Royal Wedding Gift to Charles & Diana from Prince William's Nanny's Family

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Thanks to Edward Hobson of ITV UK for letting me know that I forgot an important wedding gift in the list of posts I have done on Time Was Antiques Family blog here, that was a pair of brass wall sconces received by Prince Charles and Princess Diana at their Royal Wedding in 1981 that has connections to Prince William and Kate's wedding.

Gift # 179 from the catalog of gifts from the St. Jame's Palace, London gift exhibition was from Mrs. W Legge Bourke. The importance of that, which I missed, was that Mrs. Legge Bourke is the mother of Tiggy Legge Bourke who was Prince Charles assistant and nanny to Prince William and Prince Harry. There was a rather publicized falling out between Tiggy and Princess Diana just prior to he death in 1997.

The connection to Prince William and Kate's wedding, is that Tiggy's son Tom Pettifer, who is Will's godson, is to be second pageboy at the wedding. Cool!

Mrs. Legge Bourke's comments and advice to Prince William were reported in The Telelgraph on March 25 at this link:

Royal wedding: Prince William is given a kissing lesson before he marries Kate Middleton


This Little Gypsy is Going to Market!

Spring has sprung...
and it's time for some serious hunting and gathering! What better place for that very thing than the OH-SO-VERY-FINE ROSEVILLE ANTIQUE SPRING MARKET?
Lipstick Gypsy will certainly be there peddling her BEST wares!

Sandy and Erika are great hosts and have once again honored the Gypsy with a front and center space on the lawn directly in front of The Tattered House!

I am really looking forward to not only attending this special event but being a vendor for the second time!

Venture out for a fun day of special treasure and glorious loot that won't disappoint. Make sure you come visit the Gypsies!

Tattered House
417 Oak Street
Roseville, CA 95678

April 17th, 2011
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

See you there!!

Peace, Love, and Gypsies!

He's the Bee's Knees - Sting and Lake House


To say that I adore Sting would be an understatement.  I first laid eyes on him in 1982 when the Police  played a club in Atlanta know as 688.  The club got its name from its street number, which was 688 Spring Street.  A true hole in the wall, it was the quintessential punk rock club in the '80s.  I was fortunate to see some amazing musicians there, including Billy Idol, Joan Jett, The Heathen Girls, The Swinging Richards, Love Tractor, Siouxie and the Banshees, among others.  But the height of my 688 experience was seeing the Police, and I have loved Sting ever since.  Not only does he create amazing music, he is certainly easy on the eyes.  So, while I do enjoy his music, I am equally enamored by seven private residences he owns throughout the world, among them a historic mansion in England known as Lake House.  Lake House, which is located in near the idyllic district of Wiltshire, sits on 60 beautiful acres and dates back four centuries.  A large Elizabethan mansion, Sting and wife Trudie Styler have spared no expense in restoring this beautiful home.  Sting and Styler now raise their own food, including livestock, on the farm and have made it a self-sustaining, organic abode, and have also published a cookbook known as "Lake House."  If you know me, you know that I am not a cook so the fact that I purchased this cookbook must lead you to believe that I bought it for the photographs, which I cannot deny.  Below are some shots of this amazing property.  You will see why Styler, upon seeing the home on a cold, cloudy fall day, was able to convince Sting, via telephone, that the house had to be theirs.  Sting agreed and today, it remains their principal residence.  Now, if only I could convince him to cook up a little something for me.

William and Kate married in Lego


This is a really cool William & Kate Royal Wedding done in lego. SOOO glad I didn't have to do it! What patience!!!

Comrade! What Time Is It?


Vintage PAKETA Russian Army Watch, CCCP.

Vintage PAKETA Soviet (Russian) Army Watch.
Condition: Excellent.
Description: More than 30 years old, Manual.
24HR Face with adjustable/rotatable 6HR Day/Night panel.
Made by: PAKETA, CCCP.
Price: $180.00

Paketa are a Soviet-era manufacturer of watches. Paketa means ‘Rocket’ in Cyrillic/Russian. Many of their watches have CCCP on them, and some also have CAEAAHO B POCCNN engraved, which means Made in Russia.
Several of their watches have multiple timezone features, which are implemented by having an rotating inner bezel (with external winder) which lists the names of lots of cities in the USSR. By rotating the bezel so the hour lines up with the city you were in, you could tell what the hour was in other cities in the Soviet Union.
Paketa 24-hour mechanical watch. (Some have ‘Raketa’ on them rather than ‘Paketa’.)
Some Paketa watches are in 24-hour format, where 12 midnight is at the top of the watch face and 12 noon at the bottom. This unusual style was first developed for use in space where there is no 24-hour day/night cycle.

The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]


The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]
The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL] | 280.26 Mb

Peel back the layers of a woman's tragic past to reveal the dark secrets that have haunted her since childhood! Mystics, aliens and ghosts come together in a piping hot adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat! Guide a young woman who's arrived at a tropical island to visit a friend. Her acquaintance is nowhere to be seen, but there are plenty of ghosts on hand. As you explore lost temples, devastated coastlines and abandoned villages, you'll uncover a 60-year-old mystery surrounding a shaman and his efforts to save his island. With your wits as your only weapon, you must collect cleverly hidden objects, solve cunning puzzles and help the shaman stop fate in its tracks before a deadly tidal wave rises up from the sea and wipes out his people! Play The Treasures of Mystery Island: The Ghost Ship today!
The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]
The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]
The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]
The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]
The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]
The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]
The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]
The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]
The Treasures of Mystery Island: Ghost Ship [FINAL]
* Four massive chapters
* 60 spine-shivering locations
* Unlimited hints and tips
* Interactive tutorial



Children In Church Jokes


Children in Church A little boy was in a relative's wedding. As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd. While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar. So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle. As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the pulpit. When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said, "I was being the Ring Bear." One Sunday in a Midwest City, a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!" One particular four-year old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets." A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am." A Sunday School teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping." A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, looking at the old pages as he turned them. Then something fell out of the Bible. He picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found," the boy called out.. "What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy's voice he answered, "It's Adam's suit". The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike, and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mike cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again. After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered, "If he gets loose, will he hurt us?" Six-year old Angie, and her four-year old brother, Joel, were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers." My grandson was visiting one day when he asked , "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo, while I asked, "No, how are we alike?" "You're both old," he replied. A ten-year old, under the tutelage of her grandmother, was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible. Then, one day, she floored her grandmother by asking, "Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus? The virgin Mary or the King James Virgin ?" A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife." Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.(Proverbs 22:6 ESV) Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.(Proverbs 22:15 ESV)

Ella Mae's Beauty Supplies


Since my Grandma has went into the nursing home she gave me some of her beauty supplies. She used to be a beauty operator. This will have a special place in my bathroom. I'm joining Feathered Nest Friday at and Show and Tell Friday at

DogFighter Winged Fury [FINAL]


DogFighter Winged Fury [FINAL]
DogFighter: Winged Fury (Simulation) [FINAL]

DogFighter: Winged Fury” – a fun arcade simulator of air combat. The original model airplanes, various bonuses, useful and harmful, and a variety of game modes for both single and multiple players – all this makes the battle in the sky, exciting and full of surprises. Lots of fun was added specifically designed Card arena. Pyramids, volcanoes, underground labyrinths, deep tunnels, winding shafts, which can fly – all these are extremely adorns the game and at the same time complicates the life of the pilot. Elements of a complex landscape can be both a salvation and death! Convenient control and robust combat system – feel the joy of flying and the excitement of battle, and no mercy for the enemy!
DogFighter Winged Fury [FINAL]
DogFighter Winged Fury [FINAL]
DogFighter Winged Fury [FINAL]
Tech Info
Year: 2011
Genre: Arcade / Flight Combat / 3D
Developer: Dark Water Studios
Publisher: Dark Water Studios
Publisher in Russia: Logrus
Platform: PC
Publication Type: license
Language: English, Russian, German, Czech

- Online multiplayer game – up to 15 players on one card at a time!
- 4 multiplayer modes: 3 classical (conventional combat, command and capture the flag “) and a new joint regime” wolf pack “in which the link of the players to fight with a whole horde of computer opponents.
- Standard game modes can be modified, allowing players to use various special features: infinite afterburner, superweapon, etc.
- Easy management will learn aerobatics: “barrel”, “Immelman”, “noose”.
- 8 unique models of aircraft, more than 20 types of offensive and defensive weapons – the possibilities for every taste.
- Beautiful Cards with complex relief, challenging the abilities of the pilot.
- Numerous bonuses Surprise: matched bonus can be both extremely useful and very dangerous to purchase!
- Service Steam: lists of the leaders in the network, friends lists, support for Steam Cloud and achievements Steam.

System requirements
- Operating system: Windows 2000/XP
- Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2600 +
- Memory: 1 GB
- Video: nVidia GeForce FX 5600 or ATI Radeon 9600
- Sound Card: DirectX compatible
- Hard disk: 1 GB
- Keyboard, Mouse

1. Install the game using Installer.exe (GENESIS in a folder on the way)
2. Run the game with DogFighterSteam.exe (… \ DogFighter \ bin \ x86_vc8 \)





Crasher [FINAL]


Crasher [FINAL]
Crasher (Racing/Online) [FINAL]

The first Mutiplayer Online Game ever to stage motorized battles! CRASHER is the first MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) to stage motorized team battles, pitting up to 5 vs 5 players. The usual mouse-controlled heroes are replaced by heavily armed vehicles hurtling across huge maps at 150 mph. Each vehicle belongs to one of the 6 CRASHER classes (specialized in close or range combat, defense, healing, etc.), and features specific skills and tactical features enabling players to design a well-balanced team.
Crasher [FINAL]
Crasher [FINAL]
Crasher [FINAL]

• Fast-paced Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) that renews the genre!
• Motorized team battles opposing two 5-player teams.
Select a vehicle among 6 different classes and load it with items.
Turn your favorite vehicle into a full-fledged war machine!
• Truly dynamic game with an arcade-style driving approach.
• Teamplay is important, be strategic and work with your team to succeed!
• Two different game modes: Crasher Territory Control and Crasher Battle Arena!
• Crasher is THE new e-sports and recently joined the Electronic Sports League (ESL).
• And don’t forget that team play is the key to success in Crasher!






FATE 4: The Cursed King [FINAL]


FATE 4: The Cursed King [FINAL]
FATE 4: The Cursed King [FINAL]| 341 mb

The bestselling FATE series returns with a brand new chapter! As the hero of FATE: The Cursed King, play through an exotic new realm full of surprises. Fight your way through vast and varied dungeons on your quest to break the terrible curse that threatens your home. Customize your skills completely between magic and melee, and recruit AI-controlled allies to fight beside you! Brand new to the game is a party system, Facebook features, and plenty of weapons, spells, and armor. Will you break the curse, or will the city of Ekbatan be forever doomed?
FATE 4: The Cursed King [FINAL]
FATE 4: The Cursed King [FINAL]
FATE 4: The Cursed King [FINAL]

System Requirements
Processor: Pentium 3 - 800MHz or better
Video Card RAM: 32MB, 3D hardware acceleration required
DirectX Version: 8.1 or above
RAM: 256 MB for XP, 512 MB for Vista
Operating System: Windows 7, Vista, and XP
Facebook Connection: Required






Question of the Day


What's the most spectacularly out-of-character thing you've ever done?

Without question, my answer is moving to another country for someone with whom I had spent hardly any time in person, someone who was about to move to another country for me.

When I flew to Scotland to live there for awhile in May of 2002, to get to know Iain's friends and family and life before we returned to the US after securing his visa, we had spent a total of five weeks in each other's company. Countless hours on the phone and computer, but only five weeks—and vacation weeks at that, with no jobs or bills or daily stressors—together, face to face, getting to know each other's quirks and idiosyncrasies. Five weeks on our best behavior.

Damn. In retrospect, that was some serious trucknutzery. Neither one of us can believe we actually did it.

It seems to be working out well so far, lol.

On Surviving and Sex Ed


[Trigger warning for sexual violence.]

In addition to the assault on reproductive rights in Republican-held state legislatures across the nation, there has been a resurgence of interest in mandating abstinence-only sex education. Earlier this week, the North Dakota Senate "approved an amendment to a sex education bill (HB 1229) that would require public schools to teach abstinence-only sex education. The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 39 to 8 and will now move to the state House for a vote."

It will certainly not come as a surprise to anyone who's spent more than about five seconds in this space that I am categorically disdainful of abstinence-only sex ed and support comprehensive sex education, so I'm pretty unthrilled about what's happening in North Dakota.

In this space, I've written a lot about the relationship between comprehensive sex education and reproductive rights: Empowering young people, especially young women, with good information about their reproduction is the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

But there's another reason, more personal, about which I haven't written as much.

One of the most intractable complications of processing for me, after surviving sexual trauma as a teenager, was my Christian upbringing—a tradition on which a huge premium is placed on purity. (I don't mean to suggest this is true in all Christian traditions, but it was in the one in which I was raised.) I was quite explicitly expected to be a virgin bride.

My mother had been a virgin bride. My father had been a virgin groom. They expected their daughters to be virgins when we married, and we were expected to marry. It wasn't just from my parents that I learned of this expectation: In Sunday school, in confirmation class, in sermons—everyone from my ministers to my peers to Martin Luther himself admonished me to fiercely protect my virginity until I gifted it to my husband on my wedding night.

I was assumed to be straight and exhorted to get married and expected to be a virgin when I did.

I frankly wasn't even sure that I wanted to get married when I was raped at 16, but, after I was, I was sure that I wasn't going to be a virgin bride.

I had deeply internalized the Christian narratives about premarital sex sullying my very soul, and such was the lack of discussion surrounding consent in my young life that the idea nonconsensual sex might not "count" to whatever galactic referee was keeping score of such things never even crossed my mind.

I had also deeply internalized the cultural stereotypes of raped women being irreparably broken, women with broken minds and broken bodies.

Regarding myself as damaged goods, in both spirit and flesh, I figured it didn't matter if I engaged in sexual activity henceforth. And, beyond that grim calculation, that horrible, sad, shrugging relinquishment of my decision-making regarding sex because the decision had been made for me, was something yet worse: I didn't feel like I had any value anymore.

I'd spent my life learning that my worth as a female person was attached to my virginity.

My value as an unsullied cunt was gone; I tried instead to find value as a girl who knew how to give great head.

And, you know, that almost worked for awhile.

There exists a stereotype, a myth, that sexual trauma makes women more promiscuous. (And some women to react to sexual violence with promiscuity; there is no one singular, textbook, universal response to rape, no "right way" to be a survivor.) But it wasn't rape that made me more promiscuous than I otherwise might have been; it was the idea that I had lost my worth as a human and some fundamental goodness which had been wrapped inside my virginity.

Abstinence-only sex ed advocates insist that they're only trying to tell young people that the only 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy in abstinence, but, if that's all they wanted to convey, that line could be part of a comprehensive sex ed program. What they want to convey is that young people's worth, especially young women's worth, is predicated on maintaining their virginity.

That can be a mind-fuck for young women who lose their virginity consensually. For young women who are raped, it can be truly devastating.

I support comprehensive sex education not merely because it is a smarter and more effective program, but because it does not embed in young people bullshit narratives that stand to revictimize those among them who are victimized by sexual violence.

I am unsurprised to find, once again, the GOP does not share my concern.

It's cherry pink and apple blossom white


To enter your name in the draw for my Blogoversary and Birthday Candy, click HERE--You have until 11:59 PM (Pacific time) TODAY to enter.


Do your remember the song...It's cherry pink and apple blossom white? I was thinking of that song when I was making this card. Also I was inspired by all blossom trees that are blooming all around me.'s really spring here!!!

I used this wonderful sketch from Crafting Life's Pieces Challenge #34 for this card:

Other challenges I am entering with this card:

Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Challenge 10 - Happy Birthday...with lots of pearls.

Let's Ink It Up - Challenge 11 - Die cuts/punches.

All That Scrap Magnolia Challenge - Challenge 8 - Spring

Stamptacular Sunday - Challenge 104 - No kids allowed...Birthday!

Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge 27 - Nature Inspired

Dutch Dare Card Challenges - Challenge 106 - Distressing

Stamp Something - Spring Somethings Challenge

Allsorts Challenge - Week 96 - For A Special Lady

Totally Gorjuss - Challenge 73 - Spring is Sprung!

And yes, of course, this is another easel card.

The Magnolia image I have used here is Tilda with Bee from the Chasing Butterflies Collection 2009. This adorable Tilda is available from Magnolia-licious on-line store. And the other image used for the bottom section of my easel card is Cat from Tilda & Edwin's Pet/Animal Collection 2009. I don't see this one in stock at Magnolia-licious, but if you contact Diana, she will be able to get it for you.

That's all I have for today. Thanks so much for dropping by. I really appreciate your visit. Have a wonderful day. And just one more day before the weekend...woo-hoo.

DP's: from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl paper pad, Making Memories SimplyFab Brooke Narrow Stripe, Recollections Southern Hospitality Plantation, Basic Grey (I used my last piece of this paper--don't know the name).

Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Nine, Sizzix dies Birds & Branches, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, EK Success small Retro Flower punch, Fiskars Celestial tri-corner punch, flower centre punch from Michaels $1.50 bin.

Misc.: Cool highlights micro-fine glitter from my stash, pom-poms from my stash, Mark Richards and Recollections half pearls.



Actual Headline: "Battling Big Abortion."

Sure. Like Big Oil or Big Pharma. Big Abortion.

The article, to which I'm not linking but it's easy enough to find if you're so inclined, is about funding Planned Parenthood and was authored by Mike Pence, Republican Representative and world-class embarrassment to Indiana progressives.

What passes for progress


[Trigger warning for LGBT-phobia]

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has issued a report on LGBT health:
While some research about the health of LGBT populations has been conducted, researchers still have a great deal to learn. To help assess the state of the science, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to assess current knowledge of the health status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations; to identify research gaps and opportunities; and to outline a research agenda to help NIH focus its research in this area.
In order to address this, the committee recommends collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity in health surveys administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other relevant federally funded surveys.

Yes, I whole-heartedly agree. In the year two-thousand-and-fucking-eleven, we should consider federal policies that 1) acknowledge the existence of LGBT people, and 2) do not treat us as if we're the scourge of the Earth. That'd be super.

After all,
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have unique health experiences and needs, but as a nation, we do not know exactly what these experiences and needs are.

Yeah, you as a nation have some work to do.

I suppose it will be another many decades until the data is collected and we, as a nation, can contemplate not acting on any of the trends therein. After all, that's what we, as a nation, do with pretty much all instances where there are massive inequalities in access to health care or other universal human rights.

Sorry, I'm just a bit pissy because I live in a country where even the most privileged trans people (hi Mom!) have trouble obtaining essential medical care. While I suspect that the authors of the IOM study are aware of this, the U.S. is a nation where gaining access to birth control is a tricky matter. Given that fact, I don't see the scenario where those of us whose existence really flies in the face of God'sPlan(TM) have access to appropriate health care.

It's not that we as a nation don't know how to care for queer people, it's that we choose not to.




[Trigger warning for mention of rape.]

I'm getting quite a few emails about the Indiana State Republican Representative and professional dipshit who claims that rape exceptions to legislation banning abortions past 20 weeks is a loophole for women who will just lie about having been raped.

Some of the authors of these emails are quite perturbed with me about having failed to write about this story today.

Let me first note that I cannot write about every single important story every single day: 1. I don't always have the emotional wherewithal to write about every story regarding sexual violence that lands in my inbox. 2. One of the horrible realities of this shitty economy is that more and more people are contacting me with requests for resources on social services, including services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, public resources for which are having their budgets slashed all over the country. I am spending more and more of my time doing unpaid social work, and sending a pissed off email demanding I write about something doesn't actually give me more time in my day.

I love getting tips from readers; I am hugely appreciative for them. I just ask that you please understand that managing this community has additional responsibilities to writing, and that, even if it didn't, I can't and won't write on demand.

Oh, and, by the way: Another reason I haven't written about that story today is because I wrote about it yesterday.

Open Your Wine Bottle With Style


Vintage, Vintner Brass Wine Bottle Opener

Retro, Vintner Brass Wine Bottle Opener.
Condition: Very Good, 40 years old.
Description: Made of solid Brass, carved angels design.
                   It weighs about 10lbs.
Price: $200.00
*Vintner no longer makes this bottle opener in brass because
  it is too costly. Recent ones (new ones) are made of either
  steel or metal.

Daily Dose of Cute


"Please be quiet; we're trying to watch Animal Cops: Houston."

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