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FEMININE FANCIES.

Most people having suffered of late from a scantiness of purse, they should be grateful for the low price at which amusement is to be provided for them. Mr Towsey and Miss Annette Wilson advertise a series of concarts for which the tickets of admission are to be at the modest rate of 10s 6fl a dozen. It is to be hoped that many times the fifty subscribers required will enter their names, for we know that the music provided for their entertainment will be of a high order, and, besides giving pleasure to the older amoDgst the audience, will be of great benefit to the younger listeners. Being held in the afternoon, it is easy for those living at a distanco to enjoy them, and does away with all difficulty about children attending. It is almost too good to believe, that we women-folk are to be allowed season tickets for the Exhibition at one guinea apiece. With those for children at half price, whole families will be able to indulge in the luxury. Man, of course, haß to pay double for the privilege of belonging to the nobler sex ! But even with this I Bhould think no one will be found to grumble at the prices, though, perhaps, there muet always be some poor dissatisfied mortals under the best of circumstances.

Seeing what an educator an exhibition is, it is well that the young folk have no obstacle placed in their path towards the attainment of the knowledge for which we trußt they are all thirsting. I don't see the game of " Reversi" as yet in the shops heie, which surprises me, for it is some time now since it first came out; and it is a capital game—better, I think, than "Gobang," for which there was such a rage in England about twelve years ago. An ordinary draughtboard and about six dozen men, having their two sides of opposite colors, are required for the game. It is sold in small boxes for half a ciown, with the instructions complete, and is so simple that one can learn it in five minutes, though I fancy it will take a good many five minutes to obtain a thorough mastery of the game, for the more I play the more capabilities I find in it. There is more excitement than in draughts, as, if you are a cunning strategist, yo\i may capture a dozen or two of men at one fell stroke, thus beating the immortal Tailor Jack, of fairy lore, with his "nine at one blow."

Now that the different ladies' guildß will be preparing things for the sales of work generally held in the summor, I will describe some photograph frames I have lately made, with what Beems to my own eyes very fair success. We will suppose you want to frame a pair of cabinet photographs. Take a piece of cardboard 11 in by Bin ; cut out the centre, allowing a 2£-inch margin all round ; embroider a border of a suitable width on an oblong of satin, velvet, cloth, or whatever stuff you like, of a rather larger size than the cardboard, to albw of turning in the edges. Tack this carefully on to the cardboard, and with thin glue fasten the outer edges securely and evenly down over it, then cut the centre of the stuff and fasten it in the same fashion. Neatly glue upon the wrong side of the frame strips of some thin cotton material. Prepare a second of these in exactly the same fashion. Take two more oblongs of cardboard of the same size, and cover them T>th some suitable material to form a neat back to your frame With these, however, you havo not to cut out the centre part, and they are in consequence much easier to do, as it is the neat manipulation of the inside corners in the front part of the frame that is the crucial teat of your dexterity. Line theße backs as you did the fronts. This lining is to allow of the photograph slipping in and out easily and not catching on rough edges. Take a strip of ribbon, or of the two materials fastened back to back, the exact length of the frame, and glue the two fronts ou to it, with just a-quarter of an inch of it showing between them j this forms the hinge. Now run the glue brush quickly round three edges of one of the backs, the bottom being left for the purpose of slipping in the picture; lay it on one of the fronts, treat the other in the same fashion, and place the whole between two clean cloths, with a smooth board of wood upon it, and weights on the top. Next day the frame will be ready to insert the photograph. You can sew over the outer edges with buttonhole or a zigzag stitch as a finish, if you like.

I made one lately of dark blue satin with a cross-stitch pattern woiked in tawny shades of silk, with good effect. A spray of flowers, a monogram, or initial look well, but all this I leave to the individual taste and ingenuity of my reader. A set of blotting-book, pen-wiper, picture frame, and date frame all to match, would make a useful and pretty contribution to a work stall. In the picture frame great neatness and accuracy are as requisite as an artistic arrangement of design and color, and without them the latter would be thrown away. For the blotting book it is best to buy an ordinary one and cover it. It is improved by having the inside lined with holland and a strip or two to form pockets stretched across, with a ribbon down the centre, behind which to slip the leaves of blotting paper. The pen-wiper can be made of a round piece of Btuff embroidered and pinked out at the edges with half a dozen layers of old linen between it and the lower plain piece. I think this very preferable to those dreadful cloth ones, which Bet ones teeth on edge when one wipes otie's pen, and the thought of which alone makes me shiver. Apropos of the ladies' guilds, what a good idea it is for those belonging to the different churches to combine, as the guilds of St. Matthew's, St. Paul's, and All Saints' propose, and hold their sale of work together. We shall (I expect) have a very pretty sight in consequence, and not a fresh sale of work each summer month, until one rather wearies of them, as has been the case hitherto. I suppose endive does not grow in these regions, and, in consequence, one is rather at one's wits' end for winter salads. Cold boiled Brussels sprouts are rather good as a substitute, and I made a salad lately with them, celery, beetroot, cold slices of potato, one or two olives, and some mayonnaise sauce, which was really rather good. Hard-boiled eggs are an improvement, if one can prevail upon one's hens to allow one that luxury (as well as those required for the mayonnaise), and, with the addition of some crayfish, the salad becomes quite a delicacy. As a finale I will give a recipe for cutlets made without meat, though I should properly have done this some months back—at the beginning of Lent, when it would have perhaps been of more use : —Take a common thick Bhip's biscuit and soak it for some hours in milk. When it is sufficiently soft for the purpose take it out and cut it in neat shapes, dip them into a mixture of breadcrumbs, parsley, a very little thyme, the merest "suspicion" of grated lemon and nutmeg, and pepper and salt; then into beaten egg, then back into the breadcrumb mixture. Fry a delicate brown in butter, and serve very hot. I have taken people in most successfully with this dish, who had no idea they were not eating the flesh of some beast. Instead of the herbs, curry powder and salt only, mixed with the breadcrumbs, make the cutlets very delicious. Martha,

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FEMININE FANCIES., Evening Star, Issue 7964, 20 July 1889, Supplement

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