Warning: This is a long one! I'm making up for my short Independence Day post. *winks*
Are you ready to play? Come on over and meet your playmates!
Lorene is my paternal Great Grandmother. You all have seen her in a previous post and I got so many comments on how cute she was I thought I would show her again. So here she is! Click here if you want to see that post.
The girl's would like to give you a little tour of their room before playing. Upon entering the room you'll find an antique walnut bedstead dressed in a quilt that my maternal Grandmother made quite some time ago. I drug it out of the closet just for the occasion!
A close up of the detail work on the headboard.
and the detail work on the pillow cases.
Next to the bedstead is an antique walnut washstand with an antique hand painted wash set.
To see the Victorian house where this set came out of, and to read about how I acquired it, click here. The house is beautiful and the set was original to the house.
Hanging on the wall above the wash stand is a reproduction framed Victorian Sampler that I stitched several years ago. For the occasion I took it out of the laundry room where I had it hanging.
Back in the day, young ladies would learn their stitches while completing what is called a Sampler. It would have the alphabet and a Bible verse or motto on it as well.
And over here on this wall is the antique walnut dresser.
And displayed on the dresser are lots of little Victorian childhood related items...
on the right side of the dresser is another photo of Great Grandma Lorene, a pair of button up shoes, a button hook and a christening gown. They are not family pieces, unfortunately.
In the middle of the dresser are a few child and doll sized antique china pieces, a little antique beaded boot, a parasol and necklaces. The one on the right is an antique locket I got at an estate tag sale but the other one was given to me by my mother when I was probably 6 years old or so. Pictured on it is Mary had a Little Lamb with the little red school house in the background. My mother's name is Mary. I always loved that necklace!
And here on this other side of the dresser we have a visitor! Winston Dudley, my maternal Grandfather, came over to play too! Pictured with him is a reproduction Trick Pony mechanical bank, an antique Staffordshire Spaniel and other small dog, and a Noah's Ark toy. Noah's Ark was a Victorian toy that was only played with on Sunday's or at Christmas time. This ark is an American Girl doll toy. I thought it was so precious and just had to order it!
Okay...it is now time to play!
We'll bring out the dolls (I'm sure little Winston will just love that!)
We'll bring out the tea set...
and have a tea party with Charlotte. And oh my goodness, do you see what is behind Charlotte?!
Yes, a doll house!
Yes, a doll house!
Would you like to see what's inside?
Are you sure?
Okay, open her up!
After saying that, I will tell you that I have decided to take the divider wall out from the second story, get rid of the bathroom and have a larger parlor. It didn't have that wall there when I bought it, I added it using a foam board, so it will be easy to remove but I will have to find more of the same wallpaper or will have to buy all new.
Here is a close up of the parlor, my favorite pieces are the Staffordshire Spaniels on the mantle and the Queen Victorian bust on the organ. AND, the little stereoptican on the center table.
Just in case you can't see the stereoptican and don't really know what one is, I will show you the regular sized one I have in my parlor...
and the stereo card has children playing with their Noah's Ark toy. Isn't that cute?
Here is a close up of the dining room, my favorite pieces here are the petit fours on the silver tray on the tea cart and the pink parasol hanging from the brass hall tree.
Here is the kitchen, I added the shelves on the door panel to store more food and dishes!
And last, here is the master bedroom, my favorite in here are the pair of silhoutte pictures.
Aren't they so cute?!
So that's my doll house and below is a little wall hanging Bakery shadow box. I bought this back when I first started decorating cakes, it was my first miniature purchase. The little box on the floor used to be on the counter and then I changed it out with a wedding cake I had bought.
After a long day filled with much excitement and fun, it is time to put the dollies to bed...
time for the children to go to bed as well.
So, "Sweet Dreams" everyone.
In the above photo the embroidered pillow case was given to me by my precious 93 year old friend, she had it on bed for years before giving it to me. I always adored it and am so happy to have it.
The silhouttes are of my children when they were 18 months or so (done different years of course). We had them done at a Heritage Festival, the artist hand cut them free handed, no tracings or anything!
Before I end this LONG post I wanted to share a few antique trade cards of Victorian children with you.
One kitty is lucky and the other one not so lucky! Poor thing!
Some well behaved children in this one...
Thank you so much for playing with us today.
Have a great week!
I am joining the following parties...
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry at THE CHARM OF HOME
HOME with Sandi at ROSE CHINTZ COTTAGE
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy at A DELIGHTSOME LIFE
WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY with Paula at IVY AND ELEPHANTS
TREASURE HUNT THURSDAY with Pamela at FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS
SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY with Cindy at MY ROMANTIC HOME
PINK SATURDAY with Beverly at HOW SWEET THE SOUND
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy at DWELLINGS