Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Darnall's Chance Museum House, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

     You will very soon see my jewelry offered in the museum gift shop of Darnall's chance in Upper Marlboro, Maryland!

     They will also show case some of my jewelry in their on-site exhibits. If you are in the area, or have not seen this site, do stop by for or schedule a tour! 

     There are many out there that love the 1760's as I do - this Museum seeks to interpret the story of Lettice Lee, who lived at Darnall's Chance in the decades just prior to the American Revolution.  Jewelry displayed here must be appropriate for the time period, and as I've written before - that is probably lots and lots of pearls!

     The house and grounds reflect 1760, the year Lettice Lee’s first husband died, and a room by room inventory was taken of the contents of the house.  What a wonderful thing to have!

     Stay tuned for close ups of the jewelry once displayed within the displays.  

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dyana Neal of 91.5, WBJC, Maryland's Classical Music Station

Dyana Neal of 91.5, WBJC, Maryland's Classical Music Station, wearing my Charlotte Shoe Buckles while at the George Washington's Colonial Market Fair this past September 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition Charlotte Buckles 18th Century Shoe Buckles

     I wanted to make a special buckle for those out there that like a little color in their buckles!  Introducing the Charlotte buckle with the bows in Emerald, Garnet, and Amethyst. Within the time period, they varied their buckles with clear, colors, or a variety of both.  They also did just silver, steel, cut steel, brass, gold, etc.  

Garnet and Clear

 Top to Bottom - Emerald, Garnet, and Amethyst

Emerald and Clear 

Amethyst and Clear

     Original Examples that provided inspiration are below - These are also on my Pinterest board with other examples.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Accessories Matter

The "James" 18th Century Shoe Buckles - Cut Steel and Silver!

     My newest buckle is called the "James" after James Goucher.  He graciously allowed me to borrow his original cut steel shoe buckles to measure so that I could have them reproduced.  They turned out absolutely wonderful!

     So, I decided to offer them in the cut steel look as well as a polished silver (limited stock) for those who wanted a choice.  These are perfect for men or women who want a different look than what is out there.  

     The buckles measure 2-1/4 inches long, 1-3/4 inches wide, and will accommodate a buckle strap (latchet) width of 1-1/2 inches wide.  They are easily attached and removed to accommodate shoes made by all different makers.  They are shown below on shoes made by American Duchess.  

     They are offered at $38 a pair - either type.  You can purchase them from my Etsy shop!

Left to Right - Polished silver and Cut Steel

Cut Steel

Detail of the cut steel

Detail of the polished silver

Originals owned by James Goucher

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

George Washington's Mount Vernon Market Fair - 17-18 September 2016

     I had a wonderful and successful show at George Washington's Mount Vernon this past weekend.  Thank you to my "crew," Jami, Nastassia and Kerry, for helping me get setup and through the weekend.  We had a great time, the fair had perfect weather (albiet VERY humid), and all were in great spirits.  
My Shop

     Wm Booth Draper at the Sign of the Unicorn is now reselling the Charlotte shoe buckles and handmade sterling silver and brass reproduction sleeve buttons that I offer! They have the most amazing fabric, so please check them out.  If they are at an event, buy buy buy!

Sarah Cooper wearing one of my "Jane Austen Crosses" while working at Silhouettes by Hand

Nastassia and I on Saturday

 I received my artist's proof of "The Lost Garter" now available from White Historic Art
(Yes, I'm the model)

I also received my original painting by Pamela Patrick White of White Historic Art of Southern Belle, THE original Gray Horse that I named my business after

My most amazing new floorcloth by Jennifer Higgins of Chaddsford Floorcloths
There is a theme here, huh?  LOL

I also purchased another Floor cloth by Chris Washack of Hemlock Hollow Floorcloths to use at my living history events - classic design and SO beautiful!
(This photo is just after she finished it for me)

My awesome hair piece by The Wig Dresser

Another amazing hair piece by The Wig Dresser

Monday, September 5, 2016

Catherine Curzon, Author "Life in the Georgian Court"

     I am honored thatCatherine Curzon, author of Life in the Georgian Court, was gracious enough to wear a Gray Horse Czech red coral teardrop and sparkly ruby embellishments necklace, matching bracelet, and a really cool mesh sparkly bracelet that I made for her. This was all for her very special evening introducing An Evening with Jane Austen at the Brighton Pavillion.  She also had a book signing!  

     Here is a photo of her with Adrian Lukis. He has been in so many of my favorite movies and shows. You all KNOW who he is RIGHT? Wow. So well deserved and I thank her so much for allowing me to share the photos!!!!

Catherine Curzon with Adrian Lukis 

Catherine Curzon holding her book, Life in the Georgian Court