Sunday, October 21, 2012

Modern Millinery Tips

Although the hats and hair decorations here are strictly modern and NOT period, I found this video interesting.  It gives some tips that might be useful in creating period hair decorations such as the use of pipe cleaners for structure.  A tip that would be useful in other crafts using a glue gun is to use a hair dryer to get rid of those glue strings -- why didn't I already know that!? 
A final reason for this post is that Halloween is coming up and costumes are needed so have fun with this video.

Written directions can be found here:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Frontier Christmas Dance at Old Fort Concho

Christmas Ball

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fort Griffin Living History Days


As a reminder, in less than 2 weeks Fort Griffin SHS will be having their annual Living History Days on October 12th and 13th. We are excited about what all we have to offer this year. If you've been to one of our living history events in the past, then you know just how fun it can be. We will once again offer stage coach rides, which are extremely popular with the kids (maybe even some adults, haha). We will also be bringing back Time Was..., which is a period band we had out a few years ago, but were unable to get last year. They will be playing live music both days of the event with 1800's era musical instruments. In addition, we will have the usual military interpretations, including artillery, infantry, and cavalry demonstrations, wild west gun fights, Drummer Boy Ice Cream, chuck wagon BBQ, Native American culture, and much more. The Ladies of the Garrison will be having a tea. We would love to have you join us! Contact information :
Fort Griffin State Historic Site
(325) 762-3592
Hello, Everyone,
The time for the conference "Hat, Hair and How" is getting close. I want to encourage everyone who would like to participate to get their registration in immediately. At this time we only have 2 registrations which means the event may have to be cancelled. You can find the registration form attached to this post.
I am very excited that we have been able to assemble such a great conference that could only be held here in Midland (can’t move a college or take advantage of a wonderful local expert anywhere else). When you register you will be emailed information on period hair styles so don’t wait too long.

Here is what we have planned:
...v Period hairstyle created on and for you with emphasis on being easy for you to recreate (free).
v If you have a hairpiece or purchase one bring it and it will be styled for you and you will be shown how use it
v Your portrait in period hairstyle and dress. The MC Photography students will take photos for us and give you a digital copy you can use online or have printed.
v Hair accessories –opportunity to make a ribbon hairnet or fancy hair comb.
v Show and Tell by an international expert on Victorian era clothing – Steven Porterfield. You really can’t miss his talk on hats, hatpins and hair combs!!
v Midland has some interesting museums and stores if you are bringing along a non attending spouse or friend.
We hope to see you in Midland on Nov. 3 at Midland College. Please share this with your friends and get a car pool going. Don’t forget that Midland also has a nice airport with good connections and flights through Southwest. For those coming in by air, I will try to help get you to your hotel and the conference.
Ann Dixon