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I am a Docent and tour guide to the historic Hearthside House in Lincoln, RI. I have a passion for the Victorian era.

I am a lover of the art of drinking tea, having Victorian tea parties, and teaching young girls tea etiquette and proper manners in public.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Saving An American Girl Doll



A good friend at work knows how I love Victorian dolls and thing of the past, brought me an American Girl doll in need of a good loving home and some serious medical attention. I think she is Samantha. She has one hand badly eaten by a dog, hair was tangled and matted.





I saved her from being thrown out.


I plan to send her to the American Girl Doll Hospital. She will be in good health by May for the American Doll Tea Party at Hearthside











The History of Samantha Parkington: this doll was released in 1986, along with Kirsten Larson and Molly McIntire. They were American Girl's first three Historical Characters. Samantha was officially archived May 2009 after selling out Feb 3, 2009.

On This Day, 2 Years Ago!

ON THIS DAY NOVEMBER 26, 2016, the

Grand Opening of StudioE/ Tea Salon

Public
· Hosted by StudioE/ Tea Cottage and Victoriana Lady Estelle
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5 PM – 10 PM




 I am very excited to invite you to the
 Grand Opening of StudioE/ Tea Salon.
I have been planning this for over 10 years
 when my passion for tea exploring became an obsession.
Now, I have done it!
I would like for you to come and enjoy my passion and
 a wonderful Tea Experience.
Join me on Saturday, November 26, 2016.
Doors will be open at 5pm -10pm
A Donation will be asked of $10.00 to sponsor 
"The Young Girls Etiquette Program" 
which will be starting up in StudioE/Tea Salon.
Please RSVP by November 19, for space is limited.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Home Sweet Home

   I live  in an old Providence apartment building over looking the city.

The building was built in the early 1900's. 




 I has  very high ceiling and large parlor windows.



 “It has a lovely built-in china cabinet in the dining room. The Parlor of the apartment has the old cozy charm of it's era." I have decorated my home to reflect my lifestyle". Lots of dolls,  lace and doilies. 


Many pictures of ladies in nineteenth century dress grace the walls.
  I have purchased some things of vintage reproduction because I finds the authentic too costly. “I do collect tea pots, cup and tea items. I will spend more for them than I should.”

 

But this is what makes it "HOME SWEET HOME!

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My Victorian Hostess Gown


Honorable Mention:

Costume Contest USA Entry 29.) Dress: Historic Hearthside House Hostess Gown Victorian Costume Contest



Victorian Dress Costume ContestComment by JUDGE Lisa Schnapp: 8/15/2010

"Lovely, glowing creation blended of soft, feminine hues. A stunning gown that embodies Victorian style femininity..."








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