Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Babbage Tartan Endora has arrived

Created by
The Clever designer Miss Reghan Straaf
From Hatpins -
the classiness of a top hat with the elegance of lace and bows.
Bright colours compliment the silk hat;
a must for any lady who enjoys class, elegance, and making a statement.
all Endora Hats with resize scripts, and instructions on how to fit your hat to your head so that your hat doesn't end up disproportionate.
Hatpins - Being Inimitable.
Please visit Miss Reghan Straaf's shops and be inimitable, too!
Hats for ladies, hats for gents;
Victorian, Edwardian, and even some modern ones can be found at the
Haute Couture shop.Haute Couture:
Caledon SouthEnd:
Oak Tree Shoppes:
also for landmarks in world to her and a selection of her amazing
Steamy Victorian Line And Endoras
Piermont Landing
The Imagination of the clever ever fun designer Miss Miss Reghan Straaf
has once again been sparked this time with the New Babbage Tartans

First The New Babbage Dress Tartan ..
( shown here with House of RFYRE FERVOR,WOMEN, BRONZE Dress )

The time and thought and kindness in heart every detail
I can not say enough about the design the fit and the feel of Miss Regan's Hats ..
ahh tartans and New Babbage and now our very own Endora and not just one ..
every part every detail done with care and passion by this wonderful designer!!

Ahh and then she took and made the time turning up the steam to make a Second Hat
with a second New Babbage Tartan !!
How incredible thoughtful she really is !!
( shown here with House of RFYRE FERVOR,WOMEN,ANTIQUE GOLD Dress )
Thank You so much Dear Miss Reghan
So Well done !!
Clapsss and *Hugs*
and many many Twirlsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss !!
A Bit of History
Tartan, arguably the best-known cloth in the world, is not peculiar to Scotland, although it has become the country's national costume, occupying a unique place in its history, and in the hearts and minds of millions of Scots. From the times of the early clansmen through to the traditions of the modern Highland regiments, the kilt, plaid and tartan have constituted the unmistakable costume of the Highlander. The dress today remains attractive, distinctive, colourful and martial. It has come to be linked with the virtues of courage and hardiness, with love of an area and with the music, poetry and culture of the Highlands. Irrespective of the complex debate about the development of Highland dress and the origins of different tartans, this overall picture - of a special apparel that meant much to its wearers - was valid in the past and still holds true today.
However, many aspects of tartan and Highland dress are controversial and the subject is surrounded by a number of myths. For example, the word 'tartan', now associated by most people with the precisely patterned, intricately cross-barred and multicoloured cloth, is itself a matter for argument. Some authorities claim it derives from the IrishScots words tuar and tan - meaning 'colour' and 'district' respectively. There is also a possibility that the word derives from a Middle French word, tiretaine, which referred to a quality of material, of a thin, coarse linen and wool mixture, while an Old Spanish word of similar root, tartana, which means 'shiver', and refers to a very fine, quality cloth, has been proposed as yet another possible source. The Gaelic word for tartan is breacan, meaning 'chequered', 'variegated' or 'speckled'. (Robert Louis Stevenson's hero in Kidnapped was called Allan Breck; 'Breck' meaning 'pockmarked'.)
In Scotland, by the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the word 'tartan' was being widely used by English and Scots speakers for distinctively woven cloth coming out of the Highlands. In 1538, for example, King James V, the father of Mary Queen of Scots, purchased 'three ells of Heland Tartan'. However, the name seems to have applied to a type and quality of cloth rather than to a design, a usage that had changed gradually by the eighteenth century. Similarly, the original practice of making tartan from light rather than warm material was also steadily reversed over many generations. Nowadays, tartan is generally defined as a fabric woven in bands of coloured yarn that repeat in sequence, not only across the width but along the
length of the cloth.
A new hue is formed wherever bands of a different colour cross. It is sometimes said that modern Highland dress bears little relationship to that worn in the past, but this is not the case. All national costumes evolve over the centuries and what we see today in Scotland is a stylised version of an ancient garb.
There were normally six main stages in weaving tartan: gathering the wool, preparing the fibres by combing it to the desired texture for soft or hard tartan, and spinning by a method involving a drop spindle, or distaff and spindle, in which the yarn or thread was spun by the fingers and wound round the bottom of the spindle. (This was later replaced by the spinning wheel, and ultimately by modern machinery.) The wool was then dyed, woven and finally stretched. This last stage, also known as waulking, was often accompanied by singing, during which jokes would be made about friends, frequently in impromptu verses; a tradition that has continued into modern times in the Harris-tweed industry.
Looms were normally upright and operated by one person, with the warp - the threads running the length of the cloth - fixed along a frame with spaces in between and weighted at the base. The lateral threads, the weft, were then woven in across this. Much faster horizontal looms with foot pedals came into use in the nineteenth century, when the manufacture of tartan became a cottage industry. Production later moved to the mills, where water and later steam-power turned the mill-wheels, until eventually tartan preparation evolved into the highly technical procedure of today. Some of the most important of the tartan manufacturers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, like the firms of William Wilson and Son of Bannockburn and J. & D. Paton, at Tillicoultry, below the Ochil Hills, supplied the army with tartan and also exported it all over the world.

Grand Opening Viv Trafalgar Outfitters

This is it the day so many have been waiting for its
The Grand Opening of
Viv Trafalgar Outfitters and for today only that darling
pocket watch Lovelace hat is only 1 linden
that's right today only 1 linden


But there is so much more for example The Lady Ching Suite
this amazing 12 piece ensemble just $650.00Linden
Or one can buy each outfit separate for $400L
Here is another separate to the suite ..again just $450L

Yet another just $400L Imagine
Ah dreamy Chinese Red .. soo wicked fun !!
Ahh and there it be the Now Grid Famous Lovelace Topper ...just
$1.00 Linden today all day ..
Miss Tafalgar's way of saying many thanks to her good friends and neighbors
and welcoming all to her brand new shop and to the New Babbage Port !!
*grins* here is a sneak peek of the Pirate Topper ..

Fun Steamy Fashions from a Fun Creative Witty Gal of New Babbage and Armada
Home Lands with a passion for Steam Gears and Cogs all her very own
Welcome and Best Wishes to My Dear Friend
Miss Viv Trafalgar
(you never left but I thought the song quite fitting *hugsss*)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

...To Make the Tide Rise Again ..

The legend of the mermaid includes everything from folk tales to the myths and poetry of modern times. The stories from Africa and the new world are really believed by people right now. I put two poems here because they are inspired by the old tales.

The Mermaid’s Wish
Awaken now, or soon be awoke
A chariot’s appeared
Seahorse drawn and mermaid driven
The fish popped up and peered
From the sandy sea-shelves
They watch her graceful dance,
The princess of the lake
Eager for amber sunbeams
Glassy surf won’t penetrate
To shine on coral kingdoms
Within the pearly deep
Her one wish
On brittle star
This fairy of the lagoon
To dance among both stars and shells
And sing to the man in the moon…

The Merman Poem by James Whitcomb Riley
Who would be A merman gay,
Singing alone, Sitting alone,
With a mermaid's knee,
For instance--hey-- For a throne?

I would be a merman gay;
I would sit and sing the whole day long;
I would fill my lungs with the strongest brine,
And squirt it up in a spray of song,
And soak my head in my liquid voice;
I'd curl my tail in curves divine,
And let each curve in a kink rejoice.
I'd tackle the mermaids under the sea,
And yank 'em around till they yanked me, Sportively, sportively;
And then we would wiggle away, away,
To the pea-green groves on the coast of day,
Chasing each other sportively.

There would be neither moon nor star;
But the waves would twang like a wet guitar Low thunder and thrum in the darkness grum-- Neither moon nor star;
We would shriek aloud in the dismal dales--
Shriek at each other and squawk and squeal,
"All night!" rakishly, rakishly;
They would pelt me with oysters and wiggletails,
Laughing and clapping their hands at me,

But I would toss them back in mine,
Lobsters and turtles of quaint design;
Then leaping out in an abrupt way,
I'd snatch them bald in my devilish glee,
And skip away when they snatched at me,
Fiendishly, fiendishly.
O, what a jolly life I'd lead,
Ah, what a "bang-up" life indeed!
Soft are the mermaids under the sea--
We would live merrily, merrily.
Ah the early days of a simple Seabreeze .. indeed I was a mermaid in Avalon ..
perhaps never to go back ....that's alright .. *grins* I am happier and safe now ..
Those days are long ago .. but the spirit and the mind set .. of the Sea, no matter where breezy be, the beloved sea.. shall always reside deep with me .. in any world ..I wish all the moon light and remind each ..
it is indeed always the one thing
That feels right .. Add some special company ......................
thank You for the balance ...
Happy Twirlsssssssssssssssssssssssssss
be it deep under the water in my secret quiet dreams ..
or on land side in and always from heart....

Monday, April 27, 2009

~A personal long deep affair ~

The works and personality ~ someone that I admire and take to heart
Robert Lee Frost
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
was an American poet.
He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed themes from the early 1900s rural life in New England,
using the setting to examine complex social and philosophical themes.
A popular and often-quoted poet,
Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
Stopping By Woods
On A Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are
I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely,
dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
And miles to go before I sleep.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Peirmont Landing Presents

Piermont LandingPresents
Saturday ,
April 25th
6pm to 9pm SLT
The Evolutionary Ball
the evolution of clocks
Sundial Build Contest
{Brass copper .. working ..scripted}
{27 Prim limit ( 30 if it talks ) }
2000L First Prize
1000L second Prize
500L third prize
also great prizes for best Dressed
Saturday ,
April 25th
6pm to 9pm SLT
Music By The Amazing Mr DJ Bats
Introducing A most special Release
Ms Cutea Benelli of Grim Brothers
A Most Special Release to be sold with all proceeds going
To Relay For Life for New Babbage
Thank YOU Miss Cutea Benelli
Sponsored By
House of RFyre
Capalini's Fine Furnishings
Blak Opal Designs
A Clock Stopped—
Not the Mantel's—
Geneva's farthest skill
Can't put the puppet bowing—
That just now dangled still—
An awe came on the Trinket!
The Figures hunched, with pain—
Then quivered out of Decimals—
Into Degreeless Noon—
It will not stir for Doctors—
This Pendulum of snow—
This Shopman importunes it—
While cool—concernless No—
Nods from the Gilded pointers—
Nods from the Seconds slim—
Decades of Arrogance betweenThe Dial life—
Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fun In the Stock Yard !! New Babbage Style

So I was armed with the latest in test weapon by Mr Darien
(always with that clean fluffy tail and the latest in attire ! )
He explained to reload .. ao off etc and we were ready !

YaY Mr Gatsby came by and joined us in no time .. we were three ..

aww to quote Mr Gatsby.. "You killed breezy that was mean lol "

In no time I was back up and shooting up barells and having friendly fun ...
Oh and in no time I shot and killed Mr Darein .*beams*
infact we shot and killed one another a few times it was really great fun !!
Right before Mr Gatsby crashed he really was on a roll ..
This was great fun it is so much fun to test with friends .. even when one crashes
see ya next time .. wavessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
and twirlsssssssssssssssssssssss away with a smile ..

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


------THE sky is overcast
With a continuous cloud of texture close,
Heavy and wan, all whitened by the Moon,
Which through that veil is indistinctly seen,
A dull, contracted circle, yielding light

So feebly spread, that not a shadow falls,
Chequering the ground--
from rock, plant, tree, or tower.
At length a pleasant instantaneous gleam
Startles the pensive traveller while he treads
His lonesome path, with unobserving eye
Bent earthwards; he looks up--the clouds are split
Asunder,--and above his head he sees
The clear Moon, and the glory of the heavens.

There, in a black-blue vault she sails along,
Followed by multitudes of stars, that, small
And sharp, and bright, along the dark abyss
Drive as she drives: how fast they wheel away,
Yet vanish not!--the wind is in the tree,
But they are silent;--still they roll along
Immeasurably distant; and the vault,
Built round by those white clouds, enormous clouds,
Still deepens its unfathomable depth.
At length the Vision closes; and the mind,
Not undisturbed by the delight it feels
Which slowly settles into peaceful calm,
Is left to muse upon the solemn scene.

Indeed Industry Marches On ..........
*sighs* takes some moments in thoughts and then
wavess so long to a good thing !!
and Waits for The Next better One won't be long
always ...In the City of New Babbage !!!

The Golden Compass Town Hall built by Young Master Loki Eliot

for New Babbage RFL 2007 july placed in NB aug 2007

taken down April 18th 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

~ Fabulous Imperialism~ or Not ~

If one can take and make the time to watch this a well done summery
(as I am closing my little book on The White City )
Pinky (this little kitty) is pretty clever, however the little cat does get some of it wrong ..
1.) builds were sold and moved to others parts of the country ~endless deals cut under the table .
2.) Builds were also removed and placed both in the USA and Europe
(we have one in Mass and another in Maine )
see below
3.) To this day Chicago is still one of the most corrupted political cities in our country
and a dear and close friend said to me best
after seeing and reading all this ..
"It really does almost make our politicians mild compare to this lot" .
I also believe there is a strong powerful reason why we do not have worlds fairs anymore .
An agreement had been made and no one has ever broken it .. Odd !!
I hope you enjoyed or perhaps even learned a thing or two
and next time you are in a museum or art gallery take a look you might see an article from
The White City circa 1893 Chicago ..
I did not even dip into the powerful and sensational Midway the heart of the Fair ..

The fair ended with the city in shock, as popular mayor Carter Harrison, Sr. was assassinated two days before the fair's closing. Closing ceremonies were canceled in favor of a public memorial service. Jackson Park was returned to its status as a public park, in much better shape than its original swampy form. The lagoon was reshaped to give it a more natural appearance, except for the straight-line northern end where it still laps up against the steps on the south side of the Palace of Fine Arts/Museum of Science & Industry building. The Midway Plaisance, a park-like boulevard which extends west from Jackson Park, once formed the southern boundary of the University of Chicago, which was being built as the fair was closing. (The university has since developed south of the Midway.) The university's football team, the Maroons, were the original "Monsters of the Midway". The exposition is mentioned in the university's alma mater: "The City White hath fled the earth,/But where the azure waters lie,/A nobler city hath its birth,/The City Gray that ne'er shall die." Of the more than 200 buildings erected for the fair, the only two which still stand in place are the Palace of Fine Arts and the World's Congress Auxiliary Building. From the time the fair closed until 1920, the Palace of Fine Arts housed the Field Columbian Museum (now the relocated Field Museum of Natural History). In 1933 the building re-opened as the Museum of Science and Industry. The cost of construction of the World's Congress Auxiliary Building was shared with the Art Institute of Chicago, which moved into the building (the museum's current home) after the close of the fair.
Santa Maria
Pinta, Santa Maria, Nina replicas from Spain
Three other significant buildings survived the fair. The first is the Norway avilion, a building preserved at a museum called Little Norway in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. The second is the Maine State Building, designed by Charles Sumner Frost, which was purchased by the Ricker family of Poland Spring, Maine. They moved the building to their resort to serve as a library and art gallery. The Poland Spring Preservation Society now owns the building, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

The third is the Dutch House, which was moved to Brookline, Massachusetts.
The main altar at St. John Cantius in Chicago, as well as its matching two side altars, are reputed to be from the Columbian Exposition. The other buildings at the fair were intended to be temporary.
Their facades were made not of stone, but of a mixture of plaster, cement and jute fiber called staff, which was painted white, giving the buildings their "gleam". Architecture critics derided the structures as "decorated sheds". The White City, however, so impressed everyone who saw it (at least before air pollution began to darken the fa├žades) that plans were considered to refinish the exteriors in marble or some other material.
<>plans were abandoned in July 1894 when much of the fair grounds was destroyed in a fire.
(The fire occurred at the height of the Pullman Strike.)
The exposition was extensively reported by Chicago published William D. Boyce's reporters and artists.There is a very detailed and vivid description of all facets of this fair by the Persian traveler Mirza Mohammad Ali Mo'in ol-Slataneh written in Persian. He departed from Persia on April 20, 1892, especially for the purpose of visiting the World's Columbian Exposition.

The exposition was one influence leading to the rise of the City Beautiful movement Results included grand buildings and fountains built around Olmstedian parks, shallow pools of water on axis to central buildings, larger park systems, broad boulevards and parkways and, after the turn of the century, zoning laws and planned suburbs. Examples of the City Beautiful movement's works include the City of Chicago, the Columbia University campus, and the National Mall in Washington D.C.
After the fair closed, J.C. Rogers, a banker from
Wamego, Kansas, purchased several pieces of art that had hung in the rotunda of the U.S. Government Building. He also purchased architectural elements, artifacts and buildings from the fair. He shipped his purchases to Wamego. Many of the items, including the artwork, were used to decorate his theater, now known as the Columbian Theatre.
Memorabilia saved by visitors can still be purchased. Numerous books, tokens, published photographs, and well-printed admission tickets can be found. While the higher value commemorative stamps are expensive, the lower ones are quite common. So too are the commemorative half dollars, many of which went into circulation.
When the exposition ended the Ferris Wheel was moved to Chicago's north side, next to an exclusive neighborhood. An unsuccessful Circuit Court action was filed against the owners of the wheel to have it moved. The wheel stayed there until it was moved to
St. Louis for the 1904 World's Fair

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Horses of the White City

Imagine with out them they never could have even built the fair ..
How ever Horses were banned from the fair
Oh there were statues , paintings , photos of them every where but horses where banned from the fair ..
imagine .. the horses did visit that magic White City when no humans were watching !!

Why on earth The White City some might think .... others perhaps do not even care ..
a few that know me .. know I am just on a little journey of fun ..
I did live in Ills for four years , graduated from Bradly University
BS in ACJ and Soc ..
Imagine ....add the marymount nuns for 14 years .. ha !
My education has taught me a great deal
but my richest lessons are not the ones ones gotten in class .
these are the lessons we learn from interaction and caring about others

I love to learn naturally and interact with good people !!
I love to share and give....
I will with out a doubt love and give more in a life then I may Receive
but that in no way means
I stop loving or giving
I often wonder what gives one the right to treat any other cruelly
because perhaps it was done to them ?? .. hummm answer ..
The golden rule and some people really seem to have a ruff time with it on line
now don't they
Remember that its not hard to be nice !
Your conversations in the negative about another
will only bring you yourself negative ..
and i have to remind my own self of this often .. it is a process and learned behavior.
Doing this series is helping Breezy in many ways .. as
The White City was perhaps one of the most amazing feats and builds of the 19th century !
The man power, money, and time that went in it still is blowing my mind ..
Nothing like it has ever been close to duplicated !!
Imagine being a know it all 21st century engineer and not even considering A Build from The White City
in today's world
*Sigh* what a waist !!

Imagine that !!
What these men created and built (( some builds still exist today ))
with out a doubt where and are the things dreams are made of !
Perhaps I am thought of being pretty dumb by those that have not one clue !
My stars books have been written on the Ferris wheel alone. Never mind the horses !!
I respect art and talent .. I do not do mind games and petty competitive and insecurities !!
Time will reveal them all .. as I said I got time ..
and You all get The White City !