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“To Preserve Flowers in Water.—Mix a little carbonate of soda with the water, and it will preserve the flowers for a fortnight.”
Here are instructions for making a lace mantle or "mantilla" edged with silk, very appropriate for summer wear:
|From _Le Moniteur de la Mode_, 1855.|
“Lace application is now applied to mantillas with great success. It is done by drawing a border on the silk, which is first cut after a scarf pattern, and lining the silk with common cotton net lace of the same shade. This pattern is followed by tacking a narrow silk braid on the outline, and cutting out the silk, leaving the centre of the pattern in lace. It has a very light and graceful effect, but is scarcely suited for anything but a scarf pattern. ... For a watering-place, nothing could be in better taste, or more really useful, to be thrown on for short promenades, with a dinner or evening-dress, or after dancing."
And some directions from 1855 for soothing herb teas:
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Many of the above herbs are easily grown in pots and can be used year-round. I have 4 kinds of mint, sage, and basil in my garden, and I'm currently starting some lemon balm to keep in a pot over the winter. These plants can last from year to year (although they do die back when the first frost comes) if they are kept someplace that is sheltered from the wind and gets sun for most of the year. They fit in even a small garden, and small plants can be kept on a sunny windowsill inside, for fresh herbs through the winter.