Welcome To No. 11!

At the risk of being somewhat repetitious, here are some more pictures from the recent historic home tour that we participated in during our last visit to Tombstone. While it’s hectic getting ready for the tour, it’s still very rewarding because it gives us an opportunity to make the house festive for the holidays while also giving us a good excuse to dress up. Also, it gives us an opportunity to socialize with dear friends…

Karin Arlene Tombstone Historic House Tour 2018

Good times…unfortunately, Angus just wouldn’t pose…

So enjoy!


Saturday started early for us as we made then final touches at No. 11 and then got ourselves dressed. The Tombstone Historic Home Tour officially started at 9 am but we didn’t see our first visitor until about 9:40 so we wound up with a little more time to get things ready (which was a very good thing). No. 11 was originally built in 1905 when the entire block on Safford Street was built up. Previously during the 1880s and 90s, our block had been undeveloped, lying on the outskirts of town and the entire area had been taken up by a holding corral for the local slaughterhouse. Sadly enough, the only link our house has with Tombstone history in that it sits over the Mountain Maid Mine (or at least the claim) which the Earps unsuccessfully attempted to develop in 1881. That said, on with the tour…. 🙂

Karin Tombstone Home Tour 2018 Angus

Welcome to No. 11! Unfortunately, Angus was a bit distracted…

Below are a few pictures from the event, starting with the main room decked out for Christmas:

Tombstone Home Tour 2018

Karin Tombstone Home Tour 2018

And then the parlor:

Karin Tombstone Home Tour 2018

Karin and Angus- Of course, Angus was a key part of the tour… 🙂

Adam Tombstone Home Tour 2018

Here I am showing off one of our latest wedding gown designs.

And here’s the original bedroom- it’s a bit small by today’s standards but it’s comfortable for us. 🙂

Adam Tombstone Home Tour 2018

And here I am showing off an original c. 1900 Worth wedding gown, complete with shoes.

Below are some more views of the Worth wedding gown:

It was a busy day for us and we had a lot of fun meeting people and talking about our house and the early history of Tombstone. We look forward to doing this again in 2019.

Moving Forward & New Developments

There’s ready to wear/off the peg gowns to offer from the Lily Absinthe page in the future, we had a week’s interruption from fire evacuations, but we’re back and doing The Great Unpacking. Our cars were full of antique textiles when we were told to leave…so now these new gowns, mantles (Adam’s job) and corsets will be made with two grateful hearts. ♡

Wedding Time At Helldorado…

Helldorado is not only a reunion for fans of all things Tombstone, but it’s also a great place to get married and that’s where Lily Absinthe swings into action…one of recent projects is this wedding dress:

Wedding Dress Tombstone c 1881

And here’s a standing view:

Wedding Dress Tombstone c. 1881

This dress is one of our Tatiana style and while it’s hard to tell from the picture, there’s a light green underlayer on the overskirt, giving the dress a subtle shade of green.  It was, understandably, a stressful day for the bride but in the end, it was worth it:

Wedding Dress Tombstone c. 1881

And now for the ceremony…. 🙂

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Voila! We wish the happy couple all the happiness in the world! 🙂