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Miss.Chastain's is focused on maintaining a connection to our fore-mothers through the rich heritage of needle works passed down through the generations. Miss. Chastain's head designer ;Sarah Rizzo, started sewing at the age of 7. Her first completely independent project was a recreation of the American Girls "Felicity" dress - a colonial reproduction. She learned to crochet a year later, with the Happy Hookers group at the local senior center. Thousands of dish cloths, baby layettes, afgans and garments later, she ventured into creating lace with threads. Sarah now has a passion for antique Irish lace reproduction, and lace jewelry creation. Sarah is an award winning costumer, having a love for all things historical. Her outstanding designs are worn worldwide in Victorian, Regency, Civil War, Renaissance and Medieval faires. Additionally her work has been worn in off Broadway theater, the Intersect Dance Theater, and Celebrate Dance 2011. Sarah studied Costuming, Pattern Design, as well was Fashion Design at Phoenix College She also writes a blog, with helpful needle art tips a long with life tips based in the wisdom, of needle arts.  Miss. Chsatsin's, offers you unique one of a kind items made from experienced loving hands ~ just like your Granny or Great Granny used to do. Each piece is made with a revenue for the art. Miss. Chsatain's, is based in Lafayette LA

Monday, February 20, 2017

Can't truly believe it

I truly have a hard time believing that I'm 35 weeks along qwith this little girl! It's seams as if time has just gone by so fast, up till now that is. I know that she will come when she is ready and that could be at any time now, and the waiting to meet her is what's killing me now!
However as much as I can hardly wait, something I'm so very over is everyone acting as if I need to have hounders of toys and things for her to do and play with. I get that some people feel like to have to have all that stuff but I don't, we don't plan to give her every toy that comes out, I believe in her not only playing out side and yes I know that's not going to be for sometime, but also that it's up to me and my husband to do things with her not just put a toy in front of her and hope that that will keep her happy. I just don't believe that kids or adults need to have as much stuff as other people think they need.

Friday, December 30, 2016

His sick!

Sadly now his sick! That's the way it goes frame one person in the house to the next I'm just hoping to get him feeling better sooner then I was. He like most men I think don't do well with being sick, even thought his been sick a lot the down time is still hard for him. The good thing is that his off work for a few days so he can hopefully do nothing and get better. The other good thing is that his very open to things like teas and other natural methods of healing to get better so he'll have his teas and that should help. Guess it's ok that as always we didn't have anything planed for the New Year's Eve, we just stay home becuase there are way to many crazy unsafe people out,and in truth it's not as fun I find for myself as it was when I was younger. That maybe becuase I have done the New Year's Eve partying thing and so I no longer feel this need to. It's just a date that we say is the start of the "New Year" but in truth if there are changes you want to do in life you can pick any day to do them and start that New Year for your self.



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pregnancy and a cold at the holidays

I had meet to post more throughout my pregnancy I just kind of gotten crazy busy!  So the up date I'm now 27 weeks ago, and things are over all going great! My mother has moved in with us and started at a new job that she is enjoying I have gone back to work very part time as well. It's nice to be back out a few days a week. But I'm still working on getting things put together so that once the little is here hopefully I'll be able to work from home, yes I like the idea of working somewhere very part time to pick me out in he world but, at the same time I want to be at home with my little one. But  reality is that more income does help. So  in between work and making things for my own little one and the holiday crazy of family I town I have been working on stock for shop.
Oh the holidays, they were great my husbands parents came in to town, so we have a full family  Christmas with them and my mother all here. So we took this time to reveal to them the name that we've chosen we did find out several weeks ago that we will be having a little girl. We just all in stockings from their granddaughter to be with her name in it. Reveal to them the name that we've chosen we did find out several weeks ago that we will be having a little girl. We just all in stockings from their granddaughter to be with her name in it. We knew that they would be happy to find out the name after all my mother in law has been asking every day for weeks what name we have picked. But we had no idea just how happy they would be with the cards, they found it to be the sweetes thing and they were just over joyed and that really made the day the best. But sadly I came down wth a bad cold on Christmas Day, now for people that done know there isn't much you can take for a cold with your  pregnant, but you can take only halfway knocks out sometimes. In many ways I'm OK with this I try to do more natural remedies anyway a lot of echinacea tea and lozenges and rest.  Because after all sometimes things just have to run their natural course, however my husband worries and doesn't feel this way so day four of me being sick he starts in on I have to go to the doctor sure enough I get up today and I'm doing so much better you don't always have to run to the doctor pregnant or not.  Yes there are times when you do and yes being more cautious when you're pregnant is important however for myself I have an extremely low risk pregnancy and I know there's nothing more they can give me steam out your head and rest. The major downside about being sick over the holidays with family in town is it does take some of the fun away for everyone else, as well as time away from working on things I desperately need to get done.  I have gotten one sheet for our bassinet made along with the pattern how to information photos and I'll coming shortly still have many diapers to make.  No I know there are many companies that you can buy cough diapers from as well as disposables, however I'm not choosing to use disposable diapers for a few reasons the detrimental to the environment as well as they're extremely expensive, Then there is  The fact that my husband and I both have extremely sensitive skin so the likelihood of our little one having sensitive skin is very high, so why not avoid chemicals as much as possible.  I did look into several of the companies that make cloth diapers that you can purchase and that's great if that's the route you want to do however I wasn't overly thrilled with what they were offering, so I decided to kind of do my own may as well put that education of mine to use,  information to Torio's on how I'm doing mine will be available shortly as well.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

work ideas

I'm still working for work out side of the home, not because its my first choice but because part of me really feels that I need to. Along with a baby on the way my mother is going to be moving in with us. My husband has been great about that, my mother has CRPS and a long with that is in remission from breast cancer. The CRPS has made it very hard for her to work, making it hard for her to take care of living cost by her self. Even knowing this he has not once said anything bad about her moving in with us, that has meant so very much to me. But I know that the adding of a baby and my mother is a lot on him, it would be a lot even if I was working but with my not working I know its even harder. So I want to try and take that burden off of him in any way I can.

So with that I have been applying for out side work, but with that I'm looking at what I can do from home as well. Working on marking my etsy misschastains.etsy.com but also along with that I have decided to upload my photography to a stock photo site were I can hopeful sell my photos. Giving a lot of thought to maybe selling Avon, Mary Kay, or something a long those lines really anything that I can do to make money and help with this burden. I do really hope that things work out that I'm able to work from home because I know that in no way would working out side of it is going to be easy right now, the pregnancy has been really hard and I don't think its just because of the pregnancy but that its also my fibromyalgia just the mix of it has been hard this first three months with the morning sickness and the always being tired. Makes it hard for sure, people keep saying to me that its going to pass and Ill feel better soon and my hope is that I do, I'm worried that I may not that I may end up having more issues with my fibromyalgia as my pregnancy goes on, that one of the big reasons for wanting the thing to work that would mean I could work from home making it easier it stop when I need to something your not able to o working retail. As soon as I know what website Ill be putting photos on Ill be sharing it on here same with as soon as I know what product I will be sell Ill be sharing that as well. I know that with as long as I put in the work with a few things then it will work out. Its just going to take not only me making up my mind and sooner then later as well as putting in the work for it, that's really all I can do.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Pregnancy week 12


Being that everything was still going well when we saw the Doctor this week we decided to go ahead and actually announced to everyone. Before now we had only announced to our parents, and they were over the moon. But this was the week we told the world, the way that we decided to do that was with a photo, that I took.

I took this photo weeks ago and holding on to it with out sharing it was so hard but we did want to wait. In truth it was truly nice to wait and really just keeping it between us and our parents, we kept it from them for the first 8 weeks and that was great just us as a couple having that time to enjoy this great change in our life's.

The first 12 weeks have been some what hard on me. Morning sickness is a joke, the joke is the morning part.who ever thought that calling it morning was crazy it's more like an all day and some times the night to. But as I come to the end of my 12th week I have had more days with out being sick then being sick and for that I'm so thankful. I'm finally at the point where I have put to getting our  registry. I haven't stared doing to much sewing for the little one as it's still going to be a few weeks till we know some what for "sure" what the  gender  of our little one. However I have been doing a bit of crochetting things that are every  neutral, working on a bunting now in neutral colors tantalite like a spark teal in it. But in a few weeks I'll start on cloth diaper covers because yes I'm choosing to use cloth diapers, however I'm not planing on the costly new way but a mix of the older and newer way so why not make the covers and  inserts myself. I'll be adding a a blog with the steps use in a few weeks. Well I'm sure with some help from my mother.
After all she was so happy with the news she is moving to where we are to be closer and is going to be living with us for a time. I know a lot of people would see this a a bad thing but I see it as a great help in truth. Even with things going well getting more orders in on my etsy but not as much as when I was working full time do the truth is that I'm looking at going back to work. I hate the idea in truth so much I want to be able to stay at home with my child but if I can't I feel so much better know I have my mother here to help so I don't have to think about a day care, because with the cost of that it would cost what I would make from work and there would be no reason but also I hate the idea of putting a baby in daycare for someone other then family to look after. But I also know that with my mother here I may be able to do some other work from home things that would be my dream after all.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pregnant

So this is the first time I'm putting it out there to the world that I'm pregnant. That's right my husband and I are   Expecting a little bundle of joy sometime in March. So obviously I told him first and I wanted to come up with some kind of a sweet way that represented us to tell him and let him know. Will is having spent so much of our  relationship apart due to his work we started actually writing letters to each other sometimes emails but usually actual physical letters. I would look forward to getting the mail and seeing what wonderful things he would write, so thinking about that  I decided to write a cute little letter telling him coming soon then he was going to be a daddy. Then it was how to give atone not just hears a note in the mail. But something he would find  because we continue to write letters and notes to each other and so it Christmas up stick them in his stocking when I go out of town I put them on his pillow so he finds it when he comes home. Which made me think of where can I put this one that he'll find it and Would be an oh my God.  So I thought where else to put it well he wear his ball caps almost every day has a very wide collection so I stuck the test under the bill of the hat and put the note in front of it, so that when he would go to get his hat for the day he would find it.  Sure enough he reached for a hat and found the news instead I've never seen him so happy it was a great moment for sure.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Chickenpox update

We have been very lucky I have to say. Even with Michael having the chickenpox they haven't been to bad and o think that's because as soon as the spots came up we were at the ER with in two days of seeing them. I do wish we had gotten the in a day earlier, but we frist thought it was a reaction to new laundry detergent. But the antiviral meds really do make a big difference. However it's still been hard to get sewing work done and taking care of him making sure he takes the meds five times a day. But some how between making soup and making sure his getting enough fluid along with applying lots of calamine lotion. I was able to get some things crocheted, ironically a pair of baby mittens to keep from scratching very vintage style
They are a very light blue and I love the way they came out, soft and sweet. The other thing I was able to make was a pair of little booties in a mint green with a lilac trim and yellow tie. 

They Match the little sweater that I finished a few days ago. 
It's funny who they look so different in color, light really does make a difference they're made out of the exact same skein of yarn. In person they match completely it's all about the color when you taking photos.
Even with not being able to hid away on my sewing room it's nice to be able to create somethings. Keep an eye out for this or other new things added to the shop misschastains.etsy.com