What to wear, what to wear…

I have an event this weekend…a Victorian High Tea.  At first I thought of wearing my 1840’s Copper Penny Dress because it is very Dickens.SAM_1559 (2)

But, Shirley pointed out that it is a Victorian High Tea for Christmas and not a Dickens High Tea for Christmas.

I could wear my 1873 Polonaise because Shirley is going 1870’s….

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I could wear my 1850’s tea gown to the tea event…SAM_1356

Gads, no!  It is not fit for human consumption.  Unless you are talking about the illness consumption…in which case one would not care what one looked like.  Thankfully, this photo is very “cell phone camera” blurry!

I could wear my 1880’s Half Grand Surprise Dress as it is a nice Christmas red.

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I could wear my 1895 Dinner gown as I haven’t worn it in ages.SAM_0238

Actually, I don’t think I have worn it in public since I have finished the cape and the muff.  Might be a bit over the top for an afternoon tea but what the heck…. Okay, decision made.

Even if I do look like a linebacker in it…

The cape over the sleeves brings to mind a football player standing on the side lines.

The cape over the sleeves brings to mind a football player standing on the side lines.

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Tree is up and only a bit of swearing

I try to get my Christmas tree up before I have to take part in putting up 7 trees at work.  I was a bit late this year.  I’ve already put up the mitten donation tree and we stood the 18 footer last week.

As per usual, my dang tree is an emotional roller coaster.  The Christmas music I play makes me cheery.  The fricken fracken bleapen lights make me cranky.  And the ornaments make me sentimental. (Accent on the “mental” part.)

Every year I buy an ornament or two to represent a significant event in the past year.  This year I bought an ornament from my winter vacation earlier in the year and I bought an ornament to represent my first Christmas in 22 years where all my children are not with me for Christmas.  My older boy went to Australia for 5 months.  I bought a “so ugly it is cute” Momma Kangaroo with a baby kangaroo.

Hung it on the tree and cried.

Hung it on the tree and cried.

Yup, ’tis the season.

I’m freezing to death!

It is only November and winter is here like the jerk that it is.  I’ve spent nearly half of my Saturday on line trying to find myself some sort of warm vacation to look forward to.  I need to get me some more pesos!

Well, this is a Victorian/costuming blog  and not a “poor poor pitiful me blog” so topic change!

Does this lovely 1860's carte de visite warm you up?

Does this lovely 1860’s carte de visite warm you up?

No?  Me neither.

She does have a great skirt…it looks like it is put together the same way I put my hoop skirt petticoat.  She has a watch hanging at her waist…it looks like it has be tucked into a belt.  I love her curls!  How does one get those to stay put without hair spray!

I was in the Santa Claus Parade

Shirley and I had the opportunity to be a Dickens flavor in a horse and carriage float for the Santa Claus Parade yesterday.  I don’t have many photos to share at this moment but I will share what I do have.

Holly and Bunny who pulled the hay wagon.

Holly and Bunny who pulled the hay wagon.

Shirley in her 1850's outfit.  We had to do a lot of just "hanging around" while the horses were fixed up.

Shirley in her 1850’s outfit. We had to do a lot of just “hanging around” while the horses were fixed up.

Gunner and Ace who pulled the carriage for Shirley and I.  Yes, there is 2 horses...count the feet.

Gunner and Ace who pulled the carriage for Shirley and I. Yes, there is 2 horses…count the feet.

Shirley having a bit of a snack before we take off.

Shirley having a bit of a snack before we take off.

Hopefully, I will have more photos later on.  In the mean time, I’m going to take a warm bath and try to relax my tired arms (lots of waving).