Friday, October 21, 2011

We've got a Winner!

   Hello to all  my wonderful followers! It's been fun this week reading which of my posts is your favorite. Thanks for all the great comments and for entering in my little give away. I know, I know, you're saying "Alright, already, cut to the chase! Tell us who won!" Sorry, I was only trying to create some suspense, you know? It's not every day that I have a give away. In fact, this is my first! Ok, enough already. I've tried your patience too long. It took me a long time to get 100 followers and I don't want to lose any of you now! Now, where was I? Oh, yeah, I was about to announce the winner. Drum roll please.................the winner is #27, ytsmom, who commented at 8:40 AM on Monday, October 17th! I just need you to email me your name and address and I'll ship your prize. I wish I could give one to all of you. Hey, if I reach 200, who knows what I'll do to celebrate!

  I'll share a little news with you all. We sent out our book proposal to multiple publishers who expressed interest in my book this week! I'm terribly excited, but it's not published yet. Please keep those positive vibes heading my way. I'll keep you informed. Heck, if a publisher offers me a deal, you'll probably hear me squeal (literally) wherever you are!

  This seems like a pretty puny post, so I'll share some more Civil War Era photos. It's been cold the last few days and I've had to wear a jacket to work, so my theme I chose photos for was ladies in jackets.

   Look how short the first lady is! She is barely taller than her husband with him seated. This is a foreign photo. Maybe one of my European followers can tell me where it was taken. The back says,"H. Sander. Photographisches Atelier Neumunster." Anyone know what language this is?

             The standing lady in the picture on the right is in a maternity jacket...
  I think this lady's jacket is a maternity one also. Isn't that little girl adorable? Love her curls!

  This photo was taken in Plymouth, Indiana. The man is identified as John Shaile. His wife's identity was ignored!

  150 years ago newspapers would have been reporting on several battles this week. On the 16th of October Union troops took control of Lexington, Missouri from the Confederate forces who had commanded that position since September 20, 1861. Naval forces joined the fight when the USS Massachusetts engaged the CSS Florida off the shores of Ship Island on October 19th. Two days later the Confederates defeated Federal forces at Ball's Bluff, Virginia on the 21st and by the 22nd news of that loss reached the North alarming the citizens. The first 90 day enlistments had long expired and people now realized this war would not be over anytime soon.

   I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and find time to sew. I certainly plan to!

Keep stitching,


  1. I had hoped I would be the winner, as you could have hand delivered it....LOL Enjoy all your postings.

  2. Photographisches Atelier Neumunster. The language is German. Neumunster is a city in the North of Germany.

  3. Thanks, Marina! It was really bugging me not knowing where it came from. I bought it on ebay in a group of photos from someone in Minnesota, probably their ancestors! I hate to see family photos sold, but at least this one is now treasured even if it's not my family!

  4. Marina is correct.... ;o)
    Congratulations to your lucky winner - and thanks so much Becky, for hostessing such a wonderful and generous giveaway.

    Loved the photos - I don't think I've ever seen a maternity jacket before. Hmmmmm. And love the the historical info. - it serves us well to remember I believe.

    Hope you're having a sunshine-filled day....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  5. Congratulations to the winner!!! I also loved seeing all those wonderful old photos!! They are all so beautifully dressed, what amazing dressmakers/needlewomen they were!!!!

  6. Congratulations to #27 :) Love those old pics, and that little woman is kinda funny!

  7. So happy to have found your blog! My husband is a history/government professor and we both love the civil war, he especially likes finding information on female spies!

    Looking forward to seeing more posts! Please stop by when you have a moment, we love company and new friends are always welcome!


  8. I just love looking at these old photos. Just wish they could tell us stories of the people who are in them! Thank you for sharing them with us. I'll be sending good vibes your way on your book proposal. I'm sure you'll have multiple offers!