Musings of a Lady

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award - Merci!

Two wonderful ladies have nominated me for this award.

Thank you, Mme. du Jards as well as another follower of my blog FashionK (whom, alas I do not have a link for).

Here are 7 things about me:

1.  My love of historical costuming is born of two inheritances I was blessed to receive.  My paternal grandfather fueled my interest in history.  It was he who gave me books to read about Marie Antoinette, the Sun King and Queen Elizabeth I.  He was an amazingly self taught gentleman who loved history and I miss our chats.  From my maternal and paternal grandmothers I learned to sew.  My Nana was a professional seamstress in Atlanta, Georgia way back in the teens through the 1940's.  She was amazing and taught me many things.

2.  I live in California - specifically in the Bay Area and love being here.  Our weather is predictably unpredictable but mild year round. If I could live else where I might pick:  Boston/Cape Cod area, New Orleans, Williamsburg, Va,  and/or Cotswold Area in England.  I have been to Paris once many years ago - I think I need to go again to see if I would like to live there since I don't remember much about it.  I loved Copenhagen, Denmark (went in 1977) - I'd like to be there again.

3.  My favorite period of time is the 18th century.  I love that I am a 21st century woman but fantasize going back to the 18th century with my Visa card and go shopping.  LOL

4.  Next to historical costuming, I love doing research about historical food and housekeeping.  I am totally amazed and in awe of what women had to do to maintain their homes and feed their families.

5.  I am an educator by profession.

6.  I am an artist - currently enjoying combining my skills in drawing and painting with mix media work.  Please visit my other blog  I haven't blogged there in a while but hope to have something to share soon.

7.  I got involved in reenactment way back in 1980.  I began at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Agoura and Black Point, California. Became one of the court dancers.  I also worked with the Dicken's Christmas Faire way back when it was at Fort Mason in San Francisco.  I left most of that due to health reasons but never lost touch with my friends and continue to join in on more social events focused on a historical period.  Currently my focus in 18th century and Art Deco (1930's).  I think I will make a late Tudor ensemble for next spring.

Now, I am to nominate 7 others for the award.  Well, many of the ones I follow have all been nominated and awarded.  So, let me think about this...mmmmm.  Ah, I think I can nominate 3 for sure:    Nicole does a beautiful job of sharing a versatile amount of information about 18th century costuming and has been generous with her thoughts.   Madame Berg at Costumes, Cats and the 18th Century.  Shares many pics of events, her costuming and other fun things.  Mantua Maker in Cairo is really fun to follow as she lives in Cairo, Eygpt and still continues her colonial interests.  Fuchsia's 18th Century Dress blog belonging to Maria has been fun read to follow as well.  Her work and creativity has been a joy and source of inspiration.

So, that makes 4.  All others that I would nominate like American Duchess, Lady of Portland House, Mme du Jards Atelier, Jane of all Trades, Staying alive: 18th Century have already been nominated and awarded.  So, cheers ladies!  I am proud to have been recognized amongst a fabulous group of creative women. 

I hope that I did this correctly.  I wasn't sure how I was suppose to go about this once I received the two nominations.  If I have not followed through correctly, many apologies.

Best wishes to you all and keep coming back to visit.  Angela


GentlewomanThief said...

Congratulations, my dear! And thank you :) I think my advice (I replied to your comment on my blog) was unnecessary as it looks to me as if you've done this quite perfectly. And lovely snippets of information about you - thank you for sharing. I didn't know you were an artist, I'm going to check out your other blog now (I didn't even know about it!). It sounds like you were blessed with a lovely set of grandparents, too - it's so nice when you can connect with them over something (my Paternal Grandmother worked as a seamstress, also, though I haven't been lucky enough to have any lessons from her... yet!).

And, LOL@ taking your Visa back to the 18th century! Good luck with that ;)

Rowenna said...

Your grandparents sound like incredible people! Thanks for posting!

Angela said...

Thank you Clare and Rowenna. Keep checking in. I have been doing some 'period' cooking and will be sharing. Cheers.