Victorian & Edwardian Christmas Gifts – Part 2

Victorian And Edwardian Christmas Gifts
New York, winter scene in Broadway, 1857

‘In many cases no gift could be so useful as an apron, or nightgown, or petticoat neatly made, with loving thoughts stitched into the long seams and difficult gathers.’ (The American Girl’s Home Book of Work And Play, 1890) Continue reading Victorian & Edwardian Christmas Gifts – Part 2

The Victorian Christmas Tree

The Victorian Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree, Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1850

The ‘door was thrown open leading into the great exhibition-room. Here was a magnificent Christmas-tree hung all over with colored wax tapers; here were tables covered with white cloths, and glittering from head to foot with the most bewitching doll-babies, work-boxes, card-cases, silk dresses, rattles, penny whistles, shawls, sashes, drawing-implements, and I don’t know what all, for big and little, with a name written upon each, and ever so many funny inscriptions to make it all the more merry.’ (An American Family In Germany, 1866, p. 183) Continue reading The Victorian Christmas Tree

Sew It Cook It Craft It – Link Party #36

Sew It Cook It Craft It Link Party - Sew Historically

Merry Christmas and welcome to the Sew It Cook It Craft It Link Party! You shared so many interesting crafts and recipes last week that there are more features today than usual! 😀 I’m excited what you’ll be sharing today!

And sorry for posting the party and today’s Advent calendar door late: My computer crashed while I was writing the posts.

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Victorian & Edwardian Christmas Gifts – Part 1

Victorian Christmas Gift Ideas - Victorian Shopping
Sleighing in New York, 1855

‘Christmas is coming. […] Such a capering and hiding; stitching, knitting, clipping, cutting, and pasting; red paper and blue paper; spangles of gold and silver; purses, cuffs, lamp-rugs, slippers, and neck-ties; gewgaws, and filigree, and gimcracks; green trees, hung all over with colored balls, little angels, and candy horsemen; wax tapers and bits of looking-glass; such surprises hid in fancy boxes and bags, on the tops of the wardrobes, behind the bureaus, and under the sofas, for Tom, Dick, and Harry; mysterious whisperings, secret conferences, knowing looks, nods, and winks, and sudden hidings away of articles in progress of manufacture but not yet to be seen Continue reading Victorian & Edwardian Christmas Gifts – Part 1

Victorian Christmas Gifts For The Home

1900s Christmas Tree
Christmas tree, 1907

‘The shops are showing a marvelous array of gifts that cost small fortune and there are many of us who have to pass them by, regarding them as the fleshpots of Egypt. That is no reason, though, why we should deprive ourselves of the pleasure of giving, nor deprive our friends of the pleasure of being remembered by us. There are a thousand simple and not simple articles that can be made at home for a small cost of material. If they cost much labor, all the better. Then our friends know that we have really wanted to make a sacrifice for their pleasure. Continue reading Victorian Christmas Gifts For The Home

Victorian Store-Bought Christmas Presents

Victorian Store-Bought Christmas Presents
The heart of the shopping district a few days before Christmas, 1903

‘It was the afternoon of Christmas eve. The weather was delightfully mild for the season, and the sky was without a cloud. The streets of Philadelphia were unusually crowded, and the whole appearance of the city was gay and animated. The fancy stores were resplendent with elegant ribbons, laces, scarfs, and reticules, and the shops for artificial flowers, made a display which rivalled nature in their most blooming season. It was a pleasing spectacle to see so many parents leading their children, all with happy faces; some full of hope and others replete with satisfaction; some going to buy Christmas gifts, others carrying home those already purchased.’ (The Pearl, 1830, p. 106) Continue reading Victorian Store-Bought Christmas Presents

Sew It Cook It Craft It – Link Party #35

Sew It Cook It Craft It Link Party - Sew Historically

Welcome to the 35th Sew It Cook It Craft It Link Party! 😀 I’m excited what you’ll be sharing today!

Just two weeks and it’s Christmas! I’m still busy crafting and cooking for my Christmas countdown 2017 – maybe you’ve noticed that I’m sometimes posting the projects a bit late. 😉 Below are three of the seven DIY Christmas crafts and recipes from last week. All Christmas crafts and recipes can be found here.

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Snow Covered Mason Jar Oil Lamp With Salt & Wheatpaste

Snow Covered Mason Jar Oil Lamp Tutorial

Make beautiful snow covered candle jars with things you already have in your kitchen!

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These jars look like they are covered with freshly fallen snow. You can use them as wintry luminaries or snow frosted vases. Snow covered mason jar oil lamps are an quick and easy holiday craft and great as last-minute Christmas gift! Continue reading Snow Covered Mason Jar Oil Lamp With Salt & Wheatpaste