Monday, February 15, 2010

A step back in time...


The above portrait is of myself. I finally got a wet plate tintype!
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I usually participate at living history events, but this was my first 3 day re-enactment. I came as a companion to my friends..they were civilian "refugees" in the camp :)
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Sutlers followed the camp to sell provisions to the men, so there were many tents set up selling many different types of 19th century style supplies.
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A beautiful table setting...
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I met this woman (on the right) after she gave a presentation on life as a servant during the civil war..it was an excellent portrayal!
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Both my friend and I bought new period-correct boots for the event, but the weather was so rainy/muddy/frosty that I'm not sure they're quite so new anymore! In this photo we're de-frosting our boots by the campfire...
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We camped authentically, so that was an amazing experience. I enjoyed being in camp with everyone, gathering around the fire, and hearing the soldiers share stories...
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One of the ladies purchased an antique hand-cranked sewing machine (!!) Although it's post war (1870's) it's in excellent condition. When there was extra time to spare, the ladies all gathered around to sew!

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I was so delighted to see many mothers come with their babies in antique carriages, and dressed the part as well!

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My thoughts...

I learned so much this weekend, especially what I can do without. Having limited clothing choices, zero cosmetics, cooking over an open fire, sleeping in canvas tents...
It took an extra step to living simply, and I'm inspired to incorporate a few basic things to my own everyday life.

Although I'm thankful for the freedoms and conveniences of the 21st century, I still feel like I can and should glean old-fashioned skills, manners, morals and principles from those who have gone before me.

Especially during the most oppressing times where mothers truly learned how to "get by" with the little they had; I want to know those 5 ingredient recipes, herbal remedies, the food preservation knowledge, and memorize scripture with as much zeal and conviction as many did in the toughest of times.

34 comments:

Abigail said...

a beautiful post. What fun that 3 days sounds to have been!

AntfarmMom said...

Looks like you had fun! I bet it was cold as ice though. See you this Saturday hopefully.

Been missing your family.
Hugs,
Moma Ant

jwcreath@gmail.com said...

So glad you enjoyed your time at Olustee. Jana & John have fond memories of going there! We were all together during this same weekend as J & W & John IV & new baby Peace came down to visit.

Mrs. Creath

Suburban Simplicity said...

Sounds like much fun was had. And to have a photo like that would be awesome. I have some of my great grandparents like that.

Sandy

Regan Family Farm said...

Dear Mia;
I was just thinking today that more space and "things" are sometimes helpful, but not necessarily better. Funny how many of those women might have longed for more ease, and we look at their life and see ease they never could have imagined. So glad you had that opportunity!
Blessings,
Mrs. Regan

Jennifer said...

Very Cool....

For Their Future said...

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Come by my blog and get it when you can!
God bless!
~Hannah
http://preparingforourchildrensfuture.blogspot.com/

debbieo said...

Mia,
Your photograph is delightful. You should add it to those on your sidebar, it would fit right in.

Lucy said...

I love the tintype.It's a shame that tintypes are so neglected.

Lucy said...

Me again.Have you ever made an Edwardian apron?I'm considering making one but can only follow simple patterns & so need to know how hard such an apron would be to make.Any advice appreciated!

Atlanta said...

Looks like it was a great event! Lovely wet plate!

Kate said...

Isn't re-enacting fantastic!? I've been re-enacting for 10 years now, though 18th century. If you ever go to an event and see the Sutler "No Sweat Soap Factory," tell her Kate Scott said hello. She's a dear friend.

Atlanta said...

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Bonne said...

Mia, your blog is amazing, informative, inspiring, and just downright beautiful. Thanks for sharing your world. :)

Megan said...

It looks like fun! (Cold, but fun!) I would love to be able to do some re-enacting some day!
It's amazing what women did back then to help provide for their familys, and keep eachother built up in Christ. Very inspiring!

Miss Jen said...

How special...
I love civil war re-enacting too,
dear Mia! ;) Beautiful pics...
don't you just love to see the
darling babies in their prairie
bonnets?! *sigh*

Love & Blessings~ Miss Jen

Unknown Artist said...

That is so neat! You are lovely! Really enjoyed this post!
God bless!

Betty Jo said...

Hi Mia, I have never done re-enacting, but I did work as a tour guide. It was so fun to dress up in a civil war dress. I did not have all of the period correct clothes, but I have a hope that went under my skirt. It is amazing how the women did things in the 1800s. my mom tells me that I am crazy because I told her how AI would love to have live in the 1800s and 1900s.

~ Maria ~ said...

Hello Mia,

When we look back at the old times, we seem to glean so much from that time. Their lives were simpler because their focus was simple and constant.

Their lives were hard, but they found joy in the little things.

Thank you for sharing your three days ~

May the Lord fill your day with grace & peace,

Maria

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

It sounds so wonderful. I wish I could've heard that woman's presentation. Thank you so much for sharing photos from this wonderful experience with us.
Blessings,
Marcia

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

That is amazing. But where in the world did you guys find period items to buy?

Beverly said...

Mia, I just found your blog and it is absolutely beautiful. I have enjoyed reading your posts...you are such a lovely creature. The world would be such a wonderful place with more young women like you. Your Mama must be so proud!! I know I would be.

Mia said...

Thank you everyone for your encouraging comments! I had such a fun experience :)

Dear Lucy,
No, I haven't made an edwardian apron *yet* but its definetely on my list for Spring projects!!
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Mrs. Bridget G,
I buy my civil war things online for the most part! The prices and selection are quite good :)

Again, Thank you all!!
*Mia

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SinginginHisName said...

What a lovely wetplate CDV of you! My family and I are also civil war reenactors and we plan to have our photo done as a wetplate all of us in the summer at one of our reenactments we attend here in VA. We have a small reenactment next week and I will be posting pictures at my blog as well.

You really realize how much you don't need! you are so right! I must confess I still use my powder for make-up, but my mascura and blush are a no no for period accuracy. My sister and I have a book on period make-up and we plan to make some powder sometime soon.

Nancy said...

Looks like you had a great time! What fun it would be to get together with people and do this.
Sounds very wise to want to learn those things. To "seek the old paths".
Thankyou for your beautiful posts!

Rhonda said...

Wow! I enjoyed reading about your experience of re-enacting. I would love to be able to do that with my 2 young daughters!
The photo of you in the tintype, is beautiful!
Thank-you again for another lovely post Miss Mia!
Many Blessings to you and your Lovely family!
Rhonda

Kerry said...

What a neat post! Love all the 'old' pictures! :^) Your tin type is so cool! Keep posting!
Kerry

Becca Runs Sometimes said...

Oh my goodness! I just randomly found your blog by doing an even more random search on stories about baking bread! I am captivated by your photos and by the artwork and old photography you have displayed on this site.

What a lovely character and a beautiful, inspiring woman, you are.

Julian said...

mia, glad you are enjoying yourself! Looks like fun!
christina

Laura Lee said...

Wow! Did you come of with the idea of the picnik yourself? Very cool!

AJ said...

Your picture turned out great! :)

My husband does Texas History reenactments and I have stayed overnight in one of those canvas tents. I really enjoyed the crackling sounds of the campfires, the smell of old pipes, and kindness of all those there. I'm so glad you had that experience.

We all can make our lives simpler...less clutter, less "noise"...more quality time with family and friends, more quiet time with God. I'm sure ladies of centuries past had daily struggles and less comforts than we do. But their determination, strength, and Godly values is what we all can strive for.

Acacia said...

Wow! ~ Amazing!! I love how you put the photos in black and white, it gave a more authentic look. (Especially since we're talking about the 19th century!)
Blessings~
Acacia

Acacia said...

Wow! ~ Amazing!! I love how you put the photos in black and white, it gave a more authentic look. (Especially since we're talking about the 19th century!)
Blessings~
Acacia