Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Victorian baby carriage... :-)

sure is cute. Click on it to see its original size. I thought it might be fun looking up some images on internet to see what babies were being pushed around in .. back in the mid 1850's.

Our new little grandson .. born yesterday .. was the inspiration for my search. Little Connor James sure is a cutie ...

Mother and baby doing well.

Interesting site with lots of vintage patterns - really nice things...

Monday, October 29, 2007

Cute halo bonnet in teal green velvet over a wired frame. The base is a large covered circle that sits atop the head, with a center front circle and two large wings that stands off the front of the head. A wired bow in back also stands. The entire base of the bonnet is covered in ivory roses and greenery. I can just imagine a dainty little Victorian lady wearing this... :-)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Beautiful graphic... click on it to see it in larger size..
Glorious artwork of children playing

Friday, October 26, 2007

Steiff bear from 1904

The PB Rod Bear introduced in 1904 by Steiff is one of the oldest documented teddy bears known. P stands for "plush" and B stands for "beweglich" which is German for "movable". The PB Rod bear takes his name from the unusual jointing technique, which consisted of metal rods passing through the body to hold it together. These rods are clearly seen on Xrays of the bear . However, these bears were not very popular with children because the metal rods, together with the tightly packed woodwool and kapok stuffing, made the bears much less cuddly and heavy for the children. This design was used only in the years 1904 and 1905, before new jointing techniques were developed and used.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Huge site for old, vintage postcards....
heaps for you to see and save...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Beautiful vintage brooch.
I love bows .. and would love wearing this one. I wonder who owned it, what was their life like, where did they live, I always think about the original owner ...

Would look stunning on a beautiful white blouse at the neck... or maybe one of those sumptious evening gowns they wore back then... full of lace, frills and flounces.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Gorgeous big Victorian style house... click on it to see it in all its grandeur.. :-)

Sunday, October 21, 2007


I've not heard of this artist... but this sure is a pretty piece of art.
It's called Hot Chocolate....

Be sure to click on it to see it in it's full size splendour...
gracious and pink ..*s

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rolf Armstrong ... artist on this one....
I think its a movie or theatre pamphlet...
Says "words and music" on the bottom of it .. left hand side.
I love the colours of this ..
its vibrant and gorgeous....

Friday, October 19, 2007

1875 French embroidered stockings...
aren't they gorgeous.

Click on the image to get a better view.
Stunning to say the least.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Something to use in your emails...
click on the card.. get the full size and save from there....

Hope you like it...

Hedy Lamarr - I think she's the prettiest of the old movie stars...
and the hat... well what can you say about that other
than gorgeous and
She's even prettier if you click on the image to see it larger.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I've uploaded this freebie from my Scrappy Chic Collection at
It's very pretty.. click on the image to see the preview real size...

and if you want to download the paintshop pro tubes go here to 4shared and choose

Monday, October 15, 2007

Beautiful violets... these were a favourite of my mum's and also I love them too. On my way to work I would stop at the florist and buy myself a bunch of violets and Aussie boronia. The boronia perfume was gorgeous and the little vase would sit on my desk. I haven't seen violets since I left Australia. And certainly not any boronia.
Sometimes as I look at the images of pretty things, memories pop into my head from back home and of things I treasured. My little bunch of flowers each Monday morning would cheer me up all week and not only me but others who came into my room .. or who could smell the perfume down the corridor. *(s)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A pretty image for you... click on it to get a larger version.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

For your desktop...

from my collections..

I hope you like it... click on the image to get the original size.. 1024 x 768

Friday, October 12, 2007

Valentine's Day.. some beautiful images to celebrate that special day in our days ...
Tells you about the history of the day and more....

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Click on this photo to see it so much larger... glorious fabrics to swoon over. How beautiful it must have all looked in real life. Hats and feathers, frills and finery. Stunning.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

1909 .... click on the image to see the beautiful but flamboyant hat from the early 1900's.

I had some fun last night surfing the net and found some great images ...

wow .. I'm not sure how they kept those hats on their heads .. I doubt a few hatpins would do the trick.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I found a great site last night ... surfed around for hours and it was all about Opera gloves.
Images of pinups like this one ... film stars, old and new, queens, princesses etc... all wearing those long pretty gloves.

I can remember when I started working .. I used to have gloves to match my shoes. *(s) ... would wear one and carry the other but they were short ones and every lady you saw in the street hurrying by going to some place or another was well dressed if they had or wore gloves. I had lots of colours. It's something you don't see nowadays....... unless of course you are dressing up formally and going to the opera. *(s)

Monday, October 8, 2007

The beautiful Titanic....Hear Celine sing that famous song from the movie. Go there if not to hear her sing, to see the beautiful hat in the opening of the clip.... love it love it love it...*(s)

Click on the image of the ship.

Wonderful site with lots of information about the ship, passengers etc.

More Victorian mysteries I have to read on my bedside table. *(s) My latest visit to the library got me three more of Anne Perry's enthralling books. She has written about one hundred I think and I'm working my way through them .. loving every minute... and each one is like meeting old friends because they have the same characters in them.

Charlotte is married to Thomas Pitt .. the detective... and there is also Inspector Monk and his wife Hester .. who was a nurse in the Crimean war with Florence Nightingale. All the stories are set in England in Victorian times .. and Anne's descriptions of costumes and buildings etc. are wonderful.....

I've just finished the Whitechapel Conspiracy ... about Jack the Ripper and associated links to the throne of England. It was thought the Ripper was the Royal surgeon. Interesting and intriguing.... check out her books if you are wanting a good read ......breathtaking tales of passion, principle and skulduggery, written with her unrivalled skill at evoking the world of Victorian England.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Something special for you...

$5.00 off any purchase from my site. Only one per person ...till the end of October .... save the image, go to my site from the links on this page...... to choose what you would like to buy ....

Write me and tell me your selection and I'll provide a purchase button for you ....

Simple to do ... There's lots to choose from.... email me if you have any questions.

Thanksgiving this weekend in Canada...
and soon for the Americans. I want to wish you all a wonderful day ...

Turkey for the holidays... lots of things to see and enjoy at this site.

Thanksgiving Day - national holiday in the United States commemorating the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony in 1621, after a winter of great starvation and privation.

In that year Gov. William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving, and the feast was shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native Americans.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Jane Austen.
British author whose imagination produced some of literature's greatest stories. Jane Austen (1775-1817) wrote two literary classics--Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice--before she turned 21.

And although she never married, she led a happy and active life, seemingly untouched by the dramatic incidents that filled her characters' lives.

Masterpiece Theatre on PBS has some shows coming up ..... such a pretty webpage.

A really, really old sewing machine...
what a difference they are today with their computerized parts and streamlined designs.

A pretty desktop wallpaper for you ... Click on the image to get the full size and save from there....

I remember these old sewing machines.. my mum had one and I was always enthralled just watching the pedal at the bottom going up and down when she pressed her foot on it. They sure worked well.

And I imagine there would have been millions of them sold ....

An interesting page about the history of the sewing machine..... cute song too....:-)

Friday, October 5, 2007

VICTORIA (r. 1837-1901) Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, London, on 24 May 1819. She was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent, fourth son of George III. Her father died shortly after her birth and she became heir to the throne because the three uncles who were ahead of her in succession - George IV, Frederick Duke of York, and William IV - had no legitimate children who survived. Warmhearted and lively, Victoria had a gift for drawing and painting; educated by a governess at home, she was a natural diarist and kept a regular journal throughout her life. On William IV's death in 1837, she became Queen at the age of 18.

Beautiful portrait of her. Click on the image to see it full size.

The British luxury passenger liner Titanic sank on April 14-15, 1912, en route to New York City from Southampton, Eng., during its maiden voyage. The vessel sank with a loss of about 1500 lives at a point about 400 miles (640 km) south of Newfoundland.

I'm fascinated by all things Titanic....

great site if you would like to read more about it.....

Provided by the Encyclopeadia Britannica.
At present.. till the end of October .. they have a grand exhibition down in Vancouver ...

I sure would love to see it ... but it's way too far away for us. At the beginning of the exhibition you get someone's name .. and at the end you discover whether that person survived or not.

So sad...

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Beautiful images in the advertisements from the Coca-Cola company... from yesteryear.

The Chronicle of Coca-Cola

The product that has given the world its best-known taste was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola®, and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs' Pharmacy, where it was sampled, pronounced "excellent" and placed on sale for five cents a glass as a soda fountain drink.

Carbonated water was teamed with the new syrup to produce a drink that was at once "Delicious and Refreshing," a theme that continues to echo today wherever Coca-Cola is enjoyed.

Coca-Cola cake recipes and more

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

One of the Mini Messages on the Victorian Whimsy cd collection from
Click on the image to get
the original size ..
I hope you can use it to send to someone you love.

Beautiful French satin tea gown from 1900.
I guess this is what you wore to have afternoon tea with your friends ... when they came to call on you .. with their calling cards ....... it sure is pretty.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

A very pretty crazy quilt pattern but this time its actually a needle holder. It has a lovely back and front and inside are white felt fabric pieces to insert your needles into so you don't lose them.

It resembles a little book .. back, front and "fabric pages" inside.

A dear friend back in Australia made this one for me.. and I use it a lot.

Monday, October 1, 2007

How to make a crazy quilt fan block ......
lots of pictures and instructions for you to create a beautiful crazy quilt. I love these. You can embellish them with all sorts of pretty glitz, buttons, bows, ribbon etc. The sky's the limit with these types of quilts. And what a grand way to use up all those fabric scrap pieces you've had stashed away for years. Or even fabric from garments you aren't wearing anymore....

Maybe check out the vintage second hand stores for some really neat old fabric in good condition .. lace and linens ... old doilies etc ... they make great focus points on your quilt or cushions etc. I might just have to make one myself soon ...

I have lots of scraps of very pretty pieces of material. Velvet too makes a wonderful addition to the quilt... and of course ribbon roses, silk threads, beads or whatever you like.

These cute little crochet hearts would look great on the quilt.......

Cute little Victorian girl.

Gotta love that hat. *(s) I couldn't imagine kids of today wearing something like that unless little girls were playing dress up.

I wonder who she is and what her life was like when she grew up. Did she marry and have children of her own.

French Fashion Dolls in History

Louis XIV wanted all of Europe to know about Paris fashions so he began sending life-sized fashion dolls to every European Court. The dolls were dressed in the latest styles. Noble ladies would have their tailors imitate the clothes, footwear, hats and accessories on the latest dolls.

The painstakingly correct dolls' clothes were beautiful and included every construction detail. The dressmakers were able to remove the clothes and copy them as patterns which they would then grade to the size of individual customers.
If necessary they would unpick the stitched outfits, assess the cut of the pattern and then remake the fashion doll's costume. The miniature fashion dolls were passed from court to court throughout Europe. They were exquisite and represented the latest word in fashion and trimmings. These alabaster or china dolls were sent to Europe and America in the 19th century.