All Things Victorian

All Things Victorian
Victoriana Lady Lisa

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Passion Projects Entertainment Company Presents...

The Passion Projects Entertainment Company Presents...

What is the Passion Projects you ask?

 It's the combined projects of Lisa Griffiths Lewis & John Thomas Grant. We are both extremely passionate about our art and creative projects. Lisa who does business as Victoriana Lady is a Victorian era historian, author & public speaker. She presents Victorian & Edwardian Fashion programs dressed in antique attire all over the country with her traveling museum, circa 1850-1920. No reproductions here!!  Lisa began her amazing collection of clothing, accessories and artifacts at the young age of 15. When most teenagers were going to the mall, she was going to estate sales, flea markets and antique shops.

      My first purchase at age 15 was this pair of delicate crochet lace gloves

Victoriana Lady Lisa Griffiths Lewis in a circa 1890 antique ensemble

John Thomas Grant, celebrated cemetery photographer & author, is co-partner in the Passion Projects. He manages and markets both his and Lisa's events, as well as promoting the tea events that we host at the nationally acclaimed Stegmaier Mansion B&B in PA. John's passion began when he started to research his family genealogy. Once he obtained all of the information that he could from his living relatives he turned to the deceased ones and visited the cemetery.

The Mourning Angel by John Thomas Grant to be featured in the book Final Thoughts

While there he had a realization of the surrounding beauty and how much it made one think about the preciousness of life. He picked up his camera, began shooting and now his first cemetery book, Final Thoughts, will be out in October 2011. Not just another picture book, his shots are like no other. No ghosts here but family history, hand carved art in stone & touching epitaphs. The photos speak to you, they touch you in a very intimate and sentimental way.

Photographer/Author John Thomas Grant

The Passion Projects has been featured in many local publications with its sell out Titanic theme luncheon & dinner events at The Stegmaier Mansion.

Today we were interviewed by Shadoe Steele on Outlook On NEPA a syndicated radio show to discuss our upcoming projects, which include John cemetery book, Lisa's upcoming Victorian Fashions book, Lisa's recent appearance on national television with the Oddities program at Obscura Antiques, and our upcoming tea events.

Shadoe in the recording studio with Lisa Lewis aka Victoriana Lady

Shadoe & John Grant 

For photos and a schedule of upcoming events please see and on Facebook type in "The Passion Projects."

Monday, April 25, 2011

Things That I Love...Antiques & Gift Shops

Things That I Love...Antiques & Gift Shops

I went to a quaint place last year in the middle of PA farm country for a Garden Tea at Shades of White. What a delightful day it was!! They had so many antique linens, and many other beautiful things. I bought several of the linens and some fresh lavender for baking.

I can't wait for the Garden Teas this summer...

Victoriana Lady Presents Program For A Royal Wedding Tea At Sweet Remembrances

A Royal Wedding Tea At Sweet Remembrances Tea Room

In honor of the royal wedding of Kate & William, Sweet Remembrances Tea Room in Mechanicsburg PA hosted a lovely bridal tea event recently. Victoriana Lady Lisa  presented a Victorian Wedding program complete with  late1800 & early 1900 bridal gowns, dresses and accessories from my antique traveling museum collection.

An antique lace brassiere and Victorian wedding picture

An antique bridal cap & veil with picture

My great grandparents wedding photo from 1917

Fragile bridal gown recently donated, circa 1890

Late 1800's Groom Tuxedo with starched front shirt, cuffs & collar


Delicious Appetizer of crackers and homemade Chutney

Fresh baked Scones warm from the oven...mmm!!

Absolutely Scrumptious Tea Sandwiches

Decadent Dessert of Victorian Sponge Cake

Some of the wonderful tea accoutrements displayed on shelves

Lovely tea accoutrements displayed on shelves in the tea room

The owner Nancy's grandparent's wedding picture & tea cup collection

The tea collections on Sweet Remembrance's shelves are adorable!

Tea Room owner Nancy Reppert & her sister Susanna, who owns the delightful Herb & Gift shop next door, were so hospitable and kind to me. They are the kind of dedicated ladies that you enjoy meeting, do pay them a visit sometime! You can see their schedule of events at

To book this or other authentic Victorian, Edwardian, Bridal, Mourning and other programs please see my web site for more details at

Lost Easter Bunny?

I came upon this cutie recently while visiting an old c.1800 cemetery. I followed him around for quite a while before I could get close enough to capture him clearly.

 By this time he had enough of the living and bolted away right after I snapped this. (Maybe it was the Easter bunny and he was lost? :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My Book Shoot At Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

My Book Shoot At Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

My book shoot at Schiffer Publishing the past few days was AWESOME!!!!!! Very tedious work, but so exciting!!! I thoroughly enjoyed setting up the layouts for the photo pages. I can let my creative juices flow. :) Here is a sample shot of my favorite Edwardian hat c.1900, perfect for an Easter Bonnet.

The staff and my editor Doug Congdon Martin at Schiffer are wonderful to work with and very hospitable. We had everything we needed, even food and beverages, thanks everyone!!

One more peek from the book-
 This is one of my favorites, the adorable black leather boots on the right belonged to the baby in the photo, who lived to be 100 years old! I can't imagine trying to fasten these Victorian booties on a squirming baby with the button hook! (Please forgive my computer, the photos will be crystal clear in the book.)

Rebecca Grant, John's phenom photography daughter is totally amazing!!!! A recent graduate of RIT, she is doing the photos for my book on Victorian and Edwardian Fashions & Accessories. 

 The Mourning Angel, shot by John Thomas Grant, which will be in Final Thoughts published by Schiffer.

John got to see the galleys for his book Final Thoughts due out in October this year!!!! It is all so exciting!!!! Between creating with my sweetie John and my spot on the Oddities program tonight on the Science Channel at 10:00 pm, I am having the best birthday weekend ever!!!!

 Victorian historian/author/speaker Victoriana Lady Lisa in 2nd year last 6 months antique Mourning attire.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Daughter Of Titanic Survivor Speaks

Daughter Of Titanic Survivor Speaks
L to R: Victoriana Lady Lisa Lewis & daughter of Titanic Survivor Mae

The Passion Projects Entertainment Company of John Grant & Lisa Lewis hosted another sell out Last Dinner On The Titanic event. Lisa recently met a wonderful lady whose mother, baby brother and uncle were on the Titanic. Sadly the uncle perished on the ship, here are some photos of Mae speaking to our guests.