Monday, November 14, 2011

Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West

As some of you know I am a living history re enactor. One weekend a month you can find me at Wilderness Road State Park in Ewing, Va. doing what I love, living the 18th century life for the public. This past weekend a film crew was there to film an upcoming two hour PBS movie that will be aired next summer. The day started out with makeup at six in the morning. It was pretty cold out but we had fires and hot coffee to keep us warm. As the day progressed the weather became warmer and sunny. Many different scenes were filmed as were various different scenarios. To my surprise I was asked to portray Sara Griffin, Daniel Boone's sister. He had written her a letter that I was supposed to look like I was reading. In the movie you will hear the voice of the man who portrayed Daniel reading the letter while you will be seeing me. Our son portrayed Israel Boone. You can see some pictures here.

You can read more about the movie here.

This week is the Foothills Craft Guild show. If you remember, the Tuesday Weavers from the Appalachian Arts and Crafts Center got together and were juried in as a group. We will go on Thursday morning and set up our booth. This will be the last show of the year for me.

That is all the news I have for today. Now to start on the laundry! After a living history weekend there are clothes, bedding and other things that need to be washed. Everything smells like smoke. I really like that smell but my husband doesn't so I wash everything even if it isn't dirty. This weekend since it was going to be so cold we had taken about eight blankets. We also took lots of clothes for the costume changes. I will be busy all day!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I ran out of room!

This is not a bad thing, really. A while back I had bought some shelves to put my inventory on. Had I given it some thought I would have gotten something larger right from the start. I have outgrown the shelves and was on the look out for something larger. Our daughter had this wardrobe that she didn't want anymore so off we went to get it. Here it is in it's new home.

I don't have everything in it yet but I think this will work out well. So far I have hats in one drawer and dish towels in another. In the large section are rugs. I may put shelves in there. Right now it is just an open space. The drawer with the hats is full so I may have to have two drawers of hats.

I am getting ready for the Foothills Craft Guild show next week. This is my first time doing this show. I will be in a booth with the Tuesday Weavers. Usually when I do a show I have one other person to keep me company. This time I will be with other weaving friends. This is going to be fun!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

More hats

Here are the two hats I finished last week but didn't post a picture of. I used my handspun  on both hats.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Can you believe it has been one year since I started this blog? The time sure has flown by. It seems the older I get the faster time flies by! Remember when you were a child and something special was coming up and it took forever to arrive? Not anymore!

I sold several hats last week at a show so I have been busy knitting up a few more. Here is a picture of one I finished last night. I have two more done but the pictures are in the camera at the studio. Why is it that my camera is always somewhere where I am not? This one is made of my hand spun yarn. The blue was dyed with indigo.

I have tried to make every hat differently. On two of the hats I used colorful novelty yarn with the rest of the hats being a dark solid color. They sold fast. On this hat I tried stripes. This was a good way to use up small amounts of yarn that I had left from making other hats. These hats are nice and thick and will be perfect for the cold weather that is coming soon. Making hats is something I do in the evenings. I weave during the day and make hats at night.

I have a confused cactus! When I bought it I thought it would bloom for Christmas but instead it has bloomed for halloween!

Thank you to all of the followers of my blog. I hope I have made it interesting and not too boring. Maybe this year my picture taking will improve!