Thursday, February 2, 2017


For a long time I have wanted the
 copy of the Premier issue of Victoria
 and now I am so happy to have one!
I am passionate about all the older copies.

I found a very wide range of prices on
 line for this first issue of Victoria and for me the best priced one was on Etsy for $12.00  - of course shipping was
another $10.00 from Canada but this
 total cost was still so much less
 than all the others I saw.

 Really, the timing was perfect as I caught
the same naughty bug as some of you and have been incognito for five days.  It was
perfect at this time to enjoy!

Don't those tarts look amazing!

When each month turns over I always have to admire Edith Holden's art
 as well:

My whimsical Valentine decorations:


  1. I love your Valentine decor Bernideen! Have a wonderful tea party this week...hugs...

  2. Oh YAY! I am so happy for you - oh weren't those older copies just to-die-for inspirational?

    I think your pretty tea room needed that big time! ♥♥

    Your Valentine's decor is looking pretty festive over there, lady!

    OK, you probably got why I am linking this post twice - I kinda goofed this morning. Thanks for indulging me - but Marina's tea party deserves it. Thank you for hosting your wonderful linky parties, Bernideen! It's always a pleasure to be able to join in the fun.


  3. Beautiful! I love Victoria magazine. They did go through a weird period when they were trying to be more of a general women's magazine, then they stopped publishing. I was so happy when Hoffman Media started to publish them again. They early years are treasures!

    Sorry you were sick, we've managed to avoid illness so far.

    I'm doing a tea post for tomorrow so I'll come back and link up!

  4. So happy that you found the magazine that you had been looking for. And happy you had it when you were not feeling your best and had a little something to brighten your days. Hope you are feeling well soon. All your Valentine and February Decor is so beautiful. Always a pleasure to stop by and visit with you.

  5. So glad you are feeling better and that you got your Victoria issue! It was hard to tell which photos were in the magazine and which one's were yours. :)
    Your mantel looks so sweet! I really like the heart box with the red fru fru!
    See you soon!

  6. Glad you are better and that you found a copy of Victoria that you wanted. Beautiful things to see here today. Blessings.

  7. I caught the nasty bug before Christmas so I can sympathize with your bout of illness. Your charming Valentine's Day decor made me smile. I'll be putting up my decorations this weekend.

  8. I am so happy you found a copy of that, Bernideen. I had a copy but have no idea where it went. I just gave a bunch of my Victoria magazines to a girl friend that loves them. I am so trying to downsize my magazine and book collection.

    I love your sweet Valentine decorations. Things are looking very pretty at your home. xo Diana

  9. Your valentine decorations are beautiful. I love your Sadler teapot. The Victoria magazine is so meant for your decor. I have some older issues but not the first issue. Thanks for hosting this lovely tea party.

  10. How wonderful you found a premiere issue of Victoria. I have ordered older issues from eBay before. I always really enjoy thumbing through them. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I'm sorry that you caught the nasty bug, Bernideen, but how nice to curl up with your premier copy of Victoria. You tea setting is so pretty with your lovely plate, teapot and teacup. I like the LOVE banner that you added to your mantle decor. Thanks for hosting, Bernideen, and I hope you feel better soon.

  12. How pretty.

    I have kept all of my past issues of Victoria magazine over the years, I still enjoy going back and looking at them. I remember how thrilled I was when the the magazine returned after they stopped publication for a while. It is a bit different now but still wonderful.

  13. Hi Bernideen,
    Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. Your new Victoria Magazine looks so lovely. I love to look at beautiful pictures and I am glad that you treated yourself. Your teapot and teacup are so pretty. Hope that you feel better soon. Thank you for hosting Friends Sharing Tea today. Blessings, Karen

  14. The older issues have so much more charm, in my opinion, although I do enjoy the new issues too. Glad you got the premiere issue.
    I hope you feel better soon, Bernideen. It's very cold here these days. We're in the deep freeze and hopefully it won't last too long. I am not able to decorate for Valentines Day this year so I will enjoy looking at yours. As always your home is totally charming. Enjoy your weekend and thank you for hosting.


  15. Bernideen, since my current post is for Cabbage and Kale Salad with Creamy Sesame Seed Dressing - not exactly tea fare! - I linked an earlier post of a tasty tea sandwich. Congrats on getting that first issue of Victoria!

  16. Hi Bernideen, that Victoria cover caught my eye, I have it in my stash someplace. Love those old Victorias. Just wanted to poke my head in and say hi. Your valentines are so lovely..Happy Sunday..xxoJudy

  17. I hope you are feeling better! So glad you found the Victoria issue...a great companion when you aren't feeling the best. Had to laugh at Edith Wharton instead of Edith Holden...but I love her books too! Not always the most cheerful, but definitely period evocative. Thanks for hosting, and hope you are fully recovered to enjoy your marvelous Valentine decor!

  18. I do love those old Victoria magazines sooooo much. I still have some of them, but gradually I have used them for art or given some away. I need a day just to sip tea and look at them again. Thanks for the reminder.


  19. I love your valentine banner,wondering if you made that ? it's so pretty hanging on the fireplace mantel with your pretty valentine doll

  20. A lot of my inspiration came from these early issues of Victoria magazine. It was such fun to page through the magazine, chock full of beautiful photography, creative recipes, and endless ideas.


I always love your comments and thoughts! If you aren't a blogger yourself you may have difficulties leaving comments. I recommend you go to and open a google account which doesn't mean that you will have a blog (unless you want one)but will make it possible for you to make comments on all blogs! PLEASE USE A NAME in your google account AND NOT "Unknown" !
Sometimes people repost not realizing their comment posted! Go slowly when you post your comment - don't rush! It will not appear until it is approved. If a question is asked I will try to answer it here.