Best Victorian Home-Keeper Practices For The Modern Woman

An interesting look into a by-gone era.

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Debutantes did not do dishes.

They were taught piano and guided in the art of flirtation. However, once married, they realized their inadequacies. How, in fact, did one manage a household?

“Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management” became an acclaimed necessity, answering all of their questions.

And her insight holds to this day. 

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Preston Woodall House

Recently,  we flew to North Carolina to attend a family wedding, which was held in an historic Benson house. This Queen Anne style house was built in 1910 for a local merchant and  politician Preston Woodall. Over the years, the original house has seen several additions and has served as a bed and breakfast until recently. Now it serves as a popular venue for conventions and weddings.

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The interior was predominated by dark colours – crimson and gilt- strongly influenced by the movie set of “Gone With the Wind”.

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The fourteen foot high ceilings were dripping with crystal chandeliers:

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My favourite room had to be this one, dominated by a player grand piano, and floor-to -ceiling windows:

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The wedding ceremony was held in the beautiful garden. Fortunately the weather cooperated.

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In summary, the Preston Woodall House was a perfect location to host the wedding of a beautiful bride and her handsome groom.

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How To Decorate Your Home Like A True Victorian

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It was lavish or nothing at all.

Interior design of the Victorian Era required grandeur. An ambition to which they reached through displaying each and every furnishing. Opulence began in the rug design to the fringed valance.

Discover how to incorporate 19th century home decor in your home.

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When a Card Says it All

It seems that I have strayed from making greeting cards in the past few months, so I was glad to be motivated by needing to send a birthday card  and a graduation card.  I set myself a little challenge: to make four different cards using a single sheet of 90 pound watercolour paper.

First, I  folded the paper into quarters. After moistening the folds, I tore the paper into four pieces.  Because I really liked the look of the torn edges I tore a narrow strip off each of the remaining edges.

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I am working on a rather stained Ranger craft sheet which I love.

 

Next,  I randomly applied texture paste through a stencil to each of the four “card fronts”. Having to wait half an hour for the paste to dry I took my GSP for a walk. (She had been pacing impatiently, nails clicking annoyingly on the floor.)

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Back from our walk,  the texture paste  completely dry,  I  sprayed some yellow shimmer (from DecoArt Media) followed quickly with a spritz of water to  thin out  and spread the ink.

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When the ink had dried, I mixed a drop of DecoArt media “blue green” paint into a dab of their tinting base to make a  pale green colour. This green paint  was lightly pounced through a Harlequin stencil.

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As the paint was drying I rummaged through my scrap box and chose four different focal images.  (from the Graphics Fairy)

I edged the cards using Distress “Frayed Burlap” ink, and stamped randomly to add a bit more texture.

The focal images and smaller items from the Tim Holtz Ideology packet of snippets were glued in place.  I stamped the “greetings” onto scraps of card stock.

The internal messages were printed on the card bases with our laser printer. (Although I save the different card sizes as  templates on my computer, it always seems to take two or three attempts to get the placement right. Ugh!)

At this point the card fronts were glued onto the card bases and embellishments added.

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For DS, whose birthday is in the summer.

The graduation card:

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For DGS, who graduated from high school. Love the old photo.

And these two cards? Well, I just think they are so grungy shabby vintage-y chic.