New Drapes For No. 11

Because nothing says “violet parlor” like old silk pompoms and silk wrapped wooden drops. I may never leave that room once these are hung up!



Getting Ready For Tombstone

Trying to wrap up all the fiddly fittings so I’ll have something fun to wear for Wyatt Earp Days (Memorial Day Weekend) in Tombstone…so many projects to finish before then!



A Quick Turn At No. 11- The Parlor Makeover

Old houses=Brrrrr! Lots of changes here at No. 11 and we haven’t left the house since we got here, which is typical. Now that the parlor pelmet is put up, we can finish the soft furnishings for this place. Old houses tend to tell you what “they” want, one can’t force it. Things that are perfect for a snowy climate just aren’t appropriate for the US Southwest…it only took me twenty years to learn that lesson! Next trip…bring a ladder. 🙂

Next trip’s project…the two main room windows. Looking for some vintage olive and blue striped linen to go with the embroidered borders I have, then I can properly hem those antique net curtains so the linen lace shows. Ugh* those victorians are just too complicated!

This morning’s coffee and reading spot. There will be a nap, I’m sure.

That danged pelmet1A pelmet is that covered structure at the top of the window covering up the curtain rod for the curtains. is completely hand finished, mitered, padded and pattern matched. 😳 Never Again! When we bring back a ladder, I can trim off the excess and hand stitch it closed. For now…I am happy.

Their new napping and barking spot. Sorry, neighbors!

And It’s All Stripes…

It’s Day 1 of #VictorianFebruary hosted by @ladyrebeccafashions and today the theme is “Stripes”! As a designer, I love stripes…working with them, matching them, creating them with lace or ribbon…stripes are a perfect Victorian era motif!  🙂

I couldn’t resist capturing all these lace stripes in this silk petticoat ruffle.


And a stripey petticoat in my stripey Victorian house in Tombstone….where even the walls and ceilings are stripey with original beadboard paneling. 😉

One of my favorite silk gowns where I used dyed to match silk ribbons to create stripes in the silk organza knife pleating…it’s a waterfall of absinthey stripes. Some day, we’ll have Victorian balls again, right? I remain hopeful. 🙂

Velvet ribbon stripes on net with striped matte brocade for one of my favorite 1870s styled gowns. 🙂