Francatelli Victorian Breakfast

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An Omelet of Fine Herbs by Charles Elme Francatelli For those of you who don’t watch the Masterpiece series, Victoria, Charles Elme Francatelli was the celebrity chef of his day. He apprenticed under the famed French chef, Antonin Carême, the … Continued

Karl L. H. Müller Tea Service with Figural Finials

A tea service by Karl L. H. Müller designed in the late 1800s and illustrating a style that is reminiscent of Chinoiserie, though its actual classification is Rococo Revivial. The teapot is capped by the face of an oriental man, … Continued

Period Needlework Inspiration

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Embroidery is making a comeback on the heels of the knitting and crocheting re-revolution. I have always wanted to master some kind of needlework, but after failing in a number of thread-related ventures, I’ve given up and resigned myself to … Continued

The Victorian Curiosity

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I have a confession.haven’t always been a Victorian enthusiast – the heavy furniture, the fashions, the over consumption. But one thing that I absolutely love about the Victorians was their sense of adventure in exploration. Be it botanical, animal, culinary, … Continued

Victorian Arts & Crafts, William Morris

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William Morris Birth: March 24, 1834 – Walthamstow, EnglandDeath: October 3, 1896 Hammersmith, England William Morris was an English designer, poet, socialist and craftsman. His interest in creating beautiful, yet functional designs drove him to pioneer the Arts & Crafts … Continued

Modern Victorian Pottery, Emma Bridgewater Style

Emma Bridgewater designs are perfect examples of Modern Victorian Pottery. They have a sense of vintage about them even though they’re made by a contemporary designer and pottery company in the Victorian village of Stoke on Trent, in England. Each … Continued

Infusing Honey with Herbs & Spices

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Bees and the all the buzz… Honey, and especially bees, are a thing these days.With a spotlight being placed on the buzzy fliers due to their diminishing numbers, more and more people are paying special attention to them. And not … Continued

Teacup Tuesday: Tiger Raj by Lynn Chase

From artist to designer This colorful and exotic teacup pattern, Tiger Raj, by artist Lynn Chase, exemplifies her whimsical take on the animal kingdom. Having traveled extensively throughout Africa, South America and the States, Chase turned her creative talent towards … Continued

Antique Malls and Flea Markets near Chicago

The art of the hunt… I love a day of antiquing…or maybe more correctly, the term would be vintage shopping. I don’t often buy things that have reached the 100-yr mark (that deem them a true antique)- with the exception … Continued