Any Old Chair………

November 30th, 2010

Can you remember the dilema I had with my chair in a previous post?
“Take a Chair …….”

… Well, I finally decided to cover it with some lovely …
Laura Ashley cranberry velvet spot fabric
which I had lying around
….. its not really what I had planned for it …..
… it kind of just evolved…
but I’m really quite pleased with it……………

What do you think…………. ?

Lisa x

“Everything will be okay in the end.
If it’s not okay…it’s not the end.”
~ Unknown ~

And The Winner Is……..

November 27th, 2010

…… Drum roll please ……
…………………………..
……………… And the Winner Is ………………

Lauren Laureen Summers

Lauren please e-mail me with your address
and weather permitting, I’ll ship it to you Monday!

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Thanks to all who entered
… I’ll have another gorgeous give-a-way very soon …

Lisa x

“Choose the world you see and…
see the world you choose.”
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie ~

Votes For Women…

November 19th, 2010

A Campaigning Suffragette… c1908
wearing a simple yet pretty and feminine Edwardian day dress, complete with a ‘Votes for Women’ sash… handing leaflets out.

The movement for women to have the vote started in 1897 when the
‘National Union of Women’s Suffrage’ was founded.

Suffragettes carried out direct action such as chaining themselves to railings, setting fire to mailbox contents, smashing windows and on occasions setting off bombs.

Many suffragettes were imprisoned and subsequently went on hunger strikes, during which they were restrained and forcibly fed.

Around, 1908 the Suffragettes adopted the colour scheme of Green, White and Violet: green symbolising hope, white for purity, and purple for dignity…..

A portrait badge of Emmeline Pankhurst ~ c1909 ~ Sold in large numbers by the Suffragettes to raise funds for its cause.
~ Museum of London ~

The initials of the colours “GWV” were also code for
“Give Women Votes”

In 1918, the Representation of the People Act was passed by Parliament, meaning women of property over the age of 30 had the right to vote ~ not all women, therefore, could vote ~ but it was a major start!

This Edwardian Suffragette is sold, however if your interested in commissioning her or would like to discuss something similar…
please do not hesitate to e-mail me to discus your
requirements in further detail.

Lisa x


“Things do not change…we change.”
~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Meet Sir Rauff Aldersey…

November 14th, 2010

The fifth and final “Special Commissioned’ Tudor dolls.

Like his son, Sir Rauff Aldersey wears a doublet/jerkin of black silk, with slashes of black and grey silk, trimmed with grey silk and Swarovski crystals, matching pant-hose showing slashes of grey silk beneath and black nether hose with simple laced leather shoes
complete his ensemble.

Like his son, stiff neck and sleeve ruffs which were forever associated with Elizabethan costume, and to complete his ensemble he wears a Tudor Henrocian bonnet.

‘Sumptuary Laws’ attempted to enforce the notion that certain details of dress were appropriate to specific ranks of society.

Such laws were set not only as to the type of fabric permitted but also the amount that could be used in a single garment…. for example the use of velvet for gowns was limited to those earning £200 or more per year, thankfully as Sir Rauff Aldersey, a merchant
is not effected by such laws.

He is Specially Commissioned, however if your interested in him or would like something similar…
please do not hesitate to e-mail me to discus your
requirements in further detail.

Lisa x

“For now I wyll were thys, and now I wyll were that;
Now I wyll were I cannot tell what”
~ Andrew Borde ~
circa 1542 ~

Meet Ellen…

November 13th, 2010

The forth of five “Special Commissioned’ Tudor dolls.
Like her Mother, Ellen wears clothing typical of late 16th century.

She wears an ‘open’ partlet, worn ‘open’ mostly by younger unmarried women, a simple necklace can be seen beneath along with a diamond and pearl broach, a gift from her father.

Sleeve rolls were worn to hide the points by which the sleeve was attached to the bodice, peacock blue silk can be seen
beneath the slashes.
Tied around her waist is a pomander studded with cloves, it was given to Ellen by her brother Robert as a gift for Christmas.
The very talented Vicky of NJD created it.

Ellen wears a peacock blue silk underskirt and a black silk open over skirt. Her sleeves have silk sewn in a ‘hatching’ style again regretfully not visible in the picture.

Ellen is Specially Commissioned, however if your interested in her or would like something similar…
please do not hesitate to e-mail me to discus your
requirements in further detail.

Lisa x


“Things do not change…we change.”
~ Henry David Thoreau ~

Meet Lady Katherine Aldersey…

November 13th, 2010

The third of five “Special Commissioned’ Tudor dolls.

Lady Katherine, wears an open partlet, under which her Ruby necklace can be seen. Over she wears ‘bodies’ of black silk, otherwise known as a ‘bodice’. Red slashes can be seen on the shoulder rolls.

Looking closely one can see her French Hood.

She wears a red silk underskirt and a black silk open over skirt. Her sleeves have silk sewn in a ‘hatching’ style – although regretfully detailing of which cannot be seen in the picture.

Completing her ensemble Lady Katherine, wears a beautiful Ruby and pearl broach on her bodice, pearl ear rings and stiff cuff and neck ruffs all typical of the Tudor period.

As previously mentioned, she is Specially Commissioned, however if your interested in her or would like something similar…
please do not hesitate to e-mail me to discus your
requirements in further detail.

Lisa x


“Everything will be okay in the end.
If it’s not okay…it’s not the end.”
~ Unknown ~

Meet Robert…

November 11th, 2010

The second of five “Special Commissioned’ Tudor dolls.

He wears a doublet/jerkin of black silk, with slashes of black and grey silk and a plane skirt to the hem, trimmed with grey silk and Swarovski crystals.

Wearing black nether hose with simple laced leather shoes. His pant-hose are made using grey silk with a black silk overlay, slashes show the grey silk beneath.

Epaulettes at the shoulders are trimmed with two shades of black silk, to complete his ensemble he wears stiff neck and sleeve ruffs and a Tudor Henrocian bonnet.

Roberts ensemble is an exact replica of his fathers.

He is Specially Commissioned, however if your interested in him or would like something similar…
please do not hesitate to e-mail me to discus your
requirements in further detail.

Lisa x

“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
~ Aristotle ~

The Tudors Are Coming…

November 10th, 2010

A Tudor Cook…. Martha…
She is one of five “Special Commissioned’ Tudor dolls.

She wears a simple smock or kirtle, with a laced bodice over.

Her skirt is hooked up at the side to prevent it trailing and her from tripping ensuring she can do a good days work without any restraints.

On her head she wears a simple Tudor coif.

Her hand is sculpted to sit on her hip…

Martha is Specially Commissioned, however if your interested in her or would like something similar…
please do not hesitate to e-mail me to discus your
requirements in further detail.

Lisa x


“Those who belittle your dreams…
were too afraid to persue their own.”
~ Unknown ~

Edwardian Affair…

November 7th, 2010


….. SOLD …..

Edwardian blouse on hand-turned form, with hand-strung vintage ‘pearl’ necklace and double gold necklace, with a broach made using genuine Swarovski crystal.

Regretfully, my camera is on its way out and these pictures really don’t do this Edwardian blouse justice. It really is a lovely piece.
Currently available for sale.
Please e-mail me for further information.

Lisa x

“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
~ Aristotle ~