Keli Gwyn
Friday Fun Victorian Style

The corset is making a comeback.

According to a June 18th BBC article, “The re-re-re-rise of the corset,” sales of one of the most notable clothing articles of the Victorian Era are “booming.”

Corset customers aren’t just performers or dancers these days. According to the article, ordinary women are wearing the undergarment.

The corset was commonplace during the Victorian Era. Most women wore the restrictive undergarment to achieve the small waist fashion dictated.

When I had my Victorian gown made, I asked my seamstress to include a small bustle to enhance my backside. However, I drew the line at wearing a corset. Authenticity, I reasoned, has its limits.

After reading this article, I got to thinking. If I were to order a corset and wear it just for a day, I would gain a better understanding of what life was really like for women in the Victorian Era.

I found the White Flower Tapestry Brocade Corset With White Lace pictured below on Amazon. It’s received several favorable reviews, is reasonably priced, and has a lovely feminine look. If I were to buy a corset, this would be my choice.

The question I ask myself is this:
How far am I willing to go in the name of research?


And now my questions for you. . .

Would you be interested in a post in which I share “A Day of Life in a Corset”?

Would you consider getting a corset for research or for a particular costume?


Victorian corset image from Victorian Fashions CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)by Dover.

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Romance Can Be Appetizing

Summer is officially here!

We’ve come within half a degree of triple digits in the Sierra Foothills already, so as far as I’m concerned, the season was already well underway.

I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot out, the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove. For that reason, Gwynly and I eat a lot of salads during the summer.

While we enjoy our robust salads chock-full of goodies, I do tire of them on occasion. Sandwiches are an easy non-cooking alternative, but I don’t enjoy them as much as Gwynly does.

One day recently, I mentioned to him that I wasn’t looking forward to having yet another salad. He took pity on me and told me he’d get dinner. Since I enjoy cooking about as much as being stung by a wasp, I gladly took him up on his offer. Salad became a much more appealing option when I didn’t have to fix it.

When Gwynly called me to dinner that night, I was in for a surprise. Instead of a big salad, I found a plate of appetizers prepared just for me.


Being a scientist, Gwynly likes to experiment. He’s actually a much better cook than I am, a fact I learned to accept and appreciate years ago.

That night, he used items we had on hand to create this tasty treat: Milton’s Everything crackers, tomato slices, feta cheese, basil, and pepperoncini slices.

My guy knows what I like, and appetizers is high on the list. When we go to parties, I hang out at the hors d’oeuvres table and graze.

I know the saying says the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but Gwynly turned the cliché on its head that night. His thoughtfulness mushed me out big time, proving that romance can be appetizing.


Is your special someone a good cook?

Does a delicious meal prepared just for you warm your heart?

Do you delight in whipping up tasty treats for your special someone?

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Finding Room for Our Past Reads

Books can be hard to part with.

We enjoyed a story. The book left a good impression on us, and we might want to read it again. So, what do we do? Save it, of course.

For those who’ve made the switch to e-readers, storing books is no problem.

The paper book readers among us who can’t bring ourselves to part with previously read books face a dilemma, though. Where do we store our books?

I don’t know about you, but I filled our bookshelves to the brim years ago. Since we have eight different bookcases in our house, this lets you know how important books are to Gwynly and me.

Even with my habit of giving away past reads or donating them to the library, the number of books in our house continues to increase. While I do a passable job of passing on romances I’ve read, my reference library filled with keepers keeps on growing.

I’m steeling myself to put our bookshelves on a diet, but even a strict reduction plan isn’t the answer. There are too many great books I can’t resist buying.

What am I to do?

Clearly, I can make better use of my Kindle. I like using it for fiction, but I prefer paper versions for non-fiction. Going digital for the romances I buy regularly will help, but I fear I have to face the fact that I need a more permanent solution to the ease our case of bookcase bloat.

For now, I ignore my OC tendencies, turn books on their sides, and fill the empty spaces above the neat rows below. And I dream of the day I can lay claim to our college daughter’s room and add another bookcase or two.


Do you have trouble parting with past reads?

Are your bookshelves filled to overflowing?

How do you make room for all your beloved books?

image from iStockphoto



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