Top Five Joys of Quilting

Number 5:  The sound of a well-tuned sewing machine, stitching steadily as a train clacking over tracks. Number 4:  The scent of Magic Sizing steaming up from under a hot iron. Number 3: … Continue reading

Costumes for “Good Times” at the Hippodrome

Today I am bringing you a fabulous description of theatrical costume production, in an excerpt from the 1920 Dry Goods Economist: One thousand dozen boxes of thread, 500 dozen boxes of sewing silk,… Continue reading

Food I’m Pretty Sure You Never Thought Of

First of all, let me say that I am not ignoring the recent string of terrible events, but unlike all the “experts,” I believe that it’s okay not to know what to say… Continue reading

Does Your Marriage Suffer From Clubitis?

As I have been sorting our family archives, I have been finding little fashion and culture tidbits like this trade card: Tellingly, it was kept in the family, not because anyone aspired to… Continue reading

Women at Work 100 Years Ago

Poring over images from the New York Public Library digital collections today, I came across these great costume designs by Will R. Barnes.  They were labeled “Women at Work: ‘Doing Our Bit’.” I… Continue reading

Narratives Embedded

“Each artifact has a narrative embedded within…” Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim Earlier this year, I got an email from the Texas Historical Commission, asking me if I would like to write about… Continue reading

One Little Scrap of Paper, So Many Stories

I am still spending a lot of time digitizing family photos.  This one doesn’t seem to fit in with any others.  It is from the Aunt Millie and Uncle Hugh collection – Aunt… Continue reading

Amazing Art in Arkansas

Tropical Storm Harvey is still kicking in my area of Southeast Texas.  We have had four days of steady rain, over 20 inches, where I live, but otherwise everything is fine here.  Once… Continue reading

Gigantic and/or Multi-colored Inspiration

Last week we got to visit Fort Smith and Bentonville, Arkansas.  The plan was to drive straight to Bentonville to meet a relics dealer and hand off a collection of my husband’s grandfather… Continue reading

Beautiful Diversity

I usually stay away from politics and current events in this blog, but with the events in Charlottesville, I want to directly state my opposition to the whole idea of white supremacy.  I… Continue reading