Saturday, February 20, 2010

1830's Popcorn Queen

Well, tonight I got all dressed up and acted in a little church history skit with my family and won a popcorn contest! It was a nice little break to the winter dreary-ness and who'd a thought I could win a cooking contest. (If you don't know me very well, you might like to know that I detest cooking. Hate it. Despise it.) Unfortunately I have to do it! And I'm getting better every day.

This nifty little prize will definitely be an encouragement. I'm sure of it.
It says, "Thou shalt not muzzle the ox while he treadeth out the corn" Duet 25:4. ((John explained to me that oxen used to crush the harvested cobs and some farmers wouldn't allow them to eat it while they were working, by muzzling them. God told the Israelites not to do that.)

It will remind me to be kind to my children when they are helping me, and to give them words of encouragement, just like an ox needs food when working.

I'd call that food for the soul.

And now about my dress, since you are dying to know. Or, at least, I'm dying to tell you.
I made it in one day- yesterday, and put in the zipper today.
There are no hems, but I wore it anyway and no one noticed. And if anyone did, they kept quiet about it. (Bless them)

I designed the neckline,

the sleeves,

the shirring in the bodice,

as well as an awesome nursing bodice.

(Sorry, no pictures of that) *grin*
My desire was to create an 1830's gown, and considering the horribly ill-fitting pattern I had to deal with, it turned out remarkably well.
I won't bore you with more details, but needless to say, I had a ton of fun creating this dress and I feel beautiful in it.


  1. YAY!! well done! love the dress. You look LOVELY!

  2. Before I even read the title my first thought was that you looked just like Emma Smith :). The hair is so perfect!

  3. You look awesome. Love, love, love the dress!! Good job on the hair. I am so amused by the fact that you say you hate to cook. You were right there by my side baking with me from the time you could sit on the counter. You were baking cookies by yourself by the time you were 7 years old. I don't know what happened, but I do know you CAN cook!!

  4. Rachael,

    I love your dress and the details about it! How nice you will have a blog now. Now I can finally visit you! :-)
    p.s. and I will share my details since I want to tell them as well (tee hee) but I had a blog started last year? my original google name matched a blog I was starting up. When I wanted to redo it for my new cannot change your address. It has been VERY confusing for me still so that's why my post will show Mammay. Not that I don't treasure that name..............Anyway, if you want to see my blog it is:
    see ya!

  5. My hair had fallen quite a bit, since it was almost midnight and I was taking pictures with a timer!