Wednesday, October 30, 2013

How to Machine Bead a Design

I love the look of the 1880's with their lovely beaded design but my eyes couldn't handle such tedious close up work easily.  Threads has a video on using a sewing machine to sew on beads.  This is an interesting trick to keep in your sewing kit.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Outdoor and Groups Pictures

Period photographs are such fun to look at.  Many of them are, of course, portraits taken by photographers in studios.  They are great for studying dress details and hairstyles.  I have just found a photo album of outdoor shots which are marvelous for study.  Look at these on this page.  There are many outdoor shots.
Think of the story this picture can tell.

This one tells about the fun at Ft. Griffin, October  2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fort Griffin Living History, October 11-12. 2013

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Be a History Detective

You can take the teacher out of the classroom but they still are looking for ways to better engage the students in learning...go figure.  Even after nearly five years, I still look at websites with an eye to how they would motivate kids.  I found this one on a newsletter I receive and just couldn't resist it because it makes students think about history and how it relates to them.  For those of you still in  teaching, this is something for your classroom.  Even if you aren't in a formal classroom setting, look at this to help you improve your Living History impression.

Be a History Detective offers two online interactive posters that show students how to work like historians. “Doing History is Like Solving a Mystery” is an interactive poster for elementary school students. The poster uses images with notes to guide students through the process of developing good research questions and recording their ideas. “History is an Argument About the Past” is an interactive poster for middle school and high school students. The poster walks students through identifying primary and secondary sources of information and using that information to create an argument.
Click Here to Access Free Elementary Poster
Click Here to Access Free Secondary Poster

Plus: Use the Civil War Interactive Poster to begin a conversation with students about what we know about the past and especially about our nation’s most deadly conflict, the Civil War.

Click Here to Access Free Civil War Poster

Connect Ideas in Historic Documents

Imagination and vision played critical roles in the creative act of forming a
self-governing United States of America. The Library of Congress’s
Creating the United States website offers an opportunity for students
to learn in a fresh new way how the founding documents that emerged
 from this period were forged out of insight, invention and creativity,
as well as collaboration and much compromise. The site features three
interactives that invite students to connect particular phrases and ideas
set down in the Declaration of Independence, the United States
Constitution and the Bill of Rights with the texts that preceded these
historic documents.
Click Here to Visit Website
Click Here to Access Free Interactives

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Men's shirt tutorial

This blog has a tutorial for a men's pioneer shirt tutorial using two ready made shirts.  It is an interesting concept and with a little modification (no elastic in the sleeve) would probably work nicely for a shirt which would probably be covered by a vest anyway.
Read the tutorial here.
You can also create a PDF of the page to save it on your computer by using