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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sweet treats for a Queen, Duchess, Comtesse, Grafin or YOU!

Mmm sometimes we all deserve a treat.  
One of the most impressive to look at and scrummy to eat that I have found, are these little lovelies that I buy at the Wednesday city markets.
Don't you think Marie Antoinette or Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire would have been impressed with them?  
I love the art of the confectioner.  They really are mini works of art and they taste every bit as good.
I pretty much bought one of each variety for Mum's birthday last year. (I bought two of those chocolate swirley ones to the left.)
I love the city markets. As well as fresh fruit and veggies, there is also  Monsieur Macaron, the Chocolate Fudge Lady, Dello Mano chocolates and the Patty Cake stand.
Must be time for another sugar overload. After all, Mother's Day is coming!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pompadour shoe hysteria!

If you want to own a pair (or more) of these MAJORLY GORGEOUS late 17th - early 18th century shoes then mark the diary for May 14th to pre-order from American Duchess.  Yes Ladies, RUN don't walk!

Holy hell, look at that HEEL!  That gorgeously waisted french heel!!  It even looks like it kicks up at the back - woohoo.  I've died and gone to shoe heaven!   
They come in a choice of black or ivory brocade.

I think I want a pair of each because one pair - most probably the black ones, will be getting the 18th century RED HEEL treatment.     
Hell I might even stud them with diamonds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Maybe the ivory ones should get the 'diamonds on the heels of my shoes' treatment.  (Apologies to Paul Simon) 
Doing the happy dance!  The Happy Happy Joy Joy Dance!  The Snoopy Dance!  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Walking stick history and pics

It's been a while since I made any progress with my 18th century walking stick, but doing some research I found a link to Laurence Jantzen's website which is well worth a look.
Amongst the mass of information on her site she covers the history of walking sticks and provides some useful background for their use in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 
There are also some lovely 18th century pictures featuring women posing with their cannes d’agrément as they were called.