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Wordless Wednesday – Our 2013 Christmas Card

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You know I can’t go wordless!

I meant to post this around Christmas time, but things got hectic and I just didn’t.  But here it is now, our 2013 Christmas card – you know the cliche - better late than never.

2013 Christmas Card

I mailed out almost 100 christmas cards, and there were still several people I wanted to send one to, but I didn’t order any more as we mailed them out late anyway. So, if you didn’t get one – please forgive and save this one!

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Christmas Past to Christmas Present

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As I was decorating the house the other day for the Christmas holidays, for some reason I started thinking about what my ancestors would have been doing at Christmas time during the civil war.

Christmas Decorations 2013

I’m sure they didn’t string fancy garlands or lights and probably not every one put up a Christmas tree as the European custom of having a tree was just becoming popular.  If they did decorate a tree, I’m sure the decorations would have been handmade usually of stringed sugared fruits, ribbons, popcorn, pine cones, colored paper, silver foil and spun glass ornaments.

As I looked around guiltily at all of my decorations, I wondered did they decorate their houses? Did they sit with their families around a fire and sing songs?  Did they trade gifts and visit neighbors?

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Just an Old Dress…

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I hope you have all had a wonderful New Years and that your Christmas was merry and bright.  Mine sure was.

I would love to post pictures, but guess what?

I did not take a single picture of our big family gathering.

I know, right?  Completely an epic fail!!

After everyone left and I realized we didn’t take our usual pictures, I was devastated.  How could I, the family genealogy freak, forget to take pictures?  Well, for once I just enjoyed myself and didn’t worry about the stuff I was supposed to do, I just did what I wanted to.  It was great in a way, on the other hand, I sure wish I had some pictures from the night.

Other than that it was a lovely time and now since I have delivered my last gift, I would like to share with you what I made for my siblings and some cousins.

A while back while I was in Texarkana, my cousin Nedra gave each cousin at a cousin’s party a dress that had belonged to my great-grandmother, Mollie Davis Harris.  Which meant she gave my Dad the dress and then I talked him into giving it to me.  Thanks Dad!

Then on another trip, she had found an old suitcase of my grandfather’s and inside was my grandmother’s square dancing dress.  She gave it to me.

When my Aunt Jane passed away I asked my Uncle Charlie to save me one of her shirts and he did, so I got her shirt.

Then on yet another trip, Nedra found another box of Mollie’s dresses while cleaning and she graciously gave me them to me.

I had great plans to make a quilt but the fabrics were so old and stained, I mean my great-grandmother Mollie, she worked in these dresses, so I had to come up with something different.

I took all the dresses to my mother-in-laws house and we had great fun putting them on a form and I took a picture of each dress.  I wanted a good picture before I cut them up.

Here are the dresses and shirts:

My Ancestors Dresses

Then I saw an idea on Pinterest where a girl had made a flower on canvas out of scrapbook paper.  I decided to do this with the fabric from the dresses.

For four weeks I would get the dresses ready to cut, and I just couldn’t do it.

Finally, the weekend before Christmas I decided I had better suck it up and get busy or these gifts would not get done.  Cutting those dresses was one of the hardest things I have ever done and I don’t even know why.

Then I spent two complete days and nights sitting at the kitchen counter cutting and pasting these flowers together.

Making the Flower

This my friends is the finished product of my Ancestor’s clothing.  These will always be near and dear to my heart!

All the Canvas'

I had originally wanted to make the ones that I made for my brothers a fish, but I thought that ended up looking too childish, so my son Michael ended up with that, he loves it, and it is proudly hung in his bedroom.  Everyone just ended up with a flower, boy or girl.

Here is a close up of the fish.

The Fish

And here is a close up of one of the flowers.

Dress Flower

I fully intend to make more for some of my other cousins, I still have plenty of material left.

So, when you look at your ancestors old clothing and think there is nothing else to be done with them, think again people!!!

These flowers will go a long way and now all of us can share in the dresses.

Booyah!

Susie

It’s A Blizzard!

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We are having a white Christmas and us Southern girls just aren’t used to this.

I mean, I just wore flip-flops yesterday!

I opened up the garage and the snow blew in and blew my dress up.

Ok, not really.

I haven’t worn a dress since I wore pigtail’s and that was a looonng time ago.

It did blow through my sweat pants though.

White Christmas

Here is another shot from the garage:

White Christmas

And here is another shot of the yard from the garage in the rare moment that the wind wasn’t blowing the flakes into the garage:

White Christmas

Here is a shot from the back yard:

White Christmas

And I can’t leave the front yard out:

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I think it’s great you can’t see all the weeds in that flower bed.  :)

I can’t see my brother’s house across the street and I sure can’t see Mom and Dad’s next door.  I’ll take better pictures tomorrow when it’s daylight.

Merry White Christmas from Arkansas!

Susie

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Merry Christmas!

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2012 Silent NIght Christmas Card

Merry Christmas from our house to yours. I hope you have all had as great a Christmas as I have had.

Susie

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