Month: January 2014

A Great Visit to South Dakota Agriculture Heritage Museum

Through my work as a freelance journalist I am blessed with days that are never the same – filled with sources who share stories and information that broaden my knowledge-base and an ever increasing curiosity.

A few days ago while working on some articles about the South Dakota Agriculture Heritage Museum I found myself on the campus of my alma mater – South Dakota State University and touring the museum’s many collections with a staff of enthusiastic curators.

Because of my love for all things old – and a good story – I was in heaven! The curators are so passionate about their work to preserve all things connected to South Dakota’s agriculture history, which includes many household items, that our conversations often veered from the articles’ initial focus to details on how they procured items or cleaned items or stored items.

One thing I learned is that most items are on display thanks to generous donations. Moving forward, anytime I want to part with an antique that I no longer have space for, I will contact them or other museums to see if I can donate the piece. This summer I ended up giving away several primitive, wooden handled kitchen items that didn’t sell at my rummage sale away just because I didn’t want to bring them home. Now I wish I’d contacted the Ag Heritage Museum because they have several household displays.

  

Parker’s Birthday Dress

I always imagined that I’d be the mom who made Parker Christmas and Easter dresses. But, as it turns out, I don’t seem to ever have enough time to hit the Christmas deadline/Parker always seems to have more than a few bedazzled dress options gifted to her in time for Christmas each year. And, the same could be said for Easter.

So, the last three years, I’ve made Parker a Birthday Dress. This year’s makes me smile each time I look at it. There are only a few times in a person’s life when they can wear pink elephant corduroy and look cute – I’d say turning 3 is one of those times!

This is a super easy, traditional girl’s jumper. And, I found the McCall’s 5416 Pattern as well as the fabric on sale!

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