Wednesday, December 25, 2013


And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke  2 : 8-14

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Greetings!

Hello Dear Friends!  Merry Christmas!!
I am so happy to be here again! It's been ages and I have missed everyone so!

I have been busily baking, knitting, making Christmas presents and decorating my house for Christmastime!
I would love to know what you've been about since last I was here. Please, do tell!

I would not wish to detain you long from your Christmas festivities... But I thought I'd share a little of my Christmas with you!

 [I sprinkled Formica snow on absolutely everything!]

[Pewter angels from my Brother-in-Law's Grandma]

[I made a star for my tree that looks just like the one my Mama always puts on the big tree. It is just a cardboard star covered in tin foil with a hole for a light to poke through. It is one of our many Christmas traditions.]

[Kitchen utensils from Marmee!]

  [See my new bunny from Mabel?]

 [This pretty gingham table runner belonged to my Grandma.]

 [my new elephant bush]

[This card from my friend Miss Fanny just about sums me up]

 [The tea kettle is always on at my house. Would you like a cup?]

 I hope you all have a most joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!
All my love,

Monday, September 9, 2013

I've been pinning things...

...Not dress seams like I was supposed to do today... I've been "pinning" pictures. Photos from the 1840's-1860's. I know. I've been naughty. But wait till you see the photos. :)

I am utterly in love with these beautiful photos.
You can see the pictures of girls with dolls I pinned HERE. And the portraits HERE. They are all so amazing. I'm looking for ideas...


Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Old Pretenders

This is one of my favorite blogs to look at. 

I just came upon this doll on their blog and am utterly floored.

Isn't she gorgeous? You must go look at all the pictures of her. Her face, hair, dress and every detail is so beautiful and so fine!

Happy looking...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tasha Tudor Day...

The gloom of the world is but a shadow.
Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. Take Joy!
{Tasha's favorite quote} by Fra Giovanni

Is anyone besides me excited? *smiles with giddy joy*

Even though for the past few years something always prevents me from doing exactly what I want to do for Tasha Tudor day, ON Tasha Tudor Day... I usually find a way to do something special for it during the month of August... {Click here to view our first Tasha Tudor Day party}

 {"Thumbelina" illustration - Isn't this a cute idea?)

 But for today, (since I just came down with the flu *ugh*) I'll just imagine the perfect day...

Ideally... My day would start with waking up in early morning.. slipping into my slippers and putting the kettle on for tea. Then sitting in the warm morning sun, reading my Bible for half an hour with tea in my hand and a warm fuzzy cat rubbing against my feet.

Then, after a breakfast of porridge, putting on my homespun work dress and sun bonnet, heading out to the garden to pull some weeds and gather vegetables for lunch.

“I enjoy doing housework, ironing, washing, cooking, dishwashing. Whenever I get one of those questionnaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It's an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren't stupid because you're a housewife. When you're stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare.”  - Tasha Tudor

Next of course, I would go for a swim in the pond to cool off and stretch out. (There is nothing equal to this.)

Watermelon comes next, and spitting the seeds at my sisters naturally follows...

 After I rinse the pond water off, I put on my pretty afternoon dress with yards and yards of skirt and an apron and make delectable things for lunch which we eat in a shady place in the garden.

I would drink guava green tea with my family and friends and work a few rows of knitting or maybe try my hand at watercolor while the scent of rose and mint filled the air and the summer breeze floated by like a happy phrase of delicious music.

Then perhaps go for a canoe ride...

And do every creative thing I could think of...

 After several hours of this, we would cook our dinner.

We'd make a salad with fresh greens from the garden and cook a beef and vegetable stew using only ingredients that we've grown to make a heavenly tasting meal that we'd enjoy while watching the fire and rose colored sun set through the trees.

After the dishes are done and darkness has fallen among the living things... I would like to go out and lay down on the sweet smelling grass to gaze up at the stars and be swept away by the wonder of the work of my Saviors hands...

And before I have gotten quite sleepy, I would like to make some hot chocolate with a pinch of cinnamon and a few marshmallows and light the oil lamps and a few candles and cuddle up on the couch with my Mama and sisters and talk a while before heading up the stairs to my soft bed and beautiful, blissful, (hopefully) well earned... sleep.

What are you doing for Tasha Tudor Day? I would dearly love to know!
All my love,