July 2, 2014

British? French? Who cares?

Why be.....pigeonholed. That's so......limiting, don't you think?

I know I was pretending to be French only just a few days ago and I was committed to being a la francaise this summer (please REJOICE in my total mangling and inappropriate uses of French phrases!!), but then the pendulum swung back and now I find that I am a faux Brit again. I think it's really best if you learn never to depend upon me, and or believe anything I say. It will be easier on all of us in the long run.

So why am I British again, are you the teensiest curious? It's because of the LOOT. I'm like a small toddler, if you swing something appealing and new in front of my nose, I will forget what I was doing previously and happily embrace the shiny new thingy.

My mom and stepdad just recently came back from a wee sojourn to England. I'll leave out the part wherein I was very disappointed to discover that they were not hiding a ticket just for me, but I will include the part where the list of things I was screeching at my mama to bring back for me was flying so fast and furious, she had to take notes.

It wasn't JUST for me, I was asking for things for the CHILD, I'll have you know. I'm not totally self-centered. All I asked for was:

~a new set of dollhouse people (old fashionedy ones)

~anything from the Liberty of London store

~tea

~a tea set kind of like the ones in the Sherlock Holmes show. Not the Cumberbatch version, but the Jeremy Brett version of Sherlock Holmes. Come on peeps, aren't you familiar with his tea service? I think it can best be described as "manly chinoiserie".

~ any kind of old children's book, preferably fairy tales, and you know, Britishy and what not.

~cookbooks, any kind

If you ask me, my list was RESTRAINED. I could have thought of a LOT more!

Sadly, not many of the things I demanded, very nicely requested actually materialized. Apparently old fashioned doll house dolls are something I'm going to have to find on my own from either a collector or my BFF Ebay.

But we did get some tea! There's always tea. We got a trio of tiny tea tins from Fortnum & Mason and I'm quite delighted with the box, the presentation, and the little tea cans, which I will keep forever. (And by forever, what that really means is.....until the next cleaning frenzy hits)

I haven't tried the 'Afternoon Blend' yet because it's been too hot, but I'm very excited about it and I'll let you know how it is when I have some.

Andrew scored some Fortnum & Mason Demerara Shortbread Fingers that claim to be from Scotland, and he HOARDED it and I only had one cookie and it was after the box had been opened for over a week and it was a bit stale.  (i HAZ a BIG SAD about this.)

But I also got this magical book, well it's not really a book, it's a souvenir guide, but in London they take their souvenir guides seriously because this is really a nice little soft cover book. ABOUT QUEEN MARY'S DOLLHOUSE. (here's a real hardcover book about it and here's another that says it's the official guidebook.)

Are you familiar? I think I SHALL PROBABLY FAINT when I see it in real life someday.

My ma didn't actually see it, the line was 3 hours long. I would have stood in that line. But she did get me this lovely book, which shows off plenty of amazing from the dolls' house.

Can you believe the awesome?????

Did you know it was not intended to be a child's plaything? It was created as some ode to British engineering and workmanship. LOOK AT THE SITTING ROOM. I would like a sitting room like that! I took a pic of the kitchen, but it came out blurry. It's very 'Downton Abbey'. LOOK AT THE TINY TEA TOWELS, all wrapped up with string and ribbons in little individual bundles!!!!

They are monogrammed.

My lovelies, I now know what my version of Heaven or some other magical realm is going to be like someday, in another universe. It's going to be me and Queen Mary's Dollhouse, wherein I get it all to myself and I can play with it as much as I like. Maybe I will invite one friend at a time to play with it alongside me. Or maybe it would be where I get to LIVE inside Queen Mary's Dollhouse. Both of these versions of my potential afterlife sound immensely appealing, what do you think??

18 comments:

  1. So pretty. And I'm with you, why choose?

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  2. I've read about that dollhouse before and it is AMAZING. As I recall, everything works in it, even the toilet! I'd probably wait in that line too. That's a once-in-a-lifetime look-see! xoxo

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    1. there are pop out gardens that are in an underneath drawer!!!!!! aaaaaaagh!

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  3. Those tiny linens are unbelievable! Francophile or not, I love reading your blog. You're too good!

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    1. TINY LINENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sounds like the title of a book :)

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  4. Ooo, I want to see the dollhouse, too! We so need a bum-around-Europe trip someday. The tea sounds wonderful, of course. Sorry about the lack of other loot! ;)

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    1. YES WE DO! and ok well, my poor mother, she tries. she did actually get some dollhouse dolls and they are the most hideous things you've ever seen -- like, they're.....crazy and evil looking and they are wearing track suits. I was like, what ARE these??? WHY??? why would she even bother??? they look like trolls. We're donating them. They can't live in my dollhouse. OMG. What a debacle.

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  5. OMG I am so aggravated with blogger right now. For the past week or so, if I'm not logged in to google before I write out my comment, it gets erased!!! AAAARGH. Must remember to log in first.

    Your la vie française board got me thinking that I want:
    My life/attitude = whimsical English + calm, confident French + sexy earth-mama Italian + sassy American.

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    1. I have friend who is reporting that Blogger is giving the run-around as well. gah. one of these days I'll move my lazy you know what to Wordpress. Love your hybrid combo personality profiling!

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  6. P.S. The tiny linens! I'm dying of cute.

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  7. Yay for tea and shortbread! And that dollhouse! OMG it's amazing! The sitting room is too pretty for words!!! And what exactly are old dollhouse dolls? Do you have a specific doll in mind? I am just curious.

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    1. i'll take a pic of my doll that I've had since I was 12, and she is falling apart (the rest of the family sadly broke all to bits) -- it will give you an idea of what i'm going for ~ when I was 12, my family when to London and we found some doll house dolls with Edwardian or Victorian era clothing and the most beautiful faces! Out of that set, I only have the little girl left intact and she's a bit broken and tattered.

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    2. 'went' to London, I meant to say!

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    3. Ok! I can't wait to see your doll! I love the Victorian doll clothes! So detailed and fancy! Never owned a doll from that era though!

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  8. I wish your mom could have put some Liberty in her suitcase as well. I think I would have to take an extra suitcase just for linens (tiny and big!). The only Liberty I have is a scarf found at the local thrift for $1. They really get tired of me doing a happy dance in line :)

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    1. ha ha ha ha!!!! I really like the Liberty print shirts J. Crew sells from time to time, but they are too pricy for me :(

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