over here in snowy dreary Sweeeden. It's great. Love it. Love it so much I'm going home for 3 weeks tomorrow to get the last bit of that Indian Summer before Thanksgiving. (70 and sunny-ish tomorrow when I get home. I think I might end up being arrested for ripping off my layers of clothing and running naked in the streets of Louisville.....I can't wait to look at the search engine results over the next couple of weeks and see what kind of traffic is coming to this blog.) Anywaysss-- I've been working on Sapphire's stays, and they're now ready for a fitting. I'm giving the replica whaleboning a go...so far it seems like it might be ok. We'll find out tonight when I do a quick fitting on her...

In other news, you can pop over to my 'Sweden' blog and read about my adventures in Swedish Healthcare. It's a doozy. Hope you don't mind the discussion of blood...I hate blood. I hate giving blood, and I hate seeing blood. Apparently so much, it affects me greatly. But I wrote the story with the whole hating blood issue, so it shouldn't be too bad if you are a bit sensitive.

And finally, since I'm too lazy to upload pictures of the stays, and let's be honest, they're beige. I'll post pictures later.. I did find something pretty freaking awesome on Huffington Post. Kind of along the likes of the Times pictures, but even more fabulous.

Russian Empire. Turn of the 20th Century. COLORED PHOTOGRAPHS. I know. Right?!

I die.

Emir of Bukhara, 1910

Dagestani Women, 1910

Three Young Women, 1909

Kebab Restaurant,  Between 1905-1915 (Kebab Restaurants, the original fast food. har)
Just click on any of the links to take you to the other photographs...they're stunning and very interesting...black and white photographs are beautiful and helpful, but these photographs just bring 100 years ago immediately to the present and back to life...so vivid, so real, so now, so magical.


  1. How amazing! I wonder how much, and how quickly, all of this changed after the revolution?

  2. I know, I wondered the same thing! My understanding of the Russian revolution is mostly based off of Fiddler on the Roof and some internet searches on Anastasia...not exactly in depth. The research on how fast everything switched and changed would be really interesting..

  3. I can't get over the fact that these are in color!! And not just poorly done color...I mean vivid!

  4. Jill, I know! I about fell out of my chair when I saw these.


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