Saturday, December 12, 2015

Beautiful letter From Craig Bara, historian and archivist

 This is a heartfelt letter, on November 22, 2015, from a kindred spirit to me......
 I am enchanted.

Dear Miss Barada,

I live in Ohio but have had the pleasure of hearing so many wonderful things about you.

My friend Jo-Ellen Tramontana has been to "Hearthside" and told me about you and gave me a snapshot of you that I keep in my photo album. She said that if and when I make it back to RI, she will take me there and hope I will be able to meet you.

Lady Estelle, I wanted to know if I could acquire your autograph on a Hearthside brochure or whatever is the most convenient for you?

I had hoped to visit Jo-Ellen and Chuck this year but I had a brain tumor removed in April and it has taken much longer to recuperate.
But I know God is there so I have faith that I will be well again.

Please let me know how I should proceed?

I will gladly pay you or make a donation to Hearthside.

I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing from you.

With Sincere Gratitude,

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Surrounding Myself with Romantic Notions of the Victorian Era.

  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 influence. 

     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

Monday, October 26, 2015

My adventures at the historic Hearthside House Museum

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.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

End of the summer picnic

I just love an old fashion style picnic, so I invited my friend to my favorite park to have one.

 Everyone who joined the picnic kindly brought their blankets and baskets fulled with food, (non alcoholic drinks, plates, tea cups and spoons,


 The dress code for the picnic was
Victorian, Edwardian, Steampunk, Elegant Lolita, Romantic Gothic and of cause 21st century.


We played games.

We were also entertained by music playing on the phonograph. How delightful and unique.

The weather was perfect and I could not have asked for anything better.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Newport Historical Society’s Stamp Act Protest 2015

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.....

The event included an upper class lady’s tea  

In this reenactment, I portrayed a servant, Duchess Quamino and served my famous Plum cake 

Duchess Quamino, 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. 

I was asked for the recipe I used for the Plum Cake.

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