Wisteria Kimono

Wisteria Kimono

In later Victorian and Edwardian times, kimonos were very popular as robes in the West, and many kimono companies made pieces specifically for export to America and Europe. This lovely robe has delicate wisteria, one of my favorite (purple) flowers.

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April 17, 2014 · 3:17 pm

Roses and Cream

Roses and Cream

I saw this dress at the V&A many years ago in college, and it does not cease to amaze.

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April 15, 2014 · 3:25 pm

Fun with Wire

Fun with Wire

White and pink flowers with a few touches of curled silver wire.

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April 14, 2014 · 3:01 pm

Leek and Potato Soup

Homemade soup done right is hard to top, and I’ve certainly made my share of soups that we just couldn’t finish, but the soup I made this weekend for a movie night with Mom turned out great. It’s undoubtedly the best leek and potato soup to come out of my kitchen so far. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures, but this recipe was the base. The modified recipe and cooking methods I used follow.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds small Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into pieces
  • .5 pounds regular potatoes, cut into pieces
  • 3 leeks, cleaned and sliced
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups broth
  • 1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
  • 1–2 tsp lemon thyme
  • lemon pepper to taste

Cooking

Put half the butter in a large pot and put the leeks on top with the rest of the butter, salt, and pepper, and sweat until the leeks have reduced significantly in size. Add the potatoes and add broth until everything is just covered. Add some water if necessary. Bring to a very low boil and simmer for a few hours.

When ready, prep a blender and puree everything in batches–have something handy ready to keep the pureed soup in before the pot is empty and you can put it back in. Add parsley, lemon thyme, and lemon pepper to taste, and allow to simmer a while longer to combine the flavors. Serve warm.

The soup will be very thick, especially after refrigeration.

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Are you tired of winter?

Are you tired of winter?

I keep looking at this one and thinking of spring…it’ll be here soon, right?

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March 26, 2014 · 8:03 pm

Regency in Eyelet

Regency in Eyelet

Regency dress (possibly reproduction?) in blue fabric with white eyelet. The effect is lovely, and one of my characters (Eiry) got married in this dress. It was a lovely April day in a garden with tons of flowers.

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March 21, 2014 · 4:21 pm

Introducing Gowns

I like changing my desktop image a lot, so it’s usually set to rotate between everything in a particular folder. Recently, I changed over from the flower folder to the historical fashion folder, and now I’m remember why it so much. Some of the dresses are just amazing, so for now I think I’ll be posting some of them, starting with this one:

 

1898-Worth_Met

 

 

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