Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Vintage Victorian Bride Art Paper Dolls

As promised, here are my first two Vintage Victorian Bride Paper Dolls...
didn't they turn out CUTE! Above, I have EMMA, her dress is the
bridal gown worn by Wyona Rider in 'The Age of Innocence',
one of my FAVORITE movies!
My second doll is Susannah, a Gorgeous 1880's Bride wearing an original
gown from the period I found at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
If you adore vintage clothing like I do, they are a fabulous source
to research from, or just to browse & enjoy all the beauty
of a glorious time gone by, the Gilded Age.
You can find my Paper Dolls at my etsy shop and I hope you enjoy them
& have as much fun playing with them as I did making them.
LOVING these vintage bride dolls!!! :)))

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Here Comes The Bride

 What a beautiful day it is up here in our mountain paradise.
All the windows & doors are open & there is such a soft,
cool breeze blowing through the house, I love it!
 Speaking of love, ;) we were just at our dear friends,
daughter's wedding, which was absolutely
stunning & so filled with, there's that
word again...LOVE.

 Love, the stuff that beautiful brides are made of...
 look at how gorgeous this brides lace veil & bodice are
& yet what a simple bouquet of white
carnations she holds, precious.
 {my Queen Victoria post is HERE}
 Did you know that it wasn't traditional for a bride to
wear white, until after Queen Victoria wore an
all white wedding dress decorated in fresh
orange blossoms in 1840?
 {Queen Victoria & Prince Albert of Saxe~Coburg}
Most brides could never be so frivolous as to wear white on
their wedding day, a color that was hard to keep clean
on a dress that they would certainly need to wear
again. Even Queen Victoria altered her dress
so it could be worn later as a ball gown.
Previously, most brides had worn dyed gowns of deep
red, green, black and purple. Here is Queen Victoria's
son Albert Edward, King Edward VII, & his bride,
Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863...
& her youngest child, Princess Beatrice before her wedding
to  Prince Henry of Battenburg in 1885. In the 45 years since
the Queen got married, the tradition of a bride wearing
white was in full swing through most
of the western world.
And aren't we so delighted that's the case, I know I am. There
is nothing like watching a bride walking down the isle
towards her future, all dressed in white.
So, why is this even relevant at this moment? Well, I was thinking...
my husband always says, 'Oh no, not again!', ha. Wouldn't it be fun
for me to make a series of Paper Dolls of Vintage Brides?
I think SO, I ADORE the idea!!
You will be able to find my Paper Dolls on my Etsy Shop  once
I've finished them & until then, you might like to take
a look at my Victorian Era Dolls like...
And if you love Vintage Brides like I do, I got the
last 3 images from the online site of the Musee
McCord Museum in Canada. They have
an amazing collection of vintage
bridal photographs..Enjoy!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!!!

{digital tinting by vintagesusie}
Greetings Sweet Friends &
Happy 4th of July!!!
I hope you have a Wonderful Holiday Weekend filled
with family & friends, yummy food, a parade or 2,
a box of sparklers, some Shriners, the Fife &
Drum Corp, vintage cars, water balloons,
a Spectacular Firework Display & a
chance to thank your local hero's
for all they do to make our
nation GREAT!
And keep in mind, nothing says I'm a
like wearing...
STaRs & STrIpeS!! ;)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Freedom Don't Come Free

Greetings Friends & Happy Upcoming Fourth of July!!

This is my annual post that I wrote a few years back,
but I continue to repost it because for me...
it truly says it all.

"Let the world go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike,
that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,

born in this century, tempered by war,
disciplined by a hard and bitter peace,

 unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights
to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we
are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall
pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship,

support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and
success of liberty. This much we pledge and more."

"to those nations who would make themselves our adversary,

we offer not a pledge but a request that both sides
begin anew the quest for peace..."

"Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans
has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty.

Now the trumpet summons us again, not as a call to bear arms,
though arms we need, not as a call to battle, though embattled we are,

but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle year in
and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”,

a struggle against the common enemies of man:
tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can
do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America can do for you,
but what together we can do for the freedom of man."

John F Kennedy's Inaugural Address
January 20, 1961

Have a Happy 4th of July my Sweet Friends!

And when the words 'Thank You' don't begin to express my
feelings of pride & honor & gratitude towards our American Hero's,
when I am at a loss for words & can find nothing else to say,
I am always mindful that...

'Freedom Don't Come Free'!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Vintage Family Records

Happy Monday Friends...

If you have followed me with any regularity, you
already know that is my passion.

A couple of years ago after watching a few episodes of 'Who Do You
Think You Are', I became really interested in finding
out as much as I could about my heritage
& where I came from.

Through my research I came across these amazing
Vintage Family Records & have enjoyed
using them to keep track & record
some of my family lines.

I thought you might enjoy playing with them too!!

They are so beautiful & nothing made today can
even compare to these lovely vintage images.

With the Fourth of July  right around the corner, I like
to remember the history of my ancestors & what
they have done to keep our Nation Free.

Several of my 6x Great Grandfathers & Uncles
fought in the Revolutionary War out of places
like Ohio, Pennsylvania & Virginia.

We fought in the War of 1812,

the Indian Wars...

& the Civil War, both for the North & South.

My story is truly an American Story...

& looking at all the hero's in my family tree,
including my Father, it's a great reminder that
Freedom does NOT come Free!

I hope you enjoy these images of vintage Family Records,
all found through The Library of Congress.

For me, doing this kind of research is like being the family detective.
Hunting down clues, looking for a confirmation on a hunch
& sometimes even chasing ghosts.

But I am the keeper of the past...
the holder of the archives...
the memory of a family.

It's what I do,
it's what I've always done.

I look to the future in the hope that another generation will
follow me & find value in these things, as I do. That they too
will want to know more about where they came from &
will continue to tell the stories of our American Family.
Maybe they will even remember a distant grandmother who's
great, great grandparents were the children of men who
fought in the Civil War for the North & the South,
proving that in the end, we are all just American's.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

For the Love of Tombstones

Greetings Sweet Friends...
Some may think I've been feeling rather morbid lately,
but really...I haven't! I just have a true
Love for Vintage Tombstones.
Whether you call them tombstones, headstones or
gravestones, to me they all have a
Sense of GRACE...
a Remembrance of Love & Mourning, Craved in Stone.
 Living in Southern California, my local cemeteries
are nothing like the ones I've seen in Boston or
New Hampshire or Maine. Those are just
soooo historic & glorious, having stones
that are over 300 years old.
I can remember visiting Harvard in Cambridge Mass &
right across the street from one of the main
entrances was a tiny cemetery.
In that tiny cemetery, there was a stone of a sea
captains wife buried in the late 1600's,
I was instantly hooked.
But, So Cal still has some amazing tombstones...a stone craver
is an artisan, a Michelangelo in his own right.
There is beauty in these creations of sadness. 
Find A Grave has been such a great help to me as I've been
doing genealogy work over the last 5 years.
Their volunteers & contributors have amassed an enormous
amount of valuable information that has allowed me
to find out vital stats that I might otherwise
have never known.
The images of tombstones I've gotten from Find A Grave,
has given me the ability to visually attach to my
ancestors. I then add all of that information
to to hopefully help
someone else find their
Just as I can't get to Illinois to take pictures of some
of my ancestors graves, there are other's who
can't get to California to take pictures
of their family's tombstones.
So, I have volunteered to take those photographs for them.
I'm excited walking through the cemetery, trying to find
a name that's been requested & I get a lot of joy
when I find one &  know that someone
else will find joy in the
images I take.
These photos came from Pioneer Memorial Cemetery
in San Bernardino, it's right at the bottom
of the mountain that I live on.
It's one of the older cemeteries in my area & it is
filled with beautiful tombstones.
Look at the craving on this stone, so intricate & filled with
grace. Did I mention, I LOVE old tombstones.