Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Disappointment!

Good morning all my Kinder Spirit Friends.
The sun is shinning though the curtain in my Victorian apartment. I am feeling much better today than yesterday. .

All parts are life have it'd disappointments, but life goes on!

Monday, September 27, 2010

All Things Victorian!

I love all things Victorian. The fashion and the style of the women of that era impress me the most. Women were very gracious to each other in that era. They took the time to dress for the occasion to socialize.They trained themselves on manner and etiquette to be pleasant in public. They pride themselves on their appearance and their social skills. I am meeting so many lovely ladies with the same passion of this era. I hope we will be able to learn from each other and keep the era alive..

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Victorian Lifestyle

I was asked about my home life and my Victorian style of dress. Come take a tour and enjoy a step back in time
Welcome to My Cozy Parlor!
This is my Victorian sitting parlor. A true step back in time. Lots of lace, dollies and frill.

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Now step into my tea room!
I have created the tea room to entertain my family, Red Hat and Victorian Society friends. It is also where I teach young girls table setting and tea etiquette.

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I love to dress in the Victorian era and I have also incorporated in my daily life style. Some of my outfits I buy from Recollections and some I had made just for me.

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I hope you enjoyed the tour of my home and my passion for dressing up in Victorian Attire. Please come for a visit and have tea with Lady Estelle

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Indian Pow Wow on Chase Farm

On Saturday and Sunday, I enjoyed  a step into my ancestor's past.  My father, the great William Alexander Tucker was a decedent of the Cherokee Tribe in Virginia.

Although, I am unable to prove these right as a decedent, I have heard many stories told by my father.
He said his father married a freed slave and took her last name (Tucker) to pay for a farm in Norfork, Virginia. My grandfather was a very proud Indian who every one called him Mr.Red.

On this farm he raised six sons and 2 daughters. All his son at the age of 14 left the farm to adventure into the big city, New York.
That is where my father said he always wanted to go when he turned 15. My grandfather forbid it being he was the youngest and the last son to help with the farm. He had at that time only two younger sisters left at home.
Finally, at the age of seventeen, he ran away from home and headed to the big city.
He left his family and history to be a city boy in New York.The rest is history.

He never spoke much about our grandfather, just our grandmother. She was a beautiful freed slave, educated, God fearing and a loving woman. I am proud to say, I was named after her.
As a child my father told me I was much like her.


 Me (at 16 years old)

As I grow up, I always wondered about my grandfather! Who he was and how he grow up?  What was a Cherokee anyway? After  attending my first Indian Pow Wow, about two years ago. I have been studying the history and trying to trace my Indian ancestry. Even with the help of many Indian Groups and Organization, it has been to no avail.

I still get a sense of belonging every time I attend a Pow Wow. It's not like reenacting someone's life and time.  It's reconnecting to my own past life and time. I enjoy the sound of the drums. I dance and feel the spirit of my grandfather and his people. I wish I know him better.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Victorian Autumn with the Victorian Trading Co

I absolutely love Autumn. It's the earthly colors of this season that gives fashion that brilliant look. We take the colors from the trees, the birds and the ground to create this awesome theme.
I put this outfit together to welcome in the fall season.
I am very fond of Victoria Trading Co.
Because of my love for the Victorian/Edwardian style dress, I find that this company has recreated the look and life style quit well. Two of my favorite hats  I purchased from this delightful company.
Household goods are nicely represented to keep with  the Victorian look also. I got this lovely clothes basket made to hold your dirty clothes so elegantly.


I would like to take this time to wish you a Happy Harvest and a Glorious Victorian Autumn!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The King Richard's Faire!

 "One day, One thousand Memories"!
If you have not had the pleasure of attending the King Richards, than I say, "it's a must"!
On Sunday, September 12th, 2010, I attended the faire.
It's was a day of tantalizing your taste buds with the King's delights,

viewing live jousting, which is the King's favorite pass time,

getting close to exotic Lions and Tigers,

staged entertainment and much more.
There is so much to see and do!
Fun for the whole family. I totality became a child again.

A Spectacular Weekend!

I write this after a very full weekend of celebration for Hearthside's 200th!  I'm happy to report that our first major fundraiser was a huge success with some 200 coming out to toast Hearthside. 
All the months of planning certainly paid off and we were all delighted with the outcome.  But there was no rest for the weary, as Saturday morning brought a tour bus in from Colorado, followed by public tours of Hearthside all afternoon. 
Needless to say, it was a weekend of celebration and honor for Hearthside and a very fitting way to commemorate 200 years!  And the celebrating is not over!  On Sept. 23rd, Hearthside is being honored with an award by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council!  It is truly an overwhelming year!

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