Thanksgiving Crossword 2017

By | November 21st, 2017|Categories: Contests and Games, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , |

Welcome to the final day of our Thanksgiving Crossword 2017. Today, we reveal the consonant M (we have to leave a little challenge!). There are no letters J, X, or Z in the puzzle. So how do you play and what do you win? We're running the contest November 21 - 27, midnight Pacific Time. Check this [...]

Over the River and Through the Wood with Lydia Maria Child

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Who was Lydia Maria Child? Why should we know her name? Lydia was born Lydia Maria Francis on February 11, 1802, in Medford Massachusetts. She was a teacher. She taught school until 1828 when she married David Lee Child, a Boston lawyer. While living with her brother, she met Ralph Waldo Emerson, Theodore Parker, and [...]

Helen Allingham, acclaimed Victorian commercial artist and water colorist

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , |

Helen Allingham was born Helen Mary Elizabeth Paterson on September 26, 1848, in Derbyshire, England. She was a commercial graphic artist and an acclaimed watercolorist. Her maternal grandmother, Sarah Smith Herford, and aunt, Laura Herford, were well-respected artists of their day. It’s no wonder that Helen and her younger sister, Caroline Paterson, became accomplished artists. [...]

The Covered Wagon: shaper of American history

By | November 4th, 2017|Categories: Old West, Pioneer Dress, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , |

From the horse carts of the ancient Celts, the carriages of the ancient Chinese, and the chariots of the Mesopotamians, humans have been using animals and wheeled vehicles as transportation for millennia. It was the mode of transportation responsible for shaping American history. Without the covered wagon westward expansion would have been much harder. The [...]

Halloween Candy Counting Contest 2017

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Contests and Games, Halloween|Tags: , |

Welcome to our Halloween Candy Counting Contest 2017! Halloween and candy go hand-in-hand and we know how much you enjoy this kind of contest so it is a natural fit.  The contest starts on October 30th and ends on Wednesday, November 1st at midnight Pacific Time. Winners will be notified by on Thursday, November 2nd. [...]

Halloween Greetings Contest 2017 – Win a $100 Gift Certificate

By | October 28th, 2017|Categories: Contests and Games, Halloween, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , |

We have another contest for you! We're calling it the "Halloween Greetings Contest 2017." To participate, find the words and recreate the greeting. Once you think you have the greeting, you may enter through the comments section of this post (all are moderated and will not be shown). You may also email it to us using [...]

Sleeping Bear Inn: Victorian Charm on Lake Michigan

By | October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Destinations, Fashion, Pioneer Dress, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , |

Once a year, my husband and I head out on an anniversary adventure. This year we visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan but had no idea our travels would take us to the Sleeping Bear Inn. After climbing the Empire Bluff, we headed to Glen Haven to visit the [...]

Made in America – Since 1981

By | July 21st, 2017|Categories: Featured, Recollections, Thank You|Tags: , , |

Recollections Clothing - Made in America just for You! What does it mean to make a purchase from Recollections? You are investing in a quality garment, for sure. But, you are also investing in a quality garment that is designed and manufactured one at a time by hand just for you. We are proud to be [...]

Recollections’ “Sharp Objects” Debut

By | June 9th, 2017|Categories: Ball Gowns, Civil War, Customer's Ball Gowns, Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What do you do when Hollywood comes knocking on your door? You answer the call of Sharp Objects! Sharp Objects is the new eight-episode HBO series that went into production in May. It is based on the 2006 debut novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl).  The series stars Amy Adams (Arrival) as Camille Parker, a reporter [...]

Cape May, NJ – Victorian Seaside Homes

By | May 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

Since we’re celebrating the unofficial start of summer, let’s look Cape May, New Jersey, a favorite East Coast destination that is steeped in Victorian history and architecture. Cape May is located at the southern tip of New Jersey. The peninsula in which it is located sits where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It [...]