The Christmas Tea

It’s been almost a week and I’m finally getting to the post about my costume groups Christmas get together!



Setting the table for the gathering. I am wearing my favorite dress…a 1870’s pattern and using my 1940’s dishware that I’m trying to collect a descent set of.


Lottie came dressed in 1700’s style. Not our usual Victorian theme…I told the girls to wear something comfortable and something they have been wanting to get more use out of.



This hand made cap is so dainty!


Shirley came in some festive 1860’s wear.


After some tea and muffins we did the gift exchange.



I got a bigger haul because it was a birthday/Christmas combo.

Time for the stitching.


Shirley wound a skein of wool into a ball.


Lottie added a few more rows to her Canadian Cloud.


I worked on some trim for the bodice of my next dress...1858 Lottie (Named after Lottie who bought the fabric for me when she went to CoCo).


Sugar bowl sweetness

I have shared with you my interest in a vintage dish set called Home Pastures by Alfred Meakin.

I also shared with you my success in finding and buying a creamer and my angst that I may not find the sugar bowl.

I recently did find the sugar bowl!  Lid intact!  I nearly jumped out of my seat with joy when I found it!  And the shipping was not out of this world!IMG_20160822_093341855

I don’t have enough dishes for a small dinner party but I can have a small tea party!IMG_20160822_093331108

Some prettys!

A few days ago, I bought myself a present.  (I buy myself the best presents…so well thought out!)  I have a new piece for my collection of Alfred Meakin Home Pastures.SAM_0966Will I ever find the sugar bowl?

I also found a photo of an 1840s dress that tried (more successfully) to cut curvy pattern pieces in the straight up and down rather than the chevron pattern.1845-50 dress V&AIf I want to make myself feel better, I will pretend that the wonky bits are hidden under the shawl.  I like the lace trim and tassels.  They are pretty!

My favorite dishes.

I grant that these are not Victorian.  But, if I had Victorian dishes I’d be too afraid to eat off of them!  No, my favorite dishes are merely vintage (1932-45) and not antique.  When I was a kid my grandmother gave some dishes to my mom….just a few odds and ends, bits and pieces.  They were my favorites because I found they had more character than the dishes from that horror of tastelessness known as the 70s.  And one day my mom gave them to me. 

Alfred Meakin Home Pastures.

I love the picture on the dishes…it is a place I’d like to go to.  It seems so serene.  One day, I’d like to own a complete set with at least 4 place settings.  So far I’ve found one plate.  Alas, my family has also managed to break one of the serving dishes.  One step forward and one step back.

There are some on-line that are a reasonable price.  I just have to talk myself into coughing up for the shipping.

Happy September all!