Reenacting is a fun and rewarding hobby. Whether you portray famous historical figures or your own fictional character, reenacting is a form of time travel for those of us who feel they were born in the wrong era. However, reenacting can be overwhelming and very expensive. I hope through this blog to help those new to the hobby, or even those veteran reenactors, to enjoy reenacting without breaking the bank. Blog posts will address things like developing your character, traditions and etiquette for different time periods, and affordable but accurate clothing options. So step back in time to days gone by...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Scarlett and Rhett...

at the Beaufort Film Festival.
After several weeks of preparation Scarlett and Rhett appeared at the gala for the film festival this evening.

 Of course, we weren't the only stars there!
Everyone from James Dean to Diana Ross to Captain Jack Sparrow showed up.

 But I must say Captain Butler was my favorite:).
What a charmer!
After spending the evening greeting film festival attendees it was time to return to our true selves...
which for me is none other than...
Scarlett, of course!
But I won't think about that today.
I'll think about that tomorrow.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Gone With the Wind...

but not the budget!
For those of you who have followed my blog for a while you may remember that I made a replica of the infamous BBQ dress that Scarlett wore in GWTW.

Today I decided to make the coral necklace that Scarlett wore with the dress.
I went to the annual jewelry sale at The Red Door thrift shop this morning and found several coral colored beaded necklaces and earrings to use for the project.

I studied the necklace carefully (I surfed the Internet and watched the movie again:) and although the one I made is not an exact copy I think it is a good replica.
I took apart the beaded necklaces and earrings and reconfigured them into the florettes seen on the orignial necklace.
Then I added the chain with swags.
The original has three chains but I went with two.
And here is the finished project.
For about $4 I was able to create a pretty good replica of the necklace Scarlett wore to the BBQ at Twelve Oaks.
I will be working on the hat this week and will post pictures when it is complete:).
Until then, don't let your budget be gone with the wind-find creative ways to achieve the same impact without spending a fortune.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Battle of River's Bridge

Lynn and I attended the Battle of River's Bridge this past weekend.
With an hour and a half drive to the site I waited until arrival to put on my hoops and skirt:).
Many of the ladies were camping and invited us for tea and a sewing circle.
Lynn and me.

After a while we decided to stretch our legs a bit so we took a stroll to see the old cabin.
A lovely lady shared the history with us.

Meanwhile back at the campsite Miss Louise continues to set out refreshments for the ladies.
But what's that on the table?
A closer look reveals an antique bottle of Coke, of course!
(Oops, someone left it there accidentally-good thing we caught it before anyone noticed)!

Nearby a sentry keeps watch over the grounds.

 But enough of all this hardship stuff!
We left the campsite for a respite at a nearby B&B where Miss Jeannie and Miss Laura invited the ladies to tea.
The B&B was beautiful and gracious. For more on this lovely place visit
We recieved a gracious welcome to this lovely old home.
An elegant staircase led to the elaboratly decorated rooms upstairs.
Lynn and I pause to have our likeness taken. 
 A lovely spread of tea sandwhiches and sweets await us in the dining room.
 Ladies at tea.
 After tea we visited before saying our goodbyes.
Miss Jeannie bids all adieu!
 And that's the end!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Busy, busy, busy!

Wow-it's been a while since my last post but things have been very hectic around here.
My novel, Truer Words, is in production and has required much of my attention (more info on a release date will be posted soon:).
Photo for book cover by Richard Darby

In addition to working on my novel, we have attended several reenactments which, of course, means sewing dresses and making bonnets.
Christine and I made the blue plaid dress below.
The bonnet was made from a straw hat.

Hubby and I at the Battle of Port Royal Sound.
I made the cape too:).

We also attended the Battle of Secessionville with our friend, Lynn.
And yes, I made another new dress and bonnet.
Hubby and I at a friend's birthday party at Pick Pocket Plantation.

Lynn and I at the Honey Horn reenactment.

 Hubby and I dressed for the Christmas parade.
(yes, I am wearing another new dress-what can I say-once you learn how to make them it's hard to stop:)!
Hubby and I just before the parade.
Don't worry-I'm not riding the bike...
I'm riding in the 1952 convertible Cadillac with Millie, Tiffany, and Mr. Keith.
Hubby rode the bike!

I have missed everyone!!! I am extremely busy and hope to visit all of you very soon.
Until then, God Bless you all!