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20 April 2007 @ 09:43 pm
Hi all... first post here: I need help determining the value/maker of these two antique chairs I've acquired. I am thinking of selling them but I have no idea how much to expect to receive for them. The upholstered chair needs a good cleaning and the wooden chair is obviously in need of a refinishing (staining or painting).

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17 April 2007 @ 11:02 am
I have just discovered the most hilariously brilliant website for anyone obssessed with the Bayeux Tapestry and other elements of the medieval era.

Historical construction kit

Au revoir!
 
 
17 April 2007 @ 08:35 am
Hello everyone,

Sorry I've been away so long (by the way, this is victorian_bloom. I have moved back to my old journal at  lady_tess.) but a big thanks to janeausten for keeping tea_and_doiliesrunning! 

Well, I found  this website that I though would be of some interest. I haven't looked through it fully, but I thought as this community has an old and interesting theme, I thought it would suit.

Enjoy!!
 
 
 
 
 
14 December 2006 @ 06:54 pm
Hello everyone!

Well,  olde_fashionedand I have been exchanging ideas, and we decided that a good way to start (officially) this community would be to have a Chritmas theme for December!!! Feel free to post anything interesting, ie. Christmas related icons, pictures, articles, jokes, stories, poems, etc...just random bits and bobs. Please try to make them old-fashioned, pretty or interesting, if you can. :D

And to start   olde_fashioned  has given me some nifty links....http://www.janeausten.co.uk/magazine/page.ihtml?pid=466&step=4 for an article about a typical Jane Austen Christmas. Here:  http://www.janeausten.co.uk/magazine/page.ihtml?pid=102&step=4 a bit more info, and a recipe!

Have fun,

Tess

P.S. Maybe an icontest later this month??

 
 
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10 December 2006 @ 11:11 pm
Well, I was thinking: the point of this community was a little too broad and a little too random, don't you think? So I had an idea: themed months/ weeks/ rather long periods of time? Maybe this month could be...

-The obvious one, Christmas
-A particular era of time, ie. Edwardian, Tudor, etc
-Anything else??

Please comment with your ideas. :D
 
 
09 December 2006 @ 11:27 pm

To start this community, I have decided to give you a delicious recipe I found! I will probably try to make it today, and then I'll give you my verdict...but it sounds delicious all the same.

MADELEINES

3 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2/3 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Spray 24 madeleine molds with a non-stick coating.

2. In the small bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs and yolk and the sugar at high speed until pale and thick, about 5 minutes.

3. Beat in the lemon juice, vanilla, and salt.  Gradually fold in the flour until it is well mixed.  Drizzle the butter over the batter and thoroughly fold it in.

4. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the batter for 30 minutes.

5. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each mold.  Do not spread the batter out.  

6. Bake the madeleines on a baking sheet for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned and a cake tester inserted into the center of one madeleine comes out clean.

7. Carefully loosen the edges of the madeleines with a knife.  Invert onto a rack to cool.  Madeleines are best served the day they are baked.