Saturday, January 16, 2010

Good Reading

Do you subscribe to Early American Life magazine? If not I strongly encourage you to purchase this month's edition - February 2010. I feel that it's one of the best ones published recently. I will warn you that there is only one early home featured, along with a condo decorated in the early American style we all love so much. It's the articles in this one that make it super special. The first article that I had to read was "Early Burl Treen" a very interesting article about treen. I did not know that Native Americans treasured the burl and used it extensively.

There is an article about Dolley Madison entitled "Turbans and Politics" again very interesting reading. There will be a PBS special on Dolley on March 1st, I'll be sure to tune in to that program.  Dolley was known for her Turban head coverings, she was quite the fashion plate. 

The last article in this issue is "America's Sampler Legacy" this is a must read if you are a stitcher! The photo below is included in this article, stitched by Loara Standish c. 1640 it is the oldest known American sampler with the maker's name.

The sampler is housed in Pilgrim Hall, Plymouth Massachusetts. It was exciting to see this sampler, as my mother's family is descended from several of the Mayflower families, including the Standish's. My love of stitching and all things prim must be genetic! I've checked into purchasing a kit for a reproduction but I'll have to enjoy looking at the photos ~ the kits are a little to pricey for this stitcher!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I'm looking forward to the 3 day weekend. ~Ann


  1. Oh, how neat to know that your ansestors were the Standish's, no wonder you like to stitch!

    I'll have to pick up that copy, I'm pretty sure the have it at our pharmesy downtown:)

    Very interesting post thanks for sharing:)


  2. Good morning Ann,
    I used to subscribe to EAL for years but several years ago whent he subsc. ran out I didn't renew...I think about it but never do it.
    Guess it's time to get some new, interesting, factual reading in my house.
    Thanks for the post.

  3. I don't get that magazine but I will pick it up when I get to town...thanks for sharing! Dianntha

  4. Hi,
    I do subcribe to EAL. It's been a favorite of mine for years, I've kept many of my old issues through the years and still enjoy them. There is so much history and so much detail in each article. I loved reading about the samplers and there is so much information on restoration and the way people lived. I really enjoy your blog and thank you for the post on the blackened beeswax. I've been wanting to try that. Have a great week.

  5. Hi Ann- thanks for stopping by my blog earlier...hope you enjoy the Jar tags! I have been following your blogs for quite a while now. I was messaging on facebook w/ a friend of mine late last night, and she asked me if I blog hopped and if I remember seeing who had the tut on the blackened YES, it was you and I was able to find it quickly for her, so Thanks! Oh, your blog is one that I also have to switch over to Internet Explorer to comment on- I promise to try to take the time to do it more often :-)

  6. Ann,
    I use to subscribe to EAL before kids. Lots of neat photos and ideas in that magazine. You should have someone do some research to see if the sampler maker is related to you. Send it in to History Detectives in PBS - maybe they could find out!


Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm so happy to "meet" you through blog land. ~Ann