The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles
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Wed, Sep. 1, 2004 - Mabel
Mabel came by our studio today to model an outfit that we received from Toby, a VPA member who was cleaning out her closets. The bodice is from around 1900, and it is very tiny. We thought that Mabel would be small enough to wear it, and while we were able to cinch her waist down to 21" without too much effort, we still weren't able to completely button the front other than right at the waist. Boy were women tiny back then. The original owner also must have had a pencil neck because we had to pin it in the back and even with it pretty tight on Mabel, it left about a 1" gap.
Thu, Sep. 2, 2004 - Mabel's 21 Inch Waist
Here's the first few layers that Mabel was wearing under the bodice and skirt featured yesterday. In all she was wearing: drawers, brassiere, corset, petticoat, corset cover, another petticoat, skirt, and bodice. Makes getting dressed in the morning a bit of a chore.
Sun, Sep. 5, 2004 - New Camera
My main purpose in going to the PPA convention in Las Vegas was to check out the new cameras available, since my Fuji S1 was starting to have trouble and was getting out dated. I was especially interested in the Kodak SLR/n, and here is one of the first pictures from my new digital camera that arrived a few days ago. The Kodak besides having the stunning quality that a 14 megapixel camera offers, has two other major benefits that I'm really planning to put to use. First it uses a full size sensor, so my 35mm lenses act exactly the way they do on my old 35mm bodies. So it will be nice to have wide angle lenses again. Also as this shot demonstrates, the camera is capable of taking very long exposures through a unique ISO system that lets you set the ISO as low as 6. For you non photo geeks, that is extremely slow, since even the slowest film is rated at 25. This feature allows you to take photos like this one where the water is very blurred.
Tue, Sep. 7, 2004 - More Wall Paper
Philip and Diane came back to finish the wallpaper on the ceiling and also put up our Iris frieze. It's looking so good in that room, were excited to get the rest of it done now. Next project in there is to get the mantle modified a bit so it fits our fireplace, and then we need to put in the tile surround and hearth.
Fri, Sep. 10, 2004 - Humboldt Rust
I'm used to seeing rusty cars from back east where they salt the roads, but here on the west coast you get totally natural rust. This is the worst rusted vehicle I've seen in a long time and I'm not sure what's holding it all together. The owner has resorted to riveting sheet metal over the windows to keep them from falling completely out.
Sat, Sep. 11, 2004 - Rio Dell Practice Burn
I spent the morning at a practice burn in Rio Dell. This is the fourth time I've been in a burning building, and I'm getting a lot more comfortable with it than I would have ever imagined. Still not something I would want to do every day though. There's more pictures of the fire on the Ferndale Fire Department web site.
Wed, Sep. 22, 2004 - Victorian Corset
This is the first corset that Lori and I purchased, and still my favorite as it is by far the fanciest. I've photographed it several times over the years, and in fact it was worn by the first model I worked with, Heather. I've always wondered what it would look like with out the first layer of clothing underneath it. Now I know.
Thu, Sep. 23, 2004 - Misty Morning
Early fall we get the best weather in Ferndale. The coastal fog that we see all summer finally goes away, but it's a couple of months yet before we start getting the winter deluge. Sunny days, starry nights, and early morning ground fog are the norms. Here's the view from our front porch as we were beginning our walk to work.
Fri, Sep. 24, 2004 - Jimsom Weed
I've often though it's not fair that weeds are so ugly. Why can't the weeds that invade your yard at least be pretty? Well, then we wouldn't call them weeds probably. But when we had a load of manure brought in, new weeds appeared and one of them that I saw a lot was a very broadleafed plant, which I thought at first might be a potato. When we fell behind in our weeding and one bloomed, Lori mentioned how pretty this weed was. So I spent some time researching what it might be and I found out it was Jimsom Weed, or Datura stramonium, a member of the potato family. A rather unfriendly member though as it is very poisonous we found out. We have other poisonous plants in the yard such as foxglove, but we decided we better keep pulling these for now. In reading about them I found out that they are also very bad for cattle, which makes me wonder how they showed up with the manure in the first place. The one upside is that they are one of the easier weeds to pull, but they do have a distinctive odor when you pull them by hand. Which is what we're doing now because Lori is uncomfortable having me spray Round-up. Yeah, we don't want anything toxic in the yard would we?
Sat, Sep. 25, 2004 - Engine 1
This morning I photographed our Engine 1 for the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department web site. Lori has wanted a picture of me in my full turnouts so I figured I would take a shot with me posing with the engine since I'm in Company #1. Just after I parked the engine on the lawn at the fairgrounds for the photos, two girls (probably 8 & 10 years old) came up and the first question was, "Is that a fire truck?" Boy, you sure can't slip anything by kids these days.
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