Wannabe Martha

Still trying to figure out which Martha

More Ball Gown Update

It’s beautiful and she looks beautiful in it.  And if I can get the picture off my new phone, I’ll be posting it.

And did Miss Iseult have a good time at the dance?  You bet she did.

Did she dance a whole bunch?  Yes, she did.

Also…she met a young man who re-enacts.  Danced with him a whole lot.  Hung out with him for couple hours after the dance at one of the campfires.  Yes – was suitably chaperoned the whole time.

He’s 17.  A Junior in HS (although not at Iseult’s HS).

I’m not ready for this.


Not one bit.

For Pete’s Sake, she was just in diapers yesterday!

Le Sob.



Ballgown Update (of sorts)

Sooooooo we’re coming down to the wire here.  Re-enactment starts tomorrow. And what have we accomplished so far?  Well, there is a lovely blue cord trim at the neckline.  The boning is in the bodice and there are poufy sleeves.  We  still need to figure out how she is going to raise her arms higher than say 45 degrees (A minor detail, I realize).  I’m all for the discreet use of elastic; my BF is scandalized because there was no elastic in 1864.  Also, the hem needs to be finished and the bodice needs to be attached to the skirt.  We (and by “we” I mean my BF, because I could bleed to death trying to sew on a button) are trying to avoid hand stitching the hem because, it takes FOREVER to sew that much yardage (last year Iseult and sister both worked on the hem of her daygown and it took hours upon hours).

She needs a shawl of some sort (and possibly gloves), which we may have to purchase at the re-enactment, but that’s fine.  And the daygown needs to be pressed.  I’m doing that – no way she’s going near that dress with an iron yet (the results are just too unpredictable).

And where is Miss Iseult with all the goings on?  Is she ready for a final fitting tonight?  Uh that would be NOT.  You see, Miss Iseult has plans – she’s off to see Divergent tonight and then have a sleepover at her friend’s house.  Before the sun even rises tomorrow (at least here on the East Coast), I have to pick her up and schlep her and her re-enactment paraphernalia to the campsite.  Then I get to go to work and she gets to step back in time.  It’s going to be wonderful!  🙂


Iseult gets fitted for her Ballgown


And it has to be ready by Friday – are we cutting things a little close here?

My BF has been making all the girls’ re-enactment dresses for ever!  I think she deserves a huge thank you – now I just have to figure out what best fits her. Hmmmm….. I know – fabric for a new ball gown!


Iseult in the camp at the Battle of Battery Wagner


[Ed.  I will have a post at some point about the re-enactment.  My daughters are avid participants, but this was my first time at one.]


Little Odds and Ends

Last night, because things were not busy enough, one of my shelves crashed under the weight of too many cookbooks.  It smashed down on the shelf below (which was also loaded with cookbooks) and then they both crashed on to the stuff piled up on the bottom shelf.  We’re talking about a storage cabinet here, not a bookcase.  It’s true that I HAD been cautioned that the weight limit for the shelves was 80lbs, but how do you really know when you’ve hit 80 lbs of cookbook?

Mack says I should think about culling the herd, so to speak.   Mack is delusional.  That’s akin to suggesting I get rid of shoes or handbags.

Anyway, I have the shelves sort of repaired and I’ve limited the number of books on each one (still haven’t found a final resting place for the others so they are piled up in the FROG).

Thankfully, I don’t have to think anymore about this problem until next week, because this weekend is the Battle of Secessionville at Boone Hall Plantation and I get to play antebellum chick for a couple days and wander around in a hoopskirt.  Besides, like all messes, it will still be here when I get back.