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…
Good times…unfortunately, Angus just wouldn’t pose…
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…. 🙂
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:
And then the parlor:
Karin and Angus- Of course, Angus was a key part of the tour… 🙂
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. 🙂
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.
Now I get to get this place ship shape and Victorian Christmas’d by Friday night…and make new draperies. Stay tuned…. ♡
Angus contemplating what needs to be done…
This is Tombstone, without the crazy event weekend crowds…the Prettiest Town in the West. 🙂
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. ♡
Angus, our creative consultant is checking out the new stuff…
After a short break, we decided to head east to Soho and check out a few of the fabric stores that we’d previous planned for. Our first stop was MacCulloch & Wallis. There was a variety of fabrics available mostly focused on cottons and silk, (although there was also a wool section) and while much wasn’t anything we couldn’t obtain here in LA, there were some stand-outs that caught our eye:
There were a number of cotton/silk brocades in a variety of colors as seen above. Here’s a sampling of what we bought:
Checking out the fabrics at MacCulloch & Wallis…
Our next stop was the Cloth House. Although the store was small (everything is small in London, it seems… 🙂 ), it was packed with some interesting fabrics, primarily cottons and cotton/silk mixes (or so it seemed). We didn’t a lot that was useful but the few things we did find were exquisite but unfortunately, almost none of them were available in enough quantity for a dress length- apparently they stock most of their fabrics in 5 meter increments so if your timing is off, you’re out of luck (although they can restock on some fabrics). Here are a couple of cotton prints we walked away with…can you sense the “Liberty London” vibe here? 🙂
Next, while we weren’t specifically looking for wool, we walked into Borovick Fabrics on a whim and walked out with this beautiful plaid:
The nice think about this wool is that it’s a medium weight and it will work for Southern California- normally, there’s simply no real opportunities to wear wool, at least not like in the UK. We bought enough yardage for a complete sack suit and vest… 🙂 And then we decided to take a break at the local Cafe Nero before moving on….
(To be continued….)