You think I am kidding.
So today a friend and I gathered up our various children, which once we got them in one location and counted heads totaled six of the female persuasion, and loaded them into air conditioned cars to head to the air conditioned American Textile History Museum. Because of course my girls never get to see bolts of fabric or anything.
If you live anywhere in the general vicinity of Massachusetts or New Hampshire, or plan to visit us (I promise we really are friendly and fabulous people, don't listen to what the media says about us all refusing to talk to each other or help people on the street or our inabilities to pronounce the name of our own Ivy League school), I highly recommend it and think all the short people we had with us today would as well.
The following pictorial of our visit should make you feel like you were there, and leave you wanting oh so much more.
|If only you could tell that there are six girls ranging from 4 to 14 in this pile of arms, legs, and cuteness all trying to pull this 600 lb mass of cotton bag using a pulley. It took all six, but they did get it about a foot off the floor.
|This angle really makes me wonder about Paige's future job; until I saw that booty action there, I thought only Greta would be putting herself through college working at the Golden Banana.
|Granted, it was behind glass and likely had been carefully restored, but this quilt from the 1830s was in amazing condition. May we all look so fresh and youthful at 183.
|Greta has recently discovered that she wants a loom. She has yet to discover that they cost 12K. Hope the clientele of the Golden Banana regularly brings 100s. Here she is for whatever reason not even looking at it while her friend tries it out.
|You'd have had to revoke my quilter license if I didn't take a photo of a few bolts of fabric.
|I thought this cabinet full of potions and powders that were used to dye fabric was fascinating. No one else shared my enthusiasm. I guess I am weird.
|I was looking at something else in this display when Paige said all disgustedly "Oh, of COURSE you have to look at the old sewing machines." So now let's all look. Ooooooo. Aaaaaaaaaah
|You all know I used to be a flight attendant, right? My mini me demonstrates what I looked like sitting in the jumpseat contemplating how Emmitt Smith just sweet talked me out of four cans of cranapple juice (true story).
|There was much excitement about flying to China.
|This dress was worn in Ohio in the 1880s. No one knows why it was found in Portland ME by none other than JO DIGGS, whom I know slightly enough to have been all excited to see her name on the display, and who donated it to the exhibit.
|Paige went with the modern 2011 look. It really was a stunning dress, if a safe pick.
American Textile History Museum. Did I make you want to call your travel agent so you can come see it in all its glory? Does anyone else find the powders and potions cabinet cool or am I really the only one? Any ideas on why all three of my children are all "Ta-Dah" arms in these photos?