Sunday, February 27, 2011
In grand fashion, all the names were placed into a beautiful crystal bowl from the attic of the Grand Lady.
An elegantly, gloved hand reached into the base of the bowl and stirred all the paper around and around, until, quite frankly, the Grand Lady got dizzy.
" Enough ", she declared ... " Please , choose a WINNER." Can you quess who it might be ? I can hardly wait to tell you ....There were two winners !!! Yolanda and Dawn .
The lucky participants have been notified and their prize ATC packages are waiting to be send. Congratulations Ladies . If you have any questions please drop me a note!
Monday, February 21, 2011
You're a fool, Rhett Butler; when you know I shall always love another man.
Stop it. Do you hear me, Scarlett? Stop it! No more of that talk( he kisses her)
Rhett, don't. I shall faint
I want you to faint. That's what you were meant for; None of the fools you've ever known have kissed you like this, have they? Your Charles or your Frank or your stupid Ashley?(they kiss)
Say you're going to marry me.Say yes. Say it.
Are you sure you mean it? You don't want to take it back?
Look at me and try to tell me the truth. Did you say yes because if my money?
Well, yes. Partly.
Drama, Drama, Drama... Isn't it wonderful ... Love is drama and so are the sentimental remembrances of love's expressions in Victorian times.
While modern Love dominates itself with buying love from storekeepers shelves filled with chocolates, jewels and lingerie... Victorians concepts display a more personal approach to courtship and this thing called .... " Love "
Imagine receiving a magical folding "Puzzle Purse Valentine".... This secretive little technique folds up into such a tiny packet , that a message could easily be slipped into a loved ones hand without any one noticing.
Don't you just adore the intrigue !!!! I'll bet they met one another in a sun drenched garden, by a pastoral river on a deserted, dusty path filled with the scent of lilacs ...
The prize is in the center where a romantic image or special memento such as a ring or lock of hair is received ... Well, I don't care much for the lock of hair, but PLEASE ... I'd love the ring( Ha ha) .... It's a ruby surrounded by precious diamond and engraved with I love you... Sigh !!!!
I'm still practising this paper technique trying to duplicate it's design... It's alittle harder than one might think ( Tee Hee )
Yes .... Victorians were very creative and I dare say, that most men and women utilized their artistic talents in one way or another.... Here's another amazing handmade token of love... that I found.
This 1850 Valentine is two delicate, pink paper hearts woven together with an additional 8 tiny gold paper hearts added, then woven into the corners. In the center, is what I call the "jewel" ... another even tinier woven heart and a hand sitting on top of a carefully woven knot of love that has been tenderly coiled by a lock of the owners hair. How romantic and ingenius can you get !!!! ... I would imagine, it was made by a young girl.
Our modern cards bear little resemblance to the paper confection of the Victorian era with their lace, ribbons and handmade beauty... However the visions of romantic love is a message that spans centuries and is intertwined into our culture and history every February... Thank goodness.... Where would I be without my heart shaped candy box... Hmmmm .... probably thin and gorgeous !!! Va -va -Voom
Luckily .... There is a trend to once more create and embellish cards declaring not quite the undying love of the years gone by, but a love that lasts an undisclosed week or two( ha ha) Hopefully longer... I've been married for 35 years to my Prince Charming... How about you ladies?
In the true spirit of the Victorian Lady ... you might want to try your hand at making a little love note or heart for someone you love.. and it doesn't even have to be Valentine's Day ... It could be a" Just Because "day.
SHHHHHHH...It will be our little secret ...I won't tell any of the teatime ladies !!!... during the gossip session.... Now ... Would you like a scone with your tea?
Sunday, February 13, 2011
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 .
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