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It's Coming...Soon!

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For this year I set a goal to sew one historical piece of clothing every month this year. This month I've been working on my 1940s dress. I'll admit - I put it off to last minute. This month has been so crazy with two new teaching commitments on top of our regular homeschooling. My 1940s dress pattern pieces have been languishing in my sewing basket for a few months pinned to the fabric and everything, just needing to be marked and cut out. I determined that this month I would finally get that one out of the way so I can focus on making our late 1700s clothing.

Well, I finally got the pieces cut out, marked, and even all the hard parts of the dress sewn, but I wasn't able to finish it by the end of this month. :-(

Today was really busy. I went on a trip to D.C. to the Museum of American Art with some girlfriends of mine. And then I went with my friend Christina on a crazy trip to IKEA (never go on a Saturday, people!! What was I thinking???) So, now I'm home and exhau…

Ration Point Humor

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I was delighted when I stumbled by pure accident upon this January 1943 newspaper article in an Indiana newspaper (The Hammond Times) about one man's food rationing "predictions". I skimmed a bit and immediately cracked up laughing until I was teary eyed. No doubt the author, Henry McLemore, wrote the article tongue-in-cheek, and it is such a treasure I had to share it!
Here it is:

Prediction On Rationing of Food - Love, Romance, Music, And Friendship Will Be Affected by Point System
"At the risk of becoming known as Nostradamus McLemore I am going to make a few prophesies on the far reaching affects of the general food rationing plan which goes into operation on Feb. 2.

"It will influence love and romance. It will influence music. It will influence people and lose them friends.

"The effect of the ration plan on love and romance is as obvious as Venus deMilo has never won the national bowling championship. Do you think for a minute that in the future a man…

Quiet

It's been pretty quiet around here lately, especially compared with last year's fun ration recipe project. It's been a needed break as the beginning of this year is proving to be quite busy! I've got three different teaching commitments and I've been working hard on writing my book. Yes, it's felt a little crazy!

I have been thinking about my sewing goal, though. I'm hoping I'll get something made this week. So, stay tuned!

A Little Modern Archaeology

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I've been doing some research for a book I'm writing set in WWII. (Go figure. Ha!) :-) The other day I stumbled on this fascinating article about Freeman Field, a military airfield, in southern Indiana where during WWII, they sent captured Nazi aircraft and sent them to Freeman Field to be reverse-engineered. After the war they buried the planes and plane parts on the outskirts of the Field.

I'm from Indiana myself, so the idea of Nazi fighter planes being buried in some Hoosier field in the country is so funny and bizarre! I love that they're making the effort to find and dig them all up.

My family and I are planning a trip to Indiana this coming summer and I'm hoping to stop by the Freeman Field to see their museum and the things they've dug up so far. So cool!

Check the article out HERE.

Studies in Rationing

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It feels like it's been ages since I've posted on here, and I am still catching up in things around the house from the holidays. I can already tell I miss posting about ration recipes, but I got something thrilling in the mail today that cheered me right up!


These books have been on my list to get for a long time. They are the only copies I've seen for sale anywhere, so I am super excited to finally have them to look through! You won't be surprised if I tell you that they are very DRY to read. They are basically reports on rationing in the U.S. and Great Britain. The 2nd volume's title reads: An Analysis of Selected Rationing Programs in the United States During World War II by Carolyn Shaw Solo. This set was published in 1950-51 and was undertaken by Harvard University. Bravo for them!

It is, of course, the best thing to read original recipe documents and even women's first hand accounts, but to be able to see behind the machinery of how the government ran thi…

What's Next?

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So, what's next for my blog? I had a couple ideas I was hashing over. I thought about further exploring the 1940s, but from an entertainment angle - films, books, magazines, games, etc. I think that idea would be a lot of fun! But in the end, my desperate need to start working on our Revolutionary War reenacting outfits won out. It's sad, but I simply don't have time to do it all! (Why does this come as a surprise to me??) haha!

So, for my next project for 2015, I'm going to have a goal of sewing at least one historical garment every month and posting about it. Of course, I'm at liberty to do more, but I'm only holding myself to one per month. I have to remember that I have a lot of responsibilities like homeschooling and a service calling in my church as well as the good ol' 3 C's - cooking and cleaning and child raising. :-)

I'll post soon about the first sewing project of the year - as soon as I figure out what that is! I hope you'll join me…