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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Edwardian Gorgeousness

 

There's nothing like the 1900-1910s. It's just such a  wonderfully glamorous and romantic period. I think of it as being such a  peaceful time, before the war. I imagine many people looked back to it as such. It paints a very pretty picture in my mind.   

Edwardian era hairstyles seem to portray very well the extravagance and utter romanticism of the period. I haven't attempted these elaborate coiffures much in the past, but my fascination has led me to do some research, and I am beginning to understand how someone could possible create such magnificence.


From what I've read and seen, there was quite a variety of styles and shapes in this period. Naturally women tried to were the shapes that were most flattering on them. I read somewhere that one's nose had a great deal to do with what shape one's hair should be.

Here are some of my humble attempts:






(Excuse the blurriness)


I haven't used rats, as you can see these aren't that big and pouffy. For the top two I twisted some hair into a long, flat bun, leaving some hair below it and on the sides, which I then pulled over it to do some twisty thingies. For the pompadours I twisted and pinned hair around the head in whatever shape I thought flattering, and pulled the rest of the hair over it to make the bun. Here is a picture of what I did beneath Mary's bun:


I know it looks strange, but from the research I've done I think people did things like this. As you can see, Mary's pompadour is not even that big, and her hair is very long and thick, so I understand how useful rats must have been. 


I'm sure some people used curling tongs of some sort, but it seems to have been acceptable for hair to be any natural texture. Waves or curls may or may not have been more desirable. I think general pouffiness is what was desirable.




I hope you enjoyed this post, dear readers! Have a lovely day!






Thursday, April 16, 2015

I've Been Tagged! Twice! {Part 2}


Hello friends! I am back with the second half of the tag. So, here are Emma's questions:

What was the last blog you visited?

 A Lantern in Her Hand, because I was getting the questions from Emma.

What is one of your favorite movie soundtracks to listen to?



I cannot find the words to say how I feel...                                                                                                 

What is the absolute weirdest movie you've ever seen?

I can never name the 'one something-est something ever'. I'm trying to think of weirdie animated ones I saw as a child. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was pretty far out. But I can think of quite a few weird, obscure B-movies we've watched.



What are the first flowers to bloom where you live?

Crocuses.

What is the longest book you've ever read?

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, I believe. I read it when I was about twelve. I'm sure I didn't understand every word, but I enjoyed it immensely. 


Are you on Goodreads?

Yes I am. I love it!

Have you ever been in a musical production before?

I've been in the pit orchestra for Les Miserables and Little Women. Les Mis was a big huge long amazing experience. Little Women wasn't as much of a thing, but it was quite nice, and I liked the music.

Is your mailbox on the same side of the street as your house, or do you have to cross the street to get to it?

Ours is across the street. What a question, Emma. 

Do you subscribe to any magazines?

Not right now. I got BBC Music for a little while, but I didn't find it very interesting so I don't get it anymore. I'm thinking about subscribing to KBR, it looks like a lovely magazine.

Would you ever consider dying your hair?


Is there a particular actress you think you look like?

No, not that I actually resemble. But there are a few actresses I've imagined myself looking like.

Do you decorate your bedroom with pictures of period dramas?

Me? No, I don't, but Emma always keeps our walls sufficiently covered with gorgeousness.


Now for three facts about myself, one of them false:

1. I love summer.
2. I've read all the Elsie Dinsmore books and love them.
3. Lambs are my favorite animals.


I tag:

All of my followers! I don't know most of you ladies yet, but I'd sure like to. And you're such dears to follow me, when I've only just started out. If you've already done the tag you don't have to do it again, but I'd love to hear people's answers.

My Questions:

What historical era can you most imagine yourself living in? ( Or the top few)
Describe your home.
Can you see yourself more living upstairs or downstairs in Downton Abby?
Who is one of your favorite fictional mothers?
Who is one of your favorite fictional fathers?
What is your favorite old TV show? (i.e., Little House, The Waltons, that sort of thing.)
What is the oldest movie you've ever seen?

Okay, have fun answering the questions! Don't forget to guess which fact is false!



   

Monday, April 13, 2015

I've Been Tagged! Twice! {Part 1}




Naomi and Emma have been darlings and tagged me! Naomi made up this super fun tag and I can't wait to answer the questions.

Rules: 

~ Paste the button onto your blog post.   
~ Leave a new list of questions (or just pass on the question list you answered) and tag a few people of your random choice (and say why you tagged them, if you have time!) (Be original and nonsensical in your question-creativity - make the blogging world a cheerful place :-) And be disastrously random.)
Now for the fun...
~Write down three facts about you - one of them is WRONG. Let your commenters guess in the comments which one is wrong (and tell them in the comments after a while)
~Answer the questions of the person who tagged you - make it all super random and interesting :-D

Now on to the questions:

Naomi's questions~

Are there flowers in your bedroom?

At the moment, only some dried flowers. Though I expect Emma will bring in some fresh ones once we have them. I share a room with my two sisters, and Emma always keeps it looking beautiful.:)

Who was your first - really first - fictional crush?

I honestly can't remember. I don't think I had any fictional crushes when I was very young. The first one I remember was Horatio Hornblower, which was considerable. I think perhaps I liked characters before that, but no one I particularly remember. It's funny how when we first watched Hornblower Emma immediately liked Archie and I immediately liked Horatio.  I wonder what made us like one more than the other. That's so interesting.




Why not two?


Why not three?

What is - in your opinion - the prettiest Little House book cover?

I can't pick a particular favorite, but I do love 'The First Four Years'. I also love 'On the Banks of Plum Creek', and 'By the Shores of Silver Lake', and 'Little Town on the Prairie'. And all of them.:)



On pictures, do you smile with teeth or without?                                                               

I used to try not to because I thought my teeth looked funny, but now I do because I realize I look funnier when I smile with my mouth closed.  At the moment I'm missing considerable teeth, but I smile with the ones I have anyway.

In 'Return to Cranford' Miss Matty gets a turban. What do you think of her          turban?                                                                                                                                                 
I can't say I dislike the turban. I wouldn't say it's particularly attractive, but it's kind of fun.  However I prefer her adorable caps.

Tilly!


Did you get fooled this year on April 1st?                                                                                
No, I did not.                                                                                                                                              

Do you think it's rude when girls re-do their whole hairstyle in public?                   

It's not something I would prefer to do, and it can be distracting depending on the situation. It seems to be rather a common thing in some circles. I don't think it's necessarily rude, I suppose it could be, but as I said it isn't something I would do.

What's your least favorite song in 'The Sound of Music'?                                                
You know I haven't seen this musical in years. I like the musick( that's the old spelling :) quite well, I think. I'm afraid I couldn't pick a least favorite because I don't remember that many of the songs very well.

Do you chew your inside cheeks when you're think?                                                         
No, I don't think I do.                                                                                                                               

Your how-many-ienth post is this?                                                                                         

Fourth.:)                                                                                                                                                     

What's your favorite Dickens movie?                                                                                       

Oh, perhaps Little Dorrit. There are just so many and they're all sooo good! Well, almost                all.:)                                                                                                                                                                    
I love Arthur and Amy!
And here is a positively hilarious picture of Mr. Pecksniff, just because. Martin Chuzzlewit is another one of my favorites. It's so funny!


What should you be doing right now?                                                                                    

Haha. Well, I had set aside this time for posting, but I have plenty of things I could be doing. Such as practicing piano or violin, and we have company coming in a half hour.

I'm making this a two-part post, meaning this is it for now and I'll answer Emma's questions and tag people as soon as is convenient. 'Til then!



                                                           

                                     

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Story of a Pocket


The other day I was amusing myself reading about people sewing all these wonderful clothes and thinking how much I would like to make something lovely myself if only I had some fabric. And then I came across this post about making an 18th-century pocket, and decided to make one immediately.  


Thankfully I had a bit of lovely muslin on hand, so I used that. I folded it in half and drew the shape I wanted, and then cut it out. 


I had never done any sort of embroidery before, but I thought it would be awfully fun to try. So I just sort of made up a design as I went. It is very humble indeed, and I would prefer if it looked a bit less like a cactus, but I think it's sort of pretty.


Sewing it together was lots of fun. I had never done much hand-sewing, but I was determined not to use the modern sewing machine on this project, and it didn't take so long since it was just a pocket. I took Elizabeth's advice from the post I mentioned and doubled the front piece, so as not to snag the embroidery. 

After I sewed the pieces together I cut a slit down the middle. I wish I would have cut a longer slit, because I can barely fit my hand through the opening. Oh, well. Next time. 
Then I covered the edges with a strip of the same fabric. 


And then I sewed a lovely green ribbon on the top to tie it around my waist, and it was finished! I am quite pleased with my pocket, funny thing that it is. I haven't worn it yet, it doesn't work as well with today's clothing. Not that I wear today's clothing, but never mind that. Anyway, I hope you have been somewhat amused by the story of my pocket, and I encourage you all to go make pockets of your own.:)







Thursday, April 2, 2015

~18th Century Hairstyles~

     Hello everyone! I want to thank you all so much for following me. It's Emma and Naomi's recommendations what's done it, I'm sure. I figured with all these lovely followers I'd better write something for them to read, hadn't I?


In case you've not noticed, I'm a bit obsessed with the Georgian/Colonial era. I'm kind of living there in my head. :) The second half of the 18th century is one of my favorite eras of fashion, probably my very favorite at the moment. Particularly the 70s-90s.:) Anyway, I've been reading a bit about these glorious coiffures lately, so here are a few things I've learned.                                                                


                                 

Mos people assume when they see pictures of women with such enormous and elaborate 'dos that they are wearing wigs. Not so. Men wore wigs, of course. That was made popular when King Louis XIII of France, who had grown his own hair long, became nearly bald at the age of 23. Poor fellow. But women usually used artificial or cut hair to fill out their own. It was preferred for their hair to remain 'natural'. Natural, indeed! Ha.

                                                  

Extremely high hairstyles were achieved by using cushions made of fabric or cork. These cushions, or toques, were attached to the top of the head, and then the natural and false hair was styled on top. Hairstyles so elaborate and time-consuming were often kept in for several days. Huge nightcaps were worn to accommodate all the hair and keep it from getting too mussed.


Black, brown, or blond were the preferred colors. Red hair was not fashionable, and might have been died a different color.


In about the 1780s the fashions became more 'natural'. This meant the hair was cut shorter, and curled and frizzy around the head. The idea was to be wider than tall. Women would often have a few longer curls hanging down, like in the picture above.

                                               

Some people, (ahem, Marie Antoinette), liked to powder their hair. Usually white, or sometimes other colors. (I hear pink was popular in France). Personally, I prefer no powder. I have always believed that people's natural hair colors are the most flattering. However I am not opposed to younger men wearing white wigs. :)

Well, I hope you've found this information interesting.:) What are some of your favorite eras of hairstyles?  Please comment!