What’s Next? Bath, of Course…

We’re only a  little more than month away until we once again board Air New Zealand and head off to England…we’ll be spending four days in London and then moving on to Bath for the 2019 Prior Attire Ball.  🙂

Naturally this will require a new ball gown and it’s currently under construction…I can’t reveal the details just yet but don’t worry, there will be preview coming very soon. 🙂 Last year was a lot of fun and so we’re going to do it again but this time we’ll be visiting some of the sights around Bath in more detail than what we did the last time…and of course, well be “taking the waters”…well, more like taking a small sip.

Here we were last year with our lovely hostess.

Stay tuned for more soon!

And Still More 1890s Style…(We’re On A Roll Here)

Yes, we’re on a roll here…it seems to be shaping up into 1890s week (or maybe month). Here’s another great dress we came across while looking for something completely different (funny how that always seems to happen). For today’s consideration is this ball gown that was made by Pingat sometime around 1894:

Pingat, Ball Gown, c. 1894; Museum of Fine Arts Boston (56.816)

Rear View

As ball gowns go, this is a relatively simple design with a minimum of trim (mostly beading on the front bodice), relying instead on combinations of lace, and silk satin to achieve its effect.  With roses strategically placed on the skirt front, collar and shoulder, there are pops of color that offset the blush pink/ivory silk satin. The gigot sleeves combined with gored skirt definitely place this dress safely in the mid-1890s and create the classic hourglass style that was typical of the period. Overall, as with many of Pingat’s designs, this is elegant and clean and would definitely make an excellent bridal gown. Although best know for his outerwear, Pingat also produced many elegant dress designs- ball gowns, evening/reception dresses and day dresses and this is just one excellent example.

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.