I have loved dolls, history, and the Victorian Era since I was little and can credit my grandmother for that. As a young girl she gave me a Godey’s Fashion print for August 1870 from my great, great Aunt Flossie. I was captivated by the dresses and became hooked. I just love to research everything and anything about the Victorian Era. I also love to design Victorian dolls. I hope you enjoy my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions,The Victorian Era, and Me blog.

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Victorian Houses - I Had To Keep Them!

During the last few months I have been happily creating some of the items from punch-needle, cross-stitch, and needle felting kits I had purchased during the spring. All of the kits were purchased with the thought of giving the finished projects as Christmas gifts this year or next.

Of course, like everything I create I tend to fall in love with the finished products. Some more so than others. Some so much so that I selfishly decide to keep them for myself and my home decor.

Well, I have to tell you that I absolutely fell in love with my Victorian cross-stitch village. Now I know that wasn't the intent, but I couldn't help myself with my Victorian houses. If it's Victorian it's right up my alley. Ya think!!!! LOL LOL

My Victorian house village was created based upon a Dimensions cross-stitch Gold Collection kit called "Christmas Village Ornaments." It was supposed to be a series of Victorian house ornaments with a cross-stitch front and felt cloth back outlined with a braided gold band.

However, I didn't make my Victorian village as cloth ornaments. Instead, I enlisted the help of my younger brother to create wood shadowboxes that I painted with a blue/white/green sponge affect.

My Victorian village includes the following:

A fabulous blue house....

A traditional Victorian pink lady......

A bakery.....

A church.....

Rudolph's tree farm....

and, Kringle's toy store.

I love how they turned out and love that I can arrange them any way I want. I can arrange them all in a row, group them, even stack them if I want to. Right now I have them in two groups of three houses each in my sun room.

My husband gave me a suggestion of adding hinges to the groups of three so they can be easily arranged and then stored away. I like that idea and will probably add tiny hinges to them before we put them away for the holiday season.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Victorian village and hope you can see why I loved them so much.


  1. These are so pretty! The hinges are not a bad idea either.

  2. Hi Linda you have a beautiful blog...I'm surprised I didn't run into it before, because we love the same things.

    I would love if you visit me at Dolls from the Attic...I think you will like it, and maybe care to follow it.

  3. Enzie, thanks so much for your comment. I'm so happy you like my Victorian boxes. Anything Victorian and I'm hooked! LOL LOL I LOVE your portraits. They are just beautiful. I am in awe of your talent. Have a wonderful day. Linda

  4. Marta, thank you so much for telling me about your unbelievable Victorian blog. I just LOVE the Victorian era and LOVE history so your blog is right up my alley. I only got to visit for a short time, but will definitely be returning as it's filled to the brim with everything and anything about the Victorian people, culture, their dolls and their fashions. I certainly appreciate all the work you have put into your blog. Have a wonderful day. Linda