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Introducing... My 2016 Project

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I have felt very put out by not being able to do much sewing last year like I'd wanted. It was very difficult to focus on writing my book and sewing - both very big projects. So, sewing fell into the background, and I got my book finished - which is a good thing! But now, I feel the sewing machine calling me for 2016, and I really want to make some good progress on sewing projects. I've decided to do my best in participating in the Historical Sewing Monthly for 2016. Hopefully, the project will be enough motivation to keep going, since I need to post every month and have a set deadline that's out of my control.
Here are the 2016 challenges with my ideas for each one. The Historicism challenge is a bit mystifying to me, so I'll have to think on that one for awhile. 
The 2016 Challenges:

January –  Procrastination – finish a garment you have been putting off finishing (a UFO or PHD) or make something you have been avoiding starting.
--T’s 18th century shirt (blue check)

Febr…

A Year in Reflection

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It's the end of December and it's raining right now in Maryland. We haven't seen one lick of snow! It's hard to believe this weather we're having, but I'm glad that at least the plants and trees are getting some moisture. :-)

Throughout this past year I've thought often of 2014's project of ration cooking once a week. I miss it. It was an amazing, exciting experience! This isn't saying I'm going to start up the same project again for 2016, but believe me, I'm tempted!

I actually wanted to share how rationing has changed my cooking - in other words which recipes do I use often as a result of trying them once for my project.

So here goes:

1.Baking Powder Biscuits
I first tried a ration biscuit recipe for my Beef & Vegetable Soup Casserole and fell in love with it. Why? It's actually a pretty basic biscuit recipe, but the difference is the fat. Comparing it to my old fave biscuit recipe which has a 1/2 cup butter, the 1943 recipe only …

It's a Wonderful Life!

MerryChristmas!
My husband and I recently celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. As a surprise, he got us tickets to the play "It's a Wonderful Life" put on by the talented Annapolis Shakespeare Company. I'll admit that I've never actually seen the movie! Shocking, I know! I've seen or heard about bits and pieces of it, but the play was my first experience with the full story.

The most fantastic thing about the play was that it was put on like a 1940s radio show where the audience was the studio audience and we had to applause when the applause lights were on and they did sound effects and commercials - the whole shebang! It was phenomenal! I absolutely adored it. Something interesting is that one of the actors was wheelchair bound and it was amazing to watch him maneuver it on stage and use it to his advantage with the stage blocking. Really great stuff! I've never seen anything like that before. The whole play and the actors impressed me, and it ta…

Author Highlight: Temple Bailey

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Time for another author highlight, where I reintroduce the world to a lesser-known or sadly forgotten author!

My best friend, Mairi, who blogs over at Magpie Tidings, introduced me to the wonderful Temple Bailey. She was a prolific author that wrote from 1902 until the late 1940s. Mairi knows infinitely more about Temple Bailey than I do, so I asked if she'd be my guest writer on this one.

Temple Bailey by Mairi  McCloud
It is fascinating to me that authors can be so popular in their own day and age, and yet do not stand the test of time. In some cases this is a good thing, as there were some pretty silly novels produced in the early 20th century. But Temple Bailey’s obscurity is not deserved.    They may not be great epochs, nor scathing social criticisms, but her stories are well written, clean and delightful, and those to whom I have introduced her books have always enjoyed them. She has several strengths that I think could be appreciated by modern audiences still.  Temple Bailey’s…

It's Published!

I did it! My book is finally published. Whew! It is such a relief, and the most amazing, bizarre feeling to see it sitting on the shelf and for sale online. If you're interested you can search for it on Amazon by my author pen name or the title: The War Between Us by Sarah Creviston Lee.

My book is a love story, but it's mainly about the experience of a Korean American young man during WWII. It's a rare topic, and I feel very privileged to have been able to research and write about it. The Korean American wartime experience is so fascinating! Check out my tab above to read more about the book, and to check out some research pins on my Pinterest board.

And like I've said before, I don't plan on using my site to advertise/market my book. This post is just to let you know it's out, and I hope to write more on here in the future on what I learned about the Korean American wartime experience.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

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Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
It's unfortunate, but I think we can to relate to what Americans felt when they heard the news that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. It reminds me of the same things we felt after 9/11 - disbelief, horror, and the utter heartbreak at so much death.

While it is sad and difficult at times, it is good to remember our past. There was so much hate, suspicion, and prejudice as a result of Pearl Harbor. Not just Japanese and Japanese Americans were put into internment camps, but starting the same night of Pearl Harbor, many Germans and Italians in America were arrested and put into camps as well. Anyone who looked Asian, no matter their ethnicity, were hated, ridiculed, and sometimes harmed with violence. There is no doubt it was a terrible and mournful time in our country's history, and we would benefit so much from examining those events and ourselves today. 
I don't think I have to tell you that history repeats itself. We, as humans, ulti…

Book Updates

It's been a little quiet here. I had no idea how intense it would be working on my book's proof edits. (They were a little crazy! Who knew I had so many mistakes?)
I was trying to make it for the December 7th deadline to publish, but it's not going to happen. Ah, well! Hopefully this week at least.

I've decided not to use my blog to promote/sell my book, because I really want to keep this blog not-for-profit. I think it's okay to mention it on here, because it's definitely historically related, ;-) but I won't be putting in a link for the book's Amazon page or anything. You're welcome to search for it on your own.

If you'd like to learn more about my book and the neat history behind some of the things I wrote about, check out the new tab I put up. I've got a link to my pinterest board there.

Thanks for your understanding and I look forward to getting back to normal writing on here once the books is complete! I have lots of projects planned t…