Tuesday, January 26, 2010

And Let There Be Light...



For some unknown reason, I love all things Victorian.

Sometimes the thought crosses my mind of what life must have been like in those times. The lifestyle of Victorians seemed more simple, if not convenient. Journaling while sitting by the fireside (sans television) would have appealed to me. Outhouses would not.

A few years ago, we went to a Cracker Barrel for lunch. Now the best thing about going to that restaurant is the attached gift shop. Lunch wouldn't even matter, as long as I could peruse the attractive household items in the jam-packed Cracker Barrel gift shop. Sometimes they have items that would have suited a Victorian decor.



On that particular day, I saw a pink silk lampshade with a tasseled edge that would have been a knockout in a Victorian parlor. It was love at first "light." The cashier rang up the purchase. Then I had to find a lamp for it.

My late mother always loved crystal and had a set of crystal lamps. The pink shade looked good on one of them. It was a perfect match. My daughter made paper hearts and put them inside the shade, where they have remained ever since.




The crystal base is quite attractive with the detailed designs including a eight-pointed star in the pinwheel pattern. This is often predominent in Polish crystal.




The lamp is one of my favorites and we use it in the living room on an old-fashioned two-tier roundtable.

Do you like things from the Victorian era? If not, what is your favorite era? Maybe even modern?

14 comments:

Leann said...

I agree about the Cracker Barrel and the lamp shade. I also agree about Victorian times, especially the out house:)

Thanks so much for popping by this am - I always enjoy hearing from you!

Enjoy your day.
Leann

Karen Lange said...

Love the crystal. Reminds me of some things my mom and grandmother had. Love your pictures!
Blessings,
Karen :)

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Leann! Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a comment. I always enjoy hearing from you, too! Have a great day. Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Oh, thanks so much for the visit and the sweet comment, Karen. You know what? My husband gave me a new digital camera (under $100) for Christmas and it takes the best pictures ever! It's a Kodak. I'm so grateful as I love taking my own photos for the blog. Hope your day is super. Sincerely, Susan

diane stetson said...

I have some of Mom's crystal too Susan and it is on display in my dining room. I never bought anything crystal myself and my decor is MODERN...love glass tables and so forth. Still looking for things to go with my new living room furniture. I just saw the movie "The Young Victoria"..recommend it to you since you like that era.

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Di. Mummy loved crystal. Loved it. Guess I take after her as it is among my favorite things, too. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! Always, Susan

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Susan: I like it all. As long as it is girly, I love it. That is my problem. Your lamp is beautiful. I have a couple of Victorian Lamps. My problem is my sweet daughter loves that style too. So it does not stay at my home very long. Blessings, Martha

Jan Cline said...

I don't know what I like better - Cracker Barrel or the Victorian era. There is no better food than CB and not a more romantic era than Victorian. Maybe that's why my first fiction work is set in 1800s England! Love the lamp.

Susan Wicker said...

Hello Martha! Thanks for the visit and comment. Hey, my lamp would look great near your new piece of furniture. Want to ship it to Massachusetts? ha! I wouldn't part with it either, if I were you. Blessings to you,too, dear Martha. Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Hello Jan! What is your first fiction work? I'd love to read it! Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting. Sincerely, Susan

Jenny said...

Good morning, love all your crystal. We used to go to a Victorian tea house for girls day out! I was always fascinated by the architecture! Thanks for giving me a great memory of happy times!

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Jenny! The tea house you went to for girls day out wasn't in Tucson, was it? Chantilly Tea Room? That was my favorite place in the whole world in Tucson! Let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by! Sincerely, Susan

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