Sunday, September 25, 2011

Etsy Treasuries - Another of Raven's New Addictions

As a follow up to today's fun time on BlogTalkRadio with Oly and Brenna discussing Victorianesque Hallowe'en, I thought I'd attempt to post a quick link to three treasures I've created featuring just SOME of the talented individuals to be found on the craft sales site,  No promises here, but the link below "should" take you to a listing of all three and allow you to check out just some of the fun things I've found (so far) that go perfectly with the idea of a Victorianesque Hallowe'en, or for some of us of the Victorian Gothic persuasion, year-round decor.

This will be one of, I hope, many posts to the EVGA blog featuring Victorianesque Hallowe'en and Autumn decorating, entertaining and costuming ideas, in addition to my usual articles on the foundations of the refined Dark Victorian's etiquette and carriage, as well as the individual artist reviews I so thoroughly enjoy doing. 
And finally, to everyone who listened in both live and via recorded podcast, thank you SO much.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Big Thanks to The Weird Contessa

So.. as I am learning more about this thing called blogging, I added one more "A Ha" moment to my repetoire.. finding out how others found me. Yes, I am without a doubt the world's worst cyber-stalker.
Imagine my surprise and delight to find that Etiquette and the Victorian Aesthetic is among the blogs enjoyed by Gina Draker, the brilliant talent behind Weird Contessa Studios. The moment I found her blog, I was entranced by the first images to appear: miniature marionettes. The detail and care that goes into her pieces is quite obvious, and I must say, her taste in music featured on the pages of Weird Contessa Studio Creations is impeccable. I loved it.
That said, I wish to extend a huge Thank You to the Weird Contessa (Who doesn't adore weird contessas? The world needs more of them.) for the mention on your site, and I extend an invitation to all reading this, to please go visit her blog and indulge yourself in her delightful creations and let the music take you away as it has done with me this evening.

She can be found at:

I know I will be going back to visit as well.
Blessings and Welcome to another brilliantly decadent Hallowe'en Season =)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Fun News and the Beginning of a Victorian Hallowe'en Season

I have had the pleasure of being invited back to BlogTalkRadio as a guest on "Coffee With Oly and Brenna Mar" Sunday, September 25th. My last visit with Oly was last December when we had a wonderful chat about the Goth and Vampire communities. For all the years I have known her, Oly has been a voice of reason, a teacher, and a leader in the pagan and metaphysical communities with first hand knowledge of our fabulously dark, colourful, artistic world and its amazing people.
This time we are going to have fun discussing a Victorianesque Hallowe'en. I will be sharing a bit of history, plus decorating and costuming ideas as well as shortcuts for those of us on a budget (and who isn't these days?). With any luck, I will be able to start posting some of those suggestions and site links to the blog before the show on 9/25 with additional goodies to come afterward.
I am including a link to the show's announcement via BTR, and do hope you can join us, and for those whose schedules do not permit, BTR does archive shows to be listened to later. Please also take a moment to check out Oly's website just below.

Show link:

For more information on my esteemed hostess, please take a moment to visit her site:

So now to start the TO DO list, the How To list and find the Already Have list to add to. Stay tuned...

Raven =)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Well-Mannered Bad Boys

As much of an oxymoron as the title may seem, bad boys with impeccable manners tend to be some of the defining personalities of the Victorian Gothic genre. And with very good reason. Allow me to explain.