Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Adventures of Das-Audi and Van-Go-The 2019 Edition

One of my favorite things to do is to go sightseeing to lands as of yet unexplored (at least by me). Most days that means I'm reading a book, but once in a while I actually get to go somewhere new. As much as I enjoy going to new places, I especially enjoy traveling through time. 

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My first adventure of 2019 happened to be my very first journey to Military through the Ages, a yearly event in Jamestown, Virginia. Stay tuned for more on that (I've got over 100 photos to process, but this should give you a hint into some of the fun.) I've got several stories to tell!

I shall also catalog the rest of our adventures here, my photo journal. Stay tuned!

Friday, March 1, 2019

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Page for an 18th Century Valentine's

Once upon a time, John  escorted the lovely Margaret to a dance. After he returned her home, he found her glove in the carriage which prompted an exchange of verses.

John wrote to Margaret:

"Taking 'G' from 'Glove' leaves 'Love'

Tis that I offer thee."

Margaret replied:

"Taking 'P' from 'Page' leaves 'Age,'

And you are too old for me."

A few months later they were married, during which time they continued to exchange verses.

And now for the rest of the story:

John Page grew up at Rosewell Plantation, which was considered the "Best House in Virginia" in the 18th century. He attended the College of William and Mary with Thomas Jefferson. Page served as governor of Virginia (1802-1805). Later he served in the US House of Representatives (1789-1797). He also served as Delegate to the Virginia Assembly (1781-1783, 1785-1786, 1788, 1797, 1800). From 1776-1779 he served as President of the Virginia Council of State.

Margaret Lowther was a poet from New York. She met John Page, a widower, when he served in Congress (then located in New York City) in 1790.

John Page was also a poet who wrote about political issues, such as Shay's Rebellion and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom).

After Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, his friend from college, John Page, wrote, "We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs the strong?"

Last autumn I got to visit John Page's home of Rosewell Plantation. Read about his home and family, here.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Autumnal Harlequin Quilt Top

From November 2015...

For my October birthday, in 2015, I decided to quietly enjoy the day with some seasonal fabrics. I dug out all the autumnal colors to inspire me as I thumbed through my quilt books. My heart grabbed on to a certain Harlequin pattern...

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This lovely batik became my focus fabric...

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Then I agonized which colors to pull out for the other diamonds...

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Firmly decided, it was time to sew! (Or should I change more colors around?) Decisions, decisions.

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With the quilt top sewn, it was time to make the quilt sandwich...

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Then the hand stitching to bind all the layers together began...

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Before I knew it, it was Christmas. I put it away to work on the following autumn. I'm actually still handquilting this. It's a project that I now have stored away until autumn. How lovely to keep warm underneath while stitching away...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Sewing Dresses, Tote Bags, and Hats in 2018:A Year in Review

With plenty of fabric in the stash, I resolved to end the agonizing of decision making and actually sew! All fabric and patterns were in the stash. I only needed to resupply various notions. I did sew a few other garments that I threw out in discouragement. Below are the ones I quite enjoyed sewing and wearing.

1960 Dress in Blue Embroidered Gingham ...dug out from the time vault

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Contemporary Dress in Yellow Embroidered Gingham ...dug out from the time vault.

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Tote Bags Galore

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1981 Dress in Red and White Stripes

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1957 Horrockses Style Dress in Vintage Blue and Red

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Contemporary Blue and White Sun Safe Hat Trimmed in Lavender and Pink

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A Breezy White Blouse in Embroidery of Pink

Simplicity 8090 White with Embroidered Pink Front

1950's Autumnal Jumper

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1952 Merry Christmas Dress

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Monday, December 31, 2018

New Years Eve Game Night

My kids and I have a New Years Eve tradition. We play board games. Winner puts their name in the box lid next to the year. It's a fun record to look at each year when we pull the games out, again.

This year my daughter invited her boyfriend to join us. So we were 4.

And we snacked on finger food. Again, this tradition began with my family while I was growing up. Finger food for Christmas Eve was such a hit that we carried that menu over into New Years Eve, too. I provided the desserts (plenty left from Christmas) and my kids provided an assortment of savories and the soda.

Back to game night. The other rule is that the winner chooses the next game. My son usually wins every. single. game. We always let my daughter choose first.

She chose Scrabble. I won!

Then I chose Blokus. Surprise. I won!

It was getting late. This time I chose Hail to the Chief. You can now call me Madame President. My son is Vice-President.

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Meanwhile we had our phones ready to celebrate the New Year. The kids had their phones set to the New York City ball drop, while my phone played the Hallmark movie Midnight Kiss, where the lovers kiss under the fireworks, at midnight, on New Years Eve, which is the closing scene in the movie. I thought the Hallmark movie was more exciting than the New York City ball drop.

Then my kids set their phones to the celebration in San Antonio, Texas. (our former home) In San Antonio, the numbers of the year is displayed at the top of the Tower of Americas. For the countdown, the new numeral rides up the elevator, joins the new numeral for the year, right when an incredible fireworks show explodes.

The kids were exclaiming that San Antonio's was not only better than New York's, but also the fireworks rivaled that of Washington, D.C. My son said that someone probably counted the number of fireworks in our nation's capitol, then added one more.

My take on this was that New York is pessimistic  about the New Year whereas San Antonio is optimistic.  😉

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Tastes of Christmas

I think my favorite eats for a festive occasion is finger food...and my kids eat it up!

I think it all began when my mom served finger food one Christmas Eve in lieu of the traditional, regular every day dinner. It got rave reviews, so it became our new tradition. Traditionally Christmas breakfast came to include pumpkin bread and cranberry bread. For dinner, it was always turkey.

My kids have embraced these traditions, but we have mixed it up when it comes to Christmas Dinner. We like to do an Old English style dinner with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. For the busy days leading to Christmas I get a smoked turkey and make homemade cranberry sauce to use for sandwiches to eat with a pot of soup.  This year I used the turkey for a Tex Mex Soup and for sour cream enchiladas.

The Christmas Eve Savory Course

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A few years ago I found these little slates to identify the cheeses. This year I finally remembered to try them out. I put the country of origin on the back, and the name of the cheese in front.

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Then one year we heard tamales are traditional in San Antonio for Christmas Eve, and we were all in.

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The Christmas Eve Dessert Course

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Christmas Morning Breakfast

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Christmas Dinner

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The kids and I agreed that this year the roast beef was the best ever. It's not often that I have time to just slow cook it in the oven. It all made for great, and short-lived, leftovers.