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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

An Introduction

Hello everyone, My name is JoAnn and I am sooo excited to start my new blog. It's been some time since I've posted on the internet. I used to have a website called: "Plan An Elegant Tea Party". Perhaps you had seen it? If so, Please let me know. I would LOVE to hear from you! It was a site about tea, tea party ideas for adults and children, tea party recipes, tea party crafts, games, and Victorian interests, etc. I plan on re-posting most of that information for you on this blog.

I stopped my website when I started a Tea party catering business. It's been about a year since I've had it up.  I have so many interests that I felt it was time to dive into my hobbies and loves and start sharing them with the world again! I love everything Vintage, Victorian, Cottage Style and Shabby Chic. 

Did you ever long to be living in a time of less confusion and stress. Me Too! That is what I imagine when I think of the Victorian and Vintage Eras. Now I know they had their problems too, but it just seems like a more serene period of time.

The Victorian era brings to mind all the beautiful gowns, lovely hats and the elaborate home decors they enjoyed. I  can appreciate the beautiful hand made articles they created, like lace, embodied linens, hand painted furniture, clothing and the embellished hats. Today we have machines that make everything. Since it was the only way to obtain such things, could you imagine sitting down and spending hours and days embroidering a set of pillowcases or making a lace collar? I can, since I have done it. That is why I admire the Victorians and their accomplishments. We still have ladies that do many of these things and my hat goes off to you!   
         The Vintage era (the 50’s) was still going on when I was young. I remember wearing beautiful full skirted dresses with white crinolines, ankle socks, black patented leather shoes, little gloves and of course a hat, to church and even to go down town shopping. The taxi would pick us up in front of the house and my sister and I would get to sit on the little chairs that popped-up from the floorboard in the back. Town was so full of shoppers hurrying up and down the sidewalks. The stores buzzing with holiday cheer during the Christmas season. I remember one Christmas shopping trip in particular, when I spotted Santa’s house sitting of the Courthouse square! We were So excited that Santa actually had a house built there so we could visit with him! It was like a little doll house, a candy land shop and a toy shop all rolled up into one! 

It was also a tradition for us to decorate ornaments for the tree. Do you remember the silk wrapped bulbs that were decorated with pearls and sequins pined to them? I’m sure that this era was a little easier to live in than the Victorian era, since there were so many new automated gadgets available to house wives. You can even tell it in the advertisements. Women were doing everything but cartwheels in them! They were all aglow showing off their new kitchen or the new washer and dryer their darling husband gave her for her birthday. How sweet. (I say that with sarcasm)

      Anyway, I’m getting off on a tangent. Back to my introduction. Cottage style and shabby chic appeals to me for their soft pastels and their glamorous d├ęcor effect. I have repurposed many an item into cottage or shabby chic style. Many of my friends and family have encouraged me to start selling my wares and to also make my tea party items available too. Like I mentioned above, I have so many interests and crafty ideas that I find myself writing this blog and starting an Etsy Shop to make myself and my items available to you…my loyal fans and new followers! I truly love to help people, so if you have a question or a need regarding a tea party, an item of interest or a custom made item, Please let me know. I would love to hear from you. I also love reading all of your comments and I will try to serve you as I would like to be served.
I’m sure we will become “Kindred-Spirits” as time goes by. I am looking forward to hearing from each and everyone of you soon.