Back…

…From two weeks of work/vacation/playing dress-up! We spent the first weekend in September at Hay Creek Festival, where we set up on the hill with the Early American crafters and Kate got to do open fire cooking all weekend! Hay Creek is always a fun event, with lots of children hanging around Mr. Frey to try their hand at scherenschnitte! I get to sit still and do what I love… papercut! All dressed up in colonial garb. And by Sunday evening, the scent of yummy things and woodsmoke follows Kate wherever she goes. We really don’t like washing those outfits on Monday… it seems we’re washing away memories. However, the Mom in me knows it must be done.

We came home with four days to replenish our stock a little, and then headed out to Mount Vernon’s 18th Century Crafts Fair. As reenactors and history buffs, it escapes me to explain how we’ve never visited our dear Washington’s home before, but I can tell you without a doubt that we will visit again! The weekend was bustling with activity and we rarely got away from our booth, but we stayed over Monday to enjoy the grounds and museum. What a beautiful estate… and we’re very impressed at how the Mount Vernon Ladies Society has preserved the home and the memory of the Father of Our Country.¬†

We didn’t get a lot of pictures, but we’ll share a few… here’s Kate and me in the booth…

And the Rat Destroyer… this gentleman was wonderfully fun, and not too scary to children. They flocked to him like the Pied Piper! It must have been the cute furry creature in his cage…

And a view of the mansion…

And a view of the view… Kate and Dad are enjoying it!

And the gardens…

And the mill…

And the distillery… I love how the light was coming in the window!

We met some wonderful people this past couple of weekends, and are really enjoying being able to participate in period craft shows. And we’re definitely going to find time to head back to Mt. V.! But for now, it’s back to the cutting board!

Some quiet time today…

We’ve had quite the weekend! More dancing… I guess it’s feast or famine in that area! We actually don’t “live for dancing,” but it seems that springtime brings with it burst of things to do and places to go, and we’ve definitely been doing and going! Three weekends full of dancing, music, and history… and of course lots of good friends, both old and new! We’ve gone back and forth from the colonial era to the Civil War to the 1940’s several times. Sometimes within a matter of minutes. I have to admit, today it was nice to just be in 2008.

:-P

The afternoon was rather quiet, and I decided to take an hour or so to mess around with a couple of books I have on botanical illustration. My favorite is Beautiful Botanicals: Painting and Drawing Flowers and Plants by Bente Starcke King. Another favorite and practical book is Botanical Illustration in Watercolor by Eleanor B. Wunderlich. Amazon will let you peek inside that one!

Anway, here’s the results of a quiet hour… trying to “notebook” what I’m learning. I guess old homeschoolers¬† never die!