happy monday! i know – an oxymoron right? did you do anything fun this weekend? we took our trailer and headed to williamsburg. for those of you not from this area williamsburg was the capital of virginia back in the 1700s. around the 1930s a huge restoration project backed my millions of dollars from john d rockefeller jr was begun to restore the colonial town center the way it was in the 1700s. some of the buildings are original but most are rebuilt replicas of the originals. the colonial town is filled with workers dressed in period costume demonstrating the trades people worked at during the 1700s. i find all of this fascinating as i am absolutely obssessed with old architecture and ways of life.
visiting williamsburg is interesting for me because it is so very different from what i am used to. i grew up in south louisiana where the french and especially the spanish influence resulted in plantations and buildings steeped in flamboyance and decorative features. i find the architecture here in the north to be much more utilitarian and sparse. i also find it frustrating that so much of the town is off limits to see – many of the buildings are private residences and even the ones that are open have only a few rooms on the lower level open for viewing. the BIGGEST disappointment though was that the few places i REALLY wanted to tour and to show pezza were closed on saturdays WHAT!?!??! seems like saturday would be the heaviest visited……
here are a few pics for ya:
notice the the clean basic lines of the trim work and lack of any type of crown molding. buildings in the south tend to have decorative trim and molding in the extreme!
again – very sparse, basic furnishings, no window coverings or rugs.
having hot chocolate during the coffeehouse tour – such a big girl – very well behaved all day.
even the outsides of the building are plain – no porches, balconies, ornate ironwork
trying to learn an old-time game…
our one day pass is good for the rest of the year so i am hoping to go back and see the xmas decor and possibly see the buildings we missed this time around.
before i sign off –
i wanted to post a reminder about our submission calls for Through the Craft Room Door. we are currently looking for craft content for our holiday issue – due October 10th. while we focus on papercrafts we are looking for a wide variety of crafts projects and decorating ideas in ALL crafting genres. in addition, we would like to see submissions for our nov-dec issue as well. please click on the graphic above to go to the submissions page OR CLICK HERE to submit.
In addition we have the regular features we would like to receive submissions for as well:
1. Tips & Tricks
3. Storage/Organization Tips
4. Craft Room pics
HOLIDAY 2011 Issue —- DUE Oct 10th
- Hostess Gifts
- Handmade gifts
Nov/Dec —- DUE Oct 20th, 2011
- Winter Fun/Sports
- Mad about sparkle & ice
here’s a peek at one of the projects in our current issue:
and now i am off to get my day going!