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Susanna Kearsley
Writer. Dreamer. Traveller. Mom.
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:-) I inherited my asthma from my mother, who also spent a good part of her childhood lying sick in bed, so she knew how to pamper me.
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Kareni, I never had the energy for activity books when I was really sick, although I loved them at other times. My favourite "activity" was doing all those little transfer-rubbing pictures that used to come on the back of our cereal boxes, back in the day...
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Your father had good recommendations! And I know exactly what you mean about "fond memories". Not that it's ever fun to be sick, but at least no one ever complains that you're lying in bed doing nothing but reading :-)
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Joseph Caraud, "Am Morgen", 1865 (via Wikimedia Commons) As a lifelong asthmatic allergic to just about everything in my environment except for goldfish and rocks, I spent a lot of my childhood days sick and in bed. My family did what they could to make me feel less alone. My sister loaned me toys. My dad carried our one TV (black-and-white, naturally) upstairs to my room so I could watch Sesame Street in the morning. My mother would serve me my meals on a tray, like they did when I went to the hospital. She made the best lunches—soup, Saltine... Continue reading
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Oh, you should! It feels like stepping into another time, it's really magical.
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Shelagh, if it makes you feel less jealous I can promise you I'm not wearing the gown to write -- I spend most days in either pajamas or yoga pants and T-shirts :-)
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Patricia, I made the turban by cutting down a silk jockey cap and wrapping it with -- believe it or not -- a small silk pillowcase that just happened to be close to the same colour as my gown, found by chance on sale at a fabric store. There are a lot of portraits of women wearing turbans in the period, so I studied those and copied them to make mine. The feather is Edwardian, I think, and I stitched pearls all around to hide my less-than-perfect sewing :-)
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Sue, I know what you mean. I always enjoy watching fashions cycle around again, and everyone thinking they're wearing something "new" when I have one just like it still tucked in the back of my closet from way back :-)
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Stephanie, once I hit 50 I decided not everything needed a practical purpose :-) I say you should go ahead and get yourself a gown! And I love clothes from the 50s, too, although again I'm not really the right shape to wear them. But I do love rhinestones and crinolines.
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Those gold-rush era dresses are really something though -- I hope you kept yours? Did you have a big hat with a feather, too?
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Oh, I know! I thought of you all while I was holding it, actually--how many of your heroines might have handled the same kind of fabric in their day. It was definitely swoonworthy.
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Jana, how wonderful that your love of "old fashioned" fashion led you to a love of history and our romances! Thank you for sharing that with us. And I definitely think you ought to have a Victorian costume (and wear it anywhere you like!)
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Thanks, Ilze! I could honestly wear Regency-era clothing all day, it's incredibly comfortable.
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How lovely that you got to go to Bath for your Regency Ball! What a memory to have. And Teresa, if you sew (or know someone who does), that pattern we used is apparently a very good one and easy to work with.
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You're very welcome, Annette. I'm happy you liked it.
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Thanks, Juanita! Glad you liked the post (and adding my own thanks to Anne for sharing it).
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Nancy, I just told myself the fabric had been sitting in the back of someone's cupboard forlornly waiting for a chance to go to a ball :-) But yes, I'm glad it was Emily and not me who had to actually wield the scissors.
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Mary, I share your problem with 1920s dresses. My grandmother gave me a beautiful black beaded one that I think I fit into for about one year before I started getting too round to fit into it. It's still in my hope chest.
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Thanks, Anne. I was quite pleased with that hat, in the end. Had a few dodgy moments while making it, but luckily feathers save everything.
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I promise not to timeslip. Working hard on that next novel for you...
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Kareni, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was a fun post to write, too :-)
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Confession time: I’ve always wanted a Regency gown. Even while falling for Colin Firth’s Darcy, I couldn’t help coveting all of Elizabeth’s outfits. The fabrics! The spencers! I swooned over those just as much as I swooned over wet-shirted Darcy. But given that my books aren’t set in the Regency, I never could find a good excuse why I should have my own gown. Until last fall, while registering for this year’s Historical Novel Society North American conference, I noticed this announcement in the schedule: "After the Saturday banquet, the party continues with a Regency Masquerade Ball…" And a Regency... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Word Wenches
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I have always secretly wanted a hat box. Found this one on eBay. I figured Id never have a better excuse to buy one :-) Sent from my iPhone
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Stephanie, the primary colour rule is a good one. For this trip I tried to keep everything blue and white, mostly. (And Im glad you like the hat) Sent from my iPhone
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