Monday, July 21, 2014

An Afternoon Picnic at the Crown and Book

A few weeks ago we were treated to a lovely picnic at the Crown and Book, hosted by the most generous Paul McClintock. A glorious time was had by all.


The bindery shop, at the sign of the Crown and Book owned by Mr. McClintock.


The beautiful spread! Mr. McClintock provided all of the arrangements and delicacies for the day.


The main himself!


There were many diversions.





It was a small gathering, but the company was lovely.



At the end of they day I spent some quality time with my girl, Aspen.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Colonial Williamsburg Part II

Ok, yes, I know… I’ve been a terrible blogger. Those of you who follow me on facebook know many of the reasons. The top reason has been Mr. Bob, my horse. He’s in full time training and between him and the business my time has been limited. Anyway, I finally got around to writing about the rest of the trip to CW. Here are the photos… Enjoy!


There was SHOPPING…. Lots and lots of shopping! We also had a great opportunity for experimental archeology. The weather did not exactly cooperate the entire trip. We had sun, snow, sleet, rain, freezing temps, then sun again. This, of course, taught me what I need to add to my wardrobe to winterize it. More on that later.


We had a lovely tavern night with new friends.

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And the highlight of the trip for me was the last day. My wonderful husband gifted me an extra day and so we strolled on the sunny streets of Colonial Williamsburg, took a carriage ride, and had a private tour of the stables.

In short, the trip was absolutely magical!

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We also had a private photo shoot at Bacon’s Castle with the lovely Lauren, from American Duchess. Hop on over to her blog post to see the photos…

On Location at Bacon's Castle - Journey to the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries


And finally, I have some exciting news coming up with regards to this blog. I am working on rebranding myself and working on my workshop at home. More on that later too.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Colonial Williamsburg March 2014 Part 1

Wow! Where to begin? Williamsburg was absolutely amazing, magical, and I cannot wait to go back. I spent a wonderful week with some of my favorite ladies and met a number of lovely people.


I hit the ground running and joined Abby, of Stay-in Alive, in the millinery shop Saturday morning. It was wonderful to meet the ladies that work in the shop and see their stunning creations!


(Photo by Lauren of American Duchess)

Lauren and Maggie arrived later Saturday afternoon and I hoofed it back to the house to round them up and drag them, willingly, all over Williamsburg. I look rather disheveled, but this was taken after I had walked a good 5 miles that day.

20140316_110229The next morning we woke up early and dressed for our day in Jamestown for the Military Through the Ages event.


Jamestown was a lovely experience! The sights, smells, and interpreters were wonderful. I wish we had more time to spend meandering the grounds and seeing the sites.


The ever lovely, American Duchess Lauren


The surgeon showing explaining his trade.

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No trip is complete without making chicken friends. (Photo by Lauren of American Duchess)

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(Photo by Lauren of American Duchess)

Then this happened….


Yes, we met Napoleon while shopping! Doesn’t get much better than this…


Stay tuned for Part 2

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Hat and a Reticule

Hello All,

   I have returned from Williamsburg and I am slowly sorted through my pictures. It was absolutely AMAZING; words cannot describe how wonderful the trip was. I will be posting pictures and stories soon, I promise.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of the final projects I completed right before I left for CW. Enjoy!


Attr. to John Hoppner, Portrait of a lady, ca.1785-1786, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

While doing research on 18th century hats, I stumbled across this beauty! I decided I must have this hat in my wardrobe.


I am very pleased with the result! I jokingly refer to it as the hat of doom.

The second project was a simple embroidered reticule. My older reticules have definitely seen better days.


I’m very happy with the results and it held up beautifully during my trip.

I promise to have pictures and more on the trip soon.

God Bless!!!

Love Lauren