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Make a Civil War Quilt

Since I love vintage quilts and am also a Civil War buff, it was a delight to discover this display at the Davenport, Florida quilt show. Here’s their vendor’s booth at the show.

The Worn Threads display at the Davenport, Florida quilt show.

The Worn Threads display at the Davenport, Florida quilt show.

You can order their quilt kits online. They take special care selecting the fabrics with the right colors and feel for the 1860 era. You can see the results look fabulous. Instant heirloom to pass along in your family.

Make your own authentic looking quilt with a Worn Threads kit. It will look like your great-great grandmother made it during the Civil War.

Make your own authentic looking quilt with a Worn Threads kit. It will look like your great-great grandmother made it during the Civil War.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Civil War, Crafts

 

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Quilt Show in Davenport

Anticipating a pleasant hour or two of admiring quilts, I set off for Davenport, Florida. Sure wish I’d allowed more time. The show closed at 3 pm and I had to hustle to see everything in the 3 and a half hours that I was there.

They set up the quilts in four buildings in the old downtown so you’ll go to City Hall, the Community Building, a church and a school. It’s an easy walk between those or you can catch a ride. Several volunteers with golf carts shuttled between the venues.

Pause a moment to admire the vintage architecture - Davenport City Hall.

Pause a moment to admire the vintage architecture – Davenport City Hall.

Go early enough to have lunch. Among the craft booths behind City Hall, you’ll find a food vendor providing a lovely lunch. It’s a croissant sandwich with chicken salad that includes walnuts and I think, apples. With it comes a choice of cole slaw, pasta salad or trio potato salad (includes 3 kinds of potatoes). The dessert with the lunch was a pear half with a filling that wasn’t whipped cream or cream cheese, but a sauce of some sort topped with a cherry. A soda comes with the lunch and it’s $12. You can eat at picnic tables overlooking the small lake.

Here’s a sample of the quilts you’ll see:

Intricate quilt design at the Davenport Quilt Show.

Intricate quilt design at the Davenport Quilt Show.

Peacock design quilt at the Davenport Quilt Show.

Peacock design quilt at the Davenport Quilt Show.

You can take a quilt to have it evaluated by a professional quilt appraiser. There are two prices depending on if you just want a verbal appraisal or a written appraisal. The appraiser was Ken Gleason of Orlando.

The quilt appraiser with my 1880s or 1890s silk quilt.

The quilt appraiser with my 1880s or 1890s silk quilt.

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in antiques, Birds, Crafts

 

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Finding the Perfect Card for My Brother

My brother loves going to rod runs in the summer but sure misses his time in the garage fine-tuning his vintage street rods. Since his stroke, he’s not able to do the hands-on work that used to bring him such pleasure.

For Christmas last year, I found a super card on Zazzle that was fun, included a street rod and conveyed my holiday greetings. Now I’ve set a precedent so I can’t just resort to a ho-hum snow scene or a jolly Santa kind of card.

Looking around on Zazzle, I’ve found just the one for Christmas 2014. Not only does it include a hot rod, it was customized just for a brother. The artist had cards for all sorts of combinations like brother and his fiancee, uncle, and so on. If you have a car buff on your list, why not send him or her one of these! Just click the link to see all the variations or customize it with their name.

Here’s the one I found:

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2014 in Christmas, Zazzle

 

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Thinking of Custom Christmas Cards?

I love how one can create unique holiday cards using Zazzle or Cafe Press. My sister took a marvelous photo last year of her Maine Coon cat sitting under the Christmas tree. It was such a delightful photo that we turned it into a Christmas card on Zazzle.

Now anyone can order it here:

A Maine Coon Christmas Greeting Cards
A Maine Coon Christmas Greeting Cards

I must say it turned out lovely. I’ve ordered cards from Zazzle in the past and the quality of the printing and the weight of the paper stock is excellent. Proceeds from the sale go to my sister. She’ll probably spend it on cat food for Olive, her Maine Coon cat.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Zazzle

 

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Links for Planning a Haunted House

My page titled 101 Ideas for Haunted Houses moved recently from Squidoo to Hubpages. New guidelines do not allow more than two links to a single site. That means I had to remove these useful links.

I’m providing them here for anyone planning a haunted house.

Great Storytime Ideas by a Children’s Librarian

One of my library friends posted some great storytime topics with suggested books and songs on the List My Five website. Her username there is PupFashionista. If you ever met her dog, Esme, who dresses in adorable outfits, you’d know why she chose that name.

Here’s an example of her recommendations: Top Five Songs for Fairy Tale Storytimes.

I’m not making all the URLs clickable. Sorry, but I’m short of time. Here they are for you to check out when you need a storytime theme. You can also check my page with Storytime Ideas: Themes for Librarians and Circle Times.

http://www.listmyfive.com/2bff0f62/The-Top-Five-Bear-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/f9518c8a/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Bugs

http://www.listmyfive.com/3f0d8f46/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Food

http://www.listmyfive.com/b21f1f4b/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Transportation

http://www.listmyfive.com/957a88bc/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Fruit

http://www.listmyfive.com/9609085d/The-Top-Five-Monkey-Stories-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/0ea17e12/The-Top-Five-Cds-to-Use-In-Preschool-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/74b5f7e0/The-Top-Five-Mud-and-Rain-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/9bfb5400/The-Top-Five-Frog-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/dfd9a4e6/The-Top-Five-Duck-Stories-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/7befa0e2/The-Top-Five-Dog-Books-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/68be77b8/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-and-Rhymes-For-Opposites-Week

http://www.listmyfive.com/4ba3783c/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Mice

http://www.listmyfive.com/678d8293/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-About-Dogs

http://www.listmyfive.com/8f9b897a/The-Top-Five-Songs-and-Rhymes-to-Use-In-Bedtime-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/62fbb101/The-Top-Five-Picture-Books-to-Teach-the-Size-Concept

http://www.listmyfive.com/4600bf4d/The-Top-Five-Cow-Songs-and-Rhymes-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/769e692a/The-Top-Five-Emotions-and-Feelings-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/3622cbd1/The-Top-Five-Rounds-to-Sing-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/c8a98b94/The-Top-Five-Elephant-Stories-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/e2249dd1/The-Top-Five-Alligator-and-Crocodile-Songs-to-Use-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/abcac41a/The-Top-Five-Chicken-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/b1aba266/The-Top-Five-Unusual-Pets-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/e1cf92b9/The-Top-Five-Princess-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/17160800/The-Top-Five-Stars-and-Sky-Storytime-Songs

http://www.listmyfive.com/3e451fc1/The-Top-Five-Friend-Books-to-Share-In-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/49635c76/The-Top-Five-Storytelling-Tips-For-Library-Storytime

http://www.listmyfive.com/640b643d/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Songs-to-Help-Get-the-Jiggles-Out

http://www.listmyfive.com/442a2618/The-Top-Five-Storytime-Pirate-Songs

http://www.listmyfive.com/5c14a771/The-Top-Five-Dinosaur-Books-to-Read-In-Storytime

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Libraries

 

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Writing Goals for September 2014

Often goals for writers might involve producing a certain number of words or articles in a given time frame. My goals for September involve a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that writers do.

Editing – As soon as my web pages from Squidoo transfer to their new home at Hubpages, I’ll do a damage assessment. I’m hearing that certain modules won’t transfer into Hubpages’ capsules. The worst pages I’ll just have to unpublish until I have time to do remedial work on them. In some cases, they may not suit Hubpages and later I’ll repurpose them to my blogs or other sites.

Finding New Markets - I mentioned this above, that some of my Squidoo topics won’t stay at Hubpages. Some friends are starting new sites, so I may join in with them. It is past time for me to set up a commercial web page of my own and stop counting on space at sites like Squidoo and eHow.

Saving – Two other sites have considerable content that’s crucial for my future writing. One is the MyFamily site which Ancestry.com is closing at the end of September. There’s considerable urgency for me to salvage our family photos and memories stored there. The other site, Our Echo, seems stable, but I need to preserve my mother’s writing and my own from there as well.

Researching - I need to ramp up my research on the Civil War and on my Tower family genealogy. The book about my great-great grandfather depends on thorough work here.

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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Writing

 

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