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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Time for a Makeover!

Hello ladies,

Did you know that Call Me Cordelia has been online for ten years now? Wow, I didn't realize it had been so long either. In the past ten years, I have learned so much about websites and blogs that I didn't know when I first started.

I've been taking a class at the local community college about SEO (search engine optimization). Hopefully, when I get finished the site's ranking in google will improve. On the downside this means I have some work to do about finding keywords; but I think it will be worth it in the long run.

Our main website's layout will be changing. Since the only screen size was 800x600 when the site began, I've decided to make the layout slightly larger. Most people have such widescreens now. Anyway, this means a larger header image and possibly a side navigation column. I'm not sure. Just can't decide if I like the navigation on the side or not. If you have a moment please take a look at our site and let me know what you think. Thanks!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Retro Cherry Background

Hello lovelies,

Today I've created a free tiling background. Its a retro cherry pattern with a black background. Reminds you of vintage 1950s curtains doesn't it? Feel free to use it on blogs, websites,or wherever. All I ask is please place a link back to my blog on your page. Happy creating! :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hair Clips

Hello Sweetpeas,

They're finally here! Call Me Cordelia is proud to offer a new line of hair clips for our online boutique. They are created by Camellia Cottage. I love the larger satin flowers. So very cute....

The top photo shows The Sophia Collection and the bottom photo features The Demure Collection.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cat Photos

Hello Lovelies,

I haven't been blogging much lately; but hopefully I can get back to posting soon. I've really missed writing. Today I updated our website. Yay! Its been forever, it seems, since I last worked on it.

Our cat page was updated. It now has a new page featuring  my sweet little Ferbs. I also added some new cat photos to our website's photo gallery. I hope ya'll enjoy. :)

Coming soon....look for some great vintage items in our etsy shop!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

T-bone Steaks, Yellow Roses, and Friendship

  Received this in an email from a friend today:

T-bone  steaks, yellow roses and friendship

I walked into the grocery store not  particularly interested in buying groceries. I wasn't hungry.. 

The pain of  losing my husband of 57 years was still too raw. And this grocery store held so  many sweet memories..

He often came with me and almost every time he'd  pretend to go off and look for something special. I knew what he was up to. I'd  always spot him walking down the aisle with the three yellow roses in his hands.

He knew I loved yellow roses. With a heart filled with grief, I only  wanted to buy my few items and leave, but even grocery shopping was different  since he had passed on.

Shopping for one took time, a little more  thought than it had for two.

Standing by the meat, I searched for the  perfect small steak and remembered how he had loved his steak.

Suddenly  a woman came beside me. She was blonde, slim and lovely in a soft green  pantsuit. I watched as she picked up a large package of T-bones, dropped them in  her basket... hesitated, and then put them back. She turned to go and once again  reached for the pack of steaks.

She saw me watching her and she smiled.  'My husband loves T-bones, but honestly, at these prices, I don't know.'

I swallowed the emotion down my throat and met her pale blue eyes.

'My husband passed away eight days ago,' I told her. Glancing at the  package in her hands, I fought to control the tremble in my voice. 'Buy him the  steaks. And cherish every moment you have together.'

She shook her head  and I saw the emotion in her eyes as she placed the package in her basket and  wheeled away

I turned and pushed my cart across the length of the store  to the dairy products. There I stood, trying to decide which size milk I should  buy. A Quart, I finally decided and moved on to the ice cream. If nothing else,  I could always fix myself an ice cream cone.

I placed the ice cream in  my cart and looked down the aisle toward the front. I saw first the green suit,  then recognized the pretty lady coming towards me. In her arms she carried a  package. On her face was the brightest smile I had ever seen! I would swear a  soft halo encircled her blonde hair as she kept walking toward me, her eyes  holding mine.

As she came closer, I saw what she held and tears began  misting in my eyes.. 'These are for you,' she said and placed three beautiful  long stemmed yellow roses in my arms. 'When you go through the line, they will  know these are paid for.' She leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on my cheek,  then smiled again. I wanted to tell her what she'd done, what the roses meant,  but still unable to speak, I watched as she walked away as tears clouded my  vision.

I looked down at the beautiful roses nestled in the green tissue  wrapping and found it almost unreal. How did she know? Suddenly the answer  seemed so clear. I wasn't alone.

Oh, you haven't forgotten me, have you?  I whispered, with tears in my eyes.. He was still with me, and she was his  angel.

Every day be thankful for what you have and who you  are.

(Please read all of this, it is really nice)

This is a simple  request. If you appreciate life, send this to your friends, including the person  that sent it to you.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the  alarm rings. Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as  possible. Thank you, Lord , that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though  I huddle in my bed and put off rising. Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength  to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of  my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and  my children are so loud.
Thank you, Lord, for my family.. There are many  who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the  picture in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced..
 Thank you,  Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though  the routine of my job often is monotonous. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity  to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and  bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.

Thank you, Lord, for life.

Pass this on to the friends you know.  It might help a bit to make this world a better place to live, right? A friend  is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift. A friend is someone to  treasure.

For friendship is a gift. A friend is someone who fills our  lives with Beauty, Joy and Grace and makes the world we live in a better and  happier place!


God bless you and yours.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Vintage Chic Icons

Hello lovelies,

Just thought I'd do a quick blog update on what's new with Call Me Cordelia.

First- All our website pages have brand new meta tags! (These are words that help google find our site)

Second- Our etsy shop has been created, with a brand new header! (View it here)Hopefully, very soon we'll have some of our vintage finds for sale.

Third- I did create two new icons. These avatars can be used for free on any blog, website, or messageboard. They're perfect for an etsy avatar. Right click the images below, then use on a site of your choice.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Victorian Lady's Wardrobe
Victorian PhotoThe Victorian era began when Queen Victoria took the English throne in the 1830s, and it lasted up until the early 1900s. Victorian clothing for the ladies was very different from the comfortable outfits of today. It was estimated that a lady could wear up to 37 pounds of clothing in the winter. Unlike the “hip-hugger” jeans of today; Victorian ladies showed very little skin. Even in the summer, they did not show their legs. Most ladies got their fashion tips from “Goodey’s Lady ’s Book”. It was published before the civil war, with over 100,000 copies sold. The magazine showed ladies how to cook, behave, and most importantly, dress.
Everyday clothing was sewn by hand. Dresses would be “altered, refurbished, added-to, re-trimmed, even adopted to new uses.” Around 1850, ladies wore short puffed sleeves and v-shaped necklines. In the 1860s, the Garibaldi shirt came out. It was an early version of a blouse. Around the 1870s, tea gowns were worn in the afternoon, until a lady put on her evening dress. They were loose and flowing with out uncomfortable undergarments. Up to the 1880s, ladies would wear aprons of white muslin with pockets and ruffled edges around the house. In 1895 puffed sleeves were at their height. A typical walking costume had puffed sleeves and a long flared skirt. Most evening gowns resembled the fashionable everyday dresses; but were much more ornate and elegant. In 1840s, off the shoulder evening gowns were popular.
When Queen Victoria’s husband Albert died, she went into mourning and wore her stately mourning outfits the rest of her life. At the time it was proper for ladies to mourn for a year or more. This meant wearing all black, usually crêpe dresses. A lady did not go out in public unless her face was covered with a black veil. She had everything from a black hat and purse to even a black handkerchief. Sometimes they wore “jet jewelry” made of black coal. After their mourning was over they would go into “half-mourning”, which meant they could gradually start to wear colors again, starting with gray.
Bathing BeautiesEven during the hot summers, ladies never showed any skin. Instead of bikinis, they swam in bathing dresses. These usually included corsets, ruffles, sleeves, and often a frilly cap. Annette Kellerman was arrested, in 1907 at Atlantic City, for wearing a sleeveless suit that showed her legs. Ladies would change in a “bathing machine”, like a room on wheels. It rolled right into the water, and the modest lady would come out. Of course, she never went far because a wet bathing suit was heavy enough to drown most swimmers.
Wedding Dress styles resembled fashionable day dresses and they almost always had a high neckline and buttons down the back. A wedding gown would usually be made so it could be worn after the wedding. Most were made of silk or satin; but some were of practical fabrics like linen. Although white was the most popular color, they also came in cream and other soft pastels. Many dresses were ornately designed with lace and beads. Veils hung down over a ladies face.
Winter ClothingIn the winter, ladies often wore coats, fur muffs, and fur hats. When puffed sleeves reached their height, they were so large ladies had to wear cloaks because their sleeves would not fit in a coat. Rich ladies often wore Kashmir shawls. They were named after the town in India, where they were made of goat fur. Paisley shawls were very fashionable and often given as wedding gifts. They were made of wool or silk and had patterns either woven or printed on them. Most shawls had a long fringe.
Victorian ladies wore a lot of underclothes. She had a corset, a crinoline, bloomers, petticoats, and a bustle. When the editor of “Goodey’s Lady’s Book”, came up with the term lingerie, fancy underclothes became very popular.
A corset was a contraption worn around the waist and made of whalebone. It laced up the back, and helped women achieve the desired eighteen-inch waist and hourglass shape. It was made very popular by the Gibson Girl. Ladies would have someone pull the laces, or sometimes tie it to the bedpost and run. It often took at least thirty minutes to squeeze a normal waist to eighteen inches. Corsets caused many health problems such as fainting, headaches, indigestion, and spinal and urine disorders. It also messed up lady’s insides so they could not have children. Although Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote an article on the heath problems, the corset remained as popular as ever.
Victorian LadyIn Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O’Hara wore a hoop skirt or a crinoline. Crinolines were large skirts with metal hoops, that helped puff out a ladies skirt. They resembled a “huge bell-shaped skirt.” Crinolines became popular because they puffed out a lady’s dress without all the petticoats needed before. Some even had as many as twenty-four hoops. Later a crinolinette came out and replaced the crinoline. It was simply a shorter version that made walking easier. Some hoops were so large that a man could not get close enough to the lady to kiss her. Ladies often had to kneel, because she could not fit on the carriage seat. Ladies also had to be careful not to let the hoops pop-up when she sat down. Hoops would rust and if it was sharp it could give a lady blood poisoning. Because the material was not fireproof, many ladies were burnt to a crisp while cooking supper or waltzing in a candlelit ballroom.
In the later Victorian years, crinolines were replaced with the bustle. The wire piece was supposed to make the rear of a ladies dress puff out. Sometimes bustles were worn with half a crinoline. When bicycles came out, they helped to get rid of crinolines and bustles.
Amelia Bloomer designed a new outfit, which shocked prim Victorian ladies. She wore a normal shirt, with a short crinoline and skirt that stopped at her knees, showing off her pantaloons. They resembled long baggy pants. The “Bloomer Outfit” became popular with feminists in the 1850s. Later, pantaloons were named bloomers and became part of ladies underclothes.
Over the Victorian period, there were two very popular hairstyles: the chignon and the pompadour. Around the 1860s, the chignon was very fashionable. The hair was put inside a net bag, resembling a hair net. It often ended at the nape of the neck. The chignons were very embellished often featuring flowers, ribbons, and lace. The pompadour originated in the late 1800s. Its popularity was heightened when Charles Gibson’s Gibson Girl came out. She featured the pompadour, and most ladies began wearing a pompadour too.
Victorian HatHats were very popular during the Victorian period. In the 1860s, they wore bonnets, trimmed with flowers. In the 1870s, they were trimmed with feathers. Ladies also wore straw hats trimmed with lace, feathers, or flowers. Many hats had ostrich plumes, and ostrich farms became popular. Some birds even became extinct because of lady’s hats.
A Victorian lady had many accessories. Lace covered scarves went well with a ball gown. In the1840s to the 1860s, parasols were thought to be very elegant. Popular parasol materials included: matching dress material or lace. Sometimes they had fringes, lace, ribbons, flowers, or tassels. By the 1880s, Japanese paper was the fashionable material, these were called “Japanese sunshades”. Ladies always wore gloves both inside and outside the house. Often they were worn two sizes too small, to make the hand look smaller. Some gloves were very ornate. Gloves went all the way up the arm for evening wear. They often had buttons going up the arm, and needed a glove hook to fasten the small glove. It was estimated to take thirty minutes just to fasten all twenty buttons. Handbags came in silk or velvet for evening wear and a beaded purse was very fashionable. Victorian ladies often had posey holders. They were very elegant and ornate, and were filled with damp moss or a mussie. Their purpose was to hold a small bouquet of flowers. Often they were carried in the hand or sometimes pinned on the dress.
Fans were very popular. They were often made of ostrich feathers, or lace. In the 1830s, they had ornate edges and handles of tortoiseshell, ivory, or mother-of-pearl. In the 1860s, fans were small and sometimes made of straw and ribbon. By the 1870s, they were very large. Fans were used for more than just fanning and keeping cool. Across a crowded ballroom, ladies often used them to flirt with gentlemen. Each position of holding the fan carried a different meaning. An open fan meant love; but a closed one meant hate. If she opened and shut the fan it meant kiss me. If she fanned fast it showed her independence. If the fan was carried in her right hand in front of her face it meant she wanted him to follow her.
Victorian DressA Victorian lady often wore jewelry. For evening wear most ladies wore broad bracelets. In the 1870s, diamonds were very popular. In the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne has a pearl bead engagement ring. At the time, people found it odd because pearls stood for sadness. Many engagement rings were chosen based on what the stone meant, for example rubies meant affection. Sometimes stones were even chosen by their first letter to spell out messages or names. Hair jewelry was very popular. Often it contained the hair of a departed loved one; or sometimes that of a mother or sweetheart. Hair could be woven into necklaces or bracelets or placed inside a locket or broach. Queen Victoria always wore a bracelet with hair and a picture of her departed husband.
In the 1860s, since the skirts were long, boots were very plain. Only when the boots began to peek out from under the skirt did they become ornate. Laces often matched the silk on top. Around 1862, boots were made with a heel. They came in leather, different shades of silk and gray kid. In the 1870s, rounded toes were popular. The shoes needed a buttonhook to button up the sides. In the 1890s white shoes were worn for special occasions. In contrast to the boots; very dainty ornate slippers were worn with ball gowns.
A Victorian lady did not wear make-up at all. “Goodey’s Lady’s Book” did not approve of make-up. It was considered scandalous to wear lipstick or rouge. However, a little face powder was sometimes permitted. To help achieve the pale, dainty look, women actually drank water mixed with arsenic to lighten their skin. Most ladies used lavender water, which was like perfume.
Over all, a quote from Vanity Rules seemed to best describe the Victorian lady: “Fashionable women of this time were expected to appear delicate, frail, thin, and pale.”
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Works Cited
Cosgrave, Browyn The Complete History of Costume and Fashion. Great Britain: Octopus Publishing Group Limited, 2000.
Emerick, Jana How Do I Love Thee?. New York: Penguin Books USA INC., 1995.
Ewing, Elizabeth Everyday Dress. New York / Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 1984.
Gorsline, Douglas What People Wore. New York: The Viking Press, 1952.
Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas Vanity Rules. Brookfield, Connecticut: Twenty-First Century Books, 2000.
Norris, Herbert; Curtis, Oswald Nineteenth-Century Costume and Fashion. New York: E.P. Dulton and Co., 1933.
Ruhling, Nancy; Freeman, John Crosby The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Victoriana. Philadelphia: Running Press Book Publishers, 1994.
Steele, Phillip Clothes and Crafts in the Victorian Times. Milwaukee: A World Almanac Education Group Company, 2000.
Thank you to The Graphics Fairy for the photos used above.