Missy update

I admit it. I work best under pressure. This costume could have been done already, but I’ve totally taken my time on it.

This evening, I worked on the pockets that are in the jacket.

welted pocketInside the pocket

Pillow fit for a little sister

Going to school online has its challenges. One of those is building relationships with other students. I’ve been a member of Sigma Epsilon Kappa sin10919402_1011036645579381_3176104576815949180_oce Sept 2013.

Fall 2014 we were given the opportunity to take part in a big/little program. It’s a bit ironic that my little, Shannon, is further along her educational journey than I am.

This is the pillow that I designed for her.

Here are the details on its construction:

Fabric: Branching Out Calypso upholstery fabric from Hancock Fabrics.
Trim: Purple trim from JoAnn Fabrics
Greek letters: Stahl’s ID Direct
Embroidery floss: DMC Metallics in silver & purple
Pillow form: 18″x18″ pillow form from JoAnn Fabrics

Ready to press letters down
Ready to embroider
Ready to sew together & add trim

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – #2 Walton Thurman Green

In continuing the challenge, I have chosen my great-grandfather, Walton Thurman Green. The theme is “closest to my birthday”.

Walton Thurman Green & Sevella Virginia WestWalton’s birthday was May 2, 1890 (mine is May 10th) in Kipling, Louisiana. He died June 13, 1952 in Liberty County, Texas.

Walton’s parents were Charles Henry Green & Mary Angeline Martin. He married Sevella Virginia West about 1908. He and Sevella had 8 children that all survived into adulthood.

Walton was a machinist that worked for Romayer Gravel Company. He later farmed.

Walton, like his father, was tall, was brown-eyed and had dark hair.

I have not been able to confirm that Walton is actually buried where his death certificate states. A user on FindAGrave was unable to locate his gravesite when they looked recently. I’m hoping to look myself soon.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – #1 Eliza Ann Howard White

I’m late for the party on this, but I just learned about this new challenge. To blog about one of your ancestors each week in 2015.


To follow the optional theme of tough woman for this week, I have chosen to focus on Eliza Ann Howard. She was my 4th great-grandmother.

Eliza Ann was born in 1822 in the San Augustine Territory of Texas. Her parents were John Harrison Howard and Keziah Varner.

Something must have gone on shortly after the Texians fought for and won their independence from Mexico because she and her entire family were charged with arson in 1837. I’ve not been able to review the court documents yet (that requires a trip to where the records are archived).

Around 1837 or early 1838, she married William Covington White. That September, she had my 3rd great-grandfather, John Covington White. She was 15.

Before 1840, she had lost her first husband, had remarried and had moved to Louisiana. She and her new husband, Gibson Johnson, had possibly 12 children together.

She died at age 71 in Vernon Parish, Louisiana.

She was a strong, tough woman who was a teenager during the Texas War for Independence and had overcome the adversity of being charged with arson as a teen. She went on to have a successful life and raised children

Missy’s blouse 1.0

I’m calling this Missy’s blouse 1.0 because another Missy cosplay (from over at skaro.com) has designed fabric for her blouse and has it for sale at spoonflower.com. Blouse 2.0 will be when I get purchase yardage of this fabric, but for right now, the white on white shirting is good enough.

This is the current state my blouse 1.0 is in. Sleeves & cuffs are set. It’s hemmed. All that is lacking is the collar & buttons and I may need to tweak the collar to make it work. Not surprising since I upsized a smaller pattern.

missy blouse 1.0