Wellingtons

Wellingtons

Military uniforms, fame and fashion have always been closely linked. Regimental dress uniforms were designed to stand out and impress young men into joining up – with the added bonus of attracting the opposite sex in the process. LOL! When the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars (1792–1815) brought much of Europe into battle, it is hardly…Continue Reading

March 16 to 21 on Austen Authors

March 16 to 21 on Austen Authors

It’s Saturday! Time to relax after the long week of work, kids, and chaotic real life. Grab your tea or coffee, get comfy, and spend a bit of time in another world with Jane Austen as presented by the Austen Authors who adore her. Blog Posts This Week on Austen Authors ~ Ten Surprising Facts…Continue Reading

Look inside a Georgian townhouse

Look inside a Georgian townhouse

Ever wonder just what the inside of a typical London townhouse in an upper-crust neighborhood looked like? Of course there were variations in design, size, styling, and decor. These cutouts and floor plans give an idea of what was standard.     The typical London townhouse of the 18th century was a brick-built, flat-fronted house…Continue Reading

Vocabulary Rocks! A is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! A is for…

  Alaska The name of the 49th US state comes to us, via Russian, from the Aleut alakshak or alaeksu or any one of a number of spelling variants. The Aleut word is reported as meaning either mainland or peninsula. The form Alaska was in common use by the time of the US purchase of…Continue Reading

March 9 to 14 on Austen Authors

March 9 to 14 on Austen Authors

It’s Saturday! Time to relax after the long week of work, kids, and chaotic real life. Grab your tea or coffee, get comfy, and spend a bit of time in another world with Jane Austen as presented by the Austen Authors who adore her. Blog Posts This Week on Austen Authors ~ Jane Austen and…Continue Reading

Bourdaloue

Bourdaloue

Modern museum visitors viewing these porcelain vessels in a display case would assume they were serving pieces. While certainly decorative enough for an elegant 18th c. table, they would NEVER be anywhere near the food! Necessity has always been the mother of invention, and often of design that’s both handsome and useful, too. Visualize the hoops and voluminous skirts of an 18th…Continue Reading