Where are my Armani Bloomers?

The Bra Burning of The 1850’s.

I’m cleaning out my closet… (If you read The Horoscope Wars you’d know that’s what ever good Cancer does!!!)

I find these lovely Armani harem pants that I had completely forgotten about. It got me wonder about women in pants and how exactly it came about. (Note to readership: Hillary had nothing to do with this.)

It turns out that in the  summer of 1851, a pair of pants made headlines across America. The “bloomer costume,” also called “Turkish trowsers,” set off a fire storm of commentary from women’s rights activists, fashion enthusiasts, and critics across the country. In a social reform journal, Mary Williams described  described the outfit as “TuFerkish pantaloons and a short skirt, leaving the upper vestments to be fashioned according to the taste of the wearer.” Williams wrote that the bloomer costume was “infinitely superior” and “ought to receive the friendly countenance of all sensible persons of either sex,” emphasizing that the choice to wear the outfit was based on health and fashion, rather than a desire to wear men’s clothes.
Women’s rights activist quickly adapted the look but the outfit became most closely associated with Amelia Jenks Bloomer, the editor of The Lily, a temperance journal. The “bloomer costume” caught on among some white middle-class women who saw “dress reform” as an integral part of the fight for women’s equality in the mid-1800s. Some 50 years before bloomer-clad women rode bicycles in public, heralding a new era of freedom for women, few dared to don the trousers in public. The women who did wear the style became known as Bloomers, partly for their dress and partly for their interest in women’s rights issues.
The bloomer trend may have been short-lived in 1851 but the media storm that followed made it clear that, especially for women, fashion is political, whether we like it or not.
Many people (most of them men) were convinced that bloomers were a political statement instead of a health initiative—writers stoked fears of a women’s takeover of male space, led by Bloomers in “Turkish trowsers.” Thus, in the language of clothes, pants equal power, underscoring the social fears and possibilities that emerge when women make their own clothing choices. In the end the activist abandoned the bloomers as they felt is was distracting for their property ownership and voting initiatives.
Moral of the story: The 60’s burning of the bra had been done a 100 years earlier with a much bigger prize in the end!
I hope you have enjoyed my brief beading break.
Let’s chat soon,
Carol

Fit for a Princess!

Look what Princess Sophia is wearing!
I’m minding my own business and noodling around Pinterest – What pops up but Princess Sophia at a royal wedding. Is someone knocking me off????

White HL TS Necklace

To purchase visit me at: BlingBeadedBaubles. Zibbet.com
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Not to be out done, I have also made it into a beading kit just for YOU! (Comes in tons of colors, too!)
Snow white Beading Kit (3)

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All the best,

Carol

Did I Inherit The Wobblejaw Gene?

Wobblejaw lesson for today!

My mother is a wonderful woman and mother. I need to get that out there first but she has a trait that annoys my family to no end. Picture if you will The Tenwalde’s are all piled into the family station wagon about to go on vacation. Mom says she just needs to run into the store and we’ll be off. Finally, I can’t stand it anymore and ask Dad where is she? He says calmly that Wobblejaws is at it AGAIN.  You see my mother can have a conversation with a deaf mute. I swear!  I can remember calling her for the results of  a biopsy and she leads with how cute the Docs new twins are. Aargh!
Last week I am in a waiting room with one other lady. She is having trouble filling out the medical questionnaire so I ask her if I can help. Two pages later and we are fast friends. Another Ohioan of course!
After my appointment I see her sitting on a bus bench. It’s boiling out so I ask her if I can take her home. She lives in Palm Springs! I laugh and say, it’s a good thing I brought my passport. That’s an inside Desert joke because everyone in the East Valley thinks PS is in another state.
Now we have 50 more minutes of conversation. She made the mistake of asking me what I do to keep busy besides picking up old ladies in doctor’s offices? Well,The Wobblejaws Beader is off to the races.
When I get to her home she says to hold on that she has something for me as a Thank You. She gives me 2 broken necklaces. One is a lovely rose quartz and the other is a jazzy chain tassel number. I just finished reworking them and here is their debut! Do you like?

Pink Quartz Lacy

Don’t you think it would make a great wedding necklace?

Chain Tassle Necklace

Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Do Friends Spoil?

Not the Stinky Spoiled but more like Spoiled Rotten….

If you’re a parent you know how easy it is to spoil a child. After the fact, you’re kicking yourself for allowing this to happen but what about the ramifications of spoiling a friend? My Friend, let’s just call her Ms. M. She has many passions but the top 3 are Fashion, Chanel and Pearls. Good friend to have if you have a jewelry biz right? Ummm, not so fast. When I first started I was floundering for inspiration and Ms. M. came to the rescue. She started sending me necklaces she liked. Surprise! Surprise! They were all Chanel, Pearls or both. So, here is the first idea she sent me and what I did with it.

Chanel 1 Spoiled

Well you would have thought I invented ice cream she was so pleased. Truth be told, she is partly responsible for my inventing the Twisted Sister Technique but I digress. Next came this:

Chanel for Spoiled Sautoir

I think the ice cream is beginning to melt! She liked it but wanted those cute Chanel C’s like in the original. Where the H am I going to get those? Next up were some Stella McCartney PEARL necklaces that I made but they were technically difficult to make and had no room for any creativity so I made and sold a few and gave up that design. Then we had the Safety Pin and Pearl phase. All the while she is becoming less dazzled by my “Talent” and more about why can’t you do this it doesn’t look particularly difficult? So this begs the question; Can you spoil a friend?  I am not sure I know the answer but here is her latest want.

Chanel Spoiled 3 - 1

Not to worry Ms. M. I still love you and welcome your next inspiration! Spoiled or NOT!
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
PS I have lots of new ideas for the months ahead.  Hope you stay tuned!  If you know of anyone who might like this romp please sign them up HERE!

 

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