Today Is Your Day! Make A Difference, Not A Statement!

President Jimmy Carter’s Message to the nation designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women’s History Week.
From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.
As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, “Women’s History is Women’s Right.” – It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision.”
I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2-8, 1980.
I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality – – Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy
Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman, and Alice Paul.
Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people.

The entire month of March is now Women's History Month. When did we step away from the main purpose of the month? It used it to be a time to honor and recognize the accomplishments of women throughout history who unfortunately have been forgotten. When did it become a political platform?

 As I am writing women are on strike! Schools have closed in some Eastern states to allow the teachers to march.

Yes, things are sometimes unfair, because we are women, it is sad, but is spending the time and energy with pussy hats on our heads truly making a difference?

 We as American women have every opportunity before us to create and prosper and through our abundance, we are able to reach out and assist other women to achieve their own successes.

Instead of taking Wednesday off by striking, why not donate to a woman's shelter or financially support an organization working with troubled teens?

Put your energy where it will make a difference and demonstrate the positive difference a force of women can make.

An organization in my local area is the Women's Resource Agency. They are doing great things to empower women and teens. Visit their website and make a donation if you would like.

Together we can make a real difference

Why not donate to a local agency in your area! 
Would love to read your comments and ideas!

Uncovering The Truth-Hero or Bastard?

 The idea of time travel has fascinated me since I was a kid.   I remember, sitting in the middle of our hay field, willing myself back in time. Chances are I had just finished watching an episode of Bewitched-if Samantha could  do it, why couldn't I?

Beginning our genealogical journey, is, in reality, taking a step back in time.We hope to discover,  ancestors worthy of ballads as those written for Heroes and Heroines of old.  Are we for certain the events to their claim of fame will actual place them as heroes, or will those events prove to expose them as a bastard more than the hero?

What attracted me to Outlander, the Starz Original Series, was the aspect of time travel. As our story begins, we meet  Frank and Claire, a lovely British couple, on vacation in the Scottish Highlands, shortly after the end of WWII.

Frank, a fellow genealogist, is researching his ancestor, Black Jack Randall, the famous English soldier who fought at the Battle of Culloden, the final conflict for the Jacobite Rising of 1745.

Clair, through the magic found only in the Highlands, is transported back in time, shortly before the battle.  Now we meet the famous,  Black Jack Randall, possessing a striking resemblance to her beloved Frank. In no time at all we discover Black Jack is anything but the hero of legend and lore.  Instead, we find him to be a sick, twisted, cruel bastard.

When he surely deserved to die by the hand of a certain Scottish Highlander, Claire, finds herself having to spare Black Jack's life. Due to the "facts" written in the family Bible, Claire realizes to take Black Jack's life before he marries, Mary Hawkins could affect Frank's existence 200 years in the future. As the story continues, we discover, a twist in the family history, changing everything as it was known.

 View your heroes and heroines with an objective eye. Remove yourself from contemporary morals, and ethics. Put yourself in their place. What would you have done, if faced with the same circumstances?

Could it be possible we have stories in our family history needing closer scrutiny?

Sunrise Inspired by Mother Nature

Imagine wearing a dress not created from a color swatch but from nature herself.

 Last night I decided to take my office outside and work while the sun set.

When I picture  sunsets and sunrises,  I envision  brilliant  reds, oranges, and golds, exploding across the evening or morning sky.

 As I sit here tonight, watching the day come to a quiet end, I notice the colors of the sky-an almost silver like blue mixed with tinges of light pink, usually from the setting sun reflecting through the clouds which blanket the sky.

The clouds, higher in the sky, have the blue tint much like the color of this dress.

 I'm sure the designer found herself in her favorite exotic local watching the sun rise and letting the colors develop in front of here.

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We Are Spiritual Beings

We Are Spiritual Beings
My office mate, my boss, I like the sound of office mate,  were discussing this very thing the other day.

I shared my thoughts  of universal consciousness. The thoughts, ideas etc of those who have gone before us are never truly gone  with death, there is no death, just a change of energy and the transformation of that energy.

Ponder on this idea 

We are spiritual beings

 Did our "separation" from God, take place when Eve picked the forbidden fruit? Are we truly separated? Or is our "vision" clouded, a veil over our eyes preventing us from truly and clearly seeing the divine?
Was Adam and Eve's punishment for not obeying God or was it for not trusting God?

How often may we find ourselves in similar situations.
 Do we blindly trust God or do we "fend for ourselves"?  Do we take it upon ourselves to act impulsively and do what we feel is right? Or do we take the time to stop and sit in quiet reflection? To disconnect from all  interruptions coming our way and quietly listen, truly listen to the messages  being sent to us.

Imagine if we took the time to concentrate and strengthen our spiritual muscles. How would your interactions, thoughts, change or would they?



Celebrating March

Can it be possible  tomorrow is April 1st! 

Now do you look at the date, at these first three months of 2016 and think oh my goodness, the time has flown by. I wanted to do this and that, and here I am looking at everything which didn't get done.  What little, or big project, event etc did you accomplish in March? Instead of focusing at what didn't get  checked off our ever ending to do list, let us celebrate what we did, no matter how little it may seem. After all, a journey begins with the first step, no matter how small we may think that step. I would like to encourage each and every one of you to also celebrate the end of March and all you accomplished! Each month, let us take the time to celebrate and honor who we are and what we have done and where the next month will take us.

This month I celebrate:
Creating a slide show presentation for our local DAR group on the history of Evergreen Cemetery
Set up my photography area to be able to start taking pictures of vintage clothing to place on the website
Cleaned off my end table next to my bed-need I mention a mountain of books-it was quite a chore!

So what will you celebrate for March?

Saying Goodbye To Downton Abbey

Only a few hours left until the very last episode of Downton Abbey. I won't be watching this evening with all of you as the late hour is not conducive to having to be up very early the next morning. Which I guess is a good thing. I am not looking forward at all to watching this episode, maybe I putting off the inevitable, if I don't watch it maybe it won't be really over.
I truly am going to miss the show.

Downton Abbey took us back to a world that was simpler,and beautiful. Yes the fashions were amazing, but it was the interactions between the characters. Yes Lady Mary and Lady Edith did have their  issues, but it wasn't the ugly, vulgar nonsense we are subjected to on regular tv.

Downton brought a touch of elegance and class to my life-it was my weekly escape from the ugly around me. For an hour, I was surrounded by beauty and grace

I hope after this series is over, I can create a little bit of elegance and loveliness in my life, to escape to once a week. Whether it is a quite corner decorated just so, or sipping a cup of tea and reading a good book.

Maybe its time we all created a little bit of Downton in our everyday lives to keep the magic alive.

Goodbye Downton-You will most certainly be missed.

All of One and One For All! Costume Designers of the Musketeers!

 Not only am I drawn to and intrigued by handsome and dashing musketeers, but the creation of the costumes for each reincarnation of the Musketeers intrigues me.My plans for this blog was to showcase the iconic costume creations of The Three Musketeers and the emphasize the one unique item the costume designer created for their Musketeers. As I was researching the designers and hoping to find their inspiration for their costumes I discovered and was fascinated more by who the designers were themselves.

Returning Spring of 2016!

 Our only female designer in the list of amazing costume designers, Phoebe de Gaye has designed a wide range of period costumes - from the meticulous authenticity of The Forsythe Saga, another one of my favorite, to the fantasy of Sinbad - but she’s never had to face a challenge like The Musketeers.

Drawing on both historical references and contemporary fashion, Phoebe evolved a style that combined romantic swagger and gritty realism. Leather boots, doublets, embossed armour. Hats that looked as though they’d been worn in rain and shine. Cloaks you really could sleep in.
It was these cloaks that I felt were the shining star of this version of the musketeers. Yes the rest of the costumes for this serious are wonderful and I don't believe there has ever been sexier Musketeers, but the blue cloaks Phoebe designed are amazing. If any piece of clothing will become licensed to reproduce I hope it is this one!

The women too were a tough proposition. Their costumes had to convey the sense of power and spectacle that made the stories so thrilling. They had to look feminine - but not fanciful. These weren’t going to be passively beautiful characters - trophies for the men to fight over - but strong, assertive figures who could take the men on at their own game - and win.

 From Constance, the love of D'Artagan, The Queen, and Lady DeWinter,if you are fans of the Musketeers on BBC America you know how strong these women are.

The Three Musketeers-1973
The 1970's version is still my favorite. After reading the book a short time ago, I never realized how close the casting was on finding the characters to fit their roles. Michael York could not have fit the description any more than if Dumas was sitting across from him in a pub. Some of the costumes in this version were a bit fantastical but non the less these musketeers were probably the most authentic.

Created by Larry McQueen, who today  is the owner of "The Collection,".  For the last twenty-five years, Mr. McQueen and his late business partner, Bill Thomas, actively dealt in the field of important motion picture costumes, both in acquisition, sales and exhibitions.
Respected as a leading Hollywood costume historian and archivist, McQueen has held the positions of consultants for Camden House Auctioneers, Inc. in Los Angeles; Christie's East, New York; Christie's London, Butterfield & Butterfield, Los Angeles/ San Francisco, Entertainment Rarities ; Julien Entertainment and has been responsible for the authentication of film costumes and the estimation of their value.

 Mr. McQueen's private collection of film costumes is one the finest private collections of its kind and consists of costumes worn in films from 1920 to present. His concern is with the preservation and restoration of these valuable art works and with sharing them with the public. He has exhibited portions of his collection in association with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Los Angeles Museum of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Fashion Institute in New York, the American Film Institute, The Fashion Institute of Design Merchandizing in Los Angeles, Australian Center For The Moving Image in Melbourne, Australia, Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence Italy, the Field Museum in Chicago, The South Carolina State Museum, The National Museum of Antiquities in The Netherlands, the Bendingo Museum in Autralia, The Dallas Women's Museum, The Oakland Museum of Art, The Columbus Museum of Art, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, The Skirball Center in Los Angeles, the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) in New York, the Fashion Foundation in Tokyo Japan, The Tropenmuseum-Amsterdam and the Kulturgeschichtliches Museum in Germany.

 The Man In The Iron Mask 1998- 
The Last Story in the series know as the D'Artagnan Romances.

 Although a Disney creation, the crowing piece of costume brilliance were the Musketeer Tabards. Possibly  the most beautiful ever created for D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis.

 I was disappointed to find little information on James Acheson He was born in 1946, in Leicester England and got his start working on this silly little British series that no one has ever heard of, something by the name of "Doctor Who".

"The ladies in the costume department at that time were all pink tulle. They didn't like fiberglass and rubber, so I got that job," he said.
After that, Acheson ran away with the circus. "It was for a girlfriend," he said. "I was the stage manager for the Russian Circus on Ice that toured all over Spain."
His first feature film credit came with "Time Bandits" in 1981. Two years later, he costumed another British pop-culture phenom: "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life."
Acheson picked up his first Academy Award for Best Costume Design in 1988 for "The Last Emperor."
For that sweeping epic, he crafted more than 10,500 costumes on a paltry $1.8 million budget. "We couldn't afford anything," he said.
Then he webbed into the big time with  Spider-Man (2002), Man of Steel (2013) and Spider-Man 2 (2004)
By comparison, "I can't tell you what my budget was for the last "Spider-Man" film but just one Spider-Man costume cost $22,000," and 42 of the suits were made for the third movie in that series.

The  Musketeers-1993

Disney did their best with this version. I must say  Tim Kerry was the best Count Richleau ever and well as Michael Wincott as the one eyed Rochefort. The costumes fell short in my opinion compared to the previous, the designer created the costumes for a grander story of good vs evil-which is now owned also owned by Disney.
Academy Award-winning costume designer John Mollo was born in London, England in 1931. As a boy, he displayed a passionate interest in the history, design, and evolution of European and American military uniforms, which formed the basis for a long and successful career in movies.
John Mollo was already well known for his expertise among military enthusiasts during the '60s when he followed his brother into the business as a technical advisor on Tony Richardson's Charge of the Light Brigade (1968). During the '60s and early '70s, John Mollo wrote and illustrated six books on the subject of uniforms and military costumes, one of which became a standard reference source within the field ({-Military Fashion})
He made his debut in costume design working on a little movie by little known director George Lucas. It was for his work in  George Lucas's Star Wars (1977) (aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) for which he won his first of two Academy Awards.