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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Meet The Hale Street Studio Beauties!

Back in the 1830s, when That Old House was new, a fashionable young lady would
have deemed herself very lucky indeed if she were dressed like this:

Isn't she darling?

In 2010, I think anyone who received this as a greeting card would also consider herself very lucky indeed.

Our daughter Anne, who is in the middle of a 3-year masters of fine arts program in theatrical costume design, has opened an Etsy Shop, Hale Street Studio, for her original ink-and-watercolor drawings and greeting cards.

Hand drawn in India Ink on handmade paper, and then washed with watercolors and a touch of DaVinci
iridescent medium for a bit of gleam, the fashions are Anne's original designs and are historically accurate.

This sweet lady is from around 1805:

Mounted on blank ivory 5 x 7 cards, with envelopes,
Anne's fashion plates make lovely keepsake greeting cards, and look great matted and framed.

I know. I pulled rank as her Mom, and got the first one:

This beauty of the 1880s is just perfect in our powder room.

Anne's cards are original artwork, not prints -- hand drawn and hand colored.
She will take special orders -- colors, historical time period.

I can attest to Anne's extensive knowledge of fashion history;
watching "costume" dramas on television with her is a trip,
as every fastening, fabric, collar, corset and bustle is subject to scrutiny.
Along with hair styles, shoes, hats . . . you get the picture.

Her cards can be seen at Hale Street Studio
on Etsy
right here!

And if you haven't yet visited Etsy, an amazing online venue for things
handmade or vintage, you are in for a treat. -- Cass

It's Friday Finding Beauty
at Claudia's Dipity Road blog.
Visit here!

That's my proud Mama's
Show and Tell for Friday;
see what others are puffing up about at
Cindy's My Romantic Home blog, here.


  1. How gorgeous!! As a theater baby myself, her prints just make my heart sing :) Your daughter is very talented. I can't imagine how proud you are!

  2. Wow! Your daughter is very talented and they are beautiful! I love the one you put in the black frame. Very elegant! Definitely a proud Mama :)

  3. Your daughter's artwork is absolutely gorgeous! You must be so proud of her!

  4. What beautiful artwork and designs! Sounds like I would love to watch a period movie with your daughter...I'd be looking at the furniture and drapes while she was critiquing the costumes!

    Anne, you are very talented!

  5. Your daughter is very talented. I love her prints. Yours looks so pretty framed! Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

  6. gorgeous drawings! :) I plan to get them for all of my girlfriends back east as gifts when Christmas or their birthday rolls around. they make great presents that are easy to ship across the country!

  7. OK, "Itinerant Interlocutor" (aka daughter Alida) ... do you think anyone will guess that you are ANNE'S BIG SISTER?

    Thanks for the ringing endorsement. How many do you want to order? ;-P

    Love, Mama

  8. Congratulations to Anne.
    Her cards are very beautiful. What talent she has!

    Wil be checking these out!


  9. They are such lovely drawings and the framed one looks beautiful. Oh to be that talented!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha, Stacey and Holly.

  10. wow! love all the artwork! the girls look pretty with their gowns.. and your daughter is one talented girl!

  11. Cass, I'll definitely be ordering some of those when we get home! They're fabulous!
    xoxo Pattie

  12. Oh Cass, Your daughter is so talented. I will be stopping by her Etsy shop for sure. Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. She is very talented!! I wish her much success.

  14. OMGosh, Cass...these are to die for. I can't wait to get over to her shoppe...
    xo bj

  15. Your daughter's work is lovely. I'm always drawn to watercolors. Can;t wait to check out her Etsy shop!

  16. Good Morning Cass Sweetie...
    Oh what a beautiful share today. Your daughter's drawings/paintings are absolutely breathtaking. What an eye for detail. I will have to stop by her shoppe.

    Thank you for sharing. Please stop by and let me share my post with you.

    Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

  17. Such gifted talent. I stopped by her shoppe on Etsy, and I'm so impressed. Best of luck to her.

  18. OMG! What awesome artwork! Your daughter's work is truly amazing! Thank you for sharing Cass!


  19. Cass -- What an awesome post.

    Being unique and sharing something original is something all of us bloggers are in search of.

    Her work is simply gorgeous and obviously the genetic pool is deep in your home.

    I am very sure you encouraged her art long ago giving her the courage to keep going.

    Well done -- both!

    Thanks so much for joining with us.


  20. Wow Cass - you must be so proud of her talent! There are so beautiful!!


  21. Cass, you should be proud - what talent! I can't wait to get over there and see all of her work. Everything you've shown on your blog is beautiful. I think she's going to be a huge success! laurie

  22. As a theatre-type, I admire costume designers very much. I've seen even amatuer ones build miracles for the stage. It appears from her watercolors that whatever theatre ends up securing her for their staff will be extremely fortunate! Her drawings are lovely and her costumes can't help but be beautiful. Congratualations to you both! Please give her my best wishes as she continues toward that MFA!

  23. Your daughter's artwork is magnificent...she is one very talented lady...Good luck to her with her career and her new Etsy must be very proud!!

  24. "watching "costume" dramas on television with her is a trip,as every fastening, fabric, collar, corset and bustle is subject to scrutiny.Along with hair styles, shoes, hats . . . you get the picture."
    I have a whole slew of friends just like that LOL! I'm the same way. I shared her Etsy link with my costuming buddies.

  25. Oh my, those are lovely! I'm going to check out her shop. Your blog is lovely too!

  26. Hi Cass,

    I love your daughter's work! How original!! I will check out her Etsy shop.


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