Civil War



For the last couple of months B has been really interested in the history of The Civil War. We live fairly close to Gettysburg PA, and his class had a field trip to Gettysburg during the final month of school. After the field trip they received flyers about a free one day program called A Day In The Life Of A Civil War Soldier, and he was eager to sign up. I asked Katie about signing her son up too since I figured they’d have even more fun together.
The event was at the Blue Ridge Summit library, which is housed in what was a train station of the Western Maryland Railroad built in 1911. It’s a really beautiful building, and the whole area of Blue Ridge Summit and Pen Mar has such an interesting history. The Western Maryland Railroad constructed Pen Mar Park as a tourist destination in 1877. There was a an amusement park that included a scenic lookout, roller coaster, movie theater, dance pavilion, picnic shelter, miniature train, photo studio, concession stand, carousel with a penny arcade, dining hall and children’s playground. The park was a huge success with thousands of visitors taking the trip from Baltimore to Pen Mar by train. But by the late 1920’s people stopped traveling to the park by train and it stopped making a profit for the railroad. The area apparently had lots of beautiful hotels, and over 100 boarding houses.
You’d never know it was such a huge tourist destination today, the area still has the scenic overlook and pavilion, and there is a small playground but that’s about it. There are apparently two dvds about the area that I’d love to see, one called The Grand Hotels Of Blue Ridge and Greetings From Penn Mar. The whole area must of really been something to see in it’s hey-day.
The Civil War Soldier event was on the first day of Summer and it was unseasonably cool in the 60’s. Luckily we live close enough that I was able to make a quick run home to grab sweatshirts and brew Katie and I some hot coffee. The program was four hours long, and the kids both loved it. They learned about marching in formation, flag drills, each job needed for loading a cannon, uniforms, and supplies. We were having trouble judging how they felt about it just by watching. Four hours is a long time, and they spent an hour and a half of it each taking turns doing the various jobs to load a cannon for firing, so we were really happy when we talked to them afterwards. They said it wasn’t too long, wasn’t ever boring, and they loved it.

Father’s Day Wrapping Paper DIY


Although Father’s Day has come and gone I thought I’d share the wrapping paper the boys and I made for Tom. While you can of course create your own roll of amazing wrapping paper from Spoonflower, some times you just need a small sheet or two and you’d like to have it right away.
On school mornings when we had extra time B and I would make silly little drawings on post-it notes, and I try to save them all. One morning I drew a silly drawing of Tom and then B did one too. His has Tom wearing his brown sweatshirt pull over with the little hood drawstrings. I was looking at the drawings again before Father’s Day and thought they would be great turned into wrapping paper. I asked Kurt to draw his own version of Tom and then I used a light box to trace the post-it note drawings (so they wouldn’t have the striped lines and yellow paper) After scanning them in and coloring them in photoshop I added some common words for Dad, and then sent it over to Staples. I had them print it on their 11×14 paper and it was about $1 a sheet. If you don’t have a program like photoshop you could use a light box or window to trace the drawings all over a large piece of paper. Then color them or have the kids color them in. Then you could save the original and have color copies made for the paper.
It’s a fun way to customize wrapping paper & have your kid’s draw photos of the people the gift is for. It would be kind of fun to do it every year to see how the kid’s drawings change.
We cut out some the extra paper to make little gift tags for the top, but you could also use some on a card, or cut them out and save them in your scrapbook.

Studio Revamp





I’ve been working for the past couple of weeks on revamping the entire studio. I’m still not 100% finished but when I am I will take better photos with my real camera, but I thought I’d share some in progress phone photos with you.

Another Purse


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I’ve been trying to create all sorts of things out of the fabric I have been designing, but I always seem to want a new purse. When I was trying to decide if I wanted to find a pattern to use or not, nothing really stood out to me. So I decided to just wing it and make up a purse pattern of my own. My ideal purse always has at least one front pocket for tossing in my keys and cell phone. Otherwise I am forever rooting around in the big pocket trying to find them.
You can see all the coordinating fabrics in this collection here.