Well-to-do Victorians set an immense holiday table for the Christmas feast. Let’s take a look at some of the ‘’Bills of Fare,’’ or menus, from this festive period, and de-mystify some of the delicacies. This was a very meat driven holiday meal. Roast goose, or for the very wealthy, roast turkey was only one of … Continue reading A Victorian Holiday Feast
There are so many Christmas traditions that the Victorians gave the world. Christmas cards, elaborately decorated trees, even wrapped gifts under the tree. It bares saying that most of these traditions were only enjoyed by the well-to-do and wealthy Victorians, but that makes these special traditions no less beloved. Let’s explore a few of them. … Continue reading A Very Merry Victorian Christmas
From your grandmother’s kitchen to re-runs of TV shows featuring moms from the 1950’s, the apron was a quintessential part of life for homemakers. They came in many forms and they each served a particular purpose. The fabrics were usually cotton and printed with happy designs. Some were finished with bias tape on all edges. … Continue reading Grandmother’s Apron Solved Many Problems
Hand quilting in groups called a ‘’Quilting’’ or a ‘’Quilting Bee’’ started in the late 19th century in America. It has a romanticized history of ladies from the community gathering to help each other complete quilts. The children would play together while the sewing was being done, and there was sometimes a meal prepared to … Continue reading Hand Stitched Quilts & A History of the Quilting Bee
The Rooster has been a staple of home decorating for a few decades now. But, it’s not just any old rooster that started this trend. It’s the French Gaulois Rooster. He is one of the best looking roosters around with the iridescent black plumage on the tail feathers and the beautiful mix of browns and … Continue reading Quesque C’est French Roosters?
Trick-or-Treating as we know it today has only been around since the 1930’s. It’s got a pretty rough history compared to what we knew as kids. It seems to have originated at the end of the nineteenth century out of a sad tradition of less fortunate children begging on Thanksgiving Day. That fell out of … Continue reading Trick or Treat!
There is a distinct difference between Muslins in Jane Austen’s day and the fabric we call Muslin today. Muslins in the Regency Period referred to a day dress, or sometimes a party frock. Today, designers and sewists create a muslin to test a pattern’s fit. The fabric itself is also different between the 19th Century … Continue reading Muslins in the Time of Miss Austen
For those of us who are Greenhorns when it comes to all things Western, a Lasso is one of the things all cowboys have. That special piece of rope that can turn itself into a tool for taming the Wild West. Well, if you ask a cowboy, they will call it a ‘’Rope.’’ The cowboy … Continue reading Don’t call it a lasso…