Finishing School

I missed Elizabeth and Emma‘s Online Finishing School held back in July.But the lovely ladies that contributed to it compiled a course study all in one place. For those who are unfamiliar with the phrase finishing school this is how Elizabeth from A Merry Rose explains it:

Maybe, you are new to the Finishing School, and you aren’t sure how it works. The idea came about after Emma posted an article on her blog about a TV program concerning several young British ladies who were invited to attend a finishing school program. Many readers expressed a wish to learn about the subjects that are taught in finishing schools today or were taught in old-fashioned finishing schools.

So, several volunteers each agreed to tackle one subject and blog a week of posts on their personal blog. Each week, we all read the “teacher of the week’s” blog, and many of us left comments about the subject. Our topics ranged from living elegantly on a budget to flower arranging to learning about other cultures to making a lovely cake to all sorts of fun topics. Each blogger posted daily things to think about or do to help make the class practical. But, our intent was for the posts to be fun to read, in addition to being helpful.

Merdith is the author of Like Merchant Ships and on her blog she tackles the topic of “How to Live Well on Less”. You can find lesson’s 1-5 on her blog or by clicking the links below.

Lesson 1:
Start Small * Begin With Breakfast * Note
Lesson 2:
Budgets * Managing Servants
Lesson 3:
Purchasing * Good, Better, Best
Lesson 4:
Home Decoration * Best Buys * Reviving Furniture
Lesson 5:
Finishing Touches * Frugal Bibliography

I loved all of the lessons but lesson #1: Begin With Breakfast, was my favorite. Which one was yours? Leave a comment.

*Printed with permission from the author.


  1. Country Girl At Heart says

    That’s o.k Brenda. Then they can all be your personal favorite. I think Meredith at “Like Merchant Ships” would love that.

    Thanks for stopping by.


  2. Anonymous says

    I don’t know that I can choose a favorite…I eally enjoyed looking over the whole week’s worth! Thanks, Hadias, for posting this link.



  3. Mrs.E says

    I agree, I enjoyed all the lessons too, but lesson 1 is my favorite also. Thank you for sharing these links. It’s wonderful to be able to learn so much from others 🙂

    (by the way….been enjoying your posts too)


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