"Instead of hating evil, Americans toy with it. We toy with holidays like Halloween that were conceived in evil and that promote the “cute-ification” of evil, whether that evil takes the form of witchcraft, sorcery, ghoulishness, or some other form of malevolent imagery paraded before our children. We laugh at the very things that the Lord describes as “abominations,” and we find ourselves obsessively fascinated by, and attracted to, all things dark."
Read the rest of the article HERE. Excellent article by Vision Forum Ministries....
Saturday, October 29, 2011
New dress on display!
Angela and Julia were so much fun - full of sweetness and laughter! They were constantly brewing teas at their booth that filled the room with delicous aromas - lucky us- we got to try scrumtious samples all week!
The teas come in adorable boxes with character vinettes that look like antique Jane Austen books!
Don't tell my Jane Austen-loving friends and family....
but I'm thinking these would make fabulous Christmas gifts.....
We were all four wearing various shades of blue and white Saturday, and thought it merited a picture!
The beautiful tea blends out for a colorful display on china saucers.
Next up......Part 4, in which we become famous
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Well, the first day of the convention had come!! We woke up early - 5:30 am, got dressed in our costumes, unrolled our rag curls and jumped into the pickup for the hour drive into downtown Ft. Worth. The traffic was pretty heavy, so we got there a few minutes later than the 8 am opening time for the Emporium rooms.
There were already customers in the booth waiting to purchase items, so we were rushed in right away to a flurry to shop-keeping and meeting new people! That whole day we had a pretty steady stream of lovely people coming through the booth, and were very pleased with our shrinking inventory list at the end of the day. :)
The adorable Rebecca in ringlets....
The hotel was so elegant! This double stairway is what we saw when we first came through the door. Very impressive!
After a very busy day we went home exhausted, but our work wasn't over yet. We had some minor alterations to do on several dresses that had sold that day. (shortening the hems and such) So we worked up in Rebecca's charming upstairs sewing room until late, while watching/making fun of the most recent film version of Jane Eyre. Went to bed at 1 am for a few hours of precious sleep, ready to begin anew for the second day of the convention.......
(to be continued)
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
For the next months Ness is going to have a different handbag on sale each week!
This week it is the stunning leather and tartan purse 'Krystal' - at 50% off!
More good news for international customers, like myself - currently they also have an offer for free shipping on international orders! Click on the banner above to learn more....
Also, have you seen the newest shoe design - the adorable 'Henriette'?....
Completely swoon-worthy. I don't even understand how a shoe can legally be this cute.
Hello everyone!! It's good to be home again, I feel like I've been gone for weeks, not just 5 days!
The Jane Austen Convention was amazing!!
I can't wait to tell you all about it in the upcoming series of blog posts....
Last Tuesday, my brother and I drove up to Rebecca's house. We went up a day early as we had a few errands to run, and wanted to get settled in nicely before we headed into the big city. On Wednesday, we had such fun doing a photoshoot at Rebecca's lovely house and grounds. I wanted to be sure I had good pictures of several key items for my Etsy shop in case they sold at the booth.
First, our "Molly and Cynthia" dresses, inspired by the beginning year of Elizabeth Gaskell's 'Wives and Daughters'. A tad late for Jane Austen, but not much. :) My dress bodice and sleeves are patterned from a Janet Arnold pattern 1827-29. Both are cotton prints.
Our white dresses! I like to think of them as our 'Emma and Harriet' dresses. Rebecca's is a delicate cotton voile, and mine is a swiss dot worn with a lacey chemisette.
A couple of outerwear items I made for the booth. I am wearing a simple dark brown wool pelisse, lined with brown linen. Rebecca is wearing an intricate plum purple and cream silk spencer with slashed and piped sleeves and a fold-back collar.
The sleeve details are copied from a museum dress c. 1810
A lovely apron front style ballgown in brilliant red cotton lawn, trimmed in gold silk. This one sold at the booth, but look for a custom listing soon in the shop.
My pale blue cotton lawn 'Anne Elliot' dress, inspired by the Amanda Root 'Persuasion':
And......last but not least. Our 'Gossipy Old Maids Drinking Tea' photo session.....
Inspired by the Miss Brownings from Wives & Daughters, Mrs. Bennet, and Cranford.....
The Stern Old Maid and the Forlorn Old Maid
After this delightfuly hilarious photo shoot, it was time to gather up all the last details and head to Ft. Worth to set up the booth! I was extremely nervous, as it was my first time to drive in Ft. Worth (or any city of comparable size), plus my first time for drivng in a confusing down-town......but we mangaged to arrive all in one piece, and on good time.The hotel was very posh and impressive - quite elegant! Everyone was friendly and helpful as we got set up.
Our booth was in a good situation, just inside the door of the middle room of the three Regency Emporiums.
It was quite fun decorating and deciding which items to display on the dress forms....
The red ball gown made an eye-catching display
Rebecca arranges a ruffled cap
Chemisettes, chemises, caps, weskits, and corsets
Very excited for our first day of selling on the morrow!
Part 2 to follow.....