January - I began the year with a new shift, corset and sleeve puffs to go under an 1830s sky blue ball gown.
February - The big project this month was a new cap, half robe and caramel petticoat.
May - May always means the start of a new museum season! I returned to my home away from home, the Genesee Country Village & Museum, for a fourth season with a new position as the Interpretation Office Assistant. Though never fear, Hosmer Dinners and shenanigans with friends and fellow interpreters resumed as usual...
Not much sewing happened this month, but I did become both basic life support/first aid and food safety certified. Oh, and I completed a lengthy, final art project of 50+ sketchbook pieces:
|(Photograph via: Monroe Community College)|
June - Hands down, the 2017 ALHFAM conference was the highlight of the month! I met soo many new people...great to see some familiar faces too - Elyse, Matt and Megan, and Justin all came up.
July - Fashion Fun Camp, year two, happened, and, like the first time, there is just nothing better than sharing the passion with the next generation! (Or getting to play dress up every day ;)
Speaking of passions, thanks to Deanna and others at the museum, I had the opportunity to write about another passion - the Chinese soldiers of the American Civil War. The article was published on the Genesee Country Village & Museum Blog, here: That These Dead Shall Not Have Died in Vain.
|Corporal Joseph Pierce|
(Photograph via: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons)
August - This month brought the honor of making the wedding veil for Allison and Stephen's wedding:
As well as two, other, fun projects...the online CoBloWriMo, which is 100 bloggers strong on Facebook. And the other, well, it's still a secret, but here's a hint:
|A secret project!|
(Photograph courtesy of Ruby Foote,
My family and I finished the summer with a trip down to Memphis. In our sightseeing, we explored several museums as well as Millionaire’s Row - definitely recommended!
September - Blogging sort of disappeared this month, but for good reason...I started school again at Kent State University!
October - Sarah (A new friend? Technically we already met once in person at the village, and online, but now it's official haha!) and I explored Hale Farms on a much-needed 1860s adventure. Ginny (our blog's traveling doll) received a new dress for the occasion:
November - Lots of traveling this month, including making it to GCV&M's 4th annual Domestic Symposium and the "Undressed" exhibit at The Frick! Class projects included finishing a pair of plaid pajamas and a 19-teens wool felt hat with an upturned brim.
The last sewing project for the year was a vintage style Christmas skirt, perfect for ringing in the New Year with family in Tennessee. (Just for fun, we tallied our travels...in total, it was an 10 state year for me - NY, PA, OH, WV, MD, VA, NC, GA, TN & AR - yippee!)
Cheers 2018, and may we make every minute count!