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10 December 2006 @ 11:11 pm
An idea...  
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
 
 
 
olde_fashioned: Madame Seriziat's bouquet of flowersolde_fashioned on December 12th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
I like it! We could post images of relevant clothing, links to informative sites, discuss good books...sounds good to me!!

What about doing one theme a month, or every two weeks? Like for Jan. 1st, we could start with Medieval, and you could put a medieval image as the wallpaper, with complimentary colors of course, and we could talk like, "Yes, milady; what dost thou wisheth? Perchance it be the madder gown this evening for the festival?" ;-) (can you tell I'm getting carried away??)

We could do themed icontests, too, if you want......

What do *YOU* want this community to be???
victorian_bloom on December 12th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
That is exactly what I intended! Bits and bobs of things, etc, sounds great! Any ideas for this merry month of December?
olde_fashioned: Flora Macdonald bids farewell to Bonnieolde_fashioned on December 12th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
Weeeeeellllll.....not really, I'm afraid. But I do have some Regency Christmas links, if you would like to post those. I would suggest that you "christmas-ize" the color scheme though, that might help add a festive flair.

Here are the promised links:
http://www.janeausten.co.uk/magazine/page.ihtml?pid=466&step=4

http://www.janeausten.co.uk/magazine/page.ihtml?pid=102&step=4

Here's a fun one -- check out the "make a flake" feature. It's really clever!
http://snowflakes.lookandfeel.com/

Sorry, but this is all I can come up with!! What about a Christmas themed icontest??

~L.
victorian_bloom on December 13th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
Oh! I love the snowflake game...so cute! The Austen articles were really interesting, as well.

Christmas themed icontest sounds good. :D I think we ought to start!
olde_fashioned: Flora Macdonald bids farewell to Bonnieolde_fashioned on December 13th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
I've never held an icontest before.....do you know how to do that?? Should you choose an image, or let all the members vote on one of many??? I really have no clue as how to proceed!
victorian_bloom on December 13th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
I think, perhaps, we should have a vote? Also, do you have any good pictures? :D
olde_fashioned: snowflakeolde_fashioned on December 14th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
What do you mean by good pictures? Do you have something in mind? I do have literally *tons* of links for fashion history and costumes, but we could just use google for anything we might want.

I just realized you are in Australia!!! Either you updated your profile, or I am a complete idiot to have missed it... What do Australians do to celebrate Christmas? I love Australia; I find it fascinating, and I've always wanted to go there. I've heard the people are sooo wonderfully friendly, and the wildlife and scenery too...
victorian_bloom on December 14th, 2006 09:53 am (UTC)
I don't have any pictures! Could I have a look at some of the links, please? :D

*blushes* Sorry...I had my location marked as Antarctica for a while, but I changed it again. (I can be strange sometimes...)

Australia is wonderful! There are some beautiful places places here... check out this website: http://www.richardandjo.com/australia_perth.html for a bit about where I live. :D

I'm going to the US next week! Im going to Florida and Hawaii. I'm excited!

olde_fashioned: Regency Fashion Plateolde_fashioned on December 15th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
Hi again Tess,

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you -- we went out last night, and I didn't get a chance to answer any of my messages. Thank you for being so patient. ;-)

Hey, what's wrong with saying Antarctica? I think it's funny...I love Antarctica, and Robert Scott probably has to be one of my favorite explorers. I'd never be brave enough to actually go there, however. Much to cold for me. ;-) Actually, I was so convinced that you were an Antarctic Researcher, that you lived in an igloo, wore a gigantic parka, and had sacrificed three of your digits to frostbite. Lol, jk!!

I've never even been to Australia, and I *know* it's wonderful!! That's why I would love to go there! ;-) My cousins went earlier this year, and they loved it as well.

Would you mind if I asked some really lame questions of you? Please understand that I'm not trying to be rude, only I have this innate curiosity that must be satisfied...:-P Have you ever seen a Brumby? Is it true that Banjo Patterson is a sort of "legend"? (I love the Man from Snowy River!) Okay, that's enough for now...sorry to be the rude American!! Have you ever seen Five Mile Creek? I LOVE that show...

I don't have any pictures! Could I have a look at some of the links, please? :D

Of course you may!! I'm not sure what type of links you are interested in, but I've included a few that I felt might be of interest to you. They are mostly Victorian in nature, due to your userid, but have you ever heard of Google? You can use their image search to find just about anything. I use just google.com, but they also have one for you: www.google.com.au/

Here are the links:
http://www.artunframed.com/images/winterhalter/ali121.jpg
This one is of Princess Alexandra of England, by Franz Winterhalter, about 1850?

http://www.artunframed.com/images/winterhalter/ali811.jpg
Princess Alice, also by Winterhalter

http://www.artunframed.com/images/1gainsborough/gainsb207.jpg
The Linley Sisters, by Thomas Gainsborough, 1722

http://orion.it.luc.edu/~avande1/album.html
This one is a fansite for the Firth/Ehle P&P -- be sure you have your speakers on!!! ;-)

http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/film_gallery_12792.html#
and last but not least, a gallery of some P&P3 images. I'm not sure which version you like better, so I decided to send you both. :-)

Wow, you're coming to America?? That's neat! I guess that would be a Christmas vacation, right? If you're going to Florida then I presume you are going to Disneyworld and Epcot, correct? Florida is hot and muggy, but then I guess you're rather used to that. ;-) Hawaii -- I hope you like rain!!

Well, this has gotten long enough!! I hope the links are of help to you, if not, then please let me know. If you have a particular "theme" in mind, just tell me and I'll help you search for appropriate pictures. I wish you a wonderful trip to the US, and let me be the first to welcome you here!

'till later,
Lauren :-)
victorian_bloom on December 16th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
Hi Lauren, :D

There's nothing wrong with Antarctica! I want to go there one day...but, I'm afraid, my fingers are still intact, I live in a cottage not an igloo, and I don't have an gigantic parka :(...but it'd be fun to. ;D. I, too, find Robert Scott amazing, especially as their equipment was considerably more..."primitive" in a way (I guess) than todays.

Australia is great to visit too! Most people are suprised to see no kangaroos hopping about through Sydney, and the like, but they love the beaches and bushland. What part of Australia did your cousins visit?

I love questions like that! :D They make me smile. Well, I haven't actually seen a brumby...they don't live where I live, but in the Eastern states, and mountainous areas. But I'd love to see one!! I love Banjo Patterson! He wrote my favourite poem...(I'll post it to my journal this afternoon :D) and our unofficial anthem - Waltzing Matilda - so, yes, I think he would have legend status. :D Oh, and I haven't seen Five Mile Creek. What is it? :D

Oh, I love those pictures! I'll post them all and some P&P ones, and we'll have a vote...Good idea? :D

Sure is! We're visiting our friends who live in Gainsville for Christmas. Actually, I've been to Disneyworld before, but my mother couldn't stomach another ride of Rock 'n Roll rollercoaster... :D You're right. hot and muggy is fine by me! I love rain too...but we're going via London, which will cold this time of year, so we have to pack for two seasons!

Thankyou for your kind wishes! I'll probably not be on for two or three days (we're leaving today! :D) so I hope you have a wonderful time in the meantime.

Warmly,
Tess



olde_fashionedolde_fashioned on December 16th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
Oh, well, goodbye then, and have a nice trip! How long are you staying, and how long is your stopover in London?

My cousins just took the usual "tourist's" tour through NSW, Sydney, etc., and they went to Steve Irwin's zoo, and the like.

My mother doesn't like roller coasters, either, but for good reason. Disney doesn't exactly have the safest coasters, and several people have died on their rides from head trauma. Do be careful on your vacation!

I think that a vote is an excellent idea, and whatever images you choose will be fine!

I've only read the poem of the Man from Snowy River, and seen the movie. What did you think of it?

Five Mile Creek was a TV show during the early nineties, I believe, on the Disney Channel. I never heard of it until a few years ago, and we rented them on video and watched them later. It is a western-type show, set around the 1870s in Australia, about a stagecoach route in either the Blue Mountains or the Smoky Mountians, which one???? Nicole Kidman was in the last season, and she purchases the rights to it from Disney, so they have only re-released the first season on DVD. It's really great, and you should check it out, if you can!! I think you'd like it...lots of Victorian costumes...hehehe. Do you like westerns?

I loved studying Scott, and I wrote a paper on him for the Great Race themed-study we did in school. It was either him, Roald Amundsen, or Shackleton, and I hate RA, (cheater cheater), and I didn't want to choose Shackleton. Part of RFS's appeal, to me, is that he died in the attempt. So sad, yet it is romantic in a way, too.

I hope you have a pleasant trip!! What airline are you flying on? You probably take British Airlines to London, then switch to an American one, correct?

~L.