An early morning rain woke me up this morning. After a long winter, it is nice to be coaxed out of bed by a soft patter of rain with an occasional rumble in the background. The cool breeze, fresh smell of rain, and baby leaves emerging from the tree outside my window are just the inspiration I needed to sit down and write a newsletter that has been a long time coming. I have so much to share, I hardly know where to begin.
Wear and When
Ever since I started publishing historical doll clothes patterns, I had a plan to use them to tell the history of the world through clothing. Last year, I started compiling a collection of pattern together into the first book in my Wear and When series. Since my fascination with historical clothing began with Laura Ingalls Wilder, it seemed only fitting that my first book should be about her. A Long Winter in Dakota Territory, features five patterns specifically designed to illustrate Laura Ingall’s Wilder’s experience during the winter of 1880 – 1881 that she wrote about in her story, The Long Winter. Each fully illustrated pattern is introduced with the historical insight that inspired it and includes pattern pieces designed to fit 18-inch, 16-inch, and 14.5-inch dolls such as American Girl, A Girl for All Time, and WellieWishers. You can find this book online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. If you plan to visit any of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s historical sites this summer, you can also find it at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead, Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, and Loftus Store in DeSmet, South Dakota, or at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa.
If you have purchased this book, would you please consider leaving a review for me on Amazon or Barnes and Noble? Each review helps my book get more visibility – and more potential customers. I am told the magic number is 50 reviews to get into Amazon’s search logarithms. Hmmmm…. I wonder, should I plan a special giveaway once I reach that magical number? Any suggestions?
George Washington, Commander-in-Chief
Last fall, we were doing some family research and learned that one of my husband’s ancestor’s had met George Washington when he delivered some prisoners-of-war to him in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the onset of the Revolutionary War. Needless to say, I was inspired and decided to recreate George Washington’s iconic blue and buff uniform to kick-off my Revolutionary War series. This was such a fun project, and I just finished the last of the four patterns that complete this ensemble!
Remember the Ladies…
Wrapping up my George Washington project doesn’t mean I am quite finished with the Revolutionary War period though. While the ladies may not have been up-front-and-center of all the
goings-on, many of them played active roles that were instrumental in the success of the war, the development of the constitution, and the future of the nation. The success of the Revolutionary War was only the beginning of the fight for liberty. It opened doors and presented opportunities that eventually led to freedom for everyone, regardless of sex, creed, or skin color. I am in the process of researching women like Mercy Otis Warren, Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheately, Martha Washington, Sybil Luddington, and Margaret Corbin and am looking forward to telling you their stories as I recreate their clothing.
Your Opinions Please
My first Wear and When book is just that, the first – the one I am cutting my teeth on. While I am very happy with how A Long Winter in Dakota Territory turned out, there are some things that I think I should do differently in future volumes.
- Offering only 18-inch doll size pattern pieces in the books. While I like being able to offer multiple sizes, it is a LOT of extra work and not all my patterns will be conducive to being made in smaller sizes. I would still offer additional sizes for most patterns as PDF patterns at Pixie Faire.
- Full color! This will add some to the price of the book, but foregoing the extra sizes should offset the extra cost considerably.
- More written historical content for each pattern to help round out the theme of each pattern collection and better tie them into the historical setting.
What would you like to see in this series? Please share your thoughts, requests, or suggestions in the comment section below.
I am seeing an opportunity for a giveaway here! Leave a comment below about A Long Winter in Dakota Territory or other books you’d like to see in my Where and When series. I will make four random drawings from everyone who leaves a comment and the winners will have the option to receive a copy of A Long Winter in Dakota Territory, The complete George Washington PDF pattern collection (four patterns in all), OR four patterns of their choice!
Freebie Friday coming in July
Who loves Freebie Friday? I know I do! Mark your calendars, because Thimbles and Acorns has another one scheduled for July 13, 2018. We will be featuring some of my favorite 18th century patterns, newly revised and updated. I may even have a brand new pattern available!
For My Gluten-Free Friends
Shortly before we were married, nearly 28 years ago, my husband was diagnosed as being gluten-intolerant. This was long before the gluten-free movement and it was quite a challenge re-learning how to cook and eat. Through our experience, we developed a new philosophy on eating. By omitting gluten, we were forced to omit most highly processed foods and not only were both of us feeling better, but so was our budget. As gluten-free food started to become more prevalent, I was very surprised at how expensive it was. As a seasoned gluten-free cook, I can tell you that a gluten-free diet doesn’t need to be expensive, if you are willing to take a little time to plan and prepare.
Over the years, more and more friends and family have been coming to us after being diagnosed with gluten-intolerance and when another dear friend came to me at a loss for how to feed her newly diagnosed four-year-old daughter, Tom and I had an “aha” moment. Why don’t we post our cookbook on our Thimbles and Acorns Website so that it is readily available for everyone at any time. So, Tom found a recipe plug-in for the Website and we have begun posting all of our recipes. We have even engaged our son Edward to photograph each of my finished projects – that will be an ongoing project as we cook our way through our recipes.
Whether your are gluten-intolerant or not, you may find recipes you will enjoy and appreciate. All of our recipes are made entirely from scratch, minimizing processed foods, packaging, and cost. Because we prefer to spend our time outside of the kitchen we have worked hard to keep our recipes simple, hence the title – Simple Fare. Enjoy!