Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy New Year - Tussy Mussy

My dear friend Farley made a Tussy Mussy or two (or more) and I wanted to get in on the fun. What is a Tussy Mussy, you ask? Read on...

During the English Gregorian period (1714--1760), pestilence was rampant and indoor plumbing was not. Elegant ladies would often carry small bouquets of fragrant herbs and flowers to fend off noxious odors. Also known as nosegays, tussy mussies remained popular through the Victorian era.Tussy mussies came to be used as gifts, especially when a suitor would call on a young lady. Every flower had a meaning, and ladies referred to a book called the "Tussy Dictionary" to decipher the message.

Luckily, I don't have any noxious odors to fend off, and usually I find Victorian stuff to be a bit frilly or girly for me, so I tried to keep my tussy mussy elegant & simple.

Since Simon Says Stamp challenge this week is Anything Goes, I'm submitting my tussy mussy.

Thanks for looking and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!

Paper: watercolor paper, Provocraft clock print & Club Scrap.
Embellishments: Happy New Year is a free download from & cut on my Silhouette. Clock, gear & ribbons from my stash.


  1. Chrissie, thanks for the explanation of the origin of the Tussie Mussie. Too funny! I am glad we have perfume and deodorant to help us out with that now ;) Your New Year's version is superb!

  2. Chrissie this is gorgeous, a fab design. So pleased to hear you don't suffer from noxious odors, that did make me laugh lol.
    Happy New Year & thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
    hugs Mandy xx