Bustles, Books, and Gardens


I’ve been puttering away on an 1870s bustle ensemble using green, peach, and plaid.  Here’s a little peek- the ruffles and trim are just pinned on right now. I’m using the Truly Victorian Parisian Trained Skirt pattern. I’ve made a skirt from this pattern once before and really love it.

I’ve been spending some time outside playing with flowers and reading.  I’m still making it through the Anne of Green Gables books and am about halfway done with Rainbow Valley.  I love L.M. Montgomery’s books. Reading them is like visiting with old friends.

The Aloha rose is a new addition to our garden. I’m waiting impatiently for the bloom to open!

Hope you are having a beautiful week.

4 Comments on Bustles, Books, and Gardens

  1. Elise Cole
    April 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Yay for Anne of Green Gables! Those were my favorite books as a girl and have inspired a lifelong love of reading. When I finished reading all of LM Montgomery’s books, I was so sad. I remember praying to God in heaven that she was up there writing more so that when I died, I would be able to read more books.

    What’s this? I just wikipedia’d her and found that there was a sequel to Rilla of Ingleside which was published in 2009. How did I miss that?!?

  2. Sabrina
    April 26, 2012 at 10:16 am (4 years ago)

    Another L.M. Montgomery fan here! I just read Vol. 1 & 2 of her selected journals for the first time this past year. It was really fascinating to see something of the actual person behind the novels and short stories. Every once in a while I go through all the Green Gables books too. They’re so beautiful!

    And, speaking of beautiful, that rose is lovely!

  3. The Dreamstress
    April 29, 2012 at 2:25 am (4 years ago)

    Oooh….I love that fabric! It’s so fun and vibrant.

    And I love Montgomery and the Aloha rose too. The botanic gardens here have a whole bed of them, and Mr D always takes a photo of me with them when we are there :-)

  4. Val
    April 29, 2012 at 10:17 am (4 years ago)

    That looks so pretty and summery. At some point I’ll have to bring out my plaid too and also make a pretty froofy gown too.