The Arrival by Edward K. Johnson, 1825-1896
Hello Dear Ones,
In the last two posts I wrote about choosing the the most urgent things to do at home, and the concept of believing in what you are doing, as the most important thing in the world to you.
Edward K. Johnson "The Hammock"
While a great deal of home life is work, it does not have to feel like it is always something grueling, stressful, hard and unfeeling. If you believe you are creating a life of beauty and happiness for your loved ones in your home, it keeps your mood upbeat and adds a feeling of love in the overall atmosphere of your home.
Today I have created a video on the subject of adding the element of beauty to your daily life. When we connect to the old paths, that is, the values handed down to us from our parents and grandparents, that were rooted in the Bible, work and life at home is incredibly enhanced.
In 1987 we saw the first issues of this magazine which tugged at our hearts. I remember paging through it in the grocery store to see what it was all about, because it stood out among the other magazines--not because it was flashy or attention-getting, but because it had a quiet and gentle look. The early issues included scenes with Bible verses, poetry and paintings in the most innocent and good taste.
In its own advertisement, the publication offered an invitation to "enter a world of grace" in "The new magazine of living beautifully ever after."
Inside one of these early summer issues we caught a glimpse of our own well-lived rooms furnishings. Many of us would declare: "Oh! I have this already. I would like to see how I can make it look as lovely as that."
We liked the house plans in the back of the magazine,
...and the "Favorite Things" in the front pages.
Presentations of ordinary things people have used for generations (such as this natural wicker basket used as a tray) were a nice, non-jarring change from the contents of the commercial magazines marketed to ladies at the time.
This was one of our favorite pictures of children dressed in the clothing that was available to us in the 1980's which was reminiscent of the Victorian era:
In fact, the photo was so delightful, we found sand-castle-making sets and took a trip to the Gulf of Mexico for a little holiday in 1987. Since we lived in Texas at the time, it was just a day-trip.
Above, every year the magazine did a feature on England, which was something we always looked forward to. We may have missed an issue or two during the year, but never the the "oh-to-be-in-England-now-that-spring-is-here" issue in March or April.
Butterick later published a pattern that looks like the photo in the above, March 1993 issue:
In this video, I am sharing how I used the original Victoria magazines to stimulate my interest in the home, and particularly, how I enriched our home-school. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks ahead of time for watching it. Please leave a comment!
Note: I am now learning about podcasts, which I think will be more useful. Its like listening to radio while you work around the house.
Note: The original issues of Victoria were published in New York, and although the magazine had a wonderful Victorian gentility about it, the ads were very feministic and modern (alcohol, unappealing styles that were in direct conflict with the magazine's soft demeanor, and extremely immodest ads for products). After about ten years,many ladies did not care to purchase it and the magazine lost popularity. Many of us who were charter members wrote to the Victoria publishers to cite exactly why we were cancelling our subscriptions. The magazine, now based in Alabama, (I think) does have advertising, but in much better taste and not in conflict with the magazine as a whole.
Someone inquired about the cardigan I am wearing in this video, so I have posted photos:
The brand is Rendezvous, and the style # is 540D5428M
The sleeves have elastic gathers, something I like to add to my sleeves when I am sewing.
I got it at a discount store for about $7.00 but if you locate it online, the price may not be that low. The fabric is rayon and has a knitted look.
The dress form does not show it off in its best look, but I wanted you to see the back.