Nightcaps or sleeping caps were worn while sleeping to keep the hair tangle-free and – especially silk nightcaps – to make the hair glossy. Nightcaps have a long history and even today silk caps are recommended for long or curly hair. Read on to find out why and how Edwardian and WW1 women wore nightcaps and how to make a vintage silk sleeping cap for yourself!
Roasted salted almonds – an easy, satisfying snack – were already popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era.
‘At intervals about the center were cut glass and fancy china dishes of pimolas, salted almonds, and pecans, and pink and green confections, with little fancy Venetian salt dishes conveniently near the plates.’ (The Home Science Cook Book, 1902)
This old-fashioned lemonade is so delicious and easier to make than you’d think! It’s an old recipe: I found the homemade lemonade recipe in “Mrs. De Graf’s Cook Book”, which was published in 1922. All you need for this old-fashioned lemonade is lemons, sugar and water. You basically make a syrup which you later dilute with water. Continue reading Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe→
‘A well-made rosette of two-toned double faced ribbon gives just the right touch at the waistline of the simple but smartly cut evening frocks so much in the vogue.’ (Ruth Wyeth Spears, 1920s)
Ribbon rosettes were popular dress accessories in the 1920s – they were usually worn at the shoulder or waist. A while ago I made a ribbon rosette for my 1920s turquoise taffeta robe de style and the dress looks much more finished with the rosette.
‘Hang a wreath at your threshold on Christmas
In token of Love, Life and Beauty,
For like the bound circle of evergreen foliage,
They have neither end nor beginning.
And weave in bright berries and fruits, or a riband,
For Joy, Mirth, Bounty, and friendly Good Cheer.’
Make an all-natural, old-fashioned Christmas wreath this Christmas! This Christmas wreath is made from scratch without a straw or foam base: All you need is greenery, water shoots, red berries and cotton twine. The Christmas wreath is all-natural, made without wire and glue, so you can compost the wreath after the holiday season! The Christmas wreath from scratch is so quick to make – it takes less than half an hour! Continue reading Old-Fashioned Christmas Wreath From Scratch→