Friday, November 9, 2012

A Dainty Tomboy?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I grew up wedged between two brothers.  Some of my favorite toys weren't mine at all .. .they belonged to my brothers.  One Christmas my older brother got a fantastic toy gas station that had an elevator for the cars to go from the bottom floor to the parking garage on top level.  Another Christmas he received a Kenner Girder and Panel Building Set that has plastic windows that looked like the ones at Kodak Park.  My younger brother had Lego building blocks.  Yeah, I loved those "boy" toys.  Oh, I had baby dolls and Barbies, but nobody to play dolls with me.  But I could play with my brothers and their toys.

And then I got into Star Trek, and that wasn't exactly looked upon as a girl thing ... unless the girls were thinking of falling in love (ick!) with the heroes, yada, yada, yada.  So I kind of missed out on the whole "girl" experience.  At least that's the way I see it.  (But it was Star Trek that led me to think about storytelling ... and storytelling that got me into writing ...

So here I am a grown up, and the older I get the more I appreciate the more dainty things in life.  Afternoon tea.  Doilies.  Flowers in vahziz (as opposed to vases).  Chinz dishware (and fabrics) ...

Nowadays I read a lot of decorating books and magazines.  I started out with Country magazines, but have now graduated to Romantic Homes and Victoria, etc.  And I love shabby chic (except when the paint peels too much, because you know that anything painted before about 1970 had lead paint, and it's just not good to be around) ... I like repurposing old things, finding new ways for them to be relevant ... and making them look pretty once again.  It's all just so ... quaint and pretty and ... lovely...


And now I can indulge myself for hours on end with Pinterest.  I find myself collecting all kinds of beautiful pictures.  I tell myself it's work related because I'm doing research for my Victoria Square books.  My character, Katie Bonner, had always planned to open an upscale B&B called The English Ivy Inn.  So she collected all kinds of furniture, china, silverware, knick-knacks, etc. to fill the place.  And she was going to offer afternoon tea to her guests and for special events ... like wedding and baby showers, etc.  Therefore, I HAVE to research those kinds of things ... just so I can write about them.  (Right?)

I have boards on Pinterest for Teatime with Katie, and From Katie's Storage Unit, and even Katie's English Ivy Inn. Oh, and cupcake joy (yes, she planned to serve beautiful cupcakes).  But then, I also have a Star Trek board, too.  (Old habits die hard.)  But I figure that this is one indulgence that doesn't involve a lot of calories ... even if it is addictive.

(By the way, the Cozy Chicks also have a Pinterest account. Maybe you'd like to follow us!)

So, how do you indulge yourself?

P.S.  I'm in the middle of having my website updated.  Maybe by the time you read this, some of it will be live.  If you'd like to have a look and explore, you can go to It's going to look a bit more feminine, too.  Tell me what you think.
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