How to Make a Cameo Impression

Some things never change. Like my own love of old things and the stories they tell.

Pictures from my childhood record my efforts to make my 1960’s attire look Victorian. I wanted to look like the Gibson Girl of the 1890’s, though I didn’t have the hair for it. I was fascinated by sketches of fashion and beauty in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, as captured in the ancient art of the cameo brooch. These popular and treasured heirlooms, carved by Italian masters, captured my imagination and the art of the period. Powerful evocations of femininity, romance, and story. Isn’t that why we all love Downton Abbey?

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While my peers were wearing love beads and peace symbols, I was finding ways to work lace and cameos into my personal look. Yeah–it certainly set me apart from the rest.

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My grandmother’s cameo–passed down to me.

But, that’s what cameos do, you know. It’s the very dictionary definition of a cameo, in fact:

cameo n.  

a bias relief sculpture raised up and set apart from the                     background.

I love that definition.

It is metaphorically the definition of who we are called to be as Christians–a life, sculpted by God, raised up and set apart from the rest of the world as a work of art glorifying the Master who carved it.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind in Christ Jesus so that you may prove what is that good and acceptable perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

In fact, this is the theme of a book I’ve been working on for three years, The Cameo Christian: Becoming a Work of Art Raised Up and Set Apart to Shine. I’m working with an amazing new artist on the fine art cover design–stay tune for teasers–and more details on this inspirational read for women and the speaking seminar connected to it!

In the meantime . . .

Welcome to Cameo Impressions

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When I decided, a few years back, to open my own Etsy shop as a place to sell some of the handcrafted lovelies I enjoy making, I kept coming back to this word as capturing the world and customer I sought after: Cameo. The idea of crafting the feminine Floral Frill Accessory Clips I made, and other small touches of vintage elegance, certainly fit with the name.

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When I wore my Floral Frills out and about, in my hair, on a scarf, pinned to a purse or coat collar, it always made an impression–a fashion statement truly set apart. Hence, the name of my shop: Cameo Impressions.

That same year, I self-published by first poetry chap book, Fragrant Fields: The Writer’s Reverie Collection. I was experimenting and learning the publication skills I’ve continued to grow in over the past two years. 

This year, I am in the throes of publishing deadlines on my second Fable Springs Parables picture book, Bugaboo-Bee’s Bop: Patience for the Prize. It’s been a rough journey as I chose to write about . . . patience. And, you know what they say when you pray for patience? That the Lord allows circumstances in your life to cultivate patience. It doesn’t drop out of the sky.

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What was I thinking!

To that end, Bugaboo’s story is NOT just a sweet read for children–though it will delight them. It is a powerful study for children of all ages with a word of instruction and inspiration to stay the course in their own journey towards developing patience and a contented heart in every season–the secret to making bitter things sweet.

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Illustration by Noah Berge from Bugaboo-Bee's Bop: Patience for the Prize

Illustration by Noah Berge from Bugaboo-Bee’s Bop: Patience for the Prize

My Etsy shop and Floral Frills took a backseat to my writing and publishing demands, but by the end of 2015, I learned a marvelous secret to productivity.

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The Frill Mitt Epiphany 

Winter was upon us by then. My hands were cold. A must-needs inventory of the few pair of fingerless gloves I possessed sparked the thought that I might want to try making a pair or two with a more fanciful fashionista flair. I had an idea as to how to do it–and tons of random materials to the purpose. A little experimenting in design as I relaxed in the December evenings broke the dam and the ideas wouldn’t stop flowing!

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I had to make more. And more. And more!

And, in so doing, I found myself far more decisive during the day in my writing projects. Amazing how creativity feeds creativity and re-arranges our thinking through varying our creative energies. Each stitch seemed to rearrange words in my head that had perplexed me only hours before. A pair of fingerless gloves created in the evening, produced efficient writing hours the next day.


And–an ever growing pile of gloves.

Cameo Impressions at Etsy has gotten a re-boot with my gloves–and is now the primary checkout point for all our Pageant Wagon Publishing publications

You can grab a pair of gloves to keep your hands cozy and stylish while you page through the Fable Springs Parables picture books, Fragrant Fields chap book, Clementine Jones Drama and Derring-Do Books, and print out some of the NEW vintage postcard 2-packs I’ve created from our family collection.

My grandfather was prolific, sending and receiving them during WWI. I’ve uploaded some for Valentine’s Day and a couple for Easter from Italy.

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I have some amazing series to make available, too, from France where his fiance lived at the time. Alas, she died of pneumonia before he could bring her to America after the war to marry. Some five years later, though, he married my grandmother and so . . . here I am!

With a first hand slice, through these 100 year old postcards, of the feminine and romantic images that captivated my imagination as a child.  

Like I said . . . some things never change. And for me, that’s all good things and beauty.

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I’ll be on a Bloggin Break for a few weeks to put my efforts into Bugaboo-Bee’s Bop. With our publishing deadline looming, I have needed to re-prioritize my days to work with excellence. I’m very excited about our new book and hope you’ll help us get her off the press with your PRE-ORDER today!

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I’m also looking for interested participants of our LAUNCH PARTY!

Comment below with your email address if you want to be part of the team! Online Facebook party with prizes and a complimentary e-book edition coming your way if you want on the team!

Be back in March with an exciting new Word Wise series and our Book Tour travelogue for 2016!

Joy to you and see you then!

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. The Edwardian and Victorian era are a favorite of mine as well. Cameos are beautiful too. Good luck with the launch of your new book. The cover is darling.

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  2. Like a beautiful cameo, you have always stood out from the crowd. A person of great poise and grace, full of kindness and gentleness. A creative force, full of ideas, and willing to share them with others, even if it means a whole lot of work! A beautiful woman, inside and out. How I appreciate your friendship – it brings beauty to my life.


    • Thanks, Sharon. Appreciate hearing from you and sorry I’m late to reply. Taking a break from blogging to get my book finished. Gave you kudos for support on the Acknowledgement page. I appreciate your weekly devotionals and our encouraging emails across the miles and prayers more than you know. Feels like everything associated with this book has been an exercise in patience–and these last few days to getting things squared away to the printer are just more trying on my patience for this prize. Ugh! One minute at a time . . .

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