Dressing Downton at Biltmore Estates

Biltmore

Downton Abbey meets The Biltmore Estates – This is a trip I will never forget!!

What a wonderful event!! Dressing Downton at The Biltmore Estates, in Asheville, North Carolina. 40 costumes from the PBS show Downton Abbey were on display throughout the Vanderbilt home.  The eye candy was incredible.

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Reversible Jacket

Rev Jacket DualAbout 25 years ago I found a vintage Forstmann 100% wool bouclé jacket that was my husband’s grandmother’s.  It was about to be thrown away and I saved it.  I had it cleaned and I wore it a couple times, and it inspired me to want to make a more modern version of the jacket.  It took 25 years but I finally made one. Forstmann jacket

Forstmann labelI am not a “wool” person so I knew I didn’t want to make the new jacket out of wool.

One day while fabric shopping for another project, this beautiful synthetic faux Persian lamb jumped out at me. It came in three colors, and I fell in love with two of them.  I couldn’t make my mind up which was the prettiest, so I thought, why not make a reversible jacket, then I can have them both.  Here is the process in making this extremely soft and comfortable jacket.

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Christmas Decorations 3 – Boudoir Tree

This is my last article on Christmas decorations for this year.  I hope you enjoy some of my decorations on the main floor.  I really edited my photos a lot, so you won’t see everything I have made, otherwise you would be bored to tears, I will just show some of the main things.

I will also share my most favorite Boudoir tree, the best way to describe it is to quote a song from the movie Burlesque, ” …a little bit of naughty is a little bit of nice…a whole lot of glam, sweat, sugar, sex, spice..”.  LOL  I created this tree out of my mind, I personally have never seen one anything like it.  I am sharing my secret tree so that you can create your own, if you dare.  The camera really does not do it justice, but I did the best I could to capture it. I truly hope you enjoy it.

This is my living room tree and fireplace.  I decorate this tree with a little bit of a Victorian feel.  The reindeer on the fireplace are those brown papier-mâché deer you find at craft stores.  I spray painted them gold, then decorated them with garland, ribbons, flowers, beads, and misc. (The cat is real, LOL)

This is my living room tree and fireplace. I decorate this tree with a little bit of a Victorian feel. The reindeer on the fireplace are those brown papier-mâché deer you find at craft stores. I spray painted them gold, then decorated them with garland, ribbons, flowers, beads, and misc. (The cat is real, LOL)

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Christmas Decoration 2

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house, I have the bottom floor of our home finally finished so I wanted to share these Christmas decorations and tips with you.  You will see a 10′ tree, a stuffed animal tree and fireplace mantle along with a few easy to decorate swags.  I hope you enjoy them.

Our family room tree is 10' tall and it is a pain to decorate. I use two ladders so I am not having to move the ladder so many times.  I use fabric as my garland because it is soft and flexible and kind of floats where you want it.  I always have to put the fabric on twice until I get it positioned right.  This tree takes a lot of energy and PATIENCE.  I love color lights, but this tree is for those that only like white lights.  I do love this tree because I buy kooky ornaments for it, so when you see it live it is fun to look at.  It really is much prettier in real life.

Our family room tree is 10′ tall and it is a pain to decorate. I use two ladders, one on each side, so I am not having to move the ladder so many times. I use fabric as my garland because it is soft and flexible and it kind of floats where you want it to. Unfortunately, I always have to put the fabric on twice (UGH) until I get it positioned right. This tree takes a lot of energy and PATIENCE. I personally love using color lights, but this tree is for those of you that only like white lights. I do love this tree because I buy kooky ornaments for it, so when you see it live it is fun to look at. It really is much prettier in real life.

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