Sunday, February 13, 2011

" GRAND LADY AWAKE "

 
A dream is worth a thousand words. At the moment, the castle mistress lays sleeping, waiting for Prince Charming to awaken her with a Kiss ... WAKE UP, WAKE  UP !!!  It could take another century to find him...z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z. In the meantime ....  PLEASE COME IN  !!! 


Today's the Day .... The sun is shining and the "Grand Lady " is opening her doors to you and to the cyberspace world. She needs to  dust off her  dresses, tidy her  boudoir, re-apply her make-up and fix her hair, after all, it has been 112 years since the old girl has seen the light of day.

Please sit down, have  a cup of tea and a friendly  chat with me. The Grand Lady will be  a weekly blog, that is filled with everything Victorian, for you to create, make, bake and chat about. It will be a  gathering of ...  THEE ...  Grandest,  Cyberspace  Ladies, who ...  heaven forbid ... dare  to chit chat,  read tea leaves, gossip and share their inner most secrets ...

Here, I will post my most intimate creations and dreams and sprinkle it with  just enough hearsay, to  start the gossip going .... How very naughty of me !!!  ( Tee Hee)

Would you like two  or three lumps of sugar in your tea?  By the way... Do you  like to create ATC's ? What are they, you say? ... Well, my dears ...  Here are a few of my teatime creations and a small tutorial to guide you, in your creative endeavours.

Collage work dates right back to the late 1800's when  Victorians saved pictures, cards and drawings to enhance their  rooms and homes ...  Most, everything was created by hand .


Did you know  that Scrapbooking is a present day version of the scrapbooks used by Victorians, to keep and display their card collections. The cards that we now call ATC's or Artist Trading cards were shown for pure enjoyment and bragging rights of the gracious hostess. They were a valued past-time and a conversation piece for envious guests ... Why don't you try making a few of your own!!!

ATC DIRECTIONS:
Use a cereal box or water color paper
Cut into 2.5 x 3.5  pieces or cards
Find some magazine pictures or card images that you like
Gather some  ribbons, feathers or other odds and ends of pretty papers
Recycle, recycle, recycle your broken beads.
Arrange your treasures on the card.
Add a little glue and a little glitter.
Apply some words with a ink stamp.
You can be as creative as you want.

It's easy , its fun and it's Victorian. If you have any questions  or comments  don't hesitate to ask or to jot them down for me... after all ladies ... What are friends for ? Hmmmmmmmmm .     Leave a comment to enter and  WIN an ATC package from the Grand Lady... February 28th /2011..... Won't you please come again !!! xoxoxo

52 comments:

The Rustic Victorian said...

Goodness, how fun! I have not gotten into ATC much, not that I don't love them,,just haven't gotten there yet. Yours are beautiful and I would be honored to own one if my name is chosen.

Marcie

katasee said...

Wonderful, I love your playful Victorian style. Your ATC cards are fantastic... I love them and your how-to too. Thank you for sharing your art and a piece of you with us. I too would be honored to join your site and own one of your beautiful creations. Love and hugs!
Chel

Zaa said...

Hey Marcie ... So nice to see you here ..Thanks for the visit, my friend... xoxox

Zaa said...

Greetings katasee..What a lovely name !!! I'm so happy you stopped by for a visit... Please do come again...Happy Valentine's Day ..xoxoxo

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Zaa,
Thank you so much for visiting Home is Where the heart is, its a pleasure meeting you. Your blog sounds like its going to be a lot of fun. I do not know much about ATC, so it will be wonderful to read more about how it is created.
My sister loves Victorian design she once decorated her home all in the Victorian style with the most beautiful antiques and china.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

The Gilded Cherub said...

Hi Zaa,
I just love your post, Grand Lady Awake is wonderful!! I was on this medication one time that caused me to wake up and eat in my sleep, one morning I woke up with melted M & M's everywhere...it was so funny this so reminded me of it, I had to show it to my husband we got such a good laugh out of it!! Great post!

Lorene

Zaa said...

Thanks for the kind visit Elizabeth /Gary I thoroughly enjoyed your blog and look forward to visiting with you again soon. xoxox

Zaa said...

Hey Lorene.. I have this vivid picture of you with M&M's all over your face..Too funny ...Hope you got some pictures ( ha ha) Thank you for the sweet chuckling visit..Please do come again... xoxox

Janet Ghio said...

Hi Ros! Love your new blog!! Look forward to more postings!

Arlene said...

This looks absolutely delightful! I'd love to come for a cup of tea! I have been known to create an ATC or 2 from time to time! The ones you have shown here are wonderful. I will be looking forward to future visits!

Malinda said...

Ros, Your blog is beautiful! And fun! I ADORE the first pic of the lady in bed, that is ME! Hehe! Are you restoring a Painted Lady?! I love the Victorian homes and live in NJ where we can visit Cape May which has some of the most beautiful homes. I love to stay in any Victorian B&B's when I can also. Anyway, I have subscribed and look forward to reading you!! Love your ATC's BTW...beautiful! But then, I'm not surprised, lol!
Malinda

Annette said...

How pretty and your blog is wonderful and the graphics are also. I want this page on mine !!!!! I havne't really tried ATCs I have admired yours but just havne't tried them. Thanks for the link to lyour blog. Annette

Now if I win , yea !!!!, I have another email to contact me with, just incase you know. annettesphotography@yahoo.com Just in casse.

sOL santiagO said...

I'm happy to see it Roslind,
congratulations on your beautiful blog !

I love the sense of humor in your writing.
Hugs and roses

Lisa said...

Hehe Rosalind, you're too cute! Your cards are beautiful! Congratulations on your new blog :-)

Wanda said...

Hi, love the Victorian theme, I am a first time visitor, and a member of Roses on my table. This is a fun place to visit. TTFN

Donna said...

What fun! I, too, love the Victorian theme! Your ATC cards are lovely! Did you know that the Victorian ladies used to use strands of their hair to sort of crochet with? I read this somewhere when I was learning to needlefelt. Thank you for the invite to the Grand Lady!

Denice said...

How lovely to receive an invitation to the Grand Lady. Oh, just one lump of sugar for me please... What wonderful surroundings, very relaxing and inspiring and so many splendid people popping in for a chat. mmm this tea is delicious... I really do think this is lovely and hope to pop in for a chat another day - perhaps I'll bring a cake for us to share

Beth said...

What a lovely way to write your blog...I simply love it! Oh do please enter me for a chance to have my bragging rights increase amongst my friends. I would so love to have just one of your lovely feathered ladies for my own! I have just become your newest follower, of course what else would one do in the polite society of artists that we are - we must support one another after all!
Oh your blog is going at the very top of my list of blogs to visit each day!
Big Hugs,
Beth P
(from Zinnias Ning site)

Ineke van den Akker said...

YES! I did find your blog. I love to win your ATC cards.
with love,
Ineke

Nancy said...

Ladies in hats... how lovely they are!! Nice beginning for your blog. Thanks for the invite.

Dawn said...

What a quaint place to visit, love the victoriana and tha ATCs are fabulous,definitely give you bragging rights.
I shall be back for a visit, please accept my calling card and call by to visit me anytime xxx

bloubell said...

Love to win your ATC cards. Love the hats!! Congrats on your new blog!!

Bev said...

thanks for the invite dear lady, love your blog its going to be a winner, so beautiful and vintage love it ...

hugz bev

Anita Van Hal said...

Hey Roslind! What a beautiful blog you've created! And Victorian! Who doesn't love Victorian! Your ATCs are just beautiful! Thank you for inviting me...it was a nice visit! Hugs!

Zaa said...

Thank you for the kind visit marcie ..I hope you come again. my friend.
xoxox

Zaa said...

Thanks for you sweet visit Gary and Elizabeth..I look forward to viewing more of your victorian warmth too..

Zaa said...

Hey Janet and Arlene... I'm delighted that your here Ladies... Hope you have fun !!!

Zaa said...

Dear Malinda.. Yes I did research on the painted ladies ..They're wonderful...and hopefully our " Grand Lady" will be happy with her face lift ...( Ha Ha)
..HUGS

Zaa said...

Annette .. Your so clever leaving you email addres... Good luck to you my friend..

Zaa said...

Thank Sol... I'm so happy you took time from your busy schedule to visit...Hugs to You...

Zaa said...

Lisa and Wanda .. Your kind support is so appreciated Ladies..xoxox

Zaa said...

Hey Donna .. That is so interesting about the hair.. I must research that ..Thanks lovely Lady ..

Zaa said...

Dear Denise... I can't wait to taste your cake...Yummy...Thanks for the visit.

Zaa said...

Hey Beth ... Thanks for the lovely comments and i wish good fortune on this draw...xoxox

Zaa said...

Thanks for your lovely visits. Ineke and Nancy..Good luck for the draw, Ladies...

Zaa said...

Thanks for you visits. Dawn and betty .. Please do come again ...

Zaa said...

Bev... Your visit is so appreciate sweet Lady... Good luck in the draw...

Zaa said...

Hey Anita... So nice to hear from you ... hope you had a cup of tea while you were here... I love the Jasmine tea ..Don't you !!!

Malinda said...

I can't wait to see the pics!! Are you still in the middle of renovating? What state (as in NJ, Ohio, etc, lol!) is your lovely lady in? Oh, I'm green with envy!! ; )

Zaa said...

Hey Malinda ..It's a labour of love...'the Grand Lady is very well built but need lots of TLC ( cosmetics)...YES.. we're right in the middle right of it so you' ll be seeing her transform to a swan... We're working on the music room right now and just finished stripping 5 layers of wallpaper off...right down to a pre-1900's brown cloth...FUN.. ( Ha Ha)

phoebe said...

Love the new blog! And your ATC's are gorgeous...what fun! I too am waiting for the renovation pics--I love seeing grand old victorian mansions lovingly restored--good for you!

Deb/pupchick

Jazzy Fizzle said...

How beautiful and such fun to see. You are one creative gal.

fairykin said...

I was found to be like Elinore Dashwood! Wow.
I'll have to have my 15 year old daughter do the test. That was fun to do and have never seen this quiz before so thank you for having it on your beautiful site. Congratulations for having a new blog especially victorian. Ahh the pleasures of this style along with the images of beautiful roses. I will hope to find some enjoyeable ideas to share for my women's bible studies. Blessings!

Kymberly said...

Dearest Grand Lady,
I was so thrilled to receive an invitation from the Grand Lady herself, to come for tea and see this absolutely beautiful victorian blog! I love this beautiful pink victorian chair--would love to have one in my home!! I have come to the conclusion that we were all born in the wrong era!!!

I adore your ATC's and would love to win them! Please enter my name in your drawing! I love making ATC's too and will be dropping by often to see more of your vintage art work and to be inspired by your lovely creativity!

Congratulations,
Kymberly Decker

kymdecker@charter.net

Zaa said...

Thank You for your kind visit fairykins or should I say Elinore..Please do come again. xoxox

Zaa said...

Thanks for your kind visit Deb... Good luck in the draw..

Zaa said...

So glad that you stopped by to take a peek Phoebe ... House picture to follow soon. xoxox

Zaa said...

Thanks for the well Wishes Kymberly .. Yes I do believe we all have a past with the Victorian area and it's beauty...xoxox

Bevie said...

I'm so excited to be apart of this wonderful group...Your atc cards are just awesome..and I too would be honored to own one!!! It's so nice to have you as a friend too hon.
(((hugs)))

Yolanda said...

Well, you sure are becoming the Grand Lady for sure. What beautiful cards you've made and I really love the look of your site. I am totally a victorian chic, I've always said I was born in the wrong era...lol. Thanks for inviting me to share your journey with you. Blessings. !!

Zaa said...

Hey Sweet Bevie... SO nice to have you here for a cup of tea...Hugs

Zaa said...

Miss Yolanda..The pleasure is all mine.. Thank you for taking time to share in the festivities... xoxox