I enjoy having tea and blogging with my tea friends. This blogging thing is a passion of mine. I enjoy it immensely.
I hope you come often and invite your tea friends here. I really would enjoy the company.
Wench By Dolen Perkins-Valdez 304 pages; Amistad A righteous historical novel about female slaves on, yes, summer vacation with their masters in free-state Ohio.
The Colored Girl Beautful
by Azalia Hackley
The National Capital Code of Etiquette
by Edward S. Green
My Book lists
These are books I am looking for to help with my reenactment program
I have this One!
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey By Alison Gernsheim
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
Behide The Scenes
30 years slave and 4 years in the White House
Mary Lincoln's Dressmaker
the story of Lizzy, The first Lady's dressmaker.
Mary Todd Lincoln's Dress
Mary Lincoln’s purple velvet skirt and daytime bodice are believed to have been made by African American dressmaker Elizabeth Keckly. The first lady wore the gown during the Washington winter social season in 1861–62. Both pieces are piped with white satin, and the bodice is trimmed with mother-of pearl buttons. An evening bodice was included with the ensemble. The lace collar is of the period, but not original to the dress.
Few styles bring romance to home decor like that of the Victorian
Style. The opulence of the ladies in the nineteenth century during Queen
Victoria's reign, known as the Victorian Era, created a very distinct
look. A profusion of floral and botanical used in art, fabrics,
wallpapers, and of course filled vases, were a nod to the feminine
The romantic feeling was also displayed through lace and crochet
bed linens and tablecloths. Lace doilies were a favorite of the ladies
and adorned almost every table surface. Heavily carved furniture in dark
finishes were a sharp contrast to the delicateness of the doilies, but
married the feminine and masculine quite well.
Window treatments echoed this same balance. Elaborate styling of
velvet, damask and wool drapes in multiple layers, with an eyelet or
lace sheer were always accompanied by an upholstered cornice board,
valance or swag.
Drapery treatments often adorned master beds as well,
and some beds even flaunted full canopies. Ribbons, bows or tassels
accented almost every fabric treatment. Accessories are essential to the Victorian style. They were
ornate and excessive, and what enabled the accumulation of an abundance
of collectibles was wealth.
Travel and education were the privilege of
the wealthy, and these too were represented in the decor. Books were
plentiful and travel brought eclecticism to the Victorian home. Creating the Victorian style is no quick decorating job, but I enjoy
surrounding myself with romantic notions of the Victorian Era,
I hope I have inspired you! Much love, Lady Estelle
We had a wonderful season at Hearthside House this year. Thanks to my beautiful Hearthside family for the adventure.
The lovely Kathy Hartley is the president and founder of the Friends of Hearthside.
It is her mission and passion to preserve this beautiful 200 year old house for years to come.
I enjoy when the young ones come to visit me in the kitchen at Hearthside. I always have cookies and lemonade for them. They love to hear my stories and ask me lots of questions about children in the olden days. It is such a reward to see there amazement.
It is very rewarding to see the young docents at the Hearthside House
getting active in teaching the young visitors what it was like living
and playing in the days that pasted. These two young ladies are my
granddaughters following in their grandmother's footsteps. They have a
real passion for history.
We at Heathside would love to show you the house and tell you the lovely story of the families that lived here.
On the afternoon of August 29, 2015, from 1pm-4:30pm,
Newport, Rhode Island’s rich colonial history came to life during the
Newport Historical Society’s Stamp Act Protest. This large-scale
reenactment takes place in downtown Newport to celebrate the 250th
anniversary of the Stamp Act Riots, one of the first events that sparked
the American Revolution. Read more.....http://www.newporthistory.org/events/event/newport-stamp-act-protest-reenactment-party/
The event included an upper class lady’s tea
In this reenactment, I portrayed a servant, Duchess Quamino and served my famous Plum cake
who worked in the Channing household on School Street. Quamino lived several years in a religious Anglo-American family,
was married in one of Newport's Congregational Churches, and had married
a freed slave who became an ardent Christian; his death aboard a
privateer's ship during the American Revolution stopped him from
undertaking an evangelical mission to Africa.
Charity ‘Duchess’ Quamino, established a catering business and became
known as the best pastry chef in Newport. Her frosted
plum cakes was well known.