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Friday, November 30, 2012

Reindeer Games

The Décor family took a trip to Santa Fe over the Thanksgiving holiday. We saw some really amazing things that I plan to share with you in the next few weeks.

I have yet to put away the suitcases and a stack of mail still awaits my attention. But I was eager to start creating a bit of Christmas.

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Like so many others, things have been very tight financially in our household. I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing though. It challenges me to get creative with Christmas gifts. I always love a handmade present don’t you? In the next few weeks I will be sharing what our family is making and giving to those we love. Such as these holiday shadowboxes filled with vintage goodness.

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Scrapbooking paper was glued onto the backs and vintage elements were then arranged and hot glued on. A fine sprinkling of glitter give the boxes a bit of extra sparkle.

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Be merry and bright!


Friday, November 23, 2012

The 5th Annual Décor To Adore Black Friday Giveaway

UPDATE: The random number generator has selected Jill from Sew A Fine Seam as the winner!

Congratulations Jill!

I recently (and very quietly) celebrated my 800th post.

Every day I am VERY thankful (and still surprised :) that over 3000 people read this blog.

So today is a day that I say “Thank you adorable people!”

Your kindness, support, warm hearts and thoughtful comments are truly treasured.

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One winner will receive this beautiful and heavy Eiffel Tower box filled to the brim.

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The box contains:

A gorgeous toile kitchen towel from Sur La Table.

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French lavender soap.

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Six vintage heavy cotton damask dinner napkins.

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Antique salt and pepper shakers.

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A sweet linen pouch filled with herbes de Provence, tisane de roses, and thyme bouquets.

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An antique cutwork table runner. (Shown as the box liner.)

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Saving the best for last ~ a lovely Fossil necklace.

A perfect piece of jewelry for seasonal soirees.

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The details on this bauble are just beautiful.

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You don’t have to jump through any hoops of fire to enter.

Just leave one comment for your entry.

I write and share different things on the DTA Facebook page. If you follow along…

Leave a second comment. 

Let’s not forget following DTA on Pinterest.

It gets you a third comment.

The contest will remain open until Friday, November 30th when I return with the first project of the DTA 2012 holiday craft happiness series.

Bonne chance!


UPDATE: The random number generator has selected Jill from Sew A Fine Seam as the winner!

Congratulations Jill!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving at Jamestown

I had a big elaborate post planned. I also had pies to bake, turkeys to stuff and presents to buy. In short, I ran out of time.

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Let me say this:

Jamestown is one of the BEST living history museums I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. My son did not want to leave.

So without further adieu let’s celebrate the men and women who made the original Thanksgiving possible.

Replica’s of the Susan Constant, Discovery, and Godspeed which arrived in America in 1607.

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The journey was no doubt arduous.

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The berths so small a child could barely fit.

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Upon landing they probably encountered fierce natives.

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Battles ensued.

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Living condition were difficult.

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Food was not always appetizing.

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These brave souls help shaped America.

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For that reason alone the Gunn family will always be very thankful and amazed!

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On a personal note, Happy Birthday to cousin Sweet T! Her mom, Nene, says that’s one bun she’s glad to have out of the oven. :)

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“T” on our pilgrimage to see “Julia’s Kitchen” last year.

See you tomorrow for the 5th annual Décor To Adore Black Friday giveaway. .

May Thanksgiving be in your heart everyday,


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Biggest Hearts in Blogland!

So many of you have asked for a report on how Ceekay is doing. Her son has been updating her Facebook page and we have good news.

UPDATE ON MOM: Praise The Lord!! Mom is BACK!! She finally got some good sleep, her numbers look great, she is more orientated and knows what's going on and all of her tests have come back normal/negative!! She's eating a bit, sleeping and talking fairly normal! She's back everyone, I got my Mom back!! Woo Hoo!
Thank you to everyone who prayed for her, sent her flowers, stopped by, sent messages, called, text, etc!! We certainly appreciate it! We aren't out of here yet, but it looks like we're almost there!
God is Good.

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I have sold 30 elves and Marty from A Stroll Thru Life’s donate button has been successful enough that we will be able to purchase all 7 tickets to Disneyland and gas for the trip.

Thank you all so very much.

I do have a few elves left in my Etsy shop. Today is the last day of the sale.

I will have a special Thanksgiving post and on Friday will host the 5th Annual Décor To Adore Black Friday Giveaway.

Be blessed!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Colonial Style ~ Fashions

I am the type of person that truly appreciates beautiful fashion. Attention to detail is never lost on me. If I could somehow parade around in costume on a daily basis I surely would. But let me clarify I am by no means an expert on fashion. That title belongs to my daughter. After all, this is primarily a blog about interior design. But I think there are a few DTA readers who might enjoy this post in its simplicity.

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Any purist would tell you that a post on colonial fashion should begin with the early period.

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So I bring you a few examples that I found while visiting Jamestown.

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She is wearing a chemise, transition stay, skirt, apron and a plain cap.

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I have to say I was surprised to see as much color as I did. But if I am honest these early colonial fashions really hold no interest for me personally.

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Ah yes, my heart already has begun to beat faster.

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In colonial times one could tell your class merely by looking at the clothes you wore. Even by the buckles on your shoes.

In the upper echelon of society we have the Gentry ~those who are high born or noble, or other quite successful merchants, doctors, lawyers, and ministers. Servants or slaves did much of their hard work leaving them time for such leisure activities as playing cards and gossiping.


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Those in the middling class farmed small landholdings, ran small businesses and stores or were skilled craft workers such as a woodworker or cobbler. They might have one servant, but primarily women of the middle class made their own fabric, candles, cheese, soap, etc. Men of the middle class could vote.


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The lower class was comprised of day laborers, apprentices, sailors, servants, and slaves.

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Very few owned property and most were illiterate and therefore could not vote.

Truth be told it was a wretched life and well the fashions~ let’s just say they were lucky to have a shirt on their back.

I tend to favor the fashions worn by the Gentry and Middling class.

On the left a young lady wears a caraco ~ a thigh-length jacket, opened in front, with tight, three-quarter or long sleeves.

On the right the lady wears a Robe à l'anglaise also known as an English Nightgown.


The American Duchess shared how a lady would transition from day to evening wear simply by letting down the pouf of the a la polonaise gown to full length, changing her walking-length skirt to a full-length taffeta petticoat , removing her hat and replacing it with a feather and removing the neckerchief.  Amazing!

All gowns were custom made. You can find such finery at the Mary Dickenson Millinery Shoppe on the Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg.

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I adored the shop girls cap and have been searching for a similar pattern. It is a bit fancier than a traditional mob or plain cap. Update: I did find a pattern HERE.

A free Colonial pocket pattern was found HERE.

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I’m also researching various patterns so I can make a dress of my dreams.

(I finally found one HERE.)

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I will probably select an Indienne patterned fabric. In yesterdays Colonial Style ~ Interiors post I wrote extensively on fabrics used during this time.

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I already have my hat.

I loved the green ribbons.

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The Fashionista preferred the pink.

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Her linen Juste-au-corps jacket was quite fetching as were her mitts.

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On cold days a wool cape is necessary.

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A beautiful ladies riding ensemble.

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The attention to detail is amazing. Look at the buttons!

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Buttons also provided a clue as to your status. They were reused again and again.


Men generally wore a tricorne hat. The upper classes and those in the military would often embellish it with a ribbon cockade. Various colors had different meanings and affiliations.

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Needing something to wear under your hat? Then you must visit the wigmaker.

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A wig maker not only sold wigs, but also soap, perfume, powder, tonics and lice cures.

Only about 5% of the population could afford a wig.

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Both men and women wore wigs. I was fascinated by the queues ~ hair pieces  worn by men that hung on the back of the head.

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An entire post could be written about colonial shoes and buckles. For further reading go HERE.

I myself would love a pair of 18th century Kensington shoes.

Just for fun I spotted a canine companion dressed in her best finery. No doubt her owner would have been thrown in the stocks in an earlier era.

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For additional information on Colonial Fashions there is a fantastic interactive section on the Colonial Williamsburg site. You can dress characters from all social levels. Perfect for homeschoolers!



For those who are interested in creating or purchasing their own reproduction clothing Colonial Williamsburg also provides a source list of companies that provide various goods HERE. The extensive list also contains recommended reading for further study.

A wonderful site for authentic colonial period clothing can be found HERE.

Blogs of note:

Two Nerdy History Girls

A Fashionable Frolic

Next ~ Jamestown.


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The Pleated Poppy